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Tour highlights

  • Enjoy the freedom of driving your own car. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle for you if required.

  • Hike through Glencoe's untamed landscapes with your private local guide.

  • Enjoy an evening of Scottish storytelling in a classic hiker's pub.

  • Go sea kayaking to explore hidden coves and secluded beaches.

  • Take a foraging walk and try your hand at gin distilling on the Isle of Skye.

Price includes

  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • In-destination transfers

Itinerary idea in detail

Using your own vehicle for self-drive touring

  • Make your own way to Loch Lomond. From here, you’ll take a privately guided kayaking tour out onto the loch, surrounded by the Trossachs mountain range, known as the gateway to the Highlands. Tonight, stay in a picturesque lochside village.

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  • Leave Loch Lomond and drive further north to Glencoe, where you'll meet your private guide for the next three days. You’ll then head into the heart of Glencoe for a short but fairly steep hike to the Lost Valley, where the MacDonald clan used to hide their rustled cattle. A picnic lunch is included.

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  • Spend most of the day hiking. You’ll head you up and over the highest pass of the West Highland Way. Weather allowing, you'll have fantastic views across the surrounding mountains, including towards Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. A picnic lunch is included. On reaching a small village at the head of Loch Leven, you'll be collected and driven back towards your hotel. En route, stop at a climbers' inn to meet a local storyteller, who'll regale you with tales about Glencoe.

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  • Enjoy another day of hiking, deciding for yourself on the length and difficulty of your route, which will also depend on the weather. You could aim to hike one of Glencoe's summits to finish your three-day walking trip on a literal high. A picnic lunch is included.

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  • Make your way to Fort William today to board the Jacobite Steam train, better known as the Hogwarts Express! You'll cross over the Glenfinnan Viaduct while taking in impressive views. The roundtrip journey will return you to Fort William and you will make your way back to your hotel in Glencoe.

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  • Leave Glencoe and drive on the 'road to the Isles' out to Mallaig this morning, to board the ferry across to Skye. Once you've checked into your waterfront hotel, which has views across to the mountains, you have the rest of the day to begin exploring the island by yourself. Portree, the main town on Skye, isn't far away, or you could head into the Cuillin Hills for some hiking.

  • Explore Skye’s northern peninsula, which has some of the island's most eye-catching rock formations and best views. Following the area’s extensive trails, you'll pass the distinctive rocky outcrops of Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing, which are popular filming locations, and see a waterfall cascading directly into the sea, as well as a beach where dinosaur footprints are visible at low tide. As you round the north of the peninsula, make your way to Dunvegan Castle. Here, you can take a short boat trip out to spot seals and take in views of the castle from the water, as invaders would once have done. Back on land, explore the castle and its gardens and meet the estate manager for a wee dram of whisky in the Great Hall.

  • Meet your private guide this morning for a hike through Skye's spectacular landscapes. In the afternoon, meet the Eilean Donan's master distiller and head off on a short foraging walk to learn about the art and process of gin distilling, before returning to label your own bottle.

  • Drive across the Skye Bridge this morning to the waterside village of Plockton. Here, you’ll meet your private kayaking guide and head out into the bay to explore the surrounding coves and beaches, with a backdrop of islands and mountains across the water. Later, drive through the central Highlands to Methven Castle, your home for the night. Dinner is included tonight.

  • Leave Methven and make your way home.

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While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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Loch Lomond
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Isle of Skye

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