Affectionately known as the ‘Misty Isle’, the Isle of Skye takes its name from the old Gaelic for “cloud island”, because of the clouds that hang over the majestic jaggy peaks of the Black Cullin mountain range, lending the island its romantic appearance. Raw, untamed nature and a strong Celtic culture make this largest of the Inner Hebrides one of the unmissable highlights amongst many in the land of Braveheart and Rob Roy.
In the morning we enjoy a city tour of Glasgow, taking in all of the city’s leading attractions before heading north to Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s most famous and scenic lakes, before travelling further through Fort William/Mallaig. Dinner and overnight in Fort William/Mallaig area.
We spend today discovering the Isle of Skye. Spectacular scenery, prehistoric monuments and entertaining anecdotes are all part of the charm of Skye. We travel on to the ruins of Eilean Donan Castle – a must for photographers - to Inverness for dinner and overnight.
We travel into the west of Scotland, where the highland scenery is most impressive. We visit Corrieshalloch gorge. This plunging canyon, through which the River Droma rushes, is one of the natural wonders of the Scottish Highlands. We stop at award winning Inverewe Gardens where a wide range of plants thrive due to the influence of the Gulf Stream. Onwards past Loch Ness - watch out for the monster! – to Aviemore, our destination for the night.
Today we travel south to the charming highland town of Pitlochry and visit a Whisky Distillery. Here we learn the secrets of ‘Uisce Beatha’ or the ‘water of life’, before descending into the Scottish Lowlands to Edinburgh, Scotland’s most beautiful city. A city tour will bring the history of this ancient capital to life. Dinner and overnight in/near Edinburgh.