Skelping the Highlands
‘ Dramatic landscapes, mountains, castles, endless lochs, wilderness, Scottish sightseeing at its best. ’
This tour takes you west from Perthshire to reach the open sea and Loch Linnhe. Along the route we move from the gentle slopes of the Breadalbane hills to the rugged mountains of Lorn and Lochaber and the forests of Argyll.
A full day with lots of miles to cover but well worth it for the memorable views of the wild and wonderful landscapes of Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, Lorn, Ben Nevis and Drumochter. A scenic trip that is absolutely spectacular on fair weather days.
Main tour landmarks
Please note the order of visits may vary depending on collection point.
Collection at Hotel.
- The highland village of Comrie - ‘Shaky Toon’ (Photo stop)
Over the Ross humpbacked bridge built in 1791, to view the Earthquake House which monitors the earth tremors on the Highland Fault Line, which runs across the width of highland Scotland
- The hamlet of Lochearnhead (Photo stop)
Our route takes us briefly into the Loch Lomond National Park with views over Loch Earn, popular with sailing enthusiasts (Usual morning coffee stop)
- Glen Ogle (Photo stop)
Here the road threads through Rob Roy country, running opposite the old disused West Highland railway line with its spectacular viaduct now forming part of the West Highland Way walking route
- Bridge of Orchy (Photo stop)
As the road climbs we reach a breathtaking viewpoint overlooking Loch Tulla and then skirt the edge of Rannoch Moor a virtually inaccessible wilderness that stretches as far as the eye can see.
- Glencoe (The Valley of Weeping) (Photo stop)
One of the most photographed mountain areas in Scotland. This site of the Glencoe massacre in 1692 retains its sinister feel as the road passes directly under mountain groups like the Three Sisters, The Devil’s Staircase and Buachaille Etive Mor. The film set location used for 007 Skyfall and Outlander, as a ‘must see’ destination it does not disappoint
- Glencoe Visitor Centre (Option for lunch stop)
National Trust for Scotland - Visitor Centre with Glencoe Exhibition
- South Ballachulish (Photo stop and Option for lunch stop)
Stunning views of Loch Linnhe , Loch Leven and the Ballachulish Bridge and to the south a group of hills forming the Ballachulish Horseshoe
At this point there is a choice of tour routes;
North route tour
- Loch Linnhe (Photo stop)
We follow the coastal road along the east side of this 31mile long sea water loch to Fort William, the highland town standing in the shadow of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis at 1,344m high
- Glenfinnan (Visit and Photo stop)
From the hill viewpoint above the Glenfinnan Monument at the head of Loch Shiel, erected in 1815 to commemorate where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s standard was unfurled in 1745 the view down Loch Shiel is awesome. Nearby is the multi-arch railway viaduct recently made famous by its inclusion in the Harry Potter films
- Corpach / Lochy Bridge (Photo stop)
The location of one of Scotland’s engineering marvels - Neptune’s Staircase - a series of 8 locks (each one 180 feet x 40 feet) that raise the Caledonian Canal 64 feet in less than half a mile.
- Spean Bridge (Photo stop)
Great viewpoint for sights of Ben Nevis and the surrounding Nevis range of mountains. At this location you can also see the magnificent Commando Memorial by sculptor Scott Sutherland. The commando training centre was at nearby Achnacarry.
- Glen Spean (Photo stop and afternoon tea stop)
A picturesque road journey alongside Loch Moy and Loch Laggan with its hydro dam and unusual inland beach. Many of the surrounding hills exhibit strange horizontal markings known as the Parallel Roads.
- Strath Mashie
Flowing through this strath is the upper reaches of the River Spey which gives its name to the biggest whisky producing area in Scotland - Speyside. We then head south towards Dalwhinnie with the highest whisky distillery above sea level in Scotland and the sinister Pass of Drumochter guarded by mountains called the Boar of Badenoch and the Sow of Atholl.
- Bruar and Blair Atholl (Photo stop)
Our route follows the main A9 south with great views of Blair Castle an archetypal Scottish castle and Ben Vrackie as we run alongside the River Garry and then the River Tummel
- Pitlochry (Photo stop)
A busy resort town with an impressive hydro dam and unique salmon ladder. Also well known for its Festival Theatre and whisky distilleries - Bells and Edradour (the smallest in Scotland)
South route tour
- Appin (Photo stop)
The coastal road runs along the side of the vast sea loch, Loch Linnhe with views to the remote lands of Morvern and Ardnamurchan. Sandwiched on a tiny tidal island between Lochs Linnhe and Creran we come across the restored Castle Stalker. This area inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s book - Kidnapped
- Benderloch and Connel (Photo stop)
Coastal views to the islands of Lismore and Mull before reaching the unusual Connel road bridge (converted from railway use) at the mouth of Loch Etive. Beneath the bridge is a rare sea cataract called the Falls of Lora
- Dunstaffnage Castle (Photo stop)
Historic castle that is thought to be the source of the ‘Stone of Destiny’ taken south to Scone by Kenneth McAlpin around 840 AD to be used for the crowning seat of Scottish Kings
- The Pass of Brander
Mythical home of the Scottish bard Ossian and the legend of the ‘Old Hag of the Ridges’
- Loch Awe (Photo stop)
Location of Cruachan underground power station, the striking Norman Gothic St Conan’s Kirk and sitting at the end of the loch, the ruins of Kilchurn Castle
- Dalmally to Crianlarich
A scenic road passing along the foot of ‘Munros‘ Ben Lui (source of the River Tay) and Ben More
- Breadalbane (Photo stops)
Depending on the tour start point and available time a scenic drive returning back through Strath Earn or via Killin along the side of Loch Tay to Kenmore and Aberfeldy
Return to Hotel
The price for this tour is £175 per person.
This price includes:
- Collection and return to your hotel
- Luxury tour transport
- Mid morning coffee and shortbread
- Al-fresco picnic lunch (see menu)
- Mid afternoon tea and pastries
- Entry fees at tour visit stops
- Tour information pack
Tour timings are flexible to suit your day though normally within the window;
Pick up 8.30am
Approx tour mileage is 220 miles (350km)