SCOTLAND HIGHLANDS AND ISLE OF SKYE
Separating from the island countries with its unique culture, Scotland also stands out with its nature and the warmth of its people. Our tour starts in Edinburgh, the capital, continues with walks in the virgin nature of Northern Scotland, Ben Nevis summit climbing, trips on the edge of Loch Ness Lake, whiskey tastings and breathtaking views of Isle of Skye. We promise a week to take place in the memories.
45 minutes drive, 30 km. 5 hours easy city walk.
After meeting at Edinburgh Airport, we start our city tour. Famous for its executions, Hay Market, the George Heriot School that inspired Harry Potter, Royal Street, Gladstone's Land Merchant House, the famous Deacon Brodies Bar, Midlothian Heart Mosaic, St. Giles Cathedral, Holyrood Palace, Queen Mary's Bath, Arthur's Seat Park and much more will be waiting for us during our tour. After the tour, free time for dinner at our hotel.
Stirling, Conic Hill, Fort William
After breakfast in the early morning, we move to Stirling, our first stop. Stirling, also known as the “Gate to Highlands,” has also been the capital of Scotland for a while. Another important point is that it was the place where William Wallace defeated the British in the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. The Wallace Monument, built in 1869, is worth seeing. Then we move to Balmaha to start the Conic Hill hike with a view of the Scottish Highlands and Loch Lomond Lake and islands with a height of 361 meters. After a total of 3 hours of walking, we return to our starting point and move to Fort William. Fort William, known as the "Outdoor Capital of Britain", is home to especially Ben Nevis hikers. As we are one of them, we settle in our hotel and rest for a hard walk tomorrow.
4 hours drive, 250 km. 3 hours walking, 8 km. 360 mt. ascent, 320 mt. descent.
Ben Nevis Hike
9 hours of hard hike, 17 km. 1.352 mt. ascent, 1.352 mt. descent.
After having breakfast early in the morning, we begin our Ben Nevis hike, which is the highest point in Britain with 1,345 meters. Our walk, which starts in Glen Nevis Visitor Center, continues along the Nevis River and continues with the first steep ascent. We pass some small streams and reach the Red Burn Plateau. Here we arrive at Loch Meall an t-Suidhe Lake. Then we continue to the North slope and we head towards the South ascent. Here, the path that runs straight for a while rests us and then we go back to the ascent again. After crossing the Five Fingers Valley, we get closer to the summit and the path gets easier. Finally, after crossing Gardyloo Valley, we reach to the summit. The view of all the Scottish Highlands and lakes from the highest peak of Britain fascinates you. After taking a break for a while, we go back down the same road. Then we move on to our hotel and rest and free time for dinner.
Glenfinnan, Isle of Skye
4,5 hours drive, 200 km. 2 hours easy hike.
After breakfast, we leave our hotel and head out to Isle of Skye. The first thing we will see on the road is the interesting Glenfinnan Viaduct that got extremely popular thanks to the Harry Potter movie. After waiting for the train to pass and taking some photos, we arrive to the monument that is the point where Prince Charles Edward Stuard left the country and boarded the ship that went to France as a result of the unsuccessful uprising. After a break here, we pass by ferry from Mallaig to Armadale and arrive in Isle of Skye. Then we go to the Talisker Workshop in Carbost, we taste whiskey here and visit Talisker Beach. After a short walk to Fairy Waterfall Pools on the road to Portree where we will be staying, we settle in our hotel and have free time for dinner.
Isle of Skye
3 hours drive, 160 km. 5 hours easy hike, 11 km.
After breakfast, we first start walking to The Storr rock. It is famous for its rocky dramatic views of 719 meters high. After a 5-kilometer hike we move to Quiraing in the north of the island. We have a little walk in this landslide geography that hosts one of the most beautiful views of Isle of Skye. After enjoying the walk and the scenery, we move to the Neist Lighthouse, which is located in the westernmost part of the island. At this point where you can watch the most beautiful sunset of the island according to the weather, after a small walk of 2 kilometers, we take pictures and go on the way back.
Loch Ness, Edinburgh
6 hours drive, 450 km.
After breakfast, we leave our hotel and cross over the fishing towns Broadford and Kyleakin to Loch Ness Lake. After a long break by the lake and lunch, our journey to Edinburgh begins. Free time in the evening after arriving in the city and settling in our hotel.
45 minutes drive, 30 km.
Departure after breakfast in the morning and transfer to the airport.
16:00 Edinburgh Airport
08:00 Edinburgh Airport
6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfast, 1 dinner, all specified tours, transfers between all destinations, activities, museum entrances
Edinburgh: Apex Waterloo Place or similar
Fort William: Highland Getaway or similar
Portree: The Skye Inn or similar