- Watch the Hogwarts steam train go across the Glenfinnan Viaduct
- Marvel at Scotland's highest mountain; Ben Nevis
- Experience the beauty of Glencoe
- Take a cruise on Loch Ness
- Visit the Commando Memorial
- Jacobite history galore!
Our first stop of the day is Glenfinnan, which we time to coincide with the Jacobite steam train crossing over the 19th Century viaduct. It’s without doubt one of Scotland’s most iconic views and you’ll have plenty of time to get yourself into prime position to watch the train cross and snap that all important picture.
However, there is much more to Glenfinnan than it’s bridge. It was here on the 19th August 1745 that Bonnie Prince Charlie rowed ashore and began his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to win back the thrones of Scotland and England for the Stewarts. The event is celebrated by an impressive 18 metre high memorial built in 1815 which you are able to climb up for a small charge. For those more interested in Jacobite history there is also a visitor centre outlining the events of the ‘45 which you are able to visit (£4 charge).
We will spend around 1 hour 15 minutes at the Glenfinnan Viaduct.Close
Standing at 1345 metres tall, Ben Nevis is Britain’s tallest mountain and high on many visitors list to both see and climb. Whilst we don’t have enough time to climb it (that takes a day in itself!) we will take you to our favourite vantage point down by the shores of Loch Eil so you can snap a picture of Scotland’s most famous mountain.
For days when the summit is shrouded in our famous ‘Scotch mist’ there is still plenty to see including the amazing Old Boat of Caol, also known as the Corpach shipwreck, which makes for a beautiful picture whatever the weather.
We will spend around 20 minutes enjoying the views here.Close
Glencoe is without doubt one of the most beautiful locations in Scotland, which is quite a feat considering just how many impressive landscapes we have in our country. As we drive through the valley we are in fact driving straight through the heart of an ancient volcano, which goes some way to explaining why the area is just so impressive.
Being such an iconic location, it is perhaps unsurprising that it has been the backdrop to some major Hollywood film’s including Braveheart, Skyfall and Harry Potter as well as the Bollywood classic Kuch Kuch Hota Hai too.
It is also famous for being home to one of the most treacherous events ever to occur in Scotland, the infamous Massacre of Glencoe. It’s infamy lies not in the number dead, but rather in the way it was conducted, and your guide will be sure to bring the story to life, warts and all.
We will drive all the way up the ‘Pass of Glencoe’ to the start of Glen Etive, which is home to one of Scotland’s most iconic peaks, Buachaille Mor.
In addition to the time spent admiring the Glen from the vehicle, we will have around 45 mins – 1 hour off the bus to enjoy the scenery and take some amazing photographs.Close
The Commando Memorial is one of Scotland’s most iconic and well known statues and commemorates those members of this elite military force who lost their lives in WW2. The statue lies around 5 miles from Achnacarry Castle, which was where the Commando Basic Training Centre was established back in 1942.
As well as being a poignant place of remembrance, it also offers fantastic views of the local area including the peaks of Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor and the Grey Corries.
We will spend around 15 minutes here enjoying the views.Close
A trip to Scotland wouldn’t be complete without a boat ride on one of the world’s most famous bodies of water, Loch Ness. Riding onboard Cruise Loch Ness’ the ‘Spirit of Loch Ness’, you’ll get great views of the Loch itself as well as that of the striking Fort Augustus abbey.
If monster hunting is your thing, you’re in safe hands. A number of most high profile Loch Ness monster sightings in recent years have been courtesy of Cruise Loch Ness and their state of the sonar equipment which beams live images of what’s happening beneath the surface.
For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on dry land, Fort Augustus is a lovely place to while away the time. The Caledonian Canal cuts through the heart of the village with an impressive array of 5 lock gates where you can watch boats travel up and down. You can find out more about the Canal’s fascinating history at the recently opened Caledonian Canal Centre.
The bustling village is also home to various cafes and bars where you can enjoy some of the local area’s wonderful produce.
We will spend around 75 minutes in Fort Augustus. The cruise is £15 and is payable separately.Close
Our tour involves travelling along many classic stretches of roads, although this is our personal favourite, in part due to it’s ‘off the beaten track’ feel. The road was initially built by the British military in the early 1700s in an effort to stamp out disent in the Scottish Highlands, and en-route we will pass the ‘White Bridge’ built in 1732.
As we travel we will see great scenery, and often spot some of the resident red deer and feral goats. The highlight of the journey is the 400 metre high summit known as the ‘Suidhe viewpoint’ which affords breathtaking views.
We will have a short stop at the Suidhe Viewpoint to enjoy the views outside.Close
The last stop on our journey is to the village of Dores, on the eastern end of Loch Ness. This is where the locals go to enjoy Loch Ness, and affords a truly spectacular view of the Loch. In fact, it was the voted as the 6th Best View in the UK (a view of the Three Sisters in Glencoe, which we will also see was in 2nd place!).
As well as the spectacular views, it is also home to the extraordinary Steve Feltham. Steve is one of the world’s most famous monster hunters and has been looking the Nessie now for over 27 years from his converted mobile library van on the banks of the Loch from which he sells his much sought after model nessies!
For those of you that have worked up a thirst you might want to grab a quick drink in the legendary Dores Inn. And don’t worry, if there is not enough time to enjoy your local ale or whisky you are welcome to bring it back onboard!
We will spend around 15 minutes at Dores.Close