3 DAYS+ TOUR # 43
(43) www.unicorntours.co.uk route # 43

Isle of Skye trip via Trossachs, Glencoe, Fort William, Great Glen, Five Sisters of Kintail, Eilean Donan Castle – full day on the Isle of Skye – return either via bridge or the Armadale/Mallaig ferry along the Morar beaches and Glenshiel/Harry Potter steam train line, etc.

3 day Unicorn Tour Isle of Skye

Day 1:
• Pick up from your home in the Stirling area
• Scenic drive through the Trossachs and Loch Lomond national park
(various beautiful alternative route options, exact route and stops could be
determined later subject to group’s preferences and weather conditions on
the day) – Rannoch Moor – Glencoe photo stop
• Fort William lunch – (15 minute stop, short walk up to viewpoint above
all of the Fort William area, Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis, Loch Eil, Inverlochy
Castle, River Lochy and the start of the “Harry Potter” West Highland
steam train line) – (possible drive into Glen Nevis with amazing 1 hour
walk at the end of the valley with high cliff faces, waterfalls, stunning
scenery).
• Option A to the isle of Skye via the Skye bridge (at no extra cost) We
travel through the Great Glen with option to stop at the Spean Bridge
woolen mill, the Commando Memorial and then look down into Glen and
Loch Garry for a picture postcard view of the outline of Scotland’s map.
• Drive through the spectacular route via the Five Sisters of Kintail to Eilan
Donan Castle
• Option of Skye bridge and Plockton detour
(Overnight in an available hostel in the Isle of Skye/Kyle of Lochalsh area)
• (please note if you are happy to share the extra cost for the ferry in the
group, it is possible to take the ferry to the isle of Skye route B via
Glenfinnan (stop at the Bonnie Prince Charles’ statue overlooking Loch
Shiel and the West Higland/Harry Potter steam train viaduct plus
viewpoint and nature walk) to the golden sand stunning and very beautiful
beaches between Arisaig and Morar overlooking the small isles of Eigg,
Canna, Muck, Rhum and Skye.
Day 2:
• Our day on Skye will always include Kyleakin, Sligachan and a short
walk with a beautiful view of Portree Harbour.
• Additionally we will visit at least 1 or 2 of these various regions:
• On an absolute beautiful clear day, we can suggest the route to Elgol for
an “out of this world/Lord of the Rings “movie”type setting” where we
see all the small isles Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck on the one side and
get the very best view of the mighty Cuillin mountain.
• The Trotternish peninsula to see the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock waterfall
and some more stunning great views of the Far North West of Scotland
and on to Uig either via the shorter interior route to Uig or via the scenic
northern coastline .
• Spectacular Dunvegan Castle, home of the Clan chiefs of the MacLeods
with the option of some coastal walks or seal tours and via the Western
bays and inlets back to Portree (with a possible visit of Talisker whisky
distillery) or if you are very much into walking heading towards the
Cuillins.
Day 3:
• Leave Skye across the spectacular Isle of Skye bridge
• Possible Loch Carron/Plockton, Eilean Donan Castle visit
• Drive via the stunning Five Sisters of Kintail into the Great Glen to the
shores of Loch Ness.
• Depending on the group, the time and weather there are various route
options via Loch Ness:
• (a / shorter Loch Ness option) at Invermorriston you can have a great
walk along the river rapids down to Loch Ness before we head along the
Southern Shores of Loch Ness to Fort Augustus for some more Nessie
sightseeing, including the famous staircases and locks of Caledonian
Canal.
• We are heading south through the Great Glen either retracing our steps via
Fort William/Glencoe (in which case we will vary this route as much as
possible) or alternatively via Spean Bridge and Highland Perthshire,
House/Falls of Bruar, Blair Athol castle/distillery, Dunkeld/Birnam/the
Hermitage along the A9 and possible scenic side routes back home
• (b / longer Loch Ness option) at Invermorriston you can have a great walk
along the river rapids down to Loch Ness before we head north along the
shores of Loch Ness for a photostop of Urquhart castle before some
monster spotting at Drumnadrochit, we are heading north towards
Inverness from where we have various routes that could include Culloden
Moor/beach/dolphin viewing and various mountain routes back south,
including
• (c / Loch Ness max. option) at Invermorriston you can have a great walk
along the river rapids down to Loch Ness before we head north along the
shores of Loch Ness for a photostop of Urquhart castle before some
monster spotting at Drumnadrochit, we are heading north towards
Inverness driving south along the eastern shores of Loch Ness before we
head back down south along a scenic route
Subject to the groups’ wishes, preferences and the weather there is a degree of
flexibility on day 3 and we can discuss finer points of the route every morning
before we set off and as we go along, so as to always offer you the best.
* Please note optional whisky distillery visit subject to route choice on any of
these days

