Distinctly Skye

Take a journey of discovery to the splendid scenery of the Isle of Skye - "The Misty Isle", a place who's history includes a time of Norse rule and a long period of Clan domination. Lying off Scotland's northwest coast, Skye is known for its rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages and medieval castles. The island is captivating; the island's peninsulas radiate from a mountainous centre dominated by the Cuillins, the rocky slopes of which provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the country, and the tiny white crofts that dot the island are fascinating.

Day 1

Day 1 is a fabulous journey west for an exploration of the lochs and glens of Scotland’s first National Park and the charming and picturesque conservation village of Luss on the shores of Loch Lomond; the largest inland stretch of water in Great Britain by surface area. After lunch we travel over the 'Rest and Be Thankful' mountain pass to Loch Fyne and Inveraray with its fairy-tale castle; home to the Duke of Argyll and just one of the ancestral homes of Clan Campbell. Later we travel north to indulge in the sights of enchanting Glencoe with imposing mountains matched with a bloody history. Overnight nr Fort William.


Day 2

Day 2 takes us aboard the Jacobite steam train dubbed “The greatest railway journey in the world”. You’re First Class seats will give you a tremendous view as you steam past the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, Britain’s most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig, the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis. After a lovely lunch in Mallaig we take the ferry “Over the Sea to Skye” and relax amidst the surroundings of Armadale Castle and Gardens and discover the history of the Highlands and Islands through the story of Clan Donald, its most powerful clan, at the award-winning museum. Overnight on Skye. 


Day 3

Day 3 is an exploration of the beautiful Isle of Skye and begins with a journey northwards past the spectacular mountain range of the Cuillins to the islands main town, Portree. After a look around the town and traditional fishing harbour we head off to the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Ridge to the north. This wild area is dominated by the weird and wonderful ancient rock formations such as the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the truly extraordinary pinnacles of the Quiraing. Lunch will be arranged on the island and we spend the afternoon enjoying the atmosphere of Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Home to Clan Macleod for the last 800 years, Dunvegan Castle’s formal gardens are a stark contrast to the barren moorland and mountains that dominate Skye’s landscape. Overnight on Skye.


Day 4

Day 4 we leave the Isle of Skye and head back to the mainland, pausing at Eilean Donan Castle for a visit before embarking on a scenic tour through beautiful Glenshiel via the Five Sisters of Kintail. This high ridge range stands at around 3500 ft. with Loch Duich at their base and the views from the 18th century Old Military Road are truly inspiring. The scenery gently changes as we travel east towards the Cairngorm National Park with heather-clad mountain ranges and large tracts of Caledonian Pine Forest where we will enjoy lunch. We end the day in highland Perthshire with a wee dram when we visit the distillery for some Whisky tasting.  Overnight in Central Scotland. 


Day 5

Day 5 we wake to the splendour of highland Perthshire and enjoy some time relaxing in the Victorian tourist town of Pitlochry. Heading further south we visit the pretty village of Dunkeld, "Fort of the Caledonians", on the banks of the River Tay. Dunkeld’s medieval Cathedral dominates this picturesque village and the brightly coloured 'little houses' were built in the early 1700s are fascinating. From here we travel to the City of Stirling to visit Stirling Castle; once the favoured royal court for the Stuart Kings and Queens of Scotland, including Mary, Queen of Scots. When we are ready we will head back to Edinburgh for your Airport transfer where we must sadly say farewell. 


£395 per day (1-3 people)
This tour is available all year
Price excludes hotels - please enquire for accommodation packages.

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