This tour starts and finishes in Edinburgh or Glasgow and explores two dramatic coastlines, taking in fabulous views and discovering some of Scotland’s best castles.
- Glamis Castle
- Dunnottar Castle
- Cairngorm National Park
- Whisky distillery tour and tasting
- Boat trip on Loch Ness
- Inveraray Castle
- Loch Lomond
- 1 night Aberdeen
- 1 night Inverness
- 1 night Oban
TOUR ROUTE MAP
HOW TO BOOK A GUIDE FOR THIS TOUR
Average 2018 Rates for STGA Guides. More About Guide Rates.
|English Half Day (up to 4 hrs)||£150 – £175|
|English Full Day (up to 8 hrs)||£215 – £270|
|Language Half Day (up to 4 hrs)||£190 – £215|
|Language Full Day (up to 8 hrs)||£275 – £310|
|Driver Guide Half Day (up to 4 hrs)||£320 – £370|
|Driver Guide Full Day (up to 8 hrs)||£460 – £520|
USE OUR GUIDE BOOKING SERVICE
Please contact our Guide Booking Service on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (+44) 01786 451 953 to discuss your requirements. In addition to guide fees above, please note that the following booking fees apply when using our booking service:
|Booking Type||Booking Fee|
|Half Day Tour||£13.00|
|Full Day Tour||£20.00|
|Extended Tour (more than one day)||£28.00|
We are open 09:00 – 17:00 Monday – Friday.
BOOK A GUIDE DIRECTLY
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
- The average fees quoted above do not include the guide’s meals or accommodation, which you must provide for.
- The average fees quoted above do not include entrance fees to venues or attractions. Our guides do receive free entry to most venues and attractions in Scotland.
- Other expenses, such as the guide’s travel expenses to to/from the start/finish location of the tour may apply.
- We strongly recommend that tour operators using our guides arrange for themselves suitable travel, medical, and cancellation insurance.
DAY 1: EDINBURGH TO INVERNESS
This day is a great introduction to the Highlands and your guide will tell you about the culture, Highland dress and language that marked the area above the Boundary line different to Lowland Scotland. The tour continues into the Cairngorms where you will experience the Funicular ride that takes you up to the best views. Towards Inverness you will hear tales about Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites that tried to overthrow George II in the 18th Century.
08:20 – Meet your Blue Badge Guide and driver and depart Edinburgh.
Travel north over the River Forth into the Highlands.
10:20 – Arrive in Dunkeld for a coffee and a walk around the ancient Cathedral.
11:00 – Depart Dunkeld and travel north into the Cairngorm National Park.
We will stop off at Ruthven Barracks (17th Century British Barracks) and Kingussie before stopping for lunch in Aviemore.
13:00 – Lunch in Aviemore or at base area at Cairngorm.
13:30 – Take the Funicular Ride up to Cairngorm Mountain.
Enjoy views at the top as well as refreshments (Subject to weather conditions)
Cairngorm Funicular (Natural Retreats) – 01479 861 261
15:00 – Depart Cairngorm Mountain and travel up towards Inverness.
16:00 – Arrive Culloden Moor for a guided tour of the Battlefield.
Hear how decisive this battle was in ending the Jacobites ambitions for restoring the Stuart Dynasty to throne of Briatain.
Culloden Visitor Centre – 01463 796 090
17:00 – Depart Culloden and take the short drive to Clava Cairns.
Explore these Ancient monuments that are believed to be over 1000 years older than Stonehenge.
18:00 – Arrive into Inverness for an overnight stay.
Own arrangements for dinner or group dinner options available.
Inverness has a great choice of hotels and guesthouse that suit all budgets.
DAY 2: INVERNESS TO STORNOWAY (VIA FERRY)
An early start is required but well worth it as we leave the mainland travelling through Easter Ross and getting to the Port of Ullapool. Here we take a ferry trip over the Minch to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The ferry journey on a clear day allows you gorgeous views. Once on Stornoway we can explore the northern part of the Island at the Butt of Lewis before heading back to Stornoway for a walk around the town and Lews Castle grounds. Your guide will tailor the day on the group.
07:40 – Depart Inverness and drive north westwards towards Ullapool taking in the views of Easter Ross.
