3 Day tours from Glasgow

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

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 the 4th best island in the world – gives you time to relax and enjoy the islands 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 (15th May to 15th September) as seen in Harry Potter and often described as one of the world’s great train journeys.

Day 1
From our meeting point just yards from the iconic George Square in Glasgow, we make our way to the picturesque highland village of Luss, sitting peacefully on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

After a short stop to look around it’s on to spectacular Glencoe, setting for one of the most shameful episodes in Scottish history, The Glencoe Massacre. We make a stop here to allow guests to enjoy the stunning beauty and uniquely haunting atmosphere of the glen.

Next it’s on to Fort William which sits in the shadow of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, the perfect spot for some lunch.

Fort William is the departure point for those wishing to make the next leg of the tour (15th May to 15th September only) on the Jacobite Steam Train.  It runs over the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter fame to Mallaig, where your Tour Leader will meet the train. (NB if for any reason the Mallaig to Skye ferry is not operating the Jacobite Steam train trip will be unavailable).

For those deciding not to take the train our route takes us to Glenfinnan, where not only will we take in views of the Glenfinnan Viaduct but you’ll also see Loch Eilt – another ‘Potter’ location where Hagrid was seen skimming stones.  Glenfinnan is also 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 then make a short stop at the Sands of Morar where guests are treated to views over perfect turquoise seas to the islands of Eigg, Rum and north to our destination – Skye.

There’s a short ferry crossing from Mallaig to Armadale (weather dependent) on the Isle of Skye followed by a 30-minute drive to Kyleakin, where an early evening stroll around this traditional island village and your accommodation await.

Day 2
After a hearty (or healthy) breakfast we embark on a full-day tour of this wonderful island. Guests can choose to enjoy a leisurely 1.5hr boat trip from Elgol or a more exhilarating, wind-in-your-hair, RIB ride (RIB ride has limited availability, please reserve in advance).  Either way, you’ll see the jaw-dropping Cuillin Mountains up close as well as a rich variety of sea birds including, if you’re lucky, majestic Golden and Sea Eagles. There are regular sightings of dolphins, porpoise and sometimes whales, especially in the summer months and the large resident colony of harbour seals near to Loch Coruisk is guaranteed.

From Elgol, we make our way to Portree – the largest town on Skye – where we take a break for lunch and some exploring (time permitting) before heading north to the Trotternish Peninsula, famous for its breath-taking scenery and unique geology.

The Skye Museum of Island Life is our next stop.  Here you get a fascinating insight into life on Skye including an opportunity to see the type of thatched cottage prevalent on the island around 100 years ago.

The awe-inspiring scenery never seems to stop on Skye. Next it’s the Quiraing where guests disembark just to soak up the beautiful landscapes and vistas. Then it’s on to Kilt Rock – a spectacular 90-metre-tall column of basalt. Finally on our return to Kyleakin, and an evening at your leisure, we pass The Old Man of Storr which was created by a massive ancient landslide.

Day 3
As we bid farewell to Skye we cross the bridge (opened in 1995) to the mainland. Our first stop is at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle made famous in films such as Highlander, The World is Not Enough and the Bollywood blockbuster Kutch Kutch Hota Hai. The castle sits on an island where three great sea lochs meet and is surrounded by glorious highland scenery.

As we head for home we will stop for lunch at Fort Augustus which sits at the southern tip of Loch Ness. There’s plenty of time to explore this charming highland village where you can take in the Fort Augustus locks which are part of the Caledonian Canal. Alternatively, if you’re feeling lucky, you can take a one – hour monster – spotting trip.

Our journey continues over the Laggan and Grampian mountains (known as Monarch of the Glen Country) 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 some refreshments in the bustling Victorian town of Pitlochry we return to Glasgow.  When there are Edinburgh passengers on board we return via the Firth of Forth (marvelling at the engineering masterpiece that is The Forth Rail Bridge) and the City of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Capital City. The alternative route takes us via Stirling, it’s beautiful castle and the imposing Wallace Monument.

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

266 George Street,
Glasgow G1 1QX
Outside Parish Halls

Tour Highlights

Day 1
Luss, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Fort William, Glenfinnan, Loch Eilt, Silver Sands of Morar, Mallaig & Kyleakin.

Day 2
Elgol Boat Cruise, The Cuillin Mountains, The Highland Museum of Life, The Quiraing, Kilt Rock, The Old Man of Storr, Portree

Day 3
Eilean Donan Castle, Five Sisters of Kintail, Telford’s Bridge, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Cairngorms National Park, Grampian Mountains, Blair Castle, & Pitlochry

Optional Extras

Jacobite Steam Train (15th May to 15th Sept)
Adults £30.00
Seniors £30.00
Students£30.00
Child £18.00

Elgol Boat Cruise
Adults £18.00
Seniors £17.00
Students £17.00 (with valid ID)
Child £12.00

Elgol RIB ride
Limited availability – please reserve in advance
Adults £26.00
Child £18.00

Eilean Donan Castle
Adults £7.00
Senior £6.00

Loch Ness Boat Cruise
Adults 14.00
Seniors £14.00
Students £14.00
Child £11.00

All payable in cash on the day.

FAQs

Can I start my tour in Glasgow and finish in Edinburgh?

Our tours only return to Edinburgh if we have passengers starting their tour there. If we have Edinburgh bound passengers on board then yes, you are welcome to depart in Edinburgh.

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.

How much luggage can we 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. 

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

Yes while 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.

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 15th until September 15th 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.

Does this tour visit the Fairy Pools?

In the summer months we are unable to visit the Fairy Pools as the single track road to/from the pools is not suitable for coaches due to a large number of cars parked on either side.

During our winter schedule when Skye is quieter we may be able to visit the Fairy Pools. This is down to your Tour Leaders discretion and can’t be guaranteed.

Check in 08.15: Departs 08.30 – Returns 20.00

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 Glasgow

Operates

Summer Schedule
Mon, Wed & Fri
April 2017 to September 2017

Winter Schedule
Mon & Fri
Oct 2017 to Mar 23rd 2018

Check in 08.15
Departs 08.30
Returns 20.00

Costs:
Adults 16-59
£119.00 – £159.00

Seniors 60+, Students, Children 5-15
£109.00 – £149.00

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

Please note we are unable to take children under 5.

 

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