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

To book this tour call us on 0141 887 6777 or online Book Now

Departing from Edinburgh, this stunning 4 day tour to the Isle of Skye gives you even more time to relax and enjoy the islands natural beauty, its unique culture and vast array of wildlife. 

During the summer you can even enjoy a trip from Fort William to Mallaig 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 journey’s on the planet.
Important:
Please check the “Details and FAQs” tab for the precise days/dates when the Jacobite Steam Train is operating.

Day 1
Leaving from Edinburgh, we travel to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow and from there we make our way to the picturesque highland village of Luss. Sitting on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, this will be your first chance to breathe in pristine highland air and enjoy the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. There has been a settlement here for over 1000 years although much of the current village dates from around the 18th and 19th centuries. You will have some time here to explore this lovely little conservation village.

Highland 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. With its stunning mountain scenery, Scotland’s most famous Glen never fails to take your breath away and you will have some time to explore this wonderful location.

Sitting in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain lies the town of Fort William. Here you have the option to take a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train. This two hour train ride which runs from Fort William to Mallaig has been described as one of the greatest and most scenic railway journeys in the world. You will cross over the 21-arch Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter fame, with superb views over Loch Shiel and Glenfinnan. In 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard at Glenfinnan in an ill-fated attempt to reinstate the exiled Stuarts to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland. A little further on you’ll see Loch Eilt – also used as a location in a number of the Harry Potter films. Hagrid was seen skimming stones here and Eilean na Moine, this little island was where Dumbledore was buried.

For those not taking the optional Jacobite Steam Train ride, you will have a some time at Fort William before re-joining your coach that will take you to Mallaig where we will meet up with our fellow travellers and catch the ferry that will take us to Armadale on the Isle of Skye. From here it is around a 30 minute drive to the quaint little fishing village of Kyleakin which will be home for the next three nights.

Day’s 2 & 3
After breakfast on day’s two and three we will embark on full-day tours of this wonderful island. Scotland’s unpredictable weather means that we keep both days flexible. Your driver-guide will ensure you experience the best that Skye has to offer based on the prevailing conditions and the stunningly beautiful island of Skye never disappoints – there is just so much to do and see.

There’s the fairy pools with their azure blue water, tempting enough for some to try wild swimming. If the weather is good you may wish to take a leisurely boat trip from Elgol or the more exhilarating wind-in-your-hair, Rib ride. Either way you’ll see the jaw – dropping Cuillin Mountains up close.

Portree as well as being the largest town is also the cultural centre of Skye and over the course of our trip you will have some free time to explore this busy little port.

The awe-inspiring scenery never seems to stop on Skye and during our time here we will take in the Trotternish peninsula, famous for its spectacular geological scenery. If accessible, we will 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!

We will stop at the Quiraing where you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes and vistas. Then it’s on to Kilt Rock – a spectacular 90-metre-tall column of basalt and from here we will make a stop for photos of at the Old Man of Storr which was created by a massive ancient landslide.

On the most westerly tip of Skye you will find Neist Point – one of the most famous Lighthouses in Scotland. You will feel as if you are standing on the edge of the world. With stunning views of the high cliffs and the lighthouse itself, the view at sunset is simply spectacular. There is Dunvegan Castle, Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum or maybe even a wee dram with a tour of one of the islands distilleries.

Day 4
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.

We’ll get off the beaten track to the Glenelg viewpoint where 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 where we will stop for lunch. You will have time to enjoy a stroll around this quaint little town or if prefer you can take an optional cruise to see if you are the lucky one to spot the elusive Loch Ness Monster.

After lunch our journey continues over the Laggan and Grampian mountains (known as Monarch of the Glen Country) to historic Dunkeld. A small but beautifull little town, Dunkeld can be traced back to the ninth century when it emerged as an important religious centre for the early Celtic Church. The present Cathedral dates from 1318. Partly destroyed during the Reformation (1560), you will have the opportunity to visit the ruins of Dunkeld Cathedral and get some refreshments.

Our return to Glasgow will take us via Edinburgh and the Queensferry Crossing. Opened on 30 August 2017 and costing over £1.3 billion, the 1.7 miles (2.7km) structure is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. You will also see the engineering masterpiece and UNESCO world heritage site – that is the Forth Rail Bridge.

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 email us (include your booking reference number) at tours@discoverscotlandtours.com and we will arrange this with your tour driver-guide.

Operates
Every Friday from 19th Apr  – 27th Sept 2019
Check in 07.45
Departs  08.00
Returns  19.30

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.
The ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye.

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
Jacobite Steam Train tickets are available for this tour on the following dates only.
Friday’s from 17th May – 13th Sept.
Unfortunately we are unable to upgrade standard tickets to first class.

Mallaig to Isle of Skye Ferry
Between 19th Apr and 27th Sept 2019, we travel by ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye.

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

Tour Highlights

Day 1
Glasgow, Luss, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Fort William, Jacobite Steam Train (specific dates), Mallaig & Kyleakin.

Day’s 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.

Day 4
Eilean Donan Castle, Five Sisters of Kintail, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Cairngorms National Park, Grampian Mountains, Blair Castle & Pitlochry.

Optional Extras

Jacobite Steam Train (17th May to 13th Sept only)
Adults £31.75
Seniors £31.75
Students £31.75
Children £18.75 (5-15)

Elgol Boat Cruise
Adults £18.00
Seniors £17.00
Students £17.00
Children £12.00 (5-15)

Elgol Rib Ride (limited availability)
Adults £26.00
Seniors 26.00
Students £26.00
Children  £18.00 (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

Distillery Tours
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.

 

 

FAQs

Where does the tour stay overnight?

We stay in the village of Kyleakin 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 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 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. 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.

Are we guaranteed a seat on the Jacobite Steam Train?

We have standard class tickets for each seat on our tours on Friday’s from 17th May – 13th Sept. 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 4-day tour visit a Whisky Distillery?

Yes, on our 4 day tour your driver-guide will arrange a whisky distillery tour.

Check in 07.45: Departs 08.00 – Returns 19.30

To book this tour call us on 0141 887 6777 or online Book Now
Isle of Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness 4 Day Tour from Edinburgh

Operates
Every Friday from 19th Apr  –  27th Sept 2019

Check in 07.45
Departs  08.00
Returns  19.30

Costs:
Adults 16-59
£179.00 – £249.00

Seniors 60+, Students, Children 5-15
£169.00 – £239.00

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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