Scotland Highland Panorama and Skye Small Group Journey

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SMALL GROUP JOURNEY – Guaranteed departures English only tour with max. 16 participants. Scheduled departures - 5-day/4-night tour visiting the Highlands & the Isle of Skye. Includes accommodation at superior tourist class hotels with breakfast daily, touring by mini van or small motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

Includes

  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Travel funds escrow protection program
  • Daily continental or buffet breakfast
  • Touring by mini van or small motor coach

Excludes

  • Porterage; one luggage per person
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Flights

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Edinburgh – Ullapool

Depart Edinburgh around 9 am. Your journey takes you north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming highland village of Dunkeld on the banks of the River Tay. From here, head into Cairngorm National Park and the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus Estate. Spend lunchtime on the beautiful shores of Loch Insh before a short forest walk takes you to the ruins of Loch an Eilein Castle. Panoramic views of Loch Ness follow as you travel down to the banks of the famous Loch and the village of Dores where you can do some Nessie spotting! Then it is on to the shores of Loch Broom where you will spend 2 nights in Ullapool. (B)

On some tours it may be necessary to stay in Inverness in which case the itinerary will be subject to slight changes.

Day

2

Ullapool (Northern Assynt)

Today, 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 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. (B)

Day

3

Ullapool – Portree

Today, leave Ullapool heading south to take in the drama of the River Droma as it plunges 200 feet down into the Corrieshalloch Gorge. From here, 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, stop in Plockton where you can see palm trees growing alongside Loch Carron and take sone time to enjoy its sheltered serenity. Then it is over the sea to Skye and the delightful harbor town of Portree with its friendly welcome. (B)

Day

4

Portree (Skye)

Today is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and your 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. Return you to your accommodation in Portree in the late afternoon and enjoy a free evening in the village. (B)

Day

5

Portree – Edinburgh

Travel 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. Continue east through the rugged mountains of Kintail including the splendor of the Five Sisters and drive down through Glen Garry past Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, then onto Fort William for lunch. In the afternoon, 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 around 7 pm. (B)