Highland Explorer: Skye & Far North 2021/2022

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5 Days / 4 Nights (B 'n B or hotel)
Availability : March - October
Start: Edinburgh, Scotland
End: Edinburgh, Scotland

Highland Explorer: Skye & Far North: 2 nts Ullapool, 2 nts Portree

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book. 

Mountains, valleys, forests: we love all the wild places.

And there’s nothing we love more than sharing this passion with our passengers.

So on this trip we get you out exploring Scotland’s great wilderness. From the wind swept light house on the edge of Skye to the untouched beaches of the Northern Highlands.

But not everything on this trip is wild.

Because in the evenings we make sure you rest easy in Scotland’s calm and cosy little villages.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS / MAX 16 GUESTS

Tour Details
Places you explore

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.

Skye – The beauty of this island has inspired movie makers, poets and travellers from all round the world.

Pick Up Location & TIme

Edinburgh  (Google Map)
Check-in closes at 8:45am (tour departs at 9:00am) – Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

Drop off Location & Time

Edinburgh
7:00pm

Price Includes

  • 4 night Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation or hotel accommodation
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • Daily full Scottish breakfasts
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

Meals

  • 4 breakfast
  • 0 lunches
  • 0 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Entry fees to visitor attraction
  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Explore in 16 seat mini-coaches, always taking the scenic route, you have great views through large windows, and you’re free to sample the local tipple without worrying about driving. Our driver-guides are world famous for their knowledge, facts, quirky stories, history, and fairy-tales. They truly take you beyond the guidebooks and into your adventure. You make your trip your own. We provide the timetable; and you can choose where you want to eat and which attractions you pay to see. So, if you want to skip a castle and read your book by a mountain view, you can.

Itinerary

Day 1Edinburgh - Ullapool

You head north over the Firth of Forth to the charming highland village of Dunkeld.

From here, you head into the Cairngorms National Park and the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus estate.

If time allows, you’ll take a short forest walk after lunch where you’ll explore the ruins of Loch an Eilein castle.

You enjoy panoramic views of Loch Ness as you travel down to the banks of the famous loch, and the village of Dores where you can do some “Nessie” spotting!

Then it’s onto the shores of Loch Broom where you spend two nights at Ullapool.

Day 2Ullapool

Today, you explore the far northwest Highlands and the mountains of Assynt. This area is famous as being the first crofting area to be bought by the local crofters, the Assynt Crofters’ Trust.

You’re immersed in the history of the area and visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, once the stronghold of the MacLeods of Assynt.

The day is full of amazing views of some of Europe’s oldest landscapes, the stunning white sand beach at Achmelvich Bay, and the traditional fishing village of Lochinver.

You spend the night in the picturesque fishing village of Ullapool. (B)

Day 3Ullapool - Portree

You head south to take in the drama of the River Droma’s 60m plunge into the Corrieshalloch Gorge.

From here, you travel past the mountains of the Beinn Eighe nature reserve and along the picturesque coastline of Loch Torridon.

After your lunch stop in Applecross, you take one of the highest and most exhilarating roads in Scotland, Bealach na Ba.

In the afternoon, you stop in “tropical” Plockton, where you can see palm trees growing alongside Loch Carron and take time to enjoy its sheltered serenity. Then it’s over the sea to Skye and the delightful harbour town of Portree. (B)

Day 4Portree

Today is a flexible day on Skye; and your driver-guide ensures you take a unique route that suits the weather, the local events, and your group’s interests.

You can travel north to the Trotternish Ridge and beyond. Here you find the geological wonders like Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. Or your guide may take you back in time and teach you about the legends and clan culture surrounding the 13th-century home of the Clan MacLeod, Dunvegan Castle.

You return to Portree in the evening. (B)

Day 5Portree - Edinburgh

Travel south from Skye and visit the famous stronghold, Eilean Donan Castle.

Continuing east through the rugged mountains of Kintail, you drive down through Glen Garry past Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and onto Fort William for lunch.

In the afternoon, you explore spectacular Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692.

You then start your journey towards Edinburgh. (B)

Dates and Prices - Authentic Bed 'n Breakfast accommodation
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2021: May 1 to September 30 – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday $1120 $1270
2021: October 2 to October 30 – Tuesday, Saturday $990 $1140
2022: April 2 to May 31 – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday $1120 $1270
2022: June 2 to September 29 – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday $1140 $1290
2022: October 1 to October 29 – Tuesday, Saturday $1120 $1270
Dates and Prices - Hotel accommodation
Departure Date Double/Twin (pp) Single Rate
2022: April 2 to May 31  – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday $1320 $1690
2022: June 2 to September 29 – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday $1340 $1700
2022: October 1 to October 29 – Tuesday, Saturday $1320 $1690

All guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on twin/ double occupancy.
Rates are in $ CAD.

 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca  to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline.

 

Notes
Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

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.

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