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From Edinburgh: Islay and The Whisky Coast 4-Day Tour

1. From Edinburgh: Islay and The Whisky Coast 4-Day Tour

Explore Islay and become a whisky expert on this unique 4-day tour. Sit back and enjoy the action-packed itinerary as you are driven in style in a luxury minicoach. And learn about the long history and traditions of this special Island. Discover everything Islay has to offer, from stunning sandy beaches to fascinating wildlife and a vibrant local culture. And try the famous Islay whiskies, renowned for their strong peaty flavors and nurtured by the salty sea air. Day 1 On day 1 you’ll travel through Loch Lomond National Park, with visits to Inveraray, Loch Fyne and the Kingdom of Dalriada. Here you can see the Kilmartin standing stones and community museum before catching the ferry to Islay for 3 nights in Bowmore. Day 2 Day 2 gives you the flexibility to visit the lovely sandy bays of Islay’s west coast, Saligo Bay, Kilchoman Distillery, Machair Bay, the tiny harbor village of Portnahaven, Bruichladdich Distillery, Ardnahoe Distillery, and the Islay Museum. Day 3 On day 3 you’ll explore the south side of Islay followed by a tour, tasting and lunch with local produce at Ardbeg. Other options include the ruins of Kildalton church or a visit to the community craft producers at Islay House Square and the woodlands along the River Sorn. Day 4 On day 4 you’ll take the ferry back to Argyll and the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada. Lunch will be at Kilmartin, home to 350 pre-historic monuments and stone circles, with some free time in Oban before returning to Edinburgh via Glasgow.

Edinburgh: Isle of Skye and Loch Ness 5-Day Highlands Tour

2. Edinburgh: Isle of Skye and Loch Ness 5-Day Highlands Tour

Day 1:Leave Edinburgh and head to the iconic Kelpies. Travel north to Stirling and the towering Wallace Monument, taking in stunning views of the Castle along the way. Enter the Highlands heading through wild Rannoch Moor and Glencoe and on to the fishing port of Oban, where you'll stay overnight. Day 2: Take the steam train from Fort William, crossing the viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies, where a monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s campaign now stands. Take the ferry to Skye where you can explore striking cliffs and mountains, before driving north to your overnight destination. Stay overnight in the Isle of Skye. Day 3:Explore more of the mysterious island that's full of awe-inspiring mountains, myths, and legends before returning to the mainland to view Eilean Donan Castle and wind your way along the Great Glen to the infamous Loch Ness. Stay overnight in Inverness. Day 4:Hunt for the elusive monster with a cruise on Loch Ness before turning northward and the stunning beauty of the northwest Highlands. Take in the beautiful town of Beauly with its Priory dating back to 1230. The day ends with a visit to Culloden Battlefield, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites were defeated in 1746. Stay overnight in Inverness. Day 5:Leaving Inverness, visit the Highland Folk Museum to get a real taste of Highland life from the past centuries. Next, head to a local Whisky Tasting of the so-called 'Water of Life'. For the final stop of the tour, visit Dunkeld and take a walk through the quaint village. Stroll along the River Tay and see the cathedral. Return back to Edinburgh in the evening.

From Edinburgh: Isle of Mull and Iona 3-Day Tour

3. From Edinburgh: Isle of Mull and Iona 3-Day Tour

The tour departs from Edinburgh and heads out along the banks towards Luss and stop for a short break to stretch your legs. Travel along the famous Rest and Be Thankful on your way to Inveraray and admire its spectacular fairy-tale castle. Arrive at Oban and visit a local distillery, or climb to the top of McCaig’s Tower and admire breathtaking views across the bay. Finally, hop on the ferry to Mull where you’ll spend the next two nights in Tobermory. Wake up on day two to a hearty breakfast then drive to the small port of Fionnphort for the foot passenger ferry to Iona. Head to the Iona Abbey and Nunnery, and learn about its rich history which dates back to 563. As you travel back to Mull, there’s plenty of opportunities to see native wildlife including seals and otters. After breakfast on day three, head back to the mainland towards the remote Ardgour Peninsula, passing through Glen Geal and the Sunart and Linnhe lochs. Catch the ferry which crosses at Corran into Glen Coe and listen to the stories of the massacre which took place here in 1692. Stop for some photographs and soak up the magnificent scenic surroundings. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, sit back and relax on the return journey to Edinburgh.

From Glasgow: Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye 5-Day Tour

4. From Glasgow: Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye 5-Day Tour

Day 1 Through the Trossachs to Oban… This wide-ranging tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here you’ll explore Scotland’s ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before you, you’ll be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle. Then it’s on to the picturesque seaside town of Oban. Overnight stay in Oban Day 2 A day of high hills and history… Day two takes you through the haunting landscape of Glen Coe (scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan) past Ben Nevis (Britain’s tallest peak) and Fort William. Then, stop to view the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films, and hopefully get a chance to see the steam train cross it, also known as the Hogwarts Express. You will also be able to see Glenfinnan Monument. Overnight stay in Kyleakin Day 3 A Whole Day to explore Skye... You'll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye's mysteries and landscape. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so lose yourself amongst the spectacular scenery of the Cuillin Mountains, the slanting hills of Quiraing and the incredible Trotternish Peninsula. Overnight stay in Kyleakin Day 4 Castles, mountains and on to Loch Ness… Once you leave Skye the first stop is a visit to the stunningly beautiful Eilean Donan Castle.* You then drive past the spectacular Torridon Mountains and through the stunning scenery of Glen Affric. Here you can stroll up to a beautiful waterfall, surrounded by ancient Caledonian forest. Then it’s on to your bed, near the fabled shores of Loch Ness. Overnight stay in Fort Augustus. Day 5 Monster hunting, historic battlefields and home. Today you’ll have plenty of time to explore Loch Ness. Why not take a boat tour over to Urquhart Castle*, visit the Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition*, or just monster hunt from the shore? You’ll then head south and have the chance to visit the battlefield of Culloden*, the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. Then you’ll pass the stunning Cairngorm Mountains and be able to explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry before arriving back in Edinburgh and Glasgow *optional extra

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What people are saying about Oban

Great trip for whisky enthusiasts! My husband and myself thoroughly enjoyed this trip with Stewart our guide. I’ve learnt to appreciate this magical water of life! We visited 7/9 distilleries on the island and came home to London with a suitcase full of whisky.

I would recommend this tour to anyone ! Wouldn’t have been able to see all the hidden gems of the Scottish highlands without doing a tour like this. Our guide Barry was hilarious. The b&bs were great and all had some sort of breakfast, varying in size.

Our guide from Rabbies was fantastic. Adam tried to anticipate our every want. Highly recommend this service. We were nervous, but everything went so smoothly. My husband was so happy with the whiskey experience!

Spectacular scenery with great guide named ROSS.

Saw a lot; did a lot. Ross was a great guide telling us stories about folklore, Scottish history, playing music for us on the long drives & an overall pleasant guy for a 5 day tour.

Very well organized tour, great accommodation and great tour guide! 100% recommended for whiskey fans!