09:00 – Arrive at Corrieshalloch Gorge for a short walk to the bridge and view point.
This spectacular gorge is 60 meters deep and was formed during the last Ice age.
09:40 – Depart Corrieshalloch Gorge and drive to Ullapool where we get our ferry.
10:00 – Check into to Ferry Terminal
10:30 – Take Ferry crossing from Ullapool to Stornoway (takes around 2 ½ hours)
The ferry is well equipped with shops, a restaurant and bar.
Caledonian MacBrayne – 0800 066 5000
13:00 – Arrive into Stornoway and drive to the north of the island. Get great views of this quite different landscape and look out for the peat cut and drying in the fields.
13:20 – Have lunch in Stornoway. You may wish to check in to the hotel before going on a walk around Lews Castle grounds or going on a drive to the north of the island.
18:00 – Overnight in Stornoway
Dinner at leisure or group dinner.
Stornoway has hotels and guest houses close to the town centre.
DAY 3: DAY TOUR OF LEWIS AND HARRIS
This day is very much designed by your guide to meet the groups preferences. You will be able to visit ancient Brochs, Standing Stones and stunning beaches in Harris. These Islands will feel like stepping back in time and your guide will tell you their folklore and traditions.
A visit to the Arnol Blackhouses is a must where you will experience what is was like to live in Lewis in the 17th and 18th centuries.
09:00 – Depart Stornoway for your Lewis and Harris adventure.
Highlights of the day tour include;
- Arnol Blackhouses (Lewis)
- Callanais Standing Stones (Lewis)
- Dun Carloway Broch (Lewis)
Approx – 13:00 – We will stop for lunch at Tarbert before heading to the more mountainous area of Harris. Here you will also be able explore Tarbert’s Harris Tweed shop.
After Lunch explore the beaches Harris has to offer including;
- Borve Beach
After a day of adventure touring Lewis and Harris we travel back to Stornoway.
Approx 17:30 arrival into Stornoway.
DAY 4: ISLE OF LEWIS TO ISLE OF SKYE (VIA FERRY)
We bid farewell to Lewis and Harris and start another adventure to the Isle of Skye. Once on the Island we explore the Northern part taking in the views of the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr. Your guide will be able to show you the best bits on Skye before you stay overnight in the town of Portree.
09:30 – Depart Stornoway and travel down to Tarbert (Harris)
Approx 11:00 – Take Ferry to Uig on Isle of Skye (ferry also has refreshments and facilities and takes approx. 1 hour 40 minutes).
You may wish to have lunch on the ferry.
Caledonian MacBrayne – 0800 066 5000
Approx 13:30 – Arrive on Isle of Skye at the town of Uig and around the northern part of the Trotternish Peninsula.
Highlights include; Kilt Rock, The Quiraing, Faerie Glen, The Old Man of Storr.
17:00 – Arrive into Portree the capital of Skye.
Overnight Portree, Skye.
Dining options available in Portree, group and at leisure.
*It is worth booking a restaurant in advance in Portree as it can be often quite busy during peak period.
DAY 5: ISLE OF SKYE TO OBAN
We depart the Isle of Skye but not without exploring a bit more before going over the bridge.
Your guide will tell you about powerful Clans as you drive around Loch Duich with views of Eileann Donan Castle and Glen Shiel. We stop at Fort William for a leisurely lunch before continuing south towards Oban – Our base for 2 nights.
09:00 – Depart Portree and travel to the south of the island.
We can stop and hear tales of a Sherpa running up one of the Cuillin Mountains, Glamaig in the 19th Century before taking the Skye Bridge over the Kyle of Lochalsh to the mainland.
11:00 – Arrive Eilean Donan Castle for view and refreshments.
Eilean Donan Castle – 01599 555202
11:30 – Continue South through Glen Shiel then Glengarry to Fort William with plenty of photo opportunities and stories on the way from your guide. We will make sure we have a stop at the Commando Memorial that commemorates the Royal Marine Commandos that trained in that area and has spectacular views of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.
13:30 – Arrive at Fort William and here you have a chance to shop and have lunch in the many pubs and cafes on offer.
15:30 – Depart Fort William and drive alongside Loch Linnhe towards Oban.