More info and route options:

Day 1 from Stirling scenic route to Skye, about 7 – 10 hours, depending on how far we drive onto the Isle of Skye and the lengths of our stops

Loch Tulla
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Tulla

Rannoch Moor
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/rannoch/rannochmoor/

Glencoe
http://www.glencoescotland.com/

Ballachulish
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/ballach…/ballachulish/

Glencoe/Ballachulish/Kinlochleven area
http://www.visitscotland.com/…/towns-v…/ballachulish-p244031
http://www.visitscotland.com/…/towns-v…/kinlochleven-p244041

Fort William/Glen Nevis area
http://www.visitscotland.com/…/towns-v…/fort-william-p236531
Town with all facilities, if the weather is nice and the views are clear, we also have the option to drive into stunning Glen Nevis (sheer cliffs, waterfalls, etc.) for a great walk..

Inverlochy Castle, bridge & steam railway depot
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/fortwilli…/inverlochy/

Ben Nevis/Aonach Mhor range mountain cable car
http://www.visitscotland.com/…/nevis-range-mountain-cable-c…

Spean Bridge
http://www.visitscotland.com/…/towns-v…/spean-bridge-p236651

Spean Bridge & Commando Memorial viewpoint
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/…/speanbri…/index.html

Great Glen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Glen

Caledonian Canal
http://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/our-canals/caledonian-canal

Invergarry
http://www.visitscotland.com/…/towns-vil…/invergarry-p236581

Kintail
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintail

Glenshiel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Shiel

Eilean Donan Castle
http://www.eileandonancastle.com/

Sidetrip option: Skye bridge
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/skye/eileanban/

Day 2 on the Isle of Skye

Kyleakin
http://www.visitscotland.com/…/towns-villa…/kyleakin-p236341

Broadford
http://www.visitscotland.com/…/towns-vill…/broadford-p236301

A great walk around the harbour of Portree
http://www.visitscotland.com/…/towns-villag…/portree-p236431

Old Man of Storr
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Storr

Lealt Waterfalls & coastal viewpoint walk
http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g55188…

Kilt rock waterfall
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellishadder

Around the Trotternish peninsula
http://www.visitscotland.com/…/…/trotternish-circuit-p521551

Uig
http://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/uig-p244011

possible sidetrip to the Waternish peninsula
http://www.visitscotland.com/…/towns-vill…/waternish-p240711

Dunvegan castle (and seal colony)
http://www.dunvegancastle.com/content/default.asp

Loch Bracadale coastal drive and views
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Bracadale

Dun Beag Broch
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/…/dunbeagb…/index.html

optional Talisker whisky distillery visit
http://www.malts.com/taliskerwhisky/index.html

(on longer tours than 3 days, especially if we have keen walkers, we can also stop at Glen Brittle
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/…/glenbrit…/index.html)

Rejuvenate at Sligachan
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/…/sligachan/index.html

On very clear days, when we have spare time (i.e. longer tours or skip Dunvegan for it), we can also visit Elgol
http://www.visitscotland.com/i…/towns-villages/elgol-p236331
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/skye/elgol/index.html

to enjoy the most magical views of Rum, Eigg, Muck, Canna and the mainland and the Cuillin mountains

