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

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A stunning 3 day tour from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye. Recently voted 4th best island in the world by National Geographic Magazine. Enjoy the natural beauty of this island which is rich in history with a vast array of wildlife and spectacular scenery. It is little wonder the Isle of Skye is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scotland. During the summer you can enjoy an optional trip on the Jacobite Steam Train as seen in Harry Potter. This two-hour train ride has been described as one of the greatest and most scenic train journeys on the planet and you don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy this part of the trip.
Important:
Please check the “Details and FAQs” tab for the precise days/dates when the Jacobite Steam Train is operating.

Day 1
Leaving Edinburgh on this 3 day tour to the Isle of Skye, we head west to Scotland’s largest city Glasgow, and from there make our way to the ancient settlement of Luss which sits on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Around 1,500 years ago, an Irish missionary, St Kessog, the patron saint of Scotland before St Andrew, arrived at Loch Lomond, bringing Christianity to the area. With pretty streets covered in flowers, its long beach and ancient graveyard, you will have time to explore Scotland’s prettiest village.

See the landscape change as we climb towards the highlands, over the barren wilderness of Rannoch Moor to spectacular Glencoe, scene of the infamous Glencoe Massacre. With its stunning mountain scenery, this is the perfect spot to get off the coach to explore and have some lunch.

Sitting in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak, lies Fort William, where during the summer you have the option of taking a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig. This two-hour train ride has been described as one of the greatest and most scenic railway journeys in the world. Crossing over the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter fame, enjoy the stunning views over Loch Shiel and Glenfinnan. In 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard here in an ill-fated attempt to reinstate the exiled Stuarts to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland. The monument you see at the head of Loch Shiel was erected to commemorate those who died fighting for the Jacobite cause. Look out for the Loch Eilt pines, a fine example of the ancient Caledonian pine forest. Loch Eilt – was also used as a location in other Harry Potter films. Eilean na Moine is the little island where Dumbledore was buried and Hagrid was seen skimming stones across the water.

If you choose not to take the train option, you will have a little time to spend in Fort William before travelling onwards to Mallaig. On arrival at Mallaig we will meet up with our fellow travellers, before we catch the ferry that takes us ‘over the sea to Skye’. After a 30-minute drive we will arrive at the small fishing village of Kyleakin, where we will spend the next two nights.

Winter Variance 30th Sept 2018 – 31st Mar 2019
On day one, our route will take us past the Kelpies, Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Doune Castle before stopping for refreshments in Callander. From here we make our way to Glencoe through Fort William to Glenfinnan, where you will have time to make the short climb and enjoy the stunning views down Loch Shiel and get some photos of the 21-arch viaduct of Harry Potter fame. We then travel north on the “Road to the Isles” heading past the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, through Glen’s Garry and Shiel, arriving early evening at the fishing village of Kyleakin on 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 driver-guide will ensure our route takes you to the sights and attractions best suited to the prevailing conditions and Skye never fails – 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 – words cannot describe the views here. We will disembark the coach and spend time soaking up the beautiful panoramas before we head to Kilt Rock – an enormous 90-metre-tall column of basalt, where Mealt Falls crashes from the top of the cliffs into the sea below. Our last but brief stop of the day will be 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.  (Please note Eilean Donan Castle is closed to visitors during the month of January, we will however stop for photographs)

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.

Departure & Return Information
Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel)
Edinburgh
At the end of this tour you can return to Edinburgh or Glasgow. All you need to do is email us (include your booking reference number) at tours@discoverscotlandtours.com and we will arrange this with your tour driver-guide.

Winter 2018
Mon & Fri  29th Oct 2018– 29th Mar 2019
Wed 2nd Jan 2019
Check in 08.15
Departs  08.30
Returns  19.30

Summer 2019
Mon, Wed & Fri 1st Apr – 19th Apr
Mon & Wed 22nd Apr – 8th May
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu & Sat 13th May – 28th Sept
Check in 07.45
Departs  08.00
Returns  19.30

Important
Please note if you are late in arriving at your departure point and as a consequence 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.
During the summer the ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye is included in the price.

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 Limits
Luggage is restricted to one medium sized suitcase/ bag (maximum weight 15 kg) and one small carry-on bag per person.

Jacobite Steam Train
Tickets are available for this tour on the following dates only.
Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur from 13th May – 12th Sept.
Saturday’s from 15th Jun – 31st Aug.
Unfortunately we are unable to upgrade standard tickets to first class.

Mallaig to Isle of Skye Ferry
Between 1st Apr and 28th Sept 2019, we travel by ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye. Tours out-with these dates, travel via Glenfinnan, Fort William and the Skye Bridge.

Hotel Departures
Unfortunately we do not offer a hotel pick up service on our multi-day tours.

Tour Highlights

Day 1
Callander, Trossachs National Park,  Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Fort William, Glenfinnan, Eilean Donan Castle & Kyleakin.

Day 2 
The Fairy Pools (if accessible),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.

Jacobite Steam Train
Adults £31.75
Seniors £31.75
Students £31.75
Children £18.75 (5-15)

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

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

Dalwhinnie Distillery (this is a tasting option and not a full distillery tour)
From £6.00 per adult depending on tasting option chosen. Your Tour Leader will inform you of options available on the day.

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: £90.00 – £110.00 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.
  • B&B single occupancy: £70.00 – £85.00 per room per night
  • Hostel: £17.50 – £24.00 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 15kg 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 standard class tickets for each seat on our tours on Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur from 13th May – 12th Sept & Saturday’s from 15th Jun – 31st Aug.
Unfortunately we are unable to upgrade standard tickets to First Class as the Jacobite Steam Train does not offer one way First Class tickets.

Does the 3-day tour visit a Whisky Distillery?

Yes, our 3 day tour visits Dalwhinnie Distillery. Passengers have the time to purchase a whisky tasting here or explore the gift shop.

We offer the opportunity of a whisky distillery tour on our one-day tour to Stirling Castle & Loch Lomond National Park.

Departs
Bus Stand ZE
, Waterloo Place – (opposite the Apex Hotel)
Check in 08.15: Departs 08.30 – Returns 19.30 (until 29th March 2019)
Check in 07.45: Departs 08.00 – Returns 19.30 (from 1st Apr 2019)

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 2018
Mon & Fri  29th Oct 2018– 29th Mar 2019
Wed 2nd Jan 2019
Check in 08.15
Departs  08.30
Returns  19.30

Summer 2019
Mon, Wed & Fri 1st Apr – 19th Apr
Mon & Wed 22nd Apr – 8th May
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu & Sat 13th May – 28th Sept
Check in 07.45
Departs  08.00
Returns  19.30

Costs:
Adults 16-59
£119.00 – £189.00

Seniors 60+, Students, Children 5-15
£109.00 – £179.00

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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