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

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A spectacular 3 day tour from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye –The National Geographic Magazine, recently voted Skye as the 4th best island in the world. Relax and enjoy the islands natural beauty, its unique culture and vast array of wildlife. It is little wonder the Isle of Skye is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scotland. In the summer you can take an optional trip on the Jacobite Steam Train as seen in Harry Potter.  You don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy this part of the trip, as this two-hour train ride has been described as one of the greatest and most scenic train journeys in the world.
Important:
Please check the “Details and FAQs” tab for the precise days/dates when the Jacobite Steam Train is operating.

Day 1
From our meeting point just yards from the iconic George Square in Glasgow, we make our way to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and Scotland’s prettiest village, Luss. Take a walk down to the pier and you will find neat rows of little cottages which come alive in spring and summer with beautiful flower displays on all sides. Much of the village you see today was created in the 18th and 19th centuries, although at Luss Parish church there are gravestones dating from as early as the 7th century. The Vikings, led by King Haakon passed through in 1263 and you can see the Viking hogback grave which is thought to be dated from the raid of 1263, when the Vikings pillaged the communities around Loch Lomond.

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. Scotland’s most renowned Glen never fails to take your breath away, with its stunning mountain scenery, this is the perfect spot to get off the coach to explore and have a spot of lunch.

Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain overlooks the town of Fort William and during the summer you can take an optional trip on the Jacobite Steam Train. Described as one of the greatest and most scenic railway journeys in the world, this two-hour train ride which runs from Fort William to Mallaig will take you across the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter fame. The views and scenery looking down over Loch Shiel and Glenfinnan are simply stunning. Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard here in 1745 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. 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 loch.

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 Stirling Castle and Doune Castle for some photos, before stopping for some 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 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 driver-guide 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.

Near Glenbrittle, at the foot of the Black Cuillins there’s the River Brittles fairy pools with their azure blue water, tempting enough for some brave souls 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. After lunch we head north to the Trotternish peninsula, famous for its spectacular geological scenery. If accessible, we then 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. (Please note Eilean Donan Castle is closed to visitors during the month of January, we will however stop for photographs)

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 via Edinburgh and the Queensferry Crossing. Opened on 30 August 2017 and costing over £1.3 billion,the 2.7 km structure is the longest bridge of its type in the world. Another Scottish icon and UNESCO world heritage site, recognised the world over is the Forth Rail Bridge, which we pass as we approach Edinburgh.

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

Departure & Return Information
266 George Street (outside Parish Halls)
Glasgow G1 1QX
At the end of this tour you can return to Glasgow or Edinburgh. 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 09.15
Departs  09.30
Returns  20.30

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
Luss, Loch Lomond, 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.

Optional Extras

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.

How much luggage can we 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.

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 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.

Winter Schedule – 29th Mar 2019
Check in
 08.15
Departs  08.30
Returns  20.00

Summer Schedule from 1st Apr 2019
Check in
 09.15
Departs  09.30
Returns  20.30

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 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 09.15
Departs  09.30
Returns  20.30

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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