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  4. 4. Herzlich Willkommen bei Highland Tours Bienvenues dans nos circuits “A la Benvenuti all' Highland Experience – der besten Möglichkeit Schottland zu découverte des Highlands”: le meilleur Tours - il miglior modo per scoprire la erkunden. Wir machen das Beste aus moyen de découvrir l’Ecosse. Quelle que Scozia. Qualunque sia il tempo a vostra ihrer Zeit in unserem wunderschönen soit la durée de votre séjour, nous vous disposizione, vi aiuteremo a sfruttare Land. Unsere Reisen geben ihnen aiderons à profiter un maximum de votre al massimo il vostro tempo nel nostro einen wirklichen Einblick in Schottlands passage dans notre merveilleux pays. affascinante paese. I nostri tours vi Geschichte, Bewohner und Landschaften. Nos circuits vous donneront un très bon permetteranno di conoscere la Scozia, Wir präsentieren Ihnen das Beste, was aperçu de l’Ecosse, de son histoire et la sua storia e la sua gente. Vi mostreremo Schottland zu bieten hat und unsere de son peuple. Nous vous emmènerons il meglio che la Scozia ha da offrire e le Reiseführer erwecken dieses interessante à la découverte de ce que l’Ecosse a de nostre guide vi sveleranno l'autentica vita Land vor ihren Augen zum Leben, fernab mieux à offrir et nos guides vous feront di questo paese, non soltanto il famoso von Shortbread und Tartan. Wenn Sie vraiment vivre ce pays, bien au-delà shortbread e il tartan. Se lo desiderate, es brauchen, werden wir zufrieden, die du shortbread et du tartan. Si vous le sarà lieto di fornirvi una descrizione schriftliche Bezeichung von den Orten die demandez, nous serons contents de scritta, nella vostra lingua, dei luoghi Sie besuchen werden, in Ihrer eigenen vous fournir avec une description écrite che visiterete. Sprache Ihnen zu bieten. des endroits que vous visiterez, en votre langue propre. Bienvenidos a Highland Experience Tours, 欢迎来到体验高地旅游团 - 苏格兰高地体 Вас приветствует Highland Experience la mejor manera de descubrir Escocia. 验的最佳选择。无论您愿意旅行多久,我 Tours – лучший способ познакомиться Sea cual sea el tiempo del que disponga, 们会让您在这个美好的国家留下最最难忘 с Шотландией. Сколько бы времени le ayudaremos a sacar el máximo partido 的美好时光。我们的旅游团会带您进入苏 Вы не запланировали здесь провести, de su estancia en este fascinante país. 格兰最真,最美的地域,以及苏格兰的历 мы поможем Вам получить как Nuestros tours le permitirán conocer 史,人物,文化。 跟随我们,你会体验到 можно от нашей чудесной страны. realmente Escocia, su historia y sus 苏格兰最独特美妙的一面。我们的导游将 Наши туры дадут Вам возможность gentes. Les llevaremos a ver lo mejor 会把苏格兰活灵活现地展现在您面前,不 узнать Шотландию, ее историю и que estas tierras tienen que ofrecer, y 仅仅只是苏格兰的黄油饼干和呢格子。如 ее народ. Мы покажем Вам лучшее, nuestros guías les pondrán en contacto 果您有特别感兴趣想去的地方需要咨询,我 что есть в Шотландии, и наши гиды con la auténtica vida escocesa, yendo 们很乐意为您提供您的本国文字参考资料。 преподнесут Вам живую страну, mucho más allá de los mantecados знаменитую не только своим "shortbread" y de las telas de cuadros. песочным печеньем и шотландкой. Si así lo requiriese, estaríamos encantados Если Вы пожелаете, мы будем рады de ofrecerles una descripción de los предоставить Вам письменный обзор lugares que visite en su lengua materna. достопримечательностей, которые Вы посетите, на Вашем родном языке.
