Our unique and awe-inspiring signature trip invites you to explore the rugged northwest coast of mainland Scotland with its ancient glens, breathtaking landscapes, and majestic peaks. Your Scotland adventure continues with a tour of the Outer Hebrides  where stunning beaches meet rugged mountains and lochs and the Celtic traditions remain very much alive.

Starting from Edinburgh (or Glasgow), your journey takes you to the stunning Glencoe via Stirling Castle, offering insights into the history of the Highlanders at these two iconic historical sites. Heading further north to Torridon, you'll encounter two of Scotland's finest mountains, Liathach and Beinn Alligin, which have been alluring climbers and hill walkers from around the world. In the nearby Applecross, navigate winding coastal roads while taking in panoramic views of the wild North Atlantic.
Embark on a ferry to the Outer Hebrides, where your Gaelic exploration truly begins. Traverse the archipelago from north to south exploring the Isles of Harris & Lewis, Uist, and Barra, and uncover the rich tapestry of Celtic heritage woven into the history, culture, and traditions of these captivating isles.

Highlights

Day By day

Journey to Glencoe

Your active Scottish adventure begins in the city of Edinburgh (or Glasgow, depending on your flight), as you make your way to the majestic Stirling Castle. Enjoy a tour with our favourite guide, Dr. Murray Cook, learning about the significance of Stirling, its role in the Scottish rebellion, and, of course, its most famous son William Wallace. From Stirling, make your way to Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, where you can stop for lunch at the lochside village of Callander before continuing onto the stunning highland landscapes of Glencoe. Surrounded by the rugged splendour of this famous glen, enjoy a hearty meal and a wee dram before settling in for a good night's rest. Overnight: Glencoe

Tales of the Highlands

Enjoy a dramatic hiking day with our favourite local mountain guide to explore Glencoe’s breathtaking terrain and rugged landscape. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as wildcats, badgers, and red deer as your guide unravels the tales of the Scottish clans that have called this amazing place home over the centuries. You can choose to explore Glen Coe’s beautiful Lost Valley or for those of you who are up for the challenge, (and don’t suffer from vertigo!) you can take on the famous Aonach Eagach ridge. This exhilarating scramble will certainly provide an adrenaline rush and is without doubt the best mountain route of its type in the British Isles, let alone Scotland. If you have extra days available you can always add in a multi-day hike along the famous West Highland Way, a classic trail that we have been organising for many years. After your day of activity, head down the road to Ballachulish and unwind with a relaxing massage at the Woodlands Spa. Overnight: Glencoe

On your way to Glen Torridon

It's time to make your way to the true North of Scotland for an authentic and off-the-beaten-path experience! Immerse yourself in the beautiful Highland scenery as you drive from Glencoe to Applecross. For Harry Potter fans, a quick detour to the Glenfinnan Viaduct offers the chance to watch the iconic Hogwarts train pass by. Those with a love for medieval castles must not miss the astounding Eilean Donan Castle, situated at the meeting of the Three Lochs of Duich, Long, and Alsh at the gateway to the Isle of Skye. Continue north through the mountain pass of Bealach na Bà, providing breathtaking views of the Inner Hebrides Isles, before descending into the quaint coastal village of Applecross. Here, not far from the mountains of Torridon, you'll stay in a cozy guest house, surrounded by remote beauty of Scotland's Highlands and fresh sea air.  Overnight: Torridon

Hiking the Torridon Munros

Your adventure continues today in Torridon with a chance to ‘bag’ a Munro, a pursuit immortalized by Scottish mountaineer Sir Hugh Munro. These 282 mountain peaks, each standing at least 3000 feet tall, allow you to experience the raw beauty of Scotland's Highlands in a way unlike anything else. The dramatic scenery of Torridon is home to six of Scotland’s Munros over three mountain ranges: Beinn Alligin, Liathach, and Beinn Eighe. Your experienced mountain guide will lead you up one of these ranges, allowing you to conquer two of the Munros in just one day—a feat Sir Hugh himself would be proud of! Back in your accommodation, relax and unwind with an authentic Scottish meal, washed down with some fine whisky in preparation for your Hebrides adventure. Overnight: Torridon

