The Highlands, Isle of Skye & Edinburgh

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  • A relaxed drive and hike tour exploring Skye, the Highlands, Perthshire and Edinburgh
  • Walk the Storr and Quiraing on Skye's Trotternish Ridge
  • Visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle on the west coast - a must-see!
  • Stop en route for a distillery tour or try Perthshire's charming bakeries
  • Overnight in Scotland's beautiful capital city, complete with castle of course!
Discover the best of the romantic Highlands, the mystical Isle of Skye and majesty of Edinburgh on this walking and discovery self-drive tour of Scotland. Deep brooding lochs, jagged peaks, imposing castles and freshly-caught seafood are just a few of the delights you can look forward to. Arriving in Glasgow, then head north through Glencoe and on to photogenic Eilean Donan Castle. Stay in delightful loch-side locations; Dornie and Portree. Cross to the Isle of Skye; a walker’s paradise with colourful harbour-side villages. Catch the ferry back to the mainland and follow the iconic Road to the Isles to Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis. You have a wonderful choice of walks to enjoy on this comprehensive drive-hike adventure.

What To Expect

Great walking, castles, lochs, whisky, Edinburgh and so much more. This is the trip for you if you want to discover the best of Scotland and enjoy some fabulous walking on the way.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Drive & Hike | Enjoy the best of a large region by car and on foot. Day hikes in the best places. Itinerary usually inn to inn, with mapping provided. No bag transfer. Car hire offered as an option or included.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Wine, Whiskey & More...
  • Wildlife
  • Coastal & Island

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Activity Level & Terrain

This route is graded easy to moderate. Daily walks are between 3 and 7 hours and you have a choice of easier and harder walks on most days so you can do as much or as little as you please. Most of the walks follow good footpaths or tracks but occasionally the paths in more remote areas can be very boggy and indistinct. You should have sturdy waterproof footwear. Please note that the optional walk between the Storr and Portree on day 5 should not be attempted in bad weather.

Navigation

We supply detailed route notes, maps and a comprehensive information pack so you should have no problem following the walking routes although you should be happy reading maps and using a compass.

Accommodations

This tour includes 8 nights in family run B&B’s, guesthouses and small hotels of 3 or 4 standard. We hand pick each one of our hotels so that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is available to solo walkers. Single rooms are available, subject to availability and a supplement applies.

Meals 

Breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively you can pick up a picnic from a local shop. Dinner is available at your accommodation or nearby pubs and restaurants.

Included
  • 8 Nights in B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • Ferry from Armadale to Mallaig (1 car and passengers per booking)
  • Information pack and route notes with maps (including a road map)
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel to Glasgow / from Edinburgh
  • Car hire (if you require car hire let us know and we can arrange it for you)
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Car hire (if you require car hire let us know and we can arrange it for you)

When To Go

Please note that Skye is exceptionally popular throughout the Summer months. As a result it may be necessary to book upgraded accommodations and/or taxi transfers to accommodate your dates.  Your specialist will inform you of this prior to confirming your booking and advise of any supplement payable.

This trip is best enjoyed between early April and the end of October. You can start on any day of the week. Both the Isle of Skye and Edinburgh are very popular, especially during the summer months (notably during the Edinburgh Tattoo and Fringe Festival), so it is best to book as far in advance as possible.

Time of Year

Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better and the midges have not yet appeared. Although having walked in the summer we believe any time between March and October offers a wonderful experience.

Getting to the Start

Edinburgh, Glasgow and Glasgow Prestwick are the most convenient airports and are served by airlines from throughout Europe.

 

General Information

The distances and ascent/ descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Equipment

You will need a car for this trip and we would be happy to book a rental car for you if you require this. Otherwise, you can of course bring your own vehicle if travelling within the UK/Europe!

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance to cover you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Edinburgh or Glasgow Day 2 Travel to Dornie 2.5 miles / 4 km Day 3 Falls of Glomach Walk 11 miles / 17.5 km Day 4 Optional Walks in the Heart of Skye Day 5 Trotternish and the Quiraing Day 6 The Road to the Isles 7 miles / 11 km Day 7 Glen Nevis (or Ben Nevis) Day 8 Edinburgh Day 9 Departure

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