4 Day Highlands and Islands Tour
Take in the breathtaking beauty of the Western Isles, including the Isle of Skye and the Isle of Lewis. Over four days you will visit Castles, battlefields and bronze age settlements all while travelling through some of the most beautiful and dramatic landscapes in the world.
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As we leave Edinburgh and head north towards the Highlands we will cross the stylish Queensferry Crossing bridge over the River Forth estuary. It’s the tallest bridge in Europe and along with the original Forth Bridge and the remarkable Victorian railway bridge they are a very impressive sight.
It will take about one hour to get into the Highlands and your first stop will be in the pretty village of Dunkeld with its 12th century cathedral and bloody history. We will then go for a short walk to a beauty spot called ‘The Hermitage’. This place was designed and built by The Duke of Atholl in 1757.
You are now in the Highlands proper and we will head for the ancestral home of the Duke – Blair Castle. The Duke is the Chief of the Clan Murray and uniquely has his own army – The Atholl Highlanders. The castle is well worth a visit. It has been here for over 700 years and has been involved in a number of major events in Scottish history.
As we move further north into the wilderness of the Cairngorm National Park we have the opportunity to stop at the House of Bruar – an amazing department store in the middle of nowhere. It only sell the very best of Scottish produce.
Next we will reach the capital of the Highlands – the city of Inverness. A bustling place built along the banks of the River Ness.
When we leave here we will once again head for the more remote country through stunning scenery towards Ullapool and the ferry to Stornoway on the island of Lewis. We will stop at the remarkable Corrieshalloch Gorge with the spectacular Falls of Measach dropping 200 feet into the gorge.
Today’s route will take you around the islands of Lewis and Harris. Firstly we’ll go to the most northerly point on the island ‘The Butt of Lewis Lighthouse’. It can be a frightening place in a storm. Some of the highest wind speeds in the country have been recorded here. There is also an amazing different varieties of sea birds around.
From here we will move south down the west coast of the island to the Blackhouse at Arnol. This is a preserved house of the style that the islanders lived in until the early 1960s. It gives you a remarkable insight into how tough life was in these parts through the ages.
Next we’ll go further back into history with a visit to a bronze age fort – or Broch – as they are known. The one at Dun Carloway is remarkably well preserved considering how old it is. It is thought to have been constructed around 200 BC.
From here we’ll go even further back in history to the remarkable Callanish Stones. They have been here for an amazing 5000 years.
Next we’ll head through the mountains of north Harris firstly to the village of Tarbert then on to some of the spectacular beaches on the west coast of the island.
Finally we’ll return to Tarbert to catch the ferry to Uig on Skye. It departs at 1635 and arrives in Uig at 1805.
Today we will set off for the famous Skye Bridge – opened in 1995 to replace the original ferries.
We will head for the iconic castle of Eilean Donan – undoubtedly one of the most photographed sites in Scotland
We will then return to Skye and get the ferry from Armadale to the fishing port of Mallaig. It is from here that the famous Jacobite Express steam train leaves on route to Fort William.
You will be collected from the station in Fort William and we will continue south towards the busy town of Oban overlooking the islands of Mull and Kerrera. We will stop at one of the most famous sites in Scotland – Glencoe.
A stunning, atmospheric place. It was the site of an infamous massacre in 1692, when the Campbells slaughtered 78 Macdonalds on a wintery night in February.
Today you’ll head back towards Edinburgh but not directly. Firstly you’ll take the scenic coastal route from Oban down to another couple of islands – Seil and Easdale
This is the ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’ which goes from the mainland onto the island of Seil. We can also visit Easdale which was famous for producing roof slates for hundreds of years and is now an industrial museum.
From here we will take a less well used road up the shores of Loch Awe. One of the largest lochs in Scotland.
We will travel round the lower part of the loch and go east towards Stirling with its famous castle and monuments. Finally we will stop at the ‘Kelpies’ – 30 meter high sculptures built in 2013 – they were built as a tribute to the role of the heavy horses involved in Scottish industry throughout the industrial revolution.
From here it is a short journey via the motorway to return to Edinburgh.
- Exclusive use of Landrover Discovery 5 vehicle for up to 6 passengers
- Local kilted driver/guide
- Chilled Scottish still or sparkling water.
- Accommodation costs
- Attraction costs
- Ferries and bridge tolls
All of the above can be recommended and booked as required.