Key Features
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Tour feature: Maximum group size of 16 passengers
Starting: Edinburgh
Ending: Edinburgh
Tour Highlights
Towns and Cities: Fort William, Inverness
  1. Day 1 Dunkeld, the Cairngorm National Park and Loch Ness

    Departing Edinburgh, we head north over the Queensferry Crossing to the charming highland village of Dunkeld on the banks of the river Tay. From here you head into the Cairngorm national park of central Scotland and the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus estate. Lunchtime will be spent on the beautiful shores of Loch Insh before a short forest walk takes you to the ruins of Loch an Eilein castle. Panoramic views of Loch Ness follow as you travel down to the banks of the famous loch and the village of Dores where you can do some “Nessie” spotting! Then it’s on to the shores of Loch Broom where you spend two nights at Ullapool. * Please note - On some departures it may be necessary to stay in Inverness instead of Ullapool.

    Overnight: Ullapool or Inverness

  2. Day 2 The far Northwest Highlands, Ardvreck Castle and Assynt

    Today, we explore the remote far northwest highlands and the grandeur, expanse and wildness of the mountains of Assynt with its abundance of wildlife. This area is historically famous as being the first crofting area to be bought by the local crofters, the Assynt Crofters’ Trust. You will be immersed in the history of the area and visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, once the stronghold of the MacLeods of Assynt. The day is full of amazing views of some of Europe’s oldest landscapes from the stunning white sand beach at Achmelvich Bay to the traditional fishing village of Lochinver. With the chance of seeing wildlife such as whales and red deer as well, this is sure to be a memorable day.

    Overnight: Ullapool

    Meals: Breakfast included

  3. Day 3 Corrieshalloch Gorge, Loch Torridon and Plockton

    This morning we journey to the heart of the northern Highlands to take in the drama of the River Droma as it plunges 60m down into the Corrieshalloch Gorge. From here you travel past the mountains of the Beinn Eighe national nature reserve and along the picturesque coastline of Loch Torridon. The tranquil setting of tiny village highland village Applecross is your destination for lunch before taking one of the highest roads in Scotland, with its jaw-dropping views and hairpin bends. In the afternoon you stop in “tropical” Plockton where you can see palm trees growing alongside Loch Carron and take time to enjoy its sheltered serenity. Then it’s over the sea to Skye and the delightful harbour town of Portree with its friendly welcome.

    Overnight: Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast included

  4. Day 4 The Scenery of the Isle of Skye

    Today's itinerary is dedicated to exploring the Isle of Skye but is flexible dependent on the preferences and interests of the group. You may travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery or visit the 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. After lunch you can travel West to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye. Alternatively, we may visit Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod. We return you to your accommodation in Portree in the late afternoon for you to enjoy a free evening in this charming harbour town.

    Overnight: Isle of Skye

    Meals: Breakfast included

  5. Day 5 Eilean Donan Castle, Ben Nevis, Fort William and Glencoe

    Returning south we stop firstly at the famous stronghold Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film “Highlander”, set at the head of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders. Continuing east through the rugged mountains of Kintail including the splendour of the Five Sisters, we pass down through Glen Garry and Britain’s highest peak at Ben Nevis. After a lunch stop in Fort William for lunch, we explore spectacular Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Returning to civilisation and city life your tour ends in Edinburgh 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.

What's included

  • 4 nights in charming local hotel accommodation (minimum 3* standard).
  • Full Scottish breakfast each morning.
  • All transportation by luxury mini-coach.
  • 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.


  • Attraction entry / attraction admission however admission (this tour focuses on free time in certain locations and leaves you to choose which sites/attractions you pay to visit).

Optional extras

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


Please Note: All accommodation is minimum 3* rated and guarantees private / en-suite bathroom facilities.  Specific accommodation is selected and allocated after confirmation of your booking. As tour accommodation is allocated after confirmation of the tour booking not all tour participants stay in the same establishment. Please advise if you are travelling with other guests under a different reference and we can confirm accommodation together in the same property.

Departure Dates 2020

We are very sorry, there are no available dates for this tour at this time.

Please contact us to discuss similar tours which may still be available or for dates into the 2020 travel season.

Pricing 2020

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 (approx) on the final day of travel. We recommend arriving in your city of departure at least one day prior to the start of your tour. 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 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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