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.

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
  • 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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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-star hotel or B&B in Portree

Day 2: Portree (B)
Today you have flexibility to explore Skye at a leisurely pace. Depending on the weather, 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

Uthorn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Absolute amazing tour! Lots of fun, knowledge from our guide, Michael. And the host of our accommodations, Angus, he' s so friendly and generous. Love all of this trip.

Sarat P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent experience of essential Scotland in just 3 days. Our guide, Stevie, was outstanding!!

Claudia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Fantastic trip booked through Viator! Great driver/guide. Beautiful scenery.

Matthias T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This was an amazing tour. Our guide was Arron and he made the whole thing amazing. He asked each of us what we were most looking forward to on our trip and really went out of his way to make that happen. We stayed out each day doing things until the sun went down. He even added in a whisky tasting trip for my boyfriend on the last day and I have to say it was definitely the highlight of his entire trip to Scotland. If you see this, thanks Arron! Long live Bussy McBusface! :

Aryana A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

I absolutely loved the trip! I wholeheartedly recommend it. Our tour guide, Ewan, was wonderful and extremely informative. He also made sure we got to see plenty of sights and take photographs. He was the best!

Jacqueline G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Fantastic tour, which gives you the opportunity to see magnificent scenery! Our driver/tour guide, James, was great I even liked his corny jokes! and very knowledgable about the areas visited and the history behind them. The small group size is perfect 15 people on our tour so you don't have to worry about the logistics that go with larger groups. The B and B accommodation booked for me was excellent. The owner was very friendly and helpful. If you want to experience what the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye has to offer, this is definitely the tour to choose.

mdjn808

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Had an amazing time would definitely recommend it to anyone travelling to Scotland.

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.

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