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 (Tues & Thurs departures 15th May to 13th September, Saturday departures 16th June to 1st 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. It sits perched on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and is our guests first chance to breathe in pristine highland air and enjoy the beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

Lochs and mountains give way to the desolate wilderness of Rannoch Moor before we arrive at Glencoe, scene of perhaps the most brutal episode in Scottish history, the Glencoe Massacre. With its stunning mountain scenery, Scotland’s most renowned Glen never fails to take your breath away.

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.

From 26th March to 26th Oct, we take the short ferry ride ‘over the sea to Skye’. There is the option to take a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train (Tues & Thurs departures 15th May to 13th Sept, Saturday departures 16th June – 1st Sep) which runs from Fort William, over the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter fame to Mallaig. This trip has been described as one of the greatest railway journeys in the world.

For those deciding not to take the train our route takes us to Mallaig, 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.  In 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard at Glenfinnan 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.

From Armadale on the Isle of Skye we have a 30-minute drive to Kyleakin with time for a meal and a stroll before settling down for a good night’s rest.

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 a hearty (or healthy) breakfast we embark on a full-day tour of this wonderful island. Scotland’s unpredictable weather means that we keep day two flexible. Your expert tour leader will ensure you experience the best that Skye has to offer based on the prevailing conditions and Skye never disappoints – there is just so much to see.

There’s the River Brittles fairy pools with their azure blue water, tempting enough for some to try wild swimming.

Portree as well as being the largest town is also the cultural centre of Skye and its busy little port is where we will stop for lunch.

The awe-inspiring scenery never seems to stop on Skye and after lunch we head north to the Trotternish peninsula, famous for its spectacular geological scenery. If accessible, we will visit the Faerie Glen, a delightful miniature landscape of grassy cone shaped hills. It is said that if you count these cone shaped hills you will find there are 365 but if it is a leap year there will be 366!

Next it’s on to 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 make a stop for photos of 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) back on to the mainland and make our way to the stunning Eilean Donan Castle. This is possibly Scotland’s most photographed castle and it was used as the backdrop to many legendary films such as Highlander, The World is not Enough and the Bollywood blockbuster Kutch Kutch Hota Hai. It’s no wonder film makers from all over the world are captivated as the castle sits on an island where three great sea lochs meet and is surrounded by some majestic scenery.

It’s some way off the beaten track to get to the Glenelg viewpoint but it is worth it, as the views over Loch Duich and the five sisters of Kintail are quite simply breath-taking.

Fort Augustus at the southern tip of Loch Ness is our next stop. Not only is this interesting little town a great place for lunch and a gentle stroll, it’s the place to go if you want to spot the elusive Loch Ness Monster. If you’ve always wanted to be the one who gets the proof we all crave, then you will have the opportunity to take a one-hour monster – spotting cruise on the Loch.

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 with a short stop at the Dalwhinnie distillery for a wee dram and chocolate tasting session.

From here we make our way 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 some refreshments in this bustling Victorian town we make our return to Glasgow, passing Stirling Castle and the imposing Wallace Monument.

Please Note:
During the period 19th Jan 2018 – May 11th 2018, our tour from Glasgow will travel via Callander (not Luss) and join up with our Isle of Skye tour coach from Edinburgh and continue to Glencoe from there. On your return, rather than take you all the way to Edinburgh and then Glasgow, we will take you to Stirling to meet our coach which will return you to Glasgow at the scheduled time.

Image of view over Loch Duich and the 5 sisters of Kintail © Visit Scotland

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, 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
Tues & Thurs departures from May 15th – Sep 13th 2018 (excluding May 22nd)
Saturday departures from June 16th – Sep 1st 2018
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.

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 Tuesday & Thursday departing tours from May 15th until September 13th 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.

The Jacobite Steam Train does not operate an afternoon service on a Saturday, therefore our Saturday departing tours will unfortunately not have the opportunity 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.

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

Winter Schedule
Mon & Fri
Until 26th March 2018
Mon, Wed & Fri
28th March – 11th May 2018

2018 Summer Schedule
Tue, Thur & Sat
15th May 2018 to 29th September 2018

Check in 08.15
Departs  08.30
Returns  20.00

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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