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

Our stunning 3 day Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh takes you through the majestic Scottish Highlands to places such as Loch Lomond, Glencoe, and Glenfinnan as we head towards the spectacular Isle of Skye.

Immortalised in words and pictures the world over, the Isle of Skye was voted the globe’s 4th best island destination according to National Geographic. Stunning scenery with the jagged Cuillin mountains at its heart, the azure blue crystal clear waters of the fairy pools, rich in history with a vast array of wildlife it’s little wonder the Isle of Skye is one of most popular tourist destinations in Scotland.

Departs From:
Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh

Prices From: £139.00 per person

Please note we are unable to take children under 5.

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

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Day 1
On our Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh we head west to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Soon we’re deep in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We’ll make our first stop at the charming village of Luss which sits on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. The village was chosen as a Christian settlement by the Celtic Saint MacKessog in AD 510, who was Scotland’s patron saint before St Andrew. It is known that the Vikings passed through Luss in 1263 and went on to plunder the entire area. You can see the hog back gravestone in the churchyard dating from around the 11th century. Today, you’ll find a pretty conservation village with a sandy beach and pier stretching out into the stunning loch. On this small group tour you’ll take in sparkling lochs, tumbling waterfalls and majestic Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000 feet). All on our way to bleak but beautiful Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. We’ll stop for lunch here and you can learn about the infamous Glencoe Massacre of 1692, when the MacDonalds were slaughtered by the Campbells.

Our Highland road trip continues to Fort William, a popular holiday destination sitting in the shadow of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. From here we will travel west to take in the stunning views of Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel stretching 17 miles out in the distance. Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at Glenfinnan in 1745 in an ill-fated attempt to return the exiled Stuarts to Great Britain and Ireland’s throne. Today the Glenfinnan Monument, with its lone piper on top, proudly honours the Jacobites who died fighting their cause. The Glenfinnan Viaduct is famous for its classic Victorian engineering. It also captured the imagination of a new generation when it appeared in the Harry Potter films. The short climb up to the viewpoint is worth the effort. Not only are there great views but you’ll also see the 21 arches of the majestic Glenfinnan Viaduct curve through the glen in a scene known as the route to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. Onward to Skye  we will travel through Glens Garry, Clunie and Sheil to one of Scotland’s most photographed castles, Eilean Donan. The castle sits on an island at a point where three great sea lochs meet, surrounded by majestic highland scenery. Eilean Donan was used in many films including Highlander and James Bond epic, The World is Not Enough. From here it's a short drive to Kyleakin, your home for the next two nights.

Day 2
You'll have a full day to explore the amazing Isle of Skye. Your Driver-Guide has the flexibility to ensure you see the best of the island whatever the weather. You can’t miss Skye’s mountain range, the Black Cuillins, which adorn calendars and paintings the world over. The sparkling azure waters of the Fairy Pools lie near their foot in Glenbrittle. They make for great photos, or even a spot of wild swimming! We stop for lunch in Skye’s main town of Portree. We'll then head to the spectacular geological wonders of north Skye and the Trotternish Peninsula. This is a beautiful, if not bizarre, landscape of rocks and pinnacles that will leave you spellbound.

Access permitting, we’ll visit Faerie Glen, a peculiar, miniature landscape of grassy cone-shaped hills and lochans (ponds). It’s said that if you count these hills you’ll find 365 but if it’s a leap year there will be 366! From there we head for the Quiraing, an iconic geological landslip that is on many a traveller’s tick list. You’ll have time to capture plenty of pictures before we move on to the magnificent Mealt waterfall and Kilt Rock. A spectacular 90-metre-tall column of basalt that appears to resemble our national tartan dress. Prior to our return to Kyleakin, we’ll stop for photos at the Old Man of Storr. According to legend, the Old Man of Storr was a giant who lived in the Trotternish Ridge. When he was buried, his thumb was left sticking out the ground, creating this famous jagged landscape.

