Isle of Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness 4 Day Tour from Edinburgh
Our four day tour to the Isle of Skye from Edinburgh gives you the time and space to sit back and fully absorb the colours and textures of the Highlands and the wonder of Scotland’s most romantic island. Declared 4th best island destination by National Geographic, the Isle of Skye has spectacular natural beauty and vistas that will live up to its world-wide reputation
With more time on this spectacular island to explore, we’ll look to take in the azure blue crystal clear waters of the Fairy Pools. Take a leisurely boat trip from Elgol for one of the best views of the stunning Cuillin mountains. Feel as if you are standing on the edge of the world at Neist Point.
Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
Prices From: £189.00 per person
Please note we are unable to take children under 5.
See the Tour Details tab for optional extra costs and further information.
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Departing on this Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh, we call into Glasgow before heading for the idyllic Highland village of Luss on the banks of Loch Lomond. In summer the villagers deck their gardens and streets with fantastic floral displays but the colour and scents of the conservation village today belie its brutal past when the Vikings raided this area. Evidence of their lawless legacy can be seen in the 11th century ‘hogback’ Viking grave, a striking stone-carved sculpture. From Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park our Highland road trip continues to Fort William via Glencoe, Scotland’s most infamous glen. As the mountains seem to close in on the road it’s not difficult to imagine the sights and sounds of a shameful episode in Scottish history, the massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells in 1692.
Ben Nevis, Great Britain’s highest peak at an eye-watering 4413 feet, heralds our arrival in Fort William where we’ll have lunch. After lunch we will continue west to the Glenfinnan Viaduct, now better known as the ‘Harry Potter bridge’ as it’s the route to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You'll have time to take some photos here of the viaduct and also the monument. The Glenfinnan Monument at the head of stunning Loch Shiel is a breath-taking view loved by painters, film-makers and photographers for over 200 years. And it’s the location of a famous chapter in Scottish history as it marks the spot where, in 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie gathered his supporters in a vain attempt to reinstate the exiled Stuarts as Great Britain and Ireland’s monarchs. The monument was erected in 1815 as a poignant reminder of the clansmen who lost their lives to the Jacobite cause.
Our journey will then continue through Glens Garry, Clunie & Sheil to Eilean Donan Castle and it’s easy to see why it adorns paintings, photographs and calendars as it sits atop its own little island where three sea lochs meet. This is also an iconic film location from movies such as Highlander, James Bond favourite The World is Not Enough and the Bollywood blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. It's a short drive from here to the village of Broadford which will be home for the next 3 nights.
Days 2 & 3
We offer a flexible itinerary for your two full days on the romantic Isle of Skye so that you can enjoy the best of this stunning island while taking the weather into account. But whatever the conditions, you’ll be enchanted by the natural wonders, wildlife and culture of Scotland’s most famous isle. Skye never disappoints. One of Skye’s defining vistas is its mountain range the Black Cuillins and at nearby Glenbrittle you can trek to the bright blue waters of the Fairy Pools. These sparkling ponds offer magical photographs and you can even swim in them if you’re brave enough! In good weather we’ll try to get to Elgol where you can take a leisurely boat trip or a more exhilarating, wind-in-your-hair ride on a RIB. Either way, this is one of the best ways to see the Cuillins up close. You might even spot basking sharks, minke whales and dolphins. You’ll have time to explore Skye’s largest town Portree, a busy port and cultural centre.
While the south of Skye is lush and fertile, the north is defined by a peculiar geological landscape that’s on the wish-list of travellers and explorers the world over. We’ll stop at another magical location, the Faerie Glen, a curious collection of little grassy hills. Try counting them and see if the legend is correct – it’s said there are 365 but 366 in a leap year! As we head into the craggy landscape of the Trotternish Peninsula we’ll stop at the Quiraing, a natural wonder created by a geological landslip. Your friendly driver-guide will point out Kilt Rock, a basalt column 90 metres high that looks like our national dress! You can also capture stunning photographs of Mealt waterfall and the Old Man of Storr, a rocky pinnacle also created by a massive landslide. Skye is the location of one of Scotland’s most celebrated lighthouses and it’s worth the drive along narrow, winding roads to reach Neist Point where you’ll feel like you’re teetering on the edge of the world. We may visit one of Skye’s distilleries for a dram of Scotch whisky or call in at Dunvegan Castle or Armadale Castle Gardens & Museum. If we don’t fit in a distillery here, we’ll drop in for a dram on the mainland.
