Cost: £675pp based on two sharing a room for 4 days / 3 nights, subject to availability at the inn. Includes accommodation and breakfast, all ferries but excludes meals (other than breakfast) and drinks. Discounts are available for groups of 3 or more.
Single supplement: £750 for the whole packag for the 3 nights / 4 days.
Depart Edinburgh 9am. Taking a scenic route up into the Highlands, stopping at Dunkeld to see the cathedral and this attractive town, before travelling over the Drumochter pass on the edge of the Cairngorm National Park, before heading west for a stop at Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness. We’ll reach our base at Glenelg after travelling through Glen Shiel with its steep sided mountains and a visit to Eilean Donan castle, used as a setting on films and many a calendar.
Take up evening accommodation at the Glenelg Inn. The inn has been especially selected for its wonderful location, close to the waters of the sea loch and for its pub ambience full of history and character.
The order of outings over the next two days will be determined by the weather but will include the following:
DAY 2 South Skye
Take the ferry over the sea to Skye.
Taking the lesser travelled road to Elgol, seeing the spectacular Cuillin peak of Blaven with its sheer towers and buttresses. Option of boat trip to Loch Coruisk at the road end; or a walk along a hill track to a pass with a view of the Cuillin Hills. Grading: Easy. Distance: 4kms. Height: 160m.
Travel down the ‘garden’ peninsula of Armadale to the Clan Donald centre to tour the museum for an understanding of the one-time greatness of the Lord of the Isles in Scottish history. Alternative to visiting the museum is a walk through the attractive woodlands of the castle grounds.
Returning up the Sleat peninsula, we’ll pass over the hills to its northern shorelines with fine views of the Cuillin Hills. Walk to Dun Sciath Castle.
Return to Glenelg to the same accommodation. Visit the impressively preserved Glenelg brochs.
DAY 3 North Skye
Take the Skye ferry.
Travel to Sligachan for great photo opportunities of the Cuillin Hills. Going over to Skye’s west coast, we’ll reach the most westerly part at Neist Point for an exhilerating walk (Distance: 3kms; Height 150m Grade: Medium with a steep section up a long flight of steps)
Choice of cafe lunch or walk to Coral beaches for a picnic.
Travel onto Trotternish, the northernmost of Skye’s peninsulas and spectacular with its rugged hills and cliffs, and walk to the Old Man of Storr to see dramatic, sheer landscapes. Grading: Moderate to difficult on steep hill paths. Distance 4.5kms. Height: 290m Grade: Medium difficulty.
Portree for a coffee or saunter above the harbour for some lovely photo opportunities.
Travelling south via Sligachan and over the Skye bridge, pass Eilean Donan and back to Glenelg
We’ll take the scenic hill route through Glen Garry and on to Fort William
Walk up Glen Nevis for a picnic lunch to see a spectacular gorge and waterfalls. Grading: Moderate but the path is rough over wet slabs in parts with big drops. Distance: 3.5kms. Height: 220m
Southwards on to Glen Coe where we’ll have a short walk in the woods. Stops for photo opportunities of the craggy peaks.
Tour ends with a drive down the entire length of Loch Lomond for late afternoon/evening drop-offs in Glasgow and Edinburgh.