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Highlights of Scotland

8 Days | Discover the highlights of the Highlands on this Scottish adventure

4.1 out of 5 based on 37 reviews submitted.
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Picture yourself standing before ancient castles that guard misty lochs and on stunning cliffs with waterfalls cascading down — this is Scotland. From the brightly coloured murals on the bustling streets of Glasgow, to Fort William, an adventurer's playground, you’ll spend eight days exploring cobblestone streets and grassy landscapes. Explore the mystical Isle of Skye and mythological Loch Ness, where the murky depths hide a Scottish legend. See Inverness, vibrant and historic and learn tales of battles and folklore. End your journey in Edinburgh, a city of contrasts, where the old and new coexist, where nature and culture and where every corner holds a piece of history. With the right balance of small-group adventure and free time to explore, this trip will allow Scotland's unique magic to captivate your heart.

Trip overview

Map of Highlights Of Scotland including United Kingdom
Start
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Finish
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
United Kingdom
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
BWSS
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Embark on a world-famous train journey through the Highlands via the renowned West Highland Railway, including a crossing of the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct.
  • Discover Fort William, where you'll relish breath-taking views of Ben Nevis, the UK's highest peak.
  • Take a private bus tour of the captivating Trotternish Peninsula on Skye.
  • Set out on a scenic boat excursion across the mystical waters of Loch Ness, with the possibility of a lucky sighting of its famous inhabitant.
  • Join a walking tour of Edinburgh guided by a local specialist, and support a social enterprise that empowers locals who've experienced homelessness to become guides.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip does require some level of fitness, we utilize public transport where possible so between hotels and bus/train stops, walking with luggage is required. If you feel you would prefer a taxi, please speak with your group leader. Taxis are not included in the cost. Also please be mindful of the remoteness of the locations for availability and any wait times.
  • The hike on the Isle of Skye is moderate with stops, however there may be uneven or wet terrain underfoot. This activity can be opted out should you wish to refrain from participating. Distance approx 3-5 km / 1-2 hours.
  • There is a walking tour in Edinburgh, circa 3 hours (with stops). Edinburgh is a hilly city with narrow cobbled streets and steps. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Should you have any reason to feel that you may not be able to partake in any of the activities, or need additional assistance/ support, please let us know as soon as possible so we can help.

Itinerary

Map of Highlights Of Scotland including United Kingdom

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts

Transport

Train, Private vehicle, Ferry, On foot

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Guesthouse (1 night)

Activities
  • Fort William - West Highland Railway Line train journey
  • Isle of Skye - Leader-led Whisky Tasting
  • Glenfinnan - Railway Viaduct Crossing
  • Isle of Skye - Guided hike
  • Isle of Skye: Guided private bus tour of Trotternish Peninsula
  • Fort Augustus - Loch Ness Boat Cruise
  • Inverness - Culloden Battlefield visit
  • Inverness - River Ness walk
  • Edinburgh - Invisible Cities guided walking tour
Add on activities
  • Glasgow - Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum - Free
  • Glasgow - City Centre Mural Trail - Free
  • Glasgow - Tennent's Brewery Tour - GBP17
  • Glasgow - Royal Botanic Gardens - GBP3
  • Glasgow - Britannia Panopticon - Free
  • Glasgow - Cathedral and Necropolis - Free
  • Glasgow - Hunterian Art Gallery - Free
  • Glasgow - Pollok Country Park & The Burrell Collection - GBP8
  • Glasgow - Afternoon Tea at the Willow Tea Rooms (from) - GBP13
  • Fort William - Nevis Range Gondola - GBP26
  • Edinburgh - Castle Visit - GBP20
  • Edinburgh - National Museum of Scotland - Free
  • Edinburgh - The Scotch Whisky Experience Tour - GBP16
  • Edinburgh - Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - GBP7
  • Edinburgh - The Queen’s Gallery at Holyroodhouse - GBP13

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Important notes

1.A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip involves frequent public transport (train and local bus). You will be expected to carry your luggage from the transport terminal to the accommodation, up to 1km/0.7miles (approx. 10-15 mins) walk so we advise packing light for this trip.
3. Please note, following departures will be accommodated at Kyleakin, on Isle of Skye, instead of Portree: 13 May, 21 & 24 June, 22 July, 19 August, 16 September.

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Reviews

4.1 out of 5 based on 37 reviews submitted.
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Millicent · Traveled November 2023
The Highlights of Scotland trip was absolutely amazing and the scenery was breathtaking.This was my first intrepid trip and I had an incredible experience. Our guide Craig did an awesome job at providing the historical context of what shaped Scotland into what it is today. I gained a greater understanding and appreciation for the land and the people.
Review submitted 14 Nov 2023

Declan · Traveled November 2023
This tour was fantastic in all regards. I would highly recommend it. Our tour guide Craig was exceptional, second to none.
Review submitted 10 Nov 2023

Georgina · Traveled October 2023
A great itinerary, great group and great guide Aiden! The places visited were excellent especially the Isle of Skye! Highly recommend!
Review submitted 24 Oct 2023

Heidi · Traveled October 2023
Wonderful trip and really great itinerary. Isle of Skye is such a great highlight and having extra time to explore on our own was great. Also, Aidan was the best guide!
Review submitted 25 Oct 2023

Paula · Traveled September 2023
This tour truly captures the highlights of beloved Scotland. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area, the rich history and what makes Scotland the breathtaking place it is today. I highly suggest researching the locations and booking activities in advance, especially on Isle of Skye and in Edinburgh. Note that as tours head into the fall, there was some significant weather to navigate but it was manageable nonetheless.
Review submitted 11 Oct 2023
Highlights of Scotland
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