5-Day Highland Explorer And Isle Of Skye Small-Group Tour From Edinburgh

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  • Duration: 5 Days
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  • Departure Time :
    09:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Edinburgh EH1 3DQ, UK
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
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Discover the Scottish highlands and the Isle of skye on this 5-day tour from Edinburgh. Traveling in a luxury minivan with a knowledgeable guide, see some of Scotlands most iconic sights. Visit quintessential villages such as Dunkeld and Lochinver, and explore beauty spots like Cairngorms National Park, Loch ness and Glencoe. Youll also travel along the scenic Quiraing mountain pass for jaw-dropping views of rural Scotland. Relax with 2 nights accommodation in Ullapool and a 2-night stay in Portree in the Isle of skye. Numbers limited to 16, ensuring a small-group experience.


  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small group ensures personal service

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Day 1: Edinburgh - Dunkeld - Ullapool

Stop At: bus station
Check-in 15 mins prior to departure and meet with your driver guide.
Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore and the Cairngorms, Scottish highlands, Scotland
Gaze in awe at Scotlands most beautifully rounded peaks.

Stop At: Dunkeld Cathedral, Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
This village is surrounded by luscious forest, and boasts an incredible ruined cathedral.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ullapool
From here, you travel to Ullapool, situated at the mouth of Loch Broom, a beautiful whitewashed fishing village where you spend your first two nights' stay on tour.
* Please note that the tours departing on 28th and 29th September 2019 stay two nights in Inverness instead of Ullapool.

Duration: 3 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Ullapool (tours departing on 28th & 29th September 2019 stay two nights in Inverness instead of Ullapool).

Day 2: Ullapool - Ardveck Castle - Achmelvich Bay - Lochinver

Stop At: Ardvreck Castle, Assynt, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish highlands, Scotland
Today, you explore the far northwest Highlands and the mountains of Assynt. This area is famous as being the first crofting area to be bought by the local crofters, the Assynt Crofters Trust.
Youre immersed in the history of the area and visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, once the stronghold of the MacLeods of Assynt.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Achmelvich Bay, Lochinver, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish highlands, Scotland
The day is full of amazing views of some of Europes oldest landscapes, the stunning white sand beach at Achmelvich Bay, and the traditional fishing village of Lochinver.
Duration: 45 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Ullapool (tours departing on 28th & 29th September 2019 stay two nights in Inverness instead of Ullapool).

Day 3: Ullapool - Applecross - Portree

Stop At: Torridon
Looking for some serenity? This peaceful spot offers unblemished landscapes in their most natural state. After your lunch stop in Applecross, you take one of the highest and most exhilarating roads in Scotland, Bealach na Ba.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Portree.

Day 4: Flexible 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: 10 minutes

Stop At: Neist Point, Glendale, Isle of skye, The Hebrides, Scotland
(optional) Neist Point - the most westerly headland on Skye - is an iconic destination, with stunning cliff scenery, a fine lighthouse, an outlook to the Outer Hebrides, and the chance to watch for minke whales in the summer months. Alternatively, you may like to visit Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod (admission fee not included)
Duration: 45 minutes

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Portree

Day 5: Portree - Eilean Donan Castle - 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

Stop At: Buachaille Etive Mor, Ballachulish, Glencoe, Scottish highlands, Scotland
In the afternoon, you explore spectacular Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotlands most famous landscapes.
You then start your journey towards Edinburgh.
Duration: 30 minutes

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


4x Breakfast

Accommodation included: 4 nights

4 nights en-suite accommodation in either a B&B or 3-star hotel (breakfast included)

Small-group tour (maximum 16 passengers)

Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach



Hotel pickup and drop-off


Meals and refreshments

Admission fees

Entry/Admission - Ardvreck Castle

Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years

You stay two nights in the fishing village of Ullapool* and two nights in the harbour town of Portree, on the Isle of Skye (some tours may stay in Inverness instead of Ullapool)

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

Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 20kg of luggage (44lbs); one medium sized suitcase/bag similar to airline standard carry-on luggage (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.

Eilean Donan Castle We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Face coverings are mandatory and must always be worn. Infrared thermometer temperature check during check-in for tour. Passengers with temperature readings above 38 degrees will not be able to travel for health and safety reasons. Simple Covid-19 health questionnaire upon arrival.

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  • 29-Aug-2022

    Even I had quite high expectations since I decided most of my holidays in Scotland to spend on the Rabbie's tour, most of them were not only met but exceeded. Everything was organized properly but also all travelers had opportunity to express their wishes and Gil (our tour guide) all of them made come true. She really did her best all of us having great time on the tour - she has vast knowledge and she is ready to share it with anyone, she will help you with lot of advises starting with dinner reservations (which is really valuable during the summer when most of places are booked weeks ahead), but she will also take you not only to places which you could visit with other agencies and tour guides, but to unknown pearls of nature since she loves Scotland and knows it by heart.

