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. 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:
Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW

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.

small group tours icon Small Group Tours

Certificate of Excellence Winner 2011- 2019

Day 1
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 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 where we will spend the next two nights.

Day 2
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
As we bid farewell to Scotland’s most romantic isle, we'll get off the beaten track to Kylerhea that 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. We'll make a short stop to get some stunning vistas over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Our next stop is at the southern tip of Loch Ness lies and 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 the Isle of 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.

Please Note:
If there are no passengers booked to return to Edinburgh, our route to Glasgow will take us past Stirling Castle.

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

Departure & Return Information
Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW.
At the end of this tour you can return to Glasgow or 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  20.00

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, the services of an English speaking driver-guide and all ferry fares.

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
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, 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
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to visit Eilean Donan Castle at the moment. Instead a photo stop will be taken at a viewpoint nearby to the 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 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.

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?

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 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.

Searching Availability...

Please have a look at some customer experiences with Discover Scotland Tours.

We also welcome you to check reviews and comments on our Trip Advisor Page. 

29/06/21 – Rosangela, Elisa and Luca

I just wanted to say, on behalf also of my daughter and son who travelled with me on this tour, a big THANK YOU for making our trip such a wonderful experience! Everything was perfectly organised and our guide Cliff was amazing and so very knowledgeable, friendly and kind.I would not change anything about this tour – I can’t wait to book another one soon with your company and I am definitely recommending you already to all my contacts! Once again, THANK YOU for an unforgettable experience – 5 stars on everything without a doubt! Best wishes and see you soon!


16/10/20 – Barbara

On behalf of my friend and I we had an amazing time. We visited so many places in skye that we would never have seen. Jeff the tour guild was amazing we are now more knowledgeable that we were about the Isle of Skye. He was brilliant and took us to so many places and gave us the time to explore. We had lunch and dinner it great paces. I would highly recommend discover Scotland Tours. Thank you for a wonderful holiday to remember.


02/10/20 – Kirstie

My friends and I had a wonderful time on tour. We found it to be organised, and well-run.  We learnt a lot of facts, and my friend (found it great to correlate what he knew with the places themselves.  We did not feel rushed, and felt that there was enough time at each of the different places to do what was available there. We will definitely look into your company if we are in Scotland again.  Please extend our thanks to Cliff (from Kirstie, Chamalee, John and Joanna!) and hope to see him again soon!  Please let him know that he turned what could have been a disastrous holiday into a most enjoyable, informative and interesting one.  He was so friendly, welcoming and patient with us.  When our group was 10 minutes late from the hike to the Fairy Pools, he was at the top of the road with his binoculars looking out for us.  It was things like this that assured us that he really cared about us.  We will remember him when we talk about our trip in the future!


18/09/20 – Les

Tour to Skye ran with only 5 on the bus, which was safely screened on each seat. Michael our tour guide was excellent - very safe, knowledgeable and everything was done with a great sense of humour. We especially enjoyed his tale of the horse he won in a Skye raffle which he has had to leave in a field just outside Kyleane. It turned out to be a full size plastic model!. Despite the inclement weather a lot of the time, we made the most of it and saw some stunning scenery.


09/09/20 – Lisa

This was our first tour with Discover Scotland and it was a first class experience.  Nick, tour leader, was engaging, courteous, very knowledgeable and approachable. Apart from his taste in music (!) an he was absolute star. The slight issue we had with the cost of the B&B was swiftly resolved thanks to your fantastic assistance. I am happy to go on record to say as a first time client I highly recommend your tours. Totally and utterly without hesitation.


09/09/20 – Claire

My husband an I have been delighted by the tour, Cliff was fantastic, he really made sure we enjoyed our trip and we loved his stories about Scotland! We also greatly appreciate that the tour was not cancelled even though we were only a small number of people. I can’t think of anything that could be improved really, I think the time spent in each location is perfect and has a good balance of nature versus cities stops. I have shared a positive review on tripadvisor and have recommended you to my friend and colleagues, I hope they will join your tours in the future, for my part I will wait for the next holiday and will strongly consider travelling with you again. I wish you all the best, thank you for this fantastic three days trip!


07/09/20 – Stephanie

My husband and I have just returned home from a visit to Scotland which included a 3 day tour of Skye and the highlands. I cannot speak too highly of the enjoyment experienced by us on this tour. The driver/guide Stuart was great. His knowledge of local history and legends was amazing.  It was no mean task negotiating all the single track roads on Skye and driving around the Highlands but we all felt very safe with Stuart at the wheel.  The coach was very comfortable and extremely Covid safe with the perspex partitions between seats, masks at all times and small numbers so we could space ourselves around.  The accommodation arranged by your company was very pleasant and the breakfast delicious.  In short, we are very glad we chose Discover Scotland for our trip to Skye as it provided an excellent insight into that part of Scotland, covering a wide area and was really good value for money.


28/08/20 – Diana

Thank you all and especially for booking me at Winkle Beech, - great view and Fiona was so nice. To sum up the trip, John our guide was the best experience for me as an avid traveler kin to learn so much about the cultures, history etc of the places I visit. We all can visit and see nice places and scenery but what makes an experience special are the stories and the history told and how it is told. John is the total package, not only was he taking us to fantastic places, he was well informed and knew the history and the way he told it, was not “all knowing attitude” but very educational with a sense of I don’t’ know everything but this is what I know for now”. Furthermore, he is passionate and well informed about Gaelic language, culture and history. For me it wasn’t just a tour but also educational and eye opening as most history books do not mention details or when mentioned they are highly biased accordingly.


11/08/20 – Jacqui

Thanks for your email! The tour was absolutely amazing! Jeff was extremely knowledgeable and made it very fun!


01/08/20 – Zaina

our trip with John was amazing, in terms of punctuality, fun , knowledge and brilliant experience in choosing the spots for photo capturing. I really respected him when waited for us and made sure we checked in after we arrived to the hotel. very flexible , was easy to communicate with the team and got our questions answered. we recommend this tour with this brilliant tour leader ....thank you all very much.

Other tours

Isle of Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness 4 Day Tour from Glasgow

Sit back and relax as this four day tour weaves through the Highlands to idyllic Skye. Capture photos of the Quiraing, Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr and feel like you’re on the edge of the world at Neist Point lighthouse. Skye always lives up to its reputation as the world’s 4th best island destination.

Isles of Mull, Iona & The Highlands 4 Day Tour from Glasgow

Discover Scotland’s wild west coast and the outstanding islands of Mull, Iona and their sister isles. Mull is perfect for nature lovers with the chance to spot sea eagles, dolphins and even whales. Visit Iona Abbey and explore Fingal’s Cave on Staffa. Enjoy a walk on one of Scotland’s most spectacular beaches.

Isles of Mull, Iona & Skye 6 Day Island Hopping Tour from Glasgow

Explore the islands of Mull, Iona, Ulva, Staffa & Skye. Enjoy the wildlife on the Isle of Mull and the peace and serenity on the tiny sacred island of Iona. Get off the beaten track on the small community island of Ulva and the uninhabited island of Staffa before visiting the spectacular Isle of Skye.

Private & Exclusive tours for families & friends

In the current climate of social distancing and bubbles, now more than ever may be the time to consider a private tour of Scotland for your family and friends.

Our Reviews

We're proud of our reputation. But we won't rest on our laurels. If you've enjoyed a tour with us please share your experience

trip advisor travellers choice 2020
trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2011 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2012 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2013 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2014 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2015 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2016 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2017 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2018 trip advisor certificate of excellence award 2019 trip advisor travellers choice award 2020

Back to top

Translate »