Best of the Highlands – 4 Day Tour
Duration: 84 Hours
Dates of Operation:
- Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays: from 7 April to 9 October, 2019.
- Mondays: from 4 March to 25 November 2019.
If you would like to make a booking for this 4 Day Tour in August or September please check availability before making the payment – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0131 557 0162.
Description of the tour
This tour takes you through the variety of Scotland’s moods and landscapes, covering the country roads from the far west to the far north. It’s the perfect introduction to the beauty of Scotland! Tour Highlights: Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, The Great Glen, Loch Ness, Inverness, Glen Carron, Isle of Skye, Beach combing, Cuillin Hills, Eilean Donan Castle, The Five Sisters, Pre-historic sites, John O’Groats, Duncansby Head, Wick, Beauly, Cromarty, Dolphin spotting, Spey Valley and Scenic Perthshire.
Day 1 – Edinburgh to Inverness
From Edinburgh we will make our way to Rannoch Moor a wilderness that extends over 50 sq miles. Next we’ll enter brooding Glen Coe. There is a stop in the heart of the Glen so you can enjoy the spectacular surroundings for ourselves. Our crossing of the Ballachulish Bridge will bring us to Fort William which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis. The majestic beauty of the Great Glen is next – Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and finally Loch Ness will provide wonderful views at every turn. We’ll drive the entire length of Loch Ness stopping so you can visit Urquhart Castle and take a monster spotting cruise *. Our tour is based in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, for the next three nights.. The stay in Inverness is unescorted.
Day 2 – The Magical Isle – Skye
After breakfast we make our way to Garve then on through Strath Bran to the remote village of Achnasheen. From there we strike out through picturesque Glen Carron, stopping to enjoy the panoramic views over Loch Carron.
We cross “over the sea to Skye” and follow the picturesque coastal route, enjoying the wonderful vista over the sea lochs to the Isle of Scalpay. There are grand views of the mighty Cuillin Hills too as we make our way to Portree, the island’s main town. We’ll make a stop here so you can discover the town on your own and enjoy time for lunch. The colourful houses that surround the harbour make a wonderful backdrop for an “I was there” selfie!
Returning to the mainland we stop to visit fairytale Eilean Donan Castle* set on its little island on Loch Duich. There is time to explore this iconic castle before our return journey continues through Glen Shiel, where the Five Sisters of Kintail will come into view. These soaring peaks are each over 3,000 feet (914 m) high!
The final part of our journey takes us through Glen Moriston to the timeless beauty of Loch Ness and onwards to Inverness.
Day 3 – Caithness and John O’Groats
We leave Inverness and head across the Black Isle to the Cromarty Firth where, depending on tide conditions, we may see our first seals. We will make a stop in the town of Golspie. High above the town is an astonishing statue, 27m (90′) high. This is of the First Duke of Sutherland, whose agents were involved in the most notorious of the Clearances in the Highlands during the 19th century.
We’ll hear more about this sad episode in the history of Scotland as we head North. There will be a stop in John O’ Groats for that “I was there” photograph before making our way to stunning Duncansby Head where, after a stroll along the cliff-top path, there are views of the dramatic sea stacks and seascapes to enjoy. Duncansby is rich in birdlife including Guillemot, Kittiwakes and, the most famous residents, Puffins (until late July).
After our visit to Duncansby we turn southwards for home. Our journey will take us through Wick and there will be a comfort stop along the way before we make journey’s end in Inverness.
Day 4 – Inverness to Edinburgh
After breakfast we make the short drive to Beauly. The monks who built a priory here in the 13th Century called it Beau Lieu or beautiful place. You’ll soon discover why! On certain departures you’ll also have the opportunity of visiting the nearby Glen Ord Malt Whisky Distillery * to see how Scotland’s national drink is lovingly produced.
Our tour continues through the Black Isle where we will enjoy scenic views over the Cromarty Firth as we travel to the little fishing village of Cromarty. Our next stop is at Chanonry Point, a popular vantage point to spot the community of dolphins that live in the Moray Firth. On the outskirts of Inverness join your coach for our tour south.
The route will take us into the spectacular Cairngorm National Park and the Spey Valley, for the best views of the Cairngorm Mountains. Then we drive through the dramatic scenery of the Drumochter Pass and onwards to Glen Garry – look out for imposing Blair Castle, home to the Dukes of Atholl. We continue our journey through the rolling Perthshire countryside, known as “Big Tree Country”. From Perth its homeward bound to journey’s end in Edinburgh.
2019 Prices (Per Person)
- 1/2 Twin/Double room shared with a member of your own party. £425
- Single room. £590
- Child sharing. Aged 3 to 15 inclusive. £405
- 1/2 Twin/Double room shared with a member of your own party. £525
- Single room. £830
- Child sharing. Aged 3 to 15 inclusive. £505
Total price includes transport, guide and accommodation with breakfast.
- Double and Twin rooms prices are based on shared accommodation with members of your own party/group.
- Triple and family rooms are available. Please contact us for details.
*Child fare: Child reduction applies to children aged 3 to 15 inclusive. Children under the age of 3 are not carried on this tour. This tour is in conjunction with Scottish Tours. This company’s booking terms and conditions apply. Charges apply for the cancellation of this tour. View Terms & Conditions for Cancellation Charges Details.
What’s Included on total price • 3 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower • Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 to 4) • Excursions as detailed in itinerary • Live commentary in English • Transportation to/from Inverness by luxury
touring coach • Services of a tour host • Service charges and taxes.
What’s not included on total price • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature • Gratuity to your tour host.