Arrival at Edinburgh Airport, collect your hire car
and make your way to the hotel to check in. In the afternoon you might want to
visit Rosslyn Chapel which is situated south of Edinburgh or alternatively
discover Edinburgh, Scotland's Capital City. Around Edinburgh, especially its
Old Town, a lot of mysterious stories are to be found. For example Major Weir, a
wizard, lived near the Grassmarket. He used to send his walking stick on
errands! We recommend taking part in a ghost tour which starts across the road
from the city chambers on the Royal Mile or visit ‘Mary King's Close', an
underground streets and one of the most haunted places in the UK. Also Edinburgh
Castle is worth a visit and location of many ghostly tales.
Leaving Edinburgh today, follow
the signs to Perth and head on the A94 to Glamis Castle, which has been
described as the most haunted castle in Scotland. Head further north to the
White Caterthuns and the Brown Caterthuns, the remote remains of two hillforts
or hilltop towns just north of the main road A90. In the White Caterthun there
is on the northern outer bank a magic stone about which is said, when touched in
moonlight will make one rich! Access to the Caterthuns is from the minor road
that passes between them en route to Bridgend. Also Edzell Castle, where a white
lady roams, is in this area. Now continue your journey over the Cairn-Ò-Mount
Road B974 into the Royal Deeside.
Overnight Royal Deeside
Follow the road through the Dee Valley. West of the Cairngorms you find Ben
Macdui, who is connected with the Gray Man of Ben Macdui: a giant figure, who
many people have seen in the area of the mountain top. He wanders there in fog
and snow. Now take the A939 via Tomintoul to Granton on Spey.
Granton on Spey/ Aviemore area.
Stay on the
A939 and follow, heading north, over Dava Moor. The Moor is the place where the
Scottish King Macbeth met with the three witches as described by Shakespear's
play. Now follow the signs to Inverness until you reach Culloden. Here the last
battle on British soil was fought and the English army beat the Scottish
Jacobite troops under Bonnie Prince Charles in a gruesome battle.
in the Inverness area.
From Inverness head
further north over the Black Isle. The A832 takes you to Fortrose, where you
find a monument for Brahan Seer, one of the mostfamous seer in Scotland in the
17th century. He predicted for example the arrival of the locomotive in the
Scottish Highlands. Unfortunately he came to a terrible death - he was burnt
alive in a barrel of tar because he had made an indiscrete prediction. Follow
now the road further to Cromarty, its name is connected to the tale of a mermaid
who is said to have lived there.
Return back to the Inverness area for
Today head to Loch Ness, where we recommend a
visit at the Loch Ness 2000 exhibition. Here you can have an interesting insight
into the phenomenon of Loch Ness and its alleged monster. Now follow the A87
further West at Invermoriston and on to the Isle of Skye over the Skye Bridge by
Kyle of Lochalsh. Follow the signs to Portree. Here, on the main road by
Sligachan a phantom car was sighted several times - an Austin from 1934! The car
approaches from behind, overtakes and then disappears.
Overnight on the Isle
From Portree you circle west to visit
Dunvegan Castle, the ancient seat of the Clan MacLeod, who played an important
role in the tale of the Fairy Flag of Dunvegan. There are remains of an ancient
silk flag at the castle which is said to be dating back as far as the 4th
century. The tale tells that the banner was woven by fairies and it was only
allowed to be used by the Clan MacLeod for protection three times - so far it
has been used twice.
Overnight on the Isle of Skye.
Take the ferry today in the south of
the island from Armadale to Mallaig. Back on the main land the B830 takes you
south and after a short trip you reach Loch Morar, where unexplained sightings,
similar to Loch Ness have been made. See if you can spot ‘Morag' the monster
said to live in the loch. Continue your journey to Fort William where you can
discover more about the history of the area in the West Highland Museum in the
centre of town. The museum is said to have a ghost also - a former curator who
one can still hear being busy at the typewriter.
Overnight in the Fort
head south west and travel through stunning and eerie Glencoe and further via
Crianlarich and Lochearnhead to Callander, where you can visit the Rob Roy &
Trossachs Visitor Centre. Rob Roy was a man who actually lived in this area and
about whom there are many tales.
Overnight in the Trossach
Discover the land of Rob Roy more by
travelling via the A821 to Loch Katrine and Aberfoyle towards the west. Doon
Hill and the Old Kirk in Aberfoyle are associated with the Reverend Robert Kirk,
a priest who is more notorious for his belief in fairies. As Robert was a
seventh son, he was said to have been gifted with second sight and he chatted to
fairies frequently. One night in 1692 he was found dead on Doon Hill and has
haunted the hill since then. It is said that by now the fairies have turned him
into one of the high spruce trees which grow on the top of the hill. You will
find a sign posted path leading you to the top. Turn now towards the east
towards the Royal Burgh of Stirling. From here Edinburgh and Glasgow are easily
reached. Drop off hire car and departure.