Five Day Highland Highlights Tour
Duration: 108 hours (approx)
This comprehensive tour combines Scotland’s best legends, lochs, locations and landscapes to create the perfect five day round trip.
Tour highlights include Rannoch Moor,Glen Coe, Fort William, The Great Glen and Caledonian Canal, Loch Ness, Inverness, Glen Carron, Isle of Skye, Cuillin Hills, Eilean Donan Castle, the Five Sisters, pre-historic sites, John O’Groats, Duncansby Head, Wick, Lochcarron, Bealach nam Bo Pass, Applecross, Loch Torridon, Cromarty, dolphin spotting, Beauly, Spey Valley and Perthshire.
Day One – Edinburgh to Inverness
From Edinburgh we will make our way to Rannoch Moor, a landscape famously created by the melting of the last ice age and home to wildlife aplenty. We continue to Glen Coe and the mountain range known as the Three Sisters or ‘the weeping Glen’ because of its downward streams of water. We have a photo stop at Glen Coe and a chance to bask in the spectacular scenery.
We travel through the historic village of Ballachulish and on to Fort William before following the Great Glen towards Loch Ness. Here you can spend the afternoon exploring Urquhart Castle and taking a cruise on the loch with Loch Ness by Jacobite. Your base throughout the tour is the Highland capital Inverness and each evening you return here to your accommodation.
Day Two – The Magical Isle – Skye
From Inverness we pass through Garve, Strath Bran and the remote village of Achnasheen. On the way to Skye you’ll be able to soak up panoramic views of Loch Carron as we travel through Glen Carron.
As we arrive on the Isle of Skye and follow the stunning coastal route, you’ll see over the lochs to the Isle of Scalpay and the Cuillin Hills. We’ll arrive in Portree for lunch and a chance to explore the beautiful town for yourself. You’ll have the chance to explore Eilean Donan Castle on Loch Duich in the afternoon.
We’ll return to Inverness through Glen Shiel, Glen Moriston and Loch Ness, passing the iconic Five Sisters of Kintail, soaring peaks reaching over 3,000 feet into the sky.
Day Three – Caithness and John O’Groats
We leave Inverness and head across the Black Isle to the Cromarty Firth to try and spot some seals. We will make a stop in the town of Golspie. Here we will see the towering statue of the First Duke of Sutherland, a key player in the notorious Highland Clearances. You’ll hear more about this sad period of Scottish history as we travel north to John O’Groats.
We’ll then make our way to Duncansby Head to enjoy a leisurely walk soaking up the dramatic views out to sea. Duncansby is famous for its wildlife including guillemot, kittiwakes and, the ‘clowns of the sea’, puffins (until late July).
We return to Inverness through Wick to rest and relax for the rest of the tour.
Day Four – Scenic Applecross and Loch Carron
Our journey commences with a drive across the Black Isle and through scenic Glen Carron to Lochcarron. This attractive village sits overlooking a stunningly beautiful loch of the same name. This is truly a gem of the Highlands.
One of the day’s highlights is the dramatic climb over the Bealach nam Ba which means the ‘Pass of the Cattle’ in Gaelic. The Pass is the third highest road in the United Kingdom and climbs to over 2,000 feet. We’ll make a stop at the summit so you can enjoy the breathtaking views over to the Isle of Skye.
On our arrival in Applecross we can spend some time enjoying the spectacular seascapes or learning more about the Highland Clearances at the local heritage centre. In this area wildlife abounds—nature lovers look out for red deer, pine marten (one of the rarest of British mammals) and otters.
We return to Inverness along the banks of Loch Torridon then through the Ben Eighe National Nature Reserve.
Day Five – Inverness to Edinburgh
After breakfast we make our way through Glen Convinth to reach Beauly, a place named for its beauty. On certain departures you’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Glen Ord Malt Whisky Distillery.*
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, for some dolphin-spotting.
Our route to Edinburgh will take us through Cairngorm National Park, the Drumochter Pass and onwards to Glen Garry. Look out for imposing Blair Castle, home to the Dukes of Atholl before we continue our journey through the rolling Perthshire countryside, known as ‘Big Tree Country’. From Perth its homeward bound through the ancient Kingdom of Fife to journey’s end in Edinburgh.
- Departure – 0745
- Return – 2030
- Tour prices – From £530
- Tour duration – five days
- Timings and stop duration are approximate.
2019 Prices (Per Person)
- 1/2 Twin/Double room shared with a member of your own party. £530
- Single room. £745
- Child sharing. Aged 3 to 15 inclusive. £510
Hotel Accommodation Low Season:
- 1/2 Twin/Double room shared with a member of your own party. £660
- Single room. £1065
- Child sharing.
Aged 3 to 15 inclusive. £640
Hotel Accommodation High Season from 01st August -31st August2019:
- 1/2 Twin/Double room shared with a member of your own party. £690
- Single room. £1,105
- Child sharing. Aged 3 to 15 inclusive. £670
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. We regret that 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 • 4 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower • Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 to 5) • 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.