This private guided multi-day tour of Scotland is a great way to see many of the famous sights, monuments, landscapes and attractions of Scotland over 4 or 5 days.
Departing Edinburgh we head west via South Queensferry and The Forth Bridges, driving past Linlithgow Palace and the Kelpies to Stirling Castle,. We see the victorian Wallace Monument overlooking the Carse of Stirling. We travel to Loch Lomond, stopping in the conversation village of Luss before driving over the ‘rest and be thankful’ to visit Inveraray Castle. We then drive north towards stunning Glencoe and Ranoch Moor.
We visit the site of the Massacre of Glencoe and learn about one of the worst betrayals in the Highlands. From here we drive north to Fort William and the foot of Ben Nevis, the Uk’s tallest mountain. Driving on the coastal road to Mallaig we’ll stop at Glenfinnan Viaduct and monument and learn about the start of the Jacobite uprising here in 1745.
Optional: For train enthusiasts and Harry Potter fans the ‘The Jacobite’ steam train travels from Fort William to Mallaig and takes in famous sights including The Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan Monument and rugged scenery on the journey west.
From Mallaig we take the ferry across the stunning Sound of Sleat to the Isle of Skye. Touring through Skye we pass the Cullin mountains and stop to take in the views of this rugged landscape before arriving at the quaint village of Portree.
On this day we have a more relaxed schedule, exploring the Isle of Skye. We’ll visit the Old Man of Storr and the Kilt Rock in the north of the Island and take a scenic drive, with views across the sea to the Outer Hebrides. We’ll visit the legendary Fairy pools and stop at Sligachan bridge.
Optional: For whisky connoisseurs we will visit Talisker distillery on the Island for a tour of the distillery and a wee dram
Optional: For wildlife fans there is a great 2-hour wildlife spotting cruise that departs from Portree
As we drive South from Portree we cross back to the mainland on the Skye Bridge before visit the imposing and much-photographed Eilean Donan castle, standing on a headland at the meeting point of three lochs. We then drive into the Highlands of Scotland and through some impressive scenery to Loch Ness at The Great Glen. Keep your eyes peeled for The Loch Ness Monster as we drive along the shore road. We arrive at Urquhart Castle and explore this fascinating medieval ruin with fantastic views over the loch.
Optional: Take a 30 minute cruise on Loch Ness arriving at Urquhart by water rather than road.
From Loch Ness we travel east through Inverness to Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle on British soil and the end of the Jacobite cause in 1746. We explore the fantastic visitor centre and battlefield. We will then briefly stop at Clava Cairns, a Bronze Age burial site.
From the Cairngorm national park we venture South through the central highlands to either Blair Castle or Scone Palace. We then venture to the Royal Burgh of Falkland and Falkland Palace before travelling back to Edinburgh.
Along the route there are a range of hotels ranging in style and rating, from three star lodges to 5 star castles and resorts. We can pair hotels to your wishes.
Of course everything is possible so if you want to see something specific, stay in a hotel of your choosing or anything else please let us know.