Your magical tour to the gems of the Scottish Highlands begins in Edinburgh as we weave our way northwards and then towards Scotland’s dramatic west coast. See some of the most stunning lochs and glens and Scotland’s highest mountain as we venture up to Inverness.
We leave Edinburgh and head north, past the stunning Linlithgow Palace before stopping at the fabulous Kelpies. The Kelpies stand at a height of 30 metres and are the largest statues of horses anywhere in the world. Discover the legend of these mystic creatures believed to inhabit the Scottish Lochs, and the mythology passed down by our ancient ancestors.
Passing by the incredible Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument, we tell the tale of Scotland’s two greatest heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Your expert guide then takes you to Doune Castle. This stunning medieval castle has been the backdrop for some of the greatest Scottish films and series, from Monty Python and the Holy Grail through to the fictional Castle Leoch in Outlander and Winterfell from Game of Thrones.
We take our stop for breakfast at Kilmahog, a traditional Scottish Woollen Mill. As the mountains appear through the morning mists, come up close to our wonderful Highland Cows (April to October) or browse some beautiful Scottish themed collections. Maybe try some of our national dish Haggis, grab a coffee and prepare to head off into the foothills of the magical Highlands.
Heading into the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, we make a short stop at Loch Lubnaig, a beautiful freshwater loch whose name in our native Gaelic means ‘Crooked’. A beautiful sight, surrounded by forests and the mountains of the Highlands.
The Falls of Dochart
Your adventure now takes you into the lands of the Highland Clans and the Icelandic Vikings, whose marks are still visible on the landscape today. Travel to the beautiful village of Killin and the magical Falls of Dochart, set amongst ancient ruins. A truly unforgettable sight.
Traditional Scottish Farm
Through lochs and glens and past magical waterfalls, you journey into the Scottish Farmlands. Stop and see some more of our world famous Highland Cows up close, in one of the best spots we know!
You notice the road now heading up higher as we begin to climb into the mountains. At the top, we make a stop which will take your breath away, as we look back over the stunning Loch Tulla and back down to see just how far we have come. Take a photograph here which you will treasure for a lifetime.
Venture over the road to Skyfall through the wilderness of Rannoch Moor. Marvel at one of the most desolate places on earth and make a stop to visit the beautiful wild deer of the moors whom our guides know how to find. If you are very lucky, they come up and let you feed them! A magical and unforgettable experience!
Glencoe & the Three Sisters
Just past Rannoch Moor, you will discover one of the most breath-taking sights of a lifetime, the beautiful Valley of Glencoe. The most iconic image of Scotland is yours to admire and a moment to treasure.
The Glenfinnan Viaduct
Towering over Loch Shiel, the incredible Glenfinnan Viaduct is one of the most dramatic sights in Scotland. Admire the world famous Harry Potter Bridge and the place where the Bonnie Prince Charlie began the final Jacobite rebellion.
The second city of the Highlands, Fort William is our lunch stop. Guarding the west coast, the old fort is still visible, the last in a chain of three forts which held the Great Glen. Take some time to explore the town and the old fort and enjoy some traditional Scottish food.
Rested and recharged, your journey takes you into Glen Nevis and up towards the UK’s Highest Mountain, Ben Nevis. Marvel at the snow-capped peak from the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge. A beautiful moment on our magical trip.
Nestled on the shores of the shimmering Loch Ness, Fort Augustus is a beautiful little town with so much to offer. Take a picture at the famous Loch Ness sign, explore the village or take a Loch Ness boat tour and go hunting for the legendary Loch Ness Monster.
Journey beside Loch Ness to the beautiful ruins of Urquhart Castle, Scotland’s third most visited tourist attraction. Marvel again at the wonders of the mystical shimmering loch and hear the story of this awe inspiring ruin.
Your incredible and unforgettable first day ends in the Capital of the Highlands, where you can unwind, explore and enjoy this vibrant city of history and culture. You will see Inverness Castle over the River Ness, and walk the famous Church Street where ancient history fuses with the modern boutiques, bars and restaurants of this stunning bite-sized city of wonder.
Relaxed and refreshed, you now journey to the incredible crown-jewel of the Highlands, the magical Isle of Skye, known as “The Misty Isle”. Passing over the Skye Bridge, enter a magical place of passionate legends, breath-taking views and fabulous fairy tales.
