Tour code: 225002
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 local pubs and have plenty of time to explore the Isle of Skye with your guide. Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience.


  • 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
  • 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-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 small-group 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.’ Explore breathtaking Skye during a leisurely itinerary and discover the Scotland Highlands while gaining intimate knowledge of the famous region from your guide. 

Two nights’ accommodation includes a single or twin room in a 3-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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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-star hotel or B&B in Portree

Day 2: Portree (B)
Day two of this fully guided experience, depending on the weather, provides many possibilities beckon as your knowledgeable guide helps you get the most of your time.

North from Portree you can 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-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

Joseph A M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our 3-day tour that took us from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye on May 19, 2016, was a wonderful excursion with Keith as our guide. Seeing the Isle of Skye is well worth the trip. We also took a side tour with Isle of Skye Tours to see Dunvegan Castle. Beautiful

Martha P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My 3 day Isle of Skye tour fulfilled my expectations - and more! While the scenery and the company's organization would have made the trip, our guide Audrey really topped it off. She was so energetic, knowledgeable and entertaining!
I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in spending 3 beautiful days in the Scottish highlands.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic tour. Perfect guide Nikki, smart, knowing, intelligent , with a perfect sense of humor.
Very best regards to him and to all Rubby team from me and my wife.
Thank you foe excellent job.
Oleg Ivanov, Svetlana Ivanova

William H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour with Al. Beautiful views and Rosedale Hotel was wonderful.

Richard C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My husband and I enjoyed this tour. Dougie was our driver/guide. He gave us the perfect mix of sites, history, and down time. It was a busy three days. We toured each day from 8:30am to around six each evening. The restaurants in Skye were very good and the people kind. One drawback- we stayed in the Tongadalespelling? hotel. It was clean and friendly but be advised it is college dorm living with dorm style rooms, VERY small bathroom, and noisy. We felt it was worth it to enjoy the trip.

Liesl G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This trip was awesome. I wish I had booked a longer visit. The Isle of Skye is amazing. Our guide, Stewart, was wonderful. The B and B was great. Really, my only regret is that I did not book a longer visit!

Catherine O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a wonderful tour, a great sampler of the highlights of Isle of Skye. Our tour guide, Al was knowledgable, professional, and entertaining. I would recommend this tour to friends.

Hussein H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Dave is a great guide !

Stacy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This trip was well worth the money and we couldn't have asked for anything more than what we got! Our tour guide, Barney, was very nice and an excellent source of local knowledge. Thank to this trip we were able to see Skye in our short time in Scotland, and we truly felt like we covered a lot in our short time there. I highly recommend this trip for anyone who has time to spare in Scotland!

Ty H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our trip review will come in two parts... the Viator portion bad and the actual trip through Rabbies good!. The Bad: Viator - We booked a specific tour, and the tour ended up being completely different than what was listed on the Viator site / sent to us. One whole day said free day in Portree, but it was actually a tour day through Skye... that we almost missed if the guide didn't tell us! We also booked specific accommodations like a double bed for couples and ended up in a room with single beds. If I were you, I'd go directly through Rabbies!
The good: Rabbies was FANTASTIC. The tour ended up being far better than we hoped but wish we had the right itinerary in advance. Our guide was great though he didn't love us for having large suitcases and we heard about it a LOT. he took us to the most incredible places and we actually got time to BE there. Not just on and off the bus. Speaking of the bus, it's a smaller van and much more cozy than a huge bus. Again, we'd recommend you book through Rabbies and have a blast! The Isle of Skye was the absolute highlight of our trip!

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