Hogmanay & Highlands 27 Dec
Day 1: 27 December We leave Scotland's capital and head past the capital of Stirling, home to legends such as William Wallace and Robert the Bruce and scene of many of Scotland's most famous and bloody battles in the Wars of Independence. Our route north takes us through dramatic Glencoe, the 'Weeping Glen' and site of the massacre of 1692 before passing through the shadow of mighty Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. Travelling along the Great Glen fault line we then skirt the coast, see Eilean Donan Castle perched on the shores of Loch Duich before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Day 2: 28 December Today we explore the 'Winged Isle' or 'Isle of Mist' with its fishing villages, awesome scenery and home to the legendary MacLeod and MacDonald Clans. Immersed in Celtic myths and Viking legends, tales abound with faeries, we explore the windswept landscape and brooding Red and Black Cuillin Mountain ranges. There is also the chance for a hike through this stunning terrain before we return to the mainland and on to Fort Augustus by the shores of mighty Loch Ness. Day 3: 29 December We follow the entire length of Loch Ness, searching for a glimpse of the legendary beast and past Urquhart castle dramatically poised on its shores. Journeying on through Inverness, capital of the Highlands, we revive our sprits at a Highland whisky distillery with a wee dram. Heading south we make our way to Dunkeld with its mighty Cathedral and through Macbeth country before crossing the Forth Road Bridge and our return to Edinburgh. Day 4: 30 December Free time to explore the Capital starting off with The Royal Mile which runs from the Castle right down to the Palace of Holyrood House and the Parliament. As locals, we'll be on hand if you need some tips on where to go and what to see as our crew are all more than happy to help out. Tonight, join 35,000 people for the Torchlight Procession where torchbearers march through the city. Then it's on to our legendary HAGGiS ceilidh for a night of traditional Scottish dancing! Day 5: New Year's Eve 2014 - Hogmanay! We kick off with the Aussie and Kiwi New Year with loads of fellow Antipodeans to celebrate with! Party on as the celebrations continue around the globe or take some free time to explore the capital and the Winter Festival Get ready for the main event, make sure you grab your Street Party ticket before heading to the best New Year celebration in the world! When the clock strikes 12 it's your chance to kiss everyone you can get your hands on and wish them Happy Hogmanay! Day 6: New Year's Day 2015 If you're brave, you can choose to add a trip to the 'Loony Dook' to your booking! Along with a thousand others 'loonies' you can brave the freezing waters of the Firth of Forth. Alternatively, why not fight that hangover with a climb of Arthur's Seat, a distinct volcano. It's a bit of a hike but rewards you with amazing views over the city and on a clear day you can see the Forth Bridges and Highlands. Day 7: 2 January Check out of your hostel in the morning. Before you leave be sure to breathe in the last of that fine Scottish air and appreciate the magnificent views of the city before heading off on your travels.