5-Day Best Of Scotland Experience From Edinburgh

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Caffè Nero, 1 Parliament Square, 192 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Experience the natural beauty of Scotland on a 5-day tour through the Lowlands, Northern Highlands, West Coast and the magical Isle of skye. Focusing on the breathtaking Scottish countryside, your route explores a diverse range of landscapes, including a Jacobite steam train ride (seasonal) and the classic sights of Loch ness, Glencoe and more. Relax with an expert guide and overnight accommodation in Oban, Skye and near the banks of Loch ness.

Highlights

Close encounter with wildlife

Get inside tips from a local

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Step back in time on a history tour

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Your 5-day Scotland and Isle of skye tour from Edinburgh highlights the countrys outstanding natural beauty and rich history. From ancient castles to mysterious lochs, this experience allows you to uncover the best of rural Scotland alongside one of our fun and knowledgeable guides.

Depending on the season, enjoy a scenic ride aboard the Jacobite steam train or a Loch ness cruise and admission to Urquhart Castle.

Relax in your choice of B&B (shared bathroom), B&B ensuite or hotel accommodation with a breakfast included each morning.

Departures 14th May - 27th August include the Jacobite Steam Train (21st of May will not include the train)

Departures 9th April - 7th May, 21st May & 3rd September 8th October include Loch ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle instead.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Edinburgh – Oban
Meet your guide at the prearranged departure point in central Edinburgh, and then hop inside an air-conditioned minivan and travel west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Stop first in Kilmartin Glen, where Neolithic and Bronze Age remains abound. With more than 350 ancient monuments in the area, it is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. Walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and see the impressive standing stones of the Temple Wood Stone Circle.

Next, continue to the beautiful fishing town of Oban, known as ‘The Gateway to the Isles’ because of its link with the Hebrides. Then, after checking in to your hotel or guesthouse, enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.
Overnight: Hotel or guesthouse in Oban


Day 2: Oban – Glencoe – Isle of Skye (B)
Savor a delectable breakfast at your hotel or guesthouse, and then check out of your accommodation and travel to Glencoe — perhaps Scotland's most famous and most scenic glen. On arrival, marvel at the breathtaking scenery and hear from your guide how the picturesque spot was the site of a terrible massacre in 1692 that took the lives of many members of the MacDonald clan. 

After enjoying some free time to explore Glencoe independently, return to your minivan and continue on to Fort William, a settlement dominated by the UK's tallest mountain: Ben Nevis. Hop aboard the Jacobite steam train, considered one of the greatest train journeys (included May 13 –September 12). When you reach Mallaig, enjoy a seafood lunch (own expense) before crossing the sea to the magical Isle of Skye.

Arrive in the delightful village of Isle of Skye and check in to your hotel or guesthouse, where you’ll stay for the next two nights. The rest of the evening is yours to spend at your leisure.
Overnight: Hotel or guesthouse in Isle of Skye

Day 3: Isle of Skye (B)
Start the morning with a hearty breakfast at your accommodation, and then enjoy the rest of the day to explore the Isle of Skye as you wish.
Perhaps pull on your hiking boots and head to the Cuillin Mountains to lose yourself amid the spectacular scenery. Or, maybe visit Dun Beag Broch, a small fortress near the village of Struan that dates back to the Ice Age. You might even travel to Dunvegan Castle, the 13th-century home of the Macleod clan, or take a cruise to see the Loch Dunvegan seal colony.
Overnight: Hotel or guesthouse in Isle of Skye


Day 4: Isle of Skye – Loch Ness (B)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel or guesthouse and journey to the harbor town of Portree. Make the most of some free time to explore the small island capital, and then head to Trotternish Ridge, which is formed by a series of landslips including the well-known craggy pinnacles of the Old Man of Storr and the dramatic sea cliff of Kilt Rock.

Next, cross back over the sea to the Scottish mainland to visit Eilean Donan Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. Used as a filming location in the 1986 movie Highlander, the ruins of the castle look out over three sea lochs, and the landmark is widely considered as one of Scotland’s most iconic sights.

Then, travel into the heart of the Highlands. Gaze out at the rambling green hills and other scenic sights of the Scottish countryside, and then arrive at your accommodation in Fort Augustus near the mysterious Loch Ness. After checking in to your hotel or guesthouse, enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Overnight: Hotel or guesthouse in Fort Augustus near Loch Ness


Day 5: Loch Ness – Edinburgh (B)
Following breakfast, gather your bags and check out of your accommodation. Then, with your guide and group, relax on the short journey to Loch Ness. Hop out of your minivan by the mysterious stretch of water to snap photos and look out for Nessie, the fabled Loch Ness Monster.
Should you wish, set off on a 30-minute cruise (own expense) from Clansman Harbour to Urquhart Castle. After taking in the sights from the water, disembark at the castle’s ruins and head inside (own expense) to explore at your leisure. (Note: Loch Ness cruise and admission to Urquhart Castle are included March 21–May 9; September 10–October 10.)

