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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:5 days (approx.)

5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh

Experience the natural beauty of Scotland on a 5-day tour through the Lowlands, Northern Highlands, West Coast and the magical Isle of Skye. Focusing on the breathtaking Scottish countryside, your route explores an amazingly diverse range of landscapes, combining lesser-known peaks and glens with the classic sights of Loch Ness, Glencoe and more. Relax with an expert guide and overnight accommodation in Oban and Drumnadrochit, as well as a 2-night stay in Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye. Numbers limited to 16, ensuring a small-group experience.


  • 5-day tour of Scotland’s highlights, departing from Edinburgh
  • Journey through beauty spots such as Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
  • Visit famous sights including Kilmartin Glen, Loch Ness, Glencoe and the battlefield of Culloden
  • Head to Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye and see famous natural sights like Kilt Rock
  • Make the most of ample free time to explore the Isle of Skye independently
  • Enjoy overnight stays in Oban and Drumnadrochit, and a 2-night stay in Kyleakin, with daily breakfasts included
  • Receive personalized attention from a professional guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people

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What You Can Expect

5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh

5-Day Ultimate Scottish Experience

Your 5-day Scotland and Isle of Skye tour highlights the country’s outstanding natural beauty and rich history. From ancient castles to mysterious lochs, this small-group experience allows you to uncover the best of rural Scotland while receiving personalized attention from an expert guide. Relax with hotel or guesthouse accommodation (depending on option selected) in Oban, Kyleakin and Drumnadrochit, with daily breakfasts included.


Day 1: Edinburgh – Oban
Meet your guide at the prearranged departure point in central Edinburgh, and then hop inside an air-conditioned minivan and travel west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park.

Stop first in Kilmartin Glen, where Neolithic and Bronze Age remains abound. With more than 350 ancient monuments in the area, it is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. Walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and see the impressive standing stones of the Temple Wood Stone Circle.

Next, continue to the beautiful fishing town of Oban, known as ‘The Gateway to the Isles’ because of its link with the Hebrides. Then, after checking into your hotel or guesthouse, enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Overnight: Hotel or guesthouse in Oban

Day 2: Oban – Glencoe – Isle of Skye (B)
Savor a delectable breakfast at your hotel or guesthouse, and then check out of your accommodation and travel to Glencoe — perhaps Scotland's most famous and most scenic glen.

On arrival, marvel at the breathtaking scenery and hear from your guide how the picturesque spot was the site of a terrible massacre in 1692 that took the lives of many members of the MacDonald clan.

After enjoying some free time to explore independently, return to your minivan and continue over the sea to the magical Isle of Skye. Arrive in the delightful village of Kyleakin on Skye’s east coast, and check in to your hotel or guesthouse, where you’ll stay for the next two nights. The rest of the evening is yours to spend at your leisure.

Overnight: Hotel or guesthouse in Kyleakin

Day 3: Isle of Skye (B)
Start the morning with a hearty breakfast at your accommodation, and then enjoy the rest of the day to explore the Isle of Skye as you wish.

Perhaps pull on your hiking boots and head to the Cuillin Mountains to lose yourself amid the spectacular scenery. Or, maybe visit Dun Beag Broch, a small fortress near the village of Struan that dates back to the Ice Age. You might even travel to Dunvegan Castle, the 13th-century home of the Macleod clan, or take a cruise to see the Loch Dunvegan seal colony.

Overnight: Hotel or guesthouse in Kyleakin

Day 4: Isle of Skye – Loch Ness (B)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel or guesthouse and journey to the harbor town of Portree. Make the most of some free time to explore the small island capital, and then head to Trotternish Ridge, which is formed by a series of landslips including the well-known craggy pinnacles of the Old Man of Storr and the dramatic sea cliff of Kilt Rock.

Next, cross back over the sea to the Scottish mainland to visit Eilean Donan Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. Used as a filming location in the 1986 movie Highlander, the ruins of the castle look out over three sea lochs, and the landmark is widely considered as one of Scotland’s most iconic sights.

Then, travel into the heart of the Highlands. Gaze out at the rambling green hills and other scenic sights of the Scottish countryside, and then arrive at your accommodation in Drumnadrochit, near the mysterious Loch Ness.

After checking in to your hotel or guesthouse, enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Overnight: Hotel or guesthouse in Drumnadrochit near Loch Ness

Day 5: Loch Ness – Edinburgh (B)
Following breakfast, gather your bags and check out of your accommodation. Then, with your guide and group, relax on the short journey to Loch Ness. Hop out of your minivan by the mysterious stretch of water to snap photos and look out for Nessie, the fabled Loch Ness Monster.

Should you wish, set off on a 30-minute cruise (own expense) from Clansman Harbour to Urquhart Castle. After taking in the sights from the water, disembark at the castle’s ruins and head inside (own expense) to explore at your leisure.

Alternatively, head to the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition (own expense), which boasts seven themed areas crammed with more than 500 million years of history, mystery and legends of Loch Ness and its famous monster.

