West Highlands and the Isle of Skye (self-drive tour)

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Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Our Scottish travel guides reflect the recent findings of our specialists who travel regularly to Scotland to seek out new places to stay and visit as well as imaginative ways of discovering the well-known highlights. The guides give tips on everything from Edinburgh for first timers to the culture and history of Scotland, so that you can get the most out of ...
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Trip type
Self-Guided / Independent Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Full schedule


    • Enjoy the freedom of driving your own car. Audley can arrange a rental vehicle for you if required.
    • Hike through Glencoe's untamed landscapes with your private local guide.
    • Enjoy an evening of Scottish storytelling in a classic hikers' pub.
    • Go sea kayaking to explore hidden coves and secluded beaches.
    • Take a foraging walk and try your hand at gin distilling on the Isle of Skye.

What's this trip about?

    Our Scottish travel guides reflect the recent findings of our specialists who travel regularly to Scotland to seek out new places to stay and visit as well as imaginative ways of discovering the well-known highlights. The guides give tips on everything from Edinburgh for first timers to the culture and history of Scotland, so that you can get the most out of your time there. Our Scotland specialists can guide you along the way using personal experience and in-depth knowledge on pursuits from touring the region's whisky distilleries or its medieval castles, to exploring the Isle of Skye or hiking through untouched valley

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityLoch Lomond
End CityMethven

Travel Themes

  • Hiking & Walking
  • Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing


  • Europe
  • Scotland


  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Loch Lomond
  • Scottish Highlands
  • The Isle of Skye


  • Culture
  • Hiking
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountaineering
  • Nature
  • Trains & Rail

Trip includes

    • Activities and excursions as detailed
    • All accommodation
    • In-destination transfers

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Day 1: Loch Lomond

Make your own way to Loch Lomond. From here, you’ll take a privately guided kayaking tour out onto the loch, surrounded by the Trossachs mountain range, known as the gateway to the Highlands. Tonight, stay in a picturesque lochside village.

Accommodation While ...

Day 2: Glencoe

Leave Loch Lomond and drive further north to Glencoe, where you'll meet your private guide for the next three days. You’ll then head into the heart of Glencoe for a short but fairly steep hike to the Lost Valley, where the MacDonald clan used to hide their rustled cat...

Day 3: Glencoe

Spend most of the day hiking. You’ll head up and over the highest pass of the West Highland Way. Weather allowing, you'll have fantastic views across the surrounding mountains, including toward Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK. A picnic lunch is included. On ...

Day 4: Glencoe

Enjoy another day of hiking, deciding for yourself on the length and difficulty of your route, which will also depend on the weather. You could aim to hike one of Glencoe's summits to finish your three-day walking trip on a literal high. A picnic lunch is included.

Day 5: Glencoe

Make your way to Fort William today to board the Jacobite Steam Train, better known as the Hogwarts Express! You'll cross over the Glenfinnan Viaduct while taking in impressive views. The roundtrip journey will return you to Fort William and you will make your way bac...

Day 6: Isleornsay

Leave Glencoe and drive on the 'road to the Isles' out to Mallaig this morning, to board the ferry across to Skye. Once you've checked into your waterfront hotel, which has views across to the mountains, you have the rest of the day to begin exploring the island by yo...

Day 7: Isleornsay

Explore Skye’s northern peninsula, which has some of the island's most eye-catching rock formations and best views. Following the area’s extensive trails, you'll pass the distinctive rocky outcrops of Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing, which are popular filming locati...

Day 8: Isleornsay

Meet your private guide this morning for a hike through Skye's spectacular landscapes. In the afternoon, meet the Eilean Donan's master distiller to learn about the art and process of gin distilling, before returning to label your own bottle.

Accommodation Whil...

Day 9: Methven

Drive across the Skye Bridge this morning to the waterside village of Plockton. Here, you’ll meet your private kayaking guide and head out into the bay to explore the surrounding coves and beaches, with a backdrop of islands and mountains across the water. Later, driv...

Day 10: Return home

Leave Methven and make your way home.

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Price per day$300
Last Updated: 7/13/2023

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