Exploring the Scottish Highlands

September 21 – 30, 2019

Takin’ the High Road:  From Speyside and the Moray Firth to a Victorian Hunting Estate in Stunning Wester Ross

This adventure will take us to northern Scotland – from the Spey River Valley and Inverness to the remarkable mountains-meet-the-sea world of Wester Ross.  In Speyside, we’ll explore the magical castle-, estate-, and village-world of the Cairngorm Mountains and National Park.  Those who wish will have the opportunity to learn about Scotch whisky – Speyside is the most prolific distiller in all of Scotland.  And we’ll also enjoy a ride on the scenic Strathspey Steam Railway.  We’ll relocate to Dingwall – our jumping off point to explore the lovely villages along the Cromarty and Dornoch Firths, and the battlefield at Culloden Moor, that officially ended the Jacobite Uprising in 1745.  We’ll continue moving west, into the stunning mountains and sea of the Northwest Highlands – Wester Ross, and the villages along the sea lochs of Gairloch, Ewe, and Gruinard Bay.  Those who wish will join a whale-watching excursion.  Our accommodations will be in a Victorian hunting lodge-turned-hotel.  A roaring fire will remain at the ready.

Trip highlights:

  • Jacobite history and related sites of interest
  • Acclaimed Scottish gardens in bloom
  • Opportunities to walk / hike (guided and unguided), sea kayak (guided), whale-watch
  • Backroads exploration in some of the prettiest nature-scapes in the world

Trip price:  $3,853 / person (double occupancy; single supplement, $850); price includes comfortable transportation in Scotland; accommodation and breakfast for 8 nights in lovely high-standard inns; 4 lunches and 4 dinners (i.e. breakfast plus one additional full meal each day) all activities per the itinerary.  Price does not include international airfare, other meals, alcohol, or optional trip insurance.

Click here for the trip itinerary and registration form.


Chumley’s take:  Welcome to the real Highlands!  From a natural beauty perspective – you’ll think you’ve been transported to New Zealand.  Some of the world’s most stunning scenery.



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