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Overview
Duration: 5-Day Tour (09.00-18.30 hours) Schedule: Every Monday (04/05/20-12/10/20) The stone walls and straw roof are stained with soot from the central fire. The children are sleeping amongst the cattle and sheep. And outside the door, you see a spectacle of sharp mountains and soft white sands. This is what life was once like in the Outer Hebrides: wild, beautiful, and harmonious with the forces of nature. On this tour, you journey to the edges of Scotland to experience the epic landscapes, wonderful traditions, and ancient relics of the Isle of Lewis and Harris. You learn about the tweed weavers of Harris, you ponder over the purpose of gigantic Neolithic stone circles, and you step inside an ancient styled abode at the Arnol blackhouse. What’s more is you also experience the classic Highland landscapes of the Cairngorms and venture to a quintessential whisky distillery. Join this tour, step inside the world of clans and crofters, and experience the wild and rugged legends of the Hebrides.
Detailed Itinerary

Take in views of the softly rounded peaks of the Grampian Mountains
Look out for a beast lurking in the depths of Loch Ness
You depart the cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh, journey past the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Forth Rail Bridge, and travel into the Highlands.
Your first stop of the day is in the village of Dunkeld. You get time here to stretch your legs and admire the cathedral’s unusual mixture of architectural styles.
You then venture through the shadows of the great and gorgeous Grampian Mountains and stop for lunch at a Highland town in the Spey Valley. Perhaps it’s time for you to try haggis.
After you’ve satisfied your taste buds, you head to Loch Ness. Your driver-guide helps you attempt to catch a glimpse of Scotland’s most famous mythical monster.
Corrieshalloch Gorge is a lesser-known Scottish sight, but it’s one that you’ll love. It’s a short walk under forest canopies with a lovely view of a waterfall.
In the early evening, you arrive in the scenic fishing port of Ullapool for your overnight stay.

Travel by ferry through the Summer Isles
Explore a lighthouse and the rugged coastline of Lewis
Wake up, enjoy your breakfast, and look out over Loch Broom as it glistens under the morning sky. First on the agenda today is a ferry journey across the sea.
This two and a half-hour boat trip takes you through the Summer Isles to Stornoway, the main town of the Western Isles. But don’t spend your time snoozing and reading as you sail across the ocean; because if you look out to sea, you may spot dolphins and whales.
Once you’ve arrived on Lewis and Harris, you head to the North West coast. Your driver-guide will make the most of what weather you’ve been blessed with and take you through traditional crofting towns and seaside ports.
You spend the evening in Stornoway; a bustling port town and the home of Scotland’s most delicious black pudding.

Admire the landscapes that inspired Harris Tweed
Cast your eyes upon the slender, blonde curves of Luskentyre beach
It’s time for something a little more dramatic. It’s time to enter the region of Harris.
Harris boasts the highest mountains in the Outer Hebrides and one of the most beautiful white-sandy beaches in Britain, Luskentyre.
The area is also famous for Harris Tweed and myths that are as strange as they are poignant.
After a morning of exploring the dramatic landscapes, you stop for lunch. Depending on the weather, we may even go for a picnic on the beach – so don’t forget to pack your sunglasses.
Back onto the Isle of Lewis, you visit the Callanish Stone Circle. This prehistoric sight still mystifies archeologists today.
A little down the road, you visit the stone fort of Dun Carloway. This structure was built before 100AD and has experienced more battles than you’ve had hot dinners. It’s a wonderful location to ponder over the vast swathes of history that have come before you.
You head back to Stornoway in the late afternoon.

Step inside an ancient Scottish home at Arnol Blackhouse
Spend the evening in Inverness, the ‘Capital of the Highlands’
Today, you travel through a landscape littered with crofting villages to Arnol Blackhouse. Here, you can experience what traditional farming life was like in these remote reaches without getting your hands too dirty.
Following lunch, you head back to Stornoway where we take the ferry back to the mainland. We head straight for Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands and our final overnight stop.

Savour whisky at Royal Lochnagar distillery
Visit Scone Palace, the ancient crowning place of the Kings of Scots
This morning we leave Inverness and head for Tominoul, the highest village in the Highlands. Sitting on north side of the Cairngorm National Park, with its central square and 18th century buildings, Tomintoul is a fine example of a planned village.
Next we head into Royal Deeside, the great valley of the River Dee that runs all the way from the sweeping mountains to the Aberdeenshire coast. We pay a visit to the Royal Lochnagar Whisky Distillery, where you can witness the craftsmanship of the distillers who make one of Scotland’s finest 12 year old single malts.
Following our distillery visit it’s time to relax over a leisurely lunch in the charming village of Braemar in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. This beautiful and remote village feels like the Highlands of a bygone era. Set amongst majestic mountains, peat coloured rivers and cool dark forests, it’s easy to see why the British Royal Family have made this area their favourite summer retreat.
From here the route south passes over Scotland’s highest mountain pass, through Highland Perthshire before stopping at Scone Palace*, the home of Scotland’s legendary Coronation Stone, better known as the Stone of Destiny.
From here it’s a short journey back to Edinburgh.

Inclusions

Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach

Air conditioning as standard

The stories and services of an English-speaking driver guide

4 nights’ accommodation

Exclusions

Entry fees to visitor attractions

International airfares

Optional activities

Other meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not specified on the program

Personal equipment

Travel insurance

Gratuities

Voluntary tips for guides or drivers

Travel and medical insurance

Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

Starts
Check-in closes at 08.45 (tour departs at 09:00) - Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Finishes (approx.)
18:30
Luggage
You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
 
*The tour departing on 24th August 2020 will not visit Scone Palace. But, driver-guide will take you to another fascinating place.

Trip Highlights

Cairngorms - Lewis and Harris - Callanish standing stones - White sands of Luskentyre - Inverness - Braemar- Scone Palace*- Royal Lochnagar Whisky Distillery

Departure Period

01 Jun, 2020 to 30 Sep, 2020
AUD 1,181 P P twin share
AUD 1,364 P P single

01 Oct, 2020 to 12 Oct, 2020
AUD 1,109 P P twin share
AUD 1,290 P P single

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