Alternatively, head to the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition (own expense), which boasts seven themed areas crammed with more than 500 million years of history, mystery and legends of Loch Ness and its famous monster.

When the time comes, join back up with your guide and travel south to the battlefield of Culloden, the site of the short but brutal hand-to-hand Battle of Culloden in 1746 that marked the defeat of the Jacobite forces.

Next, visit a local distillery, where you can sample a wee dram of Scotch whisky (own expense). Then, catch glimpses of the stunning Cairngorm Mountains on route to Pitlochry. Enjoy free time in the charming town before traveling back to Edinburgh.
Your 5-day tour then concludes with a drop-off at the original start point.

Inclusions

4 nights of accommodation

Professional guide

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

4 breakfasts

Hotel option will consist of 1 night Oban Hotel/ 2 nights Skye superior Bed and Breakfast/ 1 night Fort Augustus Hotel

Jacobite Train (on certain dates only)

Exclusions

Gratuities

Food and drinks, unless specified

Hotel pickup and drop off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Traveler Reviews

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  • 22-Oct-2019

    That is Royal Hotel. It's the worst hotel I have ever stayed. The room is super small, the quilt is dirty, the carpet is super old and dirty, and the switch for the heating is broken. Ir's too cold to Sleep. The reception gave me a Portal heater which ran one hour and closed automatically. You can hear the Walking steps in next Rooms and you can also hear the snoring in next room. Because of above reason, I need to deduct two points from the rating.

    Except this, everything is good, the views are fantasty, the Driver is good. the other two Hotels are good. The Tourist guide is funny, even though I could not understand what he said most of the time, because he has Accent and English is not my mother language.

  • 21-Oct-2019

    Our guide/driver was great, John McC. 5 days is too much, 3 days would be much better. We went 800 miles and a lot of it was on slow roads which was very scenic BUT a lot of hours driving.
    Wonderful vistas, great waterfalls, historic places and only two good castles in 5 days.

  • 10-Oct-2019

    Fantastic trip. Graham was an excellent tour guide. Accomodations were fantastic. Beautiful places. Well worth it.

  • 07-Oct-2019

    So disappointed. We chose this tour because we wanted a small group tour. Instead we were daily herded on and off a full bus. The more people, the longer the waiting, etc. We arrived at our first lodging two hours late. We were always late, thus no time, as promised, to check out the towns, shops and in some cases we were so far away that no place for dinner! Our driver had to also serve as our guide, while driving! No separate guide for such a large group was unacceptable. We had to skip attraction due to time constraints. Also, our guide forgot to make reservations in time to see the distillery.
    One huge complaint was our accommodations. The group was split up into many different lodgings. My friend and I were always alone and not near anyone. So the getting to socialize with others, just never happened.
    Our guide tried to be upbeat and entertaining, but we couldn’t always hear him. We never saw Ben Nevis, which I had even asked him to point it out.
    We loved Scotland and enjoyed our before and after time, did enjoy the company of those we sat near
    on the tour.
    The weather: rain and extreme winds.

  • 07-Oct-2019

    the trip is very relaxing. late morning starts and early returns. Mr. Graham organized it very well, good driver, also very informative, and very considerate. good sense if humor. made the tour relaxing and friendly.

  • 30-Sep-2019

    Our guide was excellent, the days packed with wonderful highland experiences. Could not have been better from start to finish!

  • 27-Sep-2019

    We had a total of two weeks to travel and discover Scotland. The first portion of our trip was on our own using the Scottish rail system; taking in the Solheim Cup; a castle stay; and St Andrews. The Best of Highlands tour - 5 of the last 6 days allowed us to see a wider range of the country in a shorter timeframe. There were complaints from some of those traveling with us of their accommodations, but we took the hotel stay package which was overall quite good. Out your driver - Stephen H - was extremely knowledgeable despite his relatively young age. Five days was pushing it for us but we would do it again - very enjoyable.

  • 26-Sep-2019

    Overall the tour guide gave good explanation of the history and culture of the highlands. The guide also recommend good restaurants for lunch and dinner at each town.

    However we were not pleased when we were put up 2 nights at Skye-Kyleakin at a B and B of which the room was an attic. Further there is no ensuite bath room and we have to go down narrow staircase to reach the ground floor. We paid for normal room certainly not an attic. That's bad judgement on the part of Viator.

  • 19-Aug-2019

    Everything was organised very well. We were a group of 6 people and always were in the same accomodation. The accomodations were all very good. Espacially the B and B on the Isle of Sky (family McCrae) was wonderfull. Very nice hosts ! Also the chauffeur/guide was very good.

  • 15-Aug-2019

    Great tour. Fergie was a terrific guide--took care of us and showed us many places that weren't overrun with tourists. Beautiful countryside, fascinating history. Loved the many places to take stunning photos.
    I would take another tour through your company and would love to have Fergie as a guide! The second, third, and fourth nights were at wonderful facilities and great locations.

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