3 Day tours from Glasgow

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

Our three day tour from Glasgow gives you plenty of time to relax and absorb some of Scotland’s most spectacular Highland scenery and the romantic Isle of Skye, the world’s 4th best island destination says National Geographic magazine. This spectacular small group tour has a little of everything Scotland has to offer, from historic castles and fortresses to majestic Munros and sea lochs. In summer follow in Harry Potter’s footsteps with a one-way trip on the Jacobite Steam Train over the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Filmed as the route to Hogwarts, the ‘Harry Potter bridge’ is one of the world’s most scenic rail trips.

Important: Please check the "Details and FAQs" tab for the precise days/dates when the Jacobite Steam Train is operating.

Main Departure Point
266 George Street, Glasgow

Costs:
Adults 16-59: £119.00 – £189.00
Seniors 60+, Students: £109.00 – £179.00
Children 5-15: £109.00 – £179.00

Please note we are unable to take children under 5.

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

small group tours icon Small Group Tours

Guaranteed departures & hotel pickups*

Certificate of Excellence Winner 2011- 2019

Day 1

Shortly after leaving Glasgow we land in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and the pretty village of Luss. Quaint streets lined with 18th and 19th century cottages trail down to the banks of Loch Lomond where you can paddle at the lovely little beach or stroll along the pier. The village was immortalised in TV soap opera Take the High Road and today you’ll see signs that point to Luss’s fictional name of Glendarroch.

The picture postcard church with its lychgate is worth a visit and be sure to look for the 11th century Viking ‘hogback’ gravestone that’s evidence of the invaders’ plundering of the community.

We’ll pass glittering lochs and towering Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000 feet) on our way to desolate Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. During our lunch stop here why not ask your expert driver-guide about the infamous Glencoe Massacre of 1692 when the MacDonalds were murdered by the Campbells.

We carry on our Highland road trip to the holiday destination of Fort William, home of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. Here your driver-guide can arrange tickets for one of the world’s most picturesque rail trips, the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig. This one-way, two-hour journey transports you over the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct, immortalised in film as the route to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts school.

From the train prepare your camera for spectacular views of Glenfinnan and of Loch Shiel which stretches 17 miles into the distance. This is a historic spot as it’s here that Bonnie Prince Charlie called his clan to arms in 1745 in an ill-fated attempt to win back the throne of Great Britain and Ireland for the exiled Stuarts. The Glenfinnan Monument pays tribute to the Jacobites who died fighting their leader’s cause.

Look out for another Harry Potter location, Loch Eilt, the backdrop to sad scenes where Hagrid skims stones across the water. The loch’s little island Eilean na Moine is Dumbledore’s final resting place.

For those of you continuing to Mallaig by road we’ve a little time to spend in Fort William before heading for the fishing and ferry port where we catch our ferry to the isle of Skye. After arriving in lush southern Skye we have a 30-minute drive to Kyleakin where we spend the next two nights.

Please note: Subject to it operating, we take the ferry to the Isle of Skye from Easter to the end of October. Outwith these dates we drive to Glenfinnan to see the viaduct and then drive north to Skye via the Skye Bridge.

Day 2

Our full day tour of the Isle of Skye can be flexible to suit the weather conditions and you won’t be disappointed. Your friendly driver-guide will ensure you see the best that Skye has to offer.

The island is punctuated by its mountain range, the Black Cuillins, which inspire works of art the world over. Nearby the glistening blue waters of the Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle are laid out in front of you for photographing, filming or even for a spell of wild swimming!

You’ll have time to explore Skye’s main town of Portree and have lunch 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!

From there your luxury mini coach travels to the Quiraing, an iconic geological landslip that will amaze your senses. You’ll have time to capture plenty of pictures of this, the beautiful Mealt waterfall and Kilt Rock, a kilt-shaped tower of basalt measuring 90 metres high.

On our return to Kyleakin, and an evening to yourselves, we’ll stop for photos at the Old Man of Storr, a pinnacle of rock created by a massive ancient landslide.

Day 3

Bidding farewell to Scotland’s most romantic isle and the Black Cuillins our small group leaves by road and the controversial Skye Bridge that opened in 1995. Our Highland tour arrives at Eilean Donan, surely Scotland’s most photographed fortress. The 13th century castle reigns from a small island at the meeting point of three sea lochs and its watery setting has starred in films including Highlander, Loch Ness and James Bond epic The World is Not Enough.

Glenelg viewpoint calls us next and it’s worth going off the beaten track for stunning vistas to Loch Duich and mountain range the Five Sisters of Kintail.

In Fort Augustus at the southerly tip of Loch Ness we have lunch and there’s time to take a stroll beside the Caledonian Canal, one of the world’s great waterways. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a sighting of Nessie, our elusive Loch Ness Monster or you might like to try getting even closer with a one-hour ‘monster-spotting’ boat trip on the loch.

Back on dry land, our Highland road trip continues through the Grampian Mountains and passed the forests and moors of ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country to Dalwhinnie Distillery for a wee dram of single malt whisky and a chocolate tasting session.

The landscape changes again as we arrive in Perthshire, known as Scotland’s ‘Big Tree Country’. Your driver-guide will point out Blair Castle, ancient seat of the Dukes of Atholl and home of Europe’s only 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

Searching Availability...

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.

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, Jacobite Steam Train (specific dates), Mallaig ferry to Skye (Apr to Sept only) & 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.

Optional Extras

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

Eilean Donan Castle
Adults £7.00
Seniors £7.00
Students £7.00
Children £6.00

Loch Ness Boat Cruise
Adults £15.00
Seniors £14.00
Students £15.00
Children £9.00

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: £80.00 - £90.00 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. 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.

Check in 09.15
Departs  09.30
Returns  20.30

Other tours

Isle of Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness 3 Day Tour from Edinburgh
Glenfinnan, Mallaig & Jacobite Steam Train
The Isles of Mull, Iona & The Highlands 4 Day tour from Glasgow
Isle of Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness 4 Day Tour from Glasgow

Private Tours

Looking for something that bit extra special?

Discover Scotland Tours can cater for your family, friends and groups of all sizes.

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 take 5 minutes to share your experience with others

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

Translate »