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Small group tour: Highland Explorer Tour
Dunkeld, the Cairngorm National Park and Loch Ness
Departing Edinburgh we head north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming highland village of Dunkeld on the banks of the river Tay. From here you head into the Cairngorm national park of central Scotland and the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus estate. Lunchtime will be spent on the beautiful shores of Loch Insh before a short forest walk takes you to the ruins of Loch an Eilean castle. Panoramic views of Loch Ness follow as you travel down to the banks of the famous loch and the village of Dores where you can do some "Nessie" spotting! Then it's on to the shores of Loch Broom where you spend two nights at Ullapool.*
Overnight: Ullapool (or Inverness)*
Highlights: Dunkeld, Cairngorm National Park, Loch Ness and Dores.
The far Northwest Highlands, Ardvreck Castle and Assynt
Today we explore the remote far northwest highlands and the grandeur, expanse and wildness of the mountains of Assynt with its abundance of wildlife. This area is historically famous as being the first crofting area to be bought by the local crofters, the Assynt Crofters' Trust. You will be immersed in the history of the area and visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, once the stronghold of the MacLeods of Assynt. The day is full of amazing views of some of Europe's oldest landscapes from the stunning white sand beach at Achmelvich Bay to the traditional fishing village of Lochinver. With the chance of seeing wildlife such as whales and red deer as well, this is sure to be a memorable day.
Overnight: Ullapool (or Inverness)
Highlights: The Northern Highlands, Assynt Mountains, Ardvreck Castle and Lochinver Village.
Corrieshalloch Gorge, Loch Torridon and Plockton
Portree, Isle of Skye, Scotland
This morning we journey to the heart of the northern Highlands to take in the drama of the River Droma as it plunges 60m down into the Corrieshalloch Gorge. From here you travel past the mountains of the Beinn Eighe national nature reserve and along the picturesque coastline of Loch Torridon. The tranquil setting of tiny village highland village Applecross is your destination for lunch before taking one of the highest roads in Scotland, Bealach nam Bo (meaning the Cattle Pass), with its jaw-dropping views, hairpin bends and precipitous cliffs. In the afternoon you stop in "tropical" Plockton where you can see palm trees growing alongside Loch Carron and take time to enjoy its sheltered serenity. Then it's over the sea to Skye and the delightful harbour town of Portree with its friendly welcome.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
Highlights: Corriesgalloch Gorge, Applecross, Loch Torridon, Plockton, Portree Town and the The Isle of Skye.
The Scenery of the Isle of Skye
Today's itinerary is flexible dependent on the preferences and interests of the group. Either way your driver/guide's knowledge will come to the fore as you spend the day exploring the islands natural beauty. You may travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery or visit the Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns (reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt) with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. After lunch you can travel West to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye. Alternatively a visits to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod or Talisker Distillery make for interesting cultural stops. We return you to your accommodation in Portree in the late afternoon for you to enjoy a free evening in this charming harbour town.
Overnight: Isle of Skye
Highlights: Cuillin Hills, Trotternish Penincula, Neist Point and Dunvegan Castle.
Eilean Donan Castle, Ben Nevis, Fort William and Glencoe
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
Returning south we stop firstly at the famous stronghold Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film "Highlander", set at the head of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders. Continuing east through the rugged mountains of Kintail including the splendour of the Five Sisters, we pass down through Glen Garry and Britain's highest peak at Ben Nevis. After a lunch stop in Fort William for lunch, we explore spectacular Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692, before stopping in Killin for refreshments beside the Falls of Dochart. Returning to civilisation and city life your tour ends in Edinburgh at approximately 7pm.
Highlights: Eilean Donan Castle, Fort William, Ben Nevis, Glencoe Valley, Rannoch Moor and Trossachs National Park.
Small group tours: Highland Explorer Tour
- 4 nights accommodation (choice of B&B/Guest House or Hotel*).
- Full Scottish breakfast each morning.
- All transportation by luxury mini-coach.
- Maximum group-size of 16 passengers for that intimate touring experience.
- Services of a professional driver/guide.
- Expert local advice during the planning of your trip.
- Postage of your vacation documents pack.
- Attraction entry / attraction admission (this tour focuses on providing free time in various locations and allows you to choose which sites/attractions you may want to see during your visit).
- Pre or post tour hotel accommodation in Edinburgh.
- Airport transfers or transport to/from Edinburgh before/after your tour.
- Onward rail travel to destination throughout Britain.
* Please Note: All accommodation is minimum 3* rated (guest accommodation or hotel rated) and guarantees private / en-suite bathroom facilities. Specific accommodation is selected and allocated after confirmation of your booking. As this tour offers a choice of accommodation type the tour group do not all stay in the same establishment.
