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Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye - Private

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Spend a week seeing the best of Scotland

In just over a week you’ll be able to explore some of Scotland’s top attractions and see what makes this country so beautiful and special. This private tour will take you from the historic capital of Edinburgh, into the rugged Highlands where you can admire the scenery and visit ancient graves and medieval castle. You will then have two nights on the Isle of Skye to take in the breathtaking sights of this iconic island, driving back through the enchanting Glen Coe and Trossachs National Park. All in a comfortable vehicle with a private guide at the wheel.

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8 days / 7 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 3639 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
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Tour Highlights

  • Explore some of Scotland’s top sights on the famous and breathtaking Isle of Skye
  • Walk along the mysterious Loch Ness and visit the castle on its shores
  • Discover Scotland‘s historic capital Edinburgh and stroll up the Royal Mile
  • See the striking natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands
  • Enjoy some quiet time in nature at the Trossachs National Park
  • Explore the Capital of the Highlands, Inverness, and its surroundings
  • Photograph the iconic Eilean Donan Castle
  • Take in the breathtaking beauty of Glen Coe
  • Discover historic sites around the country with the Scottish Heritage Pass
  • Learn about the sights from a trusted, knowledgeable private guide

Travel style

Privately Guided i

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, Classic i, Countryside and natural scenery i, Culture and History i, Heritage i, Highlands i, Honeymoon & Romance i

Season

Apr - Oct

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

900/560 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: ARRIVAL IN EDINBURGH

    Upon your arrival in Edinburgh, you will be greeted by a private driver who will take you to your hotel in the city centre. For those arriving early in the day, we recommend spending the day walking through the city, strolling along the Royal Mile and exploring the Old Town and New Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also plenty of museums and landmarks to visit within the city centre, including the beautiful St Giles Cathedral and the majestic Edinburgh Castle.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

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  • Day 2: INTO THE HIGHLANDS

    Today your guide will pick you up from your hotel in a comfortable vehicle to start your private tour. On the way you’ll have many possible stops, such as the picturesque village of Dunkeld, the 13th-century Blair Castle and the Highland Folk Museum inside the Cairngorms National Park. Arriving near Inverness, you can visit the Battlefield of Culloden Moor, to see where the last battle on British soil occurred in 1746, marking "the beginning of the end for the Highlands." Nearby you could also roam around Clava Cairns, a series of tombs and standing stones dating back roughly 4,000 years.

    Spend the night in the Inverness area.

    Included: Entrance to Battlefield of Culloden Moor

    Driving distance: 251 km / 156 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 8-9 hours

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  • Day 3: LOCH NESS, CASTLES & ISLE OF SKYE

    Today, the guide will take you from Inverness to the famous Isle of Skye. You’ll be driven along the shores of Loch Ness and, if you have time, take a boat tour in search of its notorious and elusive monster, or go explore the nearby Urquhart Castle ruins. Further along the drive, make a stop at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. When you arrive on Skye, your first stop will be at the scenic village of Portree, where you can explore and admire its colourful buildings and dine at a local restaurant.

    Spend the night on the Isle of Skye or nearby.

    Included: Entrance to Urquhart Castle

    Driving distance: 185 km / 115 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 7-8 hours

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  • Day 4: THE ISLE OF SKYE

    Today you can take advantage of a full day on Skye, a haven for nature lovers. We recommend exploring the northern part of the island and taking your time around all the attractions on the breathtaking Trotternish Peninsula. There you can enjoy a walk up to “The Old Man of Storr” rock pinnacle and see the beautiful Kilt Rock waterfall. Other highlights include the Quiraing rock face, the An Corran Beach at Staffin, where you may spot ancient dinosaur footprints, and the mystical Fairy Glen.

    Spend another night on the Isle of Skye or nearby.

