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Highland Explorer & Isle of Skye

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Visit: Edinburgh, Cairngorm National Park, Loch Ness, Ullapool, Skye, Portree, Edinburgh

Day 1: Edinburgh - Cairngorm National Park - Loch Ness - Ullapool

You head north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming highland village of Dunkeld. From here, you head into the Cairngorms National Park and the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus estate. You stop for lunch before a short forest walk takes you to the ruins of Loch an Eilein castle. You enjoy panoramic views of Loch Ness as you travel down to the banks of the famous loch, and the village of Dores where you can do some “Nessie” spotting! Then it’s onto the shores of Loch Broom where you spend two nights at Ullapool.

Day 2: Excursion to Assynet

Today, you explore the far northwest Highlands and the mountains of Assynt. This area is famous as being the first crofting area to be bought by the local crofters, the Assynt Crofters’ Trust. You’re immersed in the history of the area and visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, once the stronghold of the MacLeods of Assynt. The day is full of amazing views of some of Europe’s oldest landscapes, the stunning white sand beach at Achmelvich Bay and the traditional fishing village of Lochinver. You spend the night in the picturesque fishing village of Ullapool.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Ullapool - Corrieshalloch Gorge - Loch Torridon - Plockton - Skye - Portree

You head south to take in the drama of the River Droma’s 60m plunge into the Corrieshalloch Gorge. From here, you travel past the mountains of the Beinn Eighe nature reserve and along the picturesque coastline of Loch Torridon. After your lunch stop in Applecross, you take one of the highest and most exhilarating roads in Scotland, Bealach na Ba. In the afternoon, you stop in “tropical” Plockton, where you can see palm trees growing alongside Loch Carron and take time to enjoy its sheltered serenity. Then it’s over the sea to Skye and the delightful harbour town of Portree.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 (Tuesday): Excursion trough Skye

Today is a flexible day on Skye. There are many options depending on the weather. You may travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through Skye's extraordinary geological scenery. You can also visit Kilt Rock and see its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. After lunch, you may travel to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye. Alternatively, you may like to visit Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod. In the late afternoon, we return you to your accommodation in Portree for a free evening in the village.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 (Wednesday): Portree - Fort William - Glencoe - Edinburgh

Travel south from Skye and visit the famous stronghold, Eilean Donan Castle. Continuing east through the rugged mountains of Kintail, you drive down through Glen Garry past Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis and onto Fort William for lunch. In the afternoon, you explore spectacular Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. You then start your journey towards Edinburgh.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Package Includes:

  • 4 nights accommodation in B&B / Guest houses or 3 star hotel, with private facilities and breakfast
  • Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour
  • Services of a professional driver/guide
  • All ferry and bridge crossings

 

Not Included:

  • Lunch, Dinner and refreshments
  • Entrances to all Visitor Attractions

 

Highlights:

  • Cairngorm National Park
  • Loch Ness
  • Ullapool and Assynt
  • Applecross & Torridon
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Isle of Skye
  • Glencoe
  • Five Sisters of Kintail

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (ra)

Package Information

  • Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
  • Type: Small Group
  • Departures: April - October 2021
  • Cities Visited: Edinburgh, Cairngorm National Park, Loch Ness, Ullapool, Skye, Portree, Edinburgh
  • Price From: $ 1,157