- Stirling Castle and Bridge
- Doune Castle
- Glen Coe
- The Isle of Skye
- Eilean Donan Castle
- Loch Ness
Going beyond the usual Scottish tropes, this tour is a ‘Classic Classic’ whisking you away from city life on an epic journey through Scottish heritage, culture and abundant wilderness and scenery. Learn about kingship, nobility, commonality, clanship, land rights and transmigration, woven in and out of history and stories. Iconic names are included: Stirling Castle and Bridge, Doune Castle, Bannockburn, Glen Coe, The Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, and also gardens, waterfalls, lesser known glens, local encounters, tales of life on the land and the sea. Evenings can be spent in serene walking, and dining on fabulous locally sourced food and drink.
Leave Edinburgh at 8.30am for Stirling and the West Highlands; plenty of opportunities for sightseeing on this private tour and first off we visit the Old Town of Stirling with its castle and Renaissance palace, and the Holy Rude Church; view Stirling Bridge and the Wallace Monument.
We recount the big Scottish stories, drawing on history and legend, from Braveheart to Bannockburn, and have a closer look at how these have had an impact on the Scots and on people outside Scotland. View Doune Castle, a film location for 'Monty Python's Holy Grail'.
Along the old drovers route of Glen Dochart, and through the country of Rob Roy, we take a light lunch at the ethically aware The Real Food Cafe.
Journey across Rannoch Moor and by Glen Etive, a location for the 2012 Bond movie, Skyfall, to Glen Coe (Harry Potter, Monty Python...) to view its epic splendour and hear some well-known and lesser-known tales, stay for the evening at the hideaway Pierhouse Hotel and Restaurant in Port Appin with its fine fresh seafood (including shellfish such as lobster and scallops) or via the Glenfinnan Viaduct (commonly known these days as the "Harry Potter Bridge") to the country house comforts of Arisaig House with its family atmosphere and wonderful locally grown and sourced food.
After awaking to the sound of the sea, and a delicious home-cooked breakfast, saunter along the Road to the Isles to Mallaig to take the ferry to the magical Isle of Skye, travel in the shadow of giants by experiencing the Tolkeinesque landscapes of the Red and Black Cuillin Mountains, walk to an Iron Age Broch (fort), tread lightly at the wonderful and enigmatic Fairy Glen (option of walk up into Castle Ewen), take in the Quirang (part of the Trotternish landslip), Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr; this is a day of breathtaking scenery, reading the land, and hearing a local story or two; night in Portree.