Scottish Tours

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  • Culloden Battlefeild
  • Isle of Skye
  • Eilean Donan Castle
Skye and the Scottish Highlands
See, Visit & Explore: Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, The Great Glen, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Cullin Hills, Portree, Trotternish Peninsula, Loch Ness, Inverness, Culloden Moor and the Cairngorm National Park

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3 day tour from £235

Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays
Except 23, 26 & 30 December and 02 January

Fridays
27 May to 16 September 2016

Bed & Breakfast

Twin/Double/Family room - from 235 per person
Children - from 176 per child
Single Room - from 260 per person

Hotel

Twin/Double/Family room from 355 per person
Children from 266 per child
Single room from 380 per person

Accommodation information

Notes

Child reduction applies to children aged 3 to 15 inclusive on the basis that they stay in a room with 2 adults.

We regret that children under the age of 3 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal price range
235 - 400
Luggage Allowance: One medium sized suitcase/bag per person (maximum weight: 15 kilos)

Tour Summary

In three days we'll show you the highlights of Scotland - Glen Coe, Eilean Donan Castle, Skye, The Cuillin Hills, Loch Ness, Inverness, Culloden Moor and much, much more.

Day 1: Travel from Edinburgh to delightful Dunkeld then through the Cairngorm National Park to reach Culloden Moor. Tour through Inverness and along the banks of Loch Ness to your accommodation.

Day 2: Visit iconic Eilean Donan Castle then tour the magical Isle of Skye including the Cuillin Hills, Kilt Rock, Portree and The Quiraing. Spend the night on the island.

Day 3: Drive through the Great Glen to Fort William, where you can visit a whisky distillery. Return to Edinburgh or Glasgow through Glen Coe and remote Rannoch Moor.

Tour features:

  • Visit The Isle of Skye, Glen Coe and Eilean Donan Castle* (*admission fees apply)
  • Overnight accommodation: Loch Ness & Kyleakin, Isle of Skye
  • Depart from Edinburgh and return to Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Tour duration: 3 days/2 nights
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Day One
Glasgow - Inverness Loch Ness
Views of Stirling Castle from the highway before making our way towards Perth and the delightful little town of Dunkeld. During our time here take time to visit Dunkeld Cathedral which has an idyllic location on the banks of the River Tay.
After our ascent of the Drumochter Pass, which has linked the Highlands to the Lowlands since the earliest of times, well pass the remote village of Dalwhinnie and enter the scenic Spey Valley. Bustling Inverness, is known as the Capital of the Highlands. On the outskirts of this fast growing city lies notorious Culloden Moor*. It was here in 1746 that Bonnie Prince Charlie's dreams of capturing the Crown for the Stuart dynasty came to a bloody end. His Jacobite army was routed by the Government troops under the command of the Duke of Cumberland. The aftermath was particularly brutal such that it changed life in the Highlands forever. At moody Loch Ness youll have the chance to enjoy a monster-spotting cruise* and experience wonderful views of Urquhart Castle. Later we make our way to Fort Augustus or Drumnadrochit, our home for tonight, which is situated by the banks of this most enigmatic loch.
Overnight: Loch Ness
Day Two
Fort Augustus - Eilean Donan Castle - Isle of Skye
After breakfast we start the day by travelling across Scotland and heading for the west coast. In the pretty village of Invermoriston well see the Thomas Telford bridge, built in 1813, which crosses the spectacular River Moriston falls. As we travel through rugged Glen Moriston look out for the cairn to the memory of Roderick MacKenzie who, in 1746, allowed himself to be captured by the redcoats who were searching for Bonnie Prince Charlie. His sacrifice allowed the real Prince to evade capture and later escape to the Continent! Soon picturesque Eilean Donan Castle* will come into view. This is, without doubt, one of Scotland's most iconic sights. The castle stands on a little island situated at the confluence of Loch's Alsh and Duich. We'll have time to discover the castle for ourselves during our stop here. 
Soon we travel "over the sea to Skye" by the modern road bridge. The towering Cuillin Hills give Skye its breathtaking beauty. Considered by many to be amongst the finest hills in Britain the Cuillins present a vista that is simply unforgettable. The picturesque town of Portree, the island's largest community. The name of the town means the "King's Port" following a visit by King James V in 1540. Today the pretty painted houses which surround the harbour give Portree an old fashioned appeal as we shall discover.
The next part of our excursion is to the famed Trotternish Peninsula. From Portree we travel northwards to the little port of Uig from where ferries sail to the Outer Herbrides. At little Kilmuir there is a monument to Flora MacDonald who, famously, assisted Bonnie Prince Charlie escape from the troops that were hunting him by sailing him "over the sea to Skye" disguised as her maid.
We'll stop to explore The Quiraing, a dramatic terrain formed by a massive landslide. Here you can walk through a landscape that dates from Jurassic times and as you do see if you can identify the rock formations whose descriptions are the "Needle", "Table" and "Prison". A short drive brings us to Kilt Rock, so named because the basalt columns of this rock fall to resemble the pleats of a kilt - it's well worth the effort to snap an "I was there" photograph!
Overnight: Kyleakin, Isle of Skye
Day Three
Isle of Skye - Fort William Glasgow/Edinburgh
After breakfast we bid farewell to the Isle of Skye and cross back to the mainland. We travel though Glen Shiel which is home to the "Five Sisters", a range of five mountains of which 4 are over 3,000 feet high. In the village of Invergarry watch out for the "Well of the Seven Heads", a monument with a very bloody tale to tell!
Our journey takes us into the Great Glen, which was formed many millions of years ago. The result of this activity has left us with an impressive landscape of lochs and mountains. We'll travel along the banks of Loch's Oich and Lochy to reach Fort William. On the outskirts of this popular town we should be able to enjoy wonderful views of Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain.
Well break our journey here to explore the town or visit a nearby Whisky Distillery* where you can learn how Scotlands National Drink is produced. After our informative tour there is a taste of the end product! Glen Coe is quite simply awesome! We will make a photo stop in Scotland's most famous glen. No matter the weather you are sure to be inspired by this very special place. Later we are amidst the remote beauty of Rannoch Moor. This unspoilt landscape extends over 50 square miles and is one of the great wildernesses of Europe!
As our coach descends the "Black Mount" there are wonderful views of Loch Tulla below. The last part of our time together will take us along the "bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Well make a stop in the picturesque village of Luss to enjoy the views of the loch before making our way to journey's end in either Glasgow or Edinburgh.
Please note that on the Saturday departure of this tour the order in which certain visits will take place will be altered. The overnight accommodation will also be reversed so the first night stay will be in Kyleakin, Isle of Skye and the second night in Fort Augustus/Drumnadrochit.

