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

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Edinburgh Bus Station, Edinburgh EH1 3DX, 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

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.

Highlights

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

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Itinerary

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.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Edinburgh Ullapool
Meet your guide at the prearranged meeting point in central Edinburgh, and then hop inside an air-conditioned Mercedes minivan and travel north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming village of Dunkeld.

Stroll along the villages well-trodden forest walkways to the Hermitage waterfalls with your guide. Then, continue to Cairngorms National Park, home to the UKs most extensive range of high mountains. Wander amid the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus Estate, located at the heart of the national park, and learn more about the native flora and fauna from your guide. Youll also have the opportunity to recharge with lunch (own expense) here.

Then, head for the village of Dores. Along the way, drink in the rambling green hills and other scenic sights of the Scottish countryside before stopping to take in panoramic views of Loch Ness. You may even spot Nessie, the fabled Loch Ness Monster.
Finally, arrive in the fishing of Ullapool, your base for the next two nights. Check in to your accommodation, and then enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel or guesthouse in Ullapool
Please note: During peak season, accommodation may be in Inverness instead of Ullapool

Day 2: Ullapool Northwest Highlands Ullapool (B)
After savoring a delicious breakfast at your hotel, join up with your guide and travel into the far northern wilderness of Assynt, an area typified by rocky inlet, unspoiled beaches and jagged cliffs.

Visit the 15th-century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, which boasts incredible views of the Highlands and rural Scotland, and the beautiful white-sand beach at Achmelvich Bay.

Then, stop in the small fishing village of Lochinver. With time here spent at your leisure, take in the sights independently, enjoy lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant, or perhaps set off in search of eagles, red deer and other native wildlife.
Later, return to your hotel or guesthouse and spend the evening as you wish.

Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel or guesthouse in Ullapool
Please note: During peak season, accommodation may be in Inverness instead of Ullapool

Day 3: Ullapool Applecross Plockton Isle of Skye (B)
Following breakfast, pack your bags and check out of your Ullapool hotel. Then, join up with your guide and travel west, past the misty peaks of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and along the undulating coastline of Loch Torridon.

Stop in Applecross, a tranquil peninsula situated on the rugged coast of Wester Ross in the Highlands, where youll eat lunch (own expense) before continuing along Bealach nam Bo (Cattle Pass), Britains highest road. Drink in the jaw-dropping views, and then arrive in the palm treelined village of Plockton. Stretch your legs with a walk around the tropical haven and snap photos of beautiful Loch Carron.

When the time comes, continue over the sea to the Isle of Skye. Arrive in the delightful harbor town of Portree, your base for the next two nights, and check in to your accommodation. The rest of the evening is yours to spend at your leisure.

Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel or guesthouse in Portree


Day 4: Isle of Skye (B)
Tuck into a tasty breakfast at your hotel, and then join up with your guide and set off to explore the Isle of Skye. On route to your first stop, gaze out at the scenic sights and listen to your guide talk about the days itinerary. The sights youll see are dependent on your guide, the time of year and the weather conditions.

Perhaps travel north to the 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. Hop out of your minivan on the mountain pass of the Quiraing, and snap photos of the unusual landscape forms that have earned names like the Needle, the Table and the Prison.

Next, break for lunch (own expense) in one of the Isle of Skyes pretty villages. Then, maybe head for Neist Point and enjoy a leisurely stroll to the lighthouse on Skyes western tip. Alternatively, visit Dunvegan Castle, the ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod.
In the early evening, return to your accommodation in Portree and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel or guesthouse in Portree

Day 5: Isle of Skye Edinburgh (B)
After enjoying breakfast, gather your bags and check out of your hotel. Then, sitting comfortably aboard your Mercedes minivan, travel south from Skye to the picturesque 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle. Used as a filming location in the 1986 movie Highlander, the ruins of the romantic castle look out over three sea lochs, and the landmark is widely considered as one of Scotlands most iconic sights.

Continue east through the rugged mountains of Kintail, including the splendor of the Five Sisters, and drive through Glen Garry for jaw-dropping views of Ben Nevis, Britains highest mountain.

Stop for lunch (own expense) in Fort William, and then travel to Glencoe perhaps Scotland's most famous and most scenic glen before arriving in Killin for refreshments (own expense) beside the beautiful Falls of Dochart.

Your tour then concludes back at the original start point in Edinburgh.

Inclusions

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

Driver/guide

Exclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Gratuities

Meals and refreshments

Admission fees

Entry/Admission - Ardvreck Castle

Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case 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

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

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.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 10-Jul-2018

    This was one of the best tours we have ever been on. We had an absolutely wonderful experience! Scotland is breathtakingly beautiful! James, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and had a great personality. We thoroughly enjoyed every day of our tour.

  • 25-Apr-2018

    Overall, the tour was as expected and more. Some of the places visited were beautiful and sometimes breathtaking. Our guide was quite friendly and considerate, in short she was great. She had so much different infomation including historical with a twist of folklore tales that made the 5 days feel very short. I would recommend this tour!

  • 16-Dec-2017

    Best tour I've ever taken. Alan Oliver was a fabulous guide, informative about every place we visited over the five day tour. Highly recommend it.

  • 19-Aug-2017

    Our drive Alan was amazing and completely made the trip. Not only did he entertain us with Scottish culture but he was very knowledgeable of everything Scotland. He was flexible to meet the needs of our group and gave suggestions everywhere we went about eating. Also willing to stop for whisky.

  • 01-Aug-2017

    This was a fantastic tour. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly and funny. The accommodations were nice. The locations that this tour travels to are spectacular! Rabbie's tours are the way to go!

  • 23-Jul-2017

    The trip is good. Driver Michael is excellant. One point I need to point out Do not choose the Hotel option.
    I choose and pay for the Hotel optionfor 4 nights, but Viator give me a Bed and Breakfast Guest House in the first 2 nights.
    Viator did not give an answer to my complaint.

  • 11-Aug-2016

    Alan Oliver our Rabbie's guide was excellent. The other travellers were all very nice, which made the trip very good. Alan entertained us with relevant history and folk tales and knew the countryside very well. I felt safe and looked after. The hotels and the local people made our stay enjoyable.

  • 30-Jul-2016

    The tour was everything we'd hoped for. Our guide, Ross, was the best. He was full of all sorts of information - historical, environmental - whatever we wanted to know, he had the answers. And all told in an entertaining way. Ross also was very flexible and planned our itinerary to go with the weather conditions. Saw amazing scenery!!

  • 28-Jul-2016

    The trip was well organized by Rabbies Tours. Our drive/guide was excellent, he took us to phantastic places, gave all necessary info but did not talk too much.
    I think this tour is a must for first time visitors to Scotland!

  • 27-Jul-2016

    Super! Five days of incredibly beautiful, dramatic scenery in out-of-the-way places in the Highlands that a shorter trip would have missed. And every inch is absolutely pristine - didn't see one scrap of paper or one cigarette butt on the ground. And Andrew, our guide, couldn't have been more cheerful, helpful, well-informed, or engaging. Five stars all around.

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