BEYOND EDINBURGH TOURS
THE GRAND CIRCULAR TOUR OF SCOTLAND
AVAILABLE OVER 3, 4 OR 5 DAYS
The Road to the Isles runs from Fort William to Mallaig, through some of the most amazing scenery on the west coast of Scotland. The journey north takes us through some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery and past some of the sights of Scotland’s history. From Mallaig we take the ferry to Skye and the fishing village of Portree.
WHAT WE’LL DO…
This private guided multi-day tour of Scotland is a great way to see many of the famous sights, monuments, landscapes and attractions of Scotland over 4 or 5 days.
Departing Edinburgh we head west via South Queensferry and The Forth Bridges, driving past Linlithgow Palace and the Kelpies to Stirling Castle,. We see the victorian Wallace monument overlooking the Carse of Stirling. We travel to Loch Lomond, stopping in the conversation village of Luss before driving over the ‘rest and be thankful’ to visit Inveraray Castle. We then drive north towards stunning Glencoe and Ranch Moor.
We visit the site of the Massacre of Glencoe and learn about one of the worst betrayals in the Highlands. From here we drive north to Fort William and the foot of Ben Nevis, the Uk’s tallest mountain. Optionally, you then board the Jacobite steam train, made famous by Harry Potter. The vintage train traverses the ‘road to the Isles’ and takes in famous sights including Glenfinnan Viaduct and Glenfinnan Monument and rugged scenery on the journey north to the small fishing port of Maillaig.
From Mallaig we take the ferry over the stunning Sound of Sleat to the Isle of Skye. Touring through Skye we pass the Cullin mountains and stop to take in the views of this rugged landscape. We will also have the chance to see the Old Man of Storr and the Kilt Rock. For whisky connoisseurs we will visit Talisker distillery on the Island for a tour and a wee dram before heading to the town of Portree for the evening.
As we drive South from Portree we cross back to the mainland on the Skye Bridge before visit the imposing and much-photographed Eilean Donan castle, standing on a headland at the meeting point of three lochs. We then drive into the Highlands of Scotland and through some impressive scenery to Loch Ness at The Great Glen. Keep your eyes peeled for The Loch Ness Monster as we drive along the shore road. Optionally, take a cruise on Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle and explore this medieval ruin with fantastic views over the loch.
From Loch Ness we travel east through Inverness to Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle on British soil and the end of the Jacobite cause in 1746. We explore the fantastic visitor centre and then explore the battle site. We will then briefly stop at Clava Cairns, a prehistoric burial site from the Bronze Age before venturing to the Cairngorm National Park.
From the Cairngorm national park we venture South through the central highlands to Royal Glamis Castle for the tour. We then venture to the Royal Burgh and Palace of Falkland before crossing the new Forth road bridge and travel back to Edinburgh, taking in a few of the city’s sights as we return to your accommodation.
Along the route there are a range of hotels ranging in style and rating, from three star lodges to 5 star castles and resorts. We can pair hotels to your wishes and budget.
Of course everything is possible so if you want to see something specific, stay in a hotel of your choosing or anything else please let us know.