Highland Explorer: Skye e l’Estremo Nord
5 giorni

  • Cairngorm National Park
  • Loch Ness Highland tours
  • Mountain tour highlands scotland
  • Ben Nevis mountains scotland tour

Cinque giorni immersi nella Scozia mozzafiato.

Mappa del tour

Highlights

Mountains
Lochs
Walks
Castles
Beaches
National Parks

Posti che esplorerai


- Parco nazionale di Cairngorms

- Loch Ness

- Ullapool e Assynt

- Applecross e Torridon

- Castello Eilean Donan

- Isola di Skye

- Glencoe

- Five Sisters of Kintail


Il tuo viaggio


Cinque giorni immersi nella Scozia mozzafiato. Godete del drammatico scenario montuoso di Assynt e vivete l’esperienza indimenticabile delle lontane spiagge bianche delle Highland Settentrionali, passeggiate attraverso le antiche foreste di pini del Parco Nazionale di Cairngorm e assorbite la bellezza romantica dell’isola di Skye.


Tour Details

Andata
09.00 - Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ
Ritorno
19.00 approx
Discounts

Studenti, persone che abbiano compiuto i 60 anni, bambini e ragazzi tra i 5 e i 15 anni

Important information
  • Metti in valigia scarpe comode e indumenti impermeabili
  • Una valigia o borsa di 15 kg a persona
Tour inclusions
  • Trasporto su un minibus Mercedes a 16 posti
  • Aria condizionata
  • I racconti e i servizi di un autista-guida di Rabbie's
Tour exclusions
  • Biglietti di ingresso alle attrazioni turistiche
  • Alloggio

Itinerario

Giorno 1

Viaggiate a nord, a Dunkeld, lungo le rive del fiume Tay, prima di esplorare la grandezza del Parco Nazionale di Cairngorm e le sue antiche foreste di pini. Dopo aver passato qui il pomeriggio, vi inoltrerete nelle stradine secondarie che si affacciano sul misterioso Loch Ness prima di fermarvi a Ullapool*, la vostra base per due notti. (* in alcuni casi, durante periodi dell’anno di particolare traffico, ci si ferma ad Inverness in quanto a Ullapool ci potrebbe essere insufficiente disponibilità di alloggi)

Giorno 2

Vi dirigete verso la parte selvaggia dell’estremo nord di Assynt con la sua miscela di scogliere, insenature rocciose e spiagge vergini. Nel pomeriggio visiterete le rovine risalenti al XV secolo del castello di Ardvreck, le straordinarie spiagge bianche della Achmelvich Bay e il tradizionale villaggio di pescatori di Lochinver.

Giorno 3

Vi dirigete verso sud alla Corrieshalloch Gorge e verso ovest, alla spettacolare riserva naturale di Torridon e poi lungo la costa selvaggia della remota comunità di Applecross, prima di intraprendere la strada più alta della Gran Bretagna, con i “tropicali” alberi di palma verso il villaggio di Plockton. Per finire si va all’isola di Skye, dove la vostra base è la pittoresca cittadina portuale di Portee per due notti.

Giorno 4

Giornata flessibile, esplorando Skye con l'opzione di visitare il nord dell'isola, l'Old Man of Storr, il passo montagnoso di Quiraing, il punto più settentrionale di Skye a Neist oppure la Talisker Distillery.

Giorno 5

Tornate sulla terraferma per visitare il castello di Eilean Donan (dove è stato girato il film “Highlander”), prima di attraversare l'aspro scenario delle 5 Sisters of Kintail e Ben Nevis. Il punto saliente del pomeriggio sarà il territorio di Glencoe prima di tornare a Edimburgo.

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

BEST TOUR !

Amber Rogers-Tillstone Posted on 25/05/2017

We were 3 generations ( my Mom and son and myself) on the 5 day Highland Explorer tour. It was an absolutely amazing experience and we all wished it lasted a bit longer. Everything was very well organized, we had a great group and a great tour guide with Nicky O. He really made the trip for all of us, with his gift for storytelling along with his vast knowledge of the history of Scotland and the places we saw and his self depricating humor making everyone feel welcome and was alot of fun, alot of laughing. My Mom who has gone on many tours throughout Europe said this was the best tour she had ever been on. The lovely Scottish music Nicky played just added to the whole flavor of the tour especially his song he wrote for us! Thank you for making our holiday an amazing, fun and very memorable one! Amber Rogers-Tillstone

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.