Our Scottish road trip continues and we’ll take you off the regular tourist route and take you to Kylerhea, where we'll board the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland to Glenelg. Our next stop is for photos of the stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. From here we continue to Fort Augustus on the Caledonian Canal and lunch. You can have a stroll and learn more about the construction of the Canal, said to be one of the great waterways of the world. Or, if you didn’t go boating on Skye, you might fancy hunting for the legendary ‘monster’ Nessie on a one-hour cruise on Loch Ness. From there we traverse the Grampian Mountains and Laggan, countryside made famous by TV’s ‘Monarch of the Glen’, to land in Scotland’s ‘Big Tree Country of Perthshire’. Our final break is in Dunkeld where we’ll take a closer look at the ancient Cathedral that’s part picturesque ruin and part functioning church. In the 9th century the first King of Scots, Kenneth MacAlpin, built a church here and made Dunkeld head of the Celtic Church and capital of Scotland. The present church dates from 1318 and was partly destroyed during the 16th century Reformation.
Our journey back to Edinburgh sees us crossing the Firth of Forth and taking in three of its famous bridges. We’ll drive over the £1.3 billion Queensferry Crossing which opened in August 2017. It’s the longest bridge of its type anywhere in the world at 2.7km and Britain’s highest at 210m. Next door is the former main road, the Forth Road Bridge, and just left is the iconic Forth Bridge, a UNESCO world heritage site. Its three red cantilevers are monument to a major achievement in modern railway engineering and the bridge still holds the record as the longest cantilever bridge on earth.
Image of Loch Duich and the 5 sisters of Kintail © Visit Scotland
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 select your preferred drop off location on the booking form.
Check in 07.45
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.
Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini-coach, the services of an English speaking driver-guide and all ferry fares.
Accommodation, lunch, refreshments and entry fees to visitor attractions.
We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.
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..
Glasgow, Luss, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Fort William, Glenfinnan & Eilean Donan Castle.
Days 2 & 3
The Fairy Pools, The Faerie Glen, The Cuillin Mountains, Elgol, Neist Point, The Quiraing, Kilt Rock, The Old Man of Storr, Portree, Dunvegan Castle and a whisky distillery tour. Your driver-guide will ensure you experience the best that Skye has to offer based on the prevailing conditions.
Kylerhea Ferry to Glenelg, Five Sisters of Kintail, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Cairngorms National Park, Grampian Mountains, Blair Castle, Dunkeld & the Queensferry Crossing.
Optional Visitor Attraction Costs
Elgol Boat Cruise
Children £14.00 (5-15)
Elgol Rib Ride (limited availability)
Children £20.00 (5-15)
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.
Loch Ness Boat Cruise
The cost varies slightly from distillery to distillery but as a rough guide it is around £10.00 per person to participate in a tour of the distillery which includes a wee dram.
All attractions are payable in cash on the day.
Where does the tour stay overnight?
We stay in the village of Broadford for all 3 nights of our tour (please note during peak season some of our passengers may be allocated accommodation in the villages nearby to Broadford).
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. After that, 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 - £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. Our accommodation is allocated 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 Broadford 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 and 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 driver-guide 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. 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 4-day tour visit a Whisky Distillery?
Yes, on our 4 day tour your driver-guide will arrange a whisky distillery tour.
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.
14/08/19 – Debbie & Eric
The tour was wonderful. Andy was a perfect tour guide: informative, personable, funny, polite, helpful, and a safe driver. We only have great things to say about him. When weather conditions forced a change of plans, he fully explained the situation, gave us options, and did a terrific job of showing us as much of Skye as possible. We loved visiting the croft when weather prevented us from taking the boat trip. I was thankful we chose the 4- day tour as it provided some flexibility with weather as we were on Skye for 2 days. We loved the itinerary and felt we saw the major sites and learned a lot about Scotland and its history and culture. We participated in all of the optional activities except for the Lochness boat trip. We will have many fond memories of our tour.
22/07/19 – Jacqui
In short, we loved every minute of it, in fact neither of us wanted to leave! The tour itself was excellent, as was our driver/guide, Andy. 😊 His knowledge, anecdotes, brilliant sense of humour and personality really ‘put the icing’ on the trip. Based on my experiences post tour, I am glad I made the choice to book with Discover Scotland, and would happily do so again. I have already recommended your company and this tour to quite a number of people both in the UK and here in Australia.
