This is another area which needs to be visited on an overnight tour from Glasgow or Edinburgh. Fort William is at the base of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK (4,409’/1,344mt). The area is used for skiing and ice climbing in the winter and hill-walking and climbing in the summer. Just outside Fort William is Neptune’s Staircase, a series of lock gates that take the Caledonian Canal from Loch Lochy to Loch Linnhe. Many troops trained in this area prior to D-day in World War II. North of Fort William is Drumnadrochit with the Loch Ness Monster Exhibition Centre and Urquhart Castle. Come and see if you can find the monster Nessie. From Fort William you can follow in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie, who landed at Glenfinnan in 1745. He ended up on the Isle of Skye fleeing after the Battle of Culloden.
Glencoe was the site of the infamous massacre in 1692. The local chieftain MacIan, of the MacDonalds of Glencoe, had been late in taking his oath of allegiance to King William III and was brutally murdered with many of his clan. There is wonderful scenery in the area and it appeared in one of the Harry Potter films. You may recognise the scenery as it was filmed in the James Bond film, Skyfall.
Another place in the west of Scotland is Inveraray Castle, home of the Duke of Argyll. You may recognise this castle because it was used in an episode of Downton Abbey, when Lord Grantham and his family went shooting in Scotland. Just down the road are the Crarae Gardens (100 acres of Himalayan style gardens) and Auchendrain Township Open Air Museum, which gives a flavour of life for the ordinary people of the West Highlands until the late 19thc. Kilmartin has over 150 prehistoric monuments, standing stones and sculptured stones.
Private Tour Rates 2018/2019
|Car/Sedan||8 per day||up to 3||£625|
|MPV||8 per day||up to 6||£710|
|Large MPV||8 per day||up to 8||£750|