The Great Glen, Wizards and Whisky - What day isn't magical in the Highlands? And we'll make sure yours is too. Visit Urquhart Castle The Great Glen, Glenfinnan Viaduct (made forever famous by Harry Potter) and Dalwhinnie Distillery.
From your hotel/pickup point we travel the length of the most famous stretch of water in the UK – Loch Ness. There will be plenty of photo opportunities here and a chance to gaze out across the loch looking for a disturbance in the water...
Halfway down the loch we visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle. There is an interesting visitor’s centre and the opportunity to enter and tour if you wish. From here we continue around the loch, passing the lovely Thomas Telford bridge at Invermoriston, to Fort Augustus where the loch is met by the Caledonian Canal, built by that man Thomas Telford again. There may be time to join a RIB tour of the loch if you wish.
We follow the line of the Great Glen past Loch Oich and Loch Lochy to visit the Commando memorial above Spean Bridge, looking out over the area commandos used to train during WW2. There are views across to Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain) from here.
We continue to the end of the Caledonian Canal near Fort William and look at ‘Neptune’s Staircase’, the set of canal locks (the longest in Britain) that lead into Loch Linnhe and then to the sea.
We take a small detour to view the Glenfinnan Monument, commemorating the raising of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Standard at Loch Shiel at the start of his ill-fated Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 which came to an end on the Culloden battlefield, some 80 miles to the north, the following year. We also see the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made forever famous in the Harry Potter films.
We now head east along Glen Spean until we enter Strath Spey near Laggan (location for the hit BBC series Monarch of the Glen). We’re in whisky country so it seems appropriate to visit Scotland’s highest distillery at Dalwhinnie for a tour and maybe a wee dram (or 2!).
Suitably refreshed we head north through the Cairngorms with beautiful mountain views until we reach Carrbridge where there is a lovely 18th century packhorse bridge. We may just have time to travel back via the battlefield at Culloden before dropping you back off at your hotel/drop-off point.