Highland Lochs & Castles

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Think of Scotland and you probably think castles, whisky, tartan, highlands and lochs. It is indeed all of this and so much more. Over your trip in Scotland you'll get to immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan feel of Edinburgh, soaking in its history as you stroll down the royal mile and visit Edinburgh castle with your private guide. Visit whisky distilleries, the medieval town of Stirling and a Victorian town of Pitlochry. Cruise along the infamous Loch Ness, and explore Urquhart Castle by foot. Explore Loch Lomand National Park and Glasgow city. Take a traditional steam train (of Harry Potter fame) from Fort William, along one of the the great railway journeys of the world through ever changing vistas from the highest mountain in Britain, to beautiful freshwater lochs and rivers. Continue to Oban, a town resting beautifully in the Firth of Lorn. Oh yes, and of course...take a wee bit of time to relax - you are on vacation after all! A blend of private and shared activities as well as time to explore on your own makes for the perfect vacation. ... Show More »

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(6)
    • Scotland - Welcome Package(2)
    • Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour - Guide(10)
  • Day 2 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Shared - Castles, Lochs & Whisky (8 hrs 45 mins) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 3 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Shared - St. Andrews & The Fishing Villages of Fife (8.5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 4 Edinburgh to Inverness
    Edinburgh to Inverness
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver(6)
    • Edinburgh - Inverness [3.5 hrs] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Local taxi (not included)
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Inverness
    Inverness
    • Shared - Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness Cruise (3.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Inverness
    Inverness
    • Shared - Eilean Donan Castle & Isle of Skye (10 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Inverness to Oban
    Inverness to Oban
    • Inverness - Oban [via Scenic Landscapes on Board The Jacobite Steam Train ] - Vehicle/Driver/1st Class Train Ticket(4)
  • Day 8 Oban
    Oban
    • Oban - Edinburgh [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(4)
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Day 1: Edinburgh

Meet your driver for your private airport transfer today.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.

You will be met at your central Edinburgh hotel by your guide to commence your walking tour. The buzz of Scotland's capital city sits in perfect contrast to the peaceful tranquility of the surrounding Lothians region. Edinburgh has one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world, making it the ideal city break destination. From ceilidhs and science to ghost, film and food festivals there's always something going on in the festival city, and that's just for starters. Discover world-class museums and galleries, learn the history of the city or spend an afternoon pub crawling - whatever your fancy! Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and perhaps take an umbrella!

Accommodation: Macdonald Holyrood (4*)

The newly renovated Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh is situated in the city's historic and beautiful old town, just a couple of minutes' walk from the world famous Royal Mile and the Scottish Parliament building. The hotel's convenient location in the city center also means that you're within easy walking distance of Waverley Railway station and the bustle of the city's main thoroughfare, Princes Street. Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is the ideal base for exploring this fascinating and unique city. The hotel features 156 elegant en-suite bedrooms - the perfect place to relax after the excitement and fun of Edinburgh. Pamper yourself at the luxurious spa, enjoy a meal in luxurious surroundings at Rocca@Holyrood or sample a cocktail or two in the new bar.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

Day 2: Edinburgh

Drive north out of Edinburgh and you'll be amazed by the engineering miracle of the Forth Railway Bridge. Then, as you are travelling through Stirlingshire, your guide will bring to life the turbulent times of William Wallace - dramatised in the film Braveheart - and explain his link to the countryside you're passing through. You'll stop at the beautiful city of Stirling, site of the Wallace Monument. You'll have ample time to explore the stunning castle (optional) or stroll through the beautiful and ancient streets that surround it. Take in the view along the Duke's Pass. The route takes you through the spectacular Duke's Pass which offers spectacular views to the peaks of the stunning Trossach Mountains and carries you past some of Scotland's most picturesque lochs. Stroll the Bonnie Bonnie banks. Your lunchtime stop is by Loch Lomond. Why not try lunch (not included) at a traditional pub built out of a 300-year-old oak tree and then walk the shores of Britain's largest expanse of fresh water? The journey home holds one last treat. You'll have the chance to visit one of Scotland's most beautiful distilleries, Glencoyne Distillery and get a taste of the true spirit of the country - a Highland Malt Whisky (optional). Entry fees not included.

