Experience some of Britain's most spectacular and scenic rail journeys as you explore Scotland and the Highlands by train. Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct on the famous West Highland way and visit famous destinations including the Isle of Skye, Inverness and the capital city of Edinburgh.View this tour
Destination Guide to the Scottish Highlands
The North of Scotland and the Scottish Highlands are a vast and untouched wilderness, home to dramatic and breathtakingly beautiful natural scenery.
Covering a vast but sparsely populated area, the North of Scotland, much of which is considered the Scottish Highlands, reaches from just north of Edinburgh and Glasgow to the most northerly point on the British mainland at John O Groats and is a region characterized by a dramatic natural geography.
Providing some the UK’s most visually spectacular landscapes, the Highlands are home to towering mountain ranges and shimmering lochs set in deep valleys from the dizzy heights of Britain’s highest mountain peak at Ben Nevis to the Great Glen and the depths of the world-famous Loch Ness. And in between you’ll find eerie desolate moors, craggy rock formations, gushing crystal clear rivers and glorious heather swept hillsides all waiting to be discovered and inviting you to snap some unforgettable pictures.
The wild, untouched countryside offers invigoratingly fresh air and an unrivalled tranquillity ideal for those seeking a peaceful retreat. Each landscape provides the natural habitats for wildlife to thrive from fresh water fish such as the famous Scottish salmon in the rivers to dolphins, whales and seals off the coastlines. The thick woodlands of the Grampian Highlands are teaming with red squirrels, wild deer can be spotted on the moorlands and the bird-life thrives from coastal sea-birds to stunning birds of prey.
The Highlands are home of a rich Scottish Heritage and are dotted with ancient castle ruins, tumbledown former settlements and impressive baronial manors. Waiting to be discovered here are Scottish icons such as Eilean Donan Castle and Urquhart Castle, the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Queen’s favourite retreat at Balmoral. The area played host to much of Scotland’s tempestuous history, once the stomping ground of Scottish heroes such as Rob Roy and Bonnie Prince Charlie, sites are still marked of the infamous clan battles and massacres such as those at Glen Coe and Culloden Moor. These northern areas of Scotland also make the ideal place to enjoy a wee dram of finest malt whisky with a number of world-famous distilleries found throughout the Highlands including Oban and Glenfiddich.
Whilst they are sparsely populated, the centres of population in the Highlands are certainly worth visiting in their own right as well as ideal bases for touring. Fort William is the outdoors capital of Scotland and an ideal spot from whence to enjoy outdoor pursuits. Aberdeen, the Granite City, is a proud maritime city and now prospers from the North Sea Oil industry. Oban, also known as the Gateway to the Isles, is the picturesque town and sea port on the beautiful west coast whilst Inverness, known as Capital of the Highlands, straddles the river Ness and is home to its own castle, museum and gallery. And not to be missed is the quaint Victorian town of Pitlochry in the heart of the region.
Captivating scenery, spell-binding wildlife, an abundance of national icons and rich national history make the Highlands an integral part of your Scotland experience.
A Scottish Islands Driving Tour - Escape to an enchanting wilderness as you explore the frontiers of the Scottish nation and her remote outer islands. Experience the raw natural beauty of Glencoe, Scotland’s West Coast and the isles of Skye, Lewis and Harris on our Hebridean Highlights tour. The tranquillity of the Western Isles provides visitors with a peaceful retreat from modern life to a back-drop of dramatic natural landscapes. On your journey you’ll see sparkling lochs, barren moorlands, deserted golden beaches, fascinating historic sites and wildlife in abundance.View this tour
A Mull Small Group Tour - Spend five days exploring Scotland's magical Inner Hebridean Islands including the enchanting Isle of Mull and the romantic beauty of the Isle of Skye. We’ll also visit the tiny spiritual retreat of the Isle of Iona and Iona Abbey. Highlights along the way include the Loch Lomond National Park, Oban town and the beautiful West Coast of Scotland not to mention Scotland’s dramatic Highland scenery.View this tour
A Scotland Car Tour - Journey from Edinburgh or Glasgow to the furthest reaches of Northern Scotland. Travel deep in to the Highlands and along the world-famous NC500 route to experience Scotland’s remote coastlines and some of Europe’s oldest and most awe-inspiring landscapes; experience towering mountain passes, cascading waterfalls and craggy coastlines. Then on to the enchanting island of Orkney to explore it’s host of ancient prehistoric sites and weather-beaten landscapes. A breath-taking and unique driving tour experience.View this tour