Day 3
With the Black Cuillins behind us we depart the Isle of Skye from Kylerhea to Glenelg on mainland taking the short crossing on the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland. We'll make a short stop to get some stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Next up is Fort Augustus which lies at the southern tip of Loch Ness. There’s time for lunch and a stroll beside the Caledonian Canal, one the world’s great waterways. Or you might like to try to secure photos of elusive Nessie on a one-hour ‘monster-spotting’ cruise. Back on dry land and we take a road trip through the Grampian Mountains, across sweeping ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country. On this final day of your tour we’ll visit a Scotch whisky distillery for a dram if we haven’t managed to visit a distillery on the Isle of Skye. From your panoramic window seat you’ll see the landscape change from moody mountain and moorland to lush forest and woodland not surprisingly known as Scotland’s ‘Big Tree Country’. Keep an eye out for birds of prey and red squirrels. Journeying through Perthshire we’ll pass Blair Castle, ancient seat of the Dukes of Atholl. It's home of Europe’s only remaining private army the Atholl Highlanders. Just a few miles down the road and we’re enjoying our final refreshment stop in the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry. Pitlochry was a favourite of Queen Victoria and Scots novelist Robert Louis Stevenson.

We return to Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh ending our 3 day Isle of Skye tour via the Queensferry Crossing. Opened on 30 August 2017 and costing over £1.3 billion. This 2.7 km structure is the longest bridge of its type in the world. As you cross, look left for a great view of Scotland’s most famous structure, the Forth Bridge. Its three red cantilevers carry the rail line over the Firth of Forth. The Forth Bridge has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. This places it on a par with the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal.

Departure & Return Information
This tour will depart from Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel) Edinburgh
At the end of this tour you can return to Edinburgh or be dropped off in Glasgow. All you need to do is select your preferred drop off location on the booking form.

Check in 07.45
Departs  08.00
Returns  19.00

Important
In the event you are late for any reason in arriving at your departure point and consequently miss your tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.

Tour Inclusions
Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini-coach and the services of an English speaking driver-guide. When operating the Kylerhea ferry is included.

Tour Exclusions
Accommodation, lunch, refreshments and entry fees to visitor attractions.

Children
We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.

Luggage
This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.

Tour Highlights

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

Day 2 
The Fairy Pools (if accessible), The Faerie Glen, The Cuillin Mountains, The Quiraing, Kilt Rock & Mealt Falls, The Old Man of Storr & Portree.

Day 3
Kylerhea Ferry, Glenelg, Five Sisters of Kintail, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness & Cruise, Cairngorms National Park, Grampian Mountains, Blair Castle, Pitlochry & Queensferry Crossing.

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

Optional Visitor Attraction Costs

Eilean Donan Castle
Adults £9.00
Seniors £9.00
Students £9.00
Children £6.00

Loch Ness Boat Cruise
Adults £16.00
Seniors £16.00
Students £16.00
Children £10.00

Whisky Tasting
The cost varies slightly from distillery to distillery. As a rough guide it is around £10.00 per person. This would normally include a tasting and also some information about the distillery and their whisky.

All attractions are 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 also 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. After that, you will then receive a confirmation email containing details of your accommodation provider & the exact cost of your stay.

 Your accommodation provider in Skye will take payment directly.

What is the price for accommodation?

The guide price for accommodation is as follows:

B&B double/twin room: £90.00 - £125.00 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.
B&B single occupancy: £85.00 - £95.00 per room per night
Hostel: £18.50 - £26.00 for a mixed dorm bed.

We provide a guide price as each establishment has their own pricing structure. We allocate accommodation on a first come first serve basis. An exact cost will therefore be confirmed once you have booked and we can confirm what is available.

Can I book my own accommodation?

You can certainly self-book your accommodation should you wish to. It must also be in the village of Kyleakin where the other passengers will be staying. Furthermore, 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 I bring?

This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.

If you require to store luggage while on tour you may choose to use luggage facilities. You'll find these in both Glasgow and Edinburgh Train Stations and Edinburgh Bus Station.

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. They'll also arrange to collect you at a designated time each morning.

Above all, 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 also provide you with information of any other 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. Your driver will also take cash payment for any optional extras. 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.

Does the 3 day Isle of Skye tour visit a Whisky Distillery?

Yes, our 3 day tour often visits a distillery on Skye or on the mainland. Passengers have the time to purchase a whisky tasting and can also explore the gift shop.

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19/09/20 – Aaron

The tour was truly amazing. We had a very good time. The itinerary was all that I expected. Although there were places we haven't got to see coz of the unpredictable weather, Michael, our very kind tour guide and driver made sure we get to experience the best of the tour. I guess the best part was that the number of people inside the mini coach was limited so we were able to see views along the road on different sides easily. Also, I would like to thank you for booking us with dunedin. We were so impressed with their service and they made us felt at home.


