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4 Day tours from Glasgow

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

Relax and enjoy our spectacular four day tour from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye, voted 4th best island destination by National Geographic. We’ll take in lochs, glens, castles, moors and breath-taking wildlife and natural beauty.

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

Prices From: £219.00 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
Departing from Glasgow we take the high road to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and our first call at the quaint conservation village of Luss. This pretty Highland village, with its over-flowing summer floral displays, is well preserved from the 18th and 19th centuries but there’s been a Christian settlement here for at least 1500 years. The plundering Vikings passed through in 1263 and at the village churchyard you can see their legacy in the 11th century ‘hogback’ Viking grave, a stone-carved sculpture.

As we sojourn through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, we’re firmly in the Scottish Highlands. Much photographed mountains and mysterious lochs lead to the wilderness of Rannoch Moor and on to foreboding Glencoe, scene of the 1692 massacre. We’ll stop here to breath in the Highland air and appreciate the haunting beauty of Scotland’s most famous glen.

Our road trip of the Scottish Highlands continues to Fort William where we stop for lunch and admire Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. We'll then continue on to view the Glenfinnan Viaduct, also known as the ‘Harry Potter bridge’, as its 21 arches transport the boy wizard to Hogwarts in the epic movies. You'll also see the Glenfinnan Monument at the head of Loch Shiel. Another hero who’s immortalised in history and legend is celebrated here. This is the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie gathered his clan to win back the throne of Great Britain and Ireland for the exiled Stuarts, a cause that famously led to much bloodshed. The monument was erected to commemorate those who died fighting for the Jacobite cause.

Departing Glenfinnan we will travel north through Glens Garry, Clunie and Sheil before boarding the Kylerhea ferry. This manually operated turntable ferry is the last in Scotland and is what takes us ‘over the sea to Skye’. On the island it's a short drive to the small village of Broadford where we’ll spend the next three nights.

Please note: The ferry is now closed until 2021. The ferry crossing is subject to weather conditions and date of travel. If the ferry in unavailable then we will travel to Skye via the bridge. 

Days 2 & 3
Scottish weather can be changeable so, with two full days to explore this diverse island, we keep days two and three as flexible as possible. You’ll be enchanted by the natural wonders, wildlife and culture of this wonderful island. Your expert driver-guide has flexibility to ensure you experience the best of Skye according to the weather conditions. Skye never disappoints.

By now you’ll have spotted the Black Cuillins, the mountain range that is synonymous with the Isle of Skye. Near the foot of the Cuillins at Glenbrittle, you can take a short walk to discover the Fairy Pools. These sparkling, blue waters offer magical photographs and you can even swim in them! 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. Keep your eyes peeled for basking sharks, minke whales and dolphins.

During your sojourn to Skye you’ll have time to explore its largest town Portree, a busy port and cultural centre.

While the south of Skye is lush and fertile, the north is famous for its unusual geology created millions of years ago. As we head into the craggy landscape of the Trotternish Peninsula we’ll stop at the Quiraing, an ancient geological landslip that’s an iconic Scottish vista today. You’ll want to photograph the fantastic Mealt waterfall and Kilt Rock, a bizarre 90-metre-tall column of basalt that reminds us of the kilt! Another wonder of this part of Skye is the Old Man of Storr, a pinnacle of rock that resulted from a massive ancient landslide.

It’s worth the drive along narrow, winding roads to reach Neist Point Lighthouse, one of Scotland’s most celebrated. You’ll feel as if you’re on the edge of the world, with stunning views of the high cliffs and the lighthouse itself.

To reward ourselves we may have a dram of whisky at one of Skye’s distilleries or visit Dunvegan Castle or Armadale Castle Gardens & Museum.

Day 4
Our Scottish road trip continues to the mainland via the controversial Skye Bridge which replaced the more traditional ferry crossings in 1995. Our first stop is at Eilean Donan Castle, probably Scotland’s most photographed castle, which defiantly occupies a little island at the point where three great sea lochs join. It’s easy to see why film-makers chose it as a scenic backdrop in movies such as Highlander, The World is Not Enough and the Bollywood blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

Heading towards Loch Ness we’ll have lunch in Fort Augustus which is famous for the engineering marvel of its locks on the Caledonian Canal. You can spend some time finding out more about this great waterway or, if you didn’t take the Elgol cruise, you might like to embark on a one-hour cruise on Loch Ness. Look out for our legendary ‘monster’ Nessie!

From there we traverse the Grampian Mountains and Laggan, countryside made famous by TV’s ‘Monarch of the Glen’. If we haven’t enjoyed a distillery on Skye, we’ll call in at a mainland distillery to savour a single malt.

Our final break is in Perthshire, known as ‘Big Tree Country’, and the old cathedral ‘city’ of Dunkeld. 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. We’ll stop to look at the cathedral, now part church and part ruins, and have some refreshments.

Our return to Glasgow will take us over the Queensferry Crossing to our capital city Edinburgh. The 2.7 km structure is the longest bridge of its type in the world, and at 210m high it’s Britain’s tallest. From a distance its three towers and cables appear like three graceful sails on the horizon. Its neighbour the Forth Bridge is a UNESCO world heritage site and Scottish icon recognised across the globe. A feat of modern railway engineering, it was the world’s first major steel structure and is still the world’s longest cantilever bridge.

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

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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 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.

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.
The ferry to the Isle of Skye (specific dates only).

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.

Tour Highlights

Day 1
Luss, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Fort William, Glenfinnan, ferry to Skye & Broadford.

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.

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

Optional Extras

Elgol Boat Cruise
Summer 2020 Update: Unfortunately the boat cruise company will not be operating their cruises until 2021. Your Tour Leader will offer alternative attractions while on tour. 
Adults £20.00
Seniors £18.00
Students £18.00
Children £14.00 (5-15)

Elgol Rib Ride (limited availability)
Summer 2020 Update: Unfortunately the boat cruise company will not be operating their RIB rides until 2021. Your Tour Leader will offer alternative attractions while on tour. 
Adults £30.00
Seniors 28.00
Students £28.00
Children  £20.00 (5-15)

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

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 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 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.

Summer 2020 Update: The hostels 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 during the summer months that B&B 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. 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?

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 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.

Check in 09.15: Departs 09.30 - Returns 20.30

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