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.
Joe is an excellent tour guide. He is responsive The trip is memorable!
Tour was excellent!! Our tour guide, Andy, went out of his way to give us a memorable experience. The sights were breathtaking and the people we met were super friendly. Highly recommend it!
I love Scotland, what a fantastic trip. Our guide (Jamie) was great. Jamie was able to blend local music, food, and drink for each region of Scotland that we drove thru. I am slightly taller than 6' so the 3 days on the bus was a bit uncomfortable for me. The Rose Gardens (B and B) was quiet and the family staff were very friendly and helpful (good breakfast). Every bed in Scotland that I slept in left something to be desired (I can still feel some if those loose springs). The tour bus broke down in Portree on the 2nd day of the trip, which was great as it gave me the chance to sample a few of the local Portree establishments. Every meal was awesome. Jamie is a knowledgable guide and just a great guy. He was nice enough to sit and have a couple Whiskeys with me and my brother after a long day on the bus. Know that if you go on a Sunday most of the shops will be closed. Also, most restaurants all over Scotland stop serving food early so make sure you talk to the guide about reservations if necessary.
An excellent tour. A Ten!! Heather is the best guide we have every had!!
I'm very glad we decided to go with the tour, and not travel on our own. The views were so beautiful, I couldn't imagine driving a car while looking at the scenery! Our guide, Tony, was not only informative on the facts, but also on local folklore and legends told with a genuine sense of humor. The only bad part of the whole trip, was where the tour ended. Honestly though, I don't think 3 days is enough time!
An outstanding tour! Our guide and driver Nick was excellent. He had the right mix of information and entertaining stories for us so that we got a good feel for the history and character of the Highlands. He also took us to some less popular but highly enjoyable sights, including the Fairie Pools and the Silver Sands of Morar where it was warm enough to stand in the water. Highest marks.
Scotland is an absolutely beautiful country, and Isle of Skye is particularly lovely. Our guide, Andy, is passionate about his country and was a wealth of information. He conveyed the history and culture of the country at every turn. Upon comparison with other travelers, the upgrade to hotel (vs. B and B) was probably not worth it since others reported the B and B accomodations to be spacious and private.
This would have to be one of the most informative tours I have ever been on our guide andy knew everything that you needed to know about the history of skye and scotland overall I highly recommend you take this tour
My mom and I went on a three week vacation throughout Europe and we booked a tour nearly every days of the trip. This three day tour was by far the highlight of the journey. Our tour guide was Scot and he made the tour absolutely fantastic! He added stops to the tour that were not on the itinerary (whiskey distillery and Fairy Pools), and offered hilarious commentaries throughout the drives to each location. As he said, everything is better with music, and Scot added several musical commentaries as well (Indiana Jones while driving up a rocky road on the Isle of Sky, Titanic while getting off the ferry, Harry Potter while going to the train, etc). It just made the whole experience that much better. You could also tell that he loves his Country. His passion about everything we saw was very apparent throughout the whole trip.
So, praise of Scot covered, really everything we went to was just fantastic. The Isle of Skye was a great experience and the Jacobite train was the icing on the cake. The scenery on the train was just beautiful - hint, make sure you ask to sit on the right...the bridge picture can only be taken from the right side of the train.
I also definitely would not pay extra to stay on a hotel. The Bed and Breakfast they put us up in was just fine. The room was Huge compared to anything we stayed at in London, Scotland, Rome, or Paris, and the owners of the B and B were very sweet. Plus, the breakfast was delicious. The only negative of the B and B that I can think of is the thinness of the walls. We could here people just talking in the next room. However, everyone was pretty tired, so we all went to bed at roughly the same time, so the noise wasn't really an issue.
I really just can't say enough about how great this trip was. My mom mom and I both just fell in love with Scotland with this tour. Run, don't walk to sign up for this amazing experience!
Amazing tour, well coordinated, frienly tour guide. Totally recommended
I booked this trip to go on the "Happy Potter train", but I got soo much more!! The was an amazing tour. The bus driver/ tour guide was amazing, he made a ton of stops so we could take pictures, made small detours to see things we asked about, and told us lots or stories, history, and information about the highlands. AND the train ride was everything I imagined and more. We stayed at the B and B in portree and it was great. The people who run it are extremely nice, the room was clean, the beds were comfortable, and the breakfast was very large. Water pressure wasn't great, but who cares when your have such a great time. If I had tried to drive around the highlands myself I would have missed so much. The tour guide pointed out lots of things I didn't know about. Took us to place where they filmed movies, showed us hairy cows, mountain ranges, monuments, waterfalls, peat bogs, bridges, castles, gardens, and more. We got to take a ferry ride from the Isle of Skye. We saw bag pipers in Portree town square, which was a very nice surprise. If you are looking to experience the highlands in three days this is the way to do it. It was amazing and I would do this tour again.
it was great, accomodation was good , tour guide joe was fantastic really made the trip. His knowledge and humour were excellent
This trip was amazing! Three days of pure beauty. The landscape was absolutely amazing! The highlands are powerful and beautiful, the Eye of Sky is unique and I totally recommend. The tour guide, Andy, was so funny and helpful. He wanted to show us everything, and even put Scottish music in the bus during our travels.
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.
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.