Day 3

Either return back via Kyleakin/Skye bridge again, but we could still vary our return route, lots of new exciting options and once we reach Fort William we will vary our route again so as to avoid any repeats.
Or
We take the Armadale/Skye to Mallaig/mainland ferry and return on an entirely new and different route:

Morar
http://www.road-to-the-isles.org.uk/morar.php

Arisaig
http://www.roadtotheisles.co.uk/arisaigandmorar.asp
http://www.arisaig.uk.com/

Jacobite express (steamtrain) / West Highland line / Harry Potter train
http://www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/…/jacobite-steam-train-d…

Glen Finnan
http://www.visitscotland.com/…/glenfinnan-monument-visitor-…
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/…/glenfinn…/index.html
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/glenfinn…/…/index.html

We also have the option of these following sidetrips:

Ardnamurchan
http://www.outdoorcapital.co.uk/explore/ardnamurchan

Movern
http://morvernundiscovered.co.uk/

Sunart
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunart

Moidart
http://www.moidart.com/

Ardgour
http://www.ardnamurchan.com/about-ardnamurchan/area/ardgour/

and once we are back in Fort William/Corran Ferry/Glencoe have various return route options back to Stirling, depending on the time left.
(the route could of course be reversed
for example):

3 day Unicorn Tour – Isle of Skye, Loch Ness & the Highlands

Day 1:

· Pick up from your home in the Stirling area
· Scenic drive through the Trossachs and Loch Lomond national park (various beautiful alternative route options, exact route and stops could be determined later subject to group’s preferences and weather conditions on the day) – Rannoch Moor – Glencoe photo stop
· Fort William lunch – (15 minute stop, short walk up to viewpoint above all of the Fort William area, Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis, Loch Eil, Inverlochy Castle, River Lochy and the start of the “Harry Potter” West Highland steam train line) – (possible drive into Glen Nevis with amazing 1 hour walk at the end of the valley with high cliff faces, waterfalls, stunning scenery).
· Option A to the isle of Skye via the Skye bridge (at no extra cost) We travel through the Great Glen with option to stop at the Spean Bridge woolen mill, the Commando Memorial and then look down into Glen and Loch Garry for a picture postcard view of the outline of Scotland’s map.
· Drive through the spectacular route via the Five Sisters of Kintail to Eilan Donan Castle
· Option of Skye bridge and Plockton detour
Overnight in an available hostel in the Isle of Skye/Kyle of Lochalsh area)
· (please note if you are happy to share the extra cost for the ferry in the group, it is possible to take the ferry to the isle of Skye route B via Glenfinnan (stop at the Bonnie Prince Charles’ statue overlooking Loch Shiel and the West Higland/Harry Potter steam train viaduct plus viewpoint and nature walk) to the golden sand stunning and very beautiful beaches between Arisaig and Morar overlooking the small isles of Eigg, Canna, Muck, Rhum and Skye.

Day 2:
· Our day on Skye will always include Kyleakin, Sligachan and a short walk with a beautiful view of Portree Harbour.
· Additionally we will visit at least 1 or 2 of these various regions:
· On an absolute beautiful clear day, we can suggest the route to Elgol for an “out of this world/Lord of the Rings “movie”type setting” where we see all the small isles Canna, Rum, Eigg and Muck on the one side and get the very best view of the mighty Cuillin mountain.
· The Trotternish peninsula to see the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock waterfall and some more stunning great views of the Far North West of Scotland and on to Uig either via the shorter interior route to Uig or via the scenic northern coastline .
· Spectacular Dunvegan Castle, home of the Clan chiefs of the MacLeods with the option of some coastal walks or seal tours and via the Western bays and inlets back to Portree (with a possible visit of Talisker whisky distillery) or if you are very much into walking heading towards the Cuillins.