  5. 5. 01 DAY TOURS WELCOME TO HIGHLAND Loch Ness, Glen Coe EXPERIENCE TOURS & the Scottish Highlands Get to the heart of what MO POPU ST LAR Scotland has to offer. 04 Why are we the best way to experience Scotland? Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond The clue is in our name. However long you’ve got & Glengoyne Distillery to visit, we’ll help you get the most out of your time A taste of three classic Scottish ingredients - castles, lochs in this wonderful country: we’ll give you the best and whisky. 06 experience possible. St Andrews & the East Neuk of Fife Our tours will give you a real insight into Scotland, its Golf, beaches and the best fish history and its people. We’ll take you to see the best and chips in Scotland. 07 that this country has to offer, but our guides will also bring the place alive for you, showing you the real Rosslyn Chapel, Dunfermline & Stirling Castle Scotland beyond the shortbread and tartan. Get behind the headlines of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code. 08 THE BEST TOURS Our tours are designed to take you away from the crowds and The Hermitage, Dunkeld & the Highlands NEW T to give you authentic and out-of-the-ordinary experiences. Our FOR 2 OUR Experience the majesty of 009 guides don’t follow a script, instead they tailor their tours to each the Highlands. 09 individual group, creating new adventures every time. Oh, and they also know some great jokes. 02 DAY TOURS THE BEST ACTIVITIES Loch Ness, Inverness Rather than herding you into shops you don’t want to visit, we’ll & the Highlands point you in the direction of the activities and excursions that Immerse yourselves in the best will provide the richest memories and most fun. We know who of the North of Scotland. 10 tells the best stories and who bakes the best scones and we’ll Balmoral, Royal Deeside & Whisky introduce them both to you. The Royal Highland Experience. 11 THE BEST EXPERIENCE Loch Lomond, Kilmartin Glen & Oban Our small group sizes, luxury mini-buses and carefully chosen This is the ‘Best of the West’ Tour. 12 accommodation options ensure that you will have a really friendly and welcoming experience. And remember, we don’t just do scheduled tours, we can also create private, tailor-made 03 DAY TOURS excursions if you have something special in mind. Take a look at this brochure to whet your appetite – then get ready for the best Eilean Donan Castle, Skye & Loch Ness ISL of Scotland, the Highland Experience way. ADVEAND NTURE Cross over the sea to the magical Isle of Skye. 13 To book your unforgettable Scottish experience visit: www.highlandexperience.com 05 DAY TOURS The Lowlands, Northern Highlands, the West Coast & Skye The ultimate Scottish Experience. 14 01
  6. 6. HOW OUR TOURS WORK From the dramatic Cuillin Mountains of Skye to the mystical secrets of the Rosslyn Chapel, from the brooding battlefield of Bannockburn to the quaint fishing villages of Fife, Scotland is full of amazing things to see. A Highland Experience Tour is the best way to see this great country, but which tour to pick? Our one-day tours will get you straight to the heart of the Scottish experience and give you the chance to visit the most beautiful and historic parts of the country. If you have a bit more time you can join a number of our one-day tours together (they all offer unique experiences, so there’ll be no overlap) or try one of our multi-day adventures. These allow you to explore Scotland in greater depth and to take a little more time getting to know the country and its people. ACTIVITIES GUIDES One of the great things about our tours is that you’ll have lots Our guides are the special ingredient that make our tours so of time to get out of your luxury mini-bus and explore. We make memorable. Friendly, knowledgeable and above all fun, they’ll sure that there are loads of things for you to do at each point of make sure your tour is exciting and entertaining, full of amazing call – from boat trips and walks to whisky tastings and castle facts and absorbing activities. As you travel, they will reveal the tours. We take a great pride in knowing the most interesting fascinating stories, myths and legends of the countryside and places to visit and the most exciting things to do. What is more, places you pass. To add to the experience they’ll also play you Highland Experience clients get a discount on many of the beautiful and evocative Scottish music linked to the area you’re activities on offer. And remember, what you do is totally up to visiting (how about a bit of Capercaillie in Oban?). you; you can be as energetic or relaxed as you want. We’ll just let you know what the best options are. ACCOMMODATION On our multi-day tours you can be sure of a warm welcome and a comfortable night’s rest. That’s because we’ll help you find the perfect accommodation, whatever your budget. We provide a courtesy booking service for all the accommodation that you’ll need during your tour. In keeping with our company commitment to support Scotland, wherever possible we’ll book you into family-run accommodation in small villages and towns where you’ll find a genuine Scottish welcome and real Scottish style – no faceless hotel chains in big cities for us. You can choose from a range of accommodation styles and budgets. Whichever you choose, you’ll get a door-to-door drop off and a guaranteed best price. What’s more, as you pay your host directly, you’ll know exactly where your money’s going. Options include: hostels (£15-£20 pppn); B&Bs (£25-£45 pppn); and small hotels or guest houses (£45+ pppn). | highlandexperience.com