Passing through the western Highlands and through the Black Isle, we come to the Isle of Skye and the beautiful Sligachan Bridge. Stop for a photograph on the ancient stone bridge, whose mysteries are said to hold the key to eternal beauty.
A beautiful fishing village which is the capital of Skye, full of beautiful colourful buildings and some of the most stunning cuisine in the Highlands. Have some lunch by the bay and enjoy this wonderful, picturesque village.
The Old Man of Storr
The unmissable stop on this magical journey to the Isle of Skye. Inspired by an ancient love story, this impressive eminence in the Trotternish Peninsula is a moment to treasure. Gaze out over towering basalt rocks and the green hills of one of Scotland’s most famous and beautiful rock formations.
Named after the folds of the traditional Highland Kilt, this stunning rock formation overlooks the Mealt Falls, an incredible 50-metre waterfall which flows majestically down the cliffs into the sea.
No adventure to the Misty Isle is complete without a visit to the Quiraing. A stunning mountain pass and one of the greatest geological formations on earth. An awe-inspiring landscape of towering cliffs and plummeting valleys which will make you fall in love.
The Fairy Glen
You will be amazed at the ‘other worldly feel’ of the Fairy Glen, a magical place and home to ‘The Wee People’ said to inhabit this mystical isle. See the stone spirals and leave a coin for the fairies for good luck, gaze into the Fairy Pools and marvel at ‘Castle Ewan’ the towering rock which was the home of the mythical creatures.
Eilean Donan Castle
The unforgettable sight of Eilean Donan is the stunning castle. Built on an island at the meeting of three lochs, Eilean Donan towers over the landscape as the iconic image of the Highlands. It is one of the best preserved Scottish Castles and an incredible place which defended Scotland for centuries against the Vikings.
The stunning Glen Shiel landscape is yours to admire, running from the Five Sisters of Kintail to The Saddle, often called “The best mountain of the region.” Admire the wild landscape where Rob Roy fought in the cause of the Jacobites, and stare up at The Peak of the Spaniards where Spanish fought their desperate battle in 1719.
Passing back into the Highlands and through the Great Glen, see again the majesty of Loch Ness as we head back along past Urquhart Castle towards the beautiful city. Once again, you can relax and enjoy your evening in this historic and vibrant city. The perfect end to a magical day!
The final day of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure takes you now towards the east in a full day tour, as we venture through Jacobite Country, seeing some of the greatest sights in Scotland. Heading back towards Edinburgh, you will visit the most beautiful towns and cities of our country on an unforgettable finale to your Highland tour.
No visit to ‘Jacobite Country’ is complete without a visit to Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie fought the last great battle in Britain. Tour the interactive visitor centre, walk in the footsteps of the Jacobites, and perhaps lay a flower on the clan cairns in honour of the brave Highlanders.
The Clava Cairns
You now set off towards the incredible ancient ruins and standing stones of the Clava Cairns. Walk amongst stunning Bronze Age monuments which tell of a mystical and ancient past. A stop you will truly love!
The Dalwhinnie Whisky Distillery, situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park is the highest distillery in the UK. Sample an incredible single-malt and take home a bottle of Scotland’s most famous export!
Stop for some lunch in the wonderful traditional pubs and cafes of this Victorian town which takes you into a distant past. Try the world famous Whisky Ice Cream from Scotland’s most famous ice cream shop, or take a walk to the Pitlochry Dam and the impressive Salmon Steps.
A magical wooded landscape, linked to the legend of the Irish bard and warrior Ossian. Step into Ossian’s Hall, a beautiful stone structure in the woods and venture out to marvel at the incredible Black Linn Falls, one of the most impressive waterfalls of the Highlands.
Taking you where no other Highland and Skye tour goes to, we journey to the unforgettable seaside town of St Andrews. See the majestic Cathedral, the medieval ruins, the oldest University in Scotland and the wonderful, white sandy beaches of this beautiful and memorable place.
The Forth Bridges
Through the ‘Kingdom of Fife’ your journey takes you over the River Forth via the Forth Bridges. A beautiful sight and home to the world’s oldest metal bridge, which has become a symbol for Scotland, where the old meets the new in seamless harmony.
Our experienced and passionate Nessiehunters guides will always go above and beyond your expectations to make this an experience you will treasure forever.
Wherever possible, our guides will make extra stops and take you to some of the true hidden gems of the Highlands & Islands which other tour operators don’t know about.
The Highlands and our customers are our passion, and if your guide can do more to make your adventure with us extra special, they always will!