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, ride the train which inspired Harry Potter's 'Hogwarts Express', 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 dance at a genuine Ceilidh to make this a proper Highland Fling!
Departs 8.30am. From Edinburgh, we pass the famous Forth Bridge and explore the forests and salmon packed rivers of Perthshire. We visit the heart of Macbeth country with the mighty Dunkeld cathedral and then take a hike into the beautiful woodlands and waterfalls of the Hermitage. From the Lowlands we enter the Highlands into the Great Glen with views of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. Morag’s Lodge on the shores of Loch Ness is our home for the night.
We start the day with monster spotting as our journey north takes us to Loch Ness and past the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Then the eerie moor of lonely Culloden Battlefield (scene of the last major battle on British soil) awaits as we hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the tragedy of his defeat. This afternoon we get the chance to taste a drop of the 'water of life' at a whisky distillery.
Stay Wild and visit HAGGiS Grove (weather permitting) to plant a tree and 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’, famous for its ruined castles, awesome scenery and legendary MacLeod and MacDonald Clans. You will be immersed in Celtic myths and Viking legends, hear tales abound with faeries and fights, and explore the windswept mountain terrain and rugged coastline.
We return to the mainland to either travel on the famous Jacobite Steam train or take the 'Road to the Isles' and view and Glenfinnan Monument where Bonnie Prince Charlie began his claim for the throne of Scotland back in 1745 . From Fort William we pass under the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain and on to Oban. Known as the ‘Gateway to the Isles’ because of its spectacular views over to Mull, Oban is home for the night and this is your chance for a proper Highland Fling with some traditional dancing at a ceilidh! (summer route)
We head for eerie Glencoe, home to some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery and the setting of the infamous 1692 massacre, but more recently used as 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.
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Some people squish up their face. Some stamp their foot on the ground. Others let out a loud 'ahhhhhh'. However you react to whisky, don't let it stop you from going on this fantastic optional guided tour. You'll discover the history behind Scotland's most divisive drink. You'll discover how it's made. And hopefully you'll discover how to love it.
Featured in a number of the Harry Potter movies as ‘The Hogwarts Express’, the Jacobite Steam Train is a spectacular journey through some of Scotland’s most dramatic coastal scenery. Voted as the best train journey in the world by Wanderlust magazine readers for several years, the 42 mile trip is certainly worth considering as a trip add-on!
Take to the water and hunt for the elusive monster. Hour long evening cruises operate from Fort Augustus throughout summer and can be booked through Morag's Lodge hostel on arrival.
No stress, your accommodation is booked in the best hostels available!
'Pre-Pay Bundle' or 'Pay as you go', we book hostel multi-share, generally small 4 to 6 bed dorms.
'Pre-Pay Private Room Bundles' are limited and subject to availability.
The majority of private rooms are of the same standard as the hostel dorms, may have shared facilities and are accommodated within the same building as the rest of the group. Where this is not possible, you may be required to make your own way to your accommodation located a short walk away from the main drop off point.
BEFORE AND AFTER TOUR
We don't reserve accommodation before your tour starts or after your tour finishes. We recommend checking out our Accommodation section under 'Essential Info'.