Tour the beautiful and historic locations of Scotland for 7 days in style with your personal chauffeur guide. Stay in luxurious accommodation and sample the world renowned Scottish hospitality and excellent food.
Travel north to Stirling, once known as the 'Key to Scotland', with its imposing position in the centre of the country, to Stirling Castle. For centuries this was the most important castle in Scotland and the views from the top make it easy to see why. Soak up the history and stunning views from the Wallace Monument, perched high on the Abbey Craig around where Wallace camped before his heroic battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, built in 1869 to commemorate Scotland’s hero.
Continue north west towards Rannoch Moor and the most beautiful of all glens, Glencoe stopping at the visitors centre. This area is steeped in history, and you will hear about the infamous 1692 massacre of Clan MacDonald. Travel over the Ballachulish bridge and on to Fort William to your overnight accommodation at the Inverlochy Castle nestling in the foothills of the mighty mountain. Queen Victoria spent a week at Inverlochy sketching and painting where she wrote in her diaries 'I never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot'.
Duration: 7 days (starting in Edinburgh or Glasgow).
Day 1: Edinburgh or Glasgow to Fort William - overnight Fort William
Day 2: Fort William to Skye - overnight Skye
Day 3: Tour the island of Skye - overnight Skye
Day 4: Skye to Inverness - overnight Inverness
Day 5: Tour Inverness and surrounding area - overnight Inverness
Day 6: Inverness to Pitlochry - overnight Castle stay in Pitlochry
Day 7: Pitlochry to Edinburgh or Glasgow
Your destination today is Skye or in Scots Gaelic 'Eilean A Cheo' meaning Misty Isle. Travel past the White Sands of Morar to Mallaig to catch the ferry to Skye. Once on the island you will have the chance to visit The Clan Donald Centre. The museum follows the Clan Donald’s story through triumph, bloodshed and trauma from the demise of the Lordship of the Isles, through the Jacobite risings, to the sweeping cultural changes where clansmen became crofters and chiefs became landlords.
Take in the stunningly beautiful road through Glen Suardal through the little village of Torrin, past Bla Bhein to reach the little community of Elgol. Here you can enjoy the superb views of the Black Cuillin Hills and the stunning seascapes towards Rum and other small isles. In Glenbrittle Forrest you can continue on foot to the Fairy Pools, beautiful crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle, at foot of the Black Cuillins.
Finally to Portree, the capital of the island where you may wish to take a wander down to the harbour or visit the shops or cafes in Somerled Square before retreating to your overnight accommodation at The Cuillin Hills set within fifteen acres of mature private grounds overlooking Portree Bay with magnificent views over the Sound of Raasay to the Cuillin Mountain range.
This morning travel to the west coast where you can take in the stunning views from Neist Point Lighthouse, the most Westerly point on the Isle of Skye, giving excellent views over Moonen Bay to Waterstein Head and out over the Minch to the Western Isles. Visit Dunvegan Castle, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years where you can enjoy a wander in the Round Garden, the Walled Garden or the Water Garden and work up an appetite for lunch at The Three Chimneys world-class Restaurant, situated on the shore of Loch Dunvegan at Colbost.
After lunch you can take a scenic drive around the Trotternish coast. Visit the Skye Museum of Island Life where a township of thatched cottages has been preserved, depicting the conditions on the island at the close of the nineteenth century. Pass Duntulm Castle to reach the Mealt Waterfall, Kilt Rock and finally the iconic Old Man of Storr.
Today travel over the Skye Bridge to Eilean Donan Castle situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery. Travel through some of the most beautiful mountain scenery towards Loch Ness to the Clansman Harbor for a Jacobite Cruise to enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains from the loch and alight at Urquhart Castle where you will have the chance to explore for an hour.
Returning to land travel to Beauly and the tranquil ruins of Beauly Priory. Founded around 1230AD by monks of the Valliscaulian order before reaching your overnight accommodation at The Culloden House, a handsome Palladian country house which stands in nearly 40 acres of grounds.
The following day visit Cawdor Castle which dates from the late 14th century and was built as a private fortress by the Thanes of Cawdor is an ancient medieval tower which was built around the legendary holly-tree and is not another cold monument, but a splendid house and the home of the Campbell family to this day. Nearby is Cawdor Tavern where you can enjoy a lunch and possibly a dram or two from their extensive selection of malts before returning towards Inverness to Culloden Battlefield. This was where the last hand-to-hand battle was fought on British soil which takes on a whole new meaning with the opening of an exciting new visitor centre and interactive exhibition.
Travelling back in time a little further visit Clava Cairns, or more correctly, Bulnaraun of Clava, one of the best preserved Bronze Age burial sites in Scotland and Culloden Viaduct, Scotland's longest masonry viaduct which was opened in 1898 and crosses the river Nairn at this point. If you wish to explore the retail choices then visit the Inverness Victorian Market.
Today travel through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park to reach Dalwhinnie Distillery where you can take an opportunity to sample the `Gentle Spirit` of the glen. Here you can try something a little different – The Chocolate Pairing. Further south is Blair Castle, home of the Clan Murray family, who hold the title of Duke of Atholl. Nearby you will stop at House of Bruar, nestling at the side of the famous Bruar Falls, for a variety of shopping opportunities.
Visit Queens View generally believed to be named after Queen Victoria who took tea here in 1866; the viewpoint actually commemorates Queen Isabella, wife of Robert the Bruce. Continue into the Highland resort town of Pitlochry, built on Victorian tourism to Fonab Castle located on the banks of Loch Faskally and a short walk from the heart of the historic Victorian town of Pitlochry.
Scone Palace was the crowning place of Scottish Kings and is now the cherished family home of the Earl of Mansfield. In the extensive grounds of Scone Palace there is a replica of the Stone of Destiny and the chapel on Moot Hill where the coronations took place.
Into the Kingdom of Fife to spend a few hours touring the sights of St. Andrews. St. Andrews Cathedral ruins, the stunning St. Salvator's Chapel, the chapel is a rare and beautiful example of Late Gothic architecture,St. Andrews University, the educational location of the William and Kate, The Tower of Holy Trinity, a Category ‘A’ listed building, and the most historic church in St Andrews and last but certainly not least, The Old Course and The Swilken Bridge before making the journey along the scenic coastal route through the beautiful fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife and over the Forth Road Bridge to the south of the city for your final destination of Dalhousie Castle a magnificent 13th century fortress set within acres of wooded parkland on the picturesque banks of the River Esk.
If you do not find the accommodations mentioned suitable then please do enquire about alternative choices.
This itinerary is only a guide as other historical sites can be incorporated into a tailored sightseeing tour of your own making. The Tour price does not include your entrance fees unless stated, lunches, dinners or the drivers gratuity.