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Hebrides, Skye & The Far West

From £660 per adult

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May — September

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This tour encapsulates all that is Scotland – The Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Callanish Standing Stones, what more could you ask for!

Day 1

Through the Trossachs…

This tour encapsulating the Scottish experience begins by showing you the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and Kilmartin Glen. You will have the opportunity to step in to the past with over 5,000 years of history laid out before you, you’ll be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle.

 

Onwards to Oban…

We will then head to Oban, your overnight for night 1, home to some of Scotland’s most delicious and freshest seafood. As we drive through the town, your driver-guide will delve into the history of this seaside village and point out some iconic sights to explore before dropping you off at your overnight accommodation.

 

Overnight: Oban

 

Day 2

Gruesome Glens and the Hogwarts Express…

Day two begins with a journey over Connel Bridge through Appin to see the stunning views of Glen Coe, where you will hear the story of the massacre of the MacDonald clan that tragically took place here. We’ll stop in Fort William: a town dominated by Ben Nevis – the UK’s tallest peak.  We will then view the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films and maybe even have a chance to hop aboard the Jacobite express itself!*

We’ll continue to Mallaig, a pretty fishing port, bustling but remote. You will have the opportunity to have an early dinner and enjoy some excellent seafood before taking a short ferry ride over the sea to Skye, where you’ll spend your second night.

 

Overnight: Isle of Skye

 

Day 3

A whole day to explore Skye…

The third day will be used to explore Skye’s beautiful sights with your driver-guide, visiting some of the best spots the island has to offer. There are so many sights to see including viewing the Cuillin mountains, visiting the black houses, taking in the incredible scenery of the Kilt Rock waterfall, the Old Man of Storr, and the Trotternish Peninsula, including a visit to the capital of the island, Portree.

 

Overnight: Isle of Skye

 

Day 4

Castles, lochs, and beautiful beaches…

We will say goodbye to the Isle of Skye and head straight to one of Scotland’s most photographed castles, Eilean Donan* which you’ll have plenty of time to explore. Your driver-guide when then take you to the pretty Lochside village of Drumnadrochit for lunch, before having the option to cruise* on Loch Ness, look out for Nessie and visit Urquhart Castle* ruins. Leaving Nessie behind, we’ll then head to the south end of Loch Ness for our overnight stop in Fort Augustus.

 

Overnight: Fort Augustus

 

Day 5

North to Lewis and Harris…

We begin the day by heading up north to the Capital of the Highlands, Inverness, then to Dunrobin Castle*, the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland.  Then you will discover Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve and learn about one of the oldest landscapes in Europe. Your journey through the Sutherland area will then take you on to the beautiful seaside town of Ullapool, where you catch the ferry to the Isle of Lewis and Harris.

 

Overnight: Stornoway

 

Day 6

Ancient history and traditional tweed…

You will have the opportunity to begin the day exploring Stornoway, the largest settlement on the Western Isles. After you’ve explored the town, you’ll head to the far north of the island to visit the Butt of Lewis lighthouse which happens to be the windiest place in the UK! The day also features visits to the ancient Callanish Standing Stones and Carloway Broch, an exceptionally well-preserved Iron Age structure located above Loch an Duin. Ending the day, you will be able to explore the beaches and learn more about Harris Tweed as you speak to a local weaver.

 

Overnight: Stornoway

 

Day 7

Castaways and coastal splendour…

Day seven gives you the chance to explore Harris, which is the southern part of the island. We’ll start off in Tarbert, then you’ll travel a little west to look across the beautiful Sound of Taransay recognisable from BBC’s Castaway programme. Here you’ll have the chance to stroll along what is arguably Harris’ most beautiful beach, Lusekentyre. We end the day saying goodbye to the island and heading back to the mainland.

 

Overnight: Inverness

 

Day 8

Explore the famous battlefield of Culloden…

Our first stop of the day allows you to delve into Scottish history at Culloden Battlefield*, the site of the last stand of the Jacobites against the British government forces in 1746. You can experience the events leading up to, during, and after the battle in the impressive visitor centre and interactive exhibition, as well as having the chance to wander the land where the battle itself took place. 

The journey home begins…

We’ll begin our journey back by heading to a local distillery for a whisky*. From here, we’ll then enjoy the stunning scenery of the Cairngorms National Park, the largest National Park in Scotland as you pass through. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views before we arrive into the town of Pitlochry, the gateway to the highlands. Explore this quaint town before we head back to Edinburgh’s city centre.

 *Please note the dates of the Jacobite Train for 2022 are not yet confirmed.


Departure days:

Every Second Monday (May - Sepember)
Departs/Returns:


Check-in 8:15am/ Departs 8:30am/ Returns 19:00pm


Meeting point:

1 Parliament Square, High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1RE

 

Contact details

Highland Experience Tours
1 Parliament Square
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1RE
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh - City Centre
Length
8
Days
Transport
Minibus
Type
Small Group (1-16)
Languages
Spanish
Themes
Adventure Castles Family History Landscapes Photography Whisky Wildlife

COVID-19 facilities

  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Temperature checks for visitors

Tour prices

From

  • £660 Per Adult
  • £650 Per child
  • £650 Concession

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Tour company information

Highland Experience Tours

Your Scotland experience starts here. From monsters and mountains, chapels and chieftains to castles and whisky, we want to give you the most authentic Scottish experience possible. From the comfort of our luxury bespoke vehicles to our legendary, fully qualified guides, we can’t wait to show you our country. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to have a job doing something we really enjoy; everyone at Highland Experience shares a passion for travel and helping other people discover Scotland’s Highlands. Our love for real, sustainable and unique tour experiences makes us who we are.

Opening times

Monday - 7am - 10pm
Tuesday - 7am - 10pm
Wednesday - 7am -10pm
Thursday - 7am - 10pm
Friday - 7am - 10pm
Saturday - 7am - 10pm
Sunday - 7am - 8pm

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