4 day West Highlands and Skye Adventure
This tour offers the perfect combination of captivating scenery and history with a stay on the magical Island of Skye and a trip on the iconic West Highland Line, regularly voted as one of the world’s best rail journeys.
Day One: From your Glasgow or Edinburgh base your journey begins by travelling to the shores of Loch Lomond. You will marvel at its stunning natural beauty and spectacular backdrop with time to explore the picturesque village of Luss.
Travelling north you will then reach the dramatic and haunting Glen Coe. It really is an awe inspiring place, where the bloody and tragic past of The Glencoe Massacre of 1692 fills the air and provides a truly unique atmosphere.
Your destination this evening is the highland town of Fort William, gateway to the highlands. Set on the shoreline of Loch Linnhe, Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain dominates the landscape. There are plenty of shops and a good selection of bars and restaurants to choose from.
Day Two: Today you will experience one of the highlights of your trip, travelling on the iconic West Highland line from Fort William to Mallaig, the ferry port for Skye. Your journey will take you over the spectacular Glenfinnan viaduct passing the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig and Morar before arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis and the port of Mallaig.
Depending on availability you may be able to travel the route on the Jacobite Steam Train, depicted as The Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter series.
Your guide will collect you in Mallaig and you will board the ferry ‘Over the sea to Skye’.
Known the world over for its dramatic landscapes and captivating history this magical island really does have something to suit everyone. The largest island in Scotland, it is one of contrasts with brooding mountains, peaceful lochs and spectacular coastlines. You will spend two nights here so there will be plenty of time to experience many of the highlights the island has to offer.
Day Three: After a restful night your guide will collect you from your hotel this morning and discuss a plan for the day.
Heading to the North of the Island, options include a stunning walk to the top of the stunning Old Man of Storr’, the dramatic pinnacles of Kilt Rock and The Quirang with wonderful views of a spectacular series of landslips, the spectacular Trotternish Peninsula or perhaps a chance to explore the Dinosaur footprints at Staffin beach? Dunvegan Castle which lies on the west of the island is a must see, ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years it is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. The island’s ‘capital’ Portree has a good selection of shops and eating places and is framed by an attractive colourful harbour.
In the south of the island lies the beautifully scenic Sleat Peninsula, often referred to as ‘The garden of Skye’. There and you will also find Armadale Castle and the Museum of the Isles.
Other options depending on your interests include a tour of the Talisker Distillery, a walk to explore the mystical Fairy Pools and a visit to the Skyeskyns Tannery to witness how real sheepskins are made using time honoured methods.
Day Four: Leaving Skye behind taking with you memories to last a lifetime, you’ll cross the bridge this time to the Kyle of Lochalsh and will shortly arrive at one of the most iconic sights in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle. Situated on an island at the point where three great Lochs meet the sea and surrounded by majestic and awe inspiring scenery, you will have plenty of time to capture some photographs.
Your journey now continues to Loch Ness where you will have the chance to embark on some ‘Nessie hunting’ on a short boat trip or perhaps explore the historic ruins of Urquhart Castle?
Returning south you’ll travel through the Cairngorm Mountain Range and into Perthshire. You’ll stop for lunch along the way and should you wish to sample a dram or two of whisky The Dalwhinnie Distillery set within the majestic mountain landscape, is one of the highest distilleries in Scotland. The name Dalwhinnie is derived from the Gaelic word Dail-coinneeamh, meaning meeting place, referring to the meeting of ancient cattle drovers’ routes through the mountains.
Your final stop is Pitlochry a pretty Victorian town where you will have plenty of time to pick up some last minute souvenirs.
Time permitting you will also have the option of visiting The Hermitage Waterfall or Dunkeld Cathedral, before heading back to your base in Edinburgh or Glasgow.