Scottish Tours

Scotland Tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and London

Official Sightseeing Tours of Scotland since 1907


  • Inverewe Gardens
  • Jacobite Steam Train
  • Cuillin Mountains
Road to the Isles
See, Visit & Explore: Loch Lomond, Inveraray, Kilmartin Glen, Oban, Glen Coe, Fort William, Jacobite Steam Train E, Isle of Skye, Cuillin Hills, Portree, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Maree, Inverewe Gardens, Loch Ness, Culloden Moor and Pitlochry.

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5 day tour from £485

Mondays
21 March to 17 October, 2016

Bed & Breakfast

Twin/Double/Family room - from 485 per person
Children - from 364 per child
Single Room - from 530 per person

Hotel

Twin/Double/Family room from 685 per person
Children from 514 per child
Single room from 730 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
485 - 730
Luggage Allowance: One medium sized suitcase/bag per person (maximum weight: 15 kilos)

Tour Summary

This comprehensive tour of the Scottish Highlands is the perfect balance of exploration, travel and hospitality. In just 5 days you'll get real insight into the nature, history and scenic beauty of Scotland.

Day 1: Travel from Edinburgh to Loch Lomond and ancient Kilmartin Glen. Spend the night in the popular port of Oban.

Day 2:Explore awesome Glen Coe and enjoy a journey on the Jacobite Steam Train E - as seen in the Harry Potter movies. Sail Over the sea to Skye. Spend two nights on the island.

Day 3:Explore the Isle of Skye including the famed Cuillin Mountains and Trotternish Peninsula.

Day 4:Visit Eilean Donan Castle then travel through dramatic Glen Docherty to see Loch Maree. Visit Inverewe Gardens then tour to your accommodation by Loch Ness

Day 5: Enjoy an optional cruise on Loch Ness. Visit Culloden Moor and a local whisky distillery then return to Edinburgh via Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire.

Tour features:

  • Visit Eilean Donan Castle, Inverewe Gardens and Culloden Moor (admission fees apply
  • Overnight accommodation: Oban (1): Isle of Skye (2) & Loch Ness (1)
  • Depart from Edinburgh and return to Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Tour duration: 5 days/4 nights
  • EVoucher: No need to print your voucher - just show it on your smartphone and go!
  • Signature Extended Tour

