DAY 1 - Arrive in Glasgow with overnight at Knockderry Country House
Arrive to Glasgow.
An overview of the main attractions of Glasgow. See the red sandstone Victorian buildings and some of the delightful parks. Pass Glasgow Cathedral and the River Clyde, once famous for its shipbuilding industry. Optional -visit the extensive Museum of Transport featuring many Scottish inventions. Drive to the hotel outside Glasgow.
DAY 2 - Journey to Loch Lomond & Fort William with overnight at Laurel Bank Lodge
This wide-ranging Highland and Islands tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here you'll be able to explore Scotland's ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before you, you'll be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle.
DAY 3 - Tour Glen Coe & Ben Nevis with overnight at Kinloch Lodge
This day takes you through the haunting landscape of Glen Coe (scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan), past Ben Nevis (Britain's tallest peak) and on, over the sea, to the magical Isle of Skye. It is renowned for its natural beauty and offers plenty of wildlife, history, geology, mind-blowing scenery, hillwalking and a variety of other outdoor activities. Despite its small size, the island boasts an impressive 20 Munros which make the island a favourite with hillwalkers keen to tackle the heights of its Cuillin mountain range.
DAY 4 - Visit the Isle of Skye with overnight at Kinloch Lodge
Explore the Isle of Skye. Admire Neptune's Staircase of locks on the Caledonian Canal. Follow the coast north from Arisaig to Mallaig - "The Silver Sands of Morar" - is one of the most attractive in the country and provides great views down Loch Shiel. Consider stopping at Glenfinnan Station for a coffee - this is the Hogwarts Express line of Harry Potter fame. Optional - head up to The Talisker Distillery and lunch in The Old Inn at Talisker, followed by a whisky tour.
DAY 5 - Journey to Castles, Mountains & Loch Ness with overnight at Loch Ness Lodge
Once you leave Skye the first stop is a visit to idyllic Eilean Donan Castle. You then drive past the spectacular Torridon mountains and through the stunning scenery of Glen Affric. Here you can stroll up to a beautiful waterfall, surrounded by ancient Caledonian forest. Then it's on to your hotel, near the fabled shores of Loch Ness.
DAY 6 - Visit Inverness, Cawdor Castle & Culloden with overnight at Loch Ness Lodge
This day you'll get the chance to take in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. Visit the battlefield of Culloden, the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. Visit Cawdor Castle. Shakespeare's Macbeth has ensured that the name of Cawdor Castle is almost universally known. Shakespeare tended not to let historical detail get in the way of a good story, so the fact that Cawdor Castle was built more than 300 years after Macbeth died has not stopped the two forever being tied together in popular imagination.
Return to Loch Ness and visit Urquhart castle.
DAY 7 - Visit The Cairngorms, Pitlochry & Blair Castle with overnight at Knockendarroch House hotel
Today you’ll be passing the stunning Cairngorms mountains and get to explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry. Disocver Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl and home to Europe's last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Blair Castle is nestled in the dramatic landscape of Highland Perthshire and has been home to 19 generations of Stewarts and Murrays of Atholl.
DAY 8 - Visit Stirling Castle & Edinburgh with overnight at The Howard
This morning visit Stirling Castle. One of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture, Stirling Castle commands the countryside for many miles around. It towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotland’s past including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe in the summer of 1314.
The last stop is Edinburgh city. Drive along Princes Street and through the 200-year-old Georgian New Town. See the compact medieval section where houses reach 11 stories tall. See the treasures and stately rooms in the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Visit Edinburgh Castle, which dominates the city center and contains the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone. The rest of the day is free for further sightseeing, shopping and dining.
Depart Edinburgh & Return home