3 Day tours from Edinburgh

Isle of Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness 3 Day Tour from Edinburgh

To book this tour call us on 0141 887 6777 or online Book Now

Our three day tour to the Isle of Skye – recently voted 4th best island in the world – gives you time to relax and enjoy the island’s natural beauty, its unique culture and vast array of wildlife.

Guests taking our summer tour can even enjoy a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train (14th May to 14th September 2018) as seen in Harry Potter and often described and one of the world’s great train journeys.

Day 1

Departing the cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh we pass the impressive Kelpies, which standing at over 30 meters in height, are the largest equine sculptures in the world. Our journey continues passing Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Doune Castle before stopping for refreshments in Callander – gateway to the Highlands.

Crossing the highland boundary fault line, we make our way over the desolate wilderness of Rannoch Moor to spectacular Glencoe, setting to one of the most shameful episodes in Scottish history, The Glencoe Massacre. We stop here to admire the stunning but haunting beauty of Scotland’s most famous Glen.

Sitting in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak, lies Fort William the perfect stop for a spot of lunch.

Between 26th Mar and 26th Oct, we take the short ferry crossing ‘over the sea to Skye’. Also between 14th May – 14th Sept you will have the opportunity to take an optional trip on the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William, over the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter fame, to Mallaig. A journey that has been described as one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world. On arriving in Mallaig your tour leader will meet you at the train station.

Guests who opt to stay on the coach will travel to Mallaig via Glenfinnan, taking in views of the Viaduct as well as Loch Eilt, where Hagrid was seen skimming stones in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. Glenfinnan is the place where, in 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard in an ill-fated attempt to reinstate the exiled Stuarts to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland.

We take in the spell-binding Sands of Morar where guests can enjoy views over perfect turquoise seas to the islands of Eigg, Rum and north to our destination – Skye.

Arriving at Armadale on the Isle of Skye, we have a 30-minute drive which will take us to Kyleakin where an evening stroll around this traditional island village and your accommodation awaits.

Please Note:
Subject to the ferry operating, we will take the ferry to the Isle of Skye between Mar 26th and Oct 26th.  Out-with these dates our route will take us to Glenfinnan to see the viaduct and then over the Skye Bridge to the Isle of Skye.

Day 2
After breakfast we head off on a full-day tour of this incredibly diverse island. The weather can be changeable so we keep day two as flexible as possible. Your expert Tour Leader will ensure our route takes you to the sights and attractions best suited to the prevailing conditions and Skye never disappoints – there is just so much to see.

At the foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle there are the Fairy Pools. Crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle which make for some great ‘Wild Swimming’ for those brave enough to enter the cold water.

Portree is the largest town on Skye and also the thriving cultural centre of the island. Its bustling little port is where will stop for lunch.

After lunch we head north in the direction of the breath-taking Trotternish peninsula and its unique geology. Access permitting, we will visit the Faerie Glen, another worldly miniature landscape of 365 grassy-cone shaped hills. Legend has it that if you count them during a leap year, there are 366.

Skye’s landscapes never cease to thrill and the next stop – the Quiraing – is no different.  Guests disembark here just to soak up the beautiful panoramas before heading to Kilt Rock – an enormous 90-metre-tall column of basalt.  On route to Kyleakin and an evening at your leisure, we will make our last but brief stop of the day at the Old Man of Storr which was created by a massive ancient landslide.

Day 3
This morning we leave Skye via the controversial Skye Bridge which opened in 1995.  Our first stop will be at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle – possibly Scotland’s most photographed castle and location for many famous films including Highlander, The World is Not Enough and the Bollywood blockbuster Kutch Kutch Hota Hai. It’s easy to see why film makers are so enthralled as the castle sits on an island where three great sea lochs meet and is surrounded by magnificent highland scenery.

Next, we get off the beaten track and head to Glenelg viewpoint where you can enjoy some stunning views over Loch Duich and the five sisters of Kintail.

Our lunch stop will be in Fort Augustus a charming highland village that sits at the southern tip of Loch Ness. Here you can either take in the Fort Augustus locks which are part of the Caledonian Canal (one of the greatest waterways of the world) or alternatively, if you’re feeling lucky, you can embark on a one-hour monster-spotting cruise.

Our journey continues over the Laggan and Grampian mountains (known as Monarch of the Glen Country) and what better way to break up the journey than with a wee dram and a chocolate tasting session at the Dalwhinnie distillery.

We make the short journey to Pitlochry, passing Blair Castle, the ancient seat of the Dukes of Atholl and home to Europe’s only remaining private army, The Atholl Highlanders.

After a stop for refreshments in this bustling town, we return to Scotland’s Capital via the Queensferry Crossing. Opened on 30 August 2017 and costing over £1.3 billion, the 1.7 miles (2.7km) structure is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world.

