7 Day Best of the West

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The Full Scottish!

Unlike some other companies who break up their longer tours with different guides and groups half way through your tour - We don't.

One guide, one group gives you the best experience possible. Make friends. Make memories. 

Our biggest, baddest, and best tour, spending a whole week exploring the depths of the Highlands and the West Coast.

It’s a week that’ll involve hiking, beaches, castles, heroes, battles, old stuff, new stuff, islands, more islands, ferries, sunsets, boots, bikinis, jackets and the traditional sunblock!
We’ll be staying right on the shores of Loch Ness, beautiful Skye, Oban - the gateway to the isles and you’ll also get 2 nights in a traditional Black House when we venture way out west to explore the delights of Lewis and Harris.

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The BIG ONE!

Day 1

Passing the iconic Forth Bridge, our first day takes us up the spine of Scotland, taking in forests, tales of clan rebellions, visiting sites of ancient battles an amazing introduction to the majesty of the Highlands. We then go in search of Nessie, the legendary monster that lurks beneath the deep waters of Loch Ness. Our hostel for the night is situated right on the shores of the loch with stunning views across the water.

This the only hostel in the world that can offer this unrivaled setting!

  • Pitlochry
  • Killiecrankie
  • Clava cairns
  • Culloden
  • Sleep on the shores of Loch Ness

Day 2

To Ullapool & the ferry to Stornoway; the delights of Lewis & Harris will materialise into view and where we’ll be staying for the next 2 nights in a traditional Black House Village. This should give us ample time to explore beaches & brochs, mountains & machair, hear of MacLeods & Morrisons, and best of all, to visit the Calanais Standing Stones

  • Ullapool
  • Stornoway
  • Butt of Lewis
  • Calanais Standing Stones
  • Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

Day 3

Starting from where we left off from the day before we spend the day exploring the incredible sights and vistas of these magical islands - taking our time and making sure we are not rushed.

  • Dun Carloway Broch
  • Great Berneray
  • Golden White Sandy Beaches
  • Plenty of time to enjoy the sights

Day 4

Leaving the Outer Hebrides by ferry, it’s time to join in on the chorus of ‘Over the Sea to Skye’, where we’ll hike on one of the majestic hills of the Trotternish Ridge; visit the colourful harbour of the Capital Portree; hear tales of Warrior Queens & search for the secret of eternal youth & bask in the beauty of the Misty Isle.

  • Tarbert
  • Uig
  • Quiraing
  • Kilt Rock
  • Portree
  • Cuillin Ridge
  • Kyleakin

Day 5

It may be farewell to Skye but not the West, as we float back to the mainland; passing more blazing white sandy beaches to Glenfinnan with its viaduct & Jacobites; taking in more awe inspiring mountains (including Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest) and hike in hauntingly beautiful Glencoe; before cruising along the spectacular coast line of Loch Linnhe to take shelter in Oban & it’s picturesque bay.

  • Mallaig
  • Morar Sands
  • Glenfinnan Monument & Viaduct
  • Glen Nevis
  • Fort William
  • Glencoe
  • Oban

Day 6

A free day to explore Oban, the Gateway to the Isles

Options galore: Pop over to Mull & Iona; explore Kerrera with its Castle & seafood; stroll along to Ganavan Sands; walk up to McCaig’s Tower; hit up the MacDougal strongholds of Dunstaffnage or Dunollie; take in the views from Pulpit Hill; head South to Kilmartin in search of more Standing Stones; chill out at the harbour & enjoy the bustle of this idyllic wee bay or just relax in the comfort & warmth of your charming hostel.

Day 7

We’ll start the day with a quest for ‘bovinicus caledonicus’ – a hairy coo safari like no other; continuing to Loch Awe with its Campbell castles & hollow mountain, Cruachan; on towards Rob Roy MacGregor’s last home, with a jaw dropping view at the end of an easy, if steep walk and for our final flourish we’ll visit Doune Castle on the way back to Edinburgh.

  • Glen Lonan: Hairy Coo Safari
  • St.Conan’s Kirk
  • Kilchurn Castle
  • Balquidder & Rob Roy Territory
  • Doune Castle
     
The above itinerary is not set in stone! Your guide may use their knowledge to modify the itinerary to best suit the Scottish weather & to maximise your experience.
Prices From £359

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