Shared Tour: Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye 5 Day Tour
Five days of Scotland at it's 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.
Day 1 takes 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 backroads overlooking mysterious Loch Ness before staying in Inverness, your base for 2 nights.
Day 2 takes you into the far northern wilderness of Assynt, including visiting the Corrieshalloch Gorge and Ullapool. In the afternoon you will visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, the stunning white sand beach at Achmelvich Bay and the traditional fishing village of Lochinver.
Day 3 takes you west to the dramatic nature reserve of Torridon and along the wild coastline to the remote community of Applecross, before travelling along Britain's highest road to the “tropical” palm tree lined village of Plockton. Then it's over the sea to Skye, where your base is the picturesque harbor town of Portee for 2 nights.
Day 4 is a flexible day exploring Skye with options to visit the wild north of the island, the Old Man of Storr, the mountain pass of the Quiraing, Skye's most westerly point at Neist or the Talisker Distillery.
Day 5 returns you to the mainland to visit Eilean Donan Castle (set of “Highlander”), before travelling through the rugged scenery of the 5 Sisters of Kintail and Ben Nevis. Your afternoon highlight will be the wilderness of Glencoe before returning to Edinburgh.
This tour is provided on a reserved basis prior to departure. Passengers must contact the local sightseeing company upon arrival to reconfirm their tour.
Edinburgh Bus Station at St. Andrew Sq. EH2 2AD.
Waverley Bridge opposite Waverley Train Station at approximately 7:00PM
9:00am Saturdays April - October plus Tuesdays Mid April through End of September plus Thursdays end of May through Mid September
Transportation to/from hotel, meals, beverages, entrance fees, gratuities
Please dress for the weather since a lot of time is spent outdoors.
Child discount for children aged 5-15.
Children under the age of 5 are not permitted on tours.
Tour does not operate January 1 & 2, March 12, 20, November 13, 14 & 15 and December 25 & 26.
“Minor Changes for Day 6 from April 9th through May 18th. Applecross and Bealach na Ba will be unavailable due to road construction. From Loch Torridon, your tour will head to Shieldaig and then bypass the Applecross peninsula by travelling directly South towards Lochcarron, where you will rejoin the usual route on towards Plockton. The rest of the tour is planned to continue as normal.”