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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)
Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Highlands and Isle of Skye on a three-day small group excursion from Edinburgh. In three days you'll explore some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in the Highlands, and visit the second largest west coast island of Scotland, the magical Isle of Skye.

Highlights

  • 3-day trip from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye and the Scottish Highlands
  • Scenic drive through the Scottish Highlands
  • Explore the magical Isle of Skye
  • Try to spot Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster
  • Choice of hotel or guesthouse/B&B accommodation for two nights
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people, ensuring privileged, personalized attention
  • Comfortable Mercedes minivan transportation

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

Loch Ness, Scotland

This three-day trip from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye and the Scottish Highlands will show you Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. Tour highlights include Glencoe, the Lochaber region around Fort William, EileanDonan Castle (set of the movie Highlander) and over the sea to the Isle of Skye, where you'll stay in the picturesque harbor town of Portree.

You'll spend the entire second day on Skye, exploring the wild north of the island, the Old Man of Storr, the mountain pass of the Quiraing and Skye's most westerly point at Neist.

On the third day, you'll return to the mainland and travel through the Five Sisters of Kintail. You’ll visit eerie Loch Ness(boat trips are available April to October), where you can try to spot the Loch Ness Monster, before making your way to the central Highlands and Edinburgh.

With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, this special trip allows you to have memorable and personal experience. You'll travel in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan and receive individual attention from your expert driver/guide. Traveling in a small group means you can reach out-of-the-way places to discover the real Scotland!
See Itinerary section below for details on each day’s activities.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh- Portree
Depart Edinburgh at 9am and travel west, passing Linlithgow Palace and Stirling, with its imposing castle and views of the Wallace Monument. Pass Doune Castle, the set of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, before stopping in Callander for refreshments. Crossing into the Highlands,head north toward the glorious scenery surrounding Loch Luibnaig, then through Breadalbane (meaning the "high country of Scotland") and up to the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor. Continue through the spectacular mountain pass of Glencoe, scene of the great massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692.

Leaving Fort William after lunch, you’ll drive past Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and into the Great Glen. Traveling west on the "Road to the Isles," head through the splendor of the Five Sisters of Kintail, the mountains that guard the pass on the way to the Isle of Skye. Stop to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's most photographed castles, set at the junction of three lochs and completely surrounded by water. Crossing over the bridge to Skye, follow the dramatic coastline north toward the island's capital, Portree. You are then dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening, when you are free to go out and explore the town.

Day 2: Portree
There are many possibilities depending on the weather, and your knowledgeable driver/guide will help the best itinerary for you on that particular day. North of Portree is the Trotternish ridge with its spectacular cliffs and rock formations, such as the famous landmark the Old Man of Storr, the impressive sea cliff, Kilt Rock and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. It’s amazing natural scenery, which is best enjoyed away from the van by taking a walk through this unique landscape.

Further west, the scenery changes again with the emerald green valley of Glendale, the dramatic sea cliffs of Neist Point (the most westerly point on the island, where you might get lucky and spot some whales or sharks!)and the 13th-century home of the Clan Macleod, Dunvegan Castle. You return to Portree in the evening.

Day 3: Portree - Edinburgh
You will be collected from your accommodation and travel south through the Cuillin Hills and back over to the mainland for stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Then it’s onto Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. There is a boat trip (April to October only; price not included) available here that will get you a bit closer!

Then head south through the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan, famous as "Monarch of the Glen Country," before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whisky distillery. Continue past Blair Castle, stopping for refreshments before heading back to Edinburgh via Perth and over the Forth Road Bridge. You’ll arrive in Edinburgh city center by early evening.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Our tour guide, Ruth, was fantastic. The stories were really great. The tour was a lot of fun. The seafood at Skye was some of the best we have eaten and I live in Florida. I chose to go on this tour, but my wife was not so sure. However, Connie thought the Skye tour was the best of our two week trip to Scotland and London. The tour had a good combination of bus and hiking. The bed and breakfast we stayed at was far better than we expected. The towns we stopped at were well chosen and very interesting. One note was that all the people on the tour except us (60s) were young (20s). This was not a problem because all the people were friendly. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone that visits Scotland.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This tour was fantastic. Good lodgings,beautiful scenery and Ruth a fantastic guide. A wonderful experience I would highly recommend.

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