Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Prices: US$ 4599
EU€ 4399
Duration: 10 days

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Itinerary Information

Highlands and Islands of Scotland 2018
Friday 4th May to Sunday 13th May 2018
6 places available
Depart Glasgow Airport
9 am

Return Glasgow Airport
1 pm

Duration: 10 days
US$ 4599
EU€ 4399
Friday 18th May to Sunday 27th May 2018
0 places available

Tour Highlights

  • Train journey from Glasgow to Arisaig on the West Highland Railway
  • The Sliver Sands of Morar
  • A boat trip to Loch Coruisk
  • A walk to the Old Man of Storr
  • Visit to the Talisker Distillery
  • Magnificent views on Skye and Raasay
  • Relaxing at Port Appin
  • A boat trip and hike on Lismore Island
  • 3 nights in Arisaig, Inverness-shire
  • 4 nights in Portree, Isle of Skye
  • 2 nights in Port Appin, Argyll

Included In Tour

  • Glasgow Airport pick up and drop- off
  • 9 nights 3-4 star accommodation (en suite)
  • All land transportation
  • All boat / ferry transportation
  • Visit to the Talisker Whisky Distillery
  • Entrance to museums
  • 9 guided walks
  • 9 breakfasts and 7 packed lunches
  • 8 evening meals
  • Evening meetings to set the scene for the next day's hiking
  • Escort of full-time guide
  • Escort of local guides

Glenfinnan Viaduct

DAY 1: MEET IN GLASGOW, TRAVEL ON THE WEST HIGHLAND RAILWAY

We will meet in Glasgow. We then travel to Glasgow Station to board the West Highland Railway for our journey through the Highlands.

Voted one of the greatest railway journeys in the world, this trip takes 4 hours and we will cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous in the Harry Potter movies. We will then arrive at Beasdale to take a short drive to our guest house.

Overnight: Beasdale, Arisaig, Invernesshire. Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner.

Morar

DAY 2: HIKE AT LOCH AN NOSTARIE AND THE SILVER SANDS AT MORAR

6 miles / 9.5 km and 740ft / 225m ascent.

Our hike at Loch an Nostarie takes in the hill above Mallaig with great views across to the Small Isles. We will hike alongside the loch on a good track and a quiet road back to Mallaig. Later we will take a second short hike at the Silver Sands on Morar, a line of magnificent sandy beaches spreading from the coastline of Arisaig to Morar.

Overnight: Beasdale, Arisaig, Invernesshire. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tourists in Boat - Scotland Highland Tour

DAY 3: WALK ON THE ISLE OF EIGG

7 miles / 11km and 800 ft / 272m ascent

We take a ferry this morning to the Eigg (Scottish Gaelic for “notched island”) on of the Small Isles in the Inner Hebrides. The island has a population of around 80 people and is 5.5 miles long and 5 miles wide. Our walk takes us from the pier to a rocky headland and sand bay where we may see seals. We can then head to the old graveyard at Kildonnan returning through woodland.

Overnight: Beasdale, Arisaig, Invernesshire. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Loch Coruisk - Sign

DAY 4: FERRY TO THE ISLE OF SKYE, WALK AT LOCH SCAVAIG AND LOCH CORUISK

3 miles / 5 km and 300ft / 90m ascent.

We take the ferry to the Isle of Skye and then travel on to the village of Elgol. The island is made up of a series of peninsulas and bays radiating out from a centre dominated by the Cuillin hills. Then it’s out on a boat to Loch Scavaig and Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillin Mountains. We will see seals and possibly dolphins. We will then make our way to our hotel in Portree on the East coast of Skye, this will be our home for the next three nights.

Overnight: Portree, Isle of Skye. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Cuillin

DAY 5: ISLE OF SKYE, TALISKER WHISKY DISTILLERY, WALK AT ORONSAY

4 miles / 6.5 km and 330ft / 100m ascent.

We begin today with a visit to the famous Talisker Whisky Distillery. We then walk to Dun Beag Broch. In the afternoon we will walk across the causeway to the Island of Oronsay. This island is uninhabited, but there are traces of ancient settlements from thousands of years ago.

Overnight: Portree, Isle of Skye. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Quiraing

DAY 6: ISLE OF SKYE, WALK TROTTERNISH AND THE OLD MAN OF STORR

4 miles / 5 km and 650ft / 200m ascent

Today we visit one of the most magnificent landscapes in Britain. The Trotternish ridge contains two famous Scottish landmarks: the Old Man of Storr (cliff pinnacles created by ancient landslides) and Quiraing. The name Quiraing comes from Old Norse ‘Kví Rand’, which means “Round Fold”. Within the fold is an elevated plateau hidden amongst the pillars, according to folklore, this was used to hide cattle from Viking raiders.

Overnight: Portree, Isle of Skye. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Trotternish

DAY 7: VISIT TO RAASAY

6 miles / 9.5km and 655ft / 200m ascent

We take the ferry out to Raasay (means “Isle of the Roe Deer”). Wonderful walks with fine views back to Skye and the Cuillin mountains and the Totternish coastline.

Overnight: Portree, Isle of Skye. Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Loch Linnhe

DAY 8: TRAVEL TO PORT APPIN

1.5 miles / 2.5 km and 245ft / 75m ascent

We take a spectacular drive through the Highlands to arrive at a lovely hotel in a beautiful location on the shores of Loch Linnhe. We can stroll to the village this afternoon. This will be a nice easy, relaxed day.

Overnight: Port Appin, Argyll. Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.

Ferry - Scotland

DAY 9: FERRY TO THE ISLE OF LISMORE

9.5 miles / 15 km and 960ft / 295m ascent

We will walk down to the pier at Port Appin and take the ferry out to the Island of Lismore in Loch Linnhe. Our walk today is the longest one of the tour at 9.5 miles. From the ferry at Port Ramsay we will walk to 13th century ruins of Castle Coeffin, and the iron age broch (stone tower) at Tirefour Castle. We will stop for refreshments halfway with a visit to the Heritage Centre.

Overnight: Port Appin, Argyll. Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner.

DAY 10: RETURN TO GLASGOW AIRPORT

Meals Included: Breakfast.

Note: The above scheduled itinerary is subject to change for varying reasons. Any changes made by Joyce’s Ireland and / or the tour leaders will be in the interest and safety of all participants.

Note also: Many clients come on a Joyce’s Ireland tour who wish to do very little hiking. Every day there are alternative options such as sight-seeing, relaxing, reading, painting, listening to Scottish traditional music, and generally just soaking up the Scottish atmosphere. You can opt out of the hiking on any day! All our accommodations are based in scenic locations, so you are very welcome to just remain “home” for the day.

Scotland Highland Tour

Scotland Highlands Tour – West Highland Railway – Glenfinnan Viaduct – Beasdale – Loch an Nostarie – Mallaig – Silver Sands at Morar – Isle of Eigg – Isle of Skye – Talisker Whisky Distillery – Old Man of Storr – Quiraing – Raasay – Loch Linnhe and Port Appin – Island of Lismore in Loch Linnhe