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Highland Experience's Scottish Choice

5 DAY TOUR

Say hi to the Highland coos
Ride the Hogwarts Express to Mallaig
Sunset over the Skye Bridge
Fort Augustus one of your overnight stops

North West Highlands, Skye, Eilean Donan Castle & Jacobite Steam Train

Tour Only Price from £285

Tour with Accommodation Price from £385

Tour Description

Day 1 

Through the Trossachs to Oban...

After journey to Scotland's biggest city Glasgow to meet the rest of the group*. Our wide-ranging tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here you’ll 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. Then it’s on the picturesque seaside town of Oban, home to Scotland’s best seafood!

Overnight: Oban


Day 2 

Gruesome Glens and the Hogwarts Express...

Day two takes you 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. You 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 you’ll spend your second night.

Overnight: Isle of Skye


Day 3 

A whole day to explore Skye...

You’ll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye’s mysteries and landscape with your knowledgeable driver-guide, they will ensure you get the most out of your time on the island based on the weather and group. Stops often include the likes of Cuillin Mountains, Dun Beag Broch, the Black Houses, the Kilt Rock Waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Trotternish Peninsula, and of course the capital of the island, Portree.

Overnight: Isle of Skye


Day 4 

Beautiful Castles and Mysterious Lochs...

We’ll leave Skye and head straight to one of Scotland’s most photographed castles, Eilean Donan* which you’ll have ample time to explore. You’ll 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


Day 5

Monster Hunting, Historic Battlefields and the Journey Home...

Today you’ll head to visit the battlefield of Culloden* the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. We’ll also have time to explore the nearby Clava Cairns, a group of Prehistoric Burial Cairns – fans of Outlander will love this location due to its similarity to the fictitious stone circle, Craigh na Dun. Then you’ll pass the stunning Cairngorm Mountains. On your way south you can choose to enjoy a wee dram at a local whisky distillery* or explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry before arriving back in Edinburgh*.


 

Please note, optional extras*: 
- Jacobite Loch Ness Cruise only: Adult:£13.50 / Concession:£12.50 / Child (5-15 years):£10.50
- Jacobite Loch Ness Cruise & Urquhart Castle: £20 per person
- Culloden Visitors Centre: £7 per person
- Eilean Donan Castle: £6.50 per person
- Ben Nevis Distillery (dependent upon availability): £5 per person
- Tomatin Distillery (dependent upon availability): £3 per person
£ Exclusive discount with Highland Experience


* If you are continuing to Glasgow, your guide will take you to Edinburgh Waverley railway station for the 50-minute journey by ScotRail trains, courtesy of Highland Experience

** Please see our terms and conditions for details on the Tour Only option

*** Please note, optional extras are subject to seasonal availability

**** Departures 13th May - 12th September include the Jacobite Steam Train. All other departures include Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle instead
 
***** Hotel accommodation on the Isle of Skye will be replaced with B&B Ensuite accommodation, prices have been adjusted to reflect this
 



Luggage limit 15KGMAX 15kg 55 x 40 x 20cm



Highland Experience's Scottish Choice Route Map

Tour Highlights

Scotland Highlight 1Loch Lomond, Kilmartin Glen & Oban

The Trossachs & Western Highlands - A walk through history

Scotland Highlight 2Glen Coe & Loch Ness*

Fascinating history & wonderful scenery

Scotland Highlight 3Eilean Donan*

Scotland’s most beautiful castle

Scotland Highlight 4Skye*

A day to explore the whole island

Scotland Highlight 5Culloden and whisky distillery*

Historic battlefield and a dram of single malt


Tour Details

Availability:
Summer
Departure Days:
Mondays and Thursdays
1st April to 14th October

Departs/Returns:
Edinburgh: 8:30am / 7:00pm  Glasgow: 9:45am / 7:00pm
Reference: Tour No 13

   Check-in Closes 15 mins prior to departure at pick-up point



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Tour Reviews

 

I went on this tour with my parents for 5 days in late September. Neil was our Tour guide and I really can’t say enough good things about him! He’s mastered the art of storytelling, knows all the best spots, and is super friendly and knowledgeable. He knew when to tell a story and when to let us rest. The tour itself was great. Awesome hotels, comfortable bus with charging ports, and all the best sights. I felt it was a really comprehensive tour for a first-timer. I even made a friend on the tour! Overall a wonderful experience!  
 
(Rainy M – TripAdvisor - September 2018) 
  

I can’t describe how truly incredible this experience was. We went on the five day Highlands tour in July 2018 (very late writing this!) and it was worth every penny. Our guide, Andrew, was fabulous. Funny, helpful, knowledgeable, and full of great historical anecdotes. You can ask him anything about the locations and he’d tell you the answer- often with a story attached. He was great at making sure we each got as much out of the experience as possible. I would definitely recommend you ask for him! Everywhere we stopped was so incredibly beautiful that it was often surreal. I’ve never taken so many pictures in my life. I would go back in a heartbeat. We opted to stay in B&B’s and it turned out we made the right choice. I wouldn’t change anything about our week.  

(Culture819908 – Trip Advisor – September 2018) 
 
 
This is an excellent tour highlighting some great attractions within a fairly short time. Neil, our guide, was not only an excellent driver but a knowledgeable guide who entertained us with Highland folklore and facts with unending enthusiasm and sense of humour. 

(ClaudiaJG – Trip Advisor – September 2018) 

 
Just finished up an amazing 5 day tour around the Scottish Highlands with our guide Neil. He did an absolutely outstanding job. The time between stops flew by with his compelling "epic tales" of Scottish history. The landscape and history are of course amazing, but Neil really brought it to life and made it beyond special. Also, two nights on the Isle of Skye was perfect! That scenery!! Neil always had some great recommendations on where to eat St each stop. Oh yes, cakes and ice cream were eaten.  

(Ian P – Trip Advisor – September 2018) 

 

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