Highland Highlights

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Experience the stories, landscapes, legends and people that make the spectacular Highlands of Scotland such a distinctive and romantic place with this comprehensive five-day tour.

Day One: Edinburgh to Inverness (4 nights)

From Edinburgh we travel via Rannoch Moor to stunning Glen Coe, where we make our first stop, before continuing on to Fort William. We drive through the Great Glen to mysterious Loch Ness, where you can visit Urquhart Castle and take a ‘monster-spotting’ cruise *.

Our home for the next four nights is Inverness, the 'Capital of the Highlands'. Your stay in Inverness is unescorted, so you can enjoy your time here as you please.

Day Two: The Magical Isle

Today’s full-day excursion leads us to the delightful Isle of Skye We travel through Glen Shiel, passing the Five Sisters mountain range, to our first stop at romantic Eilean Donan Castle *, perched on its island at the head of Loch Duich. You have time here to visit this most picturesque of castles.

The road bridge to Skye takes us from mainland to island. After a stop for lunch, we follow the scenic route with wonderful views of the striking Cuillin Hills all the way to Portree, the island's main community. Why not take time out to visit the picturesque harbour with it's colourfully painted houses?

We return to the mainland and the village of Kyle of Lochalsh. The last leg of our journey takes us through pretty Glen Carron to Achnasheen for the short return to Inverness

Day Three: Caithness and John O'Groats

We head north from Inverness across the Black Isle to the Cromarty Firth where we may see some seals, as the tides allow. Our first stop is in Golspie, where a 27m (90’) statue of the first Duke of Sutherland stands high above the town. The duke’s agents were involved in the most notorious of the 19th-century Highland Clearances.

Our next stop is in John O’ Groats, the most northerly point of the British mainland, with time for pictures to capture your "I was here!” moment.  We next make our way to Duncansby Head for an easy stroll along the cliff-top path for dramatic views of sea stacks and seascapes, as well as sightings of local birdlife such as guillemots, kittiwakes and, of course, those cheeky puffins (until late July). Take advantage of the binoculars available on our mini-coach for a close-up view.  

We make our way southwards from Duncansby through Wick, with a comfort stop along the way, to return to Inverness for the night.

Day Four: Scenic Applecross and Loch Carron

We travel today to one of Scotland’s remotest and most picturesque areas: the Applecross Peninsula. We first cross the Black Isle to the village of Achnasheen. Our coach then climbs over the dramtic Bealach nam Ba, which means the ‘Pass of the Cattle’ in Gaelic, the UK’s third highest road at more than 2,000 feet.  

You will have time in sleepy Applecross to enjoy the spectacular seascapes or discover the controversial tale of the Highland Clearances at the local heritage centre. Nature lovers should look out for otters, red deer and pine marten (one of the rarest of British mammals) in an area rich in local wildlife.

Day Five: Inverness to Edinburgh

Our last day of discovery takes us to the scenic Black Isle and the attractive fishing village of Cromarty . We pause at Chanonry Point, a popular vantage spot for catching sight of the colony of dolphins, for which the Moray Firth is home. We also stop in the attractive town of Beauly before travelling through Glen Convinth to Drumnadrochit and the award-winning Exhibition *.

Our return journey south encompasses the Spey Valley, the picturesque Cairngorm National Park and the dramatic scenery of the Drumochter Pass. The last part of our journey together will take us through the heart of scenic Perthshire and the Kingdom of Fife. Our tour ends on our arrival in Edinburgh.

The order in which excursions are operated may vary.
* Admission fess extra

Tour Highlights: Glen Coe, Loch Ness, Inverness, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Glen Carron, John O' Groats, Duncansby Head, Bealach nam Ba, Applecross, Beinn Eighe National Park, Cromarty, Cairngorm National Park and Perthshire.

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Prices (Per Person)

Guest House
Single from £ 809.00
Twin from £ 645.00

Single from £ 1,155.00
Twin from £ 805.00

Accommodation Details

Product Code: HEX00015

A child discount of £10 applies to children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive. We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour. Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement

Seasonal Price Range
£645 - £1,205

Product code: HEX 00015

Dates of Operation

Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays
2 May to 22 September, 2020

Departure Information

Check in: 07:45 hrs
Departure: 08:00 hrs
From 1 Parliament Square, High Street/Royal Mile
Edinburgh EH1 1RE
Tour returns at: 20:00 hrs

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What's included

• 4 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower
• Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 to 5)
• Excursions as detailed in itinerary
• Live commentary in English
• Transportation to/from Inverness by luxury touring coach
• Services of a tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What's NOT included

· Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
· Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
· Gratuity to your tour host

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