21 Day Islands, Islands, Islands with the Scottish Islands of
Mull, Iona, Staffa, Lunga, Skye, Barra, Eriskay, South Uist,
North Uist, Beneray, Harris, Lewis,Orkney Islands with Hoy
and the Shetland Islands with Yell and Unst
May 18th - June 7th, 2020
highlands tour of scotland, scotland highlands tour
"Nothing captures the Romantic wonder of Scotland more than the Highlands and
Islands. If you have never experienced the Isles of Scotland, I cannot do them justice in
just words! I have been doing this tour for as long as I have been doing tours and we
almost always offer it twice a year, once in spring in once in autumn. I am often asked
which time of year that I prefer it and my answer is always the same, whenever I am
there! My family comes from the Islands, which is part of the draw for me, but you can't
help but be drawn into the history and wild beauty that abounds at every turn. Please
join me on one of these amazing adventures" - Shannon McDonald Tate
scottish highlands, highlands and islands This tour is designed to accommodate only 12 people for a more personal experience to
allow you to get the most of your Scottish holiday. Keeping the tour size small gives us the
opportunity to veer from the beaten path and take advantage of accommodations,
restaurants and sightseeing venues that would not be available to larger groups. You may
find yourself staying in a delightful city guest house, a small country house hotel, a
comfortable farmhouse and an old coaching Inn all in the same visit. We hope to show you
the real Scots people and some of the wonderful sights to be seen all over this beautiful
country. You will not feel rushed and we spend as little time on the bus as possible.
Tour includes all accommodation in 4 and 5 star Scottish Tourist Board Approved
accommodations. Full Scottish breakfast each morning, all meals listed in itinerary.
Porterage of one suitcase per person. Minibus travel including tour guide. Knowledgeable
guide for all tourist venues. All sightseeing as indicated in itinerary including any entrance
fees. All taxes and service charges.

$9595US per person. $1495 single supplement. Sold Out!
$500 per person deposit to reserve your spot on the tour.  
Please read our
terms and conditions before you sign up.
scotland tour of highlands and islands
Our Islands tours are ever changing as ferry crossings may be delayed or cancelled or venues change times or dates. We try
to keep to the itinerary exactly as it is, but sometimes things out of our control happen. If you are not able to easily go with
the flow or have problems with changes that may come up, please do not sign up for this tour! Although we try to provide the
very best level of accommodation available, we are sometimes limited for choice when we are out in the Hebridian, Orkney
and Shetland Islands. We have added 5 days to our regular Highlands and Islands tours making this the longest and most
expensive tour that we do!

Day 1 - May 18th - You will be met at Glasgow International Airport this morning before we make our long drive
towards the
Western Islands. Our drive will take us through the Trossachs National Park with a few photo op stops
along the way. We will also stop at
St. Conan's Kirk, spectacularly sited over Loch Awe. You will fall in love with this wee
Romanesque Church! After some exploring we make our way to
Taynuilt where we Stop for Lunch at a local tearoom.
After lunch we make the short drive to
Oban, Oban is known as the Gateway to the Isles and has a lovely seafront, great
McCaig's Tower and of course, Oban Distillery. We will take some time to explore Oban before getting checked
into our accommodation.
Dinner and Overnight Oban. (L,D)

Day 2 -
Our first stop this morning is Dunstaffnage Castle, one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland. Built around 1275
on a huge rock overlooking the
Firth of Lorn, Dunstaffnage was the mighty stronghold of the MacDougalls. Built around
1220 by
Duncan MacDougall, the son of Earl Somerled, known also as the ‘King of the Isles’, Dunstaffnage Castle was
built at the height of the battle between Scotland and Norway for control of the Hebrides and was even once besieged by
Robert the Bruce during the Wars of Independence. Our next stop is Glencoe where we will Stop for Lunch before we
visit the site of the 1692
Massacre of the McDonalds. Against a backdrop of craggy peaks and the tumbling River Coe,
the Glen offers some of Scotland's most spectacular scenery. After thoroughly exploring the area, we return home to Oban
where you can find some dinner on your own.
Overnight Oban. (B,L)

