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Northern Scotland Tour

Stirling – Easter Ross – norhtern Highlands – Ullapool – Isle of Skye – Oban – Edinburgh

16 days – EUR 1,716.00 pp in dbl-room*

A rare tour that boldly goes beyond Loch Ness to the windswept moorlands of northern Scotland. After passing through Stirling, known as the Gate to the Highlands, this tour heads straight for the rugged, unspoiled wilderness of Scotland's far north, returning to Edinburgh along the picturesque west coast.


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Day 1 to 3: Stirling

Rental car pick-up
Company: AVIS United Kingdom
Vehicle: Ford Focus 1,6 or similar (CDMR)
Rate: Standard Cover
Location: Edinburgh, Airport

From Edinburgh to Perthshire63 km | 46 minutes

Attractions:

  • Culross: Historic town on the northern bank of the Forth

Accommodation:
A farmhouse near Stirling2 Nights | bed & breakfast

The 300-year-old farmhouse is situated in a large garden lined with beech hedges set against the rolling hills of Gargunrock. The sounds of bagpipes call guests to dinner, which is served in the conservatory overlooking the walled garden and Stirling Castle. The amiable hosts Colin and Fiona are always happy to have dinner guests. Colin, a tour guide, can provide plenty of tips for day excursions.

Attractions:

  • Stirling: Haunted town in the shadow of the castle

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Day 3 to 5: Easter Ross

From Perthshire to Bayfield283 km | 4 hours

Attractions:

  • Glenturret: Whisky distillery with a legendary pet cat
  • Loch Tay: Prehistoric pile dwellings on a beautiful freshwater lake
  • Fife: Picturesque castles in graceful landscape
  • Perth: Former Capital of Scotland
  • Scone Palace: Magnificent palace with a large middle tower
  • A loop trail through East Lomond: From a historic village to a scenic, windswept summit
  • Blair Atholl Whisky Distillery: Distillery and national historic landmark
  • Pitlochry: Nice town in Scotland's geographical center
  • Blair Castle: A whisky education at the seat of the Duke of Atholl
  • Cairngorms National Park: Lakes and marshes and heather in Britain's largest natural park
  • Strathspey Railway: Whisky tasting on the heritage railway
  • Urquhart Castle: Castle ruins overlooking Loch Ness
  • Loch Ness: Scotland's most mysterious lake
  • Beauly Priory: Mystical ruins on the River Beauly

Accommodation:
A Highland B&B2 Nights | bed & breakfast

The B&B is surrounded by sheep meadows and barley fields that are needed for brewing malt whiskey. Three bedrooms are on the first floor. The lounge is large and sunny and is available to guests. Christine, the hostess, is a musician and has created the large gardens. Her husband, Stuart, restores antique furniture in the old carriage house next door. His attention to detail is palpable throughout the house.

Attractions:

  • Cawdor Castle: Where King Macbeth committed murder
  • Easter Ross: Green hills, mild climate

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Day 5 to 7: Sutherland

From Bayfield to Durness145 km | 2 hours 30 minutes

Attractions:

  • Big Burn Walk: A hike to the waterfall
  • Dallas Dhu Destillery: Whisky museum in an old distillery

Accommodation:
A B&B in Durness2 Nights | bed & breakfast

Completed in 2010, the family-run inn sits on a farm near Durness with uninhibited views of the cliffs of Cape Wrath. Each of the modern rooms was individually decorated. Hiking paths lead straight from the property over hill and dale to the coast. The best thing about the B&B, however, is the sincere Scottish hospitality of its hosts, who strive to ensure that every guest's stay in pleasant from start to finish. A restaurant is a few minutes' walk away.

Attractions:

  • Sutherland: Pristine beaches and cliffs on the “Cape of Wrath”
  • Balnakeil: Village known for its artisans and its spooky cemetery

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Day 7 to 9: Ullapool

From Durness to Ullapool111 km | 2 hours

An accommodation on Braes Hill2 Nights | bed & breakfast

The inn stands on Braes Hill about a mile from the centre of Ullapool. The elevated position affords a tremendous view of the surrounding landscape. The bright, cheerful bedrooms each have their own views extending to Loch Broom and its mountain backdrop. The location is ideal for exploring Wester Ross, one of the last wilderness areas still existing in Europe, whether on foot, by bicycle or in a boot. Marked hiking paths, good restaurants and a heated swimming pool are all available in the vicinity.