    Driving distance: 70 km / 45 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 6-7 hours

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  • Day 5: SLEAT PENINSULA & GLENFINNAN

    Heading south to the Sleat Peninsula, you’ll be able to admire the beautiful beaches, lochs, and glens of the region. You may wish to stop on the way to enjoy a walk to the crystal-clear Fairy Pools at the foot of the Black Cuillin Hills or to sample Single Malt Whisky at the Talisker Distillery. In the afternoon, catch a ferry from Armadale to Mallaig on the mainland. Your guide will then drive you to Fort William. On the way we recommend stopping at Camusdarach Beach and at Glennfinnan where you can visit the Glenfinnan Monument, overlooking Loch Shiel, and admire the viaduct, featured in Harry Potter.

    Spend the night in the Fort William area.

    Included: Entrance to Glenfinnan Monument

    Ferry from Armadale to Mallaig: 30 minutes

    Driving distance: 135 km / 85 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 7-8 hours 

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  • Day 6: TRAVEL ALONG DRAMATIC GLENS

    Today’s drive will take you past Scotland’s most famous valley, Glen Coe, which offers world-famous scenery. You’ll then travel along the scenic route via the seaside town of Oban onto the historical valley of Kilmartin Glen and past the charming village of Inveraray. This region is considered to have one of the most important concentrations of Neolithic and Bronze Age remains in Scotland, including cairns, standing stones, and castles.

    Spend the night in the Trossachs National Park area.

    Driving distance via Kilmartin Glen/Inveraray: 285 km / 180 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 8-9 hours

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  • Day 7: TROSSACHS NATIONAL PARK TO EDINBURGH

    Your guide will bring you back to Edinburgh (you can choose to end your trip in Glasgow in the optional activities below). It will take you through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, where you could stop to take a walk in nature, enjoy an optional steamship tour on Loch Katrine, or visit a local whisky distillery. For a fun photo opportunity, don’t miss Doune Castle, featured in Monty Python & the Holy Grail and Outlander. If time allows, you could also stop by Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s top attractions, or at the impressive Kelpies, two giant horse-head sculptures.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh. 

    Included: Entrances to Doune Castle and Stirling Castle

    Driving distance: 130 km / 80 miles
    Average travel & exploring duration: estimated 6-7 hours

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  • Day 8: DEPARTURE FROM SCOTLAND

    On your day of departure, a private driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you directly to the airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you may take your last few hours to do some last-minute shopping, visit one of Edinburgh’s many museums, or take one last stroll through the charming city centre.

Map

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

Accommodation

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Price per person from

Approx 3639 GBP

The amount will be charged in GBP

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Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, the itinerary, accommodation, and other useful information for your travel.

ABOUT OUR PRIVATE TOURS
This package is one of our private tours, which means you will have a dedicated and private local guide at your side throughout the trip. You will enjoy private transfers to and from the airport, and a private drive around the Highlands. Because it is just you and your guide, that means it will be easily tailored to your unique needs and interest. Get in touch to customise this package further, for any additional nights before and after the trip or other changes to the itinerary.

YOUR PRIVATE TOUR GUIDE
This tour package includes the professional service of an experienced Scottish tour guide, who will drive you around Scotland and share their local knowledge, including hidden gems and stories, with you along the way. Depending on availability and on the size of your travelling party, we can offer a range of vehicles from a 4x4 luxury car to a 16-passenger Mercedes-Benz mini-bus.

ACCOMMODATION
Our team of local travel experts carefully selects hotels and guesthouses around the country based on personal experience and comfort. Please note, that generally in Scotland, whilst room sizes may vary, our room types are based on European standard sizes. Please be aware that, due to the historic nature of the properties we often select, most of the rooms are only accessible by going up stairs, as there are, in some cases, no lifts available. Please contact us if you are not able to walk up stairs.

FOOD & DRINK
A daily breakfast is included at your booked hotels for the duration of your stay. Other meals and drinks are not included and will be at your own expense during the trip.

CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are charged in British Pounds (£, GBP). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from GBP to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two business days by one of our travel consultants who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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