Scottish Islands Small Tour - Get away from it all with this magnificent adventure to Scotland's remote and wild Outer Hebridean Islands. Discover the magnificent natural beauty and wildlife of the isles of Lewis and Harris – on route you’ll pass through untouched landscapes, along craggy coasts and deserted white sandy beaches. Ancient history pervades here with pre-historic stone circles, neolithic sites and Viking heritage all around. Your tour will also include the dramatic Scottish Highlands and the ever-popular Isle of Skye.View this tour
Enjoy an enchanting journey through some of Europe's most dramatic natural landscapes on this Orkney small group tour of the awe-inspiring northern Highlands and remote Isle of Orkney. Steeped in Viking history, the region is scattered with prehistoric sites dating back more than 5000 years; experience the tomb of Maes Howe, the excavations at Skara Brae and the mystical standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar.View this tour
A scotland escorted coach tour, experience the Highlands and the heart of Scotland on your Scottish Dream tour. From the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow to the remote Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, the Cairngorms and the heart of Scotland, you'll see clan seats, baronial manors, remote castles, royal palaces, ancient battlefields, malt distilleries and the spiritual home of golf.View this tour
A Scottish Castle Driving Tour - Experience Scottish hospitality at its traditional best on this exclusive tour staying in sumptuous and historic castle and manor-house hotels. This itinerary takes you from historic Stirling and Edinburgh to the remote Mull of Kintyre and the dramatic West Coast to the Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands. Along the way you’ll experience the very best of both Scotland’s landscapes and heritage. Enjoy included admission to dozens of historic attractions by day and the utmost of comfort and character at your accommodation each night.View this tour
Orkney Tour from Inverness - A perfect tour to explore the remote archipelago of Orkney. Journey through the untamed Northern Highlands and cross the chilly Waters of the North Sea to reach Orkney, home to a treasure trove of natural landscapes and heritage sites. Unearth some of the best-preserved historic and prehistoric sites in Europe including Viking villages, Norman Cathedrals, ancient stone-circles and a settlement remains which pre-date the pyramids of Egypt!View this tour
A brief escorted Britain tour – discover the essence of Britain on this whirlwind coach tour of England and Scotland. Enjoy a journey of contrasts from the thriving capital cities of London and Edinburgh to the tranquil areas of natural beauty in the English Lake District and the Scottish Highlands. Along the way you’ll discover the bustling cultural hubs of Glasgow and Liverpool, birthplace of the Beatles, where you’ll enjoy live music in the world-famous Cavern Club!View this tour
A Driving Tour to Skye – Our Skye and the Highlands tour does what it says on the tin offering an itinerary which takes you away from the bustling cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow to the remote wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. Experience the enigmatic scenery of Glencoe Valley, Scotland’s West Coast and the majestic isle of Skye. Then onwards along the Great Glen to the capital of the Highlands itself! Along the way you’ll see sparkling lochs and ancient castles, the perfect Highland escape.View this tour
Enjoy a Scottish Islands escorted tour as you journey through majestic Highland scenery and explore Scotland's remote islands on this comprehensive tour of Scotland. Experience the tranquillity of the Isle of Skye, the undiscovered wilderness of the Isle of Bute, the dramatic landscapes of the Northern Highlands and the ancient pre-history of the Isle of Orkney, not to mention the beautiful city of Edinburgh.View this tour
A Scottish Highlands Coach Tour - Explore beyond Scotland's tartan façade where there lies 8,000 years of history and a rich cultural heritage, while the drama and variety of her natural features never fail to impress. Explore the Northern Highlands and Isles of Orkney and Skye on the Country Roads of Scotland Tour which is well paced and offers two-night stays in both Edinburgh and Thurso.View this tour
A Scottish small group tour - Enjoy this comprehensive tour of Scotland, a captivating land of contrasts which is both aesthetically beautiful and historically fascinating. From Edinburgh to the remote islands of Skye and Mull, enjoy dramatic coastlines, towering mountains, shimmering lochs and heather covered highlands all richly peppered with castles, abbeys and ancient sites which tell the tale of Scotland's intriguing and often turbulent history.View this tour
One of our best Scotland Driving Tours – Scotland Explorer offers a comprehensive itinerary taking you on a journey to the corners of this beautiful nation; see Scotland from the bustling cultural and historic cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh to the expansive wilderness of the Scottish Highlands. From the rugged beauty of the West coast and Isle of Skye to the cultural sites of the East Coast and Aberdeenshire. Along the way see sparkling lochs, towering mountain ranges, ancient castle ruins, and whisky distilleries – a truly Scottish experience.View this tour
