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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)
Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye on this 3-day small-group tour from Edinburgh, with accommodation and round-trip transport included. Drive through the magnificent Highlands, including Glencoe, and cross to the Isle of Skye for a free day to explore this rugged island. On the last day return to Edinburgh with a stop at Loch Ness to look for its legendary monster of ‘Nessie’. Your small-group tour includes breakfast each morning, and personalized attention from your guide with numbers limited to 16 people.

Highlights

  • 3-day small-group tour from Edinburgh to the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye with an expert guide
  • Admire the spectacular landscapes and lochs of the Scottish Highlands on a scenic drive
  • Enjoy a day free to explore the Isle of Sky as you wish
  • Stop at Loch Ness to watch for its fabled monster, 'Nessie'
  • Spend two nights in Skye’s picturesque capital, Portree, in your choice of either a B&B or 3- or 4-star hotel
  • Travel in style in a comfortable Mercedes minivan
  • Enjoy in-depth attention from your guide on a small-group tour limited to 16 people

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Isle of Skye Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

Admire mysterious Loch Ness on this scenery-packed tour of the Scottish Highlands and Skye

This 3-day small-group tour from Edinburgh takes you through some of Scotland’s most ravishing scenery, including Glencoe, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye, where you stay two nights in the pretty town of Portree. On Day 2, enjoy the day free to explore awe-inspiring Skye in your own way, and then, on Day 3, return to the mainland, with a stop at Loch Ness to look for its famous monster, ‘Nessie’.

Choose between B&B or 3- to 4-star hotel accommodation in Portree and enjoy a daily breakfast during your trip. All other meals, activities and entrance fees are at your own expense.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh - Portree
Meet your friendly driver/guide in Edinburgh in the morning and travel west in your comfortable Mercedes minivan. Pass Linlithgow Palace and the town of Stirling, with its photogenic castle and nearby hilltop Wallace Monument. Continue past Doune Castle, where Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed, and stop in the town for Callander for refreshments (own expense).

Enter the Highlands and enjoy the glorious vistas of Loch Luibnaig on route to Breadalbane, or the ‘High Ground of Scotland’. Climb to the heather-coated wilds of Rannoch Moor and through the breathtaking mountain scenery of Glencoe, scene of the infamous Massacre of Glencoe in 1692.

After time in Fort William for lunch (own expense), drive past Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and into the Great Glen. Follow the A830 or ‘Road to the Isles’ and wend through the beautiful Five Sisters of Kintail mountains toward the Isle of Skye. Stop to visit (own expense) iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a much-photographed, water-lapped castle standing where three lochs meet.

Afterward, cross the bridge to Skye and trace the rugged coastline to its capital, Portree, for an early-evening drop-off at your accommodation. Tonight, explore this port town as you wish and enjoy dinner at any of its welcoming restaurants or pubs.

Day 2: Portree (B)
Today is at leisure to explore Skye at your own pace. Many possibilities beckon depending on the weather, and your knowledgeable guide is ready with tips to help you get the most of your time.

Perhaps head north from Portree to see or walk a section of the stunning Trotternish Ridge, a dramatic line of hills that culminates in the Old Man of Storr, the sea cliffs of Kilt Rock, and the craggy rock formations of Quiraing.

Alternatively, take in the lush green estate of Glendale, visit 13th-century Dunvegan Castle, or journey to the sea cliffs at Neist Point to spot seabirds and perhaps dolphins, sharks or whales. This evening, take your pick from Portree’s pubs and restaurants again for dinner (own expense).

Day 3: Portree - Edinburgh (B)
After breakfast at your accommodation and a pickup by your guide and minivan, travel south through the Cuillin Hills and back to the mainland. Enjoy majestic views over Loch Duich and continue to eerie Loch Ness, where you'll stop for lunch (own expense) and try and catch a sighting of the lake's legendary monster.

From here, travel along Loch Laggan through the Grampian Mountains, an area known as ‘Monarch of the Glen Country’ after the popular BBC series. Pass Dalwhinnie, home to one of Scotland's highest whisky distilleries, and Blair Castle, before a stop for refreshments (own expense). Then, continue via Perth and the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh, where your tour ends in the early evening with a city-center drop-off.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

It was marvellous, but a bit rushed at times, relaxed at others. We were hurried along by the hurricane from Newfoundland. That resulted in wild weather to add to the atmosphere. Local food was great, similarly a good pint of local beer. The scenery was spectacular and gorgeous. I missed only one opportunity to exit the bus to get outside, horizontal rain did not deter me or the others on the bus. The bus was clean and comfortable, the driver knowledgeable and informative.

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