Road to the Isles - 5 day tour
Road to the Isles
5 day/4 night tour
In just 5 days, you'll get the chance to explore pre-historic sites at Kilmartin Glen, discover the natural beauty of the Western Highlands and have an in-depth tour of the beautiful Isle of Skye. Take a monster-spotting cruise on Loch Ness to see the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle. This comprehensive tour of the Scottish Highlands is the perfect balance of exploration, travel and hospitality.
Price range: £560-£690
Oban - experience the incredible seafood in this lively fishing port
Isle of Skye - explore the lunar landscape of the Trotternish Peninsula to see Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr
Culloden Moor - discover the story behind Bonnie Prince Charlie and the last battle fought in Britain
Loch Ness - enjoy a “Monster” cruise and see to impressive Urquhart Castle
Glenfinnan Viaduct - see the famous "Harry Potter Bridge" on the route of the Hogwarts Express
Movie locations - Snow White and the Huntsman, Stardust and Harry Potter
Guest house accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Edinburgh/Glasgow - Inveraray - Oban
From Edinburgh and Glasgow, enter the natural beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
Loch Lomond is Britain’s largest lake and one of Scotland’s loveliest. We’ll make a stop in the pretty village of Luss so you can take a stroll along 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” - a popular climb with hikers.
Soon our coach starts our ascent of the “Rest and be Thankful” mountain pass. You’ll quickly 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 Croe below!
The 3rd Duke of Argyll built Inveraray at the head of Loch Fyne in the 1740s. This Georgian-style town sits in the shadow of Inveraray Castle, and, as we will discover, it 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 stretching over 2 miles.
Nearby is Dunadd, a hill fort that dates from the Iron Age. It was one of the ancient capitals of the Dalriada, which developed into the Celtic Kingdom of Scotland.
Soon we arrive in the bustling, beautiful port of Oban, our stop for tonight. This Victorian seaside town is famed for its quality seafood.
Day 2 - Oban - Glen Coe - Isle of Skye
We bid farewell to Oban and make our way to the Connel Bridge. As we make the crossing, look out for the tumbling waters of the Falls of Lora below.
Glen Coe is arguably Scotland’s most famous Glen partly because of its awe-inspiring beauty but also, more sinisterly, as being the location of the infamous massacre of 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-1800s. The town sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis, which, at 1,345 m (4,412 feet), is the tallest mountain in the UK.
From Fort William, we drive along the scenic “Road to the Isles” to see 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 Highlanders killed in the 1745 Jacobite Uprising.
After a drive through the impressive Great Glen, we are soon crossing the graceful bridge “over the sea to Skye” and making for our overnight accommodation.
Overnight: Isle of Skye (2 nights)
Day 3 - Isle of Skye Excursion
We have an entire day to explore the magical Isle of Skye.
As we start our scenic tour, the Cuillin Hills come into sight. These towering peaks are considered by many to be amongst the finest hills in Britain.
There will be a stop at Sligachan, where the Black and Red Cuillins almost come together. It makes for a simply unforgettable vista.
Set round its natural harbour, the picturesque town of Portree is the largest community on the Isle of Skye and is our next stop. The town’s name 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. There will be time to explore the town and browse the eclectic range of shops surrounding Somerled Square.
Later we tour the famed Trotternish Peninsula, where our first stop will be at the Skye Museum of Island Life. Here we step back 100 years to visit some traditional thatched cottages to learn how islanders lived in times gone by.
When we visit The Quiraing, there’s a chance to take a 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!
Next, we come to The Old Man of Storr, a stack of rocks that measure up to 49m (160 ft) tall. It’s an iconic image that will be almost certainly appearing on your social media feed.
Dun Beag is a well-preserved broch dating from the Iron Age that has a commanding position overlooking Loch Bracadale.
This type of round stone tower is unique to Scotland and is thought to have been built as a small fort over 2,000 years ago.
After time to explore this ancient monument, we’ll make our way back to our accommodation
Day 4 - Isle of Skye - Eilean Donan Castle - Loch Ness
We bid farewell to the Isle of Skye and return to the mainland.
It’s a short drive to our first stop at beautiful Eilean Donan Castle. The castle has, quite literally, a picture-postcard setting standing on a little island at the confluence of Loch’s Alsh and Duich. We’ll have time to visit this romantic fortress to discover its fascinating history.
Experience stunning scenery as we tour through Glen Shiel, where the towering peaks of the mountain range known as the “Five Sisters of Kintail” make an impressive sight.
From Invermoriston, take a drive along the banks of mysterious Loch Ness to reach the delightful village of Drumnadrochit. You can choose to relax here and maybe visit the famous Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition, which tells the story of Loch Ness and its famous inhabitant.
If you would like to increase your chances of spotting Nessie, why not take a short cruise on the Loch to see the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle.
Later, we head southwards to Fort Augustus, our home for tonight.
Overnight: Loch Ness
Day 5 - Loch Ness - Culloden Moor - Edinburgh/Glasgow
A short drive will take us to desolate Culloden Moor, the site of the last battle ever fought on British soil. The Jacobite troops of Bonnie Prince Charlie met the British Army here in a bloody battle.
