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Highlands and Islands
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, Inverness, Dunrobin Castle, Ullapool, Ferry to Stornoway, Butt of Lewis, Standing Stones of Callanish, Harris, Culloden Moor, Cairngorm National Park, Perthshire and Forth Bridges.

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8 day tour from £930

6 & 20 May 2019
3 & 17 June 2019
1, 15 & 29 July 2019
12 & 26 August 2019
9 & 23 September 2019

Bed & Breakfast

Twin/Double/Family room - from 930 per person
Children - from 920 per child
Single Room - from 1070 per person


Twin/Double/Family room from 1135 per person
Children from 1125 per child
Single room from 1275 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
930 - 1,275
Luggage Allowance: One medium sized suitcase/bag per person (maximum weight: 15 kilos)

Product code: HEX 00790

Tour Summary

Sit back and relax as this amazing 8 day tour unfolds to show you the magnificent scenery of Scotlands West Coast as well as the precious Hebridean islands of Skye, Harris and Lewis.

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 onwards to Dunrobin Castle. Discover the Knockan Crag Nature Reserve before sailing to the Isle of Lewis.

Day 6: Explore the Isle of Lewis including the Butt of Lewis, Callanish Standing Stones and Carloway Broch.

Day 7: Tour through the Isle of Harris to visit beautiful Lusekentyre beach.

Day 8:Return to the mainland. Visit Culloden Moor and a local whisky distillery then return to Edinburgh via Pitlochry and Highland Perthshire.

Tour features:

  • Visit Eilean Donan Castle, Dunrobin Castle and Culloden Moor (admission fees apply)
  • Overnight accommodation: Oban (1): Isle of Skye (2); Loch Ness (1); Stornoway (2) & Inverness (1)
  • Depart from and return to Edinburgh
  • Tour duration: 8 days/7 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 (see note below) 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 our home for the next two nights.
Note: 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: 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: 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/Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness
Day Five
Loch Ness Dunrobin Castle - Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (2 nights)
After breakfast we drive along the banks of enigmatic Loch Ness. As we do keep a close watch just in case "you know who makes an appearance! After a brief panoramic tour of Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, we enjoy grandstand views of the Moray Firth as we travel over the Kessock Bridge.
After travelling through the Black Isle we will cross the Cromarty and Dornoch Firths to reach Golspie where, high above the town, sits an astonishing statue, 27m (90') high. This is of the First Duke of Sutherland, whose agents were involved in the most notorious of the Clearances in the Highlands during the 19th Century. Well hear more about this sad episode in the history of Scotland and contrast the fate of the tenants, who were forced from their homes, with the grand opulence of Dunrobin Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Sutherland. Our optional visit to Dunrobin* will give you time to explore the castle and its extensive gardens.
Well explore the Knockan Crag National Nature Reserve which is one of the most important geological sites in Europe. Well discover more about the mysteries that are locked up in the rocks during our visit.
The fishing port of Ullapool sits on Loch Broom and is where we board our ferry for the crossing of The Minch to reach Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis. The sailing will take 2 hours 45 minutes and our cruise-ferry boasts extensive lounge and dining facilities.
On arrival in Stornoway it is a short drive to our accommodation for the next two nights.
Overnight: Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Day Six
Exploring Lewis
Together Harris and Lewis make Scotlands largest island. These islands have been inhabited for over 6,000 years and there is a real sense of history as we will discover as we spend today discovering Lewis.
After breakfast we will make our way to the Butt of Lewis where a lighthouse stands warning passing ships of the nearby rocks. This is the most northerly point of the Outer Hebrides. Due west from here is nothing but the North Atlantic until you reach Newfoundland, Canada!
The astonishing Callanish Standing Stones is our next visit. Archaeologists believe that these 15 foot (5 m) stones were placed here by Neolithic people sometime between 3,000 and 1,000 BC and the site is rated second in importance only to Stonehenge. A short distance away is the impressive Dun Carloway Broch, an Iron Age stone fort known to have been built more than 2,000 years ago. This is one of the best preserved fortified towers in Scotland and its beautifully located with wonderful views over Loch Carloway and the sea beyond.
The weaving of Tweed cloth has, traditionally, been an important home-based industry for islanders so when we visit a local weaver *, on our last visit of the day, there will be an opportunity to see the fabric being hand woven in the time-honoured fashion a truly fascinating process.
Overnight Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Day Seven
Exploring Harris
Today we concentrate on the neighbouring island of Harris. Well travel through the imposing hills of North Harris to reach the little village of Tarbert, the main port serving the island.
The little island of Taransay has found fame as the setting for the popular TV programme, Castaway as well as the movie "Rocket Mail. Well stop so you can admire the views and take a stroll along
Luskentyre Beach, which appears never-ending. This is a great place to enjoy some beach combing. Look out for the machairs which sit behind the beach - these green grassy plains are covered in a mass of wild flowers in the summer.
We return to Stornoway for some free time so can explore this bustling port before our island interlude comes to an end and we catch the ferry back to the mainland.
Overnight: Inverness
Day Eight
Inverness Cairngorm National Park - Edinburgh
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.
Well stop at a local whisky distillery* so that you can discover how our National drink is lovingly produced. After our tour youll have the chance to sample a "wee nip and shop for souvenirs.
The 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
Culloden Moor - £11.00 Adult £8.50 Child
Dunrobin Castle - £11.00 Adult £6.50 
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 bedsDouble 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

  • 7 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (day 2-8)
  • Excursions as detailed in itinerary
  • Live commentary in English
  • Jacobite steam train tickets and seat reservations on selected departures.
  • Ferry tickets and reservations.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minicoach
  • 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 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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