Highland Lochs & Castles

8 days from $2,576 per person*
  • Visit traditional whisky distilleries for tastings with expert guide.
  • Led by private guide, embark on a city tour of Edinburgh.
  • Enjoy spectacular views from ancient castle ruins in Inverness.
  • Search for Nessy as you sail across Loch Ness on a cruise.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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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. 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.

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver(5)
    • Scotland - Welcome Package(2)
    • Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour - Guide(10)
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Tour - Shared - Castles, Lochs & Whisky (8 hrs 45 mins) - Coach/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Tour - Shared - St. Andrews & The Fishing Villages of Fife (8.5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
    Breakfast
  • 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)
  • Day 5 Inverness
    Inverness
    • Tour - Shared - Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness Cruise (3.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 6 Inverness
    Inverness
    • Tour - Shared - Eilean Donan Castle & Isle of Skye (10 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 7 Inverness to Fort William
    Inverness to Fort William
    • Inverness - Fort William [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(6)
    • Local taxi (not included)
    • Scenic Landscapes on Board The Jacobite Steam Train (6hrs) - Standard Class Train Ticket
    • Local taxi (not included)
  • Day 8 Fort William
    Fort William
    • Fort William - Edinburgh [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(6)
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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Day 1: Edinburgh

For your added comfort, you will have an English-speaking assistant waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

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: Jury`s Inn (3*)

Jurys Inn Edinburgh hotel, just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street, is located in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. The hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station and a 5-minute walk to Edinburgh Bus Station. The prime city centre location also means that Jurys Inn guests are a short 15 minute walk from Holyrood Park, which is one of many Edinburgh gems that offers a ‘unique historic landscape’ bursting with heritage and plenty of hills and ‘crags’ to explore. Whether you’re looking for hotels in Edinburgh for touring Edinburgh Castle and the sights of historic Scotland's capital, The Jury's Inn Edinburgh hotel ensures all your destinations are within easy - and always interesting - walking distance.

Edinburgh
Edinburgh
 Jury's Inn Hotel
Jury's Inn 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: Jury`s Inn (3*)
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: Jury`s Inn (3*)
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: Best Western Inverness Palace (3*)

Welcome to the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa in Inverness. Nestled on the banks of the River Ness, opposite Inverness Castle, the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa is just a few short steps from Inverness city center. Dating back to the 1890′s, the hotel combines the best of the past with the contemporary style of the present with elegant interiors, lovely bedrooms, and the only Inverness riverside hotel with a superb Leisure Club & Spa (including a lovely pool!). The Palace Inverness is ideally situated in Inverness city centre. The Palace sits on the banks of the River Ness opposite Inverness castle. You'll find stylish comfort with classic bedrooms, a choice for dining, Starbucks Coffee in the Brasserie and the very relaxing environment of the superb Palace Leisure Club & Spa. With free car parking, free Wifi internet access the Palace is the Inverness hotel where you can relax and unwind.

Inverness
Inverness
Inverness Palace
Inverness Palace

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: Best Western Inverness Palace (3*)
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: Best Western Inverness Palace (3*)
Bla Bhein
Bla Bhein

Day 7: Inverness - Fort William

Transfer from Inverness to Fort William by private vehicle with your own professional driver today. The journey should take approximately 1.5hrs.

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

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. You'll be back in Fort William at approximately 4pm.

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

Accommodation: The Alexandra Hotel (3*)

The Alexandra Hotel showcases great traditional Scottish décor and hospitality. Nicely located close to the main shopping area by High Street, the hotel features 93 cozy rooms all equipped with en-suite bathrooms, a restaurant and great living areas. Relax by the warmth of the open fire in the refurbished front lounge area and enjoy the internet access and complimentary parking provided.

Fort William
Fort William
The Alexandra Hotel
The Alexandra Hotel

Day 8: Fort William

Take a private transfer today from Fort William 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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Jury`s Inn (3*): Edinburgh

Jurys Inn Edinburgh hotel, just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street, is located in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. The hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station and a 5-minute walk to Edinburgh Bus Station. The prime city centre location also means that Jurys Inn guests are a short 15 minute walk from Holyrood Park, which is one of many Edinburgh gems that offers a ‘unique historic landscape’ bursting with heritage and plenty of hills and ‘crags’ to explore. Whether you’re looking for hotels in Edinburgh for touring Edinburgh Castle and the sights of historic Scotland's capital, The Jury's Inn Edinburgh hotel ensures all your destinations are within easy - and always interesting - walking distance.

 Jury's Inn Hotel
Jury's Inn Hotel
Jury's Inn Hotel
Jury's Inn Hotel

Best Western Inverness Palace (3*): Inverness

Welcome to the Best Western Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa in Inverness. Nestled on the banks of the River Ness, opposite Inverness Castle, the Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa is just a few short steps from Inverness city center. Dating back to the 1890′s, the hotel combines the best of the past with the contemporary style of the present with elegant interiors, lovely bedrooms, and the only Inverness riverside hotel with a superb Leisure Club & Spa (including a lovely pool!). The Palace Inverness is ideally situated in Inverness city centre. The Palace sits on the banks of the River Ness opposite Inverness castle. You'll find stylish comfort with classic bedrooms, a choice for dining, Starbucks Coffee in the Brasserie and the very relaxing environment of the superb Palace Leisure Club & Spa. With free car parking, free Wifi internet access the Palace is the Inverness hotel where you can relax and unwind.

Inverness Palace
Inverness Palace
Lounge Area
Lounge Area

The Alexandra Hotel (3*): Fort William

The Alexandra Hotel showcases great traditional Scottish décor and hospitality. Nicely located close to the main shopping area by High Street, the hotel features 93 cozy rooms all equipped with en-suite bathrooms, a restaurant and great living areas. Relax by the warmth of the open fire in the refurbished front lounge area and enjoy the internet access and complimentary parking provided.

The Alexandra Hotel
The Alexandra Hotel
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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