03/07/19 – Lynne
John was our guide and driver, and he was a wonderful leader to our mixed and motley group of 10. I’m sure it’s not easy to drive the narrow, twisty roads of the Isle of Skye while speaking into a microphone —- but he managed to be informative, personal, and fun while keeping us all safe and entertained. He was happy to answer any and all questions, admitting when he didn’t know the answer but not letting that hold him back from making up something good!! :~) John told many stories that tied the local landscape and history into our tour, which broadened our knowledge and enjoyment of Scotland. We all became believers in faeries, even if only temporarily! We loved that John knows Gaelic and shared some words and history of the language with us. He displayed a fun tea towel with the basic layout of the Isle of Skye, which helped keep us oriented. And while John regularly told us where we here headed, it was sometimes hard to follow because his (correct) pronunciation of the towns sounds so different from how we would read the name on a map. John was great at explaining that weather often affects the plan for the day, and sometimes we stopped because there was an opportune moment with an adorable highland coo, so of course the day’s details are not all set in stone. We were always up for a visit with the highland coos!! Also, the number of travelers (10) in our group was great — we all got to know each other, and enjoyed being around others from all over the world. John played music for each of our home countries, which was so fun and funny. Our favorite parts were the Faery Pools, Highland Coos, the westernmost lighthouse, and the mountains. Our trip was really wonderful, and we’ll have great memories of our family trip to Scotland. Thank you!
23/06/19 – Rana
Thank you for this trip it was great. Our tour leader gave us a lot of info about scotland which was an added value in our trip and also he was always making sure that everyone is having a good time with a very nice touch of humour. Thank you for this amazing trip
17/06/19 – Vanessa
We both enjoyed the whole 4 days! Over those 4 days, we got to see so much, we just wish there was more time in the day to be able to see more! Our tour guide was Nick, he was absolutely brilliant, he was knowledgeable, friendly and he also made sure that Mary was included as much as possible, as she can't walk very far. On the Saturday of the tour, the majority of the tour went to the Fairy Pools, but due to Mary's walking issues, Nick took us to a smaller version of the pools and to Glen Brittle beach instead, so that she still felt included.
29/05/19 – Manuel
Well, it has been an absolutly wonderfull 4 days tour in Isle of Skye, the Highlands & Loch Ness! I already wanna go back to visite new places ! It was a real pleasure from the pick up in Edinburgh to the return in Glasgow. The minibus was very comfortable, a lot of space for things and people, USB plug for charging devices and large windows to admire the landscape while on the road. Our tour leader was so kind, funny and full of interesting advices and informations I wish he were family ! Every day we had some proposals for the next destination with choices for other places we would like to go. Each place was absolutly wonderful (believe it or not we had good weather). Kyleakin, the small fishermans village where we spent our nighst was so charming, I enjoyed all my time there after daytrips and I literally fell in love with it (very inspiring place for artists, I wrote french poetry, soothed by the sound of the waves and the wind as I watched amazing sunsets). We had enough time for every place without being stressed by the schedule, a really good point. I met very kind persons during the tour, coming from around the world, I loved to talk with all of them and even keep contact for future trip together maybe. A soul rewarding trip.I strongly recommend this compagny if you're new to Highlands and want to visit a bunch of lovely nature places !"
27/05/19 – Margie
I loved the tour. It covered so much ground and we got to see so much and believe that is the point. Our tour guide Andy was a wonderful host and informative, and also patient. Those are good qualities in a tour guide. I would absolutely travel again with your company. My B&B was lovely and felt like a break from a standard hotel room for a few days which made the trip more relaxing.
21/05/19 – Paula
My husband and I truly enjoyed the experience from start to finish. Skye is a wonderful island with spectacular scenery. We both must compliment our tour guide John with the highest accolades possible. He was articulate, funny and very well informed. He brought the history, folklore and stories of Scotland to life with his charming wit. He thought on his feet and adjusted our routes with ease to "go around" when an accident prevented a ferry crossing. He changed directions several times to avoid rain and capture sunshine to make our tour more enjoyable, which we truly appreciated.
01/05/19 – Sonja
We went on a 4 day tour of Isle of Skye and the Highlands, and it was absolutely wonderful. Our tour guide Stuart was outstanding. He’s very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, accommodating, and has a great sense of humour. Learned a lot about Scottish history and culture from him, as he is clearly deeply rooted in the community. We saw an incredible variety of sights but did not feel rushed or crammed. Highly recommended