Tour code: 5211SKYE3D
Venture to the Scottish Highlands and spend two nights at the Isle of Skye, including a Jacobite steam train ride on the West Highland Railway Line — aka the ‘Hogwarts Express’ of Harry Potter fame. This 3-day guided trip from Edinburgh takes you through Cairngorms National Park to regional highlights such as the Old Man of Storr and the Cuillin Mountains. Visit Eilean Donan Castle, ride the ferry to Mallaig and stop at the legendary Loch Ness. Enjoy daily breakfasts during your hotel or B&B stay in Portree.


  • 3-day Highlands and Isle of Skye trip from Edinburgh
  • Scenic drive through the Cairngorms National Park
  • Spend two nights on the Isle of Skye
  • See the legendary scenery including the Old Man of Storr and the Cuillin Mountains
  • Ride the famous Hogwarts Express train (as seen in the Harry Potter films) from Mallaig to Fort William
  • Choice of B&B or hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh Including 'Hogwarts Express' Ride

3-Day Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

Experience the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye on this 3-day coach trip, round-trip from Edinburgh. You’ll visit Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle, explore Skye’s rugged Cuillin Mountains and cliffs of Trotternish Ridge with your guide, then ride the ferry to Mallaig where you’ll board the Jacobite steam train to Fort William.
Two nights’ accommodation includes a single, twin or double room in a 3-star hotel or B&B in Portree, selected at booking. Enjoy daily breakfast; all other meals are at your own expense.

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Day 1: Edinburgh – PortreeMeet your guide and board your coach along the Royal Mile in Old Town Edinburgh, then head north to the Scottish Highlands and the forested mountains of Perthshire. You'll visit the quaint village of Dunkeld with its historic cathedral sitting on the banks of the River Tay.
It’s then further north and west deeper into the stunning scenery of the Highlands before you enter the Great Glen. At Fort Augustus, there is time to explore the shores of Loch Ness and maybe get a chance to spot the famed monster Nessie. Visit one of the most romantic castles in the region, Eilean Donan Castle, before traveling to your accommodation on the magical Isle of Skye.
Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Portree

Day 2: Isle of Skye (B)Your day is spent exploring the scenery, history and natural beauty of the legendary Isle of Skye. Hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his failed rebellion, see evocative ruined castles and the eerie scenery of the rugged Cuillin Mountains. Stroll through the scenic capital, Portree, then travel to the island's north past the cliffs and rock formations of Trotternish Ridge, including the Old Man of Storr.
Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Portree

Day 3: Portree – Mallaig – Fort William – Edinburgh (B)Begin with a tour of the island's south, named 'the garden of Skye,' before taking the ferry to Mallaig. Explore this busy west coast fishing village, then ride the West Highland Railway Line of the Jacobite steam train, one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world made famous as the Hogwarts Express featured in the Harry Potter films. Along the way to Fort William, you'll cross Glenfinnan Viaduct and see the location where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at the start of the failed Jacobite campaign.
The return coach journey from Fort William takes in the mysterious beauty of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, skirting The Trossachs and Rob Roy country before you arrive back in Edinburgh in the evening.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a wonderful experience in spite of the weather - cold, windy and often wet. Our tour guide/driver was Joe and he provided a wonderful experience and information we would not have received form most guides. He being a true Scottish Highlander, with the accompanying brogue, provided above and beyond service. Can't thank him enough for all he did.

Douglas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide, Tony, was amazing. He added so much to the tour. His stories were fantastic and his knowledge of history was impressive. We definitely want to go on another tour with him in the future.

Bryan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We got off to a rough start as our guide, Joe, was a bit of a drill sergeant. But by day 3 we found him to be funny, very knowledgable and quite enjoyable. The scenery and the places we stopped couldn't be beat. It was an amazing tour!

Amanda O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour was wonderful. Joe our guide was very knowledgeable and took us to some really exciting spots and places that we were not expecting. He gave us a lot of history and background, an awesome guy! My only gripe was the hogwarts express ride left a bit to be desired. Would book again with Joe !

April R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was awesome! The scenery, the history, and the people were great! And having a tour guide who knew the history made it better. Scott was amazing and kind. He even made a little detour so we could see something we wanted to see but wasn and #39;t on the itinerary.

Katelyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

One really cannot say enough about this trip. It was the highlight of our holiday in the UK. Everything about this trip that was set up by Highland Tours was amazing. The most special part of this trip was our tour guide, Scot. He is an invaluable resource. His genuine passion for everything Scotland bled through every story he told making the trip so enjoyable. What could have been many hours on the bus listening to music was broken up with his stories about the history of Scotland. While I certainly cannot speak to the other tour guides available, I cannot imagine doing the trip again without Scot. We chose the B and B option, and had a lovely accommodation with an excellent view of the sea and mountains in the background from our room. My only suggestion for the future would be to offer a trip geared towards younger/outdoorsy focused people. One piece of advice for travelers is to sit on the left side of the bus on Day 1 and 3, much better views!

Alicia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was great! We crammed in a lot over three days -- stops at castles, distilleries, breweries, loch ness, little towns in the highlands, and beautiful spots across the isle of skye. Our guide, Tony, was super informative, giving us background on the local history and folklore, once-upon-a-time stories, and funny anecdotes. Even when things went wrong on our last days, an accident closed the rode leaving Skye, and then our ferry left early with no notice so we had to catch a later one..., he was calm and organized and got us where we needed to be, when we needed to be there.

I was a little apprehensive about taking a bus tour, but we never spent too long on the bus without a stop, and all the stops were long enough to stretch your legs, use a restroom, or see whatever there was to see. Even if you're not a bus tour person, I would recommend this as a great way to see a lot and get a great overview of the highlands!

Mathew Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Scot was the best tour guide ever!

Doris S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Fabulous tour and our guide, Heather, was amazing.

Margie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved this tour! Our guide Joe was absolutely great. He took us to places not on the regular tour schedule, had great information and was very entertaining. The incredible views both in the highlands and on the Isle of Skye were breathtaking and the steam train was a real highlight of the trip. Don't miss this tour.
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