Highland Explorer
5 Tage Tour

Wandern Sie durch die uralten Nadelholzwälder des Cairngorm Nationalparks und nehmen Sie die romantische Schönheit der Insel Skye auf!

Reisekarte

Highlights

Mountains
Lochs
Walks
Castles
Beaches
National Parks

Orte, die Sie erkunden werden


- Cairngorm National Park

- Loch Ness

- Ullapool and Assynt

- Applecross & Torridon

- Eilean Donan Castle

- Glencoe

- Five Sisters of Kintail

Ihre Reise

5 Tage lang Schottland von seiner atemberaubendsten Seite sehen! Besuchen Sie die dramatische Berglandschaft von Assynt und erleben Sie die einsamen Sandstrände der nördlichen Highlands. Wandern Sie durch die uralten Nadelholzwälder des Cairngorm Nationalparks und nehmen Sie die romantische Schönheit der Insel Skye auf!

Weitere Highlights sind die Burg Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness und Schottlands höchstgelegene Straße, zu dem abgelegenen Dorf Applecross. Dies alles bietet Ihnen diese Rundreise, die Ihnen die unübertroffen besten Seiten Schottlands näher bringt!
Sie übernachten für 2 Nächte in Ullapool und 2 Nächte in dem hübschen Hafendorf Portree auf der Insel Skye.


Tour Details

Abfahrt
09.00 - Stance J and K, Edinburgh Bus Station at St. Andrew Sq
(before 1st April this tour departs from Waterloo Place)
Rückkehr
19.00 approx
Discounts

Studenten, Personen über 60 Jahre und Kinder von 5 bis 15 Jahren.

Important information
  • Poichè diamo molta importanza al tempo che passate fuori dal minibus e vi diamo l’opportunità di passeggiare tra la natura, vi raccomandiamo di indossare vestiti e calzature adatti alla vostra gita. La Scozia può essere molto umida!!
  • Diese Angaben in deutscher Sprache dienen rein informativen Zwecken. Die Touren werden in englischer Sprache abgehalten und unsere Dienste werden ebenso ausschlieβlich in Englisch erbracht.
Tour inclusions
  • Professioneller Fahrer/Reiseleiter von Rabbie's
  • Standardmäβige automatische Klimatisierung im Bus.
  • Transport in modernsten Mercedes-Minibussen mit 16 Sitzplätzen für einen persönlicheren Service.
Tour exclusions
  • Mittagessen und Erfrischungen
  • Eintrittsgelder für Sehenswürdigkeiten und Attraktione

Route

Tag 1

Heute geht es zunächst Richtung Norden nach Dunkeld am Ufer des River Tay und auf Entdeckungsreise in die Weiten des Cairngorm National Parks mit seinen uralten Pinienwäldern. Anschließend führt die Route über landschaftlich reizvolle Seitenstraßen, die immer wieder besonders schöne Ausblicke auf den mysteriösen Loch Ness preisgeben, bis nach Ullapool, wo Sie die nächsten 2 Nächte verbringen. (während der Hochsaison kann die Unterbringung aufgrund von Engpässen hinsichtlich der verfügbaren Hotelkapazitäten in Ausnahmefällen in Inverness erfolgen)

Tag 2

Die atemberaubende Wildnis von Assynt im hohen Norden der Grafschaft Sutherland zeigt eine einzigartige Mischung aus Klippen, felsigen Buchten und unberührten Stränden. Am Nachmittag besuchen Sie die Ruinen von Ardvreck Castle aus dem 15. Jahrhundert, bestaunen die weißen Sandstrände von Achmelvich Bay und das traditionelle Fischerdorf Lochinver.

Tag 3

Im Süden erwartet Sie die tiefe Schlucht Corrieshalloch Gorge, und der Westen empfängt Sie mit der dramatischen Natur rund um den malerisch in die Natur eingebetteten Ort Torridon. Entlang der wilden Küste des Inner Sound geht es weiter zu der abgeschiedenen Halbinsel Applecross, bevor Sie die höchstgelegene Straße Großbritanniens in das idyllische Dorf Plockton führt, dessen Ufer von tropischen Palmen gesäumt sind. Die letzte Etappe bringt Sie auf die Hebrideninsel Skye, wo Sie in dem pittoresken Hafenstädtchen Portree ihr Hotel für die kommenden 2 Übernachtungen beziehen.

Tag 4

auf Skye kann flexibel gestaltet werden, wo Sie entweder in den wilden Norden der Insel, den Old Man of Storr, den Gebirgspass von Quinraing, zum westlichsten Punkt der Insel, Neist fahren, oder die Talisker Distillerie besichtigen können. Am Abend entspannen Sie sich in Portree und geniessen noch ein wenig die Hochland Atmosphere.

Tag 5

Sie zurück zum Festland zu Eilean Donan Castle (Kulisse für den Film “Highlander”), bevor Sie durch die raue Landschaft der Five Sisters of Kintail und Ben Nevis fahren. Der Höhepunkt des Nachmittags ist der Besuch des wildromantischen Glencoe.

