Highland Explorer
circuit de 5 jours

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Découvrez les lointaines plages de sable blanc des Highlands du Nord, marchez sous le couvert des forêts de pins anciens du Parc National des Caingorms et laissez-vous toucher par la beauté romantique de l’île de Skye.

Carte du circuit

Highlights

Mountains
Lochs
Walks
Castles
Beaches
National Parks

Endroits à découvrir

- Cairngorms National Park

- Loch Ness

- Ullapool and Assynt

- Applecross & Torridon

- Eilean Donan Castle

- Isle of Skye

- Glencoe

- Five Sisters of Kintail


Votre voyage


Cinq jours de ce que l'Ecosse a de meilleur et de plus spectaculaire! Visitez les paysages dramatiques des montagnes d’Assynt et découvrez les lointaines plages de sable blanc des Highlands du Nord, marchez sous le couvert des forêts de pins anciens du Parc National des Caingorms et laissez-vous toucher par la beauté romantique de l’île de Skye. Sans oublier le château de Eilean Donan, le Loch Ness et la route la plus haute d’Ecosse qui débouche sur le village isolé d’Applecross.


Les Détails

Départ
Check-in closes at 08.45 (tour departs at 09:00) - Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Retour
19:00
Bagage
Vous ne pouvez transporter que 14kg maximum de bagages par personne lors de nos circuits, sous la forme d'un bagage similaire à un bagage cabine pour avion (environ 55 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm) . Vous pouvez également garder avec vous un petit sac léger pour vos effets personnels.
Discounts

Étudiants, personnes plus de l'âge de 60, et enfants (entre 5 et 15 ans)

Important information
  • Emportez des vêtements imperméables et des chaussures de marche
Tour inclusions
  • Transport par un minibus Mercedes de luxe à 16 places
  • Climatisation standard
  • Anecdotes et services d’un chauffeur-guide de Rabbie’s
Tour exclusions
  • Entrées dans tous les sites touristiques
  • Hébergement

Itinéraire

Jour 1

Le circuit vous emmène vers le nord, à Dunkeld, sur les rives de la Tay, avant d’explorer la majesté du Parc National des Cairngorm et de ses anciennes forêts de pins. Vous y passerez l’après-midi puis le circuit vous emmène sur les petites routes qui surplomblent le Loch Ness, jusqu’à Ullapool où vous resterez deux nuits. (* certains circuits incluent les deux nuits à Inverness plutôt qu ‘Ullapool durant les périodes de l’année où il y a beaucoup de monde et où il est difficile de trouver à se loger à Ullapool.)

Jour 2

Le circuit vous emmène tout au nord, dans la région sauvage d’Assynt, avec son mélange de falaises, de criques rocheuses et de plages vierges. Dans l’après-midi vous visiterez les ruines du Château d’Ardvrek, qui datent du quinzième siècle, la superbe plage de sable blanc dans la Baie d’Achmelvich, et le petit port traditionnel de Lochinver.

Jour 3

Le circuit vous emmène vers le sud jusqu’à la gorge de Corrieshalloch, puis vers l’ouest jusqu’à la spectaculaire réserve naturelle de Torridon, ensuite vous suivez la côte sauvage jusqu’à la communauté éloignée d’Applecross, avant de voyager le long de la route la plus haute de Grande Bretagne jusqu’au village “tropical” de Plockton, où l’on trouve des allées de palmiers. Enfin vous traversez la mer pour arriver à Skye, où vous serez basés deux nuits dans le pittoresque port de Portree.

Jour 4

Aujourd-hui est une journée souple où vous pourrez explorer Skye en choisissant de visiter le nord sauvage de l’île, le Vieil Homme de Storr, le passage montagneux du Quiraing, la pointe la plus occidentale de Skye à Neist ou la distillerie Tallisker.

Jour 5

Vous rentrerez en passant par le château Eilean Donan (où le film Highlander a été tourné) et en traversant les rudes paysages des 5 Sœurs de Kintail et Ben Nevis. L’après-midi vous pourrez apprécier la beauté sauvage de Glencoe avant de rentrer à Edimbourg.

Itinéraire (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.

Les Opinions

Fabulous Tour, Amazing Guide!

Laura Jim Posted on 09/09/2019

We loved everything about this tour but must give special kudos to Murray. Not only that he is an amazing font of knowledge about every aspect of every single location with a very entertaining way of sharing that knowledge not only that he has astonishing driving skills he took extraordinary steps to help resolve my husbands illness during our trip. He called on personal contacts to assist us in getting him seen by the doctor in the small clinic in Ullapool the next morning and getting the required medication from the local chemist. I cannot praise him highly enough and would plan a future tour around his schedule!

