This 3-day Highland Fling Tour takes you to Scottish Highlands. Get to know the wonderful scenery of the Scottish Highlands, discover the beautiful landscape and it’s rich history.
- Bannockburn battlesite and Stirling Castle
- Doune Castle
- Jacobite Steam Train and Glenfinnan Viaduct
- Isle of Skye
- Eilean Donan Castle
- Loch Ness
- Culloden Battlefield
- Queens View
- Cairngorm National Park
- Hermitage woodland walk or Dunkeld Cathedral
- Forth Bridges
Day 1: Edinburgh to Fort William via Stirling
08:30 – Depart Edinburgh and leave west of the City towards Stirling.
09:40 – Arrive at Bannockburn Battlefield and explore the field and monument. Learn about the real William Wallace and Robert the Bruce who fought for Scotland’s freedom in the Wars of Independence.
10:20 – Depart Bannockburn with views of Stirling Castle ahead.
10:40 – Arrive Stirling Castle stop for your visit. Highlights within the Castle include the Great Hall, Royal Palace, Stirling Heads and much more.
12:00 – Depart Stirling Castle and towards the Highlands.
12:30 – Arrive at Doune Castle, made famous for its part in Outlander the TV series and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Stop for photographs and/or a short visit.
13:20 – Stop in Callander for lunch
Callander is a lovely village in the Highlands and has a great choice of cafes and pubs for lunch.
14:30 – Continue on our tour and drive further into the Highlands. We go close by Rob Roy MacGregors grave and you will hear tales of this famous character in Scottish History and of course his story has been made into a film starring Liam Neeson.
16:00 – Arrive in Glencoe and Rannoch Moor area. Stop for photographs as well and hear stories about what the Glencoe Masscre in1692. Explore the eco-friendly Glencoe Visitor Centre before travelling on to Fort William.
18:00 approx – Arrive Fort William for an overnight stay.
Fort William has good accommodation options for all budgets. Book in advance.
Day 2: Fort William to Inverness (via Isle of Skye)
09:50 – Check into Fort William Train Station and take the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig going over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Cameras ready as you go across this 21 arch viaduct famously used in the Harry Potter movies.
Train departs at 10:15 and arrives into Mallaig at 12:25.
12:30 – Lunch in Mallaig before taking the ferry over to Skye
13:30 – Ferry crossing to Skye
14:10 – Arrive at Armadale, Skye and explore the southern part of the Island before going back to mainland over the bridge.
16:00 – Stop at Eilean Donan Castle for view point and photographs – View point is at Dornie which has a coffee shop and facilities.
16:30 – Continue through Glen Shiel and Glen Moriston and on a good weather day fantastic views of the Five Sisters of Kintail.
17:30 – Arrive in Loch Ness area and tour up the west side of the Loch stopping for views on the way to Inverness.
Approx 18:30 – Arrive into Inverness
Overnight Inverness. Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands has a wide range of accommodation to choose from.
Day 3: Inverness to Edinburgh
09:00 – Depart for Culloden Moor.
09:30 – Arrive Culloden Moor for a walk around the Battlefield. Culloden is where the last battle fought on British soil took place in 1746. It was a battle that changed the course of history.
10:30 – Depart Culloden Moor and travel south into the Cairngorm National Park. Look out for Highland cattle, deer and other wildlife in this spectacular scenery. Lunch in Aviemore.
13:20 – Depart Aviemore and travel south into Perthshire’s rolling hillsides.
14:40 – Arrive at Queens View for a great view point. The Queen’s View is named after Robert the Bruces wife Isabella but many think it was named after Queen Victoria who also visited here in the 19th Century. Depart Queens View and travel to the picturesque town of Pitlochry.
15:30 – Arrive Pitlochry for a chance to explore on your own the many shops and cafes that line the Main street.
16:20 – Depart Pitlochry and travel south stopping at the Hermitage Woodland Walk (alternative if weather bad – Dunkeld). This lovely walk will take you between some of the tallest trees in Scotland, many of which were brought over from North America.
17:30 – Depart Hermitage and travel south back to Edinburgh/Glasgow.
This itinerary is suited to those who have a reasonable ability to walk. There is much to see and do on this 3-day Highland Fling tour. Add an extra day to incorporate more of Skye and having an overnight on the Island.
This trip is best April – September, due to daylight hours and the running of the Jacobite Steam Train.
Start/finish this 3-day Highland Fling Tour from either Edinburgh or Glasgow.