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Day 1 - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park
Start Travel to Tarbet in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. Take a morning cruise on Loch Lomond and take in the area’s astounding beauty, or head to the east shore to discover wildlife at the Lodge Visitor Centre before taking a guided stroll through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. For the more adventurous, climb Ben Arthur, also named ‘The Cobbler’, to experience magnificent views. Deeper into the Trossachs, visit Monachyle Mhòr by Loch Voil where you can learn about organic farming. Overnight Callander area.
Day 2 - Glencoe - Mallaig
Continue north through the iconic landscapes of Glen Coe and Loch Leven. Head through Fort William, the ‘Outdoor Capital of the UK’, to reach the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola at Aonach Mor. Ride up to the summit and enjoy spectacular elevated views of Ben Nevis and the Great Glen, then head back to Fort William and
follow the Road to the Isles. At Glenfinnan, try to spot rare Black Throated Divers at Loch Shiel or marvel at the Glenfinnan Monument and continue along this stunning route to Mallaig, a quaint fishing village. Overnight Mallaig.
Day 3 - Isle of Skye
Make the inspiring journey from Mallaig over the sea to the Isle of Skye. Make the most of the island’s expansive outdoors and walk through the grand Trotternish Ridge on the northernmost summit to experience the natural wonder of the Quiraing, a remarkable landslip.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Kinloch Lodge by Sleat to enjoy sumptuous fresh seafood from the west Highlands. Spend your night in the village of Broadford where you can enjoy splendid views of the magnificent mountain ranges and seascapes.
Day 4 - Isle of Skye - John O’Groats
Before you depart Skye, make time to visit Kylerhea Otter Haven where you can spy these playful, intelligent creatures. Head north through Sutherland and visit the North West Highland Geopark at either Lochinver, Lairg or Durness and take in stunning mountains and historic settlements. Continue to John O’Groats, the most northern tip of the British mainland. This area is known for extreme landscapes of coastal stacks, cliffs and beaches, which are well worth discovering before resting for the night. Overnight Thurso area
Day 5 - Orkney
Take the ferry from nearby Scrabster to Stromness, Orkney. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Heart of Neolithic Orkney, and see the ancient Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Skara Brae. Don’t miss visiting some of the amazing nature reserves, which include 13 RSPB reserves and 36 Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
On the Isle of Sanday, you can see adorable seal pups during certain seasons with the Sanday Ranger Service before heading to Kirkwall to rest from your busy day exploring. Overnight Kirkwall.
Day 6 - Shetland
From Kirkwall, travel by ferry to Shetland. Explore the capital, Lerwick and be sure to see the islands’ most famous residents, the Shetland ponies, at Thordale Shetland Stud Centre. Explore Unst, with its lunar-like landscape at the Keen of Hamar National Nature Reserve and visit a seabird haven at the Hermaness Nature Centre. Or head to Yell, and bring binoculars to help you spot the resident otters. You can make your trip extra special by booking a stay in a lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Overnight Lerwick.
Day 7 - Shetland- Aberdeen
Once you have taken in the sights and sounds of Shetland’s wildlife, and explored its awe-inspiring sea stacks and sheltered beaches, be sure to pick up some natural souvenirs. Treat yourself to one of the great products of the region - a woollen Fair Isle jumper - from one of the artisan shops in and around Lerwick. You can then take the overnight ferry from Shetland to Aberdeen. From Aberdeen, give yourself at least three hours to travel to either Edinburgh or Glasgow. Overnight Glasgow/Edinburgh.
Extend your trip
A wonderful way to explore the great outdoors is on two wheels. Follow the West Loch Lomond Cycle Path after day 1 and enjoy the lovely views along the way. There are train stations at both ends of this route, making train travel a sustainable way to experience the National Park. If you feel like having fun on the water, check out the superb range of water activities available to try on the loch.
If time permits, it is well worth stopping to visit the stunning sands and crystalline shores of Arisaig, located only a few miles before Mallaig on day 2.
The above package includes:
All hotels will be 3 star or above.
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