  7. 7. HOW WE WORK As a Highland-owned, Edinburgh-based company we are committed to being good Scots. For us that means doing our bit for the Scottish environment, its economy and for the people we employ and work with. We try to channel money where it is needed – into the heart of the local communities we visit. We are also committed to continually improving our environmental performance and have already taken a number of practical steps: all our buses meet the latest European emission regulations, we recycle all our rubbish and we have had our headquarters audited by Envirowise (the government’s green business agency) to keep informed of how we can improve. TRANSPORT A great tour needs a great vehicle and at Highland Experience As a mark of our commitment to Scotland’s beautiful countryside we have a fleet of modern Mercedes mini-buses to drive you we encourage all of our guests to donate to Trees for Life – the around Scotland in comfort and luxury. We have recently project that is working to restore the ancient Caledonian Forest enlarged our fleet with an additional four new Mercedes 515s. that used to cover a large area of the Scottish Highlands (see These vehicles feature air conditioning, double glazed windows, www.treesforlife.org.uk to have a tree planted in your name). reclining passenger seats, Blaupunkt audio and PA system and lowered entry steps. They are the perfect seats from which to Our commitment to being a great company is shown by the fact experience Scotland. that we have gained three prestigious tourism awards: FOOD & DRINK 5 Star – the highest level of award under Visit Great food is part and parcel of the Scottish experience and Scotland’s Quality Assurance Scheme. It shows we pride ourselves on knowing where you can get great tasting that we are ‘Exceptional’ at what we do. local food – whatever your budget. Our guides all love their grub and they’ll be more than happy to let you know where Investor in People – this prestigious award their favourite places to eat are located and to suggest some highlights our dedication to investing time and of the best things to try. They know the best pubs, cafes and money in the training and care of all of our staff. restaurants (and the best haggis); and they’ll help you sniff out the tastiest, locally-sourced food and drink: the true taste Hospitality Assured – presented by the Institute of Scotland. But don’t forget, the choice is up to you. That’s of Hospitality, this internationally-recognised why the price of food isn’t included in our tours – it’s up to award shows that we have achieved service and you to decide where you dine. For information on our bespoke business excellence in the hospitality industry. 'Gastronomy' tours see pages 16 and 17. 02 | 03
  8. 8. 01 MONSTERS, MOUNTAINS & MASSACRES DAY TOURS LOCH NESS, GLEN COE & THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS MO POPU ST LAR If you’ve only got a day, but want to get to the heart of what Scotland has to offer, then this is the tour for you. It’s the ‘monster of all trips’ and it’ll give you big adventures, big scenery and big fun. Get on board the world-famous ‘Nessie Bus’ and you’ll soon find yourself searching for the monster in the waters of the world’s most famous Loch. You’ll travel through the majestic Loch Ness scenery of the ‘homelands of the clans’ and pass under the Ben Nevis shadow of the UK's highest mountain. Glen Coe Pitlochry We’re never ones to follow the crowd and we make sure that this whole trip is full of unique and special moments. For Edinburgh example, our first stop in the Highlands is the beautiful village of Pitlochry, where we’ll show you where to buy the best homemade cakes we’ve ever found. You’ll stop for lunch at Loch Ness. Here you can have a leisurely lunch at a family-run restaurant overlooking the waters or grab a picnic and take a cruise*. We know the boatman with the best stories to tell, and we’ve asked him not to spare you any shivers. In the afternoon, as you stand at the mouth of Glen Coe, our guide will bring to life the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan so vividly that you’ll swear you can still hear the cries of betrayal echoing from the surrounding mountains. By the time you make it back to Edinburgh, you’ll have glimpsed the iconic railway bridge crossing the Firth of TOUR ITINERARY Forth and have seen the empty wilds of the Cairngorms From Edinburgh into Perthshire National Park; you’ll have travelled through the breathtaking We cross the Firth of Forth and stop off in Pitlochry. countryside where they filmed the BBC’s world-famous Into Monarch of the Glen country Monarch of the Glen TV series and your head will be We travel through the breathtaking Cairngorms swimming with tales of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. National Park and beyond. All in all, thanks to our guides, you’ll have had a real Scottish Loch Ness Grab a picnic and take a cruise* or eat and ‘monster Experience – one to remember forever. spot’ on dry land. Ben Nevis TOUR DETAILS Views of Scotland’s highest mountain (mist permitting!). Glen Coe Departure Days Every Day Time to enjoy the amazing scenery and learn its history. Whisky tasting stop Departs | Returns 8am | 7.30pm (approx.) A taste of the Highlands in the Highlands. Adults | Concessions from £32 | from £30 Stirling Past the castle and back to Edinburgh. Please meet at pick-up point 15 mins prior to departure. * Optional extra - subject to seasonal availability. | highlandexperience.com
  9. 9. “The views were be yond my wildest im I’ve seen climbing agination. videos of the Highla obviously not have nds but could grasped the area's Again, thank you kin vast beauty. dly for allowing me in the Loch Ness To to take part ur last week.” Daniel D. Lee, Loch Ness Tour , 2008 04 | 05
