A relaxing and informative 2 day tour of the west coast, castle, mountains and lochs. Visit major landmarks on the Great Glen and the Isle of Skye and tast some of the amber nectar of the Highlands! Experience our beautiful countryside from the comfort of a luxury tour with Discover More Scotland.
From your hotel or pick-up point sit back, relax in the comfort of your Land Rover SUV and let Mark welcome you to the Highlands as we head west from Inverness. Within minutes we are crossing the Caledonian Canal and heading down the Great Glen towards probably the most famous stretch of fresh water in the world – Loch Ness. Keep an eye open for disturbance in the water..! Ahead of us we can see Urquhart Castle.
Urquhart Castle sits on the headland and there will the opportunity for a photo-stop here to take in the historic site that has been involved in the many Highland battles including the wars of independence, (you may be able to return in a little while though!). We continue down the entire length of the loch to Fort Augustus with its entry into the Caledonian Canal and set of locks. Here you may be able to join a boat trip out onto the loch (perhaps an exhilarating RIB ride and view Urquhart Castle from the loch itself! We are able to pre-book this for you – please ask for details). We continue along the Great Glen and then climb up through Glen Garry to the beautiful Glen Shiel and battleground during the 1719 Jacobite Rebellion. There are fantastic 360 degree mountain views as we descend to Loch Duich and visit what is probably Scotland’s most photographed castle, the gorgeous Eilean Donan.
We have the opportunity to tour the iconic Eilean Donan Castle if you wish, before continuing to the Skye Bridge and cross over to the ‘Misty Isle’ – Skye. We follow the coast with breath-taking views inland and out to sea before arriving at Sligachan Bridge with an iconic view of the Black Cuillin mountain range - the ‘Alps of the North’. Splash your face with water from the River Sligachan and you are assured eternal beauty! We continue north before reaching the main town on the island – Portree, with its picturesque harbour, shops and large selection of restaurants. Pay a visit to ‘the lump’ for magnificent views. We then head for our overnight accommodation.
On Day 2 we stay on the Isle of Skye for the first part and after a hearty Scottish breakfast we continue heading north, visiting Skye’s fascinating geological landscape with The Old Man of Storr, the magnificent Kilt Rock, and the famous route of The Quiraing, where you can stretch your legs and take a short walk, if you wish, and take in the fabulous views from here. We then go round the northern tip of the island and visit Flora Macdonald’s grave, Flora is famous for helping The Bonnie Prince evade government troops.
Flora MacDonald was the heroine associated with the escape of ‘Bonnie’ Prince Charlie following his defeat at Culloden in 1746, immortalised in the famous ‘Skye Boat Song’. There are other interesting graves here, including the famous designer Alexander Macqueen. There may be the opportunity to visit the Museum of Island Life where you can see what living conditions were like in Flora’s time – you’ll never complain about your living conditions again! We then travel to the oldest continuously lived in castle in Scotland...
Dunvegan is home to the Clan Macleod and their famous ‘Fairy Flag’ for 800 years. Visit the castle or stroll through the extensive castle gardens and woodlands before we go to the most famous whisky (uisge beatha) distillery on the island – Talikser Distillery.
There will be the opportunity to take a tour to learn the process (and some of the mystery!) in whisky-making and of course the chance to take a wee dram (or two!) of the ‘Water of Life’! Suitably refreshed we then make our way back to the Skye Bridge, cross back to the mainland and back towards Inverness by way of the stunning Loch Carron and Beauly Priory, before returning you to your drop-off point or hotel in Inverness.