Highlights of Scotland

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

4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews submitted.
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You only have to look around to see why Scotland is praised for its natural landscapes and historic buildings. Rolling hills, rocky cliffs and undulating valleys speckled in myriad colours, pristine lochs shimmering even on the coldest of days, and castles dotted throughout the countryside as if you’ve been transported back in time. With an eight-day exploration of Scotland’s Highlands, lochs and villages, you’ll experience the finest nature with the warmest hospitality. Discover the untouched Isle of Skye and expansive landscapes of Cairngorms National Park and hit both Scottish hubs – Glasgow and Edinburgh to start and end your trip. With the right balance of small-group adventure, local knowledge and stunning natural scenery, this Scottish Highlands trip will enchant you.

Trip overview

Map of Highlights Of Scotland including United Kingdom
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Take one of the world’s most scenic train journeys as you travel to the Highlands on the world-famous West Highland Railway, crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter fame.
  • Nothing beats getting to know a place on your own two feet, so get your walking shoes on for explorations of Portree Bay, Creag Bheag and Fort William with views of the UK’s highest peak – Ben Nevis – in all its glory.
  • Take a ferry to the Isle of Skye, soak up the fresh sea air and mountain views and taste your way through the local whisky. Then, take a day trip through the stunning landscapes and medieval castles of Skye.
  • Learn the legends of Loch Ness firsthand, then hike through the purple heather in Cairngorms National Park – smack bang in the middle of the Scottish Highlands.
  • On a walking tour of Edinburgh, you’ll get the insider insight of a local specialist guide, and you’ll also help support a social enterprise that helps locals who have experienced homelessness become guides.

Is this trip right for you?
  • As this trip doesn’t spend much time in Glasgow or Edinburgh, we recommend you arrive a day early and stay an additional night in either city before or after the trip. Just speak to your booking agent to organise additional accommodation, subject to availability.
  • This trip includes a moderate hike on the Isle of Skye. This activity can be opted out of should you wish to refrain from participating.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2025.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

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7 breakfasts


Train, Private vehicle, Ferry, On foot


Hotel (6 nights), Guesthouse (1 night)

  • Fort William - West Highland Railway Line
  • Isle of Skye - Leader-led Whisky Tasting at Local Pub
  • Glenfinnan - Railway Viaduct Crossing
  • Isle of Skye - Hike around Portree Bay
  • Isle of Skye: Guided private bus tour of Trotternish Peninsula
  • Fort Augustus - Loch Ness Boat Cruise
  • Eilean Donan - Castle Photo Stop
  • 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 - GBP12
  • Glasgow - Tenement House - GBP8
  • Glasgow - Britannia Panopticon - Free
  • Glasgow - Cathedral and Necropolis - Free
  • Glasgow - Hunterian Art Gallery - Free
  • Glasgow - Pollok House & Country Park - GBP8
  • Glasgow - Afternoon Tea at the Willow Tea Rooms (from) - GBP13
  • Fort William - Nevis Range Gondola - GBP22
  • Isle of Skye - Sound of Raasay Boat Trip - GBP25
  • Isle of Skye - Portree Bay Boat Trip - GBP20
  • Isle of Skye - Dunvegan Castle & Gardens - GBP14
  • Edinburgh - Castle Visit - GBP20
  • Edinburgh - National Museum of Scotland - Free
  • Edinburgh - The Scotch Whisky Experience Tour - GBP16
  • Edinburgh - Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - GBP7
  • Edinburgh - Palace of Holyroodhouse - GBP15

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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.

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4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews submitted.
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Tara · Traveled August 2023
Fantastic trip! I loved experiencing the Highlands & Skye. Our trip leader was phenomenal. The accommodations were top notch. Good mix of included activities & free time to explore. Great if you are looking for a fun short trip to experience Scotland
Review submitted 08 Sep 2023

Breanne · Traveled August 2023
Had such a great time on this trip! Love the route and stops, as all the locations we visited were unique and surprising. The Isle of Skye and was definitely a highlight! We had plenty of rain even in August, but it felt like part of the overall Scotland experience. The food and drinks were also great (and nicely balanced with plenty of walking and exploring) and the guesthouses we stayed in were lovely. Rhys was an awesome guide and made things easy for us! Can’t wait to come back someday soon.
Review submitted 01 Sep 2023

Caitlin · Traveled August 2023
I had a fantastic time o my Intrepid Trip to Scotland! It's such a beautiful country and I got to meet and see it with amazing people.
Review submitted 18 Aug 2023

Nicholas · Traveled August 2023
The Highlights of Scotland trip is a great way to get a feel for what's on offer when visiting Scotland. It gives you a great opportunity to immerse yourself into the environment and history and will make you want to come back.
Review submitted 30 Aug 2023

Greg Megan · Traveled August 2023
This is a fantastic trip. This was our 7th Intrepid and we keep coming back. Forget the hassle of booking everything yourself and just wake up every morning and ask your guide about what we are doing today. So you can be surprised but you can count on a good day!!
Review submitted 15 Aug 2023
Highlights of Scotland
ZAR  43,822