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. You can choose to take one of the world’s most picturesque rail routes, the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig. As it traverses the Glenfinnan Viaduct, imagine you’re travelling to Hogwarts School just like Harry Potter!

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: £179.00 - £259.00
Seniors 60+, Students: £169.00 – £249.00
Children 5-15: £169.00 – £249.00

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. From here, you can take the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig, a two-hour rail trip often described as one of the world’s most scenic. You’ll cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct, also known as the ‘Harry Potter bridge’, as its 21 arches transport the boy wizard to Hogwarts in the epic movies.

From the train you’ll see an iconic Scottish vista, 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.

Keep an eye out for another Harry Potter setting, Loch Eilt, where a sad Hagrid is seen skimming stones and where Dumbledore is put to rest on its little island.

If you choose not to take the Jacobite Steam train, why not explore Fort William before heading to Mallaig in our luxury mini coach where your small group will reunite. Then we board the ferry that takes us ‘over the sea to Skye’ and after a 30-minute drive we arrive in the small fishing village of Kyleakin where we’ll spend the next three nights.

Please note: Subject to it operating, we take the ferry to the Isle of Skye from Easter onwards.

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.

The Five Sisters of Kintail is a mountain range dramatic enough to compete with the Cuillins and to get the best view we’ll take the not-so-tourist route to Glenelg viewpoint. There are also stunning views of Loch Duich here.

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 Dalwhinnie Whisky 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
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.

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.
Wednesday's from 13th May - 9th Sept
Sunday's from 14th June - 30th Aug
Unfortunately we are unable to upgrade standard tickets to first class.

Mallaig to Isle of Skye Ferry
Between 8th Apr and 27th Sept 2020, 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, Glenfinnan, Jacobite Steam Train (specific dates), Mallaig ferry to Skye & Kyleakin.

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

Jacobite Steam Train
Adults £36.00
Seniors £36.00
Students £36.00
Children £22.00 (5-15)

Important Note: Child ticket rates are only available when confirmed more than 21 days before departure. Child tickets requested less than 21 days prior to departure will be payable at the Seniors/Students rate.

Elgol Boat Cruise
Adults £20.00
Seniors £18.00
Students £18.00
Children £14.00 (5-15)

Elgol Rib Ride (limited availability)
Adults £30.00
Seniors 28.00
Students £28.00
Children  £20.00 (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

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: £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 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

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