Click Fraud
4 Day tours from Glasgow

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

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

Departing from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye, this spectacular 4 day tour allows you even more time to relax and enjoy the islands unique culture, vast array of wildlife and its natural beauty. During the summer you can enjoy a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig as seen in Harry Potter. You don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy this stunning two-hour train ride as this journey has been described as one of the greatest and most scenic train journeys in the world.
Important:
Please check the “Details and FAQs” tab for the precise days/dates when the Jacobite Steam Train is operating.

Day 1
Departing Glasgow, we make our way to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and the pretty highland conservation village of Luss.  Although the current village dates from around the 18th and 19th centuries, there has been a settlement here for over a thousand years. We know the Vikings passed through Luss in 1263 plundering the nearby communities. At the village Parish Church you will find a “hog back” Viking grave dating from the 11th century.

Notice how the landscape dramatically changes as we climb into the Highlands. The desolate Rannoch Moor gives way to spectacular Glencoe, Scotland’s most famous glen and setting of one of the most shameful episodes in Scottish history – the Glencoe Massacre. We will have time to stop here and admire the stunning but haunting beauty of the glen.

Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain overlooks the town of Fort William and where you can take an optional trip aboard the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig. Spend two hours on one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world. Crossing the 21 arch Glenfinnan Viaduct as seen in Harry Potter, enjoy the stunning views over Loch Shiel and Glenfinnan. Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard here in 1745 in an ill-fated attempt to reinstate the exiled Stuarts to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland. The monument you see at the head of Loch Shiel was erected to commemorate those who died fighting for the Jacobite cause. Look out for the Loch Eilt pines, a fine example of the ancient Caledonian pine forest. Loch Eilt – another Harry Potter location where Hagrid was seen skimming stones across the Loch and Dumbledore was buried on the little island of Eilean na Moine.

If you choose not to take the train option, you will have a little time to spend in Fort William before travelling onwards to Mallaig. On arrival at Mallaig we will meet up with our fellow travellers, before we catch the ferry that takes us ‘over the sea to Skye’. After a 30-minute drive we will arrive at the small fishing village of Kyleakin, where we will spend the next three nights.

Day’s 2 & 3
The weather in Scotland can be changeable and with two full days to explore this incredibly diverse island, we keep days two and three as flexible as possible. Your driver-guide will make sure you experience the best that Skye has to offer based on the prevailing conditions – there is just so much to see and do and the stunning Isle of Skye never disappoints.

Near Glenbrittle at the foot of the Black Cuillins you can trek up to the Fairy Pools. If you are brave enough, you could try some wild swimming in these crystal – clear blue pools. When the weather is good, we may try and get to Elgol. Here, you can take a leisurely boat trip or the more exhilarating wind-in-your-hair, Rib ride, either way, this is one best ways to see the Cuillin Mountains up close.

Over the course of our trip you will have some free time to explore the pretty little port of Portree. Not only is it the largest town on Skye but is also the cultural centre of the island.

Skye’s landscapes never cease to thrill, we will take in the Tortternish peninsula and its unique geology. We’ll stop off at the Quiraing, where you can soak up the stunning panoramas. Kilt Rock, an enormous 90-metre-tall column of basalt and where Mealt Falls plummets from the top of the cliffs to the rock-laden coast below.

Access permitting, we will visit the Faerie Glen where the road winds around small grassy-cone shaped hills with lochans in between that give the Glen an otherworldly feel. It is said that if you count these cone shaped hills you will find there are 365 but on a leap year there appears to be 366!

We will stop for some photos at the Old Man of Storr which was created by a massive ancient landslide.

Neist Point is one of the most famous lighthouses in Scotland and stands on the most westerly tip of Skye. It is quite a narrow drive along winding roads, but the effort is well worthwhile. You will feel as if you are standing on the edge of the world. With amazing views of the high cliffs and the lighthouse itself, the views are simply spectacular.

We may even have a dram with a tour at one of the islands distilleries, visit Dunvegan Castle or Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum.

Day 4
After breakfast, we cross over the controversial Skye Bridge and on to the mainland. Our first visit this morning will be to Eilean Donan Castle, probably Scotland’s most photographed castle and the iconic image you are most likely to see in a Scottish calendar. Movies such as Highlander, The World is Not Enough and the Bollywood blockbuster Kutch Kutch Hota Hai have all used Eilean Donan as a backdrop and it’s easy to see why film makers from all over the world are taken with this location, as the castle sits on an island where three great sea lochs meet and is surrounded by some magnificent highland scenery.

We will take a detour and get off the beaten track and take you to the Glenelg viewpoint where you can enjoy the stunning views over Loch Duich and the five sisters of Kintail.

Fort Augustus lies at the southern tip of Loch Ness on the Caledonian Canal. Considered by many to be one of the greatest waterways in the world, you will have time for some lunch, have a wander or take a one – hour monster spotting cruise on Loch Ness. Alternatively, you can just sit and watch the boats navigating the locks as the world goes by.

Our route takes us over the Laggan and Grampian Mountains (known as Monarch of the Glen Country) to historic Dunkeld. In the 9th Century, Kenneth MacAlpin, the first King of Scots, made Dunkeld head of the Celtic Church and the capital of Scotland. MacAlpin, built a church here in 850AD. The present Cathedral dating from 1318, was partly destroyed during the Reformation (1560). We will stop to see the ruins of Dunkeld Cathedral, with time to enjoy some refreshments.

Our return to Glasgow will take us via Edinburgh and the Queensferry Crossing. At a cost of £1.3 billion, the 2.7 km structure is the longest bridge of its type in the world, and at 210m high it is Britain’s tallest. You will see the Forth Rail Bridge – a UNESCO world heritage site and Scottish icon recognised the world over. The world’s first major steel structure, the Forth Bridge represents a key milestone in the history of modern railway civil engineering and still holds the record as the world’s longest cantilever bridge.

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

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.

Operates
Every Friday from 19th Apr – 27th Sept 2019
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 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
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 £7.00
Seniors £7.00
Students £7.00
Children £5.00

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 09.15: Departs 09.30 – Returns 20.30

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

Check in 09.15
Departs  09.30
Returns  20.30

Costs:
Adults 16-59
£179.00 – £249.00

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

For optional extra costs please see Details & FAQs.

Please note we are unable to take children under 5 years of age.

Other tours

Isle of Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness 3 Day Tour from Glasgow
The Isles of Mull, Iona & The Highlands 4 Day tour from Glasgow
Already booked? View tour updates: Pre Tour Info
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

Translate »