Four Day Best of the Highlands Tour
Duration: 84 hours (approx)
“I feel a sort of reverence in going over these scenes in this most beautiful country, which I am proud to call my own, where there was such devoted loyalty to the family of my ancestors – for Stuart blood is in my veins.” Queen Victoria, journal entry in 1873
This tour is perfect for first-time visitors who are spending a short time in Scotland. Between the rolling Perthshire hills, the breathtaking Glen Coe, mystical Isle of Skye and rugged landscapes of the north coast, consider your Scottish Highland bucket list covered.
Day One – Edinburgh to Inverness
From Edinburgh we will make our way through Rannoch Moor to the brooding Glen Coe. There is a stop in the heart of the Glen to soak up the magnificent views and take lots of photos. We travel on through Lochside village of Ballachulish on to Fort William. We drive along the ‘Highland fault line’ of three lochs – Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness – connected by the Caledonian canal. You can explore the ancient ruins of Urquhart Castle and take a cruise with Loch Ness by Jacobite. * Our tour is based in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, for the next three nights. You rejoin your tour and guide each day as our customers stay in their respective choice of accommodation.
Day Two – The Magical Isle – Skye
Skye is one of Scotland’s must-visit locations and on day two of the tour you’ll discover why. After a delicious breakfast we make our way through Strath Bran and Glen Carron and stop to enjoy stunning views over Loch Carron.
We journey to Skye and follow the picturesque coastal route. From our luxury coach you’ll enjoy brilliant views of the mighty Cuillin Hills as we make our way to Portree, the island’s main town. Here you’ll get a chance to explore the colourful town and enjoy lunch.
On the way back to the mainland, we stop to visit fairytale 13thcentury Eilean Donan Castle*. We’ll pass the Five Sisters mountains before heading back through Loch Ness to Inverness to rest and refuel for the rest of the tour.
Day Three – Caithness and John O’Groats
We 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 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.
You’hear more about this sad episode in the history of Scotland from as we head north. There will be a photo stop in John O’ Groats, the most northernly point of Great Britain, before making our way to stunning Duncansby Head. Here, 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). Scottish wildlife is truly a wonder to behold.
We return to Inverness view Wick.
Day Four – Inverness to Edinburgh
After breakfast we make the short drive to Beauly or ‘beautiful place’, named by monks in the 13thcentury. 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 fishing village of Cromarty. Our next stop is at Chanonry Point, a popular dolphin-spotting destination. On the outskirts of Inverness you will join your coach for our journey south.
The return 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 Perthshire and home to Edinburgh.
*Optional extra – subject to seasonal availability.
- Departure – 0745
- Return – 2030
- Tour prices – From £425
- Tour duration – four days
- Timings and stop duration are approximate.
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
Hotel Accommodation Low season:
- 1/2 Twin/Double
room shared with a member of your own party. £525
- Single room.
- Child sharing.
Aged 3 to 15 inclusive. £505
Hotel Accommodation Price High Season from 01st August – 31st August 2019:
- 1/2 Twin/Double room shared with a member of your own party. £555
- Single room. £880
- Child sharing. Aged 3 to 15 inclusive. £535
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.