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4 Day Tour; The Highlands! and the enchanting Isle of Skye.

Experience the magical Isle of Skye, and discover why the Misty Isle, has been voted one of the top five must visit islands in the world by lonely planet. A land steeped in myth and legends, so wild and rugged it will simply take your breath away. On this tour we also visit the mysterious Loch Ness, and the natural beauty of Glencoe.

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Day 1- We travel to the mighty Stirling Castle, and the National Wallace Monument. ( photo stops) Moving on we take the scenic route through the beautiful Trossach’s country side to Rob Roy’s Grave at Balquidder Glen, then onto the pretty village of Killin to view the Falls of Dochart. We then continue over the wide expanse of Rannoch Moor to Glencoe, a place of natural beauty. Time here to take in the scenery and to learn the tragic story of the Glencoe massacre in 1692. Continuing on we follow the shores of loch Linnhe, to the pretty town of Fort William, for the evening. Arrival time approx 6 pm.

Day 2- Visit the Jacobite steam train ( Hogwarts express in the Harry Potter Movies) then journey to Glenfinning Viaduct and Monument. ( photo stop) Continue along the Road to the Isles, to Camusdarach Beach, location for the movie Local Hero. Journey onto Mallaig, where we catch a 35 min ferry crossing over the sea to Skye. Once on the island we travel north ( photo stops along the way) to Talisker Distillery, for a 1 hour tour and a wee dram. ( if not interested in whisky we can visit the fairy pools at glen brittle) Moving on we then head to Portree, the capital of Skye for the evening. arrival time approx 6-7 pm.

Day 3- More time to explore Skye. Firstly we follow the spectacular Trotternish ridge, stopping to view the Old Man of Stoer, Kilt Rock and the Quirang, a spectacular series of landslips and dramatic pinnacles. Continuing on we leave the island by way of the Skye Bridge, to the evocative Eilean Donan Castle. We then travel through the beautiful Glen Shiel Mountains ( photo stops along the way) and Glen Moriston, to the mysterious Loch Ness. Options here of a 1 hour cruise to capture that image of the resident monster, or visit the impressive ruins of Urquhart Castle, where most sightings of Nessie have been seen. From Loch Ness we make the short journey to Inverness, for the evening. arrival time approx 6-7 pm.

Day 4- Firstly we visit Culloden Battlefield, sight of the last battle ever fought between Jacobite’s led by Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Government troops in 1746. A short drive from here we stop to view the Clava Cairns, a 3,5000 year burial sight, before travelling south through the Cairngorm Mountains, to the pretty Victorian town of Pitlochry, ( option here for lunch or explore the town) Moving on we shall visit the Hermitage salmon leap and Dunkeld Cathedral, once an important early Christian centre. We then make our way back to Edinburgh,or where ever you are based.

Accommodation- Over the years I have accumulated a list of excellent B&Bs/Guest house, luxury Hotel/Castles, for you to enjoy. Which I would be happy to book for you based on your budget and sleeping arrangements.

 

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