Accommodation: Macdonald Holyrood (4*)
Whisky Distillery
Whisky Distillery

Day 3: Edinburgh

Enjoy a full day shared tour in the medieval kingdom of Fife and the ancient university of St. Andrews “Home of Golf”. This tour takes you to South Queensferry to view the “8th Wonder of the World” before travelling into the medieval kingdom of Fife. You will follow the coastal route through the pretty fishing villages in the East Neuk of Fife, making a stop in the harbour village of Crail. Continue to St. Andrews, where you have 3 hours to enjoy this historic city. You can visit its Cathedral, Castle and University, shop at leisure and take a walk along its beautiful white sandy beach next to the Old Course, the home of golf. You then travel westwards through the heart of Fife, stopping in the historic village of Falkland, home to James V’s historic Renaissance Palace. From here you return to Edinburgh.

Accommodation: Macdonald Holyrood (4*)
Crail, East Neuk of Fife
Crail, East Neuk of Fife

Day 4: Edinburgh - Inverness

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.

Travel from Edinburgh to Inverness by train. Approximately 3.5 hrs.

Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.

Accommodation: Kingsmills (4*)

The Kingsmills Hotel is surrounded by the Invernesshire Mountains and is just one mile from the city center. The Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury four-star resort with Spa and Leisure Facilities, located 15 minutes from Inverness Airport. Set within 4 acres of manicured grounds and only 1 mile from the center of Inverness, it is perfect for both leisure hotel breaks. Between the historic mansion house, the luxurious Kingsclub and Spa and the newest addition of Luxury Rooms, the privately owned hotel has 134 relaxing bedrooms, many with private balconies and patios or views over the neighboring golf course. At the Kingsmills Hotel you’ll find a high standard of hospitality in a quiet and pretty location. You’re close enough to the city center to walk there, or you can take a stroll in the hotel grounds with scarcely a hint that you’re in the middle of the Highland capital. The hotel has the pedigree plus dashes of character and panache only delivered by genuine hoteliers.

Inverness
Inverness
Kingsmills Hotel
Kingsmills Hotel

Day 5: Inverness

Travel by shared coach to Clansman Harbour where you embark on your 30 minute cruise along Loch Ness. At the end of your cruise, you will disembark at the private jetty at Urquhart Castle. Here you shall have time to enjoy the castle ruins, with its magnificent views up and down this most enigmatic and mysterious stretch of water, and visit the Visitor Centre. You shall return by bus back to Inverness City Centre, via Tomnahurich Bridge. (Entrance to Urquhart castle and cruise on Loch Ness included).

Accommodation: Kingsmills (4*)
Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle

Day 6: Inverness

This one-day adventure takes you thorough some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery - past Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle - to reach the Isle of Skye. You’ll then experience the very best that this magical place has to offer before returning home via the beautiful Black Isle.

Your day starts with a bit of monster spotting as you drive along the shore of Loch Ness. You'll then stop close to loch at the little village of Invermoriston, where you can take in the views and see a delightful ruined bridge which was designed by Thomas Telford, the engineer behind the Caledonian Canal. Your journey then winds through pretty Glen Moriston and Glen Shiel and on past the Five Sisters, a stunning range of mountains that dominates the surrounding landscape. You’ll then make a stop so that you can see Eilean Donan Castle. This is one of Scotland’s most picturesque castles and is perched on its own island at the head of Loch Duich. Next you’ll cross over the bridge to Skye and head for Broadford, where there’ll be a stop for lunch. Your tour of this magical island takes in the stunningly beautiful road through Glen Suardal. You’ll also see the iconic Red Cuillin Hills and, as you reach the little village of Torrin, you’ll be able to enjoy views of Bla Bhein (Blanven) - considered by many to be Scotland’s prettiest mountain. The road then drops to hug the banks of Loch Slappin where you’ll be able to stop and enjoy some beach combing. The next part of your journey involves a steep climb over Strathaird to reach the little community of Elgol. Here you’ll have an extended stop and be able to enjoy the superb views of the Black Cuillin Hills and the stunning seascapes towards Rum and other small isles. Your journey then heads back to the mainland past the little island of Eilean Ban, where Gavin Maxwell, the author of the “Ring of Bright Water”, lived for a while. You’ll stop at the lonely village of Achnasheen and then be driven home via the scenic Black Isle. Finally, there are fabulous views over the Moray Firth to savour as you reach Inverness by way of the Kessock Bridge.