Coastal Charms

Following the banks of Loch Torridon, make your way to the port town of Ullapool (an one-hour and a half drive), stopping in the seaside hamlet of Gairloch on the way. Nestled on the tranquil shores of Loch Broom in the Scottish Highlands, Ullapool is a charming coastal village with a bustling harbour, friendly locals, and breathtaking scenery. Enjoy a leisurely stroll, soak in the maritime vibes, and treat yourself to some incredible Scottish seafood. If you’re up for a round, the golf course features beautiful views of the surroundings. Later in the day, leave mainland Scotland behind, catching the evening ferry to Stornoway, the main town on the Isle of Lewis & Harris, and get ready for your Island hopping Adventure! Overnight: Stornoway

Exploring the Isle of Lewis & discovering Gaelic Culture

Begin your exploration of Gaelic culture with a private guided tour of the Isle of Lewis, the largest of the Hebrides islands. Connect with the locals and experience the unique way of life on this secluded Atlantic Island, one of the last strongholds of Gaelic heritage. Immerse yourself in the Gaelic language as you visit a local Harris Tweed weaver at work on his loom, right on the croft. Visit the mystical Callanish Standing Stones, which have been standing for more than 5000 years, and experience traditional blackhouses at Gearrannan Village. Afterward, explore the Iron Age house at Bosta on the island of Bernera, experiencing firsthand the lifestyle of early hunter-gatherers. Enjoy the white sands of the picturesque Dub Carloway Broch and then, once back in Stornoway, head to The Criterion Bar for a friendly pint and some fantastic Scottish music, a great way to round off your first day in the Outer Hebrides. Overnight: Stornoway

Venture south to the Isle of Harris

Today, you’ll head south from Lewis to Harris, a haven of pristine beaches, rich cultural heritage, and phenomenal landscapes. Immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of Luskentyre Beach's white sands and turquoise waters, often voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world—a secluded oasis that not many travellers are lucky enough to visit. Explore the main town of Harris, Tarbert, and discover the artistry of Harris Tweed weaving at the Official Harris Tweed shop or savour a wee dram at the Isle of Harris Distillery. You can also delve into history at the medieval St. Clement’s Church in Rodel, or conquer the highest peak in the Outer Hebrides, Clisham. For the more adventurous, we can book you on a boat trip to the remote cliff-lined island of St. Kilda far out in the Atlantic Ocean with no permanent population, save for its wildlife. There is an amazing walk to enjoy on this tiny Scottish isle, the westernmost point of the entire British Iles. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience if the weather allows! Overnight: Stornoway

Next Discovery in the Outer Hebrides

Your Hebrides adventure in western Scotland continues with a rapid morning ferry to the small island of Berneray to discover the charm of the Isles of Uist. Immerse yourself in the rich Gaelic culture of the Outer Hebrides by exploring historical landmarks like the 15th-century Trinity Temple in North Uist or the medieval St. Michael's Church in South Uist. Archaeology enthusiasts can take a private tour with Dave, a local archaeologist passionate about sharing important historical finds with visitors! Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the stunning machair habitat, a coastal plain adorned with vibrant wildflowers, and take the opportunity for birdwatching at the RSPB Balranald Nature Reserve. For outdoor enthusiasts, Uist offers a plethora of activities. Feel the sand beneath your feet at the picturesque Liniclate Beach in Benbecula, or lose yourself in the vast sandy expanses of South Uist. Dive into watersports along the pristine coastlines, embracing the thrill of the sea. We can tailor your Scottish active trip to suit your wishes making it as adventurous or as relaxing as you would like. Overnight: South Uist

Hebridean Adventure

Let our favourite Barra guide, Rob, whisk you around the beautiful Isle of Barra. Once the stronghold of Clan MacNeil, your first stop will be a quick boat journey to their ancient seat, Kisimul Castle. This three-storey tower sits dramatically on the rock islet just opposite Barra’s main town, Castlebay. Stroll along beautiful white sandy beaches, such as Tangasdale, or enjoy breathtaking scenery as you cycle or walk around this small, but incredibly beautiful island in the Outer Hebrides. For an amazing sea kayaking experience, take to the water on a guided tour from Castlebay and explore a world of beautiful islands and sheltered bays. Pop over to the Isle of Vatersay and explore the most southerly inhabited Hebridean Isle. Then, before Rob drops you back at your accommodation, head to the airport at low tide to watch planes land on the sand, then watch as the runway disappears beneath the waves when the tide comes in again! Head back to Castlebay for dinner and a good night's sleep, before catching the early 5-hour ferry the next morning from the Outer Hebrides to Oban! Overnight: Castlebay Hotel

