Highland Experience's Scottish Choice

Highland Experience's Scottish Choice

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Highland Experience's Scottish Choice

5 Days Starting and ending in Edinburgh or Glasgow

Visiting: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kilmartin, Oban, Glencoe, Mallaig, Skye, Portree, Trotternish, Eilean Donan, Loch Ness, Inverness, Culloden Battlefield, Pitlochry

Tour operator:

Highland Experience Tours

Tour code:

273760

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 32

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

3-99

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Walking, Whisky Tasting

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Tour Overview

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!

Highlights

  • Loch Lomond, Kilmartin Glen & Oban: The Trossachs & Western Highlands – A walk through history

  • Glen Coe & Loch Ness: Fascinating history & wonderful scenery

  • Eilean Donan: Scotland’s most beautiful castle

  • Skye: A day to explore the whole island

  • Culloden and whisky distillery: Historic battlefield and a dram of single malt

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Edinburgh - Oban
Location: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kilmartin, Oban
Accommodation: B&B with en-suite bathroom

Our tour will begin in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town before we trave to Glasgow - Scotland’s biggest city and industrial capital - where the rest of your group will join the tour. Our wide-ranging tour begins heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Loch Lomond and the surrounding national park contain some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery, alongside some picture-postcard villages.

From here we will travel to Kilmartin Glen, an area rich archaeological legacy which is almost unrivalled in Scotland. 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, visiting sites such as Dunadd Hill Fort, the Temple Wood Stone Circle and the extraordinary Neolithic rock art at Achnabreck.

To conclude your first day we will have a scenic journey to the picturesque seaside town of Oban, you first overnight stop, and 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

Day 2 : Oban - Skye
Location: Glencoe, Mallaig, Skye
Accommodation: B&B with en-suite bathroom
Meals Included: Breakfast

We begin our second day travelling over Connel Bridge through Appin to the haunting and dramatic landscape of Glen Coe where you will be able to hear more about of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan. We’ll stop in Fort William; a town dominated by Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the UK.

In the afternoon, you will travel to the pretty fishing village of Mallaig on the Jacobite Steam Train, often considered to be one of world’s greatest train journeys. Please note that on some dates the Jacobite Steam will not be available, in this case we will travel the same route with opportunities for photographs at Glenfinnan Viaduct.

From Mallaig we will take the ferry to the Isle of Skye, where will be staying overnight for the second and third nights of this tour.

Day 3 : Explore Skye
Location: Skye, Portree, Trotternish, Skye
Accommodation: B&B with en-suite bathroom
Meals Included: Breakfast

On the third day of your tour, you will have the opportunity to explore Skye’s mysteries and landscape with your knowledgeable driver-guide, who will be able 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 where you will be able to visit and walk amongst the dramatic and often other-worldly scenery of the Isle of Skye all whilst learning more about the fascinating history and legends of the Island.

Day 4 : Skye - Inverness
Location: Skye, Eilean Donan, Loch Ness, Inverness
Accommodation: B&B with en-suite Bathroom
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 begins with a journey over the Skye Bridge, where we return to the mainland and travel to, Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most photographed locations. 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 most troubled and times of Scottish history. You’ll have ample time to explore the Castle, which sits on its own Island on Loch Duich

We then travel through the stunning mountains of Glenshiel to the pretty village of Drumnadrochit on the shores of Loch Ness for lunch. Here, you can choose taking a boat cruise on the world-famous Loch Ness, which would also include a visit to Urquhart Castle on the shore of the Loch. Alternatively, you would have the time to enjoy and explore the surroundings.

We’ll then head North to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, where we will spend the fourth evening of the tour

Day 5 : Inverness - Edinburgh
Location: Culloden Battlefield, Pitlochry, Edinburgh
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our fifth and final day on this tour begins with a short journey to Culloden battlefield, the site of the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie and 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 through the stunning mountains of the Cairngorm National Park. 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.