Accommodation: Kingsmills (4*)
Bla Bhein
Bla Bhein

Day 7: Inverness - Oban

Take a private transfer today from Inverness to Oban via Fort William for your journey on Jacobite Steam train. Travel back in time on a steam train as it takes you on a scenic journey to the west coast for the day. Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting in Fort William near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain's most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis! The train stops en route to Mallaig at the village of Glenfinnan. Marvel at the views as you cross the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (a location made famous in the ‘Harry Potter’ films) which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument. The train may pause on the viaduct, time permitting, to allow you to take in the magnificent view. Once stopped in Glenfinnan station there will be time to stretch your legs and, if you wish, visit the West Highland Railway Museum located in the restored station building. Beyond Glenfinnan are the beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar and Mallaig. You may alight at Arisaig by request to the guard. From here, on a clear summer's day, you can see the "Small Isles" of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the southern tip of Skye. The train continues on from here passing Morar and the silvery beaches used in the films "Highlander" and "Local Hero". The end of the line, Mallaig is a busy fishing port and ferry terminal with services to Skye and the Small Isles. Arriving in Mallaig you'll have over an hour and a half to enjoy a walk round and take in the atmosphere: there are shops, bars, restaurants and plenty of fish and chips to be enjoyed during the lunchtime stopover. After your journey on Jacobite Steam train you will transfer to Oban.

Accommodation: Oban Bay Hotel and Spa (3.5*)

Set on the edge of Oban's picturesque Esplanade, Oban Bay Hotel & Spa is the ideal base from which to explore Scotland’s west coast. Convenient for the train and ferry terminals it is ideal for leisure guests. The modern rooms at The Oban Bay Hotel and Spa are appointed to a very high standard and many offer spectacular sea views. You’ll find flat screen TVs with Freeview in all the bedrooms along with complimentary WiFi. Also provided are tea, coffee and shortbread from Brodies of Edinburgh as well as luxury Scottish toiletries in the bathrooms. The sun lounge stretches the entire length of the hotel and provides unrivalled views of the bay, Kerrera and the mountains of Mull. This is a great place to relax with a coffee and a book or a chilled glass of wine while watching the sun set.

Oban
Oban
Oban Bay Hotel and Spa
Oban Bay Hotel and Spa

Day 8: Oban

Take a private transfer today from Oban to Edinburgh. The journey should take about three hours.

Accommodation:
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  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
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Macdonald Holyrood (4*): Edinburgh

The newly renovated Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh is situated in the city's historic and beautiful old town, just a couple of minutes' walk from the world famous Royal Mile and the Scottish Parliament building. The hotel's convenient location in the city center also means that you're within easy walking distance of Waverley Railway station and the bustle of the city's main thoroughfare, Princes Street. Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is the ideal base for exploring this fascinating and unique city. The hotel features 156 elegant en-suite bedrooms - the perfect place to relax after the excitement and fun of Edinburgh. Pamper yourself at the luxurious spa, enjoy a meal in luxurious surroundings at Rocca@Holyrood or sample a cocktail or two in the new bar.

Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel
Macdonald Holyrood Rocca
Macdonald Holyrood Rocca

Kingsmills (4*): Inverness

The Kingsmills Hotel is surrounded by the Invernesshire Mountains and is just one mile from the city center. The Kingsmills Hotel is a luxury four-star resort with Spa and Leisure Facilities, located 15 minutes from Inverness Airport. Set within 4 acres of manicured grounds and only 1 mile from the center of Inverness, it is perfect for both leisure hotel breaks. Between the historic mansion house, the luxurious Kingsclub and Spa and the newest addition of Luxury Rooms, the privately owned hotel has 134 relaxing bedrooms, many with private balconies and patios or views over the neighboring golf course. At the Kingsmills Hotel you’ll find a high standard of hospitality in a quiet and pretty location. You’re close enough to the city center to walk there, or you can take a stroll in the hotel grounds with scarcely a hint that you’re in the middle of the Highland capital. The hotel has the pedigree plus dashes of character and panache only delivered by genuine hoteliers.

Kingsmills Hotel
Kingsmills Hotel
Kingsmills Hotel
Kingsmills Hotel

Oban Bay Hotel and Spa (3.5*): Oban

Set on the edge of Oban's picturesque Esplanade, Oban Bay Hotel & Spa is the ideal base from which to explore Scotland’s west coast. Convenient for the train and ferry terminals it is ideal for leisure guests. The modern rooms at The Oban Bay Hotel and Spa are appointed to a very high standard and many offer spectacular sea views. You’ll find flat screen TVs with Freeview in all the bedrooms along with complimentary WiFi. Also provided are tea, coffee and shortbread from Brodies of Edinburgh as well as luxury Scottish toiletries in the bathrooms. The sun lounge stretches the entire length of the hotel and provides unrivalled views of the bay, Kerrera and the mountains of Mull. This is a great place to relax with a coffee and a book or a chilled glass of wine while watching the sun set.

Oban Bay Hotel and Spa
Oban Bay Hotel and Spa
Oban Bay Hotel and Spa Restaurant
Oban Bay Hotel and Spa Restaurant
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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