Islands of Scotland
Day 1 : Glasgow to Lewis - leave the hustle and bustle behind
The peaceful and unspoilt Western Isles, formerly known as the Outer Hebrides are renowned throughout the world for their dramatic landscape. The largest and northern most is Lewis (in Gaelic - Eilean Leòdhais), best for its prehistoric archaeological sites and wonderful beaches with sweeping bays and white sands.

Fly directly from Glasgow to the capital of Lewis, Stornoway. Met by your driver/guide who will accompany you for your "escape to the islands" over the next 4 days. Highlights today will include the Neolithic "Callanish Stones" which predate the Egyptian pyramids and the Pictish Carloway Broch (roundhouse).

The Isle is noted for sightings of wildlife – seabirds, seals, whales, dolphins and sharks to name but a few. With time available to stop en-route to pick up some of the islands most noted export, "Harris Tweed", recognised as the one of the world's finest fabrics, with many producers still working by hand. The colours used without a doubt are a reflection of the island.

Stay overnight in one of the luxurious guest houses that are noted for their excellent service and warmest of welcomes.
Accommodation : Braigh House


Day 2 : Ferry to Isle of Skye

Leave the Western Isles from southerly Tarbert and ferry across to the Isle of Skye, arriving in the north. For your first day on this magical and romantic Isle, travel down the eastern coast with highlights including a visit to mighty Dunvegan Castle – sitting high on a rock, it is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years.

Followed by lunch at the renowned Three Chimneys Restaurant; housed within the bare stone walls of an original crofter's cottage around 120 years old. Perhaps, winner of more accolades than its possible to mention, the Three Chimneys offers the very best dining experience.

And so we continue the journey south for final visit of the day - situated on the banks of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins in the background, Talisker Distillery can be found. Stop here for tour and tasting of this sweet full bodied 10 year old malt.

A short journey to Lady Claire MacDonald's Kinloch Lodge Hotel, your home for the next two evenings is described as charming, cosy and discreetly luxurious. Dine in the Michelin star restaurant this evening. The hotel is recognised internationally and was cited as one of the world's top 25 small hotels in Conde Nast Traveller magazine.
Accommodation : Lady Claire MacDonald's Kinloch Lodge Hotel


Day 3 : More of the magical isle

Following a leisure breakfast, today, explore the south and easterly sides of the island. Situated in the heart of a 20,000 Highland Estate, visit one of the most romantic places in Scotland and home to the Clan Donald - Armadale Castle and Gardens. The ruins of the Castle provide a wonderful backdrop to the 40 acres woodland garden.

Continue from the easterly coast heading north to the Portree, the capital of the island and the setting for Bonnie Price Charlie's last days in Scotland. The harbour is particularly pretty with colourful buildings and boats. Take lunch in one of the waterfront restaurants.

From here, there will be only a short transfer to see The Storr, a rocky hill on the Trotternish peninsula, overlooking the Sound of Rassay – quite spectacular and well worth a short walk around the gentler grassy slopes.

Return to Kinloch Lodge for the final evening.
Accommodation : Kinloch Lodge


Day 4

Following a leisure breakfast, you will return to the mainland via short ferry crossing. From here travel along what is often described as the most beautiful beach in Scotland, known as the "Silver Sands of Morar". A series of rock framed white beaches and stunning views across a turquoise sea towards the Small Isles of Eigg, Rum and further north to Skye.

From Fort William, continue heading southwards down past mighty Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain and continue through spectacular and eerie Glen Coe, site of the infamous Clan Battle in 1603 between the "Macdonalds" and "Campbells".

Arrive in Glasgow in the afternoon and spend some time in Scotland or head to your next destination.