A Highlands Small Group Tour - Spend five days exploring Scotland at its breath-taking best; touring the remote northern Highlands and the Isle of Skye you'll experience the mountain landscapes of Assynt and the Cuillins as well as the contrasting coastal scenery of the Highlands. From dramatic cliffs to deserted white sandy bays, there's something for everyone. Other highlights include the ancient pine forests of the Cairngorm National Park and Inverness capital of the Highlands.View this tour
Ride the scenic Scottish rail routes through the heart of the nation to the stunning Highlands and back again taking in some of Scotland's most visited heritage towns and cities along the way. The Heart of Scotland tour takes you from the Grampian Highlands and the Cairngorm National Park to Stirling, Inverness and the beautiful capital of Edinburgh.View this tour
A Scottish Isles Driving Tour – Take the road to the isles along Scotland’s stunning West Coast to explore the beautiful inner Hebridean islands of Skye and Mull. On these secluded Scottish islands, you’ll enjoy spectacular natural beauty - pass dramatic mountain ranges, see sparkling lochs and experience an abundance of wildlife on land and in the coastal waters. Skye and Mull are also peppered with unique archaeological features and intriguing historic sites just waiting to be explored.View this tour
Enjoy this comprehensive tour of Scotland, a captivating land of contrasts which is both aesthetically beautiful and historically fascinating. From Edinburgh to the remote islands of Skye and Mull, enjoy dramatic coastlines, towering mountains, shimmering lochs and heather covered highlands all richly peppered with castles, abbeys and ancient sites which tell the tale of Scotland's intriguing and often turbulent history.View this tour
Enjoy this Scottish Highlands escorted tour for a leisurely trip of Scotland which focusses on the spectacular history, culture and scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Discover a host of iconic and lesser known Scottish castles, the seats of royalty and ancient clans, cruise on misty lochs and take a stunning highland rail journey. The leisurely pace offers stays of a minimum of two nights in each location.View this tour
Skye Small Group Tour – A brief three-day tour through Scotland's dramatic Highlands to the romantic Isle of Skye. Explore this fascinating island from the towering Cuillin Mountains to the remote Trotternish Peninsula and the lush West Coast. Other highlights include the island’s main town of Portree town as well as the Glencoe Valley, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and the five Sisters of Kintail which can be seen on route to and from this magical island.View this tour
An Orkney Small Group Tour - Escape to Scotland’s northern extremes on a tour to treasure for a lifetime. Departing from Edinburgh, in five days you'll head North to explore the remote and rugged landscapes and coasts of the one of Europe’s last wildernesses; the northern Scottish Highlands. Your journey will take you along stretches of the famous NC500 driving route, will immerse you in magical, rugged landscapes and take you to the plentiful prehistoric sites and landmarks of the Orkney Islands. Other highlights include the majestic vistas of Glencoe, Rannoch Moor, Loch Ness and the Cairngorm National Park.View this tour
An escorted Scotland tour, enjoy a flavour of Scotland and all this enchanting nation has to offer. From Glasgow you’ll journey along the Great Glen in to rugged Highlands and back to Edinburgh, the elegant capital. On route you’ll enjoy a loch cruise, sample single malts and enjoy a traditional Scottish evening of local cuisine and entertainment.View this tour
A Scotch Whisky Tour - Home to more than half of Scotland's malt whisky distilleries, a warm Scottish welcome awaits you in Speyside and its renowned Whisky Trail. This three-day trip allows you to sit back and let us do the driving whilst you visit some of the finest whisky distilleries in Scotland and of course sample a dram or two! Along the way we enjoy the magnificent scenery of Cairngorms, Speyside and Royal Deeside regions of Scotland.View this tour
Sweeping through a land rich in history and tradition, the Royal Tour of Britain takes in bustling cities and picturesque villages, rolling green hills and rugged coastlines. As the name suggests this tour is specifically designed to visit many Royal sites and connections across the UK including opulent palaces, Royal residences and grandiose castles. From the gates of Balmoral to Buckingham Palace explore the historic streets of Edinburgh to the excitement of London, one breath-taking step at a time.View this tour
A succinct Scotland Driving Tour – Our Simply Scotland itinerary offers you a great introduction to this enchanting nation. In the course of just a few days you’ll experience the rugged landscapes of Glencoe, and the Scottish Highlands and the magical capital city of Edinburgh. Highlights along the way include historic Stirling, Loch Lomond, the West coast and Scotland’s most famous body of water - Loch Ness.View this tour