Arrive Edinburgh, transfer to hotel. Free at leisure.
Leaving Edinburgh, you will head west to Loch Lomond National Park. En route have a short stop in the holiday town of Callander for refreshments. Enjoy a scenic cruise with lunch on board on the Loch. You will then depart for the journey to Kennacraig to catch the evening ferry to Islay. The sail is just over two hours and you should look out for wildlife such as dolphins, whales and seabirds. On arrival on Islay, it is a short drive to Bowmore for your two nights stay.
A full day exploring Islay. In the morning, you will take a short drive to the west of the island via Saligo Bay for a visit to Kilchoman Distillery (the newest and smallest on the island). In the afternoon, you will explore the tiny harbour village of Portnahaven (look out for seals) before taking the back roads along the west coast with its lovely sandy bays, on the way back to Bowmore.
Take the ferry back to the mainland and travel to Kilmartin Glen. There are more than 350 prehistoric monuments within a six-mile radius of the village of Kilmartin and you will have the chance to see the mysterious stone circles and standing stones and visit the community museum. From here, the tour continues round the coast to the beautiful little village of Inveraray on the banks of Loch Fyne.
Once we arrive in Oban, you will have a free afternoon to enjoy this bustling and busy highland town.
Takes you north along the west coast around Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker, and Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. You then pass through Fort William nestling in the shadow of Ben Nevis which at 1344 meters is the highest mountain in the British Isles. From here you travel north to the picturesque fishing village of Plockton.
Flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather. For example, heading west towards the 13th century home of the Clan Macleod – Dunvegan Castle, the emerald green valley of Glendale or the dramatic sea-cliffs and lonely lighthouse at Neist Point. In the afternoon, the tour may concentrate on the south of the island. Spend time heading down to Elgol for seascapes and views of the Cuillin, or Talisker and its beautiful bay or perhaps Glenbrittle and its famed waterfalls.
Drive to the famous stronghold of Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film “Highlander”, set at the junction of 3 lochs. Then travel east taking in the stunning views over Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail. Visit the Bealach na Ba Viewpoint where, on a clear day, it is possible to see for miles around.
The North Highlands has become one of the most iconic destinations in Scotland because of the North Coast 500. Taking the NC500 route helps you to discover the best the Highlands has to offer, from magical and mystical castles, sample amazing local produce and the wonderful distilleries and breweries or take to the water on an exhilarating wildlife safari. The North Coast 500 offers a truly unique touring experience, quite unlike anywhere else in the world and many of those who have done it have said it was life-changing for them.
Bringing together a route of just over 500 miles of stunning coastal scenery, the North Coast 500, naturally follows the main roads along the coastal edges of the North Highlands of Scotland. The NC500 was launched only 3 years ago, yet in that time, it has reached a global audience of over 2.3 billion and ranked by so many independent sources as the best road trip on the planet.
Visit the village of Torridon, also known as Fasag, where you can visit the National Trust for Scotland and it’s “Deer Museum”. Say hello to the packs of friendly red deer! Continue North to visit Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve where you will have time to marvel at the River Droma plummeting through a series of waterfalls and view the Victorian suspension bridge over the tree-lined gorge. Overnight in the Ullapool area.
Continue to visit Dunrobin Castle, a stately home in Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland. Continue on to Inverness but first pause at the Rogie Falls. Arrive in Inverness, the Highland capital. Enjoy a cruise on the famous Loch Ness and a visit to Urquhart Castle before checking into your hotel.
This morning, continue south through the Cairngorms National Park pausing in the village of Kincraig on Loch Insh for a quaint view of a traditional Scottish village in the Cairngorms National Park. Continue to The Kelpies and Helix Park, and enjoy a short tour of the site before taking a photo by the iconic 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures.
Continue into Edinburgh for time at leisure and overnight.
Enjoy a half day panoramic city tour. The city of Edinburgh offers great architecture of Prince’s Street and views, with Edinburgh Castle in its imposing position overlooking the city. Pass by Holyroodhouse Palace and the new Scottish Parliament building. Visit the castle and walk along the medieval Royal Mile. This evening, enjoy a lively traditional Scottish show and dinner to make the final night of the trip a memorable one.
At leisure until transfer to Edinburgh airport for your flight home.
Home Sweet Home!
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