Please Note:
Between 20th Nov 2017 and 3rd Jan 2018, on day one of the tour, the coach will travel via Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, for the picturesque highland village of Luss which is perched on the western shore of Loch Lomond.

Inclusions

Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned mini/midi coach and services of a professional driver-guide.

Exclusions

Accommodation, Meals & Refreshments

Tour Departure Point

Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place
Edinburgh
(opposite the Apex Hotel)

Tour Highlights

Day 1
Luss, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Fort William, Glenfinnan, Eilean Donan Castle & Kyleakin.

Day 2 
The Faerie Glen, The Cuillin Mountains, The Quiraing, Kilt Rock, The Old Man of Storr, Portree

Day 3 
Five Sisters of Kintail, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Cairngorms National Park, Grampian Mountains, Blair Castle & Pitlochry

Please note we may visit some attractions on a different day due to seasonal changes.

Optional Extras

Jacobite Steam Train
May 14th – Sep 14th 2018 only
Adults £30.00
Seniors £30.00
Students £30.00
Child (5- 15) £18.00

Eilean Donan Castle
Adults £6.50
Senior £6.50
Child £4.00

Loch Ness Boat Cruise
Adults 14.50
Seniors £13.50
Students £14.50
Child £8.50

All payable in cash on the day

FAQs

Where does the tour stay overnight?

We stay in the village of Kyleakin for both nights of our tour (please note during peak season some of our passengers may be allocated accommodation in the villages nearby to Kyleakin).

The village has some restaurants for evening dining and a shop should you require any necessities.

Can you reserve my accommodation?

Yes, we can reserve both B&B & hostel accommodation for you. There is an option to request your preferred accommodation when booking. You will then receive a confirmation email containing details of your accommodation provider & the exact cost of your stay.

Payment is made directly to the accommodation provider in Skye.

What is the price for accommodation?

The guide price for accommodation is as follows:

  • B&B double/twin room: £78.00 – £110.00 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.
  • B&B single occupancy: £55.00 – £80.00 per room per night
  • Hostel: £17.50 – £26.00 for a mixed dorm bed.

We provide a guide price as each establishment has their own pricing structure. Our accommodation is allocated on a first come first serve basis so an exact cost will not be known until you have booked and we can confirm what is available.

Can I book my own accommodation?

You can self-book your accommodation should you wish to. The accommodation must be in the village of Kyleakin and we ask that you let the accommodation provider know that you are travelling with us.

If you choose to book your own accommodation, please inform us where you are staying as soon as possible.

Will we be dropped off and picked up at our accommodation on Skye?

Yes while you are on Skye, your Tour Leader will drop you off each evening and collect you at a designated time each morning.

Please ensure you are ready in plenty of time each morning.

How much luggage can I bring?

Our luggage allowance is medium suitcase weighing no more than 10kg per person plus a small handbag/laptop bag which can be brought on to the coach. This allowance is set based on the overall weight limit of the coach and therefore can not be altered.

There are left luggage facilities in both Glasgow and Edinburgh Train Stations and Edinburgh Bus Station if you require to store luggage while you are on tour. 

What can we do if we don’t want to participate in an optional extra?

All attractions are optional. Should you wish not to visit an attraction then your Tour Leader will provide you with information of any alternative options in the area, this may be local walks or the location of a nearby coffee shop.

Will I be able to pay by credit card while on tour?

In the Scottish Highlands many businesses do not accept card, particularly in rural areas where mobile signals are not very strong. Optional extras are also paid in cash to your driver. Therefore, it is best to bring cash with you.

There are cash machines on route should you require to take out money while on tour.

It is important that we are able to take the Jacobite Steam Train as part of our tour, is it guaranteed that we will be able to take the train?

We have tickets for each seat on our tour from May 14th until September 14th 2018 therefore as long as the ferry is running to Skye then tours within this time frame will have the opportunity to take the train.

If the ferry is cancelled then unfortunately we are unable to take the train.

Does the 3-day tour visit a Whisky Distillery?

Our 3-day tour doesn’t visit a whisky distillery.

We do visit a distillery on our one-day tour to Stirling Castle & Loch Lomond National Park.

Winter Check in 07.00: Departs 07.15 – Returns 19.00

Summer Check in 08.15: Departs 08.30 – Returns 19.00

Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place – (opposite the Apex Hotel)

To book this tour call us on 0141 887 6777 or online Book Now
Isle of Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness 3 Day Tour from Edinburgh

Operates

Winter Schedule
Mon & Fri
To March 23rd 2018
Check in 07:00
Departs 07.15
Returns 19.00

Schedule from 26th March 2018
Mon, Wed & Fri
Check in 08:15
Departs  08:30
Returns  19:00

Costs:
Adults 16-59
£119.00 – £179.00

Seniors 60+, Students, Children 5-15
£109.00 – £169.00

See the Details & FAQs tab for optional extra costs and further information.

Please note we are unable to take children under 5 years of age.

 

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