  10. 10. 01 DAY TOURS CASTLES, LOCHS & WHISKY STIRLING CASTLE, LOCH LOMOND & GLENGOYNE DISTILLERY This tour is the Scottish experience ‘distilled’. It will give you a taste of three classic Scottish ingredients – castles, lochs and whisky – and, because we aren’t venturing too far afield, it is the perfect trip for those who don’t want to hurry, but want to really savour the rich flavours of this beautiful country. You’ll be travelling through a landscape steeped in history. As you journey west to Glasgow and then on to Stirling castle, our guides will bring to life the turbulent times of William Wallace and explain his place at the heart of Scottish Stirling Loch Lomond identity. Once at Stirling, you’ll have plenty of time to get out Glasgow Edinburgh of your luxury mini-bus and explore its amazing fortress or stroll through the beautiful city itself. The Bonnie Bonnie Banks O’ Loch Lomond are your lunch- time stop and you can stretch your legs and take in the grandeur and scenery of Scotland’s first designated National Park. As with all of our tours, we know the best places to eat: so why not try lunch at a traditional pub built out of a 300-year-old oak tree? In the afternoon, there is then a chance to experience the real spirit of Scotland and visit one of Scotland’s most beautiful and unique distilleries. At Glengoyne, you’ll get a taste of the true spirit of Scotland – whisky. You’ll be able to take a tour of the distillery, find out how the drink is made and discover why a whisky matured in the Lowlands is classified as a Highland malt. Castles, lochs and whisky – the recipe for a perfect Scottish Experience and a perfect day out. TOUR ITINERARY Glasgow TOUR DETAILS A chance to see Scotland’s largest city. Stirling Departure Days Every Day Explore the castle or the old town. Loch Lomond Departs | Returns 9am | 7.15pm (approx.) Pub lunch or picnic. Guided walks or ‘free to roam’. Adults | Concessions from £26 | from £24 Glengoyne Distillery Tour and whisky tasting. Please meet at pick-up point 15 mins prior to departure. | highlandexperience.com
  11. 11. 01 DAY TOURS KINGDOMS, PALACES & GOLF ST. ANDREWS & THE EAST NEUK OF FIFE The Home of Golf, beautiful beaches and the best fish and chips in Scotland – what more could you want from a day out? Yes, it’s time to explore the great kingdom of Fife, just an hour or so north of Edinburgh and full of fascinating history and beautiful scenery. Fife has some of Scotland’s most picturesque villages and, on this tour, you’ll be able to visit the best. As you head for Fife, you'll be able to get a photograph of the famous Forth Railway Bridge. Our next stop is Falkland. Here, history seems to have St. Andrews stood still and you can soak up its old-world charms and drink Falkland East Neuk in the beautiful architecture of the nearby Palace with the Edinburgh option of a cup of morning tea. The heart of the Fife tour is the seaside town of St. Andrews and you’ll have more than two hours to explore this historic place. You’ll be able to watch people play some of the most iconic golf holes in the world and, perhaps, have a round on the Himalayas putting course. If you aren’t a golf-nut, rest assured that St. Andrews has much more to offer – it is one of Scotland’s most beautiful small towns and its long beach (famous from the opening shots of Chariots of Fire), historic streets, ancient university buildings and ruined cathedral are a delight to explore. It’s also got great shops and cafés. Why not try the world-famous fudge doughnuts at Fisher and Donaldson? After St. Andrews, you’ll journey through the East Neuk of Fife. This is an undiscovered corner that yields some real gems, including the historic fishing villages of Crail and Anstruther. Here there is the chance to experience an award-winning ‘fish supper’ (as it’s known to all true Scots) before heading home, full of good food and good memories. TOUR ITINERARY Falkland TOUR DETAILS See the Palace - favourite of Mary Queen of Scots. St. Andrews Departure Days Tue, Sat & Sun Golf, history and shopping. East Neuk Departs | Returns 9am | 6pm (approx.) Fishing villages and sea views. Adults | Concessions from £26 | from £24 Anstruther The best fish and chips in the world. Please meet at pick-up point 15 mins prior to departure. 06 | 07
  12. 12. 01 DAY TOURS QUEST FOR THE HOLY GRAIL ROSSLYN CHAPEL, DUNFERMLINE & STIRLING CASTLE Do you want to hear one of the greatest stories ever told? Then get on board our Quest for the Holy Grail. This fascinating tour will take you behind the headlines of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code and help you discover one of the most fascinating chapters in Scotland’s history – and one of the world’s most enduring mysteries. On this tour we don’t travel too far, but we do cover a lot of ground as we piece together the jigsaw of Scotland’s medieval history. Stirling Dunfermline We start the tour by crossing into Fife and you'll get a chance to see the world-famous Forth Railway Bridge, we then get Edinburgh into a landscape rich in history and our guides will begin to tell Rosslyn Chapel the story of this part of Scotland's past. The star of this story is Robert the Bruce, said by some to be the father of modern Scotland. You’ll be able to see the battlefield of Bannockburn, where Bruce routed the English in 1314, visit Stirling Castle which he re-captured, and walk down the beautiful nave at Dunfermline Abbey, his final resting place. Even if you’re not a history buff, you’ll find yourself swept up in the excitement of the story, as our guide explains how Scotland fought for its right to be a nation. But there is much more than history to discover. You can stroll round the city of Stirling at lunchtime and enjoy the breathtaking scenery as we take you through some of Scotland’s prettiest countryside. The tour finishes with the greatest mystery of all – Rosslyn Chapel. Is this the resting place of the Holy Grail? Did the Knights Templar build it? No one knows, but one thing is for TOUR ITINERARY sure – you’ll have fun trying to figure out some of the answers. Into Fife Views of the famous Forth Railway Bridge. Dunfermline Abbey The jewel in the crown of Scotland’s medieval TOUR DETAILS architecture. Stirling Castle Departure Days Tue, Thurs & Fri Explore the castle or city. Bannockburn Departs | Returns 9am | 5.30pm (approx.) Site of one of Scotland’s greatest victories. Adults | Concessions from £26 | from £24 Rosslyn Chapel Made famous in the Da Vinci Code. Please meet at pick-up point 15 mins prior to departure. | highlandexperience.com