Day 3 -
Today we make our first ferry crossing to the Isle of Mull where we stop at Duart Castle, home of the
. Standing proudly on a cliff top guarding the Sound of Mull, Duart enjoys one of the most spectacular and
unique positions on the west coast of Scotland. For over 400 years this has been the base of the
Clan Maclean's sea-born
power. You will have some time to wander the grounds and you may want to also visit the
Castle Shop before we make our
way to
Fionnphort on the other end of the island where we catch the wee passenger ferry across to the small and very
Isle of Iona where we will Stop for Lunch. After lunch we will explore the 800 year old Iona Abbey where St.
began his crusade in the year 563. It is said that 48 Scottish Kings are buried in the abbey graveyard. While here
you will also want to visit the
Nunnery and St. Oran's Chapel. We then make our way back to Fionnphort and take the
scenic route all the way to our hotel in
Tobermory where we get checked in before a late dinner. Dinner and Overnight
Tobermory, Mull. (B,L,D)

Day 4 -
This morning we depart the dock at Tobermory to take a Treshnish Isles Cruise. The journey around Mull's
West Coast
affords an abundance of wildlife and stunning views on a comfortable journey to enjoy the dramatic
surroundings. At Treshnish, we spend time ashore with the
Huge Colonies of Puffins and other sea birds, and then we
are at sea again as we go in search of
Dolphins, Eagles, Whales and Basking Sharks, the perfect mix of wildlife and
scenery. We land on
Lunga, the largest of the Treshnish Isles where the main attraction there is the large puffin colony but
there are also many thousands of other seabirds nesting there. From Lunga we cruise to the
Isle of Staffa, the most
dramatic of all the Scottish islands with the geological splendour of its
Hexagonal Pillars and Fingal's Cave. While on
our way to Staffa we will have our
Packed Picnic Lunch and keep an eye out for Dolphins, Porpoises and Minke
which are often seen during the warmer months. Once back in Tobermory you will be able to find some dinner on
your own.
Dinner and Overnight Tobermory, Mull. (B,L)

Day 5 -
This morning we start our journey to the South Uist with a short ferry ride from Tobermory across to Kilchoan
on the mainland. After we reach Kilchoan our journey will take us through the spectacular scenery of
Salen, Acharcle
Glenluig and Lochailort
and alongside several lochs including Sunart, Shiel and Morar and along the spectacular
coast to
Mallaig, a bustling and thriving port situated on the north west coast along the famous Road to the Isles. We will
stop for
Afternoon Tea before exploring Mallaig. The town is a fascinating place where visitors can soak up the atmosphere
of a working fishing port. We will take some time to walk around and explore before we take another ferry ride across to
Lochboisdale on South Uist. As this is a late afternoon ferry, you will be able to find some dinner on board as we make
our way across the water. Once on South Uist we make the short journey to our accommodation nestled safely beside the
Overnight South Uist. (B,L)

Day 6 -
We will spend the day on South Uist with a visit first to the Cladh Hallan Roundhouses, an archaeological
site noted as the only place in Great Britain where prehistoric mummies have been found. In 2001 a team of archaeologists
found the remains of what are believed to be two mummified
Bronze Age bodies, buried under the floor of a Roundhouse at
Cladh Hallan. One of them was a male who had died around 1600 BC and another a female who had died around 1300 BC.
We then visit
Flora MacDonald’s Monument. After the Jacobite defeat at Culloden ‘Bonny Prince Charlie’ faced capture
unless he could escape to France. While British government troops were searching for him, he sought refuge in Uist where
Flora MacDonald helped him escape to Skye and then to France. We will also stop at the
Kildonan Museum Centre for
Lunch and a Tour.
The centre is a heritage and cultural amenity which includes a museum, a craft shop, a Fèis room for
ceilidhs, music and dance, a café andan archaeology room where finds can be cleaned and examined by visiting archaeology
groups. We then return to Lochboisdale for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight South Uist. (B,L,D)

Day 7 -
This morning we take the ferry to the Isle of Barra this morning where we visit the archaeological monuments
Allt Chrysal, Bentangaval, which were discovered in 1990 during the archaeological survey which preceded the
building of the
Vatersay Causeway and it’s approach road. Excavations have revealed at least six phases of human
occupation of this ‘preferred site’ overlooking the sound of Vatersay, beginning about 4500 years ago. If time permits we will
also explore
Kisimul Castle which for many generations Kisimul was the home and stronghold of the Macneils of Barr.
On the way back we stop on the
Isle of Eriskay where on 23 July 1745 the French Ship Du Teillay put ashore a small
boat at a beach on the west side of the island. This is now called
Coilleag a'Phrionnsa, which translates as "the Prince's
Cockleshell Strand".
Out of the boat stepped Bonnie Prince Charlie, the first time he had ever set foot on Scottish soil.
Today the beautiful beach on which he landed is home to the white striped pink sea bindweed, a flower not native to the
Hebrides. The seeds are said to have fallen from Charles' pocket as he removed a handkerchief. After you find some dinner
on the Island, we take the land bridge back across to
South Uist. Dinner and Overnight South Uist. (B,D)

