Glimpse of Scotland
This two day tour will let
you explore some of Scotland’s most popular sights; go monster spotting by Loch
Ness and see some spectacular scenery. This really is essential Scotland!
Edinburgh/Glasgow - Glen Coe - Fort Augustus
Departing from Edinburgh and Glasgow we make our way towards Royal Stirling with its castle dramatically set atop a volcanic rock overlooking the City. We’ll get a good view of the castle and the Wallace Monument from the highway as we make our way towards Doune and Callander.
After a break in Kilmahog we negotiate the Pass of Lenny to move from the Lowlands into the Highlands. The pretty little village of Strathyre lies in the heart of the rugged Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. This area is steeped in history and is famed for its connections to the famous outlaw "Rob Roy” McGregor who is buried nearby.
Our ascent of the "Black Mount" provides excellent views over Loch Tulla before we travel over remote and barren Rannoch Moor. This bleak landscape extends over 50 square miles and is one of the most unspoilt areas in Europe.
Brooding Glen Coe is next. The outstanding beauty of this place belies the tragic tale that we'll hear next. Gather round as our guide takes us back to 1692 and tells the story of the Massacre of Glen Coe when Campbell soldiers slaughtered 40 MacDonalds who had been their hosts. This infamous deed remains controversial to this very day.
The "outdoor” sports capital of Fort William is our next stop. This popular tourist town is scenically situated on the banks of Loch Linnhe and at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain.
The Great Glen slices 60 miles across the width of Scotland. This dramatic valley follows the line of a massive geological fault line and provides us with wonderful loch-side views as we travel to Fort Augustus, our home for tonight.
Overnight: Fort Augustus
Fort Augustus - Inverness - Glasgow/Edinburgh
After breakfast we’ll spend most of the morning exploring mysterious Loch Ness. As we tour along the banks keep a close watch, just in case "you know who” makes an appearance! At the Clansman Harbour you’ll have the opportunity of taking a monster-spotting cruise* on Loch Ness and visiting Urquhart Castle*, once one of Scotland’s largest castles it was destroyed to prevent it falling into the hands of the Jacobites.
A short drive will take us to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, then on to desolate Culloden Moor which was the site of the last battle ever fought on British soil. The Jacobite troops of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the British Army under the command of the Duke of Cumberland clashed here in 1746. The Jacobites were routed in a bloody battle and the aftermath changed Highland life forever. We'll make a stop so that you can discover more about the battle and the dramatic consequences that followed*.
The Cairngorm National Park is an area of stunning natural beauty, as we will discover. As we journey through the Spey Valley the Cairngorm Mountains, which rise to over 4000 feet, provide a striking backdrop.
Wild mountain vistas surround us as we start our descent of the Drumochter Pass, the main route to and from the Highlands since the earliest of times. There are fine views of Blair Castle, the seat of the Dukes of Atholl – the only man in Britain allowed to have their own private army, The Atholl Highlanders.
The popular Victorian town of Pitlochry is magnificently situated overlooking the River Tummel. After time for afternoon tea why not visit the famous fish ladder which allows thousands of migrating salmon to bypass the town’s hydro-electric dam. Alternatively you can discover how Scotland’s National drink, whisky (or uisge beatha, as it’s known in gaelic) is lovingly produced when you visit a local distillery*. At the end of your tour you can enjoy a wee dram, slainte!
From Pitlochry we travel through Bonnie Perthshire, a land of scenic valleys, remote glens, rushing rivers and peaceful lochs. Finally we join the highway for the journey back to Glasgow and Edinburgh.
* Admission fees extra