Tour of East Lothian
Highlights include Loch Lomond National Park, Glen Coe, Ben Nevis, Isle of Skye, Isle of Harris, Isle of Lewis, Loch Ness, Inverness, Cairngorm National Park.

Day 1: Pick up at Edinburgh or Glasgow. Head north by the mighty Stirling Castle and amazing Wallace Monument and into the Loch Lomond and Trossach's National Park to Crainlarich. We continue north into the West Highlands through the desolate Rannoch Moor and by Glen Etive to admire the simply stunning Glencoe. Continuing north over Loch Linnhe at Ballachulish we arrive at Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis (Britain's highest mountain), which is a good place to stop for the night and has a variety of different accommodation to choose from. A slight detour up Glen Nevis to see the settings for Mel Gibson's Braveheart which was filmed in the area (as well as Liam Neeson's "Rob Roy"). Inverlochy Castle is interesting ruin to explore in the area.

Day 2: 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. Perhaps have a wee dram at Talisker Whisky Distillery. Travel north and see the wild mountains that dominate the island before heading to the colourful capital of Skye, Portree and seeing the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock (a spectacular rock formation). Night in Portree.

Day 3: Depending on ferry times we head to Uig in the the north of Skye to catch the Calmac ferry to the Isle of Harris. This journey takes 1 hr, 40mins and is a highlight of the journey itself. Arriving in Tarbert, Harris is a place of dramatic contrast where a moonscape of mountains give way to some of the finest beaches in Europe. Visit the magnificent 16th century church of St.Clemant’s at Rodel or take in the delightful atmosphere of the picturesque fishing village of Tarbert. Time to explore the beaches of Harris before heading to the bustling capital of the islands, Stornaway on the Isle of Lewis, for the night. Wander around the harbour to watch the fishing boats unload and seals steal some fish! A

Day 4: Now on the Isle of Lewis we head to the most North Westerly tip of Europe and visit the dramatic 140 year old light house at the Butt of Lewis. Perhaps visit some of the famous Harris Tweed weavers to purchase original garments. Lewis is also home to some great historical monuments, among them the 2000 year-old Carloway Broch and the spectacular 4000 year-old Neolithic Standing Stones at Callanish, a worthy rival to Stonehenge. We can also visit the blackhouse village of Gearrannan, an evocative port of call for anyone trying to understand a way of life once very common on Lewis. This is a unique place in a beautiful environment. Back for the night in Stornaway.

Day 5: We take the ferry back to the Isle of Skye and take the Skye Bridge back to the mainland. We soon at Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most picturesque castles in Scotland. We travel through the amazing Kintail and Glen Moriston 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 of 1746. 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.

 
 Gearrannan village, Isle of Lewis
Butt of Lewis lighthouse
The town of Portree on Skye
Coral Beach on Skye
The Kings House Hotel
Clannish standing stones
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