Haggis Adventures, based in Edinburgh, is a long-running adventure travel network for independent travellers, particularly those on a budget.
Their distinctive yellow buses are as individual as their tours of the Scottish Highlands and islands. Their Mercedes Benz midi-coaches are the latest models and custom-built for touring, with big windows and big sound systems.
Getaway joined Haggis' three-day tour to the Isle of Skye, which began in Fort Augustus. There is plenty of beautiful scenery, including Loch Garry, before you stop at Scotland's most romantic castle, Eilean Donan, on an island where three great sea lochs meet, first inhabited around the 6th century. The first fortified castle was built here in the mid-13th century. Since then, at least four versions of the castle have been built and rebuilt.
The Sligachan River is not only beautiful but has an interesting legend. A poor heroine who had been brutally disfigured by a rival clan is saved by a Fairie Queen who immerses her in the river. She emerges whole and beautiful. The tale has encouraged visitors to submerge their faces for seven seconds, hoping for the promised magic. If nothing else, the water is so cold it makes you feel glad it was just your face that was dunked!
From the Quirang Mountain pass, enjoy the best views of Skye before reaching the uncanny Kilt Rock Waterfall, which does look like a well-pleated kilt. Then journey back to base at Fort Augustus, listening to stories about faeries and Celtic legends.
Haggis Adventures three-day Skye High Tour departs from Edinburgh and costs $229 per person. Guide and transport are included.
Prices correct at 26.07.2007.
Scotland's Isle of Skye.
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