This 3 day tour will have you beaming from ear to ear as we venture down the Great Glen, through Glencoe and over to Perthshire. We then travel down to Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument before heading further west to Oban, Castle Stalker and then head back north through Dalwhinnie, Carrbridge and finaly back to Inverness.
From your hotel/pick-up point sit back, relax and allow Mark to introduce you to this wonderful 3-day tour through the north of Scotland. We travel through Inverness, the capital of the Highlands and soon come into the Great Glen to the most famous stretch of water in the world – Loch Ness.
There are plenty of photo opportunities along here as we view Urquhart Castle. Continuing along Loch Ness we come to the southern tip and Fort Augustus with its locks on the Caledonian Canal. There may the opportunity to take a ride on a RIB on the loch itself from here and get a stunning view of Castle Urquhart from the water.
From here we continue to drive along the beautiful Great Glen along the line of the Caledonian Canal and its lochs and locks! We pay a visit to the Commando Memorial near Spean Bridge and spend a few moments in contemplation at this fitting memorial in a beautiful place to those who served in WWII.
We then complete the Great Glen by going past ‘Neptune’s Staircase’ where the Caledonian Canal empties into Loch Linnhe which leads to the open sea. We continue south towards the famous Glencoe with its 360 degree fabulous views and also the wilderness that is Rannoch Moor.
Our final call of the day is at the Scottish Crannog Centre - a fascinating insight into how Bronze and Iron-age people used to live in a faithful recreation of a hut on stilts on the loch set against a beautiful backdrop. We then head for Pitlochry and our overnight stay.
Following a good night’s sleep and a hearty Scottish breakfast we continue south today from Pitlochry to Dunkeld with its ruined Cathedral, antique shops (if you wish) before continuing to Perth and Scone Palace, a Crowning Place for many Scottish Kings.
We then pay a short visit to an important Roman site – Ardoch Roman Fort. The Romans made quite an impact in Scotland, something not always remembered and these are probably some of the finest earthworks in the whole of Great Britain! From here we go to Doune Castle, famous for numerous appearances in films and TV, including Outlander, Game of Thrones and Monty Python.
More Scottish history follows with a visit to the Wallace Monument, magnificent Stirling Castle standing on a volcanic outcrop and Bannockburn. These 3 locations, close to each other are so important in the history of the nation. Discover the place where so many Scots define themselves and Robert the Bruce secured his most famous victory over the English. Stirling itself has always been an important place, guarding as it does, the route north from Edinburgh.
We then make our way across to our accommodation for the night, on the Bonnie Bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.
We wake up to views across the stunning Loch Lomond and then head through the Trossachs to Tyndrum, currently the centre of a mini-goldrush!
Then to Oban, a lovely small fishing port before continuing up the stunning west coast and Loch Linnhe (plenty of photo opportunities here!), passing Castle Stalker, en route to Dalwhinnie Whisky Distillery (Scotland’s highest) for a tour, discovering about the process (and some of the mysteries!) surrounding the production of ‘uisge beatha – the ‘Water of Life’! And maybe take a wee dram or two! Slainte Mhath! Suitably refreshed we then head back towards Inverness with just the opportunity for one last stop at Carrbridge, with its lovely ancient bridge, before we return to your hotel/drop-off in Inverness.