Immerse yourself in North Scottish village life on this interesting tour.
Discover some of the Scottish Highlands most idyllic villages, spending more time there to discover the way of life and experience some more of real village life. Starting off from Inverness each village form East to West to North has it’s own charm and undoubted beauty. Learn the history of these places, some of them with Royal connections and get to know how the locals live in these remote spots. Over the period of this 5 day and 4 night tour we will visit and stay in the beautiful villages of:
-Plockton – a picturesque Highland village that sits on a sheltered bay with stunning views overlooking Loch Carron. Do not be alarmed if you see cows roaming along the Main Street!
-Ullapool – described as an outdoor paradise with a ‘Scandinavian twinkle in winter and Canadian-style adrenaline in summer’ and voted one of the UK’s top 10 outdoor destinations by Outdoor Fitness magazine, the town guarantees a truly unforgettable experience.
-Dornoch – sitting on the edge of the Dornoch Firth, the small historic town of Dornoch boasts a tranquil location, stunning scenery and sunny climate.
-Portmahomack – a delightful broad sandy beach runs west from the historic pretty fishing village of Portmahomack.
Edged at low water with rock pools and natural barriers at both ends, this beach is gently sloping.
A slow-paced tour exploring some of the Scottish Highlands most spectacular scenery. This tour explores the West and East Highlands. Accommodation is included and based on 3* standard. Upgrades are available.
Day 1- Meeting in Inverness we make our way North to spend a day and night in the attractive fishing village of Portmahomack in Easter Ross. The sandy beach will sparkle in the Summer sunshine, take a leisurely stroll or if you feel a little more energetic take a game of golf on the 9-hole course which has stunning views of the Dornoch Firth. It is possible to take a picnic to the Tarbetness lighthouse. We can walk there or take our chariot. At night it may be possible to visit the Castle Hotel for a ceilidh or catch a folk band jamming in the bar.
Day 2- For Day 2 we make a short trip to the bigger village/ town of Dornoch which has it’s very own cathedral where singer Madonna married Guy Ritchie. There are yet more golden sand beaches and stunning coastal walks. For keen golfers there is also the Royal Dornoch championship standard links course which is rated as 13th in the world! For nature lovers there is Loch Fleet Nature Reserve nearby where all manner of birdlife can be viewed as well as seals. The town is also reputedly where the last witch in Scotland was burnt in 1722 – a fact commemorated by the Witch’s Stone. For evening entertainment whisky lovers must visit the bar in the Dornoch castle Hotel as it is well reputed as one of the best whisky bars in the UK or even world!
Day 3- we will set off early for the 2 hour journey West towards the simply stunning, idyllic village of Plockton on the West coast. Motorists share the Main Street with cows! It is also possible to do some sea kayaking or seal spotting boat trips. There are plenty of chill out places and tasty restaurants where seafood is an obvious speciality. In the evening the Inn often has live music to tempt some jigging!
Day 4- we again set off early for another 2 hour journey North to the fishing village of Ullapool. The more energetic of us can hike to the top of Ullapool to get spectacular views of the village and beyond. Seafood lovers simply have to visit the Seafood Shack on Ullapool harbour near the ferry terminal. This simple place is renowned all over the UK for the freshness of it’s seafood! There are many boat trips that can be had and many places to check out for evening entertainment.
Day 5- Go East back to Inverness hopefully with some great, lasting memories of how small, Highland villages can have such an effect on your soul!
– Standard – Basic level accommodation costed in any tour priced including accommodation.
– Premium – Higher grade likely to include breakfast or standard level accommodation in an area where general costs of accommodation are higher due to seasonality.
– Luxury – Superior high level accommodation likely to be graded 5* by the Scottish Tourist Board and likely to include dinner in the package. Availability for this can be limited in some areas.
PLEASE NOTE: WHERE AN ADJUSTMENT TO COST OF ACCOMMODATION HAS TO BE MADE, UP OR DOWN, AN ADJUSTMENT INVOICE OR CREDIT WILL BE ISSUED ONCE ACCOMMODATION IS FINALISED.
Please note that this tour will require 5 consecutive days free in the calendar.