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Highlights of Scotland

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Explore the lush and historic Scottish highlands

If you want to get to know the real Scotland you can’t experience through guidebooks, this Scotland guided small group tour is for you. With an expert and witty tour leader, who will regale you with tales of history and folklore, you will enjoy many of Scotland’s top attractions and hidden gems and learn the fascinating stories behind each site. The Highlights of Scotland, Nordic Visitor’s flagship tour for Scotland, will introduce you to the classic sights as well as lesser known destinations off the beaten track. You will be treated to a lush landscape with historic castles, wondrous waterfalls, towering mountains, gorgeous gardens and dramatic lochs. Scotland’s stunning scenery and rich culture has something for everyone.

The tour includes stays in charming quality hotels, gourmet meals, boat trips and entrance fees to attractions. Each day offers unique insights into the culture, new adventures and a fantastic array of landscapes, from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye with the legendary Scottish Highlands in between.

8 days / 7 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 2574 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

Travel style

Guided Small Groups i

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, Classic i, Culture and History i, Highlands i, Isles i, Off the Beaten Path i

Season

May - Sep

Max group size

15

Details

This exclusive tour takes you on a journey through one of the most classic routes in the Scottish Highlands. Your local guide knows the country like the back of his hand and has a wealth of knowledge and hidden gems to share with you. The transport is in a comfortable Mercedes-Benz mini-bus.

Guaranteed departures

Group size is limited to a maximum of 16 people

  • Arrival
    Price
    Availability
  • Tuesday 7 May 2019
    2860 GBP 2574 GBP
    10+ spaces left
  • Monday 27 May 2019
    2860 GBP 2574 GBP
    10+ spaces left
  • Tuesday 18 June 2019
    2860 GBP 2574 GBP
    10+ spaces left
  • Tuesday 27 August 2019
    2860 GBP 2574 GBP
    10+ spaces left
  • Tuesday 17 September 2019
    2860 GBP
    10+ spaces left

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Edinburgh

    Arrive to the airport in Edinburgh or Glasgow. For an easy and comfortable way to get to your hotel in Edinburgh we are happy to arrange an optional private transfer for you. If you arrive early we recommend strolling along the Royal Mile or walking to Castle Hill for a spectacular view of the Old Town area. We can also assist you with booking day tours in Edinburgh.

    Spend the night at the charming Nira Caledonia in Edinburgh.

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  • Day 2: Fishing Villages of Fife & St Andrews

    Today we start our journey into the countryside, taking in the magnificent Forth Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to join the scenic Fife coastal route. First stop will be the delightful village of Falkland and its palace. Later, we will explore the enchanting fishing villages of Anstruther, Elie and St Monans… and if you enjoy seafood, taste the freshest fish in Scotland! Our final stop for the day will be at the historic city of St Andrews, known as the “home of golf”.  It’s also the location of the third oldest university in the UK as well as lovely castle ruins and a stunning shoreline.

    Enjoy dinner and accommodation at the elegant Rufflets St. Andrews Hotel, located just outside of St. Andrews.

    Walking: Short, easy walks

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  • Day 3: Into the Scottish Highlands

    Today we head north towards Highland Perthshire. Travelling away from the Scottish Lowlands, the scenery gradually becomes more dramatic, with high rolling mountains and wild landscapes forged by ancient volcanoes and ice ages.

    Further on, we have the opportunity for a lovely forest walk in the Hermitage area to see a stunning waterfall, followed by a coffee break in charming Dunkeld, a city of great significance in ancient times. From there we travel through the wide expanse of the Cairngorms National Park to Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum, then continuing on to the Battlefield of Culloden Moor—the scene of the last battle on British soil in 1746. And moving from more “recent” Scottish history we end the day with a visit to the Clava Cairns, a series of tombs and standing stones which pre-date Stonehenge by 1,000 years.

    Enjoy dinner and accommodation at the luxurious Bunchrew House Hotel in the Inverness area.

    Walking: 30 minutes, easy level

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  • Day 4: Loch Ness, Castles & Isle of Skye

    Experience some of Scotland’s most famous attractions today. We will drive along the shores of Loch Ness for a bit of Nessie spotting!

    Further along the drive, make a stop at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a sight you will surely recognise from many photographs, movies and TV shows.

    This afternoon we will make our way over to Skye and set sail on the ‘Misty Isle’, giving us the opportunity to see sharks, minke whales, seals and dolphins as well as giant sea eagles which soar above these parts. A wonderful experience awaits you as you are about to witness one of the best views in Scotland!

    Enjoy dinner and accommodation at the charming Hotel Eilean Iarmain on the Isle of Skye.