  13. 13. 01 DAY TOURS A TOUCH OF THE HIGHLANDS THE HERMITAGE, DUNKELD & THE HIGHLANDS NEW T FOR 2 OUR 009 If you want to experience the majesty of the Highlands, but only have a limited amount of time to spare, then try our ‘Touch of the Highlands’ Tour. This is a beautiful, relaxed tour, perfect for those who want to take it easy, stroll through the Scottish countryside and get a feel for the grandeur of our high country. The tour starts a little later than most, so this is also a great tour for anyone who needs a bit of lie-in in the morning (you The Hermitage are on holiday, after all). Once we get going, our first stop is Dunkeld Crieff South Queensferry, where you can take a snap of one of the most-photographed bridges in the world: the railway bridge Edinburgh across the Firth of Forth. Our next point of call is the Hermitage – a beautiful National Trust site that lies on the banks of the River Braan. This is a perfect spot for a leafy walk through stunning countryside and a chance to see Ossian’s Hall, a Victorian folly built to honour the immortal bard of the Gaels. Lunch is at Dunkeld, on the banks of the Tay. Take a look at its beautiful cathedral and you’ll be transported back in time to when Dunkeld was a pocket-sized city and centre of Scottish Christianity. We next drive up into the Sma’ Glen and all of a sudden you will know you have arrived in the Highlands as the countryside takes on a much more imposing character. This is a landscape rich in history, beauty and wildlife – it’s a really special moment when we arrive. On the way home, we’ll stop in the bustling market town of Crieff and you’ll be able to roam around and enjoy its characterful shops and cafes before you board the bus again to head home. Then, relaxed and recharged, you’ll be able to TOUR ITINERARY say that you really have experienced the Highlands. From Edinburgh to South Queensferry Photo stop at the bridge across the Firth of Forth. The Hermitage TOUR DETAILS Woodland walk along the river Braan. Dunkeld Departure Days Sun, Mon & Wed Lunch and a visit to the Cathedral. The Sma’ Glen Departs | Returns 10am | 4.45pm (approx.) Into the Highlands. Adults | Concessions from £22 | from £20 Crieff Shopping and coffee in a traditional market town. Please meet at pick-up point 15 mins prior to departure. 08 | 09
  14. 14. 02 DAY TOURS THE HIGHLAND EXPERIENCE LOCH NESS, INVERNESS & THE HIGHLANDS The Highland Experience: two days of fun and adventure that will allow you to immerse yourself in the best that the North of Scotland has to offer. You’ll see world-famous lochs and imposing mountains, and, if you’re like most of our guests, you’ll find yourself falling in love with the Highlands. Inverness This tour will take you through a landscape rich in history, Drumnadrochit Loch Ness myth and legend – among the sites you’ll see will be Culloden, last stand of the Jacobites against the British government Glen Coe forces. You’ll also be able to walk through Glen Coe, where Dunkeld the MacDonalds were massacred, and experience the rugged beauty of Braveheart country. At each stop our guides will be Edinburgh there to bring the history alive for you. You’ll be travelling through some of the best scenery in Scotland – from the dizzying heights of the Drumochter Pass to the stunning peaks of the Cairngorms National Park; from the majestic sweep of the Great Glen to the towering heights of Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain). Along the way there will be ample time to get out and breathe in the Highland air, stretch your legs and try some hearty Highland fare. The night stop is in Drumnadrochit, a beautiful and welcoming village on the shores of Loch Ness. This means that in the morning, after a delicious Scottish breakfast, you’ll be able to really explore this beautiful loch. Why not take a boat tour over to Urquhart Castle* (with the best story-teller on the TOUR ITINERARY water), visit the Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition*, or just monster DAy ONE hunt from the shore? From Edinburgh to Dunkeld A chance to have a woodland walk in the Highlands. By the end of the tour, whether you’ve seen Nessie or not, you Through the Drumochter Pass can be certain that you’ll have had a real adventure – and a Lunch en-route. real Highland Experience. Cairngorms National Park and Culloden Mountains and massacres. DAy TWO Loch Ness TOUR DETAILS Explore the loch after a good night's sleep. Great Glen and Ben Nevis Departure Days Tue, Thurs & Sat See Britian’s highest mountain. Glen Coe Departs | Returns 9am | 6.30pm (approx.) Lunch en-route to the Glen. Adults | Concessions from £62 | from £58 Braveheart country and Stirling Pass the Castle and the Wallace Monument. Please meet at pick-up point 15 mins prior to departure. * Optional extra - subject to seasonal availability. | highlandexperience.com
