Journey deep into the Heart of Scotland on this perfectly-paced 7 night tour. Arrive in Edinburgh, and spend two nights in Scotland’s bustling and historic capital. Next, strike north for two nights in Inverness – the capital of Scotland’s Magnificent Highlands – located just north of Loch Ness. From Inverness, you’ll head south along the banks of Loch Ness for a two-night stay in scenic and mountainous Fort William. Spend your last night in Stirling.
• Edinburgh Castle
• Cairngorms National Park
• Holyrood Palace
• Blair Castle
• Ben Nevis
• Wallace Monument
• Steall Waterfall
Day 1. Edinburgh
Arrival at Edinburgh Airport. Take the time to stroll into the Royal Mile, the main thoroughfare of Edinburgh’s Old Town, famous for its historical sites and buildings, as well as an impressive array of shops, eateries and pubs. Visit Edinburgh Castle, which has defined the city’s skyline for 800 years. Take some time to visit the Museum of Scotland to discover the story of the country and its people! Overnight in Edinburgh area.
Day 2. Edinburgh
Today, visit the Royal Botanic Garden – one of the finest botanic gardens in the world. Just a mile from the city centre, the garden extends over 70 beautifully landscaped acres, and contains world-famous glasshouses. It commands fantastic views of the capital’s skyline, featuring Edinburgh Castle. In the afternoon you can visit Holyrood Palace, the Royal residence in Scotland, or enjoy the Camera Obscura Museum or the stunning Royal Yacht Britannia. Overnight in Edinburgh area.
Day 3. Inverness
A trip to the capital of Scotland’s famous Highlands! Stop at Scone Palace, where Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Charles II were crowned king. Continue to one of the glories of wild Scotland – Rothiemurchus in the Cairngorms National Park. Rothiemurchus, one of the largest wild forests in Britain, is home to a wealth of plants and animals and has a 50km network of carefully maintained paths through beautiful forest, around stunning lochs and to the foot of vast mountains. Overnight in Inverness/Aviemore area.
Day 4. Inverness
Your journey continues with a visit to the site of the Battle of Culloden, where the Jacobite rising came to an end in 1746. The visitors’ centre examines the background to the conflict. If you want to stay in the local area you can visit Black Isle peninsula. If you’re a whiskey enthusiast, spend a day exploring the Speyside, Scotland’s biggest whisky producing area. Overnight in Inverness/Aviemore area.
Day 5. Fort William
Visit the famous Loch Ness! Don’t miss Urquhart Castle, for a taste of the Highlands at their most dramatic. Another interesting place to stop is Fort Augustus, which takes its name from the fort built in this location, after the defeat of the 1715 Jacobite uprising. In the afternoon visit Glenfinnan and its famous viaduct. This small, beautiful village has sat comfortably among the hills of Glen Finnan for centuries. Overnight in Fort William area.
Day 6. Fort William
Today take a trip in the Nevis Range Mountain gondola. The only one of its kind in the UK, the gondola transports visitors up 650m to the top of Aonach Mor. The journey takes around 15 minutes, giving ample opportunity to capture the stunning scenery of the surrounding lochs and glens. You can also visit Steall Waterfall in the dramatic Nevis gorge. With a drop of 120m, it takes its name from the Gaelic An Steall Bán, which means the White Spout. Overnight in Fort William area.
Day 7. Stirling
Take the road to Stirling and on your way, stop at Glencoe – Scotland’s most famous and scenic Highland glen! Continue through Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, which became Scotland’s first National Park in 2002. In the afternoon, discover beautiful Stirling Castle and the monument dedicated to the famous William Wallace, on whose life the film Braveheart is based. Overnight in Stirling/Loch Lomond area.
Day 8. Edinburgh
Return to Edinburgh Airport 2 hours prior to your flight’s scheduled departure. This will allow ample time to check in for your flight home. Edinburgh is a small airport, but offers a surprisingly large array of shops and restaurants. If you have some time on your hands after check-in and security, you won’t be bored!