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Scottish Highlands: Inverness & Isle of Skye

The Scottish Highlands. A place where wild, raw and dramatic terrain gives way to quaint hamlets and cozy pubs. Where places delight with names like River Snizort and Fairy Lochs. From Loch Ness to the Isles of Skye and Raasay to Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve, be mesmerized as you trek along forested trails, near dramatic cliffs and past idyllic coves with dolphins in the distance. And when you're ready to put up your feet, an afternoon tea or a Scottish ale will be calling your name.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels*

FROM: $4,399 pp dbl occ
($900 for sgl occ)

Scotland

Start/End Inverness

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Discover why Scotland is a hiker's paradise as you explore the wild Scottish Highlands including the Isles of Skye and Raasay and the region's famous lochs
  • Wind through geologically tangled terrain and mossy forest trails, gazing up at massive coastal mountains and over open moorland
  • Relax at a private Scottish whisky tasting, enjoy the area's best ales, taste delicious local seafood and dig into traditional pub fare
  • Learn about the local culture and lore of colorful towns, historical landmarks and perhaps come face to face with Nessie of Loch Ness!
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Itinerary
Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Get your first glimpse of the Scottish Highlands in Inverfarigaig as you walk along a mossy trail to a viewpoint of Loch Ness | Pop into a cozy pub for a Scottish ale or whisky | Enjoy an afternoon cruise on Loch Ness.

Lovat Loch Ness hotel, Scotland
Lovat Loch Ness
Fort Augustus
| *Premiere Hotel

Set near the shore of Loch Ness and on the site of Kilwhimen Barracks (a wall of the 1718 fort still stands on the grounds), this family-run hotel exudes warmth and is housed in a lovely Victorian building. 
 

Days 2-3

Explore one of Scotland's most picturesque castles, Eilean Donan | On the Isle of Skye, hike to forgotten beaches and ruins along the coast | Hop on a ferry to the magical Isle of Raasay where local musicians play for us | Explore the deserted and haunting villages of Suisnish and Boreraig, while a local expert regales us with highland tales | Walk along stunning coastline and up to a high point with soaring vistas of the Cuillin Hills and the Scottish mainland | Summit Raasay's largest peak, Dun Caan with its flat-topped ridge, and take in views of the Cuillin Hills of Skye to the south, the Trotternish peninsula with its craggy mountains to the northeast, the mainland town of Applecross to the east and the austere beauty of Raasay from its highest point | Enjoy a private tour and tasting at a whisky distillery.

Ilse of Raasay Distillery or Raasay House
Isle of Raasay Distillery or Raasay House
Isle of Raasay

Located about a five-minute walk from each other on the Isle of Raasay, these two cozy and beautiful hotels are set by the sea with fantastic view of the Cuillin Hills of Skye.  (We've reserved accommodations at both hotels.)

Days 4-6

Joined by our local guide, explore the nooks and crannies of Raasay's main town, its secret beaches and gorgeous woodlands | At the pier, hop on a boat back to the mainland searching for whales and porpoises | Discover the Gairloch and Conon Estate, including its Flowerdale Glen, cascades and botanical garden | Cool off with a swim at spectacular and secluded Gairloch Beach | Keep an eye out for golden eagles and red deer | Coastline vistas unfold as we trek up to the Fairy Lochs—a series of small lochs in heather-covered moorland | Dig in to a real local pub experience with fish and chips, or perhaps you're ready to try haggis! | Taste the spirits at a local gin distillery | For a new perspective, head out in kayaks in search of seals, minke whales and sea otters | Cozy up by the fire with a whisky in hand before a seafood dinner | Stroll the beaches of Gairloch before we return to Inverness.

Shieldaig Lodge, Scotland
Shieldaig Lodge
Gairloch
| Casual Hotel

The warm oak paneling and comfortable leather seating in this refurbished hunting lodge invite you to relax and enjoy magnificent garden and loch views.
 

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 1-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 800 ft. gain
Level 4 | 8 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles* | 1200 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles* | 1600 ft. gain
Level 4 | 10 miles | 1800 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 4 miles | 300 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 6 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 2 | 7 miles | 600 ft. gain
Other
Kayaking in Badachro Bay (1.5 hours)
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 200 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

Note: The terrain on this trip is mostly rolling, with some moderate and occasionally steep ascents and descents. Many of our hikes are on boggy and uneven trails, pavement and dirt roads that can be wet, muddy and rocky. We also traverse some steep mountain paths. Please note that on several sections of our hikes the van will be unable to intersect the route. Also note that the terrain can make the routes feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

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