Attractions:

  • Ullapool: picturesque fishing village in a wild setting
  • Ullapool: picturesque fishing village in a wild setting
  • Corrieshalloch Gorge: A waterfall and bridge in a spectacular gorge

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Day 9 to 11: Isle of Skye

From Ullapool to Portree263 km | 4 hours 30 minutes

Attractions:

  • Wester Ross
  • Wester Ross: Highlands at the end of the world

Accommodation:
A Victorian inn2 Nights | bed & breakfast

The stone house near Portree has been owned by the Macdonald family ever since it was built over 200 years ago for the chamberlain of one of their ancestors. The residence has been carefully maintained and restored by the proud owners to preserve its Victorian charm. The property with 10 en-suite bedrooms is set in 20 acres of woodland. The rooms are elegantly furnished and decorated with antiques.

Attractions:

  • Isle of Skye: Caves, glens and waterfalls
  • Isle of Skye: Caves, glens and waterfalls
  • Cuillin Hills: An alpinist's paradise

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Day 11 to 14: Argyll

From Portree to Oban228 km | 4 hours

Attractions:

  • Fort William: Whiskey distilleries and adventure tourism
  • Great Glen Fault: Ruins and monasteries on deep lakes
  • Ben Nevis: Panoramic view from the highest mountain on the British Isles

Accommodation:
A designer B&B overlooking Loch Linnhe3 Nights | bed & breakfast

The designer guest house located between Appin and Oban on the west coast affords unparalleled views of Loch Linnhe. The eight, individually decorated rooms have jacuzzi baths, underfloor heating and large panoramic-view windows. The day starts out with a healthy, hearty breakfast: smoked fish or sweet pancakes provide a delicious alternative to the usual ham and eggs fare. Excursions can be arranged to the islands of Iona and Staffa, once a source of inspiration for the German composer Felix Mendelssohn.
For dinner the hosts recommend the Eriska Hotel which also features a golf course and a spa. Reservations need to be made at the time of booking.  Read more→

The host Sean O'Byrne is world champion in traditional longbowarchery. Anyone who wants to try this historic discipline of the ScottishHighlands can book a lesson through Umfulana (35, – GBP per person – advancebooking required).

Attractions:

  • Argyll: Remote peninsula in western Scotland
  • Argyll: Remote peninsula in western Scotland
  • Castle Stalker: Somberly defiant island castle
  • Oban: Base for the Western Highlands
  • Boat trip to the islands: Abandoned monasteries and castle ruins
  • Loch Awe: Ruins and monasteries on the fairy tale lake

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Day 14 to 16: Edinburgh

From Oban to Edinburgh200 km | 3 hours 30 minutes

Attractions:

  • Ben Lawers: Rare plants on the highest mountain in southern Scotland

Rental car drop-off
Location: Edinburgh, Downtown

Accommodation:
A Georgian mansion2 Nights | bed & breakfast

The accommodation is located in New Town, a section of central Edinburgh built in the early 1800s for the citygrowing upper class and famous for its stately neo-classical architecture. The elegant residence is a listed historical building that has been owned from the start by the Macpherson family, whose portraits line the walls. The host, Mrs. Macpherson, has written several cook books, so guests can look forward to an excellent breakfast. The spacious rooms are furnished with antiques from the family collection and have en-suite bathrooms.

Attractions:

  • Edinburgh: Scotland's proud capital in the shadow of the fortress
  • Edinburgh: Scotland's proud capital in the shadow of the fortress
  • Edinburgh Castle: A castle built over an extinct volcano
  • Royal Mile of Edinburgh: Heart of the Old Town between High Street and Castlehill

Vehicle

Company: AVIS United Kingdom
Type: Ford Focus 1.6 or similar.
5 doors, AC/CD

Services


The cost is per person based on two people sharing a double room and includes accommodation and meals per itinerary.

USD 1,919.00*
(EUR 1,716.00)*




You can start this tour on any date.
Best Travel Time:
May–Oct.

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» the names, addresses and telephone numbers of each accommodation
» Your vouchers
» detailed directions to each accommodation

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