  • 23-Jul-2022

    What a great way to see the Highlands and Skye! The scenery was amazing and quite simply, our tour guide Catty was incredible! Her knowledge of the history, geography and geology, and folklore kept us entertained and deeply informed all along the way. And all while navigating some pretty narrow roads we would never have wanted to maneuver through ourselves! We learned so much and saw sights we will remember forever. Truly one of the best trips we've taken

  • 23-Nov-2021

    If you want to experience the beauty and magnificence of the Highlands and Isle of Skye in a small group, then the 5 day tour is perfect. Our guide/driver Gav shared his local knowledge as well as stories from history, and myths and legends. He knew all the best places to stop for amazing photos.

  • 09-Nov-2021

    Sean..the guide. Hands down, the best guide ever!! First of all, he was understandable. This is huge when you don't hear well and everyone is wearing a mask. His enthusiam and love for Scotland is only matched by his extensive knowledge of the country. We experienced fabulous views, engaging story telling and Scottish music along the way. His concern that we find places to eat, the best weather and interest in each person seems to prove his intention of giving everyone a great experience. The mini bus is a wonderful way to travel back roads big buses could never go. Thank you Rabbie's for giving my granddaughter and me a memory for a lifetime.

  • 28-Oct-2021

    Had a wonderful experience. The group was really small just me and 5 other people. Gav was a fantastic tour guide who gave us a true feel of Scotland (wearing a kilt and all). Because it was a small group he made sure that everyone got to see what they wanted and changed some of the stops t accommodate our groups wishes. He was very knowledgeable and if he didn’t know someone was happy to find out the answer for us! I learned a lot about every stop and Scottish culture as a whole. My only gripe would be that some accommodations only took cash and I was not informed of this and was I’ll prepared.

  • 23-Aug-2021

    Would thoroughly recommend travelling with a guide around Scotland. They are invaluable as they help you find lesser-known routes and beauty spots that tourists don't know about.

  • 05-Aug-2021

    We had Billy as our driver ans guide and he was amazing! Incredibly knowledgeable (could answer any question we threw at him about history, geology, culture, etc) and one of the best storytellers ever - he kept us so engaged and entertained the whole 5 day journey. He was also a very impressive driver navigating through all the terrain and narrow roads and always punctual and caring. The tour is a 5 Day drive around the highlands to see sights and landscapes so less of activities and hiking if that’s what you’re looking for. The highlands were beautiful and we’re very happy we had Billy to show us around!

  • 24-Jul-2021

    We did the 5-day Highlands Explorer: Skye & Far North during summer. The views across northern Scotland and the Isle of Skye are stunning. Honestly some of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen, lots of locations with postcard-like views. Also lots of amazing historical locations. And all the more fun because of our excellent driver-guide, Gavin (or Gav, as he likes to be called). He is well versed in the intricacies of Scottish locations, has extensive knowledge of pop-culture, and a great sense of humour. Thank you Rabbie's and Gavin!

  • 11-Jul-2021

    This tour was one of the best five days I have ever had in my life!!! Billy, our tour guide, was truly phenomenal. He was personable and truly made the most of every day (rain, fog, or sun). Having a small group made the tour very personalized and Billy accommodated the wants and needs of our group like a true professional. He ensured a daily itinerary that fit the weather and perfectly and ensured everyone was happy and enjoying their holiday! Billy provided the history of Scotland with ease and ensured that the content was engaging and fun throughout the tour. Billy also seemed to take us to "lesser-known" stops throughout the highlands. Nothing felt overly touristy and each stop seemed a bit "off the beaten path." (I think a big tourist bus only stopped at one of our stops throughout the five days.) Most of the time it was just our group at lookout points - allowing opportunities for both quiet contemplation and great picture taking! Rabbies also handled my accommodation and I was very satisfied! I stayed at a BnB the first two nights in Ullapool. The location was great and the host was lovely! In Portree, I stayed at the Caledonian Hotel. Again, very nice and great service! The scenery was the most beautiful I have experienced in my life. This is five days that you will not want to end! I highly recommend taking the time to truly experience the highlands and booking with this great company. My only comment is that you should book your evening meals ahead of time when possible. I am not sure if it was tourist season mixed with COVID issues, but in both Portree and Ullapool it was difficult to find a restaurant that could accommodate us without a booking.

  • 29-May-2021

    Outstanding journey! I did the 5 day Highland tour with Rabbie's and it exceeded all expectations! I have never done an organised tour before and I was a bit wary, that this would be a standard cookie cutter experience. It was quite the opposite - first of all, I turned out to be the only passenger. Rabbie's have offered me a choice of continuing with the tour, or swapping to alternative options that had other passengers (although at a very short notice!) I decided to proceed with the initial tour as I was quite keen on visiting the Highlands - which I imagine came quite at loss for Rabbie's! The Guide and driver - Grant Burns - was truly outstanding! Grant prepared the itinerary afresh every morning, based on the energy levels, weather and other factors. A truly bespoke experience! During the journey I learned heaps from Grant - about the locations visited, the history of Scotland and even the formation of the mountains! Grant was excellent driving along all weather and road conditions, and I felt safe throughout the whole experience. I had the best time exploring and enjoying the Highlands and I highly recommend the tour for anyone seeking a great adventure!

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