Small group tours: Highland Explorer Tour
DEPARTURE DATES 2017
(per person, sharing twin/ double)
(per person, sharing twin/ double)
|Sat 04 Mar, 2017||Wed 08 Mar, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 11 Mar, 2017||Wed 15 Mar, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 18 Mar, 2017||Wed 22 Mar, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 25 Mar, 2017||Wed 29 Mar, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 01 Apr, 2017||Wed 05 Apr, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 08 Apr, 2017||Wed 12 Apr, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 15 Apr, 2017||Wed 19 Apr, 2017||£499||£595|
|Tue 18 Apr, 2017||Sat 22 Apr, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 22 Apr, 2017||Wed 26 Apr, 2017||£499||£595|
|Tue 25 Apr, 2017||Sat 29 Apr, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 29 Apr, 2017||Wed 03 May, 2017||£499||£595|
|Tue 02 May, 2017||Sat 06 May, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 06 May, 2017||Wed 10 May, 2017||£499||£595|
|Tue 09 May, 2017||Sat 13 May, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 13 May, 2017||Wed 17 May, 2017||£499||£595|
|Tue 16 May, 2017||Sat 20 May, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 20 May, 2017||Wed 24 May, 2017||£499||£595|
|Tue 23 May, 2017||Sat 27 May, 2017||£499||£595|
|Thu 25 May, 2017||Mon 29 May, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 27 May, 2017||Wed 31 May, 2017||£499||£595|
|Tue 30 May, 2017||Sat 03 Jun, 2017||£499||£595|
|Thu 01 Jun, 2017||Mon 05 Jun, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 03 Jun, 2017||Wed 07 Jun, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 06 Jun, 2017||Sat 10 Jun, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 08 Jun, 2017||Mon 12 Jun, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 10 Jun, 2017||Wed 14 Jun, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 13 Jun, 2017||Sat 17 Jun, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 15 Jun, 2017||Mon 19 Jun, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 17 Jun, 2017||Wed 21 Jun, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 20 Jun, 2017||Sat 24 Jun, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 22 Jun, 2017||Mon 26 Jun, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 24 Jun, 2017||Wed 28 Jun, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 27 Jun, 2017||Sat 01 Jul, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 29 Jun, 2017||Mon 03 Jul, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 01 Jul, 2017||Wed 05 Jul, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 04 Jul, 2017||Sat 08 Jul, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 06 Jul, 2017||Mon 10 Jul, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 08 Jul, 2017||Wed 12 Jul, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 11 Jul, 2017||Sat 15 Jul, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 13 Jul, 2017||Mon 17 Jul, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 15 Jul, 2017||Wed 19 Jul, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 18 Jul, 2017||Sat 22 Jul, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 20 Jul, 2017||Mon 24 Jul, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 22 Jul, 2017||Wed 26 Jul, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 25 Jul, 2017||Sat 29 Jul, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 27 Jul, 2017||Mon 31 Jul, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 29 Jul, 2017||Wed 02 Aug, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 01 Aug, 2017||Sat 05 Aug, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 03 Aug, 2017||Mon 07 Aug, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 05 Aug, 2017||Wed 09 Aug, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 08 Aug, 2017||Sat 12 Aug, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 10 Aug, 2017||Mon 14 Aug, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 12 Aug, 2017||Wed 16 Aug, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 15 Aug, 2017||Sat 19 Aug, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 17 Aug, 2017||Mon 21 Aug, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 19 Aug, 2017||Wed 23 Aug, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 22 Aug, 2017||Sat 26 Aug, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 24 Aug, 2017||Mon 28 Aug, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 26 Aug, 2017||Wed 30 Aug, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 29 Aug, 2017||Sat 02 Sep, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 31 Aug, 2017||Mon 04 Sep, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 02 Sep, 2017||Wed 06 Sep, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 05 Sep, 2017||Sat 09 Sep, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 07 Sep, 2017||Mon 11 Sep, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 09 Sep, 2017||Wed 13 Sep, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 12 Sep, 2017||Sat 16 Sep, 2017||£529||£625|
|Thu 14 Sep, 2017||Mon 18 Sep, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 16 Sep, 2017||Wed 20 Sep, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 19 Sep, 2017||Sat 23 Sep, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 23 Sep, 2017||Wed 27 Sep, 2017||£529||£625|
|Tue 26 Sep, 2017||Sat 30 Sep, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 30 Sep, 2017||Wed 04 Oct, 2017||£529||£625|
|Sat 07 Oct, 2017||Wed 11 Oct, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 14 Oct, 2017||Wed 18 Oct, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 21 Oct, 2017||Wed 25 Oct, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 28 Oct, 2017||Wed 01 Nov, 2017||£499||£595|
|Sat 04 Nov, 2017||Wed 08 Nov, 2017||£499||£595|
Single supplements apply for single occupancy rooms, please ask for a quotation for details.
This tour starts at 9am on the first day of travel and returns around 7pm on the final day of travel. If you require pre or post tour accommodation in central Edinburgh, please let us know.
- Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room.
- Prices are for land only tours and all tours are subject to availability.
- Prices are correct at the time of publishing to website but are subject to confirmation at time of booking.
- Prices are in British Pounds Sterling (GBP£) currency for approximate amounts in other currencies please contact us.
- All trip details are correct at time of publishing to website however due to the nature of small group tours the itinerary is flexible and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.