Did you know skiing is possible in Scotland? Ok, it might not be as glamorous as the likes of St Moritz, but if it's in the UK, it gets our vote.
Helen, Original Traveller
The Highlands and islands have much to offer for just about everyone, from families in search of adventure, to history enthusiasts exploring ancient castles and ancestral heritage. Golfers can practice their swing on some of the world's finest golf courses, and of course there are a few fine whisky distilleries to explore. Scotland's Highlands offer some superb fishing and we would be delighted to match you up with the perfect ghillie so you can try your hand at stalking on one of Scotland's private estates!
Why we think you’ll love it
- THE place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Walkers, twitchers and those wanting to trace their Celtic roots need look no further
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Our guide to holidays in Highlands & Islands of Scotland
We can help organise all of the above and more, all tailored to your exact requirements of course, however here is a tantalising teaser to start…
Day 1: Starting your visit in Inverness, take a ride around Loch Ness on the back of a chauffeured motor-trike exploring the landscape that is so rich in local myth and mystery. After lunch at The Cawdor tavern, marvel at the history of Cawdor Castle before trying your hand at Duck herding with a sheepdog.
Day 2: Head to the Cairngorn National Park to take on a hill or two followed by a hearty Scottish pub lunch. Afterwards take to the high seas for Dolphin Spotting in the Moray Firth.
Day 3: Drive north to a spectacularly dramatic castle overlooking the North Sea, visiting the home of Anta (purveyors of fabulous fabrics, tartans and tweeds) en route. The afternoon is spent playing cricket on the beach or perhaps heading out to sea for a spot of whale watching.
Day 4: A day trip to the Orkney Isles (of which there are 47!) to explore the wild and rugged Neolithic archaeological sites, the internationally renowned creative and artistic industry and perhaps lunch at a fabulous fish restaurant - you're not going to get fresher fish than here!
Day 5: A sedate panoramic drive through the Highlands to the west coast of Scotland brings you to your hotel. In the afternoon there will be the chance to try clay pigeon shooting, followed by a warming afternoon tea and a sunset walk before settling in for the evening.
Day 6: A seriously active day awaits with the choice of Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Gorge Walking, Sea Kayaking and Archery.
Day 7: A busy day as you head over to Skye for a night with visits to Eilean Donan Castle, Broadford and Portree as well as Dunvegan Castle. Wind up at the world famous Talisker Malt Whiskey Distillery for a tour and (if you're old enough) a wee dram!
Day 8: Take to the water for an exhilarating wildlife and sightseeing adventure to the remote Small Isles of Canna, Rum, Eigg, and Soay plus the Cuillin Mountains and Loch Coruisk. Spot whales, dolphins, sharks, seals, puffins, sea eagles and golden eagles before heading back to the main land to board the Jacobite Express - best known as the steam train in the Harry Potter films.
Day 9: Head to Edinburgh via The Trossachs (Loch Lomond) and Stirling Castle, and on arrival enjoy a walking tour of the city with a twilight visit to Edinburgh Castle.