Scottish Tours

Scotland Tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and London

Official Sightseeing Tours of Scotland since 1907

  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Oban
  • Orkney Coastline
Skye, Orkney and the Highlands
See, Visit & Explore: Loch Lomond, Inveraray, Kilmartin Glen, Oban, Glen Coe, Fort William, Jacobite Steam Train, Isle of Skye, Cuillin Hills, Portree, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Maree, Inverewe Gardens, Loch Ness, Ferry to the Orkney Islands, Italian Chapel, Scapa Flow, Kirkwall, Maeshowe, Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, Culloden Moor and Pitlochry

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7 day tour from £840

7 & 21 May, 2018
4 & 18 June, 2018
2, 16 & 30 July, 2018
13 & 27 August, 2018
10 September, 2018

Bed & Breakfast

Twin/Double/Family room - from 840 per person
Children - from 830 per child
Single Room - from 960 per person


Twin/Double/Family room from 1040 per person
Children from 1030 per child
Single room from 1160 per person

Accommodation information


Child reduction applies to children aged 3 to 15 inclusive at time of travel

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

Seasonal price range
840 - 1,160
Luggage Allowance: One medium sized suitcase/bag per person (maximum weight: 15 kilos).

Product code: HEX 00764

Tour Summary

This comprehensive tour of Scotland's Highlands and Islands is the perfect balance of discovery, travel and hospitality. You'll experience a magical blend of island life, historic castles and pre-historic legend.

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: Drive to Inverness then head for the Far North. Sail to the Orkney Islands and visit the Italian Chapel and Churchill Barriers.

Day 6: Explore the Orkney Islands including Maeshowe and Skara Brae.

Day 7: Return to the mainland. Visit Culloden Moor then return to Edinburgh via Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire.

Tour features:

  • Visit Eilean Donan Castle, Skara Brae and Maeshowe (admission fees apply)
  • Overnight accommodation: Oban (1): Isle of Skye (2); Loch Ness (1) & Kirkwall (2)
  • Depart from and return to Edinburgh
  • Tour duration: 7 days/6 nights
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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 Croe 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 14 May to 27 August 2018 will travel on the Jacobite Steam Train. All other departures will feature a cruise on Loch Ness and admission to Urquhart Castle.
Overnight: Kyleakin, 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 reach Achnasheen. 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 (46 m) 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 - Italian Chapel Kirwall, Orkney Islands
Today sees an early start as we drive the entire length of Loch Ness to reach Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands. Along the way theres sure to be stories of the lochs most famous resident to be told! From Inverness we travel through the Black Isle, and past Andrew Carnegie's Skibo Castle. From here we drive along the northeast Highland coastline, travelling into some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery. This is some of Europe's oldest landscapes and here we have the chance to see wildlife such as Golden Eagles and red deer.
We board the ferry, crossing the Pentland Firth into the Orkney Archipelago. On our arrival it is a short drive to the famous Italian Chapelwhere few will fail to be moved by the dedicated workmanship of the Italian prisoners of war who crafted this place of worship from a humble Nissan hut. Their story and many others will be told as we view Scapa Flow, the scene of momentous events during both World Wars.
The Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, is our home for the next 2 nights.
Overnight: Kirkwall
Day Six
Exploring Orkney
Orkney is home to many outstanding historic treasures and today will be a unique day of discovery. On our itinerary today are visits to Maeshowe *, a magnificent tomb built almost 5,000 years ago and the Ring of Brodgar, a stone circle that once comprised of 60 megaliths. Today with 27 stones still standing, some over 5 metres tall, it takes little imagination to visualise the extent of this historic monument.
Uncovered by a storm in 1850 Skara Brae* is one of the best preserved groups of Stone Age houses in Western Europe and our visit will reveal the stone furniture, hearths and drains that present such a remarkable picture of Neolithic life.
The day will finish with a visit to beautiful St Magnus Cathedral, one of Europes great architectural achievements and over 800 years old.
Overnight Kirkwall
Day Seven
Orkney to Edinburgh via Inverness
Its an early start as we board the ferry and bid a farewell to the Orkneys. Theres time to explore Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands before travelling the short distance to visit tragic Culloden Moor *. It was here that the Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was routed by Government troops in a bloody battle in 1746.
Cairngorm National Park is Britains largest and contains five of Scotlands six highest peaks. The park provides stunning backdrop to our travels through the Spey Valley then we descend through the Drumochter Pass to reach the pleasant Victorian tourist town of Pitlochry where we will stop for refreshments.
The dramatic scenery of Highland Perthshire gives way to rolling farmland as we reach the "Fair City of Perth then we join the motorway for our journey through the ancient Kingdom of Fife. The final part of our drive offers wonderful views of the Forth Rail Bridge as we make our way into Edinburgh.


* 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
Italian Chapel - £3.00 Adult 
Maeshowe - £5.50 Adult £3.30 Child
Skara Brae - £7.10 Adult £4.30 Child
Culloden Moor - £11.00 Adult £8.50 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.
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.
Will there be a tour commentary?
Each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide an informative and entertaining commentary in English. Youll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland. You will learn too of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so special. Be ready to have a laugh as well - youre bound to be told some really corny jokes! 
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 16 and 29 passengers.

What's Included

  • 6 nights accommodation in twin rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 to 7)
  • Live commentary in English.
  • Excursions as detailed in itinerary
  • Jacobite steam train tickets and seat reservations on selected dates
  • Ferry tickets and reservations
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minicoach
  • Services of an experienced 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 driver/guide

Departure information

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

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