Departing Oban, we travel up the side of Loch Linnhe through the Great Glen to our first stop of the day in Glencoe. Considered by many to be the most impressive glen (valley) in Scotland, in 1692 the towering peaks of this majestic landscape bore witness to the infamous Massacre of Glencoe. Your driver guide will explain the details of this incident and why it was such a turning point in Highland history - stoking the Jacobite Rebellions for many years to come. There will be time for a short hike and many photographs in Glencoe before we make tracks for our next amazing location – Glenfinnan Monument and Viaduct. Glenfinnan has something for everyone – set on the edge of the fijord-like Loch Shiel, this is one of the prettiest spots in Scotland. It is also the place where on 17th of August 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie raised the Royal Stuart Standard and set in motion the last Jacobite Rebellion which would come so near to changing history only to end in bitter defeat some 7 months later at the Battle of Culloden. In more recent times, Glenfinnan Viaduct has become very well known to fans of Harry Potter as the magnificent railway bridge crossed by the Hogwarts’ Express. Climb the hill for best views of the Monument to the 1745 Rebellion and the Viaduct. We'll then travel to Fort William where you Wander back in time as you explore the ruined late 13th century Inverlochy Castle (free). You can then check out Neptune’s Staircase, starting point of the Caledonian Canal, opened in 1826 and designed by Thomas Telford to link the Atlantic Ocean on Scotland’s west side and the North Sea on its east. Lunch is in Fort William, the second largest town in the Highlands (after Inverness) where the ruined fort was destroyed by Jacobite forces at the very start of the 1745 Rebellion. Our next stop as at the impressive Commando Memorial statue in memory of commandos who trained near here during the Second World War. Erected in 1951, the statue is a fitting tribute to incredibly brave young men and the site offers fantastic views of the surrounding mountains including Ben Nevis - Scotland and the UK’s tallest. From the Commando Memorial it’s a short drive to the charming village of Fort Augustus. In Fort Augustus you may wish to take a leisurely stroll along part of the Caledonian Canal. However, most visitors to Fort Augustus are drawn to the other side of the village to view Scotland’s most famous loch and maybe spot a monster popping its head through the deep, dark and mysterious waters of Loch Ness. Fort Augustus sits at the very southern tip of Loch Ness and from here you can see the whole 24 mile (38km) length of the loch – there really is no better place for a bit of Nessie spotting. Our route now takes us into some of the most spectacular scenery in all of the Highlands. We pass through Glenshiel and the iconic Five Sisters of Kintail to the meeting point of 3 sea lochs – Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh – the wonderful setting for Eilean Donan Castle. Seat of the Clan MacRae, Eilean Donan is possibly the most photographed structures in all of Scotland and also has a starring role in films as diverse as Highlander, Entrapment, Rob Roy, The World Is Not Enough, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Made of Honor. There is time for an audio guided tour of the castle (£9 per adult) before the last leg of today’s tour, crossing the Skye Bridge over the sea to Skye and our overnight stay in Portree. The evening is then your own to explore the area or meet up with your fellow travellers and enjoy a meal in a local seafood restaurant or traditional pub. Overnight at Portree.