8 Day: Highlands & Islands of Scotland


    A tour designed for those wishing to explore the 'real' Scotland, beyond the cities and into the wild west and north coast where the views are stunning and the welcome warm.

    • From: £5700pp for 7 nights.
    • Special Offers Available. Call for details.

    Highlights:
    Private Tour of Isles of Mull and Iona, Ben Nevis, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle, Whisky Distilling, Inverewe Gardens

     
    Day 1: Arrive Glasgow

    Upon arrival at Glasgow International Airport you will be welcomed to Scotland by your local Guardian Angel, and introduced to your driver-guide who will accompany you on this tour. You will then be privately transferred to your island hotel on the shores of Scotland’s west coast. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure to relax and enjoy the setting of your hotel.

    Overnight: Isle of Eriska Hotel



    Day 2: Isles of Mull and Iona

    Leave your hotel this morning for a full day of touring (9 hours subject to ferries) with your driver-guide and private vehicle. Drive the port in Oban and board the ferry for the Isle of Mull. Alight at Craignure and follow the very scenic road along the South of the island to Fionnphort. Visit Duart Castle, a stronghold of the Maclean Clan for over 400 years, which sits on an outcrop overlooking the Sound of Mull. Here, board the small ferry as foot passengers for the short journey to Iona, the cradle of Scottish Christianity. Visit the Abbey Church, originally founded by St. Columa, see the burial ground of the ancient Scottish Kings, and enjoy excellent views of the Hebrides. Return to Oban by the same route.

    Overnight: Isle of Eriska Hotel
    Meal Plan: B



    Day 3: Isles of Eriska - Ben Nevis - Fort William

    Travel northwards today with your driver-guide towards the town of Fort William. Towering over the town is Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. You may wish to take the gondola up the mountain to enjoy fantastic views. Check into your hotel and take advantage of the activities on offer including fishing and clay pigeon shooting.

    Overnight: Inverlochy Castle
    Meal Plan: B



    Day 4: Isle of Skye

    Today see some of Scotland's best known sites on a full day excursion (9 hours) to the Isle of Skye with your driver-guide and private vehicle. Drive along the Great Glen in the shadow of Ben Nevis until you reach Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster. Continue over the mountains to Glen Shiel, the valley that leads you to the West Coast. In Loch Duich, visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle, a feature on many picture postcards from Scotland. Continue over the bridge to the Isle of Skye where many of the road signs are still written in the Gaelic language. Weather permitting; you may obtain fine views of the Cuillin Hills in the centre of the island. Pause to obtain a flavour of the Gaelic heritage at the Clan Donald Centre before returning to the mainland by the ferry to Mallaig. Drive along the 'Road to the Isles' that leads to Fort William, and pass the Glenfinnan monument where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in 1745.

    Overnight: Inverlochy Castle
    Meal Plan: B



    Day 5: Fort William - Blair Castle - The Whisky Trail - Inverness

    Today your driver-guide is waiting to take you into the centre of Scotland’s Highland region. Visit the attractive town of Pitlochry and Blair Castle. Blair Castle was the heart of the ancient Kingdom Atholl and home to the Duke of Atholl. The Duke retains the only private army in Europe, which is based within Blair. Continue North through the Cairngorm Mountain range, enjoying stops at some of the best whisky distilleries in Scotland. See how the typically Scottish product is distilled and enjoy a few tastings.

    Overnight: Culloden House Hotel
    Meal Plan: B



    Day 6: Wester Ross

    Enjoy a full day excursion (9 hours) today with your driver-guide and private vehicle into the rugged landscape of Wester Ross, one of the most spectacular regions in Scotland. Drive over to the West Coast where the mountains of Torridon dominate the Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve. Drive along the shores of Loch Maree until you reach Poolewe and visit the Inverewe Gardens, a delightful woodland paradise that exists because of the temperate influence of the Gulf Stream, and the windbreak effect of the surrounding pine trees. Return to Inverness by a more northerly route. You may like to visit the picturesque fishing port of Ullapool, attractively located on the shores of Loch Broom.

    Overnight: Culloden House Hotel
    Meal Plan: B



    Day 7: Loch Ness

    Spend the day with your driver-guide enjoying the area around Loch Ness, most famous for its elusive monster! Visit Urquhart Castle, once one of Scotland's biggest castles but now in ruins for more than 200 years. There has been a fortress on this point since Iron Age times, but after the victory of the English at the battle of Dunbar in 1296, Edward 1st of England built the current fortress structure. Back in Inverness, visit Culloden Moor, the site where the Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1746.

    Overnight: Culloden House Hotel
    Meal Plan: B



    Day 8: Depart Inverness

    Today you will be privately transferred to Inverness Airport for your departing flight.

    Meal Plan: B


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