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Highland Explorer & Isle of Skye Small Group: Edinburgh to Edinburgh

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 675

This short Scotland tour departs from Edinburgh, taking in historic regions such as Ullapool, Portree, and the beautiful Isle of Skye.


This small group experience (maximum 16 participants) gets you off the beaten track so you get a real feel for the country. Our guides are hand-picked for their pride and passion for their country. Transportation is in modern Mercedes Benz mini-coaches and accommodation is in 3 star country hotels.

This 5-day journey through Scotland is an ideal taste of highland beauty.

Set out from Edinburgh, bound for Cairngorm National Park, home to ancient pine forests. Then continue on to a true Scottish icon, Loch Ness, keeping your eyes peeled for Nessie before arriving in Ullapool. Despite its small size, this lovely town is an epicentre of mountain tourism. You’ll explore the Assynt Mountains, and Ardvreck Castle, plus the white beach of Achmelvich Bay, which offers the chance of whale sightings.

Travel down the Corrieshalloch Gorge, past the stunning coastline of Loch Torridon. Your destination is Plockton, perhaps the only place in Scotland where palm trees overlook a Loch! Then board the ferry bound for the Isle of Skye and the lovely town of Portee. Your sightseeing is flexible, and may include a trip to Quiraing mountain pass, Kilt Rock, or Neist Point. All are beautiful natural highlights of the island. Alternatively, immerse yourself in its history at Dunvegan Castle, or try a tipple at Talisker Distillery.

Your final day returns you to Edinburgh, but not before a few more memorable sights. Visit Eilean Donan Castle of ‘Highlander’ film fame, then travel beyond the Five Sisters to Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. Finally, call in at historic Glencoe, before taking final refreshments at the Falls of Dochart.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 675

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Day 1

Edinburgh to Ullapool

Today you will drive you north to Dunkeld, on the banks of the River Tay, before exploring the grandeur of Cairngorm National Park and its ancient pine forests. Following the afternoon here your tour will take you onto the back-roads overlooking mysterious Loch Ness before staying in Ullapool, your base for 2 nights. (some tours may stay in Inverness instead of Ullapool during particularly busy times of the year when Ullapool's accommodation is scarce). Overnight in Ullapool.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Ladysmith Guest House

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    Ladysmith Guest House



    Shetlander Niv and Pauline McRobb would like to offer you a warm Highland welcome. LadySmith Guest house bed and breakfast, is a traditional Highland stone house built in 1888 and situated. The accommodation is extremely comfortable with fresh linen and luxury bathrooms. Relax in the ...

    Shetlander Niv and Pauline McRobb would like to offer you a warm Highland welcome. LadySmith Guest house bed and breakfast, is a traditional Highland stone house built in 1888 and situated. The accommodation is extremely comfortable with fresh linen and luxury bathrooms. Relax in the south facing garden surrounded by some of the largest trees in Ullapool.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Parking Nearby ($)

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Day 2

Ullapool

Today is a day to discover the region. Travel to 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 bought by the local crofters, the Assynt Crofters' Trust. You 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. With the chance of seeing wildlife such as whales and red deer as well, this is sure to be a memorable day. Overnight in Ullapool.

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Day 3

Ullapool to Portree

Leave Ullapool heading south to take in the drama of the River Droma as it plunges 60m down into the Corrieshalloch Gorge. From here you 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 you stop in "tropical" Plockton where you can see palm trees growing alongside Loch Carron and take time to enjoy its sheltered serenity. Then it's over the sea to Skye and the delightful harbour town of Portree with its friendly welcome. Overnight in Portree.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Highfield Bed and Breakfast

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    Highfield Bed and Breakfast



    Highfield is only a five minute walk from Portree town centre. Located in a elevated position the bed and breakfast captures some unique views of beautiful scenery, including sea views and the Cuillins, one of Scotland's famous mountain ranges. Located by Portree Bay, Highfield sits ...

    Highfield is only a five minute walk from Portree town centre. Located in a elevated position the bed and breakfast captures some unique views of beautiful scenery, including sea views and the Cuillins, one of Scotland's famous mountain ranges. Located by Portree Bay, Highfield sits in a beautiful and quiet location. Boasting a beautiful and busy harbour, great for seafood lovers. Portree is Skye's largest town and is situated 36 miles from the only road from the mainland, via the Skye Bridge.

    Facilities

    • Coffee/Tea
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Guest Lounge

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Day 4

Portree

Today is a flexible day exploring Skye with many possibilities depending on the weather and your driver/guide's knowledge will come to the fore in developing the best day out for you. For example you might travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery or visit the Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns (reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt) with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. After lunch you can travel to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye. Alternatively a visit to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod, may be possible. Talisker Distillery is also on Skye, as are the famous Cuillin Hills. We return you to your accommodation in Portree in the late afternoon for you to enjoy a free evening in the village. Overnight in Portree.

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Day 5

Portree to Edinburgh

Today takes us south from Skye stopping first at the famous stronghold Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film "Highlander", set at the head of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders. Continuing east through the rugged mountains of Kintail including the splendour of the Five Sisters, you drive down through Glen Garry past Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, then onto Fort William for lunch. In the afternoon you 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. The tour ends upon arrival back in Edinburgh around 7:00pm at Rabbie's Cafe, and you are free to make your own arrangements from here.

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DEPARTURES:

2017:
Tuesday & Saturday: 1 Apr - 30 May and 19 - 20 Sep.
Tuesday, Thusrday & Saturday: 1 Jun - 16 Sep.
Saturday: 7 Oct - 4 Nov.

2018:
Tuesday & Saturday; 3 April to 29 May & 2 October to 3 November
Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday: 31 May to 29 September

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Touring transportation in a Mercedes minicoach with a maximum of 16 passengers
  • Services of a professional driver/guide
  • Breakfast daily
  • All road tolls

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • All other meals and beverages
  • Admission costs at attractions and monuments
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share and include all taxes. Subject to availability.

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