Key Features
Tour type: Small Group Tour
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Group size: Maximum group size 18 passengers
Starting: Edinburgh
Ending: Edinburgh
  1. Day 1 Fishing Villages and Historic St Andrews

    Departing Scotland's capital, Edinburgh, we travel through the picturesque fishing communities of the East Neuk region to see brightly-hulled fishing boats and jumbles of fishermen's cottages. Our journey takes us to St Andrews, famed as the spiritual home of golf and more recently as the town where Prince William and Kate Middleton first met. We explore the medieval centre, with its narrow alleys and cobbled streets, which lead to the now ruined cathedral and the adjacent church of St Regulus. Later we continue north into the Cairngorm National Park and to the charming town of Ballater, our base for the night and where we enjoy our first dinner together.

    Overnight: Loch Kinord Hotel (or similar), Ballater

    Meals: Dinner included

  2. Day 2 Cawdor Castle, the Highlands and Culloden Moor

    This morning we continue North in to the scenic Scottish Highlands; our first destination is Cawdor Castle, an historic manor built around a 15th-century tower house, amidst picturesque manicured lawns and gardens. The castle's unique history holds connections to William Shakespeare's Macbeth. By afternoon we visit the mysterious standing stones at the Clava Cairns before making our way to Culloden Moor, site of the infamous Battle; at the visitor centre, which brings the battle vividly to life, we learn about the events that unfolded here and how it affected British history. Later we continue to Inverness our base for the next two nights.

    Overnight: Waterside Hotel (or similar), Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  3. Day 3 Inverness, Capital of the Highlands

    Following busy couple of days, today we enjoy a more relaxed affair; after a brief walking-tour the rest of your own to explore Inverness at your leisure. Known as the capital of the Highlands, and set on the banks of the river Ness, Inverness offers ample sightseeing and visitor opportunities; visit the Mercat Cross and St Andrews Cathedral, wander through the cobbled Old Town or climb to the hill-top Inverness Castle overlooking the town for your history-fix. The day wouldn't be complete without a spot of Highland shopping, perhaps picking up souvenirs in the Victorian Market hall.

    Overnight: Waterside Hotel (or similar), Inverness

    Meals: Breakfast included

  4. Day 4 Loch Ness, Seafood Lunch and Plockton Village

    Today we embark on a journey of stunning natural beauty. Firstly, we travel along the rugged and mysterious shores of Loch Ness, the largest body of fresh water in Britain and known around the world for 'Nessie', the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Then we then cross the wilderness of the Scottish Highlands to visit the National Trust for Scotland Conservation Village of Plockton; nestling in a sheltered bay, Plockton is a traditional crofting and fishing community comprising of neatly painted cottages and a tiny harbour. In the Kyle of Lochalsh we enjoy a seafood lunch experience prepared with the finest local produce before our final journey which takes us over the Skye Bridge to the stunning Isle of Skye, our base for the next two nights.

    Overnight: Eilean Iarmain Hotel (or similar), Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 The Isle of Skye

    Today is devoted to exploring the Isle of Skye, renowned for its rugged scenery, abundant wildlife, unique history and some of Scotland's most startling geological features. During the day, we'll pass the imposing Cuillin Mountains, see the extraordinary Quiraing and tour part of the Trotternish Peninsula to see the famous Kilt Rock cliffs and the spectacular Old Man of Storr. Time-permitting we'll enjoy time in the charming harbour town of Portree, the island's principle town. Later we'll return to our hotel in the South of island to hear about the making of Whisky and how the local Skye malt became world-famous. What better way to round off the day than to sample a wee dram ourselves!

    Overnight: Eilean Iarmain Hotel (or similar), Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  6. Day 6 Glenfinnan, Ben Nevis and Fort William

    This morning we cross by ferry from the Isle of Skye back to the Scottish mainland. The stunning Highland scenery pervades as we pass the sands of Mallaig and Morar on route to the village of Glenfinnan where 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' raised his standard in 1745. We'll enjoy views of the towering monument erected in his honour and famous Glenfinnnan Viaduct which was made famous when the Hogwarts Express passed over it in the Harry Potter movies. The onwards through soul-stirring Scottish scenery to see the other 'Big Ben' – Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest peak. It offers the perfect backdrop for our visit to the loch-side port town of Fort William, a town and area which is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. Finally, we board the ferry to cross to the Isle of Mull and our Inner Hebridean base for two nights.

    Overnight: Western Isles Hotel (or similar), Isle of Mull

    Meals: Breakfast included

  7. Day 7 Isle of Mull, Duart Castle and Iona and Iona Abbey

    Today we make our way through enigmatic scenery to the Southern-most point of the Isle of Mull. From the charming village of Fionnphort, we take the foot-passenger ferry to the tiny Isle of Iona; this serene isle is home to Iona Abbey and Nunnery, one of Scotland's most sacred and historical sites, a popular pilgrimage destination and an ideal place to relax in the tangible history, natural beauty and tranquillity of this tiny island haven. Returning to Mull we take a glimpse inside the intriguing Macquarie's Mausoleum and visit the 13th century Duart Castle, dramatically perched on a cliff overlooking the rugged coast. This craggy castle is the oldest inhabited castle on the island. By evening we return to our island hotel for a farewell dinner together.

