Our three day tour to the Isle of Skye – recently voted the 4th best island in the world – gives you time to relax and enjoy the islands natural beauty, its unique culture and vast array of wildlife.
Departing the cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh we pass the impressive Kelpies, which standing at over 30 meters in height, are the largest equine sculptures in the world. Our journey continues passing Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Doune Castle before stopping for refreshments in Callander – gateway to the Highlands.
Crossing the highland boundary fault line, we make our way over the desolate wilderness of Rannoch Moor to spectacular Glencoe, setting to one of the most shameful episodes in Scottish history, The Glencoe Massacre. We stop here to admire the stunning but haunting beauty of Scotland’s most famous Glen.
Sitting in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak, lies Fort William the perfect stop for a spot of lunch.
Between 26th Mar and 26th Oct, we take the short ferry crossing ‘over the sea to Skye’. Also between 14th May – 14th Sept you will have the opportunity to take an optional trip on the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William, over the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter fame, to Mallaig. A journey that has been described as one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world. On arriving in Mallaig your tour leader will meet you at the train station.
Guests who opt to stay on the coach will travel to Mallaig via Glenfinnan, taking in views of the Viaduct as well as Loch Eilt, where Hagrid was seen skimming stones in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. Glenfinnan is the place where, in 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard in an ill-fated attempt to reinstate the exiled Stuarts to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland.
We take in the spell-binding Sands of Morar where guests can enjoy views over perfect turquoise seas to the islands of Eigg, Rum and north to our destination – Skye.
Arriving at Armadale on the Isle of Skye, we have a 30-minute drive which will take us to Kyleakin where an evening stroll around this traditional island village and your accommodation awaits.
Subject to the ferry operating, we will take the ferry to the Isle of Skye between Mar 26th and Oct 26th. Out-with these dates our route will take us to Glenfinnan to see the viaduct and then over the Skye Bridge to the Isle of Skye.
After breakfast we head off on a full-day tour of this incredibly diverse island. The weather can be changeable so we keep day two as flexible as possible. Your expert Tour Leader will ensure our route takes you to the sights and attractions best suited to the prevailing conditions and Skye never disappoints – there is just so much to see.
At the foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle there are the Fairy Pools. Crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle which make for some great ‘Wild Swimming’ for those brave enough to enter the cold water.
Portree is the largest town on Skye and also the thriving cultural centre of the island. Its bustling little port is where will stop for lunch.
After lunch we head north in the direction of the breath-taking Trotternish peninsula and its unique geology. Access permitting, we will visit the Faerie Glen, another worldly miniature landscape of 365 grassy-cone shaped hills. Legend has it that if you count them during a leap year, there are 366.
Skye’s landscapes never cease to thrill and the next stop – the Quiraing – is no different. Guests disembark here just to soak up the beautiful panoramas before heading to Kilt Rock – an enormous 90-metre-tall column of basalt. On route to Kyleakin and an evening at your leisure, we will make our last but brief stop of the day at the Old Man of Storr which was created by a massive ancient landslide.
This morning we leave Skye via the controversial Skye Bridge which opened in 1995. Our first stop will be at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle – possibly Scotland’s most photographed castle and location for many famous films including Highlander, The World is Not Enough and the Bollywood blockbuster Kutch Kutch Hota Hai. It’s easy to see why film makers are so enthralled as the castle sits on an island where three great sea lochs meet and is surrounded by magnificent highland scenery.
Next, we get off the beaten track and head to Glenelg viewpoint where you can enjoy some stunning views over Loch Duich and the five sisters of Kintail.
Our lunch stop will be in Fort Augustus a charming highland village that sits at the southern tip of Loch Ness. Here you can either take in the Fort Augustus locks which are part of the Caledonian Canal (one of the greatest waterways of the world) or alternatively, if you’re feeling lucky, you can embark on a one-hour monster-spotting cruise.
Our journey continues over the Laggan and Grampian mountains (known as Monarch of the Glen Country) and what better way to break up the journey than with a wee dram and a chocolate tasting session at the Dalwhinnie distillery.
We make the short journey to Pitlochry, passing Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes of Atholl and home to Europe’s only remaining private army, The Atholl Highlanders.
After a stop for refreshments in this bustling town, we return to Scotland’s Capital via the Queensferry Crossing. Opened on 30 August 2017 and costing over £1.3 billion, the 1.7 miles (2.7km) structure is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world.
Between 20th Nov 2017 and 3rd Jan 2018, on day one of the tour, the coach will travel via Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, for the picturesque highland village of Luss which is perched on the western shore of Loch Lomond.
Discover Scotland Tours 1 day trips and 3 day tours take you to some of the most beautiful, historic and inspiring places in Scotland. Our guests enjoy guaranteed departures, our unique hotel pick up service and a modern fleet of small luxury Mercedes coaches. Discover Scotland Tours 1 day trips and 3 day tours take you to some of the most beautiful, historic and inspiring places in Scotland. Our guests enjoy guaranteed departures, our unique hotel pick up service and a modern fleet of small luxury Mercedes coaches.
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