Four days and breathtaking beauty! Visit whisky distilleries, castles, glens, Isle of Skye, lochs and learn about our rich and ancient history. This tour is one not to miss – 4 days of fun and beautiful scenery in the majestic Highlands of Scotland!
Starting at Edinburgh or Glasgow this tour opens with a drive along the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond, Scotland’s largest expanse of water. Then on through the Trossachs National Park to the wild Rannoch Moor leading to majestic Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre in 1692. From here we travel through Fort William, past Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, to Spean Bridge where we make a poignant stop at the Commando War Memorial above the village. We then drive along the ‘Road to the Isles’ for a visit to Eilean Donan castle. Then across the Skye Bridge to our accommodation for the night.
After a hearty Scottish breakfast today is all about Skye. We visit the Sligachan bridge for some iconic views of the Cuillin mountains and then to the main town in Portree for a walk around taking in the harbour. Then we head north past the Kilt Rock waterfall into the sea towards the Trotternish ridge, Old Man of Storr and The Quiraing, settings for many films including the recent Macbeth. Awe-inspiring unstable geology. We pass over to the other side of the island to Dunvegan Castle, a 13th Century castle lived in by the Clan McLeod since it was built. There are gardens to explore, or we can go out to Neist Point, Scotland’s most famous and most photographed lighthouse in its wild and isolated location. A visit to Scotland would not be complete without learning about Scotland’s biggest export so Carbost is our next port of call, to the Talisker Whisky Distillery for a tour and maybe a wee dram! If time allows, we will then visit the magical Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle before heading back to our accommodation for the night.
From Skye we head back to the Mainland, this time via the only manually operated swing ferry in the world (also with the most iconic coffee shop!). Fort Augustus in the first port of call today, where the Caledonian Canal empties into the world-famous Loch Ness. There is an opportunity to take a boat trip here. Then around the banks of the loch to Castle Urquhart for more iconic views before heading through Inverness to the Culloden Battlefield, scene of the last battle on British soil in 1746 and the death-knell of the Jacobite Cause. Then to Fort George, an impressive Napoleonic-era fortress protecting the Moray Firth (maybe some dolphin-spotting from here, too) before heading to our overnight accommodation.
Cawdor Castle is the first visit of the day, with its (somewhat shadowy) links to Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Then we head south through the beautiful Cairngorms National Park to Balmoral Castle, summer residence for the British Royal Family (please note, the castle is only to the public four months of the year, April-July). If not Balmoral, then we’ll visit Braemar Castle just a few miles further on. Continuing south we pass the imposing Stirling Castle and Wallace Monument before visiting the site of the famous Battle of Bannockburn, where Scottish King Robert the Bruce made the English King Edward ‘think again’ before sadly having to return to Glasgow or Edinburgh to conclude our fantastic four-day glimpse of Scotland.