  15. 15. 02 DAY TOURS ROYAL HIGHLAND EXPERIENCE BALMORAL, ROYAL DEESIDE AND WHISKY Have you ever wondered which bit of Scotland the Royal family likes the most? Well now’s your chance to find out. This two-day tour will take you up the beautiful east coast of Scotland to Royal Deeside, a place where monarchs from Queen Victoria onwards have holidayed. As befits a royal tour, we’ll visit some awe-inspiring castles Balmoral Dunnottar along the way. The Queen’s Scottish home, Balmoral* Castle is certainly the highlight, but you’ll also have a chance to Edradour Arbroath see Falkland Palace and explore the historic lanes of the surrounding village. You’ll also be able to wander through the Falkland evocative ruins of Dunnottar Castle. Perched on a cliff top, Edinburgh this fortress is famous for having protected the Scottish crown jewels from the English. Food and drink fit for royalty are another reason to join us as we travel north. You’ll be able to try one of Scotland’s seafood delicacies, the Arbroath Smokie (smoked haddock), in Arbroath itself. And when you stop at a traditional inn amongst the mountain scenery of Glenshee, you’ll have a right royal view. Because we spend the night in Royal Deeside we can devote much of day two to exploring the true spirit of Scotland – whisky. For those who appreciate this magical drink, this is a chance to visit three of the great distilleries. Royal Lochnagar (royal in name and nature), Edradour (the smallest in Scotland) and Glenturret (the oldest – which also boasts a BAFTA- winning visitor experience). TOUR ITINERARY For those who don’t indulge, there are loads of other things DAy ONE to do, including visiting Crathie Kirk (where Queen Victoria’s Falkland Highland servant John Brown is buried), strolling through Step back in time in this beautiful village. breathtaking scenery and exploring quaint villages – still the Over the Tay to Arbroath spirit of Scotland, just not in a glass. Lunch at this picturequre fishing port. Dunnottar Castle Haunting ruins overlooking the North Sea. TOUR DETAILS DAy TWO Balmoral* or the Royal Lochnager Distillery Departure Days Sun The royal connection. Glenshee Departs | Returns 8.30am | 6pm (approx.) Lunch surrounded by mountains. Adults | Concessions from £62 | from £58 Edradour and Glenturret Distilleries Whisky tasting and tours. Please meet at pick-up point 15 mins prior to departure. * not available during August, September and October when the Royal family is in residence. 10 | 11
  16. 16. 02 DAY TOURS BEST OF THE WEST LOCH LOMOND, KILMARTIN GLEN & OBAN The West coast of Scotland holds a special fascination for many. It’s a land rich in ancient history and, with its wild mountains and windy moors, it’s a place of romance, mystery and excitement. ‘Best of the West’ is the perfect way to find out about this wonderful region – two days of great food, amazing stories and exceptional scenery. The beautiful Trossachs (Scotland’s first designated national park), Loch Lomond and Glen Lonan (the funeral route of the ancient Scottish kings) are just some of the scenic wonders Oban you’ll be travelling through. You’ll be able to stop and explore Loch Lomond Stirling along the way. You should even be able get a close-up photo of Linlithgow Edinburgh a Hairy Coo (Highland cow), if you want! History is writ large across this landscape. In Kilmartin Glen, you’ll be able to explore countryside marked with the monuments and ruins of over 5,000 years of Scottish history (some older than the pyramids). You’ll see the beautiful ruins of Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, picturesque Inveraray, stronghold of the notorious Clan Campbell, and the haunting ruins of Kilchurn Castle on Loch Awe. At Dunadd Hill Fort, you’ll be able to walk in the footsteps of the kings of the Gaels, the ancient highlanders. At each step of the way our guides will bring this history alive – for example, you’ll find out just where Scotland’s most famous outlaw, Rob TOUR ITINERARY Roy, rustled cattle and why he became our greatest folk hero. DAy ONE Linlithgow Palace We’ll feed your mind, but also your body: the food and Birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. hospitality on this tour are second to none. Sample world- The Trossachs and Loch Lomond famous oysters, fresh from the waters of Loch Fyne, or try Where the Highlands meet the Lowlands. finger-licking garlic prawns from the harbour-side in Oban Loch Fyne and Inverarary (where you stay the night). Still not full? Try lunch at the 14th- The chance to try some oysters. century Drovers Inn near the head of Loch Lomond. By the time Kilmartin Glen and Dunadd HIll Fort 5,000 years of Scottish history. you get back to Edinburgh we can guarantee that you’ll be well Oban fed and that you’ll have tasted the Best of the West. Stay overnight by the ‘little bay’. TOUR DETAILS DAy TWO Glen Lonan Departure Days Fri Funeral route of ancient Scottish kings. Loch Awe Departs | Returns 9am | 6.30pm (approx.) The ruins of Kilchurn Castle. Adults | Concessions from £62 | from £58 Through Rob Roy country to Stirling A chance to see the Wallace Monument. Please meet at pick-up point 15 mins prior to departure. | highlandexperience.com