Accommodation

Da dove viene questo tour pernottamento?

Tu rimani due notti nel villaggio di pescatori di Ullapool e due notti nella città portuale di Portree, sull'isola di Skye (alcuni tour possono alloggiare a Inverness, invece di Ullapool).


Come funziona?

Nel tour non è incluso l’alloggio. Questo significa che puoi chiederci di prenotarti un alloggio di buona qualità nelle strutture locali, oppure puoi trovare un alloggio tu stesso.


Voglio che Rabbie’s prenoti il mio alloggio. Cosa succede ora?

Il tuo alloggio sarà riservato e ti accompagneremo fino alla porta. Il pagamento per l’alloggio dovrà essere versato direttamente alla struttura ospitante, quindi assicurati di avere con te contanti, perché non tutti i bed and breakfast accettano carte di credito.

In base alla disponibilità, non sempre possiamo garantire l’alloggio di tua prima scelta. Ma non devi preoccuparti, in caso di serie difficoltà ti invieremo un’e-mail.


Che cosa succede se voglio cambiare la mia prenotazione dell’alloggio effettuata da Rabbie’s?

I cambi di alloggio non possono essere garantiti e sono soggetti alla relativa disponibilità. Sarà applicata una tariffa minima di modifica pari a £5, fino a un massimo di £20 in base alla durata del tour.


Ho prenotato l’alloggio io stesso. C’è qualcosa che devo fare?

Dovrai avere la conferma della prenotazione per i bed and breakfast e gli alberghi.


Una volta arrivati nelle località di sosta per la notte, ti accompagneremo al tuo alloggio purché sia relativamente centrale.


Quali sono le tipologie di alloggio e quanto costano?

In genere, i nostri alloggi distano non più di 15 minuti a piedi dal centro della città. Ispezioniamo periodicamente le strutture di cui ci serviamo per garantire che i letti siano comodi e che le camere siano pulite. I prezzi riportati qui di seguito sono puramente indicativi.


Bed and Breakfast - standard

I servizi igienici e la doccia sono in comune con una o altre due camere della struttura. Il costo per una camera condivisa è di £30- £35 a persona per notte. Una camera singola standard va da £35 a £60.


Bed & Breakfast - servizi privati

La doccia e i servizi igienici sono privati.

Il costo per una camera condivisa è di £40-£ 50 a persona per notte, mentre il costo per una camera singola è di £55-£65 per notte. Nei periodi di alta stagione, i costi possono arrivare fino a £75-£80 per notte.

A Oban, Portree e Inverness le camere con una splendida vista possono essere più costose. In Irlanda il costo dei bed and breakfast si aggira intorno a €45-€55 a persona per notte.

Hotel

Gli hotel dispongono di un bar o di un ristorante e offrono pasti serali. La colazione viene servita al mattino ed è inclusa nel prezzo. Il costo degli hotel 3* è di £65-£85 a persona per notte. Negli hotel 4* il costo è di £75-£120 a persona per notte.

In Irlanda, il costo degli hotel sarà circa €55-€65 per persona per notte.

Ostelli

Gli ostelli offrono dormitori con 4 fino a 16 letti a castello. Gli asciugamani non sono forniti, ma è possibile noleggiarli. I servizi igienici sono a breve distanza dal dormitorio. La cucina, a disposizione di tutti gli ospiti, è pienamente attrezzata per la preparazione dei propri pasti. Il costo di un ostello è di £15-£25 a notte.

Si può scegliere tra un dormitorio misto (uomini e donne nella stessa stanza) o un dormitorio separato (solo uomini o sole donne). Se hai una preferenza, ti preghiamo di farcelo sapere al momento della prenotazione.


Ho altre domande, a chi posso rivolgermi?

Se hai altre domande, non esitare a contattarci al numero +44 (0) 131 226 3133, o via e-mail all’indirizzo: rooms@rabbies.com.


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