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5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh

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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 5 days (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5256ULTIM5
Experience the natural beauty of Scotland on a 5-day small-group tour through the Lowlands, Northern Highlands, West Coast and the magical Isle of Skye. Focusing on the breathtaking Scottish countryside, your route explores an amazingly diverse range of landscapes, combining lesser-known peaks and glens with the classic sights of Loch Ness, Ben Nevis and more!


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Step back in time on a history tour
Your 5-Day Best of Scotland Experience will depart from Edinburgh and head off through the lowland countryside to reach the remote Scottish Highlands. There will be time for monster-spotting at Loch Ness before ending your first day in a choice of selected B&B or hotel accommodation.

En route to the Isle of Skye, you will visit the stunning Glen Affric (often described as Scotland's most beautiful glen) and pass the rugged, bare peaks of the Torridon Mountains. At Skye itself, you'll have the opportunity to explore the island's beautiful beaches and jagged coastlines, framed by the dark and brooding Cuillin Mountains.

Learn about Scotland's enticing history and culture as you travel south down the West Coast, passing iconic Scottish sights such as Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. Before returning to Edinburgh, there is a final stop at Kilmartin Glen, famed for its rich historical legacy that is charted by more than 350 ancient monuments around the site.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Departure Time:
5 days (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:30pm

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Hotel Accommodation

5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh, including hotel accommodation for four nights

USD $857.80
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B&B Accommodation

5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh, including B&B accommodation for four nights

USD $701.84
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5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh

5-Day Ultimate Scottish Experience

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
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Day 1 - Highlands to Loch Ness
Head north from Edinburgh through the lowland countryside of Fife and Perthshire. Take a woodland walk around the quaint village of Dunkeld, and see its cathedral where Jacobite battles raged in bygone times. Travel into the heart of the Highlands and explore Loch Ness, where you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Nessie (the fabled Loch Ness monster). Weather permitting, you may be able to take a cruise on Loch Ness before returning to your choice of B&B or hotel accommodation.

Day 2 - Mountains, Castles and the Magical Isle of Skye (B)
Explore the stunning scenery of Glen Affric, renowned for its beautiful blend of forests, lochs and rugged hills. Stroll over to one of the many shimmering waterfalls, surrounded by the ancient Caledonian forest. Your tour will continue past the Torridon Mountains, and if time/weather permits, you may have a chance to visit the romantic Eilean Donan Castle.

Day 3 - A Day to explore the Isle of Skye
Spend your third day at leisure amid the awe-inspiring scenery of the Isle of Skye. Lose yourself exploring its tiny villages, or relax on the white sand beaches shadowed by the Cuillin Mountains, the Quiraing Hills and the incredible Trotternish Peninsula.

Day 4 - High Hills and History (B)
Travel south past Ben Nevis (Britain's highest peak), and see Scotland's spectacular West Coast scenery. The tour passes the eerie landscape of Glen Coe, scene of the bloody massacre of the MacDonald Clan in ancient times.

Day 5 - Ancient Scotland at Your Feet (B)
The last day of your 5-Day Best of Scotland Experience is spent at Kilmartin Glen, one of the most important archeological sites in Europe. Walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and see the Temple Wood Stone Circle before returning to Edinburgh.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Mary E, June 2014

Great trip! Wonderful coverage of Scotland - especially Skye. Our guide was perfect - great knowledge, interesting anecdotes, very patient with some difficult travelers. He made the trip enjoyable - really appreciated his attention to detail, responsiveness to individual needs and desires. Loved it

Reviewed by: Sini N, July 2013

The Scottish Highlands are beautiful and worth visiting, no matter what the weather... The tour and the accomodation were well organized, and our tour guide, Rob, was entertaining, knowledgeable and helpful. I had a blast :)

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Tour code: 5256ULTIM5