Five Great Days

Sue Laabs Posted on 11/06/2019

Enjoyed cramming a lot in to these five full days of traveling through the northwest part of Scotland. Unfortunately the weather wasnt the best on this trip, we got rain every day, but it did not stop us from enjoying the adventure and seeing some amazing scenery. On this tour, you get a taste of the highlands, the lochs, the fishing villages, some castles, and the lovely Isle of Skye followed by the very interesting Eilean Donan castle tour. Wish we could have seen more on the Isle of Skye, it has so much to offer, but can only squeeze in so much in one day. May have to return for more some day! Edinburgh is a beautiful city to start and end from too, just amazing medieval history!

AMAZING TOUR

Pru greenwood Posted on 28/04/2019

Thank you to our amazing tour guide and driver Donald who showed our group all around the Highlands. Being in the small van meant we could access narrow roads and get off the beaten track. We saw so many incredible sights and always have enough time to explore and take photos. Donald always shared interesting and funny stories, accompanied by Scottish music. I would definitely recommend the Highland Explorer, we saw places we would have never been able to find ourselves. Thank you Rabbies and Donald!

Fabulous Experience

Charmaine Benfield Posted on 22/04/2019

We want to Thank Donald for a fantastic tour. It was a wonderful trip and he is a great travel director ! His love for his country and passion for people made our travel fun and absolutely fabulous. Donald is a Great Asset to Rabbies and we will recommend Rabbies to our friends and family. Thank You. Robert and Charmaine Benfield South Africa

Wonderful tour with one exception

Barb W Posted on 15/11/2018

We took this tour in April 2017 with Nicky and we enjoyed both our guide and our fellow travelers. The scenery was beautiful and with the small bus we were able to go to places others could not. Good choice of bbs and lunch stops. Overall a great tour that only made me wish for more. One place we didnt go that was advertised and the reason we took this tour over others was Plockton, I expressed my desire to go there but was told we are not going to go! If you advertise a specific town, then it should be included in the tour.

The Best Tour!

Wendy E. Posted on 14/08/2018

My husband and I recently went on the Skye and Far North Tour. This tour was outstanding. The tour bus is very comfortable, the tour was planned to perfection and we loved our bus driver Donald. He was very informative about everything we were seeing and did it all with a great sense of humor to keep us entertained. The Isle of Skye is not to be believed its so beautiful. We are back home in California and still sharing Donalds songs and stories from our trip. Added bonus, we met some great new friends from various countries. I highly recommend this tour.

Wow

Cathy Posted on 01/08/2018

What an amazing tour! Ok, so yes, we had the best tour guide to ourselves for 5 days (sorry to all the other tours last week), and yes, Scotlands weather decided to make it sunny - SUNNY and WARM - for at least half that time AND we had the best fellow travellers sharing and making friends. So these things kind of biased my opinion, but, for the first (of many?) Rabbies Tours I have been on, this was fantastic. Bucket List, schmucket list - gotta think of more things to put on it now Ive checked so many off. Bealach Na Ba, Quiraing, meeting Highland Coos, a stag....on a crag(!!), check, check and check! Not to mention the promised waterfalls, beaches, castles, harbour views and fishing boats. Highlight? a picnic, with everyone just chillin, in the sun, on a cliff, with panoramic views. Thank you to Gill B, our fabulous guide - with the knowledge and fun but importantly, the approachability to make a first time solo traveller feel welcome and comfortable. Thank you to my fellow travellers for my being able to share my experience with you. Gotta do this again xxxxxx

An unforgettable experience

Conchi Sánchez Verdeja Posted on 01/04/2018

I must say this experience of discovering the West Highlands and the Isle of Skye in 4 days has been amazing. Not only did we discover stunning places but also we had a fantastic guide. Pete was friendly, kind and helpful at every moment and helped us to taste a sip of the real life in the Highlands. We all had a fantastic time and had the chance tp mingle with the locals, which was fantastic. Thanks, Rabbies for this unforgettable experience and special thanks to Pete for discovering us the wonders of the Highlands and its people. Looking forward to being back in Scotland to have some new experience with Rabbies. 100 recommended.

Michael at the wheel

David James Posted on 16/09/2017

Enjoyed five wonderful days and five types of weather, off and on the beaten track with Michael who went that extra mile every day to take us to locations that surprised and delighted us.

