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This sample tour shows what is possible in three days, or more, leaving from Edinburgh. Your trip will be tailored to your interests.

All I need to know is when you would like a tailor-made tour, a little about you,and what you would like to see or do. Together we will design a tour to help you get the most out of your visit.
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Stirling - Glencoe - Fort William - Mallaig - Skye - Plockton - Inverness - Aviemore - Pitlochry 
Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Your adventure starts from your hotel in Edinburgh...

All packed, we set off on the first leg of the journey to Stirling, the Gateway to the Highlands. From here there are tantalising glimpses of the grandeur that awaits you. From Stirling, we travel westwards towards Aberfoyle and enter the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

From Aberfoyle we climb over the Dukes Pass to the Trossachs and visit the stunning Loch Katrine retracing the steps of Victorian artists, writers, poets and early pioneers of tourism. This is Rob Roy country! And it is here that "Romantic Scotland" was born. We then head towards Callander on route to Crianlarich and Tyndrum.

Where alternative routes are possible, I have shown the options and points where you holiday can be extended.
Option
Perhaps you would rather stand on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond by the beautiful village of Luss then climb to the 'Rest and be Thankful,' in the Arrochar Alps, and onwards to  Inverary Castle, in Argyllshire, seat of the Dukes of Argyll, chief of the Clan Campbell, and rejoin the main road north at Tyndrum.

From this point the scenery changes as we travel across the Rannoch Moor plateau: 50 square miles of peat bogs, and streams; its surface is dotted with innumerable black lochans; surrounded by mountains that rise to over 3000ft.

Rannoch Moor and Glencoe

We then descend into the magnificent Glencoe, the scene of the infamous massacre of the clan MacDonald in 1692. We can also visit the site where the James Bond film Skyfall was recently fimed.

Leaving the glen, we cross the Ballachulish Bridge and hug the coast of tidal sea Loch (Linnhe) through the Great Glen to Fort William, travelling in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest Mountain.

To get an appreciation of the area we can take the Nevis Range ski resort gondola onto Aonach Mor with panoramic views over Lochaber district and on a clear day, as far as the Inner Hebrides.

Glencoe

Overnight stop in Fort William

Need a hotel, here are my suggestions. Use booking.com to search availability and book. There are a large number of B&Bs, please ensure you stay close to the Town centre.

The Nevis Bank Inn,  Belford Road, Fort William, PH33 6BY. The best in Fort William

The Moorings Hotel 4* overlooking the Caledonian Canal

Cruachan Hotel 3* hotel five minutes’ walk from the centre of Fort William.

If it is good value and great atmosphere (Gay owned) Inverlochy Villas

On a tight budget then Farr Cottage **** star Hostel

Black Kilt Tours' preferred Booking Partner

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Travel along the "Road to the Isles" by road or rail

One of the great rail journeys of the world

The Road to the Isles." one of Britain's most scenic routes taking the 'Jacobite' steam train, better known as the 'Hogwart's Express" across the Glenfinnan Viaduct to Mallaig;

Or travel by road which runs parallel to the rail. And watch the train go over the Glenfinnan Viaduct.
 
On reaching Mallaig, we take the 30 minute ferry, 'over the sea to Skye.'
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Explore the Isle of Skye, Wester Ross or Loch Ness 

Skye is a large Island with awe-inspiring scenery. If you wish, you can spend the rest of the day and add an extra night on the island. Take a boat trip into Loch Coruisk and see "Britain's favourite view" or visit the fascinating magical rock formations on the Trotternish Peninsula.

We then cross over the Skye bridge or take the Glenelg turntableferry (if you are feeling adventurous) and continue to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle (used in the film 'Highlander') and the picturesque village of Plockton where the television series 'Hamish Macbeth' was filmed.

Either, north into Wester Ross and the Applecross Peninsula and over the Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle), that rises 2053ft in height from sea level over into the awesome beauty of the Torridon Mountains.
We then make our way to Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness.

Or, if you wish to experience the full length of Loch Ness, south east via the Five Sisters
of Kintail and Glen Garry to Fort Augustus, at the southern end of the loch, then
travel its full length (23 Miles) stopping at Drumnadrochit and hunt for "Nessie."

Overnight in Inverness

Inverness: Invernevis B&B

(my favourite) Gay owned Invernevis Bed & Breakfast is a Victorian Villa dating from the 1880's which has been sympathetically furnished. Situated to the west of the city centre, Eden Court Theatre, the Caledonian Canal and the cities bars and restaurants are all within a 10 minute walk.

Inverness: Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel

20 Ness Bank, Inverness.This stylish, 4-star property sits on the banks of the River Ness and is 800 metres from Inverness city centre. It has an award-winning restaurant, a stylish cocktail bar, free parking and free Wi-Fi in all areas.
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Inverness: Glen Mhor Hotel
Accommodation is divided between 4 charming Victorian town houses (please advise reception if you have a building preference). Many rooms have wonderful views across the river to the cathedral and Eden Court Theatre. Nico's Seafood & Grill House offers a variety of local, fresh and seasonal dishes.


Inverness: Beaufort Hotel

Very gay-friendly. It has free parking, free Wi-Fi, a bar and a restaurant serving modern Scottish cuisine.The Beaufort Hotel offers a range of rooms, some with views over the city.

After an early breakfast we travel to Culloden, the site of the last major battle on British soil and the nearby 4000 year old burial cairns and standing stone circles known as the Clava Cairns.

Choice of route back to Edinburgh: via the A9 and Aviemore or, Speyside and Balmoral

Option
Travel back to Edinburgh via the A9, stopping at one of the many major visitor attractions on route. There is so much to see in this area you may consider making Aviemore or Grantown- on- Spey a base for a few days.

Great Places to stay in AVIEMORE

Aviemore

On the edge of Aviemore in a fantastic woodland setting: The Hilton, COYLUMBRIDGE

hilton
Cairngorm

Return to Edinburgh via Speyside and Balmoral

Option
Grantown on Spey and the whisky distilleries on Speyside


we continue south on the A939 from Tomintoul to Cockbridge over the Grampian mountains on Britain's most vulnerable road (2089ft at The Lecht). We descend into Royal Deeside passing the Balmoral Estate before climbing through Glenshee and head towards Perth.
Balmoral

Or, spend an extra day exploring the whisky distilleries of Speyside

Option
Probably Scotland's most famous export. If you are interested in whisky, there are distilleries across Scotland so no matter where you go, a visit a distillery can be included in your tour. Many of the distilleries have visitors centres and tours end in the tasting room!
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