Castles, Lochs, the Highlands, and the Inner Hebrides

Overview

Ceud Mìle Fàilte—a “Hundred Thousand Welcomes”—is the traditional Scottish Gaelic greeting, and a warm welcome you’ll receive on our captivating Private Journey. We’ve created a fascinating adventure that captures the absolute best of Scotland, from the vibrant design capital of Glasgow to the gorgeous lochs and glens of historic Glencoe, from the exquisite isles of the Inner Hebrides to the stunning landscapes of the Isle of Skye. Our journey is designed with wonderfully active options to suit your level of interest, including hikes along gorgeous Loch Lomond, to the summit of Ben Nevis, the chance to try your hand at sea kayaking, and a classic railway journey deemed one of the most beautiful in the world. Your accommodations are in charming hotels and lovely country houses, and a private guide accompanies you every step of the way, introducing you to the history, landscape, and wonderful culture of Scotland. Extend your adventure to Cairngorms National Park and the vibrant capital city of Edinburgh, or the Outer Hebrides, Scotland’s magical Western Isles.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Discover Glasgow

After arriving in Glasgow, meet with your private city guide for a walking tour of Glasgow. Start in Glasgow’s East End, with a stroll through the park-like Necropolis, then visit the famous Glasgow School of Art, the wonderful Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, and end the day with a walk up trendy Byres Road in the West End, finishing at Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens, with its famous collection of orchids.

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Days 3-4
The Highlands / Inner Hebrides

With your private hiking guide, explore Inveraray Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the mighty Clan Campbell. After visiting Dunadd, the remains of an Iron Age Fort, set out for an optional hike, perhaps tackling 2,900-foot-high The Cobbler (Ben Arthur), an easier climb than it looks. Based at a lovely country house near Oban, explore the isles of the Inner Hebrides, renowned for their beauty. Colorful fishing ports, legendary monasteries, tiny villages tucked above golden beaches—these islands cast a bewitching spell on travelers.

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Days 5-6
Glencoe

With its crashing waterfalls and hidden lochs and glens, Glencoe is one of the prime hiking spots in all Scotland. A wonderful network of trails leads up and around this famously wild setting of moors, woodlands, and steep U-shaped valleys, and we have hikes available at every level, from an easy walk by a shimmering loch or a spectacular hike to a high summit, led by your private guide. Up for a challenge? Hike to the summit of Ben Nevis (4,409’), the highest mountain in Scotland!

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Days 7-8
Sea Kayaking or Steam Train / Over the Sea to Skye

Experience the beauty of Arisaig Bay by sea kayak (no previous experience necessary), or ride the 18th century steam train to Mallaig on what is said to be the most beautiful train journey on earth. On the Isle of Skye, enjoy an unforgettable hike through the incredible rock pinnacles of the Quiraing, whose convoluted Jurassic landscape has a supernatural quality, with jagged, thrusting rock spires rising from thick green carpets of Scottish grass. We also visit Dunvegan Castle, the clan seat of the MacLeods and the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. The perfect ending to a perfect day? A visit to the Talisker Whisky Distillery, where we have a chance to taste the only single malt whisky made on this famous island.

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Days 9-10
Loch Ness / Inverness

Keen hikers will enjoy a day exploring the Kintail region, a mountainous realm in Scotland’s Northwest Highlands. Or, visit picturesque Eilean Donan Castle, considered by some to be the most beautiful castle in Scotland, on our way to Loch Ness and the ruins of Urquhart Castle. You can also choose the option of a late afternoon cruise on Loch Ness—be sure to keep an eye out for Nessie—before heading to Inverness, capital of the Highlands. Depart on Day 10 via Glasgow.

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Highlights

Highlights

Explore the best of Scotland with a private guide: Glasgow, the Highlands, the Inner Hebrides, and the Isle of Skye
Active options include hikes on the Isle of Skye, in Glencoe, and along the shores of Loch Lomond
Discover ancient castles, crofters' villages, an Iron Age fort, and Glasgow's art scene
Extensions to Cairngorms National Park and Edinburgh, and the Outer Hebrides

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $7695  
Arrive: Glasgow, Scotland
Depart: Glasgow, Scotland
Lodging: 9 nights hotels or country houses
Meals: All breakfasts included
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking, Walking, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours, optional hiking and sea kayaking

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