I was born in a big city and living in one, that’s why I really appreciate and feeling blessed whenever I came across in nature. Scotland is probably my favourite country in the UK, where you can find those eyes widen sceneries. I went to Scotland twice, once in winter and once in summer. She offers us her two sides of beauty, different yet still a stunner.
Since we don’t drive, I joined a 3 days tour the Highland, Isle of Skye and Loch Ness for both of the trips of different companies. There are several tour company running for local tours, itinerary may varies but similar, and some of the attractions have added on admission upon aboard. Remember to check the tour start day, not every tour are departure every day.
Duration: 5 days
Group size: 3
Tour company: Highland Experience
It was a week break of my first year studying in London. With the accompany of 2 friends, we decided to head North to feel more of the winter. We arrived Edinburgh and stayed for the first night, visiting the city centre to some of the main attraction like Edinburgh Castle.
It was nearly a day driving just to departure from Edinburgh to highland, remember to take pills or sleep all the way through if you’re sensitive to motion sickness!
On the second day we visited the highland waterfall, The Quiraing and the Eilean Donan Castle, which used to be where the Scottish Royal lived and now refurnished to be a museum. Then we visited the old battle field you see in the movie Braveheart – Culloden. On the last day of the tour, we walk along the mystery Loch Ness and learn about this mythic creatures of its museum. Then ended the trip with a visit to Scottish whiskey factory.
Highlights of the tour: The mountain covered in snow and the purplish sunset is stunning. Seafood and Scottish beef in a Michelin restaurant next to Loch Ness taste amazing! Since the accommodation of the tour was along the way, we stayed at two fine and cozy BnB with tasty breakfast!
Remarks: The ticket to Eilean Donan Castle, Culloden Museum, Loch Ness Exhibition and whiskey factory is additional. Remember to let your driver know if you are participating or not to avoid misunderstanding. Since that happened in our tour that a guy complaining and saying the driver is deceiving his money, leaded to a delay of the whole tour.
Duration: 5 days
Group size: 2
Tour company: Rabbie’s
It was during my mom came to visit for a month before going back home for summer in my first year. I though Scotland is beautiful enough in winter and never expected that she has another sprit in summer! The weather is so nice and the nature is awaken, the mountain, the sky, the sea… are painted with saturated colors.
Like the first trip, we stayed in the Edinburgh for a night and enjoyed some cheap but tasty mussel in the Mussel Inn.
We headed to the departure point and drove away by our energetic guide Andrew. We arrived the Eilean Donan Castle on the first day. The itinerary was bit different from our last trip, Andrew took us to many nature sites like cliffs and hills with striking view. Despite Andrew’s age(he told us he’s in his 70), he led all the way running uphill and climbing on rocks!
A lady from Australia in my dorm told me that she has been travelling in the highland for a month without renting a car. Since there’s no fixed schedule for transports, she was simply taking an adventure and a good way to discover Scotland.
Highlights of the tour: Summer breeze in Scotland is gorgeous! Everywhere I’ve visited before look very different! Another important factor that make this great trip is our tour guild Andrew. He asked us to sit together and introduce ourselves so everyone became friends on the way. He also showed use some exclusive spots that not included in the trip that are very beautiful and photogenic.
Remarks: The accommodation these time is according to the price range so we stayed in the cheapest one in a dorm. Many restaurant there offers late lunch menu till 6pm so you can enjoy a tasty and budgeted 2 or 3 courses if you check on the time.