3-Day Isle Of Skye And Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour From Edinburgh - Inverness

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  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Rabbie's Cafe Bar, 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 22 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 21 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Scottish highlands and Isle of skye on this 3-day small-group tour from Edinburgh, with accommodation and round-trip transport included. Drive through the magnificent Highlands, including Glencoe, and cross to the Isle of skye for a free day to explore this rugged island. On the last day, return to Edinburgh with a stop at Loch ness to look for its legendary monster, "Nessie". Your small-group tour includes breakfast each morning, and personalized attention from your expert guide with numbers limited to 16 people.

Highlights

  • Multi-day trip
  • Breakfast included
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Receive discounts at selected restaurants, shops, and attractions

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh - Portree

Stop At: Loch ness, Loch ness, Scottish highlands, Scotland
Optional boat trip opportunity and a chance to spot Nessie!
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Portree on the Isle of skye

Day 2: Flexible full day touring around the Isle of skye

Stop At: The Old Man of Storr, Isle of skye, The Hebrides, Scotland
Great photo stop at this iconic rock formation. This sharp pinnacle of rock bursts out the land and can be seen for miles around.
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Kilt Rock, Isle of skye, The Hebrides, Scotland
Picturesque observation point offering panoramic views of waterfalls, cliffs & sea.
Duration: 15 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Portree on the Isle of skye

Day 3: Portree - Edinburgh

Stop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochalsh, Scottish highlands, Scotland
An iconic and gorgeous 13th century castle that once warded off Viking invasions.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Edinburgh – Portree

Meet your driver/guide in Edinburgh in the morning and travel west in your comfortable Mercedes minivan. Pass Linlithgow Palace and the town of Stirling, with its photogenic castle and nearby hilltop Wallace Monument. Continue past Doune Castle, where Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed, and stop in the town of Callander for refreshments (own expense).

Enter the Scottish Highlands and enjoy the glorious vistas of Loch Luibnaig on route to Breadalbane, or the ‘High Ground of Scotland.' Climb to the heather-coated wilds of Rannoch Moor and through the breathtaking mountain scenery of Glencoe, scene of the infamous Massacre of Glencoe in 1692.

After time in Fort William for lunch (own expense), drive past Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and into the Great Glen. Follow the A830 or ‘Road to the Isles’ and wend through the beautiful Five Sisters of Kintail mountains toward the Isle of Skye. Stop to visit (own expense) iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a much-photographed, water-lapped castle standing where three lochs meet.

Afterward, cross the bridge to Skye and trace the rugged coastline to its capital, Portree, for an early-evening drop-off at your accommodation. Tonight, explore this port town as you wish and enjoy dinner at any of its welcoming restaurants or pubs (own expense).

Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Portree

Day 2: Portree (B)

Day two of this fully guided experience, depending on the weather, provides many possibilities beckon as your knowledgeable guide helps you get the most of your time.

North from Portree you can see or walk a section of the stunning Trotternish Ridge, a dramatic line of hills that culminates in the Old Man of Storr, the sea cliffs of Kilt Rock, and the craggy rock formations of Quiraing.

Alternatively, take in the lush green estate of Glendale, visit 13th-century Dunvegan Castle or journey to the sea cliffs at Neist Point to spot seabirds and perhaps dolphins, sharks or whales. This evening, take your pick from Portree’s pubs and restaurants again for dinner (own expense).

Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Portree

Day 3: Portree – Edinburgh (B)

After breakfast at your accommodation and a pickup by your guide and minivan, travel south through the Cuillin Hills and back to the mainland. Enjoy majestic views over Loch Duich and continue to eerie Loch Ness, where you'll stop for lunch (own expense) and try and catch a sighting of the lake's legendary monster.

From here, travel along Loch Laggan through the Grampian Mountains, an area known as ‘Monarch of the Glen Country’ after the popular BBC series. Pass Dalwhinnie, home to one of Scotland's highest whiskey distilleries, and Blair Castle, before a stop for refreshments (own expense).

