Hebrides, Skye & The Far West - Small Group


One of the greatest rail journeys in the world
Luskentyre Beach
Meet some locals
Sligachan on the Isle of Skye

The Ultimate Scottish Experience

Tour Only Price from £565

Tour with Accommodation Price from £740

Tour Description

Small Group Tours *16 Passengers Maximum*

Day 1

Through the Trossachs to Oban...

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 to 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. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so lose yourself amongst the Cuillin mountains, visit 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

Day 4

Castles, lochs and beautiful beaches...

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

North to Lewis and Harris...

Day five takes you further north, first to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and then to Dunrobin Castle*, the most northerly of Scotland's great houses and home of the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland.  Here you can also enjoy a falconry display and a walk in its beautiful gardens.  Then you will discover Knockan Crag Nature National Reserve and learn about one of the oldest landscapes in Europe.  Your journey through the Sutherland area will then take you on to the beautiful seaside town of Ullapool, where you catch the ferry to the Isle of Lewis and Harris.

Overnight: Stornoway

Day 6

Ancient history and traditional tweed...

Stornoway is the largest settlement in the Western Isles and your base for exploring the Isle of Lewis and Harris. After you've explored the town, you'll head to the far north of the island to visit the Butt of Lewis lighthouse (the windiest place in the UK). The day also features visits to the ancient Callanish Standing Stones and Carloway Broch, an exceptionally well-preserved Iron Age structure located above Loch an Duin. You'll also have a chance to stroll some of the island’s stunning beaches and find out more about Harris Tweed cloth when you visit a traditional weaver*.

Overnight:  Stornoway

Day 7

Castaways and coastal splendour...

Day seven gives you the chance to explore Harris, which is the southern part of the island. First you'll visit the main port, Tarbert, then you'll travel a little west to look across the beautiful Sound of Taransay to the island made famous by the BBC's Castaway programme. Here you'll have the chance to stroll along what is arguably Harris' most beautiful beach, Lusekentyre. The day ends as you wave goodbye to the island and take the ferry back to mainland.

Overnight:  Inverness

Day 8

Historic battlefields and the journey home...

As you head home from Inverness, you'll be able to visit the battlefield of Culloden*, the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. Enjoy a wee dram at a local distillery*. You'll also pass the stunning Cairngorm mountains and explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry.


Please note, optional extras*:
- Jacobite Loch Ness Cruise & Urquhart Castle: £20 per person
- Culloden Visitors Centre: £7.00 per person
- Eilean Donan Castle: £6.50 per person
£ Exclusive discount with Highland Experience

* Please note itinerary may be reversed
** Please see our terms and conditions for details on the Tour Only option
*** Please note, optional extras are subject to seasonal availability
**** Departures 20th May - 9th September include the Jacobite Steam Train. Departures on 6th May and 23rd September include the Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle instead.



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

Hebrides, Skye & The Far West - Small Group Route Map

Tour Highlights

Highlight1Loch Lomond, Kilmartin & Oban

The Trossachs & Western Highlands - A walk through history

Highlight2Skye & Eilean Donan*

Scotland’s most beautiful castle

Highlight3Callanish Standing Stones

& Carloway Broch. Explore pre-historic sites

Highlight4Harris Tweed Weaver

Discover the story of weaving

Highlight4Culloden battlefield*

and the Whisky Distillery*

Tour Details

Departure Days:
Alternate Mondays
6th, 20th May; 3rd, 17th June; 1st, 15th, 29th July; 12th, 26th August; 9th, 23rd September

8:30am / 7:00pm
Reference: Tour No 15

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


Tour Reviews

Travelling from Edinburgh into the Highlands is like entering a landscape of vibrant wonder. The amazing scenery and historical monuments, Glens, Castles, Lochs and mountains are mesmerising in their beauty. I especially loved the ferry crossings, first to Skye and then to Stornoway, capital of Lewis and Harris, the Hebrides, an awesomely wild and free place to be. Feel the wind on your face and see the beauty of nature. I went with Highland Experience Tours in Edinburgh. Owen, our first driver/guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and fun to have around, very able and helpful. Our second driver/guide was the wonderful Fergus....he was just an all round wonderful person...a wonderful guide who showed us out of the way places we may not have seen otherwise. He was very much appreciated by all, it was he who took us to the Hebrides and then back to Edinburgh......thanks to both Owen and Fergus the 8 day tour will remain a wonderful and memorable experience. Oh and we had the best weather ever  

(Christine H – Trip Advisor – May 2018)

This was truly the highlight of our 5-week trip to the UK. The 8-day tour of the Highlands was incredible. The scenery was breath-taking, the tour guides, Fergie and Neil were the best. Neil is a natural-born storyteller and Fergie is amazing with his knowledge and unbelievable driving skills. The best part is they made frequent stops for picture-taking and were willing to stop if possible for something special along the route. I cannot say enough good things about Highland Experience tours. Do not be afraid to go all the way with them to some of the most beautiful places on earth!

(hawaiivisitor2014 – Trip Advisor – September 2017)


We had a wonderful time traveling the Highlands with Russell and Fergie. They were informative, told wonderful stories and excellent at navigating the roads in Scotland. We were thankful many times for their expertise. We saw so much of Scotland we feel very blessed.

(Valerie A – Trip Advisor – July 2017)


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