Highland mountains and the Isle of Skye

Highlights: Doune Castle, Glencoe, Glenfinnan, Ferry to Skye, Cuillin Mountains, Portree, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, Ossian’s Hall at The Hermitage.

Day 1

Pick up at your location in Edinburgh, Glasgow, or Stirling

Travel north to pass the mighty Stirling Castle and enjoy a visit to Doune Castle. Amazing Castle Leoch in the famous TV series Outlander. Explore the  peaceful walkways along the River Teith nearby, before continuing the journey through Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park into the West Highlands.

Continue through the desolate Rannoch Moor and by Glen Etive to admire the simply stunning Glen Coe and enjoy a short walk.

Explore the shops and cafes of Fort William or enjoy watching the boats navigate the famous Neptune’s Staircase. See the amazing Jacobite relics in the award winning West Highland Museum.

Overnight Fort William

Day 2

Take the stunning “Road to the Isles” to see the amazing Glenfinnan monument and viaduct (which was used in the Harry Potter films).

Continue along the same route as the West Highland Railway line to take the spectacular ferry journey through the Sound of Sleat and arrive on the Isle of Skye at Armadale. Explore the beautiful historic gardens with stunning views, the ruined castle and perhaps the excellent award winning, Museum of the Isles.

Enjoy a short hike in Sligachan Glen admiring the magnificent Cuillin Mountains on both sides of the pass.  Option to enjoy a beach walk on the stunning Coral Beach in the north of the island if time permits.

Explore the Isle of Skye and see the wild mountains that dominate the island before heading to the colourful and picturesque capital of Skye, Portree.

Overnight in Portree.

Day 3

Head down the breath-taking road to remote Torrin for stunning views of Skye mountains and the small isles.

Leave the island via the Skye Bridge and stop for a visit to the romantic Eilean Donan Castle through the highlands before reaching Loch Ness for a chance to look for Nessie! Explore Castle Urquhart on the banks of Loch Ness - a popular viewing point with lots to explore including a climb up the Grant Tower.

Journey to Inverness, capital of the Highlands with a stroll along the beautiful River Ness, and some time for the shops and cafes in the city centre.

Overnight Inverness.

Day 4

Before leaving the north visit the mystical Clava Cairns, which date back to 2000BC and listen to the tragic story from the Jacobite soldiers at the 5* Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre.

Enjoy the outdoor Highland Folk Museum where you can visit the a township from the 1700’s  and meet a Jacobite Highlander in the Jacobite village! Britain’s first outdoor museum covers life from 1700’s to 1950’s. Stunning views as we walk around.

Journey south through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park to Pitlochry or the charming village of Dunkeld, for a wander around this picturesque conservation village with a medieval cathedral and Georgian Bridge on the River Tay.

Enjoy a delightful walk through the tall Douglas Firs to the stunning and surprising Ossian’s Hall.

Return to Edinburgh, Glasgow or Stirling.


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