Highlands, Skye & Edinburgh Tattoo
Take time to explore the beautiful and inspiring Highland region and the Island of Skye on Scotland's rugged west coast. Travel through our National Parks and iconic Glencoe, visit magnificent castles and gardens, and travel west by Jacobite Steam Train for one of the great railway journeys of the world. This is a journey of ancient landscapes combined with a fascinating history; experience the grandeur and history of its castles, attractive towns and villages, and visit the wild and beautiful Isle of Skye, beginning with Scotland’s biggest and best-selling spectacle – The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Day 1 is a fabulous introduction to the history and heritage of Scotland as we take in the sights and atmosphere of Edinburgh. We begin with a visit to 15th century Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Browns book The Di Vince Code and its supposed connection with the Knights Templar followed by a visit to the Palace of Holyrood and the 16th century Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots. Lunch will be arranged in the City of Edinburgh with its medieval architecture and winding cobbled streets of the Old Town before we head for the Royal Mile allowing you to explore further. Tonight you will attend Scotland’s biggest selling spectacle; The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Overnight in Edinburgh.
Day 2 we travel west for an exploration of the lochs and glens of Scotland’s first National Park. On the way we visit one of the largest and most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland; Stirling Castle, with its commanding position atop an intrusive crag. Knights, Nobles and Foreign Ambassadors once flocked to the Royal Court at Stirling Castle to revel in the castle's grandeur. From here we travel west to the charming 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 north to indulge in the sights of enchanting Glencoe with imposing mountains matched with a bloody history. Overnight nr Fort William.
Day 3 takes us aboard the Jacobite steam train dubbed “The greatest railway journey in the world”. Your 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 4 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 5 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 Cairngorms 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 6 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' built in the early 1700s are fascinating. From here we travel to Falkland Palace in the Kingdom of Fife where this historic palace was once the favoured place of retreat and leisure for the Stuart Kings and Queens of Scotland, including Mary, Queen of Scots. When we are ready we will head back to Edinburgh via South Queensferry to view the Forth Rail Bridge for your Airport transfer where we must sadly say farewell.
£445 per day (1-3 people)
This tour is available during Tattoo dates.
Price excludes hotels - please enquire for accommodation packages.
Our service is second to none. When you choose a Luxury Highland Tour you can relax in the knowledge that your entire experience will be the best that Scottish hospitality can provide. This all comes with an exceptional personal service and your own designated tour co-ordinator. Price includes tour driver/guide and associated costs, luxury tour vehicle and your chosen attractions. Lunches, beverages and gratuities are NOT included.
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