Highland Fling

5 Days

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Adult $359.00
Student $345.00
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Loch Ness, Isle of Skye & Scottish Highlands

A spectacular adventure through the Highlands and magical Isle of Skye with stunning scenery, incredible history and some unique and unforgettable experiences. Go monster hunting on Loch Ness, hike in one of the last great wildernesses of Europe, see Glenfinnan Viaduct made famous by Harry Potter, hear tales of Scotland’s bloody history and soak up the culture with a wee dram after a day’s exploring. There’s also the chance to get into some traditional Scottish music and dancing at a genuine Ceilidh to make this a proper Highland Fling!

Highlights

  • FREE visit to a Highland whisky distillery
  • Overnight on the banks of Loch Ness
  • Eerie Glencoe, the 'Weeping Glen'
  • Isle of Skye's jaw-dropping landscape
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by Harry Potter
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Plant a tree in the 'HAGGiS Grove'

Free time

  • Go monster spotting on a Loch Ness cruise•
  • Enjoy views of Mull and watch the sunset over Oban Bay and the Atlantic Ocean
  • Dance Scottish-style at a Highland Ceilidh

*(Summer only)

Inclusions

  • Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide
  • Transport on one of the famous yellow HAGGiS buses
  • Tree planting at the ‘HAGGiS Grove’ *weather permitting
  • Dunkeld Cathedral
  • Hermitage Forest Walk
  • Access to Culloden Battlefield
  • FREE visit to a Highland whisky distillery
  • FREE Lonely Planet guidebook

Day 1: Edinburgh to Loch Ness

Departs 8.30am. From Edinburgh, we pass the famous Forth Bridge and into Perthshire, surrounded by mountains, forests and salmon packed rivers. We stop in Dunkeld, heart of Macbeth country and its mighty cathedral before taking a walk in the beautiful woodlands and waterfalls of the Hermitage. Then it's across the country and further north to the Great Glen and on to Morag's Lodge, our home for the night.

Day 2: The Highlands

Our journey along Loch Ness takes us through Drumnadrochit and past the ruins of Urquhart Castle where the monster has been spotted many times. We then head further north hearing tales about Bonnie Prince Charlie and the tragedy of his defeat on the eerie moor of lonely Culloden Battlefield (scene of the last major battle on British soil). This afternoon we get the chance to taste a drop of the 'water of life' at a whisky distillery before heading back to the shores of Loch Ness

Day 3: Isle of Skye

Today we visit HAGGiS Grove (weather permitting) to help restore our native Caledonian forest before passing beautiful Eilean Donan Castle. Then on to explore the Isle of Skye, also known as the 'winged isle' or 'Isle of Mist' with its ruined castles, awesome scenery and home to the legendary MacLeod and MacDonald Clans. Immersed in Celtic myths and Viking legends, hear tales abound with faeries and fights, we explore the windswept landscape and brooding Red and Black Cuillin Mountain ranges.

Day 4: Skye to Oban

We return to the mainland and head for Glenfinnan Monument where Bonnie Prince Charlie began his claim for the throne of Scotland and view the spectacular steam train viaduct featured in the Harry Potter film. We take to the hills for the chance to hike in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. Oban, known as the 'Gateway to the Isles' because of its spectacular views over to Mull, is home for the night and this is your chance for a proper Highland Fling with some traditional dancing at a ceilidh!

Day 5: Oban to Edinburgh

We head for eerie Glencoe, some Scotland's most iconic scenery and setting of the infamous 1692 massacre but more recently a backdrop in the movie 'Skyfall'. Further south we enter Rob Roy country where the landscape changes from the Highlands to the Lowlands. Our journey back to Edinburgh takes in views of magnificent Stirling Castle and the mighty Wallace Monument. Returns approximately 5.00pm.