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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  5 days (approx.)
Discover the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye on this 5-day tour from Edinburgh. Traveling in a luxury minivan with a knowledgeable guide, see some of Scotland’s most iconic sights. Visit quintessential villages such as Dunkeld and Lochinver, and explore beauty spots like Cairngorms National Park, Loch Ness and Glencoe. You’ll also travel along the scenic Quiraing mountain pass for jaw-dropping views of rural Scotland. Relax with 2 nights’ accommodation in Ullapool and a 2-night stay in Portree in the Isle of Skye. Numbers limited to 16, ensuring a small-group experience.

Highlights

  • 5-day Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh
  • Discover the charming Highlands’ villages of Dunkeld, Dores, Lochinver and Plockton
  • Explore beauty spots such as Cairngorms National Park, Achmelvich Bay and Glencoe
  • Visit famous spots such as Loch Ness and Eilean Donan, one of the country’s most iconic sights
  • Head to Trotternish Ridge in the Isle of Sky and see famous natural sights like the Old Man of Storr
  • Enjoy a 2-night stay in Ullapool and 2 nights of accommodation in Portree, 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 Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

Loch of Glencoul, Scotland

Your 5-day Highlands and Isle of Skye tour highlights Scotland’s natural beauty and rich heritage. From national parks to ancient castles, this small-group experience allows you to visit parts of the country that many larger groups may not be able to access. Relax with hotel or guesthouse accommodation in Ullapool and Portree, with daily breakfasts included.

Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh – Ullapool
Meet your guide at the prearranged meeting point in central Edinburgh, and then hop inside an air-conditioned Mercedes minivan and travel north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming village of Dunkeld.

Stroll along the village’s well-trodden forest walkways to the Hermitage waterfalls with your guide. Then, continue to Cairngorms National Park, home to the UK’s most extensive range of high mountains. Wander amid the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus Estate, located at the heart of the national park, and learn more about the native flora and fauna from your guide. You’ll also have the opportunity to recharge with lunch (own expense) here.

Then, head for the village of Dores. Along the way, drink in the rambling green hills and other scenic sights of the Scottish countryside before stopping to take in panoramic views of Loch Ness. You may even spot Nessie, the fabled Loch Ness Monster.

Finally, arrive in the fishing of Ullapool, your base for the next two nights. Check in to your accommodation, and then enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel or guesthouse in Ullapool

Please note: During peak season, accommodation may be in Inverness instead of Ullapool

Day 2: Ullapool – Northwest Highlands – Ullapool (B)
After savoring a delicious breakfast at your hotel, join up with your guide and travel into the far northern wilderness of Assynt, an area typified by rocky inlet, unspoiled beaches and jagged cliffs.

Visit the 15th-century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, which boasts incredible views of the Highlands and rural Scotland, and the beautiful white-sand beach at Achmelvich Bay.

Then, stop in the small fishing village of Lochinver. With time here spent at your leisure, take in the sights independently, enjoy lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant, or perhaps set off in search of eagles, red deer and other native wildlife.

Later, return to your hotel or guesthouse and spend the evening as you wish.

Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel or guesthouse in Ullapool

Please note: During peak season, accommodation may be in Inverness instead of Ullapool

Day 3: Ullapool – Applecross – Plockton – Isle of Skye (B)
Following breakfast, pack your bags and check out of your Ullapool hotel. Then, join up with your guide and travel west, past the misty peaks of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and along the undulating coastline of Loch Torridon.

Stop in Applecross, a tranquil peninsula situated on the rugged coast of Wester Ross in the Highlands, where you’ll eat lunch (own expense) before continuing along Bealach nam Bo (Cattle Pass), Britain’s highest road. Drink in the jaw-dropping views, and then arrive in the palm tree–lined village of Plockton. Stretch your legs with a walk around the ‘tropical’ haven and snap photos of beautiful Loch Carron.

When the time comes, continue over the sea to the Isle of Skye. Arrive in the delightful harbor town of Portree, your base for the next two nights, and check in to your accommodation. The rest of the evening is yours to spend at your leisure.

Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel or guesthouse in Portree

Day 4: Isle of Skye (B)
Tuck into a tasty breakfast at your hotel, and then join up with your guide and set off to explore the Isle of Skye. On route to your first stop, gaze out at the scenic sights and listen to your guide talk about the day’s itinerary. The sights you’ll see are dependent on your guide, the time of year and the weather conditions.

Perhaps travel north to the 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. Hop out of your minivan on the mountain pass of the Quiraing, and snap photos of the unusual landscape forms that have earned names like the Needle, the Table and the Prison.

Next, break for lunch (own expense) in one of the Isle of Skye’s pretty villages. Then, maybe head for Neist Point and enjoy a leisurely stroll to the lighthouse on Skye’s western tip. Alternatively, visit Dunvegan Castle, the ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod.

In the early evening, return to your accommodation in Portree and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel or guesthouse in Portree

Day 5: Isle of Skye – Edinburgh (B)
After enjoying breakfast, gather your bags and check out of your hotel. Then, sitting comfortably aboard your Mercedes minivan, travel south from Skye to the picturesque 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle. Used as a filming location in the 1986 movie Highlander, the ruins of the romantic castle look out over three sea lochs, and the landmark is widely considered as one of Scotland’s most iconic sights.

Continue east through the rugged mountains of Kintail, including the splendor of the Five Sisters, and drive through Glen Garry for jaw-dropping views of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

Stop for lunch (own expense) in Fort William, and then travel to Glencoe — perhaps Scotland's most famous and most scenic glen — before arriving in Killin for refreshments (own expense) beside the beautiful Falls of Dochart.

Your tour then concludes back at the original start point in Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This is quite a fantastic tour. It is a great advert for Scotland and can easily make you fall in love with the country. Our guide Daniel was awesome with his history, myths and stories about almost every nook and cranny of the Highlands. When we went there, we experienced some rough weather but the enthusiasm of Daniel made almost all of us on the tour brave the blustery winds and getting pelted with hall. Much recommended if you want to know almost everything about Scotland. I had initially planned to drive around but I would not have heard such great Scottish songs, or known about Scottish history if it wasn't for this tour! Fantastic!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

We enjoyed everything about the tour. Our guide brought Scotland to life with his stories about the history, music, and geology of the area. The B and Bs that we stayed in were very comfortable and conveniently located for walking to dinner and shops. The van was comfortable and the small group made it easy to get to know the others on the trip. We will be looking forward to plan another trip with Viator.

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