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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 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.


  • 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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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 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.

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very well organized trip. Beautiful country.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I was on the fence about taking this tour and I am so glad I did! The pace of the tour was perfect and had the right amount of free time. Al was the best tour guide. His passion for his country definitely came across in his storytelling and I loved that. I would definitely recommend this tour company and/or this tour to anyone!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great experience, good accomondations, outstanding tour guide / bus drives and lots of fun.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very well organised, absolutely fantastic guide, who had great knowledge of Scottish history and played great Scottish music on the bus. The accomodation B and B was very good. A very enjoyable 3 day tour. I would recommend it to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What a wonderful trip! We have never done a guided tour like this before. We always have tried to find our own way. After the 3-Day Isle of Skye tour we are converts. What a wonderful way to see the highlands and learn some of the history we would never have learned on our own. Our tour guide was wonderful and I would recommend this tour to a stranger in a heartbeat. It was that good!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

could not be better. great people, great B and B, beautiful country.

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