Our tour showcases a little of everything Scotland has to offer from lochs to glens, from castles to battlegrounds and from ghosts to monsters! Tragic Glencoe will leave you awestruck while the option of a short Loch Ness cruise will calm your soul.
Leaving Glasgow we head north through Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park and call in for some Highland hospitality at a nearby cafe.
From there we’ll traverse wild and desolate Rannoch Moor, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. This bleak but beautiful place is filled with heather, rocky outcrops, birds and sparkling lochans (small lochs). We pass Bridge of Orchy, so named for its bridge built in 1751 as part of a major, military road-building operation, and Loch Tulla.
You’ll spot rucsac-laden walkers on the famous trekking route the West Highland Way as we traverse the moor. The Black Mount, a range of four Munros (mountains over 3000 feet high), gives way to the dramatic peaks of Glencoe. We’ll choose a spectacular spot to stop and remember a shameful period in Scotland’s history, the Glencoe Massacre of 1692.
Our small group will have lunch at Spean Bridge near the Highland holiday destination of Fort William where Great Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, rises. From there we enter the Great Glen, a natural fault-line that divides Scotland from coast to coast. Here lies one of the world’s great waterways, the Caledonian Canal, which leads us to legendary Loch Ness.
As our luxury mini coach hugs Loch Ness’s shores we encounter ruined Urquhart Castle which points to the deepest part of Loch Ness. Could this be the best place to spot the elusive Loch Ness monster we call Nessie? With just under two hours to spend here you can explore the castle and visitor centre or enjoy the superb Loch Ness by Jacobite Cruise.
Waving Nessie goodbye, our friendly driver-guide delivers you to the Cairngorms National Park and Grampian Mountains. We’ll pass the historic monument of Ruthven Barracks which you can’t miss atop its mound. Built by George II’s government to police the area after the 1715 Jacobite rising, it was later taken by the Jacobites and was their mustering point after their defeat at the Battle of Culloden.
There, 3,000 battle weary men found a message from Bonnie Prince Charlie urging every man to save himself the best he could. The Jacobites torched the barracks and dispersed to escape the government and the haunting site you see today is pretty much how it was left after they fled in 1746.
We’ll call in to the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry for our final refreshment stop before heading south through picturesque Perthshire. We’ll pass Stirling Castle and you can glimpse the National Wallace Monument, a 67-metre high tower which overlooks the site of the battle of Stirling Bridge where Scots patriot William Wallace defeated a much larger, advancing English army in 1297.
From Stirling it’s a short drive to drop you off in Glasgow.
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