Take in the sweeping history and breathtaking landscapes of Scotland's north and west, from Edinburgh to Inverness and down along the spectacular North Coast 500 road to Gairloch and Skye. This short tour encompasses Scotland at its most dramatic and historic. You will also stay in some distinctive hotels, including some magnificent settings.
Sample local whisky, learn about the Enlightenment and medical history of Edinburgh, visit the mighty Forth Railway Bridge - a marvel of Victorian engineering - and travel via the spectacular Cairngorms, Loch Ness and the haunting battleground at Culloden. Visit Loch Ewe and learn about its naval history and the Arctic convoys and see the magnificent gardens at Inverewe. Meet the Lady Laird and tour the beautiful gardens at Attadale House. Visit Eilean Donan Castle before crossing to Skye, with a visit to Talisker Distillery, and take some beautiful walks. Return to Edinburgh via one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world, across the Glenfinnan Viaduct to Fort William, before travelling back to Edinburgh via the breathtakingly beautiful landscapes of Glencoe, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.
This compilation shows Scotland's top 100 breathtaking highlights, several of which we visit on this tour (you can watch with with the somewhat frenetic music off, if you prefer a more tranquil viewing experience).
Jon Baines Tours have been issued the Visit Britain "Good to Go" Industry standard, demonstrating that we have shown compliance with government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, have a Risk Assessment in place and ensure social distancing on tour, including using a phone app when providing tour commentaries.
We will continue to adapt our itineraries and travel protocols to comply with all current health advice relating to COVID-19.
Lorna Johnson worked as a professional musician for over 40 years and is a member of the Royal Society of Musicians. As a violinist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for most of her career, she travelled the world playing concerts in Europe, North and South America, Turkey, India, China, South Korea and Japan.
Since qualifying as a hill-walking guide in 1997 and as a Blue Badge Guide in 2000, Lorna has led numerous tours throughout Scotland and in England. She has an extensive knowledge and passion for Scotland which she loves to share.
Lorna has met the Visit Britain “Good to Go” industry standard and will have a risk assessment in place.
* Pending confirmation of ferry timetable
£2,368 per person sharing