Those travellers who wish to conclude their tour in Glasgow will be issued with train tickets to complete their journey to Glasgow from Edinburgh.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

  • Train Tickets

    Dependent on date of travel - One way Jacobite Steam Train tickets may be included

  • Meals – Breakfast Only

  • Fully Guided

What's Not Included

Booking Notes

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.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    We use B&B's with a minimum of 3 stars

  • What should I bring with me?

    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.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    This tour will run on a minibus or mini-coach with a maximum of 32 seats

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    There will be opportunities for short walks throughout our tours, however these will not be overly strenuous. Our tours are suitable for a wide range of fitness levels

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, the relaxed nature of our tours makes them uniquely appropriate for children 3 and above. Unfortunately, children under the age of 3 years old are unable to travel on our tours.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Unfortunately, we do not organize pre- or post-tour accommodation.

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    We are proud to welcome travellers from around the world on our tours

  • Is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour?

    Due to the size of our vehicles, on our multi-day tours, we guarantee to carry one piece of luggage per passenger of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, with a maximum of 15 kg. This is equivalent to hand luggage allowed in an aircraft cabin.

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    Yes

  • What will the weather be like?

    Scotland is routinely unpredictable, but we do have a very temperate climate. The geography of Scotland means that it does rain more frequently in the west of the country and there are stronger winds in the east.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Due to the variety of accommodation providers we use, we are unable to guarantee the availability of free Wi-Fi at the B&B's we use

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Optional attraction tickets are not included in the price.

  • How much luggage can I bring?

    Due to the size of our vehicles, on our multi-day tours, we guarantee to carry one piece of luggage per passenger of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm, with a maximum of 15 kg. This is equivalent to hand luggage allowed in an aircraft cabin.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    If you are delayed due to a flight cancellation for example, we will do our best to help you catch up with the tour. However, we cannot allow the tour to be affected negatively for the other passengers.

  • Should I take out travel insurance?

    We highly recommend you take out travel insurance.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

D7869GZrachelh  

Wonderful experience - highly recommended

25th June 2022

The days were full and packed of great scenery & information. Our tour guide, Jamie, really made the tour with his sense of humor and thorough knowledge of Scottish history and lifestyle. His driving, music and guiding was impeccable. I was shocked with the small streets and terrain that we were able to see and enjoy. We would definitely recommend this tour. Our 63 year old mother was able to manage the hikes and sites.

dorothys798  

Worth it! Beyond amazing...

28th May 2022

This is quite a fast paced tour but you get to see alot of the highlights of the country. But, what made this tour really great was our tour guide Jamie. He is such a genuine and warm guy who made sure each person was having great time. He even granted a special request & drove a couple of us back to the Old Man of Storr one evening so we can do more hiking. I also loved his animated storytelling mixed with his awesome playlist of traditional & contemporary Scottish/other music. All of the accomodations were also top notch B&Bs whose hosts made you really fell welcomed and at home. So worth it!

Sylvain_F  

A journey to discover the soul of Scotland

9th August 2022

The landscapes of Scotland are breathtaking. This trip is a great way to take a quick tour of the most notable sites. The route was very well selected. The guide (Andy) gives explanations during the whole trip... almost non-stop. It relates historical facts and sometimes even lived experiences. He made sure we got the full Scottish experience and felt the soul of this country...region. The guide contributed a lot to the experience. I loved this tour and recommend it. I would have liked to have had more time in some places, but that's the trade-off with a group and seeing more in a short time. The balance was still very well distributed between the sites. It would have been difficult to do better.

Rosin M  

Worth of dollar you pay for this tour

9th July 2022

All arrangement is just perfect. Good choice of tourist spot, special thanks to James who has good knowledge of history, perfect driving skills and very funny

Linda_C  

Incredible scenery

6th October 2022

Amazing trip! We had a great group of people on the tour and a top notch guide. Andy was great fun and took good care of us. Outstanding scenery. Lots of walking and plenty of time to take photos at lots of stops.

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