Listen to the dramatic landscape and let your imagination run free. Ruined castles, remote villages, enchanting lochs and rugged coastlines whisper captivating tales of their mysterious past. Magical hikes through ancient glens and soaring bens, heathered moors and rocky mountain peaks feed your mind's eye. Even at night, legends are chronicled in luxurious castle retreats and cozy lodges by crackling fires, perhaps embellished with a wee dram of whiskey and the echo of a bagpipe.
1-2 Get your first glimpse of the Western Highlands in Kinlochewe | Walk around the blue waters of Lochs Clair and Coulin | Sandstone mountains and a wild, pine-dotted landscape come into view | In Torridon, hike up a mountain glen and see the hidden lake behind the famous massif Beinn Eighe.
3 Follow an old hunters' tracking route toward Loch an Eòin, with Maol Chean-dearg mountain reflecting in its waters | Hike a portion of the 200-mile long, magnificently untamed Cape Wrath Trail | On the Isle of Skye, enjoy views of the Cuillin Mountains and Portree Bay.
4 At the peninsula of Trotternish on the Isle of Skye, admire the dramatic ridgeline marked by plunging cliffs, green plateaus and rocky pinnacles | Pass craggy peaks and climb along Quiraing, with views of the sea and wild coastal landscape | Settle in for a fine local meal and musical performance.
5-6 Walk along the coast to the Point of Sleat for views of the isles of Rum and Eigg | Stroll on Camas Daraich's white sand beach | Ferry to Mallaig and board the vintage Jacobite steam train—made famous by its role as Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express—for one of the world's most beautiful train rides | Rest up at Inverlochy Castle, a beautiful Relais & Châteaux estate surrounded by evergreen trees and a shimmering lake | Hike beneath Ben Nevis, with scenes of pastoral landscape, rocky cliffs and vistas of the sea and lochs.