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Highlights of the Scottish Highlands – Exclusively Solos

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Legend's and breathtaking landscapes

From rugged mountains and serene lochs to historic castles and picturesque towns, this is Scotland at its most spellbinding and solo-friendly.

Journey on an easy-going getaway encompassing Scotland’s most exceptional sights, dropping in at recognisable spots as well as some lesser-known, but equally as delightful highlights. Over five days, you’ll visit several natural spectacles, taking in each one at your own pace within the comfort and safety of a like-minded group of nature, culture and history enthusiasts. 

From your base at the charming Carrbridge Hotel, located in the heart of the Highlands, your group of well-matched travellers will be guided around Aviemore, Cairngorm Mountain, Fort Augustus, Nairn, Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, and a gin distillery. Along the way, prepare to also be captivated by the dramatic panoramas while learning about the legends that go with each area and sampling Scotland’s finest spirits with a local expert.

What does this price include?

  • Four nights' dinner, bed and Scottish breakfast at the three-star Carrbridge Hotel
  • A welcome dinner and drinks, and a farewell dinner
  • Four breakfasts
  • Lunch at the UK’s highest restaurant
  • A visit to Aviemore
  • A funicular ride up Cairngorm Mountain
  • A visit to a reindeer sanctuary in Aviemore
  • A cruise across Loch Ness
  • A visit to Fort Augustus
  • A tour of Nairn
  • A tour of Culloden Battlefield
  • A visit to Cawdor Castle
  • A visit to a renowned gin distillery
  • Return flights to Inverness, with coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

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  • Your first day will be dedicated to travel, relaxation and a little bit of settling in. 

    After arriving in Inverness, you’ll be transferred to the charming Carrbridge Hotel. This beautiful property, situated in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, is backed by forests and the sparkling River Dulnain. Welcome drinks and dinner will be served, providing the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers before the tour kicks off.  

  • Wake up in the Highlands, have breakfast, and set off on today’s excursion. Your tour manager will first take you around pretty resort town of Aviemore, ringed by the spectacular Cairngorm National Park. The group will then ascend to the top of Cairngorm Mountain in a funicular, observing the surrounding landscapes as you go. Once you’ve reached the summit, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the park from the UK's highest restaurant, the Ptarmigan Restaurant, where lunch will be enjoyed.

    There’ll then be time to survey the viewing platform and peruse the gin shop for a gift or two. Your next stop will be the Cairngorm Reindeer Herd Centre, home to around 150 reindeer, which you can see up close with their handlers, as you learn about their importance in Scotland’s history.

    Later in the afternoon, the group will return to hotel, and you’ll have the rest of the evening free to perhaps reminisce on the day and nurse a whiskey with your fellow travellers by the open fire in the bar.

  • Following breakfast this morning, you’ll board on a two-hour Loch Ness cruise, which will be narrated by your tour manager as you take in views of the banks. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of Nessie, the legendary creature said to inhabit the loch.

    Back on land, the tour will call at the town of Fort Augustus, known for the impressive Fort Augustus Abbey that was founded in the 18th century. Now home to a museum, the fort will be explored on a guided tour, and you’ll learn about its role in the local community while marvelling at the architecture and the stained-glass windows.

    Those eager to venture on a stroll, can join an optional hike along the towpath of the Caledonian Canal. Alternatively, you can potter around at your own pace, perhaps taking a saunter with some other travellers.

    In the evening, unwind at your leisure or amongst your fellow travellers.

  • Once the group have had breakfast, it’s time to make the most of your penultimate day. The small market town of Nairn is up first, and you’ll get to meander around this ancient fishing port known for its unspoilt beaches and wealth of wildlife – keep an eye out for seals, whales, and dolphins.

    You’ll then head to the Culloden Battlefield, where you'll be transported back in time to one of the most significant battles in Scottish history. Learn about the Jacobite rising of 1745 and the fateful battle that took place here with your guide. During your visit, you’ll be led through the eerie moorland and stand where the brave Jacobite soldiers once stood, fighting for their beliefs.

    The group will continue to the fairy-tale-like Cawdor Castle, a mediaeval fortress steeped in history and legend. Gaze at the building’s regal architecture and manicured grounds while your tour manager regals stories of its famous inhabitants and literary link to William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth.

    Towards the end of the day, you’ll call at a local gin distillery. Here, you’ll have a chance to sample a few delicious varieties and discover the history of the craftsmanship of Scottish gin-making.

    As it’s the final evening, you can join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner at the hotel – an ideal chance to reflect and discuss highlights amongst each other.

  • Bid farewell to the Highlands and your newfound friends, and travel home. 

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Carrbridge Hotel, Carrbridge

Set on the banks of the Dulnain River, and boasting spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains, this charming, family-run hotel was originally established in 1803 as an inn for travellers. It has been extended and refurbished over the years, and now has 100 bedrooms of varying shapes and sizes. 

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour from Inverness airport.

  • We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.

  • If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

  • The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

  • Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

  • Rules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. You do require government issued passport to travel.

    Names - It is very important that all passenger names are exactly as per your passport although we do not require middle names.

    Passport - Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be: Less than 10 years old on the day you return home (please check the "date of issue") and valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home (please check the "expiry date").

    Visa - You do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS) - Commencing in late 2023 or 2024, all citizens of the United Kingdom will require a ETIAS electronic form completed prior to their arrival into the EU and Schengen member countries. The cost for this travel authorisation will be €7.00 per person with exceptions for under 18’s and over 70’s. The latest information and further details can be found at

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