Day 8 -
Today will be all about exploring landscapes and seascapes as we traverse land bridge that connect South Uist
to North Uist to Benbecula and to Beneray.
North Uist is a stunning blend of beaches, machair lands and freshwater
lochs interrupted by rolling dark moorland hills. The island is home to thousands of migrating birds with huge flocks of

Turnstones, Purple Sandpipers, Dunlins and Sanderlings
along the shoreline. Greenland Barnacle Geese,
Dotterels, Ringed Plovers, Skylarks and Oystercatchers on the Machair and Redshanks, Lapwings and
on the marshy grassland. We then drive across the land bridge to the island of Beneray with some time to explore
the wild coastline before heading to the ferry dock where the ferry will take us across to
Leverburgh on the Isle of
where we visit St. Clements Church at Rodel. The church was built in the late 15th century for the Chiefs of
the MacLeods of Harris
and in 1528, Alasdair Crotach MacLeod, 8th Chief, prepared for himself a magnificent wall
tomb on the south side of the choir - possibly the finest medieval wall tomb in Scotland, being crowned by an arch and with
ornate carvings of biblical design.
Dinner and Overnight Harris. (B,L,D)

Day 9 -
After some further exploration on Harris, we cross the land bridge onto the Isle of Lewis and then make our way
to the
Callanish Standing Stones. Dating back over 4000 years, ranks second in terms of importance only to Stonehenge
and is older. The main monument is an extraordinary cross-shaped setting of stones, centred on a circle of tall stones. At its
heart stands a solitary monolith 15 feet high. Lines of smaller stones radiate from the circle to east, west and south. From the
north runs an avenue 175 feet long, formed by two lines of stones that narrow as they approach the circle. Within the circle is
a chambered tomb. We will also visit the
Arnol Blackhouse Museum and then make our way to Stornoway, the largest
city on the island.
No. 42 Arnol is a unique and precious relic and once the home of a Hebridean Crofting Family and
their animals, the thatched house is preserved almost as the family left it when they moved out in 1965. For hundreds of
years it was the norm in rural Scotland for man and beast to live under the same roof. No. 42 Arnol is all that remains of a
vanished way of life. Once in Stornoway you can find some lunch, do some shopping and explore before we make our way
back to Tarbert for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Harris. (B,D)

Day 10 -
This morning we take some time in Tarbert to visit the Harris Tweed Shop and Warehouse of Family
s before taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye. The shop an Aladdin's cave of Harris Tweed and Hebridean Wool
items, from tea cosies to beautifully tailored
Harris Tweed Jackets, iPad covers to hand knitted Hebridean Wool socks.
Across from the shop is the warehouse where you will find the largest choice of Harris Tweed available. A rainbow of colours
and designs stretch from floor to ceiling. There are
Checks and Tartans, Plain, Herringbone and Overchecks,
Houndstooth and the Kaona Collection
all on show for you to browse through. While on the ferry you can get some
lunch before we dock at
Uig. Once on Skye we will do a bit of exploration and visit Skyeskins before getting checked into our
accommodation and settling in before dinner. Visitors to Skyeskyns are transported back in time to witness how real
sheepskins are made using time honoured methods of leather making - one of the oldest crafts known to man.
Dinner and
Overnight Skye. (B,D)

Day 11
- This morning we journey to Dunvegan to visit Dunvegan Castle which has been the stronghold of the Chiefs
of MacLeod
for nearly 800 years and it remains their home. Built on a Rock once surrounded entirely by salt water, it is
unique in Scotland as the only house of such antiquity to have retained its family and its roof throughout the centuries.
We will have lunch in Dunvegan before we journey round the
Trotternish Peninsula with its spectacular coastline. We
will stop at the grave site of
Flora MacDonald at Kilmuir. Flora is best known for her brave act in helping Bonnie
Prince Charlie
escape after the battle of Culloden, We will also visit The Quiraing being one of the most exciting natural
rock formations anywhere in Scotland We will also stop to see some of the other natural rock formations on the island. Next
we visit
Portree, meaning port of the king. You will be able to explore a bit before we find some dinner in this delightful
harbour village.
Dinner and Overnight Skye. (B,D)