    Overnight: Western Isles Hotel (or similar), Isle of Mull

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner included

  8. Day 8 Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and Stirling Castle

    Our final day sees us cross by ferry back to the mainland and the pretty harbour town of Oban. Then heading south we'll pass in to the scenic Trossachs National Park and along the "Bonny" banks of Loch Lomond, once the territory of Scottish folk hero Rob Roy. We then make our way to historic Stirling, known as the heritage-capital of Scotland. Here we wander through the old town and enter the hill-top castle, home to stunningly restored chapel and living quarters and with views of the towering Wallace monument visible in the distance. It's the perfect finale to our tour before we make the short journey back to Edinburgh where our tour ends.

    Overnight: Trossachs National Park, Loch Lomond, Stirling and Stirling Castle

    Meals: Breakfast included

*Journey times and distances are estimates and are based on the direct route between the start location and end location for each day of the itinerary, where applicable. They do not include detours or stops for sightseeing.

Unique features

  • Explore some of Scotland's enigmatic castles in Cawdor and Stirling.
  • Enjoy an insight in to Scotland's "water of life" with a private whisky talk and tasting.
  • Travel Scotland's remote Highlands and Islands, home to some of the most dramatic highland scenery in the world.
  • Become an islander with two nights on both the striking Isles of Skye and Mull.
  • Maximum group-size of 18 passengers for that intimate touring experience

What's included

  • 7 nights in charming accommodation
  • Transportation by luxury mini-coach
  • The services of your professional driver and separate tour leader
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • 4 x evening meals
  • 1 x seafood lunch
  • Inverness Walking Tour
  • Whiskey talk and tasting on the Isle of Skye
  • All ferry crossings as required
  • A comprehensive touring programme including the following admissions:
    • St Andrews University
    • Cawdor Castle
    • Clava Cairns
    • Culloden Visitor Centre
    • Iona Abbey & Nunnery
    • Macquaries Mausoleum
    • Duart Castle
    • Stirling Castle
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

Optional extras

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Edinburgh.
  • Rail travel to/from Edinburgh before/after your trip.
  • Airport transfers or transport to/from Edinburgh.

Departure Dates 2017/18

Please select your preferred tour date from the list below.

Start Date End Date Status Price
(per person)*
 
March 18, 2018
March 25, 2018
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£
2,519
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April 3, 2018
April 10, 2018
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£
2,569
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April 12, 2018
April 19, 2018
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£
2,569
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April 22, 2018
April 29, 2018
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£
2,569
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May 1, 2018
May 8, 2018
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£
2,619
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May 6, 2018
May 13, 2018
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£
2,619
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May 10, 2018
May 17, 2018
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£
2,619
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May 13, 2018
May 20, 2018
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£
2,619
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May 15, 2018
May 22, 2018
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£
2,619
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May 17, 2018
May 24, 2018
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£
2,619
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May 20, 2018
May 27, 2018
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£
2,619
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May 24, 2018
May 31, 2018
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£
2,619
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May 27, 2018
June 3, 2018
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£
2,619
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May 31, 2018
June 7, 2018
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£
2,619
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June 3, 2018
June 10, 2018
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£
2,619
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June 7, 2018
June 14, 2018
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£
2,619
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June 10, 2018
June 17, 2018
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£
2,619
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June 14, 2018
June 21, 2018
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£
2,619
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June 17, 2018
June 24, 2018
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£
2,619
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June 21, 2018
June 28, 2018
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£
2,619
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June 24, 2018
July 1, 2018
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£
2,619
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June 28, 2018
July 5, 2018
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£
2,619
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July 1, 2018
July 8, 2018
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£
2,619
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July 8, 2018
July 15, 2018
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£
2,619
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July 12, 2018
July 19, 2018
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£
2,619
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July 15, 2018
July 22, 2018
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£
2,619
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July 19, 2018
July 26, 2018
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£
2,619
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July 22, 2018
July 29, 2018
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£
2,619
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July 26, 2018
August 2, 2018
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£
2,619
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July 29, 2018
August 5, 2018
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£
2,619
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August 5, 2018
August 12, 2018
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£
2,619
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August 9, 2018
August 16, 2018
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£
2,619
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August 12, 2018
August 19, 2018
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£
2,619
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August 16, 2018
August 23, 2018
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£
2,619
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August 19, 2018
August 26, 2018
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£
2,619
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August 23, 2018
August 30, 2018
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£
2,619
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August 26, 2018
September 2, 2018
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£
2,619
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August 30, 2018
September 6, 2018
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£
2,619
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September 2, 2018
September 9, 2018
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£
2,619
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September 4, 2018
September 11, 2018
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£
2,619
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September 6, 2018
September 13, 2018
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£
2,619
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September 9, 2018
September 16, 2018
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£
2,619
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September 13, 2018
September 20, 2018
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£
2,619
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September 16, 2018
September 23, 2018
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£
2,619
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September 23, 2018
September 30, 2018
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£
2,619
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September 25, 2018
October 2, 2018
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£
2,619
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September 27, 2018
October 4, 2018
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£
2,619
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September 30, 2018
October 7, 2018
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£
2,619
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October 7, 2018
October 14, 2018
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£
2,569
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* Prices are per person based on two people sharing either a double room or twin room. A single supplement will apply for those bookings where a single room is required.

Pricing 2017/18

Single Supplement: £400.

All tours commence at 8.30am in central Edinburgh on the Start Day and finish at around 5.30pm (approx) in central Edinburgh on the End Day.

Pricing Notes

  • Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
  • Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
  • Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
  • Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
  • All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.
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