Our three day tour from Glasgow gives you plenty of time to relax and absorb some of Scotland’s most spectacular Highland scenery and the romantic Isle of Skye, the world’s 4th best island destination says National Geographic magazine.
Shortly after leaving Glasgow we land in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and the pretty village of Luss. Quaint streets lined with 18th and 19th century cottages trail down to the banks of Loch Lomond where you can paddle at the lovely little beach or stroll along the pier. The village was immortalised in TV soap opera Take the High Road and today you’ll see signs that point to Luss’s fictional name of Glendarroch.
The picture postcard church with its lychgate is worth a visit and be sure to look for the 11th century Viking ‘hogback’ gravestone that’s evidence of the invaders’ plundering of the community.
We’ll pass glittering lochs and towering Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000 feet) on our way to desolate Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. During our lunch stop here why not ask your expert driver-guide about the infamous Glencoe Massacre of 1692 when the MacDonalds were murdered by the Campbells.
We carry on our Highland road trip to the holiday destination of Fort William, home of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. Here your driver-guide can arrange tickets for one of the world’s most picturesque rail trips, the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig. This one-way, two-hour journey transports you over the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct, immortalised in film as the route to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts school.
From the train prepare your camera for spectacular views of Glenfinnan and of Loch Shiel which stretches 17 miles into the distance. This is a historic spot as it’s here that Bonnie Prince Charlie called his clan to arms in 1745 in an ill-fated attempt to win back the throne of Great Britain and Ireland for the exiled Stuarts. The Glenfinnan Monument pays tribute to the Jacobites who died fighting their leader’s cause.
Look out for another Harry Potter location, Loch Eilt, the backdrop to sad scenes where Hagrid skims stones across the water. The loch’s little island Eilean na Moine is Dumbledore’s final resting place.
For those of you continuing to Mallaig by road we’ve a little time to spend in Fort William before heading for the fishing and ferry port where we catch our ferry to the isle of Skye. After arriving in lush southern Skye we have a 30-minute drive to Kyleakin where we spend the next two nights.
Please note: Subject to it operating, we take the ferry to the Isle of Skye from Easter to the end of October. Outwith these dates we drive to Glenfinnan to see the viaduct and then drive north to Skye via the Skye Bridge.Day 2
Our full day tour of the Isle of Skye can be flexible to suit the weather conditions and you won’t be disappointed. Your friendly driver-guide will ensure you see the best that Skye has to offer.
The island is punctuated by its mountain range, the Black Cuillins, which inspire works of art the world over. Nearby the glistening blue waters of the Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle are laid out in front of you for photographing, filming or even for a spell of wild swimming!
You’ll have time to explore Skye’s main town of Portree and have lunch before we head to the rocky geological features of north Skye and the Trotternish Peninsula. This is a beautiful, if not bizarre, natural creation of craggy pinnacles and rocks.
If accessible we’ll visit Faerie Glen, a strange, miniature place featuring grassy mounds and small ponds known as lochans. It’s said that if you count these hills you’ll find 365 but there’s one extra to be found in a leap year!
From there your luxury mini coach travels to the Quiraing, an iconic geological landslip that will amaze your senses. You’ll have time to capture plenty of pictures of this, the beautiful Mealt waterfall and Kilt Rock, a kilt-shaped tower of basalt measuring 90 metres high.
On our return to Kyleakin, and an evening to yourselves, we’ll stop for photos at the Old Man of Storr, a pinnacle of rock created by a massive ancient landslide.Day 3
Bidding farewell to Scotland’s most romantic isle and the Black Cuillins our small group leaves by road and the controversial Skye Bridge that opened in 1995. Our Highland tour arrives at Eilean Donan, surely Scotland’s most photographed fortress. The 13th century castle reigns from a small island at the meeting point of three sea lochs and its watery setting has starred in films including Highlander, Loch Ness and James Bond epic The World is Not Enough.
Glenelg viewpoint calls us next and it’s worth going off the beaten track for stunning vistas to Loch Duich and mountain range the Five Sisters of Kintail.
In Fort Augustus at the southerly tip of Loch Ness we have lunch and there’s time to take a stroll beside the Caledonian Canal, one of the world’s great waterways. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a sighting of Nessie, our elusive Loch Ness Monster or you might like to try getting even closer with a one-hour ‘monster-spotting’ boat trip on the loch.
Back on dry land, our Highland road trip continues through the Grampian Mountains and passed the forests and moors of ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country to Dalwhinnie Distillery for a wee dram of single malt whisky and a chocolate tasting session.
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