Day 12 -
Leaving Skye behind today we make the long journey north to Kylesku. We will take the Skye Bridge back
across to the mainland to
Loch Duich where we stop for a photo op of Scotland's most photographed castle, Eilean Donan.
riginally built in 1220 by Alexander II as a defence against the Vikings. It subsequently became a stronghold of the
Mackenzies of Kintail
who installed the MacRaes as hereditary keepers and they rebuilt the castle as you see it today.
We then make the short journey to
Plockton. This peaceful Highland community in the Gaelic heartland was once based on
fishing and crofting but now draws artists and photographers from all over the world
. We often see Highland Cows
traveling through town and they are often a favorite. We then continue into the Applecross area, one of the most beautiful
areas of Scotland. With amazing panoramas to the
Outer Hebrides and South to the Kintail Mountains you will
understand why they call it
"the Sanctuary". This afternoon we make our way to Loch Ewe at one of the most dramatic
and remote locations on the north-west coast of Scotland, with breath-taking views across the
Minch to the Isle of Skye,
the Shiant Isles and the Outer Hebrides.
We then make our way to our accommodation to get settled before a late
. Dinner and Overnight Kylesku. (B,D)

Day 13 -
This morning we take a Boat Trip aboard the Rachel Clare on an informal, gentle cruise up the scenic waters of
Lochs Glendhu and Glencoul. You will learn about the otherworldly creatures living below the waves and the techniques
and tools used to get them from the
Loch to Plate. You will also experience up close colonies of Grey and Common Seals
and learn a little about their lives. There is also an abundance of bird life thriving in and around the Lochs. Watch as they
swoop and dive to catch a fishy treat. We will also take in the majestic
Eas a Chual Aluinn, the UK’s highest waterfall from
its best vantage point and learn the myth about its name. Finally see the award winning and beautiful
Kylesku Bridge, back
dropped by the beautiful local mountain
Quinag. We will have a packed lunch to enjoy while on the outing and then return to
the hotel to rest up before dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Kylesku. (B,L,D)

Day 14 -
This morning we start our drive north toward Scrabster and then to the Orkneys. I love the drive through the
Assynt Mountains and Loch Assynt
with its spectacular viewpoint. We continue through the mountains before we travel
Scenic Coastal Route to Thurso with some of the most spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in Scotland. Have
your cameras ready as there will be several wonderful photo ops. On this coastline  you will see some of the most amazing

Beaches and Cliffs
you have ever seen! We will find a cozy place to stop for lunch along the way. Much of the coastline is
composed of sea lochs and kyles and including
Loch Laxford, Kyle of Durness, Loch Eriboil, Loch Hope and the Kyle
of Tongue.
Our journey will eventually end up at the ferry terminal in Scrabster and you will be able to get some dinner
onboard after we get under way on the short crossing to
Stromness on Orkney. Overnight Orkney. (B,L)

Day 15 -
Our first stop this morning is Maeshowe, the finest chambered tomb in Western Europe. Built before 2700 BC, it
was raided by the Vikings in the mid-12th century and plundered of its 'treasures'. Maeshowe is interesting because of the
various runic inscriptions carved into the walls.  This is one of the best known collections and includes the
- a very well known Orkney icon. Next we visit Skara Brae a neolithic village dating from 2,500 BC which has been
hidden under sand dunes, perfectly preserved, for thousands of years and was only rediscovered 150 years ago.  We will also
visit the
Broch of Gurness, one of the most outstanding surviving examples of a later prehistoric settlement that is unique
to northern Scotland. The
Vikings who settled in Orkney from around 800 often used the mounds of earlier settlement sites
as burial places, and this was the case at Gurness. Next is the
Ring of Brodgar, a stone ring  built in a true circle originally
containing 60 megaliths. Finally we visit the
Standing Stones of Stenness dating from 3,100BC making the stones
complex one of the earliest stone circles in Britain.
Dinner and Overnight Orkney. (B,D)

