Key Features
Tour type: Small Group Tour
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Group size: Maximum group size 18 passengers
Starting: Edinburgh
Ending: Edinburgh
Tour Highlights
  1. Day 1 Dunkeld, the Grampian Mountains, Loch Ness and Ullapool

    Departing Edinburgh, we travel north into the Scottish Highlands. First stop will be the historic village of Dunkeld where you will take a short walk through the forest to the picturesque waterfalls before continuing north through the Grampian Mountains to the Spey Valley where you will stop for lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the world famous Loch Ness for some Nessie spotting followed by a visit to the impressive waterfalls at Corrieshalloch Gorge in the northern Highlands. Finally we arrive in the West Coast fishing port of Ullapool for your overnight stay.

    Overnight: Ullapool

  2. Day 2 The Isle of Lewis, Stornoway and Lewis Lighthouse

    Today we take the morning ferry from Ullapool for a two hour sail along Loch Broom, past the Summer Isles then out across the Minch to Stornoway – the main town on Lewis and capital of the Outer Hebrides. Keep an eye out for wild-life including dolphins, whales and seabirds in the forthing waters and skies overhead during the crossing. In the afternoon we explore the North West coast from Arnol with its historic old "blackhouse", through traditional crofting townships to Port of Ness and the very northern tip of the island – the Butt of Lewis. From the lighthouse here there is nothing between you and the Americas!

    Overnight: Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 The Crofting Communities and Prehistoric Remains of Lewis

    Today will be spent exploring the magnificent Isles of Lewis and her landscapes, untouched beaches and prehistoric remains. The fascinating circular stone fort at Carloway Broch will be your first stop followed by visits to communities such as Gearrannan and Shawbost which bear hallmarks of the traditional "crofting" way of life on these remote islands. Then it's on to Callanish with its mysterious ancient stone circle before touring the remote district of Uig with its fine, sandy beaches at Bhaltos, dramatic sea cliffs and rugged hills. This is the wilderness of the Western Isles at its finest.

    Overnight: Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

    Meals: Breakfast included

  4. Day 4 The Isle of Harris and Portree

    Travelling south today from the wild moorlands of Lewis we visit the more mountainous Isle of Harris – almost but not quite an island on its own. Famous for the locally produced cloth, traditional Harris Tweed, which has seen a recent resurgence and popularity amongst fashion designers. Harris is also home to the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides and the stunning white sands of deserted Luskentyre. After a morning of exploring South Harris you will stop for lunch in the small port of Tarbet from where you will catch the late afternoon ferry to Skye. Once on Skye it is less than an hour to Portree, the island's main town, and your overnight stay.

    Overnight: Portree, Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 The Natural Beauty of the Isle of Skye

    Today's itinerary on the beautiful Isle of Skye is flexible dependent on the preferences of the group and the travel conditions of the day. There are many possibilities including touring the Northern part of the Island around the Trotternish Peninsula to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery such as the "Old Man of Storr" or Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns (reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt) with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. Alternatively you may visit the West of the Island and travel to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye and where sea-life thrives in the crystal waters. Visits to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod, and Talisker Distillery also make interesting cultural stops. We return you to your accommodation in Portree in the late afternoon for you to enjoy a free evening in the village.

    Overnight: Portree, Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast included

  6. Day 6 Eilean Donan Castle, Glencoe and Fort William

    Departing from Portree we makie our way south to Edinburgh on a return journey that features many highlights – we pass the Cuillin Mountains on route to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle where we stop for a photo. As we pass Fort William we have views of Britain's highest peak at Ben Nevis before passing through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe valley renowned for its infamous Clan Massacre. Travelling back south through the Central Highlands the last stop of the day will be in Killin beside the peaceful Falls of Dochart before returning to Edinburgh where you tour ends at approximately 7pm.

    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

  • 5 nights accommodation (choice of B&B/Guest House or Hotel*).
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning.
  • All transportation by luxury mini-coach.
  • All ferry crossings as detailed.
  • Maximum group-size of 16 passengers for that intimate touring experience. Services of a professional driver/guide.
  • Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
  • Postage of your vacation documents pack.

Excludes

  • Attraction entry / attraction admission (this tour focuses on providing free time in various locations and allows you to choose which sites/attractions you may want to see during your visit).

Optional extras

  • Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Edinburgh.
  • Airport transfers or transport to/from Edinburgh before/after your tour.
  • Onward rail travel to destination throughout Britain.

* Please Note: All accommodation is minimum 3* rated (guest accommodation or hotel rated) and guarantees private / en-suite bathroom facilities. Specific accommodation is selected and allocated after confirmation of your booking. As this tour offers a choice of accommodation type the tour group do not all stay in the same establishment.

Departure Dates 2017/18

Please contact us for 2018 departure dates.

Pricing 2017/18

Single supplements apply for single occupancy rooms, please ask for a quotation for details.

This tour starts at 9am on the first day of travel and returns around 7pm on the final day of travel. If you require pre or post tour accommodation in central Edinburgh, please let us know.

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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