, along the side of Loch Arkaig in a 4x4 vehicle where your guide will tell you about local points of interest. The area is steeped in history, with connections to the Clan Cameron, Bonnie Prince Charlie & The Commandos.
If you want to gain a closer look at the wildlife, we can also arrange a camera stalking tour where you will be taken up the hill in an Argo, then walk the ridges until some deer, are spotted. The professional stalker will take you in closer (which usually requires crawling and/or sliding) so you can get the perfect photograph without the deer ever knowing you were there.
Explore the Isle of Skye and the very scenic road to the Isles through Maillaig. 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.
Head up to The Talisker Distillery and lunch in The Old Inn at Talisker
(lunch payable direct), followed by a private whisky tour and tasting.
The only distillery on the Isle of Skye, it is set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins. This alluring, sweet, full-bodied single malt is so easy to enjoy, and like Skye itself, so hard to leave.
Back to the mainland via the new bridge at the Kyle of Lochalsh and follow the north shore of Loch Alsh before crossing the arm of Loch Long and following the shore of Loch Duich. On the shore of Loch Long you find the tiny settlement of Dornie with, nearby, Eilean Donan Castle: one of Scotland's three most photographed castles (with Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle). Return to Inverlochy for the night.
The day will be an hour to drive to Mallaig, a 30 minute ferry ride out to Skye and then just under 3 hours back to Inverlochy. This does not include stops.
Overnight Inverlochy Castle
Day 7 – Islay
Today you will be transferred from Fort William to Oban.
Flights from Oban to Islay Airport (own arrangements).
Private transfer from Islay Airport to The Harbour Inn.
A stay with at The Harbour Inn. The Harbour Inn and Restaurant is situated in the heart of the charming village of Bowmore within the legendary Bowmore Estate on the beautiful Hebridean Island of Islay. Recently refurbished, this old whitewashed inn by the harbour has been brought up to date with seven stylish bedrooms and a conservatory with views across Loch Indaal towards Jura.
Overnight at The Harbour Inn
Day 8 and 9 – Islay & Distilleries
This morning you will be met in the lobby of your hotel by your driver guide, who will be with you for the duration of the Islay part of your trip.
With 2 days to explore, there are only few options for sightseeing and your guide will share some of their favourite places with you. These can include empty beaches, whitewashed villages, ancient sites, the Kildalton Cross, medieval strongholds, fresh seafood, local wildlife and traditional cultures.
With only around 3000 people and 8 world class distilleries, the chances of finding a ‘wee dram’ on Islay are pretty good. The distillery and whisky experiences will give you an insight into Islay’s most famous export.
One of our favourites - Laphroaig Distillery. Laphroaig Distillery is beautifully situated in the south of Islay and is one of the three "Kildalton Distilleries". The Gaelic name means "the beautiful hollow by the broad bay". Laphroaig is considered one of the most strongly flavored of all scotch whiskies, and is generally aged to 10 years. The 18 year old variety is also very popular as well as the Quarter Cask (matured in small casks often used in the 19th century). Laphroaig Distillery was established in 1815, by Alex and Donald Johnston. The 'Johnston' brothers were actually McCabes, of the Clan Donald, who changed their names following the failed Jacobite uprising, and settled on the Isle of Islay.
Overnight at The Harbour Inn
Day 10 – Glasgow
Private transfer from the cottage to Islay Airport. Flight to Glasgow (own arrangements). Flights home from Glasgow Airport (Own arrangements).