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Day One
Edinburgh - Inveraray - Oban
Departing from Edinburgh we travel westwards across Scotland to reach Glasgow, Scotlands largest city. Soon we enter the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, a natural wonder that is just waiting to be discovered. Loch Lomond is a real highlight - this is Britain's largest lake and one of Scotland's loveliest. It has 30 islands, including one inhabited by a colony of wallabies! Well make a stop in the pretty village of Luss so you can take a stroll by the "bonnie, bonnie banks".
The Argyll Forest Park is famed for its ancient trees, tranquil lochs and mountains. Look out for Ben Arthur, affectionately known as "The Cobbler - its one of Scotlands most popular climbs.
Soon our coach starts our ascent of the "Rest and be Thankful mountain pass. Youll soon realise why this road has such an unusual name when you look down on General Wade's original road that winds its way through Glen Coe all the way to the summit!
The 3rd Duke of Argyll built the "new" town of Inveraray at the head of Loch Fyne. The town sits in the shadow of his castle and, as we will discover, this pleasant town retains much of its 18th Century charm.
From Lochgilphead we enter Kilmartin Glen. This mysterious Glen has one of the most concentrated areas of prehistoric sites in Scotland including a linear cemetery a line of burial cairns that stretch for over 2 miles. Nearby is Dunadd, a hill fort that dates from the Iron Age. Dunadd was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada so this part of Argyll has played an important part in the creation of modern Scotland!
Soon we arrive in the bustling, beautiful port of Oban, our stop for tonight. Oban is the gateway to the isles so why not take a pre-dinner stroll and admire the views over the busy harbour.
Overnight: Oban
Day Two
Oban - Glen Coe - Skye (2 nights)
We bid farewell to Oban and make our way to the Connel Bridge. As we cross Loch Etive look out for the Falls of Lora below.
Glen Coe is arguably Scotland's most famous Glen partly because of it's awe-inspiring beauty and, more sinisterly, because of the infamous massacre that took place here in 1692. The sad tale will be told as we make a short diversion to explore this special place for ourselves.
Fort William's glorious setting on the banks of Loch Linnhe has made it a popular tourist destination since the arrival of the steamships in the mid-1900's. The town sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis, which, at 4,406 feet, is the tallest mountain in the UK.
Here we leave our tour coach and board the Jacobite Steam Train for a journey of a life time on the famous West Highland Line regarded by many as the most scenic in Britain! From Fort William the train travels along the banks of Loch Eil then crosses the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter movies as part of the route to Hogwarts. Look out for the Glenfinnan Monument built to commemorate the ill-fated Jacobite up-rising of Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745.
The scenic journey continues with wonderful views of Lochs Eilt, Ailort and nan Uamh before reaching the silver sands of Morar (made famous in the popular film Local Hero) and Mallaig. After some free time to enjoy the views over the Sound of Sleat to the Magical Isle we board a ferry for our crossing "Over the sea to Skye. A short drive brings us to Kyleakin, our home for the next two nights.
Departures of 16 May to 29 August will travel on the Jacobite Steam Train. All other departures will feature a cruise on Loch Ness and admission to Urquhart Castle.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
Day Three
Touring the Magical Isle
After breakfast we board our coach for a wonderful day of exploration. From the little villages and gentle scenery of the southern part of the island the views will change dramatically as the Cuillin Hills come into sight. Considered by many to be amongst the finest hills in Britain the Cuillins present a vista that is simply unforgettable.
Set round its natural harbour the picturesque town of Portree is the largest community on the Isle of Skye. 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. During our stop there will be time to explore the town and browse the interesting shops that surround Sumerled Square.
Later we tour the famed Trotternish Peninsula. From Portree we travel northwards to the little ferry 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 to escape the Government Troops who were hunting for him.
We'll stop to explore The Quiraing, a dramatic terrain formed by a landslide. We'll stop so you can walk through a landscape that dates from Jurassic times! See if you can identify the rock formations that are known as 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 - we will stop so you can snap an "I was there" photograph!
Overnight: Kyleakin, Isle of Skye
Day Four
Skye Inverewe Gardens - Loch Ness
After breakfast we bid farewell to the Isle of Skye and return to the mainland.  We stop to visit picturesque Eilean Donan Castle *. 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.
There are wonderful views over Lochcarron as we make our way through Glen Carron to reachAchnasheen. Wildlife thrives in this part of Scotland so as we drive through this striking scenery keep a watch out for local residents such as red deer, golden eagles and pine martins.  A drive through Glen Docherty brings us to pretty Loch Maree, one of the most scenic in the country. Our next treat is a stop at lush Inverewe Gardens*. In stark contrast to the remote surroundings a wide variety of exotic plants and shrubs survive happily at Inverewe, thanks to the efforts of the Gulf Stream.
We continue our tour through the little village of Poolewe and along the banks of Little Loch Broom to visit the dramatic Falls of Measach which drop some 150 feet (46m) into the ravine below.  A relaxing drive brings a late afternoon arrival in Fort Augustus, which sits on the banks of Loch Ness.
Overnight: Fort Augustus
Day Five
Loch Ness - Culloden Moor - Edinburgh/Glasgow
After a hearty breakfast we head off to explore mysterious Loch Ness. After a drive along the banks of this famous loch why not mount a "Nessie" spotting cruise* of your own or enjoy wonderful views of the lake from the battlements of mighty Urquhart Castle?
A short drive will take us to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, and 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 a bloody battle. The Jacobites were routed and in the aftermath Highland life changed forever. We'll make a stop so that you can discover more about the battle and its dramatic consequences.
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. Well make a stop at a local Malt Whisky Distillery* where you can enjoy an informative tour and have a tasting. Slinte!
Wild mountain vistas surround us as we descend the Drumochter Pass, the main route into the highlands since the earliest of times. There are fine views of Blair Castle, the seat of the Dukes of Atholl the only man allowed to have their own private army, The Atholl Highlanders.  Well make a stop in the pretty town of Pitlochry a gloriously colourful and vibrant Victorian town surrounded by the most resplendent mountain scenery in Europe. Its fame as a holiday resort dates from the 1860s and was a popular destination with Queen Victoria. Well spend time here so you soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque little town.
The final part of our journey together takes us through the heart of Highland Perthshire. As we travel southwards past the twin villages of Dunkeld and Birnam you will discover why this part of Scotland is called "Big Tree Country! From Perth we join the highway for the short journey to Edinburgh or Glasgow.
 

* Optional Admission Fees
Eilean Donan Castle; £7.00 Adult         £3.50 Child
Inverewe Gardens;    £10.50 Adult       £7.50 Child
Loch Ness Cruise;       £13.50 Adult       £10.50 Child
Culloden Moor;          £11.00 Adult       £8.50 Child
Whisky Distillery;          £7.00 Adult         £3.00 Child

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 do I pay for the admission fees?
Your driver/guide will advise you of the arrangements for each attraction. Its not possible to pre-pay the admission fees and, generally, credit/debit cards are not accepted so its a good idea to have sufficient cash to cover these charges.
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 17:03 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.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 16 and 29 passengers. 

What's Included

  • 4 nights accommodation in twin rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (day 2-5)
  • Excursions as detailed in itinerary
  • Live commentary in English
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minicoach
  • Services of a tour host
  • 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 tour host

Departure information

Check-in: 08:15 hrs
Departure: 08:30 hrs
from 1 Parliament Square
Royal Mile/High Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1RE
Returns at 19:00 hrs


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