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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 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
July 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

Amazing tour, well coordinated, frienly tour guide. Totally recommended

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

it was great, accomodation was good , tour guide joe was fantastic really made the trip. His knowledge and humour were excellent

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2014

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.

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!

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