Circular Tour of Scotland and the Isles
Highlights include Loch Lomond, Inveraray, Oban, Isle of Mull, Isle of Staffa, Fingals Cave, Tobermory, Isle of Iona, Fort William, Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, Inverness, Cairngorm National Park.

Day 1: Pick up in Glasgow or Edinburgh and head by the mighty Stirling Castle and amazing Wallace Monument into the Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond, taking the west bank and stopping in the pretty village of Luss. We then take the stunning road through the hills, known as the "Rest and be Thankfull" to the handsome town of Inveraray on Loch Fyne where you can visit the amazing Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll or the old town Jail. We head north through Glen Aray and Loch Awe and arrive in the bustling sea port of Oban, gateway to the Isles, to spend the evening.

Day 2: We catch the ferry and take the 45 min journey to the Isle of Mull for 2 days on the island. There is so much to see and do on the island. You could take a trip on the tiny Mull Railway followed by a visit to Duart Castle. We could then head for a a boat trip to the amazing Isle of Staffa, to view Fingal's Cave, which is like the interior of a huge cathedral. It's then on along the dramatic small coast road and by some golden beaches to the picturesque and colourful capital, Tobermory for the evening. Perhaps enjoy a wee dram of the local malt whisky, Tobermory, which is distilled in the village.

Day 3: Leaving Tobermory, we take the winding road to the far west of the island before taking another wonderful ferry journey to the magical and peaceful Isle of Iona and spend the day wondering around this beautiful island, a place of pilgrimage for over 1500 years. Iona Abbey can be visited. This was founded by St Columba in AD563 and remained the burial place for Scottish Kings until 1057. Or take time to walk to the other side of the small island and the wonderfully named Bay at the Back of the Ocean. We take the ferry back to the Isle of Mull for the drive back to Tobermory via the white sands of Calgary Bay which has the best beach on the Island.

Day 4: We take the ferry back to Oban. We drive north along Loch Linnhe and arrive in Fort William, which is next to Ben Nevis (Britain's highest mountain) and Glen Nevis, where Braveheart was filmed. Take the stunning Glenfinnan road to see the amazing Glenfinnan monument and viaduct (which was used in the Harry Potter films).This road continues along the same route as the West Highland Railway line, arriving in the small port of Mallaig. We then take the spectacular ferry journey through the Sound of Sleat and arrive on the Isle of Skye at Armadale. We head north and see the wild mountains that dominate the island before heading to the capital of Skye, Portree and seeing the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock (a spectacular rock formation). Night in Portree. 

Day 5: More time to see the stunning Isle of Skye and it's rugged scenery. Dunvegan Castle on the north of the island is the oldest inhabited castle in Britain and well worth a visit. Perhaps a wee dram and visit to Talisker single malt whisky distillery at Carbost for a tour or head down the breath-taking road to Elgol. We would then head off the island and through the highlands before reaching Loch Ness for a chance to perhaps view it's famous monster! (Castle Urquhart is a popular viewing point). Head to the capital of the Highlands, Inverness for a tour around, with the castle having the best views of this small city before spending a night in the town.

Day 6: Leave Inverness and head west to visit Culloden Moor, Britain's last battlefield where Bonnie Prince Charlie finally lost the Jacobite cause in the battle. Nearby are the mystical Clava Cairns, which date back to 2000BC. Then travel south through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park to Dunkeld for a wander around this picturesque conservation village with a medieval cathedral and Georgian Bridge on the River Tay. Britain's tallest tree is nearby in a gorge which is delightful walk. Continuing south we could perhaps stop at Loch Leven and take the small boat journey to the island prison in the middle of the loch who's last inmate was Mary Queen of Scots. Then back to Edinburgh or wherever you are based.

On the Road to Oban
Trotternish road on Skye
Pub in Oban
Loch Ettive
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