Itinerary (English)

Day 1

You travel north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming highland village of Dunkeld on the banks of the river Tay. From here you head into the Cairngorm national park and the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus estate. Lunchtime will be spent on the beautiful shores of Loch Insh before a short forest walk takes you to the ruins of Loch an Eilein castle. Panoramic views of Loch Ness follow as you travel down to the banks of the famous loch and the village of Dores where you can do some “Nessie” spotting! Then it’s on to the shores of Loch Broom where you spend two nights at Ullapool. (*on some tours it may be necessary to stay in Inverness in which case the itinerary will be subject to slight changes)

Day 2

you visit the far northwest highlands and the expanse and wildness of the mountains of Assynt with its abundance of wildlife. This area is historically famous as being the first crofting area to be bought by the local crofters, the Assynt Crofters’ Trust. You will be immersed in the history of the area and visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, once the stronghold of the MacLeods of Assynt. The day is full of amazing views of some of Europe’s oldest landscapes from the stunning white sand beach at Achmelvich Bay to the traditional fishing village of Lochinver. With the chance of seeing wildlife such as whales and red deer as well, this is sure to be a memorable day.

Day 3

You leave Ullapool and head south to take in the drama of the River Droma as it plunges 60m down into the Corrieshalloch Gorge. From here you travel past the mountains of the Beinn Eighe national nature reserve and along the picturesque coastline of Loch Torridon. The tranquil setting of Applecross is your destination for lunch before taking one of the highest roads in Scotland, Bealach na B (meaning the Cattle Pass), with its jaw-dropping views, hairpin bends and precipitous cliffs. In the afternoon you stop in “tropical” Plockton where you can see palm trees growing alongside Loch Carron and take time to enjoy its sheltered serenity. Then it’s over the sea to Skye and the delightful harbour town of Portree with its friendly welcome.

Day 4

Today is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and your driver-guide's knowledge will come to the fore in developing the best day out for you. For example you might travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery or visit the Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns (reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt) with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. After lunch you can travel to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye. Alternatively a visit to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod, may be possible. Talisker Distillery is also on Skye, as are the famous Cuillin Hills. We return you to your accommodation in Portree in the late afternoon for you to enjoy a free evening in the village.

Day 5

You travel south from Skye stopping first at the famous stronghold Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film “Highlander”, set at the head of three lochs as protection against Viking raiders. Continuing east through the rugged mountains of Kintail including the splendour of the Five Sisters, you drive down through Glen Garry past Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, then onto Fort William for lunch. In the afternoon you will explore spectacular Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692, before stopping in Killin for refreshments beside the Falls of Dochart, and arriving into Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

What an amazing tour

Sabine Posted on 25/07/2016

I have been to many Rabbies tours during the last few years, but only one of my earlier trips was (only a tiny little bit) better than this current one. Our very young guide Grant did a brilliant, phantastic job as a driver and guide and took care of the group in an unbelievably dedicated way. I was deeply impressed. The group itself was the best I ever had. Wonderful guys, all of them. Scotland is so amazingly beautiful, that I cannot stop spending all my summer holidays there. And I can only recommend everyone to use Rabbies for touring Scotland.

A brilliant time- thank you Rabbies!

Maralyn and Bill Becher Posted on 20/03/2016

We have just returned from this amazing tour- Skye and North West 5 Day Tour and we want to thank Rabbies for the best possible first visit to Scotland that we could have! The coach was so comfortable and the lovely places we visited were a dream come true. The accommodation was perfect for our needs and the small group(6) of us travelling together got on so well. A major reason why this trip exceeded all expectations was our driver and guide, Dan Young. His knowledge of the geography and history of the area was fantastic. He was a brilliant driver and he was so kind and friendly. The whole trip was a delightful experience and we cant wait for the next time!!

Incredible Trip!

Pete Kruppenbacher Posted on 06/09/2015

My wife and I took our 5 year old daughter on the 5 day tour of the highlands with our guide, Alan Oliver. We had such an incredible time! not only was the scenery unbelievable the weather was almost perfect. Additionally, our guide Alan was the best. Simply put, weve been on lots of different tours in lots of different places but Alan was, by far, the best. He was friendly and welcoming and and always had a smile. He was very knowledgeable and could make the history of Scotland come alive. He knew when to play some music and knew when to talk to us. He was able to read the group very well and could make suggestions for us that were very helpful. His sense of humor was also very good. At the end of the 5 days we really felt that we had a friend in Alan and were quite disappointed that the tour was over. If anyone is looking at the 5 day tour of the Highlands I would definitely book it and if Alan is any indication of the kind of guides that Rabbies employs, you absolutely cannot go wrong. The next time we are in Scotland we are definitely booking a Rabbies tour!

Thank You Duncan!