West Coast Gem

This morning, you’ll make your way back to mainland Scotland via a ferry to Oban. An often-overlooked fishing village on the west coast, Oban is a wonderful town with incredible history, natural beauty, and perhaps the most incredible authentic culinary delights. Begin with a walk up to the iconic McCaig's Tower for panoramic vistas over Scotland Highlands and Islands and delve into the past at nearby Dunollie Castle, the seat of the MacDougall clan. Stroll along Oban Bay, savouring fresh seafood at waterfront restaurants, and admire the neo-Gothic St. Columba's Cathedral. If you need to stretch your legs after your ferry crossing, take in the serenity of Ganavan Sands and don't miss coastal walks, such as the trail to Dunstaffnage Castle (also accessible by car). Round off your day at the Oban Distillery where you’ll immerse yourself in the craftsmanship of the Scottish whisky trade and try a dram or two! Overnight: Oban

Lochs and Legends

From Oban, your Scottish adventure takes you southeast to Kilmartin (one and a half hour drive), famous for Kilmartin Glen, an area with one of the richest concentrations of prehistoric monuments and historical sites in Scotland. Visit Dunadd, long associated with the ancient Gaelic Kingdom of Dalriada. Continue your travels south, passing through charming villages en route to Inveraray, a picture-perfect village on Loch Fyne. Explore the grandeur of Inveraray Castle and delve into the past at the old Inveraray Jail. Leaving Inveraray behind, make your way toward Glasgow via Loch Lomond. Follow the scenic A83 southward, winding through captivating landscapes that lead to the shores of Loch Lomond, the largest freshwater lake in Great Britain. Enjoy a leisurely drive along the Loch's western bank, and stop in the charming village of Luss before continuing your journey to vibrant Glasgow – Scotland's largest city. Overnight: Glasgow

Goodbye Scotland

Spend your final morning exploring Glasgow. Enjoy a short, guided walking (or biking!) tour to learn about its unique role in Scottish history and culture. Visit the amazing Kelvingrove or Hunterian Gallery, then savour your final Scottish meal at our personal favourite – The Ox and Finch. After lunch, make your way to the airport (either Glasgow or Edinburgh! Both are easy to reach) and hop on your flight home. This authentic journey through Scotland and the Outer Hebrides is an active and cultural discovery of our country, providing a deep understanding of Celtic culture and its heritage today. We hope to see you in Scotland again soon!

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"This is a part of Scotland that only a fortunate few can claim to know! While heading to Torridon, make a pit stop at the picturesque Plockton village, famous for its breathtaking setting and palm-tree-lined Promenade. Also, savour fresh, local seafood in Ullapool and Oban, where a variety of dining options, markets, and shacks cater to every taste. Don't miss the chance to explore the beach on Eriskay, a small isle connected to South Uist via a causeway. "

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Marion and William did an excellent job creating a fully custom Scottish vacation of my husband and myself. Each step of the process they were fantastic. They offered excellent recommendations and their responses were always prompt and professional. It took me a while to respond sometimes and finalize our plans due to my heavy workload, but they were always so kind and patient with me. When it came time for the trip, everything went very smoothly. We are so pleased with High Point Holidays and we will definitely be using their services for our next vacation. I highly recommend Marion, William and the High Point Holidays team for creating a completely custom, unforgettable an amazing vacation. Thank you so much!
Rachel & Oren R.

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Jane was terrific in planning our UK adventure. Everything she planned ran so smoothly and we really appreciated that. She selected great hotels and we enjoyed the day tours to various places. Working with Jane was so easy. She was very responsive to my questions and suggestions and so patient when I debated taking the trip to begin with. Thank you for finding the great e-bike trip through the Highlands. We adored Kevin, and it was a highlight of the trip. Jane also worked with us when we wanted to make some changes at the end. I really appreciated how quickly and positively she responded to our proposed changes. Wish I could plan another trip with her!
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