4 DAYS - ISLE OF SKYE & THE HIGHLANDS
FROM GLASGOW & EDINBURGH
Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye on our private and exclusive 4 Day Isle of Skye & Highlands Tour from Glasgow or Edinburgh. In the 4 days, you’ll explore some of the most stunningly dramatic and beautiful scenery in the Scottish Highlands and visit the largest island of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, the mystical Isle of Skye.
what to expect
DAY 1 – The Hermitage – Pitlochry – Blair Castle – Culloden – Inverness
We then make our way from the Central Lowlands of Scotland and quickly see a terrain change into “big tree” Perthshire. Where better to experience this than a stop at The Hermitage in Dunkeld, created by the 3rd Duke of Atholl in the 18th century. As we stroll along we come to Ossian’s Hall overlooking a beautiful waterfall.
Our next stop is the Victorian town of Pitlochry, where we will stop of lunch and possibly browse in the shops.
As we continue north towards Inverness, we visit Blair Castle. The home of the Atholl family for 700years.
Still travelling north, we leave the big trees behind and enter the Cairngorm National Park. We head for Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last stance of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion and the last pitched battle on British soil. It also have a very modern and informative visitor centre.
A short distance away and we arrive at the 5000 year old Clava Cairns burial ground with its standing stones.
From here we have a short drive to your hotel in Inverness.
DAY 2 – Loch Ness – Eilan Donan Castle – Isle of Skye
You will be collected at you hotel in Inverness for the scenic journey to the Isle of Skye.
It is now time to take the “Road to the Isles” as we wend our way through Glen Sheil and on to Eilan Donan Castle, probably the most photographed castle in Scotland. An ideal place to have lunch.
Suitable refreshed, we travel a short distance to the Kyles of Lochalsh and cross The Skye Bridge.
We are now on the Isle of Skye, so lets explore!
We’ll continue our journey and visit Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, the home of the Clan MacLeod for 800 years and the oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland.
Our last stop of the day is to Neist Point and the Neist Lighthouse, the most westerly point on the Isle of Skye. We could walk down to the lighthouse or walk along the clifftop for the iconic photograph.
Time to sit back and relax as we make our way to your hotel in the scenic town of Portree.
DAY 3 – Tour the Isle of Skye
After a hearty breakfast, your guide will collect you from your hotel. A flexible itinerary is required for our time on Skye. The island has and abundance of sights to visit but some are weather dependant, so your guide will advise on the best strategy.
What say we head north from Portree towards the Trotternish Ridge and The Old Man of Storr, whose sharp pinnacles can be seen for miles. All caused by an ancient landslip, it is a stunning and unusual sight. Staying in this area we visit Mealt Falls, a waterfall, which flows over a cliff into the the Sound of Raasay 60 metres below. From here we head to Staffin Beach. If the tide is out we will be look to visit the Dynasaur footprints, which were left by a family of dynasaurs who walked over the sands 165 million years ago!
We then head up the winding road to The Quirang, at the far end of the Trotternish Ridge. The views are like something from another planet. We park at the top of the ridge and are able to walk onto this ancient landscape with stunning views for miles. To visit Skye and not try to go to The Quirang would be unthinkable.
As we travel north on the Trotternish Peninsular, we visit the Skye Museum of Island Life and learn how the islanders lived and worked 100 years ago. This little township has a number of thatched cottages (black houses), depicting life in the 19th century.
It’s now time to head for the island port of Uig for lunch before making our way to the nearby Fairy Glen, another weird looking landscape where the “wee people” live.
We now head back to Portree for our 2nd night on Skye.
DAY 4 – Mallaig – Glenfinnan – Glencoe – Loch Lomond
As we travel south from Portree to the Sleat Peninsula and the ferry at Armadale we say farewell to the beautiful Isle of Skye.
A short ferry journey brings us back onto the Scottish mainland and the fishing port of Mallaig.
We now take the scenic coastal route passed the silver sands of Morar and Arisaig with views over the islands of Rhum, Eigg, Muck and Canna, as we wend out way to Glenfinnan.
At Glenfinnan we have great photo opportunities. This is where Prince Charles Edward Stewart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) raised his fathers standard and so commenced the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. The monument here is dedicated to the brave highlanders who gave their lives for the cause.
It is also the location of the Glenfinnan viaduct, made famous the Harry Potter film. We might even see the Jacobite Steam Train (The Hogwarts Express) passing over the viaduct.
As we head in the direction of fort William, we make a stop at “Neptunes Staircase”, the southern end of the Caledonian Canal, which connects the west coast at Banavie with the east coast at Inverness. It is also the ideal place to get a great view of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.
As we pass through the Town of Fort William, we shortly arrive at Glencoe! The “Glen of the Weeping” is hauntingly stunning. Its place in Scottish history is made famous when in 1692 the Clan Campbell accepted the hospitality of the Clan MacDonald only to murder them as the slept.
We now journey over Rannoch Moor and descend into Tyndrum, on our way towards Loch Lomond and Trossach National Park.
Loch Lomond is the largest lake (Lochs in Scotland) on the British Mainland, with stunning scenery. We will stop at the conservation village of Luss and enjoy views over the loch with Ben Lomond as a backdrop on the other side of the loch.
As we leave Luss we can enjoy the scenery as we journey to your agreed final destination of the tour.