Wendy L Posted on 28/06/2015

On May 13/15 we set off from Edinburgh to tour the Highlands with a group of 9 other people. With the help of our terrific driver and guide Duncan, we quickly bonded and enjoyed our time together exploring the history and gorgeous scenery of the Highland area! The small Rabbies bus, expertly manoeuvred by Duncan allowed us to travel to out of the way places, into small villages and up winding roads to summits with always spectacular views! All the while we were treated with the outmost courtesy by Duncan and constantly entertained and educated by his prodigious knowledge of history and great storytelling ability. We felt very fortunate to have been part of his tour. The tour was definitely a highlight of our 3 week trip to the U.K. and we would happily recommend this company to anyone! Wendy and Peter Marrs, Peterborough Ontario, Canada

tour 05/09/2014 - 10/09/2014

Ingele De Potter Posted on 30/09/2014

Been on a tour with Rabbie's for the first time and it was awesome. Emily our guide was the best, she gives so much information and know a lot of lovely stories. Had the best time ever in the heart of the Highlands, so many beautiful landscapes on the way it was mindblowing ! Love Scotland even more ! Hope to come back soon. Thank you Rabbie's ! Greatings from Belgium

Unforgettable tour!

Attila Szabo Posted on 17/07/2014

Thank you for this unforgettable tour! It was perfect organized. Special thanks to RUTH for the Scottish tales, legends and music. She is an extremely nice guide. Highland and the Isle of Skye are beautiful. We recommend this tour for everybody. :-) Best wishes Gabriella and Attila from Hungary (Budapest)

Once upon a time (this past May with our great guide Pete)

Nicole Posted on 03/06/2014

... there were sixteen merry men and woman who had the privilege to be guided through the mystical land far far away from our homes. Pete is a stand-up comedian mostly sitting down in the driversseat in a Rabbies bus. He told us numerous great animating stories about how women didn't settle for living in draughty castles, about rugged Scottish men, the clans, his own legendary history. My imagination was overfed. If we had a question, he had the answer. If we had to go, he already dropped us of before we could spell the word 'toilet'. If we wanted Annie Lennox, we got to sing along. Pete was the Holy Grail of our tour, the Allseeing Eye, the Sum of All That is Merry and Witty... (who needs a bucket already?) I have to say, the group was very nice too and that made the trip really nice! On saturday we went caleigh dancing and met local folks... from upclose in fact, since we didn't know that we had to change direction all the time... so that was great fun and good exercise! Let's just say... if you like various landscapes, rocks, idyllic mountain rivers, rough coastlines, friendly people and sheep. If you don't mind rain and like to be entertained... book the 5 Day Highland Explorer Tour with Rabbies.

Thanks

Claire Bailey Posted on 02/06/2014

Would just like to say on behalf of all of the guys on our tour our driver Jamie you were absolutely amazing and the stories were fantastic thanks again and we may be seeing you again sometime

Fantastic Tour with 'Wee Peter'

Heather Anne Lambert-MacKay Posted on 27/05/2014

Fantastic 5-day tour of the Scottish Highlands with 'Wee Peter' or 'Pete the Pirate.' Peter was simply wonderful! His organization, sensitivity to the needs and wants of the sixteen people on his tour, his knowledge of the history of Scotland, and most importantly his ability to add colour, form and life to all the stories he told - weather fictional or historical - was simply magical. Peter has a true gift in his storytelling, and he adds lovely music to enhance the experience. I highly recommend Wee Pete and Rabbies Tours - this is an experience that you will take back with you when you return home.

GREAT tour guide

Terry Posted on 25/05/2014

Pete, our tour guide, provided myself and the other tour members a fantastic and memorable 5 days in Northern Scotland. I've taken many tours in my 62 years and Pete was one of the very best tour guides I've ever encountered. He entertained us with dramatically engaging stories and well selected music from the various regions we encountered, shared an astounding knowledge of the history and culture of Scotland and let us know in advance what to expect. He stayed on schedule, and went out of his way to try and meet individual needs. AND, he did all this with cheerfulness and a wonderful sense of humor. Thank you for going way above and beyond what was expected to make this an outstanding experience for us all. Oh, and the tour itself was amazing...the scenery was stunning.

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in the fishing village of Ullapool and two nights in the harbour town of Portree, on the Isle of Skye (some tours may stay in Inverness instead of Ullapool).


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation hosts directly. Most accommodation hosts don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.

Due to availability, we may not be able to reserve your first choice of accommodation. When this happens we’ll book your second choice, and If there are any further issues we’ll contact you.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply, increasing to a maximum of £25.00 depending on the length of your tour.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. And if you’re unsure, please check with us first.


Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. But during busy periods there can be a walk of up to 30 minutes.


We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other rooms in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.



B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £65.00 per night. If you travel during a busy period, you can expect to pay up to *£75 - £80 per night. Rooms with a view are limited and may be more expensive.

In Ireland B&B's will be around €45 - €55 per person per night.


Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person per night. Please be advised that 4* hotels aren’t available in some smaller rural areas of the Scottish Highlands and islands.

In Ireland, Hotels are around €55 - €65 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. Towels aren’t provided, but you can hire towels there. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together). If you have a preference, please let us know at the time of booking.


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, feel free to call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


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