 

Wanting to travel on a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday?

Our Isle of Skye Explorer 3 day/2 night tour offers a similar itinerary. Click here for details.

* Admission Fees

Culloden Moor Visitor Centre - £11.00 Adult £8.50 Child
Loch Ness Cruise - £13.50 Adult £10.50 Child
Eilean Donan Castle - £7.00 Adult £3.50 Child
Fort William Whisky Distillery - £5.00 Adult 

This information is given for guidance only and prices are subject to change without notice.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

How much luggage can I bring?
Luggage space on the tour is restricted so the amount of luggage that you can bring is limited to 1 bag per person that weights no more than 15kg and has maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm. Luggage larger than this will only be carried if space is available.
What meals are included?
A full Scottish breakfast is included from day 2 onwards. This hearty meal consists of fruit juice; a choice of cereal; bakery basket; cooked items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and, maybe, a taste of haggis! plus tea or coffee. Vegetarian and lighter Continental options are always available. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price. During the touring day there will be a stop where you can enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant. Your driver/guide will be happy to suggest a conveniently located restaurant where you can enjoy good food for dinner.
What kind of accommodation do you use?
We offer lodgings that have been specially selected to enhance your touring experience. You can choose between Guesthouse/B&B or Hotel accommodation:
Guesthouse and B&B
The guesthouses and B&Bs are family run and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee making facilities and other facilities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided. Some guesthouses and B&Bs offer enhanced facilities such as a residents lounge where you can relax with other guests.
Hotel
We select comfortable and characterful inns and hotels. Generally they are a minimum of 3 stars with bedrooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, tea and coffee making facilities and other amenities. All our hotels have comfortable lounges where you can enjoy morning coffee. Most have restaurants offering a selection of Scottish and international dishes. Many have lively bars where you can relax and re-live the days experiences with your fellow passengers.  Accommodation is spread throughout the communities that we stay in. Hotels are normally centrally located and the guesthouses/B&Bs seldom more than a 10/15 minute walk from the town or village centre. The coach will drop you off at or close to your accommodation each night and will pick you up in the morning, after breakfast.
What type of room should I choose?
Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect whether you choose guesthouse/B&B or hotel accommodation:
Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed.
Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate beds
Double room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed
Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).You should note that a family room (particularly when using hotel accommodation) can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
All our accommodation, whether you choose Guest House/B&B or Hotel, features en-suite facilities (the toilet and shower are located in your bedroom for your exclusive use.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 16 and 29 passengers.
Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?
Seating on this tour is on a first come, first served basis and cannot be pre-booked. If you are travelling as part of a group please make sure that all members of the party arrive at the departure point together.
Can I join the tour in Edinburgh and leave in Glasgow?
Yes, you can and there is no extra charge to do this. It makes a great way of travelling between our two great cities. The tour is scheduled to return to Glasgow at 17:00 hrs. If you wish to do this please email us at enquiries@scottishtours.co.uk quoting your booking reference number. Well be happy to make the arrangements for you.
What features will the coach have?
You will usually travel in a modern eco-friendly mini or midi touring coach which is equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable reclining seats, large picture windows and seat belts.   

What's Included

  • 2 nights accommodation in twin rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 & 3)
  • Excursions as detailed in itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minicoach
  • Live commentary in English
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Service charges and taxes

  • Not Included
  • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to your driver/guide
  • Departure information

    Check-in: 08:15 hrs
    Departure: 08:30 hrs
    from Highland Experience Tours
    1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile/High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF
    Returns at 18:30 hrs (day 3)


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