  17. 17. 03 DAY TOURS SKYE EXPERIENCE EILEAN DONAN CASTLE, SKYE & LOCH NESS ISL ADVEAND NTURE Crossing over the sea to the Isle of Skye is one of those magical experiences you should do at least once in a lifetime. Skye is a place of breathtaking scenery. It is also a place where the cares of the world slip away and you can slow down as ‘island time’ takes over. Skye Culloden Our three-day Skye tour is the best way to see this unique Eilean Donan Castle Loch Ness and special place. The route we take to the island is itself full Pitlochry of spectacle. You’ll pass Stirling Castle, cross the brooding Glen Coe expanse of Rannoch Moor and enter Glen Coe. As our road nears the coast its passes Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic images of the Highlands. Here you'll have the Edinburgh chance to visit the castle that featured in the film Highlander. Then it’s time to cross the ‘infamous’ bridge to Skye, to get a welcoming dinner and your bed for the night. When you wake, you’ll have a full day to explore. This means that you can take things nice and easy but still see all the sites, such as the craggy Cuillin mountains, the dramatic hills of the Quiraing and outstandingly beautiful Trotternish peninsula. What Skye memories will you bring back? Maybe you’ll spy an inquisitive seal peeking out of the waves, or spot an antlered stag silhouetted against the horizon. One thing's for certain: your Skye memories will stay with you forever. Once you’ve left Skye the Highland magic doesn't stop. You TOUR ITINERARY stay the second night at Loch Ness and on the third day you can go monster spotting and choose to take a boat cruise*. DAy ONE You’ll also visit the battlefield of Culloden, the site of the Through Rob Roy territory defeat of the Jacobite forces. As we head home, we’ll take Past Stirling Castle, across Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe. you through the stunning Cairngorm mountains and on to Eilean Donan Fort William and Ben Nevis, past the castle and across explore the picturesque Victorian town of Pitlochry (where the the bridge. best coffee and cake can be had). At the end of the tour, you’ll have made new friends and have heard ancient stories. Most DAy TWO importantly you’ll have experienced the magic that is Skye. Day on Skye Mountains, beaches, magic and memories. TOUR DETAILS DAy THREE Loch Ness Departure Days Wed & Sat Chance for a boat cruise* and monster spotting. Through Inverness and beyond Departs | Returns 8.30am | 6pm (approx.) The capital of the Highlands and on to Culloden. Adults | Concessions from £98 | from £88 The Cairngorms and Pitlochry Mountains scenery, coffee and cakes. Please meet at pick-up point 15 mins prior to departure. * Optional extra - subject to seasonal availability. 12 | 13
  18. 18. 05 DAY TOURS THE HIGHLAND & ISLAND EXPERIENCE THE LOWLANDS, NORTHERN HIGHLANDS, THE WEST COAST & SKYE This is the ultimate Scottish experience. In five wonderful days you will explore this great land of ours, soak up its dramatic scenery, discover its turbulent past and get to know its welcoming people. Your journey will take you through high Torridon mountain passes and across historic battlefields, along rugged and beautiful coastlines and through Skye Loch Ness misty glens. The tour starts by heading north through the stunning lowland Dunkeld Oban countryside of Fife and Perthshire. It then climbs into the Loch Lomond heart of the Highlands to reach Inverness and Loch Ness. The Edinburgh second day takes you through the stunning scenery of Glen Affric and the Torridon Mountains and on, over the sea, to the magical Isle of Skye. You’ll have the third day to explore the island’s mysteries and landscape. Day four sees you travelling past Ben Nevis and down the dramatic west coast and through the haunting landscape of Glen Coe. Day five provides a battlefields in the world, including Culloden and Glencoe. wonderful conclusion to the tour as you explore the ancient, Visit the stunningly beautiful Eilean Donan Castle and pass historic landscape of Kilmartin Glen south of Oban. through the village of Appin, made famous in Robert Louis Stevenson’s book Kidnapped. Then immerse yourself in There will be numerous chances to get out of the mini-bus and Scotland’s ancient past at Kilmartin Glen, where over 5,000 explore. For example, you can take a woodland walk along the years of history are marked on the landscape: literally walk riverside at Dunkeld and a chance to see its ancient cathedral. in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Or how about a stroll up to a stunning waterfall surrounded Temple Wood Stone Circle. by the ancient Caledonian forest that used to cover much of the Highlands? On Skye, the mountains and beaches beckon We’ll feed your mind and also your body: Good grub is a and you can loose yourself amongst the spectacular scenery key part of this Scottish adventure. You’ll lunch in some of the Cuillin mountains, the slanting hills of Quiraing and the glorious places: in the Cairngorms, Britain’s highest mountain incredible Trotternish peninsula. Of course, a trip to Loch Ness plateau and in the beautiful Loch-side village of Inveraray, the wouldn’t be complete without some monster hunting and you stronghold of the infamous Clan Campbell. You’ll also have are free to take a cruise* and hear our boatman’s exciting the chance to try a nip of whisky with the locals in Portree, stories about the Loch and its mysteries. the capital of Skye, try oysters on the shores of Loch Fyne, or garlic prawns by the quay side at Oban. The tour will not just take you to stunning places, it will also take you back in time. Walk across some of the most famous Overall, this five day tour will allow you to really get a deep understanding of the places you’ll visit. Our guides TOUR DETAILS particularly enjoy this tour as it gives them the opportunity to really get to know people, so that they can make sure that Departure Days Mon everyone gets to see exactly what they want. By the time you Departs | Returns 8.30am | 6pm (approx.) return to Edinburgh you’ll have made new friends, have some Adults | Concessions from £170 | from £160 really unforgettable memories stored away and have got to know the real Scotland. Please meet at pick-up point 15 mins prior to departure. * Optional extra - subject to seasonal availability. | highlandexperience.com
