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3 Day tours from Glasgow

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

Join us for a stunning 3 day tour from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye. Recently voted the 4th best island in the world by the National Geographic magazine, Skye is a "must visit" for anyone truly wishing to explore Scotland’s Highland’s & Island’s.

Relax and absorb some of Scotland’s most spectacular Highland scenery. Enjoy the beauty of Loch Lomond, Glencoe, and Glenfinnan as we make our way to the beautiful Isle of Skye. Rich in history with a vast array of wildlife and stunning scenery; it’s little wonder the Isle of Skye is one of most popular tourist destinations in Scotland.

Main Departure Point
Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW

Prices From: £129.00 per person.

Please note we are unable to take children under 5.

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

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Day 1 - Glasgow - Loch Lomond - Glencoe - Glenfinnan - Isle of Skye

On our Isle of Skye tour from Glasgow, we make our way to the highland village of Luss. It sits perched on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and is our first chance to breathe in some clear highland air and enjoy the beauty of the Scottish Highlands.

Lochs and mountains give way to the desolate Rannoch Moor and Glencoe; scene of perhaps the most brutal episode in Scottish History, the Glencoe Massacre. We’ll make a stop here to admire the stunning but haunting beauty of Scotland’s most famous Glen.

Next, it’s on to Glenfinnan, in 1745 this historic spot is where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard in an ill-fated attempt to reinstate the exiled Stuarts to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland. Standing tall and proud at the head of Loch Shiel is the Glenfinnan Monument. It was erected in 1815 in honour of the Jacobites who fought and died in the cause of Prince Charles Edward Stuart.

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 certainly worth the effort. Not only are the views stunning but you’ll also see the 21 arches of the majestic Glenfinnan Viaduct curve through the glen in a scene immortalised as the route to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts.

Our route to Skye will then take us through Glens Garry, Clunie and Sheil. Here we’ll get off the beaten track for the stunning vistas over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. The ferry over to the Isle of Skye, will see us take the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland. Ideally suited for this crossing, there has been a car ferry service crossing the Kylerhea straits since 1934.

Arriving on Skye by ferry, we will have a short drive to Kyleakin where we will spend the next two nights.

Please Note:
The ferry is currently closed until 2021. The Skye ferry is subject to weather conditions and the ferry operating. In the event the ferry is unavailable we will travel to Skye via the Skye bridge. 

Day 2 - Explore the Isle of Skye

After breakfast we embark on a full day tour of the Isle of Skye. Scotland’s unpredictable weather means that we keep day two flexible. Your friendly driver-guide will ensure you experience the best that Skye has to offer based on the conditions. Skye never disappoints – there is just so much to see.

The island is punctuated by its mountain range, the Black Cuillins. At the foot of these mountains lie the fairy pools, crystal clear pools on the River Brittle. Visitors from all over the world are drawn to the fairy pools, tempting enough for some to try wild swimming.

There will be time for you to have lunch and explore Skye’s main town of Portree before we head to the rocky geological features of north Skye and the Trotternish Peninsula. This is a beautiful, if not bizarre, natural creation of craggy pinnacles and rocks.

If accessible we’ll visit Faerie Glen, a strange, miniature place featuring grassy mounds and small ponds known as lochans. It’s said that if you count these hills you’ll find 365 but there’s one extra to be found in a leap year!

The awe-inspiring scenery never seems to stop on Skye. Next, we head to the Quiraing, an iconic geological landslip that will amaze your senses. You’ll have time to capture plenty of pictures and soak up the stunning panoramas and vistas of this unique landscape. A short drive from here will bring us to beautiful Mealt waterfall and Kilt Rock, a kilt-shaped tower of basalt measuring 90 metres high.

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 and when he was buried, his thumb was left sticking out the ground, creating this famous jagged landscape.

Day 3 - Skye - Eilean Donan Castle - Loch Ness - Pitlochry - Glasgow via Edinburgh

As we bid farewell to Scotland’s most romantic isle, we’ll cross the controversial Skye Bridge 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.

At the southern tip of Loch Ness lies the village of Fort Augustus. This interesting village is a great place to visit and have lunch. With around two hours here, there is also the option to take a one-hour Loch Ness monster spotting cruise. Alternatively, you can take a stroll beside one of the world’s great waterways – the Caledonian Canal.

Known as ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country, our Highland road trip continues over the Laggan, through the Cairngorm National Park and Grampian mountains. If we didn’t manage to visit a Scotch whisky distillery on Skye then we’ll drop in for a dram at a distillery on the mainland.

We’ll pass Blair Castle, ancient seat of the Dukes of Atholl and home to Europe’s last remaining private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Our final refreshment break is in the Victorian resort of Pitlochry which was popular with Scots novelist Robert Louis Stevenson and Queen Victoria.

We make our return to Glasgow via Edinburgh and the Queensferry Crossing which opened in August 2017. The £1.3 billion crossing is the longest bridge of its type in the world at 2.7km. You’ll also be able to admire the Firth of Forth’s oldest crossing the Forth Bridge with its iconic giant cantilevers. This rail crossing has UNESCO world heritage site status alongside the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

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

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Isle of Skye Tours from Glasgow

Departure & Return Information
This tour will depart from Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW.
At the end of this tour you can return to Glasgow or be dropped off in Edinburgh. All you need to do is select your preferred drop off location on the booking form.

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

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

Highlights
Day 1

Luss, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Fort William, Glenfinnan, Glen Garry, Glen Shiel, Glenelg & 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
Eilean Donan Castle, Five Sisters of Kintail, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, 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.

Eilean Donan Castle
Summer 2020 Update: Due to historic nature of the castle building and the difficulty this brings in implementing the government’s social distancing guidelines, tour groups are currently not permitted to visit inside Eilean Donan Castle. Until entry is possible our tours will visit for a photo stop only.  

Adults £9.00
Seniors £9.00
Students £9.00
Children £6.00

Loch Ness Boat Cruise

Adults £15.00
Seniors £14.00
Students £15.00
Children £9.00

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.

Optional extras payable 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 also a shop should you require any necessities.

Can you reserve my accommodation?

Yes, we can reserve B&B or hostel accommodation for you. There is an option to request your preferred accommodation when booking. After that, you will receive a confirmation email containing details of your accommodation provider & the exact cost of your stay.

Payment can be made directly to the accommodation provider in Skye.

Summer 2020 Update: The hostel dorm rooms have not yet reopened following the COVID-19 outbreak. The shared nature of the hostel buildings makes social distancing more difficult to implement. Some hostels may opt to open for private rooms only whereas others many remain closed until the guidance changes. Therefore, please note that if you intend to travel prior to March 2021 that B&B or a private Hostel room may be the only option available.

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 we bring?

Our luggage allowance is medium suitcase weighing no more than 15kg per person. In addition passengers can bring a small handbag/laptop bag which can be brought on to the coach. Above all, the overall weight limit of the coach dictates our luggage allowance and therefore can not be altered.

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 on Skye, your Tour Leader will drop you off each evening. They will also collect you at a agreed 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 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.

Check in 09.15
Departs  09.30
Returns  20.30

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