Highland Lochs & Castles

8 days from $2,656 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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Explore the treasures of Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands on this expertly crafted tour. Cruise Loch Ness, explore the Isle of Skye, visit a legendary whiskey distillery & much more.

The quintessential imagery of Scotland almost always involves castles, whisky, tartan, highlands, and lochs. Scotland is indeed all of this, and so much more as you’ll find on this journey. Immerse yourself in the cosmopolitan feel of Edinburgh, soaking in its history as you stroll down the Royal Mile with your private guide. Visit whisky distilleries, the medieval town of Stirling – site of the William Wallace Monument (Braveheart), and take Duke’s Pass along some of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland. Cruise along the infamous Loch Ness, and explore Urquhart Castle by foot. Explore the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, and the miraculous Isle of Skye. Take a traditional steam train (of Harry Potter fame) from Fort William, along one of the great railway journeys of the world through ever changing vistas from the highest mountain in Great Britain, to beautiful freshwater lochs and rivers. Enjoy a blend of private and shared activities, as well as time to explore on your own. This is your perfect Scotland discovery. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Transfer - Private - Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver(10)
    • Scotland - Welcome Package
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Walking Tour - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Tour - Shared - Castles, Lochs & Whisky (8 hrs 45 mins) - Coach/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Edinburgh to Inverness
    Edinburgh to Inverness
    • Transfer - Private - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Edinburgh - Inverness [3.5 hrs] - 1st Class Train Ticket
    • Local taxi (not included)
  • Day 4 Inverness
    Inverness
    • Tour - Shared - Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness Cruise (3.5 hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 5 Inverness
    Inverness
    • Tour - Shared - Eilean Donan Castle & Isle of Skye (10 hrs) - Coach/Guide
  • Day 6 Inverness to Fort William
    Inverness to Fort William
    • Transfer - Private - Inverness - Fort William [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(6)
    • Local taxi (not included)
    • Scenic Landscapes on Board The Jacobite Steam Train (PM) (6hrs) - Standard Class Train Ticket
    • Local taxi (not included)
  • Day 7 Fort William to Edinburgh
    Fort William to Edinburgh
    • Transfer - Private - Fort William - Edinburgh [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(6)
    • Optional Evening Underground tour of Edinburgh
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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

Meet your driver for a private transfer to St Andrews. The approximate travel time is 1.5 hours.

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.

Today, you will enjoy a scenic half-day walking tour of Edinburgh. You will be met at your hotel by a professional guide to commence your private 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 is always something going on in Edinburgh. 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 just in case!

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.

Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -   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.

The operator reserves the right to amend the vehicle size due to unforeseen circumstances.

Accommodation: Jury`s Inn (3*)
Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Whisky Distillery
Whisky Distillery

Day 3: 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: Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa (3*)

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.

Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Inverness
Inverness
Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa (3*)
Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa (3*)

Day 4: 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).

The operator reserves the right to amend the vehicle size due to unforeseen circumstances.

Accommodation: Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa (3*)
Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle

Day 5: 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 (clients pay entrance at their own expense). 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. Entrance fees not included.

The operator reserves the right to amend the vehicle size due to unforeseen circumstances.

Accommodation: Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa (3*)
Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Bla Bhein
Bla Bhein

Day 6: 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.

This afternoon travel back in time on a legendary Jacobite Steam Train as it takes you on a scenic journey to the west coast for the day. The 84-mile round-trip journey features old-fashioned carriages and compartments, a pure nostalgia of traveling under the power of steam, as the locomotive winds through Highlands valleys and beside lochs and glens. Starting in Fort William, travel along the shores of Loch Eil, stop for half an hour at Glenfinnan. One of the main highlights of the journey is crossing the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan viaduct, memorably captured in the Harry Potter films and overlooking Loch Shiel. After, the train passes through the villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, and Morar before reaching the end of the line in Mallaig, the ferry port for the Isle of Skye. Views from Mallaig stretch across the water to the islands, and the little harbor town is small enough to explore on foot after the train ride. You will have about an hour and a half to explore Mallaig before the return journey to Fort William commences. You will be back in Fort William at approximately 8:30pm.

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.

Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Fort William
Fort William
Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Alexandra Hotel
The Alexandra Hotel

Day 7: Fort William - Edinburgh

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

This evening consider an underground tour of Edinburgh exploring the labyrinth of corridors and chambers beneath the Royal Mile which remain unchanged from two hundred years ago.  Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like to include this in your itinerary.

Accommodation: Jury`s Inn (3*)
Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Royal Mile
Royal Mile

Day 8: Edinburgh

Meet your personal driver for your private airport transfer today.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • 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.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

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.

Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -   Jury's Inn Hotel
Jury's Inn Hotel
Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Jury's Inn Hotel
Jury's Inn Hotel

Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa (3*): 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.

Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa (3*)
Inverness Palace Hotel & Spa (3*)
Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -  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.

Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Alexandra Hotel
The Alexandra Hotel

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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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