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.
From our meeting point just yards from the iconic George Square in Glasgow, we make our way to the picturesque highland village of Luss. It sits perched on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and is our guests first chance to breathe in pristine highland air and enjoy the beauty of the Scottish Highlands.
Lochs and mountains give way to the desolate wilderness of Rannoch Moor before we arrive at Glencoe, scene of perhaps the most brutal episode in Scottish history, the Glencoe Massacre. With its stunning mountain scenery, Scotland’s most renowned Glen never fails to take your breath away.
Next, it’s on to Fort William which sits in the shadow of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, the perfect spot for some lunch.
From 26th March to 26th Oct, we take the short ferry ride ‘over the sea to Skye’. There is the option to take a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train (Tues & Thurs departures 15th May (Please note there is no availability for the steam train on May 22nd) to 13th Sept, Saturday departures 16th June – 1st Sep) which runs from Fort William, over the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter fame to Mallaig. This trip has been described as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world.
For those deciding not to take the train our route takes us to Mallaig, where not only will we take in views of the Glenfinnan Viaduct but you’ll also see Loch Eilt – another ‘Potter’ location where Hagrid was seen skimming stones. In 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard at Glenfinnan in an ill-fated attempt to reinstate the exiled Stuarts to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland.
We then make a short stop at the Sands of Morar where guests are treated to views over perfect turquoise seas to the islands of Eigg, Rum and north to our destination – Skye.
From Armadale on the Isle of Skye we have a 30-minute drive to Kyleakin with time for a meal and a stroll before settling down for a good night’s rest.
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 a hearty (or healthy) breakfast we embark on a full-day tour of this wonderful island. Scotland’s unpredictable weather means that we keep day two flexible. Your expert tour leader will ensure you experience the best that Skye has to offer based on the prevailing conditions and Skye never disappoints – there is just so much to see.
There’s the River Brittles fairy pools with their azure blue water, tempting enough for some to try wild swimming.
Portree as well as being the largest town is also the cultural centre of Skye and its busy little port is where we will stop for lunch.
The awe-inspiring scenery never seems to stop on Skye and after lunch we head north to the Trotternish peninsula, famous for its spectacular geological scenery. If accessible, we will visit the Faerie Glen, a delightful miniature landscape of grassy cone shaped hills. It is said that if you count these cone shaped hills you will find there are 365 but if it is a leap year there will be 366!
Next it’s on to the Quiraing where guests disembark just to soak up the beautiful landscapes and vistas. Then it’s on to Kilt Rock – a spectacular 90-metre-tall column of basalt. Finally, on our return to Kyleakin, and an evening at your leisure, we make a stop for photos of the Old Man of Storr which was created by a massive ancient landslide.
As we bid farewell to Skye, we cross the bridge (opened in 1995) back on to the mainland and make our way to the stunning Eilean Donan Castle. This is possibly Scotland’s most photographed castle and it was used as the backdrop to many legendary films such as Highlander, The World is not Enough and the Bollywood blockbuster Kutch Kutch Hota Hai. It’s no wonder film makers from all over the world are captivated as the castle sits on an island where three great sea lochs meet and is surrounded by some majestic scenery.
It’s some way off the beaten track to get to the Glenelg viewpoint but it is worth it, as the views over Loch Duich and the five sisters of Kintail are quite simply breath-taking.
Fort Augustus at the southern tip of Loch Ness is our next stop. Not only is this interesting little town a great place for lunch and a gentle stroll, it’s the place to go if you want to spot the elusive Loch Ness Monster. If you’ve always wanted to be the one who gets the proof we all crave, then you will have the opportunity to take a one-hour monster – spotting cruise on the Loch.
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 with a short stop at the Dalwhinnie distillery for a wee dram and chocolate tasting session.
From here we make our way 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 some refreshments in this bustling Victorian town we make our return to Glasgow, passing Stirling Castle and the imposing Wallace Monument.
During the period 19th Jan 2018 – May 11th 2018, our tour from Glasgow will travel via Callander (not Luss) and join up with our Isle of Skye tour coach from Edinburgh and continue to Glencoe from there. On your return, rather than take you all the way to Edinburgh and then Glasgow, we will take you to Perth to meet our coach which will return you to Glasgow at the scheduled time.
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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