En-route we will stop for views of Castle Stalker and the Island of Lismore.
17:40 – Arrive into Oban
Overnight in Oban.
Dinner at own arrangements or group dinner. In the summer enjoy the best sunsets in Oban overlooking the Islands of Kerrera and Mull.
DAY 6: DAY TOUR OF ISLE OF MULL AND IONA
This day tour tells a story of one of Scotland’s most important religious figures – St. Columba who established a monastery on Iona in the 6th Century. We visit the Old Abbey and Nunnery and have plenty of time to tour around the Island before exploring the Isle of Mull and visiting Duart Castle the Seat of the MacLean Family.
08:30 – Depart Hotel
09:00 – Check into Ferry Terminal and take ferry from Oban to Craignure (Isle of Mull)
Ferry takes approx. 50 minutes.
Caledonian MacBrayne – 0800 066 5000
10:00 – Arrive on Mull and travel through Glen More towards Fionnphort where we get the passenger ferry to Iona.
11:30 approx – Take the ferry to Iona.
11:50 – Arrive on Iona and explore the Island and the Abbey.
Iona Abbey and Nunnery – 01681 700 512
13:30 – Group Lunch on Iona before taking the ferry back to Mull.
14:30 – Arrive back on Mull and drive East to Duart Castle.
15:30 – Visit with a guided tour of Duart Castle.Learn of this Castles turbulent past and the MacLean Family history.
Duart Castle – 01680 812 309
16:30 – Depart Duart Castle and take the ferry from Craignure back to Oban.
Ferry time approx. 17:20.
18:00 approx. Arrive back into Oban
Farewell dinner in Oban and overnight stay
DAY 7: OBAN TO GLASGOW (VIA LOCH LOMOND)
The last day of our tour takes us out of Oban and alongside Loch Awe. We stop off at Inveraray before heading to Loch Lomond where your guide will take you around the conservation village of Luss on the Bonnie Banks. We then make our final journey back to Glasgow with a small orientation Tour of the city before saying farewell.
This day tour allows you to explore all the best sights and places on the Island at a relaxing pace. Your guide and driver will recommend places for photographs and design the day around the group.
09:00 – Depart Oban and drive the short distance to Dunstaffnage Castle.
09:30 – Visit with your guide Dunstaffnage Castle – This fortress overlooking the Firth of Lorn has seen its fair share of trouble and strife. Learn about the Clans that occupied it and why it is now a ruin.
Dunstaffnage Castle – 01631 562 465
10:30 – Depart the Castle and travel further along Loch Awe
11:00 – Arrive at Inverawe Smokehouses and try some smoke salmon as well as having a look around the shop.
Inverawe Smokehouses – 03448 475 490
11:45 – Depart Inverawe and get views of Kilchurn Castle before arriving in Inveraray.
12:45 – Arrive in Inveraray for lunch – group lunch or lunch own arrangements
14:00 – Depart Inveraray and travel around Loch Fyne, over the Rest and be Thankful and continue onwards towards Loch Lomond. Stops on the way for photographs.
15:30 – Arrive Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond.
Explore this village with your guide and here you will hear the stories and legends about the Loch.
16:30 – Depart Luss and drive along the South Western shores of Loch Lomond towards Glasgow.
18:00 – Arrive Glasgow after a short tour around the City Centre with your guide pointing out landmarks.
Drop off in Glasgow.
This tour takes in a lot of scenery and sites and is ideal for guests that are wanting something a little different.
The day details in Lewis, Harris and Skye are all dependent on weather and this is where the expert guide plays a huge part in tailoring the day to the guests and the conditions.
Accommodation wise there is a good amount of choice everywhere and with a smaller group size it does make it easier to find suitable lodging.
INVERNESSBest Western River Ness – 3 star – good location
Premier Inn – 3 star – also on River Ness
Kingsmills – 4 star option with pool just a 15 minute walk to city centre
Rocpool – More boutique option
There are also many other options just outside Inverness
SKYECuillin Hills Hotel – Portree – large hotel in great location
Marmalade – newly refurbished 4 star hotel in Portree
Balmacara Hotel – Located on the mainland but easy distance to Skye