The Jacobites were routed, and in the aftermath, Highland life changed forever. During our visit, you can discover more about the battle and its dramatic consequences.
Close by sits Clava Cairns, an extensive group of standing stones and burial cairns. It's said that this Bronze Age site inspired Outlander author Diana Gabaldon to create the fictional stone circle, Craigh na Dun.
The Cairngorms 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 descend the Drumochter Pass, the main route into the highlands since the earliest of times.
We'll make a stop in the pretty town of Pitlochry, a busy Victorian holiday resort in the heart of Highland Perthshire. We'll spend time here, so you soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque little town.
If you want, you can visit the local Malt Whisky Distillery, where you can enjoy an informative tour and have a tutored tasting of the end product. Slàinte!
The final part of our journey takes us through the Kingdom of Fife then across the River Forth to reach Edinburgh.
If the starting point of your tour was Glasgow, the coach will make a stop at Edinburgh Waverley Station. Here you'll board an express train for the 50-minute journey back to Glasgow. The ticket price is included in the cost of the tour fare.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Multi-Day Tour
For the discerning traveller a Signature Multi-day Tour offers amazing value for money, comfortable accommodation, well-paced sightseeing and luxury travel.
All of this combines to create the definitive Scottish experience.
Each tour is hosted by a professional driver/guide, who has been chosen for their extensive knowledge as well as their driving skills. And being locals you are sure to get that extra insight too.
If you should have any problems during your stay, they’ll go out of their way to help.
You will want to see as much as possible, but you don’t want to be rushed. Our tours are carefully planned to strike the right balance, and as well as comfortable mini/midicoach travel many feature memorable railway or ferry journeys.
Having somewhere pleasant to stay after an exciting day of discovery is an important part of your holiday experience. Comfortable guest house accommodation with en-suite bathrooms, tv and other amenities is included in the price of all tours.
On many tours you can choose to upgrade to hotel accommodation, at extra cost, if you wish.
A tasty Scottish breakfast is included each morning of your stay.
Can you tell me more about the optional extras on this tour?
The tour fare includes transportation by luxury mini or midicoach and the services of a professional driver/guide. Admission to the attractions featured on this tour is optional so you can choose to visit or not depending on your interests. The tour itinerary will allow time for you to enjoy visits to:
The links above will give you more information on these attractions as well as current prices. On some tours discounted prices are available to tour passengers - your driver/guide will provide more information if this applies. Not all attractions accept payment by credit or debit card so you should carry sufficient cash should you be planning a visit.
Will there be stops for meals and are they included in the price of the tour?
Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat.
If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop.
Vegetarian food is widely available in Scotland.
What meals are included ?
A full Scottish breakfast is included from day 2 onwards.
This hearty meal can consist 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 vegan 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.
I am travelling on a budget. Can I do the same trip by public transport?
Almost certainly not!
Our tours are designed to maximise your sightseeing opportunities so we frequently head off the main road and take routes where there is little or no public transport available.
Please also bear in mind that the tour commentary that you will enjoy is designed to bring Scotland’s history, nature and scenic beauty to life as you travel around.
Reading about your surroundings from a guide book will just not be the same!
- 4 nights guest house accommodation
- Location: Oban (1); Isle of Skye (2) and Fort Augustus (1)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (4)
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Admission to Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Cruise
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From Parish Hall Coach Tour Stop
266 George Street
Glasgow G1 1QX
Check-in: 09:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:45 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:00 hrs
From 1 Parliament Square
Royal Mile/High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1RE
Check-in: 08:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:00 hrs
Concession discount applies to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Book by paying a 20% deposit. Make date changes or get a full refund with 8 days notice before travel. Click here for more information.
The price of this tour includes guest house accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
Please note that due to a lack of suitable hotel accommodation your stay on the Isle of Skye will be in a superior guest house.
One medium sized suitcase/bag per person (maximum weight: 15 kilos)
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
This tour departs from Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can choose to return to either city at no extra charge! Please make your selection during the booking process.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(5 /5) 01 Oct 2019
It was a lovely tour I will book my next one on my next holiday thank youSALMAN from sabah al salem, KW
Rating:(5 /5) 25 Sep 2019
The tour to the highlands of Scotland " Road to the Isles" is one of the best 5 day tours organized by Scottish tours. For persons who are travelling countries as tourists this is an unforgettable experience "MUST SEE" the enchanting beauty of Scottish Highlands. The visit to the valleys, mountains and the lochs is an amzing experience, breathtakingly beautiful and not to be missed. The bed and breakfast guesthouse acommodations are really good. Best Regards,Rama from Bangalore, IN
Rating:(5 /5) 23 Sep 2019
A fantastic introduction to the highlands of Scotland. Planned and executed really well with the chance to see and experience so much, but also time to explore some areas in more depth. See many of the Scottish things I was hoping for: Mountains, Lochs, Waterfalls, Hairy Cows, Heather, and much more. Our driver/guide (Tommy) was informative, entertaining and diligent making sure that everyone was looked after. Would not hesitate to recommendDes from BARNET, GB