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5 Day Far North Highlands and Skye Discovery Tour

Enjoy some of Scotland’s most stunning mountains, forests and valleys on this captivating 5 day tour.

On this trip, you’ll also be exploring Scotland’s great wildernesses, and travel from the most westerly point of Skye to the natural beaches of the Northern Highlands.

And after a busy day taking in all the sights, you’ll spend a restful night’s sleep in some of Scotland’s peaceful and charming villages.

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Tour Highlights

  • Cairngorms National Park - Gaze in awe at Scotland’s most beautifully rounded peaks.
  • Loch Ness - This loch holds more fresh water than all of the lakes in England and Wales combined.
  • Ullapool and Assynt - Explore outstanding natural scenery and breathtaking views in these beautiful locations.
  • Applecross & Torridon - Looking for some serenity? This peaceful spot offers unblemished landscapes in their most natural state.
  • Eilean Donan Castle - Located on its own little island, this famous castle is sure to be a favourite.
  • Glencoe - Famous for an ancient massacre, this beautiful spot offers intriguing tales and mystical views.
  • Five Sisters of Kintail - Gaze in awe at the powerful peaks and rising ridges of this impressive mountain chain.
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Dunkeld, Cairngorms National Park, Eilein Castle, Dores and Ullapool

Day 2

Ardvreck Castle, Achmelvich Bay, Lochinvar and Ullapool

Day 3

Corrieshalloch Gorge, Applecross, Plockton and Portree

Day 4

Isle of Skye

Day 5

Eilean, Donan Castle, Kintail, Fort William and Glencoe

Day 1

Setting off northwards and over the Forth Road Bridge to your first destination, the lovely village of Dunkeld. Here you’ll see independent shops, the beautiful River Tay and it even has its own cathedral.

Leaving Dunkeld, you’ll journey into the Cairngorms National Park, a stunning location and twice the size of the Lake District.

You’ll stop for some refreshments and then take a short forest walk to the ruins of the 13th century Loch an Eilein castle.

You’ll take in the glorious landscapes as you travel down the banks of Loch Ness to the village of Dores where you’ll be able to try hunting for the Loch Ness Monster!

Your final destination of the day is the fishing town of Ullapool, where you’ll be spending the next two nights in comfortable accommodation.

Day 2

After a restful night and breakfast, you’ll travel to the ancient ruins of Ardvreck Castle, set on land that juts out into Loch Assynt. The castle was once a traditional seat of the MacLeods of Assynt.

Become immersed in the history of the area, whilst also enjoying the fabulous views of the white sandy beach at Achmelvich Bay, and discover the traditional fishing village of Lochinvar.

You’ll travel back to your accommodation in the village Ullapool for the second night.

Day 3

This morning, you’ll set off south and view the River Droma’s 60m plunge into the Corrieshalloch Gorge.

Continuing on, you past by Beinn Eighe nature reserve and via the stunning coastline of Loch Torridon before arriving in Applecross for lunchtime.

After refreshments, you’ll journey along the Bealach na Ba road, twisting and turning through the breath-taking scenery.

Your afternoon destination is Plockton, set within the sheltered bay of Loch Carron. Enjoy the beauty of the area before crossing the sea to the Isle of Skye arriving in the charming harbour town of Portree.

Day 4

On day four of your tour, you’ll get to experience some of Skye’s most famous wonders.

Dependent upon the weather and what best suits the touring party will decide your destinations for the day. There’ll be plenty of photo opportunities and a chance to get off the beaten track.

You may which to head north to the famous Quiraing, before admiring the waterfall at Kilt Rock and stopping for a photo or two at the Old Man of Storr.

Alternatively, you can travel west and discover the history of Clan MacLeod at Dunvegan Castle. Taking this option lets you walk out to Neist Point lighthouse on the westerly tip of Skye.

Day 5

Heading south from Skye, you’ll stop at the famous 13th century Eilean Donan Castle. This fully restored castle is set within the most stunning scenery and would be a perfect place to take some photographs.

Continue your journey by travelling through the craggy mountains of Kintail, through Glen Garry and past Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

You’ll stop in Fort William for your lunch before taking the tour to the wonderful valley of Glencoe.

Finally, you’ll embark on your return journey back to the vibrant city of Edinburgh.

Important information

Departs 09.00am – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Returns 19.00pm approx.

  • Discounts for Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old)
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person

Tour inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an experienced driver-guide


What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.

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Why stop there?

The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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