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Best Guided Scottish Highlands Tours - CIE Tours

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Highlands Tours 2018/2019

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Visit the Scottish Highlands with CIE Tours!

The Highlands occupy the Northwestern half of Scotland. This sparsely populated region contains some of Scotland’s most dramatic, rugged scenery. Mountain ranges, forests, islands and lakes abound, and the landscape features rich, distinctive colors – emerald greens, purples, dark browns and black. And it’s rich in history and traditional culture – tartans originated here, and it’s also the home of the clan system. Scotland’s turbulent, often violent, history has left many marks on the landscape – most vividly, the castles – some in ruins, others still standing to give insight into the past.

Among our favorite places in the Highlands:

 

The Outer Hebrides

The remoteness and isolation of these islands off the west coast of Scotland have given traditional Scottish culture a safe haven: you’ll still hear Gaelic spoken here, there are many archeological monuments still standing, and traditional music remains popular. The islands are also the home of Harris Tweed.

Inverness

The largest city in the Highlands, Inverness is a compact, cultured town featuring a 19th-century cathedral, an indoor Victorian Market selling food and crafts, and a contemporary museum and art gallery featuring local and Highland history.

Culloden Battlefield

The Jacobites made their final stand here, in a brutal battle in 1746, when they gathered under Bonnie Prince Charlie to fight King George II’s troops. They sought to restore the Stuart Monarchy to the British throne, but over 1,000 of them were slain, putting an end to the uprising. The Culloden Visitor Center features artefacts from the battle and interactive displays explaining the conflict.

Loch Ness

This large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands is approximately 23 miles long and forms part of the Caledonian Canal. It is the second largest Scottish loch by surface area at 21.8 square miles after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume. Loch Ness is best known for the alleged sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster, also known as “Nessie”.

The Isle of Skye

The largest and most northerly island in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Skye is dominated by the Cuillin Hills and is often referred to as the “Misty Isle”. Skye, with its dramatic and beautiful landscape, is connected to Scotland’s northwest coast by bridge.

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CIE tours made everything extremely easy. We booked online and had them arrange our flights and transportation to and from the airport. When we finally met up with the tour group a day late, due to bad weather and flight delays, we found out that we had the best guide and driver, Colm Clarke. He was AMAZING- very accommodating and cheerful throughout the whole tour. He kept us informed and entertained all at the same time. I've taken several tours and he surpassed any guides I've dealt with by far. The stops and sights planned are excellent and truly give you a taste of Ireland and Scotland. I found the hotels to be comfortable with good service. I cannot stress how much I enjoyed this tour and how hard I;m working to get back to Ireland as soon as possible. Of course, I'll be booking with CIE again and requesting Colm (Seriously, he is the BEST).
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Friendly and informative tour guides, nice accomodations, we saw so much while we were there!

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