Loch Ness, Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands
A spectacular Scotland tour 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 Jacobite 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!
- Legendary local HAGGiS Guide
- All transport including ferry charges
- Dunkeld Cathedral
- Hermitage Forest Walk
- Culloden Battlefield
- Clava Cairns
- Jacobite Steam Train
- Highland Whisky Distillery tour
- Loch Ness cruise (summer only)
H: Included Highlights
F: Free Time Option
Day 1: Edinburgh to Oban
Departs 8.30am. From Edinburgh, we head north to take in views of magnificent Stirling Castle and the mighty Wallace Monument. Crossing from the Lowlands into the Highlands, we pass the medieval strong hold of Doune Castle as seen in Outlander and Game of Thrones before eerie Glencoe, home to some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery and the setting of the infamous 1692 massacre.
H:Eerie Glencoe, the ‘Weeping Glen’
F:Ceilidh the night away in Oban
Day 2: Oban to Skye
Heading north to Fort William we pass under the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. We take in Glenfinnan, the monument built in memory of Bonnie Prince Charlie's campaign to claim the throne of Scotland back in 1745. You have the chance to travel on the famous Jacobite Steam train or take the 'Road to the Isles' enroute to the Isle of Skye. (summer route)
H: Stunning ferry trip in summer
H:View Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest mountain
F:Jacobite steam train as seen in Harry Potter (summer only)
Day 3: Isle of Skye
Today we explore the stunning 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'll be immersed in Celtic myths and Viking legends, hear tales abound with faeries and fights and explore the windswept mountain terrain and rugged coastline before passing beautiful Eilean Donan Castle on return to the mainland
H:Isle of Skye’s awe-inspiring scenery
H:View Eilean Donan Castle
F:Go monster spotting on a Loch Ness cruise (summer only)
Day 4: Loch Ness and the Highlands
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 awaits as we hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the tragedy of his defeat followed by mysterious and ancient Clava Cairns, which were an inspiration for the Craigh na Dun standing stones seen in Outlander. This afternoon we get the chance to taste a drop of the 'water of life' at a whisky distillery.
H:Overnight on the banks of Loch Ness
H:Culloden and Clava Cairns from Outlander
H:Plant a tree in HAGGiS Grove (summer only)
F:Highland Whisky Distillery visit
Day 5: Loch Ness to Edinburgh
Our journey takes us from Loch Ness past the Commando Memorial southward to 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. Just before arriving back in Edinburgh we pass the famous Forth Bridge which has recently joined the list of Scotland's UNESCO sites. We returns approximately 5.00pm.
H:Dunkeld with its cathedral
H:Hermitage Forest walk
H:View the Forth Bridges, recent UNESCO site
PRE-PAY BUNDLE or PAY AS YOU GO
Add to your booking. Includes:
- 4 nights accommodation on tour
- Highland Whisky Distillery visit
- HAGGiS t-shirt
- Faster check in and easier to budget on tour
Pay As You Go
- Pay for accommodation and optional activities direct to suppliers uopn arrival
- Accommodation is pre-booked and guaranteed
- Optional activities are subject to local availability
Add at time of booking:
Highland Whisky Distillery visit
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. Included in Pre-Pay Bundle.
Jacobite Steam Train (Add at time of booking)
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!
Loch Ness Cruise (Summer Only)
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 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
- HAGGiS T-shirt
- Faster check in and easier to budget on the 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'.
A great trip. Everyone made us feel welcome. A voyage of discovery!"