Your legendary local Guide
Freedram of Highland whisky
Isle of Skye’s awe-inspiring scenery
Free day to go monster spotting on Loch Ness
Stunning hikes through remote mountain terrain
Callanish Standing Stones, predating Stonehenge
White sandy beaches on Harris
Party it up in the capital of the Highlands - Inverness
Traditional Hebridean blackhouse and tweed makers
Plant a tree in the ‘Backpackers Grove’
Day 1: Edinburgh to Inverness
We pass the famous Forth Bridge and into Perthshire, surrounded by mountains, forests and salmon packed rivers. We stop in Dunkeld, heart of Macbeth country and its mighty cathedral
We continue north hearing tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the tragedy of his defeat on the eerie moor of Culloden, scene of the last major battle in Britain. The chance to have a dram of whisky at a distillery before arriving in Inverness
Day 2: Inverness to Loch Ness
Through the remnants of ancient Caledonian Pine Forest we take a walk through some of this amazing environment led by your fearless local Guide who will ensure we make it back to civilisation.
Our journey takes us through Drumnadrochit and onto Loch Ness. We see the ruins of Urquhart Castle before arriving at Fort Augustus on the shores of the famous loch.
Day 3: Free Day Loch Ness
Get amongst some spectacular Highland scenery and do your own thing. Hire bikes, take a boat trip on Scotland’s most famous loch to try and spot you-know-who, climb a mountain or chill out in Morag’s Lodge with a nice local beer.
Day 4: Loch Ness to Lewis
Today we journey through the wilderness of the north west Highlands, some of the most remote and most isolated mountain terrain in Europe.
We visit Corrieshalloch Gorge, a breathtaking mile long gorge set amongst the trees then on to the wee fishing village of Ullapool. Grab some of the best fish and chips you will ever have and tuck in to them on the pier before we board our ferry this evening bound for the Western Isles.
Day 5: Lewis & Harris
We visit the stunning Callanish Standing Stones, Neolithic in age and dating back more than 4,000 years. Their meaning remain a mystery, perhaps an ancient calendar but these are considered to be some of the most impressive and inspiring of any of the ancient stones in Britain.
These Hebridean islands are predominantly Gaelic speaking and have an unbroken culture dating back millennia. We visit a traditional blackhouse and the home of tweed makers, a fabric exclusive to the islands but now considered very trendy
Day 6: Harris to Skye
In the morning we explore the amazing beaches of Harris, famous for its clear blue waters, magnificent mountain backdrop and traditional crofting culture. These islands are home to the Clan MacLeod who have lived here for centuries.
After exploring the wonders of Harris, we leave their homeland and cross by ferry to the 'winged island', the Isle of Skye. We explore the magical isle with its awesome scenery and Cuillin Mountains while hearing about its many legends and faerie stories.
Day 7: Skye to Edinburgh
Back on the mainland, we stop to view the impressive Eilean Donan Castle perched on the shores of Loch Duich then journey along the Great Glen fault line before passing Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.
We discover the story of the name 'The Weeping Glen' at Glencoe, and the infamous massacre of the MacDonalds. Over the wilds of Rannoch Moor, we pass Stirling with its famous Wallace Monument, where the true story of Braveheart is told, before returning to the capital city of Edinburgh
Departs, High Street Edinburgh
Check In 8.30am
Where you stay on tour:
Quality places to sleep are key to a great tour experience. We are not tied exclusively to any hostel chain, so are free to select the very best places to stay and choose ones packed full of character, from rustic cottages and farms to castles and country houses.
All have great facilities, provide free linen, (you don't need a sleeping bag) and have top quality self-catering kitchens, security, and laundry facilities.
Dorm accommodation is guaranteed, simply pay as you go. Below is a selection of some of the great places we stay. All are guaranteed (but optional) and range from £18 to £23 per night.
If you want to treat yourselves or enjoy more privacy, private, twin and double rooms are available in most locations. Please let us know when making your reservation as we cannot guarantee availability. The cost per person is £25 to £45 depending on the season
Try whisky at an optional Highland distillery visit
Go monster spotting on a Loch Ness cruise
Enjoy a free day and hire bikes to get onto the forest trails
Try the best black pudding in the world in Stornoway, the tastiest fish and chips in Ullapool or even some haggis
Your legendary local Guide
Free dram of Highland whisky
Transport on one of the famous yellow buses
Free Lonely Planet guidebook
Are there any age restrictions
We are the leading youth travel tour operator in Scotland so the majority of our passengers are in the 18 to 35 age bracket and our style of travel reflects this.
The minimum age on all tours is 17. There is no maximum age. As long as you are reasonably fit and have a good sense of fun, we are sure you will have a fantastic time.
Will there be people travelling on their own
Whilst we regularly get couples and friends travelling together, every tour has loads of people travelling on their own and down to our style of travel, you'll get to know everyone soon enough
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