Highlands and Islands of Scotland

12 Days |  Glasgow - Inverness - Isle of Skye - Iona
April 20 - May 3 , 2022

On this program we explore some of the vastly different landscapes of Scotlnd. The Highlands with mountains, ancient castles, and Lochs tucked into valleys is the traditional home of  the "Gaels." The Western Isles are mostly unspoilt with waterfalls, sandy beaches, and small seaside villages.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Glasgow and transfer to Inverness

Arrive in Glasgow and transfer to Inverness area. Dinner and overnight in Speyside.

Day 2: ​Culloden and Cawdor

Visit Culloden this morning, site of one of the costliest and most tragic battles in Scottish history. Not far away is Cawdor Castle, whose original foundation dates back to the twelfth century and is linked to Macbeth. You will visit and tour the castle and take time to stroll in the lovely gardens. Return to Speyside, the most important region in Scotland for whisky, with a higher number of distilleries than any other region. You will visit one of them this afternoon; a tour of the distillery will be followed by a tasting, an appropriate aperitif before dinner back at the hotel.

Day 3: ​Scottish Roots

Your first visit will be to the Scottish Kiltmaker Visitors' Centre, to see how this traditional costume is made and worn. We can also arrange a visit to the Highland Archive Centre for those who are looking for their Scottish roots. Alternatively, you may like to visit the Black Isle, a peninsula just north of Inverness, with beautiful landscapes mostly undiscovered by tourists. Two fascinating museums here are Groam House, a centre of Pictish and Celtic art, and Hugh Miller's Cottage, dedicated to a seventeenth-century polymath, known particularly as a stonemason, geologist and author. Later, drive north-westwards to Ullapool to take the evening ferry to Stornaway. Overnight Stornaway.

Day 4: ​​Harris and Lewis

Today we tour Harris and Lewis Islands. Technically one landmass but split into two islands, Lewis and Harris lie at the top of the Outer Hebrides off Scotland’s west coast. Each island offers a different landscape – from beaches with white sands and clear turquoise waters on Lewis to high mountains with deeply indented sea lochs on Harris. Overnight Stornaway.

Day 5: ​Skye

Take the ferry to Skye. Scenic drive to the hotel; Dinner and overnight.

Day 6: ​Skye

Skye Island tour, including Dunvegan Castle, Clan Donald Centre and Portree.

Day 7: ​Skye to Mull

Ferry to the mainland. To Fort William then Oban. Dinner and overnight Oban.  

Day 8: ​Mull

Your tour of the south and east of the island includes mighty Castles, lonely rocky bays and the charming town of Tobermory. 

Day 9: ​Iona

Across the north and west sides of the islands to Fionnphort. Cross to Iona, one of the earliest Christian sites in Scotland, where St Columba and his followers established their community on a tiny island off Mull. Visit the Abbey and enjoy a hike around the island led by your guide. Later, return to Oban for the night.

Day 10: ​Oban to Loch Lomond

Via  Glencoe OR Stirling Castle to Edinburgh