  19. 19. "My friend Heather an with Steve d I went o . Steve's lo n the 5-day ve of and Tour made the passion fo Highlands r Scotland alive for us. and the Isle His knowle of Skye co dge of Sco me combined tland's his with his w tory made our onderful st trip an unfo orytelling ab rgettable ex ilities for everyth perience. T ing Steve hanks – we'll nev er forget yo u!" Heather C lendening Heather S & kibenecky TOUR ITINERARY DAy ONE From Edinburgh through Fife and Perthshire Riverside walk at Dunkeld. Into the Highlands Drummochter pass, lunch in the Cairngorms. On to Loch Ness Culloden, Inverness and the Loch. DAy TWO Glen Affric Explore the ancient Caledonian forest. Torridon Mountains Time for lunch amidst the mountains. On to Skye Over the sea to the island. DAy THREE Skye Tour Walking, sight seeing, souvenir hunting and exploring. DAy FOUR Eilean Donan Castle One of the most iconic buildings in the Highlands. Ben Nevis and Fort William The pinnacle of the Highlands. Loch Linnhe and Glen Coe Beauty and battles. DAy FIVE Kilmartin Glen 5,000 years of history in one place. Inveraray Lunch by Loch Fyne. Loch Lomond and Stirling A beautiful way to finish. 14 | 15
  20. 20. PRIVATE TOURS: THE BESPOKE We can put together a tailor-made tour to help you CLAN HOMECOMING TOURS discover Scotland your way. One of our most common requests is for ‘Homecoming’ tours in which people ask us to help them track down their ancestors and If you are visiting Scotland and want to do something special, to take them to explore the homelands of their clans. If you’ve got or have a particular activity, hobby or interest that you want to such a tour in mind, then we should be your first port of call – we pursue while you explore the country, then why not try a Highland are skilled at researching clan histories and will make sure that Experience private tour? your tour really does take you ‘back home’ to see all of the key historic sites of your clan’s past. Of course we’ll also add in stops We have the knowledge and expertise to put together a bespoke to taste your ‘local’ whisky and visit your ‘local’ highland games, if tour that will meet your specific needs, whatever the size of your you want. party, your budget or your timescale. In fact we are the best in the business when it comes to crafting tours that combine all of the best elements of Scotland in a way that is entertaining and enjoyable. Our bespoke tours are ideal for small private groups, such as families and friends, study groups or corporate guests. Like our scheduled tours you’ll be accompanied by a knowledgeable and friendly guide who will bring alive the countryside and places you pass through. Unlike our scheduled tours, you’ll have your vehicle and guide all to yourself and your route and the itinerary will be designed, from scratch, to meet your exact requirements. No request is too large or too small for our team. Take a look at some of the ideas on this page to see the types of tours we can put together. But remember we love a challenge! Give us a call and we’ll turn your holiday dreams into reality. SCOTTISH GASTRONOMY TOURS Scotland has the best food and drink on the planet – from the freshest seafood and the tastiest game to the finest single malt whiskies and the heartiest porridge and haggis. To help you explore Scotland's culinary treasures we can put together a lip- smacking menu of gastronomic treats. We'll take you to the best local eateries and the finest Michelin-starred restaurants. We'll arrange a tour of our great distilleries and take you to the places where the finest raw materials come from. We'll give you the real taste of Scotland and a whole host of mouth-watering memories. | highlandexperience.com
  21. 21. ACTIVITY TOURS Scotland is one of the best places in the world to experience an activity holiday in the great outdoors. Whatever sport you are into – whether it is golfing, walking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, shooting or fishing – we can arrange a tour that will allow you and your party to indulge your passion surrounded by the most spectacular scenery and with access to the best facilities. Don’t just take our word for it though, we recently put together a bespoke five-day tour for three generations of American Campbells trying to trace their Scottish roots. This is what they thought: Hi, My family recently returned home from adventure through our Scotland vacatio Highland Experienc n/ impressed with the e Tours. Everyone wa quality of the tour an s very guide, Will. d with our exception al The tour, and guide , exceeded our expe extremely knowled ctations by far. Will geable and passion is very engaging with ate about Scotland. everyone, adults an He was so much about Scott d children alike. We ish history, culture, learned the legends and lor the people, landsca e of the land. Every pes, brilliant. Will is exce minute of the tour ptional at his trade was and should be comm ended. It was sad when the tour came to an en a return trip though. d, we are already pla I arrived in Scotlan nning the country and lef d excited to see so t absolutely thrilled me of we did. Please pass to have experienced this information on what of Highland Experie to the owners/mana WILDLIFE TOURS nce Tours. If your oth gers as Will, then you ha er guides are half as People return again and again to Scotland to see its wildlife, from ve an exceptional sta good Scotland, I will recom ff. To anyone trave the spectacular birds of prey that hunt its moors to the deer that mend Highland Ex lling to perience… graze its upland wildernesses. At Highland Experience Tours we can get you close to some of the most wonderful animals in the world, amidst the most spectacular scenery imaginable. Whatever Regards, Kevin William Cam the season and whatever type of wildlife you are interested in, pbell we’ll give you the wildlife experience of your life. 16 | 17