Magical Scotland Thank you Doug :)

Nazl305 Can Posted on 09/09/2017

I became a Scotland lover after my trip. I enjoyed every minute of 5 days 305 spent. I loved the mystic lochs,waterfalls and magnificent mountains. Scotland is a very beautiful country. And as 305 see every scotch is addicted to nature. But it is definitely our tour guide Doug made my trip meaningful and enjoyable. I liked Dougs music very much. I continued to listen after 305 return to Turkey. Every minute was wisely planned with stories and music. Doug is a wonderful storyteller. You can blindly trust him. If 305 have a chance to take a trip again,305 would definitely travel with Doug. Nazl305

Le Logement

Où est-ce que vous passez la nuit?

Vous passez deux nuits à Ullapool et deux nuits dans la pittoresque ville portuaire de Portree, sur l'Ile de Skye. (certaines visites peuvent rester à Inverness au lieu d'Ullapool)

* Veuillez noter que les visites partant les 28 et 29 septembre 2019 resteront deux nuits à Inverness au lieu d'Ullapool.


Comment cela marche-t-il?

Votre hébergement n’est pas inclus dans le prix de votre excursion. Cela signifie que vous avez le choix entre nous demander de réserver un hébergement local de qualité ou réserver vous-même votre propre logement.


Je souhaite que Rabbie’s réserve mon hébergement. Que se passe-t-il maintenant?

Nous réservons votre hébergement et nous vous déposons à votre porte. Vous devrez régler vos hôtes directement, veuillez donc vous assurer que vous avez suffisamment d’espèces car les B & B n’acceptent pas tous les cartes de crédit. Comme cela dépend de la disponibilité, nous ne pourrons pas toujours réserver votre premier choix d’hébergement. Ne vous inquiétez pas, s’il y a quelque problème important, nous vous enverrons un email.


Et si je souhaite changer l’hébergement réservé par Rabbie’s?

Il n’est pas possible de garantir les changements d’hébergement car cela dépend de leur disponibilité. Des frais minimum de modification d’un montant de 5 livres seront appliqués, ils augmenteront jusqu’à un maximum de 20 livres, selon la longueur de l’excursion.


J’ai réservé mon hébergement moi-même. Que dois-je faire?

Vous aurez besoin d’une confirmation de réservation des B & B et hôtels. Quand nous arrivons à nos étapes pour la nuit, nous vous emmènerons jusqu’à votre hébergement, si toutefois il n’est pas trop loin du centre.


Quels sont les différents types et tarifs des hébergements?

En général nos hébergements ne sont pas à plus de 15 minutes à pied du centre ville. Nous les vérifions régulièrement pour nous assurer que les lits sont confortables et les chambres propres. Les prix mentionnés ci-dessous sont à titre indicatif.


B & B (Chambre et petit déjeuner) Standard

Les toilettes et les douches sont en commun avec une ou deux autres chambres. Le prix est entre 30 £ et 35 £ par personne par nuit. Une chambre simple standard coûte entre 35£ et 60£.


B & B (chambre et petit déjeuner) avec salle de bains particulière

Les toilettes et les douches/bains sont privés. Le prix d’une chambre double occupée par deux personnes est de 40£ à 50£ par personne par nuit, le prix d’une chambre simple est de 55£ à 65£ par nuit. Durant les périodes de pointe, les prix peuvent monter jusqu’à 75£ ou 80£ la nuit. A Oban, Portree et Inverness les chambres avec une belle vue sont parfois plus chères. En Irlande, les B & B coûtent environ 45€ ou 55€ par personne par nuit.


Hôtel

Les hôtels ont un bar ou un restaurant et servent les repas du soir. Le petit déjeuner est servi le matin et est inclus dans le prix. Le tarif d’un hôtel 3 étoiles est entre 65£ et 85£ par personne par nuit. Un hôtel 4 étoiles coûte entre 75£ et 120£ par personne par nuit. En Irlande, les hôtels coûtent entre 55€ et 65€ par personne par nuit.


Auberges de jeunesse

Une auberge de jeunesse consiste de chambres partagées/dortoirs avec 4 à 16 lits superposés. Les linges de toilette ne sont pas fournis mais on peut en louer. Les blocs sanitaires sont à proximité des dortoirs. Une cuisine équipée est à votre disposition pour que vous puissiez y préparer vous-même vos repas. Le tarif d’une auberge de jeunesse varie de 15£ et 25£ par nuitée. Il y a le choix entre un dortoir mixte (hommes et femmes dans un dortoir) ou un dortoir non mixte (dortoir réservé aux femmes ou dortoir réservé aux hommes) ; si vous avez une préférence, veuillez nous le faire savoir au moment de votre réservation.


J’ai encore des questions, qui peut y répondre?

Si vous avez encore des questions, n’hésitez pas à nous appeler au + 44 (0) 131 226 3133 ou à nous contacter par email sur rooms@rabbies.com.

Questions Fréquentes

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance.

What is ABTOT?

You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com , or check out our full FAQs .

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