Then, continue via Perth and the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh, where your tour ends in the early evening with a city-center drop-off.

Inclusions

Driver/guide

Accommodation included: 2 nights

Travel by air-conditioned Mercedes mini-coach

Two nights of B&B or 3-star hotel accommodation with private facilities

Exclusions

Gratuities

Admission fees

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Food and drinks, unless specified

Entry/Admission - Loch Ness

Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle

Additional Info

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

The minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking unless booked within 14 days of travel. In this case, a confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Children are not permitted to travel alone. Child rate applies only when sharing with at least 1 paying adult

Please note: you will be required to choose between either a 3-star bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel at time of booking

Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately

When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/family). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section

Family rooms are limited and may be available on request. Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available

Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 11-Feb-2020

    Amazing tour! Fun group! Awesome tour guide! Thank you for the fantastic experience, Aaron you are the best! Thank you for driving us safely given the crazy weather!!

  • 03-Feb-2020

    It was wet and windy but totally atmospheric... so Scotland.
    We had lots of places to ourselves. Travelling in Scotland in the winter is not for the faint hearted but I feel we were able to get a true Scottish experience through the commentary of our fantastic guide ... who also provided Scottish music for our journey. Loved being in the countryside. The Isle of Skye is so beautiful.

  • 20-Jan-2020

    Great tour which gave us a true Scottish experience of the highlands. Paul G, our guide was excellent, and he made the trip come alive for us. He packed in a lot of things to do in the three days and yet somehow kept it very relaxed and at the sensible pace. He is very articulate in his explanations and related well with a diverse group. Overall a great tour, great guide.

  • 25-Nov-2019

    We had a really good experience in 3 day Scottish highlands tour. We visited all the places mentioned in itinerary. Our guide Billy was awesome...he stopped at all the photogenic points and gave ample time to click pictures and sight seeing. Trip was well planned and worth going.

  • 05-Nov-2019

    This tour completely blew us away! Nick was a perfect guide. He had so much love for the country and area and told both historical stories, but also wove in legends and tales. We loved that he had his own personal soundtrack that fit different areas we were exploring and he made the whole tour incredibly person. He was friendly and helpful and really brought Scotland and Skye alive for us. We were able to pack in so many gorgeous places and my husband and I were both floored with the immensity of the beauty on Skye. I only wished we'd been able to see the Fairy Glens, but it's hard to pack so much into just one day on the island. We'd recommend this tour to anyone we knew. Absolutely worth every penny.

  • 04-Oct-2019

    This tour exceeded our expectations! Our tour guide Ian was so accommodating, telling us tales and folklore of the highlands. Not to mention the history of the areas that we traveled. He even played music on the bus (a mixture of Scottish and other artists) which made the experience truly special! We saw so many sights within those few days! We stayed in the small town of Portree at the Tongadale Hotel. It was a lovely hotel in the middle of town with a restaurant and bar downstairs. It was perfect for our two night stay. We can't say enough about this tour and did not want it to end! We would definitely do it all over again!

  • 26-Aug-2019

    After some issues with check in (the worst part of the trip), we had a FABULOUS tour with our guide Stefan!! It was magical and amazing. Skye is breathtakingly beautiful.

  • 12-Aug-2019

    This was an amazing experience. Each site exceeded our expectations. James was a fantastic guide — unassuming, informative, fun! Highly recommend this tour.

  • 05-Aug-2019

    The tour is well planned yet flexible. Jim is excellent: informative and witty. We covered a lot of ground in the Western Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Just what we wanted.

  • 01-Aug-2019

    Andrew from Rabbie's provided us with a first-rate tour. Our day on Skye, in particular, gave me many inspiring and gorgeous views. Andrew and Rabbie's also deserve a shoutout for helping me in my proposal to my girlfriend - now my fiancee. Andrew kept me up to date about what was included and tips on where to propose. Because of this, Rabbie's is now golden to me and I'm glad I traveled with them.

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