Day 16 -
First thing this morning we will visit the Tomb of the Eagles on South Ronaldsay Island. Perched above the
South Ronaldsay Cliffs, the Isbister Chambered Cairn - better known today as the ‘Tomb of the Eagles’ - is
one of Orkney’s top archaeological sites. Discovered by chance by a local farmer in the 1950s, this
Stone Age Tomb
revealed an amazing collection of bones and artefacts, placed here some 5,000 years ago. We will have lunch before we stop at
Highland Park Distillery
for a Distillery Tour. This whisky is made with the same enduring belief and integrity, to the
same exacting standards, as it has been since 1798. We will have a tour of the distillery followed by a wee dram  and then you
will have some free time in Kirkwall before  dinner and then before boarding the overnight ferry to the
Shetlands. While
here you may want to visit
St. Magnus Cathedral. Begun in 1137 this cathedral built from alternating bands of local red
and yellow sandstone is one of the finest and best preserved medieval cathedrals in Scotland. After dinner we take in an
Evening of Peatfire Tales before we board a ferry that will take us on an overnight voyage to Shetland. Overnight At
Sea. (B,L)

Day 17 - Shetland,
a natural world where wildlife is truly wild and where you can watch otters and seals at play and where
the air is filled with the sound of seabirds crowding extraordinary cliffs in huge, noisy colonies.  6,000 years of human history
have endowed the islands with some of the finest archaeological sites in Europe. Our journey today will take us to the very
most northerly point in the
Shetlands on the Island of Unst. Our journey will take us north on Mainland Shetlands to
Toft where we board a wee ferry to cross the Island of Yell. We travel northward to the top of yell to Gutcher where we
board a wee ferry for the crossing to
Unst. We will explore the wilds of the Shetlands and drive to the most northerly point of
Unst where we can look out to
Out Stack, and uninhabited island that is the last land mass before the North Pole! After a
lovely days outing of exploring and amazing photo ops we make our way to our accommodation back on Mainland Shetland
for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Shetland. (B,L,D)

Day 18 -
This morning we travel to Eshaness and the Eshaness Lighthouse in the area of Northmavine. Eshaness
boasts one of the highest energy coastlines in the world. Blasted by the full force of the North Atlantic it displays a stunning
array of stacks, blowholes and geos (narrow inlets). The area of Northmavine boasts a wonderful range of wildlife and
Seals, Otters, Porpoises and occasionally Dolphins and Whales can be seen from the shore. Inland
expanses of peat and heather are home to
Mountain Hares, Rabbits, Polecats and a multitude of birds, including the
elegant Red-throated Diver which can be seen on many lochs. The lighthouse, which is visible for miles, is perched on the rim
of fabulous volcanic cliffs where the full Atlantic fury has shaped some of Shetland's most dramatic cliff scenery. You can walk
along to the head of
Calder's Geo, where the sea has gouged out a deep inlet along a line of weakness in the rock. Fulmars
float on air currents above the surging waves and nest among the crannies of the vertical rock faces, which are transformed
into hanging gardens. We then return home for dinner.
Dinner and Overnight Shetland. (B,L,D)

Day 19 -
This morning we take in the multi-period Jarlshof Prehistoric Norse Settlement. Jarlshof lies at the most
southernly tip of Mainland Shetlands and provides an insight into the way of life of the inhabitants at particularly interesting
periods – the late
Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish era, Norse era and the Middle Ages. It includes oval-shaped Bronze
Age houses, Iron Age Broch and wheelhouses, Viking long houses, medieval farmstead and 16th century laird’s house. We will
have a tour of the site before we make our way to
Lerwick, the largest town in the Shetlands. After lunch we will visit the
Clickimin Broch on Clickimin Loch, an outstanding example of a sophisticated type of stone-built round house found
only in Scotland. Clickimin Broch has evidence of settlement spanning over a thousand years. You will then have some free
time to wander around
Lerwick where the harbour is an excellent location to seal watch and where we will board the
overnight ferry back to the mainland at
Aberdeen. After boarding the ferry you will be able to find some dinner on board.
Overnight at Sea. (B,L)

Day 20 -
We dock this morning in Aberdeen and then make our way south to Glamis and Glamis Castle, the childhood
home of
The Queen Mother and the legendary setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth. Home to the Earls of
Strathmore and Kinghorne
, Glamis Castle has witnessed over 600 years of history. Glamis is also reported to be the
most haunted castle in Scotland and is a true fairy tale castle! You can find some lunch at Glamis and then explore the
gardens before we make our way to before we make to near
Falkirk to see the Scottish Kelpies, the world's largest
equine sculptures. We will have a
Guided Walking Tour that takes us through the vision of artist Andy Scott and how
history and industry impacted on his designing of these breath-taking sculptures. The pinnacle of the tour is that you get to
experience a Kelpie from the inside, and see for yourself the breathtaking engineering and design of the Kelpies.
Dinner and Overnight near Glasgow. (B,D)

Day 21 - June 7th -
We return to the Glasgow International Airport for the journey home.