Highland's Explorer

Highlights

Highlands Explorer

7 days of Scotland at its breathtaking best. Visit the dramatic mountain scenery of Assynt and experience the remote white sandy beaches of the Northern Highlands, walk through the ancient pine forests of the Cairngorm National Park and soak up the romantic beauty of the Isle of Skye. Further highlights include Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe and Scotland's highest road out to the remote village of Applecross, giving you a tour unrivalled for the best views of Scotland.

Your Highlands Explorer Tour Highlights:

• GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
Transportation by top of the range 16 seat Mercedes mini coaches
• Four nights accommodations at your choice of B&B or Hotel
• 2 Nights Edinburgh (pre/post)
• Breakfast daily, except on day of arrival
• Services of professional driver/guide
• Touring per your itinerary
• All ferry and bridge crossings
• Discount card to restaurants, attractions and shopping
• Tips to your driver are not included, as they are considered personal

Itinerary

Highland's Explorer - Small Group Escorted Tour Itinerary

Visit Scotland with Celtic ToursDay 01: Arrive in Edinburgh today, and make your way to your pre-booked Edinburgh hotel. Optional transfer can be arranged at time of booking. Spend your day independently exploring Edinburgh. Overnight in Edinburgh.

Day 02: Make your way to the departure point at Rabbies Cafe at 6 Waterloo Place, guests are requested to check in at least 15 minutes before departure. Departure from Edinburgh at 09:00. Our journey takes us north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming highland village of Dunkeld on the banks of the River Tay. From here you head into the Cairngorm National Park and the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus estate. After lunch we will spend time on the beautiful shores of Loch Insh before a short forest walk takes us to the ruins of Loch an Eilean Castle. Panoramic vies of Loch ness follow as we travel down to the banks of the famous Loch and the village of Dores where we can do some "Nessie" spotting! Then its on to the shores of Loch Broom where we spend two nights at Ullapool. you will stay for the next 2 nights.

Day 03: Today  we visit the far northwest highlands and the grandeur, expanse and wildness of the mountains of Assynt with its abundance of wildlife. This area is historically famous as being the first crofting area to be brought by the local crofters, the Assynt Crofters Trust. We will be immersed in the history of the area and visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, once the stronghold of the MacLeods of Assynt. The day is full of amazing views of some of Europe's oldest landscapes from the stunning white sand beach at Achmelvich Bay to the traditional fishing village of Lochinver.

Visit Scotland with Celtic ToursDay 04: We leave Ullapool heading south to take in the drama of the River Droma as it plunges 60m down into the Corrieshalloch Gorge. From here we travel past the mountains of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and along the picturesque coastline of Loch Torridon. the tranquil setting of Applecross is your destination for lunch before taking one of the highest roads in Scotland, Bealach nam Bo (meaning the Cattle Pass), with its jaw-dropping views, hairpin bends and precipitous cliffs. In the afternoon we stop in "tropical" Plockton where we can see palm trees growing alongside Loch Carron and take time to enjoy its sheltered serenity. Then its over the sea to Skye and the delightful harbor town of Portree with its friendly welcome.

Day 05: Today we are focused on exploring Skye, including the wild north of the island, the Old Man of Storr, the mountain pass of the Quiraing and the island's most westerly point at Neist. In the evening relax and enjoy your last night of Highland culture. Overnight Portree, Isle of Skye.

Day 06: We travel south from the Isle of Skye stopping first at the famous stronghold iof Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film "Highlander" set at the head od 3 lochs as protection against Viking Raiders. Continuing east through the rugged mountains of Kintail including the splendor of the Five Sisters, we drive down through Glen Garry past Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, then onto Fort William for lunch. In the afternoon we will explore spectacular Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan MacDonald in 1692, before stopping in Killin for refreshments beside the Falls of Dochart, arriving into Edinburgh at 19:00. Make your way to your Edinburgh hotel for overnight.

Day 07: Check out of your Edinburgh hotel today for your return home. Private transfer to the airport is not included and can be arranged.

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This tour does not include: 

  • Lunches
  • Entrance Fees not listed in itinerary
  • Tips to driver/guide

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Please note: Discount rate applies to children aged 5-16 years. Tours are not suitable for children under the age of 5.

 
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