When the time comes, join back up with your guide and travel south to the battlefield of Culloden, the site of the short but brutal hand-to-hand Battle of Culloden in 1746 that marked the defeat of the Jacobite forces.

Next, visit a local distillery, where you can sample a wee dram of Scotch whisky (own expense). Then, catch glimpses of the stunning Cairngorm Mountains on route to Pitlochry. Enjoy free time in the charming town before traveling back to Edinburgh.

Your 5-day tour then concludes with a drop-off at the original start point.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great trip! Wonderful coverage of Scotland - especially Skye. Our guide was perfect - great knowledge, interesting anecdotes, very patient with some difficult travelers. He made the trip enjoyable - really appreciated his attention to detail, responsiveness to individual needs and desires. Loved it

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

The Scottish Highlands are beautiful and worth visiting, no matter what the weather... The tour and the accomodation were well organized, and our tour guide, Rob, was entertaining, knowledgeable and helpful. I had a blast :)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

An excellent tour covering part of the highlands and the Isle of Skye. Our guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable, and provided excellent commentary. Unfortunately there was quite a bit of rain on the days that we traveled, but the guide was very flexible, varying the route to enable us to make the most of the tour depending on conditions. Would recommend this tour highly. Indeed, would recommend a longer tour if such was available and time permitted.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

We had a wonderful time during our 5-day Scottish Highlands tour. The service was provided by Experience Highland in Edinburgh. Our group of 16 came from diverse backgrounds, was congenial and full of fun. The accommodation was comfortable and breakfasts provided were great. Brian was our tour leader, driver and guide. In addition to his sense of humour, knowledge on Scotland's natural history and its people(s), Brian also provides an insight into Scottish perspectives on the sites and events of Scotland. He is extremely attentive to the needs of our group and his pride and love of Scotland are evident. We have also learned much about the cultural aspects of Scotland.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2012

I felt as though I had been in a Scottish history class. Our guide, Stephen was as knowledgeable as any guide that I have ever been with. He made the Highlands tour a fabulous experience. I will recommend this tour to everyone that I know who may be coming to Scotland! I will also recommend that they ask for Stephen as their guide. He was the magic that made for a great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

I have been wanting to go to Scotland for several years and did extensive research on the tour company that I wanted to go with - I was not disappointed in Viator's booking of Highland Experience. I traveled with my family at the end of April/beginning of May and we were lucky enough to get our tourguide. While driving through the Highlands he would give amazing accounts of various battles, Scottish historical figures and political intrigues - and he would deliver it all interspersed with great humor. We did a lot in our five days. He truly went above and beyond to make sure everyone was happy on the trip and that all of our individual interests were met. Before we arrived in each town and be left to our own devices he would give us a small tour and point out fun things to do or good restaurants to try. I felt this was especially helpful in orienting to the new environment. Our guide (and Highland Experience) was very enthusiastic and accommodating to a diverse group of interests (Harry Potter, to Diana Gabaldon, to specific highland battles and sights) - and everyone's interests were catered to! I have very good memories of this trip and wish to return to Scotland again - not enough time and still so much more to see!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

Our guide Brian was OUTSTANDING. The accommodations were first rate and the entire 5 days were memorable. We learned with all of our senses. Brian taught us Scottish songs, history, lore, and facts. He managed to provide us with sunshsine, wind, sleet, snow, fields of green heather, hairy coos and new born lambs. We will recommend Scotland and Highland Experience to all our fdriends We KNOW we received real value for our money. Thanks again for Brian.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2012

I loved the small group experience with a good mix of people, 5 days was just right to see everything without rushing! Lots of stops for photos and walks, views are worth it! Thanks to our tour guide for his knowledge on the lore and history of Scotland, and the soundtrack to the trip, much appreciated.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

Had a great time! Went to some amazing places and the guide was very entertaining and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

Steve showed us an amazing variety of Highland sights, with colorful details on each one. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the region and its history. I almost feel like I know more about Scotland than I do about my own country! Steve's knowledge means that he can adjust routes and plans based on weather and road conditions, which is great. There was a lot of camraderie on the bus, and we all enjoyed the kilt and sword demonstrations, as well as our evening at the ceilidh and our distillery visit. The fact that the transportation, the itinerary and accomodations were all arranged for us by the tour company made for an unusally relaxing trip. All we had to decide was where to eat, and thhe food ranged from decent (in some of the remote stops) to excellent. Yes, it would have been nice to be in our own car at some points to be able to stop and look at some odd building or another, but we saw more through this tour than we ever could have managed on our own (especially driving on the left). I will say that a five-day bus tour on winding roads is not for those with a weak back or stomach, and if you're not interested in Scottish lore and history, you may want to look elsewhere. This is not a trip designed for pre-teen children or below, though there was one four-year-old with us who did amazingly well. We had used Viator before for day and museum tours, and here we were trusting them with our whole vacation. They didn't disappoint. Their main strength seems to be working with tour guides who are incredibly knowledgeable about their regions.

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