Tour Only from £555
Tour with accommodation from £730
4th, 18th May; 1st, 15th, 29th June; 13th, 27th July; 10th, 24th Aug; 7th, 21st Sept
This wide-ranging Highland and Islands tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here you'll be able to explore Scotland's ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before you, you'll be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle.
Please note the dates of the Jacobite Train for 2021 are not yet confirmed.
The Trossachs & Western Highlands - A walk through history
Scotland’s most beautiful castle
The Italian Chapel & Churchill Barriers
and the Ring O’Brodgar
and the Cairngorm Mountains
With so much to explore in Scotland, we’ve created this once-in-a-lifetime experience that combines all the sites we love the most. From the extraordinary natural wonders in the Isle of Skye, to the mysterious Orkney archipelago, this tour is perfect for those seeking an unforgettable adventure.
Our wide-ranging tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here we will have the opportunity to explore Scotland's ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before us, we will be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle. Then it's on the picturesque seaside town of Oban, home to Scotland's best seafood!
Day two takes us over the Connel Bridge through Appin to the haunting landscape of Glen Coe (scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan). We'll stop in Fort William, a town dominated by Ben Nevis - the Uk's tallest peak, then jump aboard the Jacobite Steam Train*. It's one of the world's greatest train journeys and will take you over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films. We'll continue to the end of the line, Mallaig, a pretty fishing port, bustling but remote. We will have the opportunity to have an early dinner and enjoy some excellent seafood before taking a short ferry ride over the sea to Skye, where we will spend your second night.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
We will have the whole of the third day to explore Skye's mysteries and landscape. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so lose yourself amongst the Cuillin Mountains, see the black houses, take in the spectacular scenery of the Kilt Rock Waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Trotternish Peninsula, including a visit to the capital of the island, Portree.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
We'll leave Skye and head straight to Scotland's most photographed castle, Eilean Donan* which we will have ample time to explore. We will stop at the pretty Lochside village of Drumnadrochit for lunch, before having the option to cruise* on Loch Ness, look out for Nessie and visit Urquhart Castle* ruin. We’ll then head to the south end of the Loch for our overnight stop in Fort Augustus.
Overnight: Fort Augustus
Today we head north via Inverness travelling through the spectacular coastal scenery of the Moray and Cromarty Firths, and taking in some of Scotland's most remarkable landscapes. Did you know the north coast of Scotland is well known for its incredible wildlife? spotting dolphins is very easy all along the Moray Firth, as well as seals and even orcas! We will then drive up to Gills Bay, with a community-owned small port and a pier used as the terminal for Pentland Ferries. Soon we will be boarding the ferry where we can take some time to relax, enjoy the beautiful scenery in front of us, and gather strength to continue the memorable trip to the mysterious and magical Orkney Isles. This naturally beautiful and super photogenic land is awaiting to be soaked in and explored. We will first visit the lovely Italian Chapel*, a Roman Catholic chapel built by Italian prisoners during the Second World War. We will also visit the famous Churchill Barriers – a series of causeways that were constructed to protect the British naval fleet from submarines.
From your base in Kirkwall, you'll spend the whole of day six exploring the Orkney. This is a land full of ancient history and you'll be able to take in prehistoric marvels such as the Maeshowe* chambered cairn, the world-famous Neolithic village of Skara Brae* and the brooding stone circles of Stenness and the Ring o'Brodgar. The day will finish with a visit to beautiful St Magnus Cathedral.
You will have a leisurely morning in Kirkwall, which boasts many craft and gift shops to enjoy. In the late morning, we join the ferry ride back to the mainland. Your expert guide will ensure you get the best out of your journey to Inverness, exploring the dramatic, varied and visually stunning coastline. On the way south we will have an opportunity to see Dunrobin Castle, the seat of the Duke of Sutherland and the beautiful gardens which were inspired by the palace of Versailles. From here, we will continue and reach our overnight stop, the capital of the Highlands, Inverness.
Head west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond to the Hebrides Islands, on this five-day tour.
This five-day tour takes you west through the beautiful scenery of the Highlands, before the heading to Orkney.
Delve into Scotland's legends and history as you explore some of our incredible islands!