5-Day Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye Tour from Edinburgh - 5 Days

5-Day Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye Tour from Edinburgh

Our most popular 5 day tour of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Views of Glencoe, Five Sisters of Kintail, Old Man of Storr, and more …

5-Day Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye Tour from Edinburgh

Highlights
• Dunkeld
• Cairngorms National Park
• Loch Ness
• Ullapool
• Assynt
• Applecross
• Torridon
• Eilean Donan Castle
• Isle of Skye
• Glencoe
• Five Sisters of Kintail

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Itinerary

Day 1
Edinburgh - Dunkeld - Cairngorm - Loch Ness - Ullapool/Inverness

We will leave Edinburgh and begin our journey to the highlands, heading north to the charming village of Dunkeld, which rests on the River Tay, via the Forth Road Bridge. We’ll head to Cairngorms National Park from here and pass through the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus estate.

We will spend time after lunch on the beautiful shores of Loch Insh before taking a short forest walk to the Loch and Eilean Castle ruins.

As we move down to the banks of the famous loch and the village of Dores, where you may just spot the elusive Nessie, panoramic views of Loch Ness follow! Then it’s on to Loch Broom ‘s shores, passing the mighty Ben Mor Coigach Peak. We will travel to Ullapool or Inverness later, where we will spend two nights.

Day 2
Ullapool/Inverness - Assynt - Ullapool

We’ll be exploring the far northwestern highlands today. Admire, with its variety of wildlife, the grandeur, expanse and wildness of the Assynt mountains. The region known as the area to be bought by local crofters is the Assynt Crofters’ Trust. There we can visit the ruins of Ardvreck Castle in the 15th century, once the stronghold of the MacLeods of Assynt.

From the beautiful white sand beach at Achmelvich Bay to the typical fishing village of Lochinver, the day is full of spectacular views of some of Europe’s oldest landscapes. This is sure to be a fun day with the possibility of seeing animals such as whales and red deer as well.

Day 3
Ullapool - Loch Torridon - Plockton - Portree

We’re going south from Ullapool to take in the drama of the Droma River as it plunges down into the Corrieshalloch Gorge. From here, we can fly past the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve mountains and along the picturesque Loch Torridon coastline. Before taking one of the highest roads in Scotland, Bealach nam Bo (Cattle Pass), with its jaw-dropping views, hairpin turns and precipitous cliffs, the peaceful setting of Applecross is your destination for lunch.

We will stop at “tropical” Plockton in the afternoon, where you will see palm trees rising alongside Loch Carron. Then, with its warm welcome, it’s across the sea to the Isle of Skye and the lovely port town of Portree.

Day 4
Isle of Skye

Depending on the weather, there are many opportunities on Day 4 and your guide can use their local knowledge to decide on the best day out for the party.

For example, you might travel north to the beautiful Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a magnificent walk through some of the extraordinary geological landscape of Skye, or visit the basalt columned Kilt Rock with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down to the sea below.

We will fly to Neist Point after lunch to walk out to the lighthouse at the westernmost point of Skye.

A visit to Dunvegan Castle, the ancient ancestral seat of Clan McLeod, may also be a possibility, if the weather permits.

In the late afternoon, we will take you back to our accommodation in Portree to enjoy a free evening in the village.

Day 5
Portee - Eilean Donan Castle - Ben Nevis - Glencoe - Falls of Dochart - Edinburgh

Today, we start by traveling south of Skye, first stopping at the famous fortress of Eilean Donan Castle, used in the Highlander movie, which is set at the head of three lochs to defend against Viking raiders.

Continuing east through the rugged Kintail Mountains, including the splendor of the Five Sisters, we will drive down through Glen Garry past the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, then for lunch on to Fort William. We will visit beautiful Glencoe during the afternoon before stopping in Killin for refreshments next to the Dochart Falls.

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