Day 3:
· Leave Skye across the spectacular Isle of Skye bridge
• Possible Loch Carron/Plockton, Eilean Donan Castle visit
· Drive via the stunning Five Sisters of Kintail into the Great Glen to the shores of Loch Ness.
· Depending on the group, the time and weather there are various route options via Loch Ness:
· (a / shorter Loch Ness option) at Invermorriston you can have a great walk along the river rapids down to Loch Ness before we head along the Southern Shores of Loch Ness to Fort Augustus for some more Nessie sightseeing, including the famous staircases and locks of Caledonian Canal.
· We are heading south through the Great Glen either retracing our steps via Fort William/Glencoe (in which case we will vary this route as much as possible) or alternatively via Spean Bridge and Highland Perthshire, House/Falls of Bruar, Blair Athol castle/distillery, Dunkeld/Birnam/the Hermitage along the A9 and possible scenic side routes back home
· (b / longer Loch Ness option) at Invermorriston you can have a great walk along the river rapids down to Loch Ness before we head north along the shores of Loch Ness for a photostop of Urquhart castle before some monster spotting at Drumnadrochit, we are heading north towards Inverness from where we have various routes that could include Culloden Moor/beach/dolphin viewing and various mountain routes back south, including
· (c / Loch Ness max. option) at Invermorriston you can have a great walk along the river rapids down to Loch Ness before we head north along the shores of Loch Ness for a photostop of Urquhart castle before some monster spotting at Drumnadrochit, we are heading north towards Inverness driving south along the eastern shores of Loch Ness before we head back down south along a scenic route
Subject to the groups’ wishes, preferences and the weather there is a degree of flexibility on day 3 and we can discuss finer points of the route every morning before we set off and as we go along, so as to always offer you the best.
* Please note optional whisky distillery visit subject to route choice on any of these days

Photoalbum of some of our recent Scotland Unicorn Tours:
https://www.facebook.com/UnicornScotlandAdventureTours…
(photos 12 and 9 for the Isle of Skye plus photos 20, 19, 18, 17, 13, 10 and 6 for the Oban, Westcoast, Argyll and Southwestcoast area, and as this tour covers a wide range of regions we drive through to the Western Highlands images for places we visit on this tour can be found on other photoalbums as well – incl. photos 15 for the Loch Lomond and Trossachs nationalpark).

Depending on your preferences and interests, the main places that have been agreed and discussed, the overall time we have left after our stops (especially in the winter months with shorter daylight hours), the places listed above are just a few among other nearby options, that we might be travelling through and see, stopping at and/or visiting along the way as on each of our friendly, flexible and personalised tours we maximise and offer you the best tour experience given the conditions on the day (for example if it is pouring down with rain on one side of a mountain range, we believe in offering you the alternative sunny route on the other side of the mountains, etc.)

Subject to availability possible overnight (hostel, bed & breakfast, hotel, camping) options do all exist for your 3 days+ tour. As there are too many possible places to stay at, we can check room availability for your preferred option at the time of your enquiry/booking.

We like the Broadford backpacker, Broadford SYHA youth hostel, but also the hotel.

Kyleakin can be very busy, likewise Portree is always very busy, but we are happy to stay there as well.

There are supermarket, restaurant and bar facilities in Broadford and great coastal walks.

3 days and longer tours (# 42 – # 53), daily departures, incl. during mid-semester, Christmas, New Year, subject to Unicorn Tours being available, check https://www.facebook.com/UnicornHighlandTours?ref=hl

Also for more detailed information
– see facebook links below:

Check out the latest still available www.unicorntours.co.uk tour dates
on our Unicorn Tours facebook link:
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3 days+ Highlands & Islands adventure tours info
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for Unicorn tour route # 42 – Unicorn tour route # 53
(everyone welcome – departs from Stirling Uni with other local pick ups)

2 days Highlands & Islands adventure tours info
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for Unicorn tour route # 25 – Unicorn tour route # 41
(everyone welcome – departs from Stirling Uni with other pick ups possible)

1 day Highlands & islands adventure tours info
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for Unicorn tour route # 12 – Unicorn tour route # 24
(everyone welcome – departs from Stirling Uni with other pick ups possible)

Short one day tours info
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for Unicorn tour route # 1 – Unicorn tour route #11
(2/3 day = 7 hours, 1/2 day = 5 hours, 1/3 day = 3.5 hours) Highlands tours info
(everyone welcome – departs from Stirling Uni with other pick ups possible)

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