Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles

8 days from $4,136 per person*
  • See ancient castle ruins on the stunning Isle of Skye.
  • Search for Nessy as you sail across Loch Ness on a cruise.
  • Visit a traditional whisky distillery for tastings with expert guide.
  • Led by private guide, embark on a city tour of Edinburgh and its hilltop castle.
  • Featuring expertly selected premium 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, and explore the hilltop Edinburgh Castle. Visit a whisky distillery, 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. Admire the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, and discover 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 small group 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
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Scotland - Welcome Package
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Walking Tour with Edinburgh Castle (4 hrs) - Guide
  • Day 2 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Private Tour - Castles, Lochs & Whisky (9 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
  • Day 3 Edinburgh to Inverness
    Edinburgh to Inverness
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Edinburgh - Inverness [3.5 hrs] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Inverness
    Inverness
    • Shared Tour - Loch Ness Cruise & Urquhart Castle (2.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Inverness
    Inverness
    • Small Group Tour - Eilean Donan Castle & Isle of Skye (12 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Inverness to Fort William
    Inverness to Fort William
    • Private Transfer - Inverness - Fort William [1.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Local Taxi (not included)
    • Afternoon on the Scenic Jacobite Steam Train (6 hrs) - First Class
    • Local Taxi (not included)
  • Day 7 Fort William to Edinburgh
    Fort William to Edinburgh
    • Private Transfer - Fort William - Edinburgh [3 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver
    • Afternoon at Leisure
  • Day 8 Edinburgh
    Edinburgh
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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Day 1: Edinburgh

For your added comfort, a Meet and Greet assistant will welcome you upon your arrival at the airport. They'll be waiting for you outside of customs, holding a sign with your name on it. Your assistant will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver at the airport, and accompany you to your hotel for check-in.

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 provided to you on your first day in destination.

Meet your private guide at your hotel and depart on foot for a half-day walking tour through Scotland’s hilly capital, Edinburgh, founded over 1,200 years ago. The New Town, co-listed with the Old Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features the famous Princes Street with its ornate 200-foot-high Scott Monument, along with historic Georgian and neo-classical architecture. With a structure-free south side of the street, Princes offers panoramic views back across the scenic Old Town, considered one of the most beautiful skylines in Europe. Stroll the renowned Royal Mile in the UNESCO-listed Old Town, bookended by the 12th century Edinburgh Castle at one end, and the 16th century Holyrood Palace at the other, residence of the British monarch in Scotland. Spot the prominent St Giles’ Cathedral, a religious focal point for nearly 900 years. Pass the National Museum of Scotland, and learn of the city’s hidden subterranean passages running below street level. Visit the iconic Edinburgh Castle, perched on Castle Rock with an imposing stance upon the historic old town below. Stroll the courtyard and learn about the historic royal residence from the outside before leaving your guide while you visit the inside of the castle, where you can see the lavish interiors, and even the Crown Jewels. 

Accommodation: Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

Overlooking one of Edinburgh’s prettiest private garden squares, The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square  — formerly The Roxburghe Hotel — consists of seven inter-connecting Georgian townhouses in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a large scale restoration, all guestrooms and suites have been given a smart, new look, inspired by the golden age of travel, and a genuine sense of Scottish hospitality. The beautiful internal courtyard, an oasis of calm featuring a glass roof, is now open from breakfast through to the wee hours, while a full range of spa treatments is available alongside a pool, sauna, steam room and fully equipped gym. Stay connected with complimentary wifi internet access provided throughout the hotel. 

Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle
Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Edinburgh
Edinburgh

Day 2: Edinburgh

Meet your private guide and transportation, setting out on a full day tour to celebrate the highlights of Scotland - castles, lochs and whisky! Admire the UNESCO-listed Forth Bridge over the Firth of Forth as you head north from Edinburgh, traveling through Stirlingshire where you'll be regaled with history and lore of the famous warrior William Wallace, dramatized in the film Braveheart. Arriving to the city of Stirling, you'll have an opportunity to see the towering Wallace Monument, overlooking the city below. Stroll the beautiful city streets, and enjoy a visit of the remarkable 12th century Stirling Castle, with an imposing view of its own, perched atop Castle Hill. A former Scottish royal residence, it has survived at least 8 different sieges over its period of use. Heading out along the Duke's Pass, you'll have spectacular views to the peaks of the Trossach Mountains, passing some of the country's most stunning lochs, coming to a midday pause at Loch Lomond where you can walk the shores of the largest body of fresh water in the UK. On your way back to Edinburgh, you'll make a stop at the renowned Glengoyne Distillery for a taste of the true spirit of the country - a Highland Malt Whisky.

Accommodation: Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Wallace Monument
Wallace Monument

Day 3: Edinburgh - Inverness

Meet your driver for a private train station transfer from your hotel to Edinburgh station.

Depart by train from Edinburgh to Inverness. Approximate travel time is 3.5 hours.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Accommodation: Kingsmills

Set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, the Kingsmills Hotel is a fabulously historic retreat tucked away just one mile from the city center of Inverness. The hotel, much like its on-site dining, combines the perfect mix of classic and contemporary features. Between the gardens of the historic mansion house, the lavish Kingsclub and Spa, and 134 guestrooms, many with private balconies and patios or views over the neighboring golf course, your relaxation and comfort are always in mind. Take a stroll in the hotel grounds with scarcely a hint that you’re in the middle of the Highland capital. The Kingsmills Hotel offers authentic Scottish hospitality, along with dashes of character and panache, only delivered by genuine hoteliers.

Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Inverness
Inverness
Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kingsmills Hotel
Kingsmills Hotel

Day 4: Inverness

Meet your private driver for a transfer to the Clansman Harbor, where you'll board the 250-passenger Jacobite Warrior boat for one hour of cruising on the mysterious waters of Loch Ness, enjoying on-board audio bursting with fascinating facts and legends as you sail. During your voyage, you'll also hop ashore for a one-hour visit to explore the historic 13th-16th century ruins of Urquhart Castle and its turbulent past - serving a role in the 14th century Wars of Scottish Independence. Re-board the ship and set sail back to the harbor where your private transfer will take you back to your hotel. Along with the help of an on-board sonar system, be sure to keep your eye out for a potential Nessie spotting as you cruise, the legendary (mythical?) monster that is said to take refuge in the depths of the Loch.

Accommodation: Kingsmills
Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Urquhart Castle Ruins
Urquhart Castle Ruins

Day 5: Inverness

As a small group of no more than 16 participants, head out on a full day adventure thorough some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery. Driving along the shores of Loch Ness, you'll stop at the village of Invermoriston, where you can take in the serene views, see a delightful ruined bridge, and keep an eye out for 'Nessie', legendary creature said to take refuge in the depths of the loch below. Your journey then winds past the Five Sisters, a stunning range of mountains that dominates the surrounding landscape. You’ll then arrive to the Isle of Skye, making a stop so to admire the picturesque beauty of the 13th century ruins of Eilean Donan Castle - easily recognized as one of the most iconic sights in the country. There will be time for an optional visit of the castle on its separate tidal island, though admission (if desired) is payable on the spot. Your experience on the Isle of Skye will have you brought along the stunningly beautiful road through Glen Suardal, see the iconic Red Cuillin Hills, and enjoy views of Bla Bhein - often considered 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, before your journey takes a steep climb over Strathaird to reach the little community of Elgol, offering superb views of the Black Cuillin Hills and the stunning seascapes towards Rum and other small isles. Return to Inverness via the scenic Black Isle, with views over the Moray Firth.

Accommodation: Kingsmills
Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle

Day 6: Inverness - Fort William

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a transfer to Fort William. Approximate travel time is 1.5 hours.

Transfer by local taxi. Please note that this service is not included, 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. 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, stopping 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, arriving back at approximately 8:30pm.

Transfer by local taxi. Please note that this service is not included, and is payable locally.

Accommodation: Inverlochy Castle

Fort William's grand Inverlochy Castle is a stunning 19th century castle-turned-hotel, surrounded by the lush glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands. As Scotland's finest country hotel, every detail for your comfort and enjoyment has been carefully considered. The castle's 17 elegant guestrooms offer individual design and character, with spectacular views of the grounds and private loch. Enjoy first class dining on-site from a 3 AA Red Rosette-awarded restaurant featuring furniture presented as gifts to Inverlochy Castle from the King of Norway, creating a unique experience in unrivaled surroundings.

Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct
Crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct
Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fort William
Fort William

Day 7: Fort William - Edinburgh

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a transfer to Edinburgh. Approximate travel time is 3 hours.

This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

Accommodation: Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

Day 8: Edinburgh

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

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.

Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square: Edinburgh

Overlooking one of Edinburgh’s prettiest private garden squares, The Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square  — formerly The Roxburghe Hotel — consists of seven inter-connecting Georgian townhouses in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a large scale restoration, all guestrooms and suites have been given a smart, new look, inspired by the golden age of travel, and a genuine sense of Scottish hospitality. The beautiful internal courtyard, an oasis of calm featuring a glass roof, is now open from breakfast through to the wee hours, while a full range of spa treatments is available alongside a pool, sauna, steam room and fully equipped gym. Stay connected with complimentary wifi internet access provided throughout the hotel. 

Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square

Kingsmills : Inverness

Set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, the Kingsmills Hotel is a fabulously historic retreat tucked away just one mile from the city center of Inverness. The hotel, much like its on-site dining, combines the perfect mix of classic and contemporary features. Between the gardens of the historic mansion house, the lavish Kingsclub and Spa, and 134 guestrooms, many with private balconies and patios or views over the neighboring golf course, your relaxation and comfort are always in mind. Take a stroll in the hotel grounds with scarcely a hint that you’re in the middle of the Highland capital. The Kingsmills Hotel offers authentic Scottish hospitality, along with dashes of character and panache, only delivered by genuine hoteliers.

Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Kingsmills Hotel
Kingsmills Hotel
Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Whisky Bar
Whisky Bar

Inverlochy Castle : Fort William

Fort William's grand Inverlochy Castle is a stunning 19th century castle-turned-hotel, surrounded by the lush glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands. As Scotland's finest country hotel, every detail for your comfort and enjoyment has been carefully considered. The castle's 17 elegant guestrooms offer individual design and character, with spectacular views of the grounds and private loch. Enjoy first class dining on-site from a 3 AA Red Rosette-awarded restaurant featuring furniture presented as gifts to Inverlochy Castle from the King of Norway, creating a unique experience in unrivaled surroundings.

Scotland Highlights: Highland Lochs & Castles Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Inverlochy Castle
Inverlochy Castle

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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    Working with Danny S. was a real pleasure. He was lovely, very professional and knowledgeable. Our trip was so enjoyable and stress free. Hotels were perfect, restaurants booked by Kensington were authentic and the food was excellent. The flamenco show was so much fun and the venue was relaxing and intimate. Our guides were prompt, smart and passionate about their country. A really wonderful group of individuals. It was very reassuring to know we always had a person on the ground to call if necessary. This was an A+ trip and we will always have wonderful memories of a beautiful country and it’s warm and welcoming citizens. My heartfelt thanks to Danny and all others who planned a perfect trip on our behalf. We look forward to another trip in 2019!

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Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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