Spend three days weaving through the landscapes, legends, and landmarks of Skye. On your journey north, you travel past the historic heart of Scotland and learn about the battles between the Scottish and the English. In Skye, you stay in the cute and cultural town of Portree, and explore the scenery that inspired countless myths and legends. And by the time you’re home, you understand why this little island deserves its large reputation.
- Eilean Donan Castle* – An iconic and gorgeous 13th-century castle that once warded off Viking invasions.
- Glencoe – Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tale of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.
- Quiraing Mountain Pass – Skye’s outstanding geological stunner. These strange formations gave Skye its nickname, the ‘Winged Isle’.
- The Old Man of Storr - Gaze upon this sharp pinnacle of rock that bursts out of the land and can be seen for miles around.
- Five Sisters of Kintail – Legend says a local wizard turned five sisters into these mountains so they could preserve their beauty.
- Loch Ness* – This loch holds more fresh water than all of the lakes in England and Wales combined. But does it also hold the Loch Ness Monster?
- Learn about Scotland’s most important battles as we pass Stirling Castle
- Admire the mountainous splendour of the Five Sisters of Kintail
- Take an epic photo of the gorgeous Eilean Donan Castle
- Wander around the cute seaside village of Portree
You depart Edinburgh and travel west. This part of your journey is a history lover’s dream. You pass Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, and Doune Castle, before stopping in Callander for refreshments.
Next, we venture north through the splendid scenery surrounding Loch Lubnaig and up to the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor.
You continue through the spectacular mountain pass of Glencoe, scene of the great massacre of the Clan MacDonald in 1692. And after lunch we pass Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and head into the Great Glen. Travelling west, you head past the Five Sisters of Kintail.
You then stop at the famous Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most photographed castles. Crossing over the bridge to Skye, you follow the dramatic coastline, towards the island’s capital, Portree. And after all this breath-taking beauty, you’re dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening with enough time to go out and explore the town.
- Explore the natural wonders of Skye
- Enjoy spectacular views of the Trotternish Ridge
- Learn about the legends and battles that shaped the island’s culture
Today is a flexible day on Skye; and your driver-guide ensures you take a unique route that suits the weather, the local events, and your group’s interests.
You can travel north to the Trotternish Ridge and beyond. Here you find the geological wonders like Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. Or your guide may take you back in time and teach you about the legends and clan culture surrounding the 13th-century home of the Clan MacLeod, Dunvegan Castle.
You return to Portree in the evening.
- Try and spot the Loch Ness Monster
- Journey through the pine-clad region of Perthshire
You travel south through the Cuillin Hills and back over to the mainland for stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail.
You visit Loch Ness for lunch and the chance to spot “Nessie”!* Heading south through the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan, famous now as “Monarch of the Glen Country” before passing Dalwhinnie and onwards past Blair Castle.
We stop for refreshments in one of the Perthshire villages before heading past Perth, over the Firth of Forth, and back to Edinburgh.
*The optional Loch Ness boat cruise is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice.
Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
Air conditioning as standard
The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
Entry fees to visitor attractions