01/09/20 – Istvan, Bettina and Zsuzsa

We absolutely enjoyed every moment of the 3 days Isle of Skye tour. We have received an excellent service from our Tour Guide: Michael , who gave us a real insight of the history and the unique culture of the Isle of Skye. We visited fantastic places and met friendly locals. We never had any moment where we were feeling unsafe despite of the covid-19. I would definitely recommend Discover Scotland to everyone. We will go back for sure next summer. Thanks again for the the great memory 😊


04/03/20 – Daphné

I want to thank you for this wonderful tour. We were 3 girls, university students from Quebec, Canada and this tour really gave us the opportunity to discover quite a lot of Scotland in this short period of time. Callum, our Tour Leader was an amazing guide. He gave us a tone of informations along the way as well as crazy and funny stories which made the experience even better. We even had music played according to the place we were passing by. We also really felt safe and at ease. As we were a small group, only another couple joined us, the tour felt more intimate and we could adapt the tour and activities to our liking as we go. Due to the beautiful weather, we were even able to do a little bit more on our second day on Isle of Skye which was really appreciated as our Guide really seems to enjoy the tour as much as we did. I will and already have recommended your Tours to my friends who also want to discover Scotland. Thank you again and continue to be passionate about your country because Scotland is absolutely beautiful and so are the Scottish people.


26/11/19 – Anil

The tour was fabulous and should say a very special thanks to our tour guide Mr David who was so phenomenal and well informed on all subjects related to the tour. He really made it very lively and guided us with enough information which has made this trip a truly memorable one. I would certainly recommend your company to my friends ( in fact I have already done that 😊) and maybe I might even come back for a trip in the summer. Keep up the good works guys. Thank you all once again.


05/11/19 – Michaela

On 1st of November Myself (michaela) & friend ( jodie) started the tour for 3 days. I just want to say how extremely beautiful it was, our tour guide Cliff was absolutely wonderful, he did everything to make the time we spent in skye as incredible as it could of been, we got to see so so much and he even dodged weather in our days plans to allow us to see as much as we could.

Cliff was a diamond, so friendly chirpy and chatty. He deserves a medal for what he does to look after everyone. A heart of gold!!! The BnB cliff house you booked us was absolutely wonderful and the food to was also great. We saw so many wonderful things and we got a good amount of time at each place. Myself and my friend have said how greatful we were to have someone like Cliff to take us around Skye. We absolutely loved every single minute. We searched for tours on google and your company were first to appear, i wouldnt change any of the tour at all! It was so perfect in everyway and i will deffinately return next year. Thank you so so much again.


24/10/19 – Icoy

Just wanted to express our appreciation.  From handling our booking to the actual tour, we are very happy with the service your team has provided. The tour was really nice. John, our tourist guide and driver was very accommodating and makes everyone at ease. He was very patient in discussing details and even played song from each country who was part of the group. Thumbs up for him and to the entire team. Will definitely refer you to our friends. Thanks again.


21/10/19 – Ceren

I really had great time and enjoyed in 3 days highland tour. I had amazing 3 days. Our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour everyone. I wish i can come again with my family and make more days highlands tour with you. Thanks for your kindness.


08/10/19 – Lisa

Our trip was amazing and the weather was surprisingly perfect. Andy was Our guide and he was the perfect combination of historical facts, story telling, recommendations, and humor. Im still dreaming about my whiskey ice cream! He also had a  great music selection as well. Skippinish has been on repeat at our house since we came back. Can I just say anyone who can keep 16 ppl on a schedule is amazing. Lol I also liked how he took each person to their B&B and got them settled. Plus our B&B was top notch. Talk about a perfect location and view. I wouldn’t change anything about our trip except we wish we had stayed longer in Scotland. I’ve done the big bus tour before and I prefer the smaller tours. We can’t wait to go back to Scotland and hopefully do another tour from y’all. We feel like we have only scratched the surface of Scotland’s magic.


07/10/19 – Carlos

Excellent tour! Nick was a fantastic Guide. Kind, Knowledgeable and with excellent attitude. It will be a tour to remember. And we’ll probably want to repeat soon. Thanks for everything.


28/09/19 – Virita & Meifi

I found Discover Scotlandtours from my Indonesian friend whom used your tour before and she was happy with your service. No wonder she recommended your tour as I & my husband also found your tour is amazing, from the car which is clean & comfortable, the Coran B&B which exceed my expectation and most of all, Calum as our tour guide is very nice & has a warm personality, passionate of what he’s doing, knowledgeable and made the whole team happy along the journey. It was also fun when he played song which represent every place we visited. On last day, everybody sang “Highland girls” together with him…awesome!

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