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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the 3-Day Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Lovely tour. We had the best driver/guide possible in Scot. He was full of information as well as a great singer. My favorites were the stop over at the MacDonald castle on the Isle of Skye and the train ride on the steam train, aka Hogwarts train. As with all these tours just wish they'd make them maybe a day longer so you had more time at sites. You usually have to sacrifice eating to have enough time to see everything adequately. I'd like to have time to sit down and eat and enjoy the food but also have time to not have to rush to tour the sites.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Awesome tour - learned lots - our guide Scot was enthusiastic and so full of information and cultural facts, music interpretation. Most memorable moment was when he had us standing on the side of a hill overlooking a small town while he sang an old song written by one of its citizens. Beautiful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Our tour of the Scottish highlands was wonderful. The scenery was magnificent and we saw many places on the Isle of Skye and the highlands that would have been inaccessible without our knowledgeable tour guide. The highlight, however, for all our family (including our young children) was our tour guide - Don. Don was full or facts, amusing stories and care and concern for the welfare and comfort of all passengers. Don made the experience an absolute joy and his passion for the highlands was contagious! We have been on many tours in many countries and we have not yet encountered a tour guide as likeable as Don. This was a wonderful tour and a highlight of our Scottish experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

This tour was absolutely breathtaking. The sights were gorgeous and our tour guide, Don, seemed to know everything about the history of the places we were visiting. He took us to an AMAZING little cafe that I'm sure we would've never known about otherwise and his humorous stories kept the tour easygoing and light. The views were amazing and I got a lot of good photos. Even with terrible October rains, I still thought this was one of the better tours I've taken abroad. Highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2013

I really enjoyed my three day tour of the Highlands, specially Portree, Isle of Skye, I thought the B and B was also excellent, the Rosemount, family very warm and welcoming. The train over the viaduct, was really enjoyable, lot of fun, in Mallaig and just the drive through the Highlands, can't wait to return for a longer visit. Tour guide was excellent and informative, I will have to have a family member show me how to log my photos on, took excellent photos of the train coming around the via duct, thanks to a staff member on the train, in the gift shop at the time, and he told me I had a perfect photo opportunity,that was nice of him,he was very informative and friendly too, also my photos of Glencoe. Looking forward to a return visit, Loch Ness, Callander and Blair Atholl on my list to do now. Thank you. ,

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Highland Explorer Tours has done an incredible job of putting together a 3 day tour of Scotland's most beautiful sites and historic loacations. Our family of 4 took the tour in early June and were fortunate to have beautiful weather. Our tour guide, Keith, was fantastic. He shared his significant knowledge of Scottish history and lore, and went out of his way to make our trip comfortable and safe (he also had a wonderful sense of humor). We would highly recommend this trip to family and friends, and it is well worth the very reasonable price. When we make our way back to Scotland in the years ahead, we will again schedule a tour with Highland Tours through Viator. They made it incredibly easy book the tour and keep us posted of our itinerary.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2013

Great trip. Perfect amount of time trying to spot Nessie; pretty views on Isle of Skye; good accommodations (B and B) but a short walk to town. Tour is very well organized and captures the "must see" spots well. Would have liked more time at Eilean Donan Castle (for the amount of time at the stop we didn't pay admission to tour the castle). But got castles covered in the next two days at other castles. We opted to take the train ride; even for non-Harry Potter fans, the views are beautiful and very scenic.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

I loved this tour! Don our tour guide was very funny and entertaining, telling us stories (in great detail) while on the bus. He was enthusiastic and very knowledgable (although I'm not sure what parts of the stories are real!). I think there was enough time to do most things and breaking up the time on the bus was done well. I think all the stops along the way were all very good and relevant. Overall this was a fantastic tour and I would definitely recommend it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Amazing tour. I just love Scotland. The view was epic. The people were very polite and lovely. And Scot our tour guide was just brilliant. I have already missed the Highlands. Thank you Viator for making my dream come true.

Alissar Hassanieh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Fantastic!!! Highly recommended for first timer in Scotland. Our guide, Angela, was great, entertaining and informative too. Worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2012

Had an absolute brilliant time weather great and met some lovely people. Would recomend to anyone and our driver Joe was so funny and told us alot if you could understand him we could

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2012

Our guide was an incredible tour guide for this 3 day adventure! He was great at recommending restaurants and pubs on Skye, and providing a lot of history of the sights we saw. The Rosebank B and B was very clean and the family that ran it was lovely. The only thing I would change is making time to actually tour Eilean Donan castle. Just being able to see it but not tour it was very disappointing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2011

This was an awesome trip. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and held our attention while telling stories. He played a variety of music and stayed engaged with the group. He also was a safe driver. There was lots to see and plenty of time to stretch our legs along the way. Some highlights: were driving through Glen Sheil, spending the day exploring Skye, fresh Salmon in Dunkeld and stoping to see Glen Coe.
Some disappointments: I do wish we could have seen the inside of Eilean Donan Castle instead of just stopping to take a picture. Lock Ness was not as interesting a stop as we had hoped it to be and the train ride was just ok. You actually get a prettier view looking at the train than being on it.
All in all, I would highly recommend this tour. We covered a lot a ground seamlessly. My son (8 yrs old) had a blast and so did we.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2011

This trip was Wonderful!!! Our guide was very knowledgeable and truly made the trip for us!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2011

We cannot praise this tour highly enough. Our driver Daniel was absolutely brilliant and regaled us with information and anecdotes, throughout the tour. The Hotel Rosedale in Portree was charming and delightful with excellent service from the smiling staff. The Jacobite train was fascinating and everything arranged by Highland Explorer Tours was first rate.

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