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

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

Immerse yourself in the rugged peninsular landscapes of the Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands on this 3-day trip from Edinburgh. During your visit to Scotland's wild northwest coast, you’re driven through the Highlands, including stops at Glencoe and Loch Ness. Stay overnight with daily breakfasts in the harbor town of Portree, where you’ll find plenty of local pubs and have one day free to explore the Isle of Skye on your own. Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience.

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

Let an informative guide lead the way to the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye on this 3-day excursion from Edinburgh. You’ll travel in the personalized comfort of a Mercedes minivan, stopping at many high points such as Glencoe and Loch Ness to photograph or simply soak up the ravishing scenery, including a search for the legendary monster ‘Nessie.’

Day 2 is free for you to explore breathtaking Skye on your own time, with tips from your helpful guide. The small-group experience and leisurely itinerary allow for more time to discover the Scotland Highlands while gaining intimate knowledge of the famous region.

Two nights’ accommodation includes a single or twin room in a 3- to 4-star hotel or B&B in Portree, selected at booking. Enjoy daily breakfast; all other meals, activities and entrance fees are at your own expense.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh – Portree
Meet your 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 of Callander for refreshments (own expense).

Enter the Scottish 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 (own expense).

Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel or B&B in Portree

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).

Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel or B&B in Portree

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

Debashree M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Absolutely fantastic! Best part of my UK trip. The small size of the tour there were just 9 of us in late October and the relaxed itinerary meant that it didn't feel like a package tour at all! The scenery was just lovely throughout, and we got very lucky with the weather. The only quibble was that even though we got many chances to explore on our own, I was hoping for even more opportunities for hiking and walking in the wonderful dry! countryside.

Jacqueline E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I thought that this tour was great. Our guide, Audrey, told amazing stories and had musical interludes for us on the journey. One note, I wish I had known that this trip was being booked through the local tour operator. When I was deciding on what tour to book, I chose Viator because I had a great experience in Italy and wasn't familiar with the tour operator, even though the agency we booked our apartment through in Edinburgh was offering a 10 discount to book a tour with that same tour operator.

Panat C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

LOVE this trip! I wish I had more time to travel with Rabbie's more.

s.elkadim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This tour was beyond amazing...the bus was very comfy, the driver/guide was very well prepared, very knowledgable and extremely friendly (Duncan). He showed us mind blowing scenery and helped us get around the small towns. The accommodation at the Woodpecker guest house was splendid as well.

SSC

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This tour was the best part of our UK vacation!! Matt/ Matthew, our tour guide was second only to the beautiful Scottish scenery, in what made this trip so great. The tour itself a 3 day teaser of Scotland's history, music, myths and legends, and the landscape. Matt's 'havering' provided us invaluable vignettes about Scottish culture, both old and new ... and his perfectly timed Scottish music was the cherry on top of the cake. Angus' B and B was amazing - the room, the breakfast, and the pleasant company, really made our stay exceptional! This was our first organized tour, and I believe Matt, Angus and the tour operator have set the bar really high for all our future experiences. I would highly recommend this tour to all first time Scotland visitors!

Derik F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was a great trip. Daniel, our tour guide, is extremely knowledgable about the history of the Highlands and brought the beautiful landscape's fascinating past to life.

Joan O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

excellent, excellent--every part of it, except the weather, of course, which was cool and rainy. Did not prevent the trip from being fantastic.

Frances V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

These were the best three days in Scotland. The scenery was unimaginable, the beauty never stopped. Our guide, Dave, was an amazing wealth of knowledge about Scotland, and his commentary was very interesting, he seemed to be part historian, part folk-lore teller, and part comedian - a truly great mix! Would recommend this trip to anyone interested in seeing the Highlands, and Inner Hebrides of Scotland!

Eric L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Beautiful scenery. Unlike anywhere else in the world. Our tour guide was great! Very witty and knowledgeable.

Ian L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Al is one of the best tour guides you and #39;ll ever meet. He is knowledgable and ensures the tour is comfortable, safe and enjoyable for all passengers. The accommodations for this trip (we chose b and b) has a very homely feeling and the breakfasts were fabulous. Flow and pace of the tour is very well-thought.

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