Day 1: Loch Lomond, Glencoe and Fort William.
Day 2: Isle of Skye.
Day 3: Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness and Inverness.
Day 4: Aviemore, Perthshire and Stirling.
After leaving Glasgow or Edinburgh, we journey along stunning Loch Lomondside http://www.lochlomond-trossachs.org/ and take in the panoramic views of Scotland`s most beautiful loch. We stop for a coffee break at the famous Drovers Inn http://www.thedroversinn.co.uk/ before travelling across the wild Rannoch Moor and through the pass of Glencoe, http://www.glencoescotland.com/ scene of the bloody massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692.
After an overnight stay in Fort William in the shadow of Ben Nevis, http://ben-nevis.com/index.php we take “The Road to the Isles” passing the lock system known as “Neptunes Staircase”. http://aboutfortwilliam.com/things-to-do/walks/neptune-s-staircase-and-the-canal-banavie We stop for a photograph opportunity at The Glenfinnan Monument, erected in 1815 in memory of the clansmen who supported the Young Pretender, Bonnie Prince Charlie. Here we can also see the Glenfinnan viaduct, http://glenfinnanstationmuseum.co.uk/ made famous in the Harry Potter films.
Driving towards Mallaig, we pass through, undeniably, the most beautiful scenery in Scotland. From the busy fishing port of Mallaig, we take a short ferry crossing to the Isle of Skye. http://www.isleofskye.com/ Arriving at Armadale, we take time to visit the impressive Clan Donald castle, gardens and museum, before making for the town of Portree where we have dinner and spend the night.
After a hearty Scottish breakfast, we cross the Skye bridge to Kyle of Lochalsh and then on to Eilean Donan Castle, http://www.hauntedrooms.co.uk/eilean-donan-castle-dornie-scottish-highlands location of the movie “Highlander”. Here we stop for a visit and photo-shoot.
Travelling onwards through Glen Sheil towards the Great Glen and the banks of Loch Ness, we stop at Urquhart Castle http://www.urquhart-castle.co.uk/ and again at Drumnadrochit where we take a cruise on Loch Ness after lunch. The Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition Experience http://www.lochness.com/home.aspx offers you the chance to discover all the known facts about the mysterious monster, “Nessie”.
Before arriving at our accommodation in Inverness we enjoy a relaxing break at Tomnahurich to watch the lock system in operation and learn more about the Caledonian Canal from the Lock keeper.
Leaving Inverness behind we journey to Aviemore where we experience the beautiful Speyside countryside. Chat to the driver and fireman at the Strathspey Steam Railway http://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk/ to discover the mechanics of a steam locomotive and view the Cairngorm Mountains, famous for its winter sports.
Heading south, we continue our journey through Cairngorms National Park to visit and tour the Highland distillery at Dalwhinnie http://www.discovering-distilleries.com/dalwhinnie/. Here we can sample the gentle spirit of the Glen and learn about the “Angels Share”, created during the maturing process.
Climbing over the Pass of Drumochter and on through the Pass of Killicrankie, we head into Perthshire to visit either Blair Castle http://www.blair-castle.co.uk home to the Atholl Highlanders, Europes last remaining private army or Stirling Castle http://www.stirlingcastle.gov.uk/ which can be seen from miles around and offers an intriguing insight into Scotland’s turbulent history through the Wars of Independence and into the Renaissance.
Where and When:
Meet up location: I will meet you at any location of your choice within Scotland.
End location: At the end of the tour I will return you to a location of your choice within Scotland.
Duration: 8 hours per day.
What’s Included: Tour includes vehicle, guiding services and drivers accommodation and expenses. Tour can be costed with or without clients accommodation.
What’s Extra: Entry fees to visitor attractions, ferry fares, food and refreshments.
Tour Type: Cultural, historical and sight seeing.
Transportation Method: 8 passenger minibus.
Activity Level: Light.
Kid Friendly: Yes.
Language(s): English (fluent).
Maximum travelers: 8