On this tour – Cairngorms National Park, clan castles & history, ancient Torridon Mountains, Western Highlands, stunning viewpoints, Isle of Skye, smoked salmon, Scottish culture, lochs, mountains & glens, coastal scenery, harbour town of Oban, seafood and whisky.
Day 1 – Travelling north from Edinburgh we stop for a view of the majestic Forth Bridge at South Queensferry. Crossing the Forth and on to Perthshire we will visit the ancient picturesque village of Dunkeld to wander its small streets and visit its 13th century Cathedral by the quick flowing river Tay. We then enter the Cairngorms National Park and you will enjoy the changing scenery as travel in to The Highlands. Our afternoon stops are the fascinating Bronze/Iron Age Clava Cairns. Then on to the Culloden visitor centre, A wonderful interactive interpretation centre telling the story of the Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s attempt to over-throw the British Hanovarian King. Overnight in Inverness.
Day 2 – We will travel through the wild and visually stunning landscapes of the north western highlands visiting the town of Ullapool and the area known as Wester Ross. We stop at one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland, Loch Maree before moving on to Torridon. Overnight.
Day 3 – Torridon, A spectacular area of the Western Highlands with ancient mountains and some of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs. An unforgettable day of sightseeing in this area with fabulous walks and stunning viewpoints. Overnight.
Day 4 – Travelling through the lands of Wester Ross to Loch Carron we cross the Skye bridge to this famous isle. Touring Skye we visit Dunvegan Castle, ancestral home of the MacLeods of Skye, The Trotternish Peninsula with spectacular open sea views and the harbour town of Portree with its pretty town centre and restaurants. Overnight.
Day 5 – We continue with sightseeing on Skye. We have the opportunity to visit the southern end of the island with some wonderful boat trips viewing wildlife and dramatic coastal scenery. Overnight.
Day 6 – Sailing on the ferry over the sound of Sleat back to the mainland we can enjoy spectacular views of the Knoydart Mountains. The lochs and mountains of Lochaber are beautiful as the road weaves through this stunning landscape to Glenfinnan. This is where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Jacobite army at the head of Loch Shiel. Here you can also see the Glenfinnan viaduct. Our journey continues by the shores of Loch Linnhe to dramatic Glen Coe then to beautiful Loch Creran and Loch Etive to the harbour town of Oban. Oban has many seafood restaurants and is a bustling port. Overnight.
Day 7 – Travelling inland through Argyll we can visit the Inverawe smokehouse where they produce award winning smoked salmon. We will then visit the Georgian town of Inverary on Loch fine, home of Clan Campbell. This is a lovely town to wander and it is worth visiting the Castle, home to the Duke & Duchess of Argyll. We then travel to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond to enjoy views of the largest loch in the country and maybe taste home-made treats at the local inn. Travel back to Edinburgh / Glasgow.
Wildlife we may see – Red Deer, Red Squirrels, Eagles & other birds of prey, Pine Martin, Dolphin, Porpoise, Whales and Seals.