Skye, the Western Isles, Loch Ness & the Highlands
Known as the Hebrides, the remote Western Isles off the north west coast of Scotland are world-renowned for their isolation and rugged beauty. We explore the famous sites of the Scottish mainland like Loch Ness and Glencoe but this trip also takes you to the breath-taking islands of Lewis, Harris and Skye where mountainous peaks, cliffs and long sandy beaches are immersed in century old Gaelic traditions and culture...
- Your legendary local HAGGiS Guide
- All ferry crossings
- Callanish Standing Stones
- Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
- Dun Carloway, Iron Age fort
- Gearrannan Blackhouses
- Whisky Distillery visit
- Loch Ness Criuse
H: Included Highlights
F: Free Time Option
Day 1: Edinburgh to Stornoway
Tour starts 8.15am. 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 visit its mighty cathedral. Then it’s through the Cairngorms National park, past Inverness and onwards to the far north-west coast of Scotland for our ferry over the sea to the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Lewis.
H:Ferry journey to the Hebrides
H:Quaint Dunkeld where the Lowlands meet the Highlands
Day 2: Lewis and Harris
We visit Scotland's most westerly distillery, Abhainn Dearg, for a unique insight into the way the islands approach life. Then onto the stunning Callanish Standing Stones, Neolithic in age and dating back more than 4,000 years. Their meaning remain a mystery, perhaps an ancient calendar but these are considered to be some of the most impressive and inspiring of any of the ancient stones in Britain. We visit the Butt of Lewis with its isolated lighthouse and stunning ocean views, then to a traditional blackhouse and the home of tweed makers, a fabric exclusive to the islands but now considered very trendy!
H:Callanish Standing Stones
H:Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
H:Dun Carloway Iron Age fort
F:Traditional Hebridean Blackhouses
F:Visit an island whisky distillery
Day 3: Lewis and Harris to Skye
In the morning we explore the amazing beaches of Harris, famous for its clear blue waters, magnificent mountain backdrop and traditional crofting culture. These islands are home to the Clan MacLeod who have lived here for centuries. After exploring the wonders of Harris, we leave their homeland and cross by ferry to the magical Isle of Skye where we spend the night.
H:Isolated Outer Hebridean white sandy beaches
Day 4: Skye to Loch Ness
Today we explore the magical Isle of Skye. Mountainous, rugged and stunning beautiful, you won't want to leave. Back on the mainland we pass Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic views in Scotland then it’s truly off the beaten track and into the wilds! We drive through the stunning north west Highlands, some of the most remote and most isolated mountain terrain in Europe.
H:Beautiful Isle of Skye
H:View the Eilean Donan Castle
F:Monster hunt on a Loch Ness cruise
Day 5: Loch Ness to Edinburgh
We head south to mysterious and haunting Glencoe also known as the ‘Weeping Glen’. Stunningly beautiful, it has been the backdrop for movies including ‘Harry Potter’, ‘Braveheart’, ‘Rob Roy’ and more recently ‘Skyfall’. We cross the wilds of Rannoch Moor towards the Lowlands and on past Doune Castle (as seen in Outlander and Games of Thrones) and historic Stirling, arriving back in Edinburgh approximately 5.30pm.
H:Eerie Glencoe, the ‘Weeping Glen’
H:Pass Doune Castle as seen in Outlander and Game of Thrones
PRE-PAY BUNDLE or PAY AS YOU GO
Add to your booking. Includes:
- 4 nights accommodation on tour
- Whisky Distillery visit
- HAGGiS t-shirt
Pay As You Go
- Pay for accommodation and optional activities direct to suppliers upon arrival
- Accommodation is pre-booked and guaranteed
- Optional activities are subject to local availability
Add at time of booking:
Islands Whisky Distillery
A distillery located in the Outer Hebredies is not your average distillery. Established only a few years ago it's not yet even producing whisky commercially. What it is though, is unique. It captures the philosophy and history of island distilling dating back hundreds of years and gives a fantastic insight into the way of life on the islands.
Gearrannan Blackhouse Village
You’re reading this because you’re interested in seeing more of Scotland than just the major icons like Loch Ness. Gearrannan offers a fantastic insight into traditional way of life which has changed slowly, still shapes the Western Isles today and is truly off the beaten track.
Loch Ness Cruise
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. Subject to availability locally.
No stress, your accommodation is booked in the best hostels available but not included.
You should budget around £24pppn or add-on the ‘Pre-Pay Bundle' at time of booking.
Add to your booking:
- 4 nights multi-share accommodation on tour
- Highland Whisky Distillery visit
- Gearannan Blackhouses
- HAGGiS T-shirt
- Faster check in and easier to budget on tour
'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'.
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