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  • Location:Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Duration:3 days (approx.)

3-Day Isle of Skye Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

Take three days to explore the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye on this small-group tour from Glasgow by minivan. You’ll be awed by the rugged beauty along Scotland’s windswept northwest coastline, with stops at Glencoe and Loch Ness. Stay overnight, including breakfast, in Portree, located on the country’s second-largest island. Enjoy one free day to explore the Isle of Skye on your own. Numbers are limited to 16 people to ensure a personalized experience with your guide.

Highlights

  • 3-day trip from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye and the Scottish Highlands
  • Scenic drive through the Scottish Highlands
  • Explore the magical Isle of Skye
  • Try to spot Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster
  • Discount card to use at local restaurants, shops and attractions
  • Choice of hotel or guesthouse/B&B accommodation for two nights
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people, ensuring privileged, personalized attention
  • Comfortable Mercedes minivan transportation

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Isle of Skye Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

3-Day Isle of Skye Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

Drive from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye and the Scottish Highlands on a 3-day journey through Scotland’s stunning scenery. You’ll travel in the personalized comfort of a Mercedes minivan and hear insightful commentary from your guide while traveling with a small group.

Stop at highlights such as Glencoe, the Lochaber region around Fort William and Eilean Donan Castle. Spend Day 2 exploring the Isle of Skye on your free time. At Loch Ness, home to the legendary Loch Ness monster ‘Nessie,’ embark on an optional boat ride (seasonal; own expense).

Two nights’ accommodation includes a single or twin room in a 3- to 4-star hotel or B&B in the harbor town of Portree, selected at booking. Enjoy daily breakfast; all other meals, activities and entrance fees are at your own expense.

See Itinerary section below for details on each day’s activities.

Itinerary

Day 1: Glasgow – Portree
Depart Glasgow in the morning and travel north, crossing the ancient natural fault line that runs across Scotland. You will then travel into the Highlands, where the scenery changes quickly and dramatically; the flat fertile plains of the Lowlands give way to shimmering lochs, rugged mountaintops and forest-filled glens. Then keep heading north toward the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor. Continue through the spectacular mountain pass of Glencoe, scene of the great massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692.

Leaving Fort William after lunch (own expense), you’ll drive past Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and into the Great Glen. Traveling west on the 'Road to the Isles,' head through the splendor of the Five Sisters of Kintail, the mountains that guard the pass on the way to the Isle of Skye.

Stop to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's most photographed castles, set at the junction of three lochs and completely surrounded by water. Crossing over the bridge to Skye, follow the dramatic coastline north toward the island's capital, Portree. You are then dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening, when you are free to go out and explore the town.

Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Portree

Day 2: Portree (B)
Today is a flexible day on the Isle of Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather, and your knowledgeable driver/guide will help you plan the best itinerary for you on that particular day. North of Portree is the Trotternish ridge with its spectacular cliffs and rock formations, such as the famous landmark the Old Man of Storr, the impressive sea cliff, Kilt Rock, and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. It’s amazing natural scenery, which is best enjoyed away from the van by taking a walk through this unique landscape.

Further west, the scenery changes again with the emerald green valley of Glendale, the dramatic sea cliffs of Neist Point (the most westerly point on the island, where you might get lucky and spot some whales or sharks) and the 13th-century home of the Clan Macleod, Dunvegan Castle. You return to Portree in the evening.

Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Portree

Day 3: Portree – Glasgow (B)
You will be collected from your accommodation and travel south through the Cuillin Hills and back over to the mainland for stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Then it’s onto Loch Ness for lunch (own expense) and the possibility of spotting Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. There is a boat trip available here (April to October only; price not included) that will get you a bit closer!

Then head south through the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan, famous as Monarch of the Glen country, before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whisky distillery. Continue past Blair Castle, stopping for refreshments before heading back to Glasgow via Perth and over the Forth Road Bridge. You’ll arrive in the Glasgow city center by early evening.

Customer Reviews

glennstratford

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Excellent

Irene L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

My trip was amazing and our tour guide Ian was terrific I would recommend this trip to everyone I know Thank you Ian and the tour company

Patricia B. C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great trip! Tour guide John was funny, knowledgeable, and engaging. Rode a great local ferry. Weather during our day on Skye was pretty gray, but we still had a great time. We saw a lot more of the Highlands on this trip than I expected, which was terrific. If you've never been, go with the local tour operator!

Margaret K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Everything was great from start to finish. Our tour guide James was excellent. A highlight for me was feeding a carrot to a highland cow!

Nicole C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was an amazing tour, only regret is that I wasn't on a 5 day tour. 3 days is not enough in the Scottish Highlands it is a beautiful and magical place. I highly recommend this tour with Rabbie's and our awesome guide Murray!

Roger A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The landscape and town visits on this trip are outstanding. If you're visiting Scotland, don't miss this tour. The landscape and areas we visited are the most beautiful I have ever seen.
Our tour guide, James, was fantastic.

Jennifer H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My daughter and I chose this tour following a 12 day tour. We really wanted to go to Skye and Eilean Donan Castle. We loved getting an opportunity to see more of the Highlands so beautiful. This was truly a highlight of our 18 days in the UK! Ian - our tour guide and bus driver was very good. He had many stories and lots of information to share about the areas we drove through and to. Skye was absolutely beautiful!!! The weather was perfect on our full day on the island. I took so many pictures! Old Man Storr, the beautiful Coast, The Quaraing, Neist Point, Kilt Rock and the Fairy Glenn! OH MY....it was all soooo beautiful. Portree was a friendly and quaint town and our Bed and Breakfast was very nice. I highly recommend this tour!

Deborah R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A wonderful three day trip not to be missed! Our tour guide was delightful and extremely knowledgeable. The accommodations were more than what we were expecting as our hotel was right on the harbor. The trip was well balanced and the scenery was spectacular. It was the perfect introduction to Scotland.

Jane L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Ian was a fantastic guide with lots of historical knowledge and stories. He was a great story teller who knew when to start the story so that he finished it just as he pulled into the parking spot. Skye is beautiful!! Due to rain and winds we didn't get to hike as much as we would have liked, but that is no fault of the Rabbies tour company, If you go, I do hope that you are fortunate to have Ian as a guide!

Jonni M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This tour, locally run, was outstanding. OUr guide, John Wales, was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area and really brought it alive to us, interspersing his narrative with very relevant music. The small group tour was an excellent way to go and I would do it again in a minute. The only issue I had was that it would have been nice to have just a little more time on the lunch stops in case you actually wanted to buy something other than lunch, but this was minor compared to the overall wonderful tour with a stellar guide!

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