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SCOTLAND

Edinburgh, the Highlands and the Isle of Skye

DATES:
14 - 21 Sep, 2024

LENGTH:
8 days, 7 nights 

Trip Overview:

 

Immerse yourself in the history, culture and stunning scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Wander through medieval alleyways and admire ancient castles. Explore the mystical landscapes of Scotland's most famous island, whilst learning a word or two in Gaelic. Along the way, search for mythical beasts, discover some famous film locations and try your hand at the Great Highlands Bagpipes.

Highlights:

  • Explore the mystical landscapes of the Isle of Skye

  • Search for beasts in the Loch Ness

  • Hike up the Storr to the sound of bagpipes

  • Immerse in Highland culture by learning Gaelic

  • Try your hand at playing the Great Highland Bagpipes

  • Spot some iconic movie locations

Edinburgh City

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Welcome

Welcome to Scotland's capital city. With its medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town you'll be bowled over by its charm. Once you've checked in, you can explore as you please. We'll meet for a welcome drink at our hotel and then head to dinner.


- Overnight in Edinburgh: Wilde Apart-hotels

DAY 2: Edinburgh Old Town

Today we'll start with a walking tour through Edinburgh's historic streets. We'll wander along the Royal Mile, marvel at Edinburgh Castle, and explore hidden "closes." Before lunch, we'll set off to the Highlands, explore a cute Victorian town and then wrap up the day on the shores of Loch Ness.

- Overnight in Fort Augustus: Loch Ness Guesthouse

DAY 3: Loch Ness

Start the day with a scenic boat trip on Loch Ness, exploring its mysterious waters. On the way to the Isle of Skye we'll stop at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, steeped in history and picturesque views. By the end of the afternoon we'll have made it to Portree, the colourful and cute capital of Skye. With its charming harbour and stunning backdrops its hard not to fall in love with it!


- Overnight in Skye: Airbnb

DAY 4: Old Man of Storr

Today is all about exploring the rugged natural beauty of Skye. We'll begin with a hike to the Old Man of Storr, soaking in breathtaking views. If you make it to the top you'll be treated to a couple of bagpipes tunes! Next up is a visit to the ruins of an ancient castle for a glimpse into Skye's history. End the day exploring the Skye's enchanting landscape evoking tales of giants and fairies. For the evening you can grab dinner at your leisure in Portree.

 

- Overnight in Skye: Airbnb

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DAY 5: The Fairy Pools
 

Our day will start with a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Fairy Pools. After yesterday's hike your legs might need some cold water therapy! We'll enjoy a hearty local lunch at a nearby café, offering stunning views of the Cuillin Hills. For the rest of the afternoon we'll soak in the picturesque landscape of Skye at Sligachan Bridge and back in Portree. 

- Overnight in Skye: Airbnb

DAY 6: Glencoe & Hagrid's Hut
 

This morning we say goodbye to Skye and drive to Fort William, where we'll lunch beside the historic ruins of Inverlochy Castle and take in the views of the UK's highest mountain. After checking in to our 19th Century Highland Lodge, there'll be a short trip to the Clachaig Gully in Glencoe, where the famous set of Hagrid's hut from Harry Potter was located. Whether you're a Harry Potter fan or not, Glencoe's views will take your breath away.

- Overnight in Glencoe: Ballachulish Hotel

DAY 7: Hogwarts Express
 

Today we begin at the Glenfinnan Viaduct, capturing the iconic view of the Jacobite Steam Train. We'll then spend the afternoon exploring Glencoe, immersing ourselves in its dramatic scenery. You might even recognise some of the scenes from James Bond's Skyfall. For those brave enough, we'll take another icy dip in Loch Leven. For our final dinner together we'll enjoy a hearty highland meal. If you haven't tried haggis at this point, here's your chance!

- Overnight in Glencoe: Ballachulish Hotel

DAY 8: Back to Edinburgh 

This morning we bid farewell to the Highlands and make the three hour trip back to Edinburgh. As we wind our way down South we'll make a few stop-offs to enjoy the scenery and pick up lunch. Back in Edinburgh, our transport will drop you back at your respective accommodations.


- Departure flight or overnights!

Something to note

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary; however, the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Before you go ahead and book, scroll down and have a read of the additional info.

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Important information!

Pricing

The total price of this trip is will be shared on a video call. 

This listed price is per person, based on double occupancy. If you're happy to share a room, you'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender. If you're travelling with a friend, please let us know and we'll match you up.

If you would rather a private room, this is available for an additional cost of USD $1100 (on top of the trip price). When you pay your deposit, please let us know of your choice.

In order to reserve your spot on the trip, we first request a brief 10 minute video call. If the trip is right for you, you'll then be invited to pay your deposit of USD $175. This deposit is fully refundable for 7 days after payment. The remaining balance of the trip will be due by midnight on Friday 28th June.

What's included?

  • Accommodation throughout the trip (7 nights).

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners.

  • One alcoholic (or non-alcoholic) drink for the welcome dinner & final dinner.

  • All experiences as described in the itinerary.

  • Transportation throughout the trip.

  • Dedicated guide & hosts (Ross & Sophie). 

What's not included?

  • Transportation and flights to/from Scotland.

  • Pre/post trip accommodation.

  • Travel insurance (highly recommended).

  • Additional meals and drinks outside of itinerary.

  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable).

  • Customary gratuities for Guides & Drivers.

  • Airport transfer to/from Edinburgh City Centre to Edinburgh International Airport (EDI)

Activity Level

 

We’ll be spending a lot of time outside and on out feet. In some cases, this will involve dirt and/or cobblestone paths. The most physical day will be Day 4 when we do the Old Man of Storr hike, so you should feel comfortable walking for at least 3 hours uphill and 1 hour downhill. 

 

Arrival & Departure Flights

 

When booking your international flights, the best option is Edinburgh International Airport (aka Edinburgh Turnhouse Airport), with airport code EDIIf you're flying into other airports, please let us know and we'll be happy to suggest travel options to Edinburgh.

Ready for an adventure?

The total price of this trip is USD $3,350.

To ensure the best experience for all our guests, before you pay your deposit:

  1. We request a brief, friendly 15-minute video call with each guest.

  2. This allows us to understand guest preferences and ensure the trip aligns perfectly with everyone's expectations.

  3. Our aim is to create a super unique trip, and this personalised touch ensures that we're able to do this.

One last thing! We want to say how grateful we are that you're considering this trip. We (Travis & Ross) started building this travel company back in 2018 and its been a serious adventure.

If you have any questions, please drop us an email here, otherwise what you waiting for?! Book that trip!

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