North of Scotland Tours
Loch Ness, Inverness and Glencoe
Inverness, the capital and administrative centre of the Highlands, is an attractive city situated at the north end of the 65 mile long Caledonian Canal, close to the Moray Firth with its resident group of extrovert dolphins.
Close by is the haunting Battlefield of Culloden, site of the last battle on British soil in 1746 and where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s campaign came to a bloody and decisive end. Scotland’s largest loch measured by volume of water is Loch Ness, much more famous for its elusive Monster: the impressive ruined Castle Urquhart is a great vantage point for Nessie spotting! Following the Canal to the south entrance, we pass through Fort William, en route to the atmospheric and brooding Glencoe, scene of the notorious 1692 Massacre.
Isle of Skye, Glenfinnan and Fort William
From Fort William, the route to Skye is “The Road to the Isles” which passes the Glenfinnan Viaduct, now famed as a film location for Harry Potter and his Hogwart’s Express. Also at Glenfinnan is the Monument where Bonnie Prince Charlie first rallied his Jacobite army in 1745 to start the “45 Rebellion”.
The route continues to Arisaig and the Skye ferry port of Mallaig, with stunning views to the islands of Rum and Eigg, as well as Skye itself. The largest of the Inner Hebrides, Skye is known as “The Misty Isle”. Its beautiful and romantic landscape is dominated by the Cuillin Hills towards the south and the crazy rock formations of the Quiraing to the north. Skye is a magnet for visitors, and boasts one of Britain’s finest restaurants – “The Three Chimneys” at Colbost. Rock climbers and hill walkers enjoy the challenges set by the Cuillins.
Royal Deside, Aberdeen and North East
Mike also arranges tours to Aberdeen. More information can be found on this tour by contacting Mike directly.