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Best of the Scottish Highlands - 5 Day Tour from Edinburgh

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    01 Apr - 29 Oct: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

  • Duration

    5 Days / 4 Nights

  • Start time

    9am (Check-in closes at 08:45)

  • Meeting Point

    Make your way to Edinburgh Bus Station, Gate J and Gate K, inside Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.

    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

  • Ending Point

    The tour ends at Edinburgh Bus Station Drop Off, George St / St. Andrews Square area, (Within 5 mins of Edinburgh Bus Station), Edinburgh

Key Highlights

  • Visit Cairngorm National Park, Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe,Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and more
  • Choose between B&B guest house or hotel accommodation
  • Award winning service and tour provider
  • Travel in a luxury, top of the range, 16 seater Mercedes minibus
  • See the best of the Scottish highlands in this 5 day tour from Edinburgh


Discover Scotland at its breathtaking best in this five day tour. Marvel at the dramatic mountain scenery of Assynt and admire the remote white sandy beaches of the Northern Highlands. Walk through the ancient pine forests of the Cairngorm National Park and soak in the romantic beauty of the Isle of Skye.

Visit the lochs, castles and admire the natural scenic attractions of Scotland in this tour.

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Day 1:

You will be picked up at 09:00am and taken to the tour destinations in an air conditioned Mercedes minibus.

Proceed to the north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming highland village of Dunkeld on the banks of the River Tay. From here, head into the Cairngorm National Park. Stop here for a walk in the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus estate.

Enjoy lunch along the beautiful shores of Loch Insh and then take a short forest walk to see the ruins of Loch an Eilein castle.

Admire the panoramic views of Loch Ness as you travel down to the banks of the famous loch and the village of Dores. Stop here for some "Nessie" spotting.

Spend the night in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness in bed and breakfast accommodation. You will stay in a superior guest house with private facilities or 3/4 star hotel.

Day 2:
Visit the far northwest highlands and appreciate the grandeur, expanse and wildness of the mountains of Assynt. Admire the awe-inspiring view of the River Droma as it plunges 60metres down into the Corrieshalloch Gorge. Continue to the fishing village of Ullapool.

Stop for lunch at Loch Glencoul. Here, you can take a boat trip to see Eas a' Chual Aluinn, the highest waterfall in Britain.

Visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle and take in the amazing views of some of Europe's oldest landscapes.

Spend the night in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness in bed and breakfast accommodation. You will stay in a superior guest house with private facilities or 3/4 star hotel.

Day 3:
Leave Inverness and head west past the mountains of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and along the picturesque coastline of Loch Torridon.

Stop for lunch in the tranquil setting of Applecross for lunch before taking one of the highest roads in Scotland, Bealach nam Bo (meaning the Cattle Pass). Admire the jaw-dropping views, hairpin bends and precipitous cliffs.

In the afternoon, stop in tropical Plockton and then proceed to Loch Carron. You have some time to admire the natural scenic surroundings and enjoy the sheltered serenity.

Day 4:
Explore Skye at leisure. You can travel north to the stunning Quiraing Mountain Pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery. You can also see the Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below.

After lunch, you can travel to Neist Point and take a walk to the lighthouse that is the furthest point west on Skye. Alternatively, visit Dunvegan Castle, the ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod. You can also visit Talisker Distillery, or the famous Cuillin Hills.

Day 5:
Proceed south from Skye and stop at the famous stronghold Eilean Donan Castle. Set at the head of 3 lochs, the purpose of the castle was to provide protection against Viking raiders. The castle was used in the film Highlander.

Continue east through the rugged mountains of Kintail and admire the splendour of the Five Sisters.

Drive down through Glen Garry past Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, then onto Fort William for lunch.

In the afternoon, explore the spectacular Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692, before stopping in Killin for refreshments beside the Falls of Dochart.

At the end of the tour, return to Edinburgh at 7:30pm approx. The drop off point is Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh.


  • Breakfast
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • All bridge crossings
  • Discount card for money off restaurants, attractions and shopping
  • Transportation by top-of the range, 16-seat Mercedes minibus with air ventilation


  • Lunch, dinner and refreshments
  • Entrances to all visitor attractions

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

Discount rate applies to children aged 5-15yrs, based on 2 children sharing a room with parents in a twin room.

Rooms are available on Single or Twin Sharing basis for 1 or 2 people. Bookings for 2 people (or multiples of 2) will be allocated double/twin rooms. Should you have 1, 3 or 5 people in your party you will also be allocated a single room in addition to a double/ twin room. Should you wish for a different room combination please call us for help with the booking.

Travel light: You are only allowed to carry 20 kgs of luggage on this tour. A carry on bag plus a small bag is preferable as advised by the local authorities.

Additional info

As much time as possible is spent off the coach. Please bring suitable footwear and clothing.The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.Please provide a number where you can be contacted in Edinburgh when booking.

Customer Reviews

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    Best vacation of my life!

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    The Highlight of our Holiday

    Absolutley beautiful, Eddie was an excellant guide, B & B's were top class, we love scotland and want to move here to live.The smaller group and bus was excellant, able to go...

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