7 day Best of the West
Passing the iconic Forth Bridge, our first day takes us up the spine of Scotland, taking in
forests; tales of clan rebellions; visiting sites of ancient battles; introducing the majesty of the
Highlands; taking a refreshing dook in Loch Ness & experiencing the Highland Capital
Inverness for a night of music and banter.
- Loch Ness
To Ullapool & the ferry to Stornoway; the delights of Lewis & Harris will materialise into
view and where we’ll be staying for the next 2 nights in a traditional Black House Village.
This should give us ample time to explore beaches & brochs, mountains & machair, hear of
MacLeods & Morrisons, and best of all, to visit the Calanais Standing Stones
- Ullapool - Stornoway
- Butt of Lewis
- Calanais Standing Stones
- Gearrannan Blackhouse Village
Starting from where we left off from the day before we spend the day exploring the incredible
sights and vistas of these magical islands - taking our time and making sure we are not
- Dun Carloway Broch
- Great Berneray
- Golden White Sandy Beaches
- Plenty of time to enjoy the sights
Leaving the Outer Hebrides, it’s time to join in on the chorus of ‘Over the Sea to Skye’,
where we’ll hike on one of the majestic hills of the Trotternish Ridge; visit the colourful
harbour of the Capital Portree; hear tales of Warrior Queens & search for the secret of eternal
youth & bask in the beauty of the Misty Isle.
- Kilt Rock
- Cuillin Ridge
It may be farewell to Skye but not the West, as we float back to the mainland; passing more
blazing white sandy beaches to Glenfinnan with its viaduct & Jacobites; taking in more awe
inspiring mountains (including Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest) and hike in hauntingly beautiful
Glencoe; before cruising along the spectacular coast line of Loch Linnhe to take shelter in
Oban & it’s picturesque bay.
- Morar Sands
- Glenfinnan Monument & Viaduct
- Glen Nevis
- Fort William
Day 6 - A free day to explore Oban, the Gateway to the Isles
Options galore: Pop over to Mull & Iona; explore Kerrera with its Castle & seafood; stroll along to Ganavan Sands; walk up to McCaig’s Tower; hit up the MacDougal strongholds of Dunstaffnage or Dunollie; take in the views from Pulpit Hill; head South to Kilmartin in search of more Standing Stones; chill out at the harbour & enjoy the bustle of this idyllic wee bay or just relax in the comfort & warmth of your charming hostel.
We’ll start the day with a quest for ‘bovinicus caledonicus’ – a hairy coo safari like no other;
continuing to Loch Awe with its Campbell castles & hollow mountain, Cruachan; on towards
Rob Roy MacGregor’s last home, with a jaw dropping view at the end of an easy, if steep
walk and for our final flourish we’ll visit Doune Castle on the way back to Edinburgh.
- Glen Lonan: Hairy Coo Safari
- St.Conan’s Kirk
- Kilchurn Castle
- Balquidder & Rob Roy Territory
- Doune Castle
The above itinerary is not set in stone! Your guide may use their knowledge to modify the itinerary to best suit the Scottish weather & to maximise your experience.
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The Full Scottish!
Our biggest, baddest, and best tour, spending a whole week exploring the depths of the
Highlands and the West Coast.
It’s a week that’ll involve hiking, beaches, castles, heroes, battles, old stuff, new stuff,
islands, more islands, ferries, sunsets, boots, bikinis, jackets and the traditional sunblock!
We’ll be staying in some of our favourite local haunts in Inverness, Skye and Oban but you’ll
also get 2 nights in a traditional Black House when we venture way out west to explore the
delights of Lewis and Harris.
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