Once we have finished exploring the island we will head back to the pretty town of Portree with its brightly coloured houses and sample some delicious local fayre or relax with a drink in one of its many restaurants.
Departing from your hotel, we will drive over the Forth Road Bridge which affords excellent views of its bridges spanning the river Forth into the ancient Kingdom of Fife, burial ground to Scotland's Kings and Queens. We will drive past Loch Leven, famous for imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots, over the Ochil hills towards the highland town of Pitlochry where we will stop for refreshments. Continuing with our journey we will pass Blair Castle and Scotland's highest whisky distillery - Dalwhinnie, before driving through the Grampians mountain range alongside Loch Laggan. We shall stop briefly at the Commando Memorial to admire the view of Aonach Mor and Ben Nevis which is Britain's highest mountain standing at 1,345 metres (4,411 ft) above sea level.
We will continue our journey up through an area known as the Great Glen hugging the side of Loch Lochy and Loch Oich before we stop for lunch at the Glengarry Castle Hotel. After lunch we will drive through Glen Shiel alongside the imposing mountains the 5 sisters of Kintail to our next stop - one of Scotland's most photographed castles 'Eilean Donan'. The castle sits on an island, surrounded by 3 lochs and magnificent scenery. After we have had an opportunity to explore the castle we will head towards the conservation village of Plockton where we shall stay for one night.
You will have free time to explore the village before we meet for dinner at the Plockton Inn, which is renowned for its fresh seafood – it even has its own smokery, don't worry if seafood is not to your taste they have lots of other things on the menu including vegetarian and gluten free options. There is also an atmospheric public bar and if we are there on a Tuesday or Thursday we will have the opportunity to listen to live music.
Today we will spend the day exploring Skye. There are plenty of things to see and do in Skye and a lot will depend on your interests - whether it's sightseeing, walking, photography, wildlife, whisky, crafts or shopping. Skye is known as the 'misty isle' so the other factor to take into consideration is the weather!
Leaving Plockton behind, we will cross over the Skye Bridge, passing through the seaside village of Broadford towards our first stop of the day – Sligachan at the foot of the Cullin Mountains. This is an excellent opportunity to take photographs of this famous mountain range. Our next stop is a visit to the crystal clear water of the Fairy Pools - if you are feeling brave you can even have a swim!
Retracing our steps we will continue towards the village of Carbost and the Talisker Distillery where we will have the option to sample Skye's oldest single malt, before driving to the ancestral home of the chiefs of Clan McLeod, Dunvegan Castle, where you will be plenty of time to explore the castle and its stunning gardens. We can have lunch here or if you would like to experience something special, the highly acclaimed 'Three Chimneys' restaurant is nearby.
After lunch we have the option to visit Neist Point Lighthouse on the most westerly tip of Skye or explore the white sand of Coral Beach, before winding our way up northwards towards Uig and the Fairy Glen. Weather permitting there is an option of a circular walk across the spectacular scenery of the Quaraing on the Trottenish Peninsula or perhaps you would like to visit the grave of Flora MacDonald, or see some dinosaur footprints, before we head down towards perhaps one of the most famous rock pinnacles in Skye the 'Old man of Stor'. From there we will drive to the colourful town of Portree where we shall spend the night.
Today, we are going to drive to the south of the island, where will visit the Clan Donald Visitor Centre before we take the short ferry crossing over to Mallaig. We will have time to explore this seaside port before we either, board 'The Jacobite' steam train or drive to Fort William. The journey crosses over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct featured in Harry Potter films and the Glenfinnan Monument (a tribute to the Jacobite Rising of 1745) before hugging the shores of Loch Eil and arriving at Fort William.
Heading south, we shall have a photo stop at Glencoe – site of the massacre of Clan Macdonald in 1692 before we drive over desolate Rannoch Moor, through Glen Ogle and on to the Victorian town of Callander where we will stop for refreshments before driving back to Edinburgh passing Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and the iconic Kelpies on the way. We should arrive in Edinburgh at approximately 8 pm where you will be dropped off at your hotel.