    Duration of Misty Isle boat tour: 1 hour 45 min incl. 30 min onshore walk to visit Loch Courisk 

    Walking: Short, easy walks

     

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  • Day 5: Northern Skye & Waterfall Walks

    We have the entire day to explore the magnificent Isle of Skye today. Our focus will be on the northern part, the breathtaking Trotternish Peninsula, home to many of the island's most remarkable landscapes.

    There we can take a walk to the gorge overlooking Lealt Falls, see waterfalls plunging over the 90-meter Kilt Rock sea cliffs, pass by the needle-like Old Man of Storr and visit the craggy, primordial features of the Quiraing.

    Spend another night at the Hotel Eilean Iarmain on the Isle of Skye

    Walking: 20-minute intermediate walk to Lealt Falls

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  • Day 6: SCOTTISH WILDLIFE & GLENFINNAN

    After breakfast, we turn back towards the mainland via ferry and stop at the glorious  Camusdarach Beach—a stunning sight with its white sands and clear blue water. We will drive alongside one of the most scenic rail journeys in Europe, the Glenfinnan Railway Viaduct—famous in the Harry Potter films. Then we make our way through historical Glencoe towards The Trossachs National Park.

    Enjoy a farewell-dinner and accommodation at Loch Lomond Arms Hotel in the picturesque village of Luss. 

    Walking: 20 minute intermediate walk (Glencoe)

    Duration of ferry Armadale to Mallaig: 30 minutes

    *Please note, the farewell-dinner and accommodation will be at the beautiful Knockderry House Hotel in the Trossachs National Park for the 27 May and 27 August 2019 departure.

     
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  • Day 7: The Trossachs, Whisky & Doune Castle

    Today we explore Trossachs National Park on the Trossachs Trail to the charming village of Aberfoyle on the River Forth. En route, enjoy a visit to the Deanston Whisky Distillery and have a wee taste of the “water of life”—as whisky is called in Scotland.

    Further on we get to immerse ourselves in the history of the iconic Doune Castle, which has been a film location in the TV series Outlander and Game of Thrones as well as the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Other highlights include the historical city of Stirling and the giant metal 'Kelpies' horse head sculptures.

    Back in the Edinburgh city centre, enjoy the rest of the evening, including dinner, at your leisure after being dropped off at your accommodation.

    Spend the night at Nira Caledonia in Edinburgh.

    Walking: Several short, easy walks

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  • Day 8: Departure

    When it’s time to head to Edinburgh Airport, you can take the Air-Link bus departing from Waverley Bridge by Waverley Station or hire a taxi directly from your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, take the opportunity to do some last-minute shopping or visit one of the city’s interesting museums. 

    If you wish to spend more time in Edinburgh or Glasgow before or after the tour, ask your travel consultant about adding extra nights or services, such as private airport transfers or guided sightseeing tours. We can also extend your trip with other destinations in the Nordic region such as Iceland or Norway. Contact us for details about customizing your itinerary.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Thank you again for great memories

We just returned last night from our trip to Scotland and I wanted to let you know what a great trip we had with Nordic Visitor. You were wonderful setting up our requests and I cannot thank you enough for switching our tour dates when we were unable to go as originally planned in May. The hotels and food were brilliant. Brian Collie was magnificent. We could not ask for more of a guide. Even the special trip to see Highland coos. This was our second Nordic Visitor trip and we are now looking into our 3rd for next year. Thank you again for great memories. I am glad we were able to meet you on our first night.

Everything was enjoyable

Brian was an exceptional tour guide. He was informative, entertaining, got us where we needed to go safe and on time...and brought us to some extra sights along the way. His local insights were invaluable. Singing "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" every day when we got on the bus started the day off just right. I truly can't express how much we enjoyed this tour and I think a lot of that can be attributed to Brian.

Annie was perfection from the time we booked the tour and the maps and materials sent to us prior to departure were great. Being a vegan, I am used to "making due" with salads or whatever I can cajole the chef/cook to make me while traveling and often rely on protein bars, etc. The food on this trip was exceptional, and many of our trip mates where jealous of my meals. This pleasant surprise certainly took this trip to an entirely new level for me. The small group, the wonderful sights, the grand itinerary, the superb lodgings. Everything was enjoyable....truly.

Couldn't have asked for more

Brian has such passion for what he does. Couldn't have asked for more. Annie Pepperell was our travel agent with Nordic Visitor. She did an excellent job all the way around.

Fun & educational

Tour director Brian Collie was amazing! He made the trip fun & educational. 

Brian provided us daily bonus stops in addition to the planned itinerary. I loved that we didn't hit all the usual crowded tourists stops! 

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

These accommodations have been hand-picked for their character, charm, service and location. Rooms all have private WC and shower or bath, and breakfast is always included.