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.

Highlights

  • 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, Scottish Highlands and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

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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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh – Portree
Meet 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

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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johnscionti

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was an amazing tour. Our guide Duffy was the best. We enjoyed the commentary as we explored all of the destinations. It was a fantastic way to see some of Scotlands beautiful countryside. I thoroughly recommend this tour.

moggymegs

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Everything about this tour was fantastic. Except the bus. Not particularly comfortable. Fascinating and very interesting. Would definitely recommend.

Catherine M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a lovely tour, beautiful scenery, nice people. Joe the driver was very knowledgeable and entertaining, at times laugh out loud funny. I greatly enjoyed this trip and would recommend it.

Natasha D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was amazing! We had Duffy as our tour guide and he really made the tour extra perfect. There were greatly timed bathroom breaks I have a bladder condition and THOROUGHLY appreciate this feature in a tour and each stop provided us with such a variety of experiences. Castles, gardens, Jacobite train, memorials, waterfalls, bays... it was outstanding. We were two of five younger adults on our tour and my partner and I had great fun with the others. This was easily my favorite part of my two month trip through Europe! Everyone must do this. It's worth the time and money and it definitely something you will love and cherish

Yan USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide Dave was a good driver, a good story teller, a DJ, and a passionate Scot. There were 23 people on this tour, most are couples, friends and families, and 5 solo female travelers including me. We got along well. I was constantly awed by the stark beauties of the Scottish Highlands and the lochs. The landscape of the highlands are so different from the lowlands. We visited Loch Ness at Fort Augustus, the southern tip before turning west to the Isle of Skye. We visited Eilean Donan Castle often called the most picturisque castle in Scotland before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. The B and B I stayed in Portree capital of Skye was very clean and comfortable. The landlady made me porridge hot oatmeal upon my request, before a full Scottish breakfast. We experienced typical weather on the island, fog, gusty wind, rain, stop, rain, stop, etc. on the second day. We went to many places on the Isle of Skye and took breathtaking pictures of the sea and rocks and heathers. There were sheeps and cows, more of them than people. More castles. The 3rd day we took the ferry to Malliag, beautiful view but very windy and cold. Took the Jacobite Steam Train from Malliag to Fort William, the Hogwart Express going over the famous viaduct. Taking pictures on the train is not easy, best to drive and take the pictures from below. Overall, I highly recommend this 3-day tour and I love the highlands!

John T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My wife and I loved this truly unique tour. It was fun and memorable. Our guide, Heather, was terrific. She was knowledgable, entertaining, and best of all, a great story teller. The bus was clean and comfortable, as were our accommodations. Even though we had some rain it is Scotland after all, the sun would come out, and the views, especially on the Isle of Skye, were just breathtaking. And let's not forget the Hogwarts Express -- what a unique addition to an already high quality tour. I give this my highest recommendation!

jamarwood

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My daughter and I did this trip together in September. Our guide and bus driver, Heather, looked after us all really well. We were a group of 21 in a small bus, so a nice sized group. Heather was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the area and she took the time to get to know everyone, which was nice. The scenery was magnificent and the Jacobite train was very enjoyable - tip: try and sit on the right hand side of the carriage, facing the back of the train to take the best photo of the bridge. We chose to stay in the B and B and we were not disappointed, in fact it went beyond my expectations - large room with modern facilities and breakfast was very good. The only thing I would change is our 3 hour stop at the castle on day 2 - I think this should be a 2 hour stop the gardens are well worth seeing. This would allow us a little time to look in the shops etc in Portree before they close as on a Sunday, there is not much to do after 5pm. In fact, we got back too late on both days, so it's a shame we could not get the opportunity to browse in the village we were staying in. This tour is a great introduction into of the Scottish highlands and I would thoroughly recommend it. I hope I can visit again one day!

Beth

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

These Scottish tour guides really like to share stories. Nice guide, well travelled, safe driver. B and B in Portree very nice and breakfast was great. Enjoy a visit to a pub while there, even if in hotel- good local band. Drive out was long but touring Isle of Skye and return trip activities were awesome. There is a lot packed into 3 days.

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