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Highland Experience's Scottish Choice


    Tour Operator: Highland Experience Tours     5 days     Travel method: Mini Bus / Car     Region: Edinburgh

Oban, Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness and Glenfinnan

Duration

5 Days

What makes this tour incredible:

This is the ultimate Scottish experience. In five wonderful days, you will explore this beautiful country, discover its culture and history and meet its welcoming people. Your journey will take you through high mountain passes and across historic battlefields, along rugged coastlines and through misty glens.

Tour Itinerary

The Highland Experience’s Scottish Choice tour gives you the opportunity to explore the beauty of Scotland with the best local guides. On this tour, you will discover the diverse landscape of the Highlands, enjoy wonderful coastal scenery, fall in love with the magical Isle of Skye and see the incredible Glenfinnan Viaduct. After the tour, you will understand why our wee country has been officially voted the most beautiful country in the world!

Day 1

Through the Trossachs to Oban...
We’ll pick you up from Edinburgh’s high street before we make our way to Glasgow - Scotland’s biggest city and industrial capital - where we will meet the rest of your group. Our wide-ranging tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Loch Lomond is one of the top nature attractions in Scotland, surrounded by beautiful villages and stunning landscapes, it’s an absolute paradise for those who want to experience the Scottish nature.

Next, we will stop at Kilmartin Glen, famous for its rich archaeological legacy. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before us, we will walk in the footsteps of the first Scots and decipher the mysteries of an area soaked in history. Take a big step back in time and stroll through Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle or uncover some extraordinary Neolithic rock art at Achnabreck.

Then, we will have a scenic journey to the picturesque seaside town of Oban, home to Scotland’s best seafood! As we drive through it, your guide will provide you with an overview of the history of the town and its most famous sights. On our first evening, you have the opportunity to take part in a traditional Scottish Ceilidh! Use the code ""HEX20"" when booking for a small discount!

Overnight: Oban

Day 2

Explore the Gruesome history of our Glens...
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.

The Jacobite train is one of the world’s greatest train journeys, we will follow part of it's route, made famous by the Harry Potter films. We will drive from Fort William to Glenfinnan, where the impressive Viaduct and Monument is. It's beautiful and if we get the timing right, you'll be able to watch the steam train cross the viaduct.

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 with your knowledgeable driver-guide, who will ensure you get the most out of your time on the island based on the weather and group. Stops often include the likes of Cuillin Mountains, Dun Beag Broch, the Black Houses, the Kilt Rock Waterfall, The Old Man of Storr and the Trotternish Peninsula, and of course the capital of the island, Portree. It’s the perfect Scottish experience giving you a chance to visit waterfalls, springs, historic sights and walk through some of the most beautiful landscapes.

Overnight: Isle of Skye

Day 4

Beautiful Castles, Mysterious Lochs and Monster Hunting...
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. Eilean Donan is one of the greatest medieval castles in Scotland. With a history that dates back to the 13th century, this fortress will take you back in time to the bloodiest times of our past.

Our route then takes you over to the pretty Lochside village of Drumnadrochit for lunch. Here, you can choose between navigating the world-famous Loch Ness or enjoying some time to explore the surroundings. For those who want to cruise on Loch Ness, the boat trip also includes a visit to Urquhart Castle. An opportunity to catch a glimpse of our famous Loch Ness monster, and immerse yourself in the history of the area. We’ll then head to the south end of the Loch for our overnight stop in Fort Augustus.
Overnight: Fort Augustus

Day 5

Historic Battlefields and the Journey Home...
Today you’ll head to visit the battlefield of Culloden the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. We’ll also have time to explore the nearby Clava Cairns, a group of Prehistoric Burial Cairns – fans of Outlander will love this location due to its similarity to the fictitious stone circle, Craigh na Dun. Then you’ll pass the stunning Cairngorm Mountains. On your way south you can choose to enjoy a wee dram at a local whisky distillery* or explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry before arriving back in Edinburgh.

All departures include Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle.

What to bring

It is always advisable to be prepared for any weather in Scotland so a jacket is always a good idea! A bottle of water for hydration and a camera to capture the spectacular views and you are set to go!
It is not necessary for you to bring your own meals, as we will stop throughout the day in small towns or villages where you can purchase food, however you are more than welcome to bring along snacks or a packed lunch.






Important information

What to bring

It is always advisable to be prepared for any weather in Scotland so a jacket is always a good idea! A bottle of water for hydration and a camera to capture the spectacular views and you are set to go!


It is not necessary for you to bring your own meals, as we will stop throughout the day in small towns or villages where you can purchase food, however you are more than welcome to bring along snacks or a packed lunch.



  Meeting Point Information

Check-in closes 15 minutes before your tour is due to depart.


If you think you will be late for check-in, please contact us as soon as possible to let us know. In fairness to all passengers, our tours will depart promptly at their scheduled time.


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