Fort William, United Kingdom
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Overview

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.
  • 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
  • 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
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. 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 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)
Day two of this fully guided experience provides 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 . You’ll arrive in the Glasgow city center by early evening.

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R
, Sep 2018

We had a great time. Our tour guide _George was the best. He made the tour interesting and fun. He is very knowledgeable . The sights were beautiful and we were given enough time to enjoy them. Robyn and Denny

R
, Dec 2017

Our tour was led by Ian who provided insightful commentary about the history, landscape, culture and humor of Scotland. Ian strove to meet the requests of all participants and demonstrated great flexibility when weather prevented some planned visits. In one instance, due to inclement weather, he was able to secure a whisky tasting to replace a visit to an outdoor area we were all impressed and satisfied. All three members of our family were thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the tour and the clear effort to make this a memorable part of our visit to Scotland.

M
, Dec 2017

If you travel to Scotland, you MUST visit the Isle of Skye...and what better way to do this than with a private tour guide who takes care of all the details!!! We booked through Viator, which booked us with Rabbis. Our guide was John....very knowledgeable, professional, music connoisseur, and all around witty! My husband and I are already planning to tour Ireland next year and we will definitely be booking this through Viator and Rabbis. We literally showed up at the bus on day 1 and did not have to worry about ANYTHING...John took care of all the details. The money paid is very very very much worth the it!!! I am a very experienced global traveler and have high expectations....my expectations were definitely met. My husband and I will be going back to Scotland as well...please go to the Isle of Skye...you will remember the landscape views for the rest of your life.

C
, Nov 2017

One of the best tours! Will definitely come back to Scotland because of the people, the culture, the scenery and the shopping!

C
, Nov 2017

One of the best tours that I have ever experienced! Definitely will come back to Scotland! love the scenery, love the people, love the food and love the shopping!

J
, Sep 2017

We had the best time with Fraser! He was a wonderful storyteller! He found unique activities for us - the walk to Coral Beach and the Ferry crossing, the Isle of Skye Brewery. His playlist and history lessons helped Scotland come alive for us!

C
, Sep 2017

This tour was awesome! There is so much packed into 3 days, it's hard to even pick a favorite: castles, sea cliffs, whisky tasting, more! Even with wind and rain for two of the days, we still had a great time. The tour guide/driver, Grant, was fantastic and was very engaging with us in pointing out various things we passed, and providing us with history of the area. He also threw in a few jokes. Overall, the entire tour was amazing and I would do it again in a heartbeat and highly recommend it to anyone looking to explore Scotland.

J
, Jun 2017

We really enjoyed this tour to the Isle of Skye. Ian our driver/guide was very, very knowledgeable of scotland history and of the sites we stopped to visit as well as of those we went through. Ian had interesting information about our surroundings as well such as the evolution of the vegetation and the forest and the geology of Scotland. He also shared with us Scottish music and poems. The topics he discussed were so varied that everyone could find something of interest for them personally. We had a good group of 12 adults and everyone was very respectful of others and of the schedule. Ian made many stops for pictures, food or toilet breaks. On a day when the weather was less cooperative, he had a plan to keep us busy and entertained. During the return trip, an accident on the motorway required Ian to find an alternate way back to Glasgow. Despite this inconvenience, he remained calm and took us through different towns than those initially planned. All in all it was a great tour which I strongly recommend.

M
, Feb 2017

The trip was one of a unique kind. The bus was comfortable. Window Glass is washed properly so you take photos while on the move. Should it get dirty with rain drops, the driver will willingly clean it for you. The Driver was amazing, very informative and helpful.
I never though of going on trip so far north in November 2016 but it was one of my best tours ever. Cold but the views just makes you forget. I highly recommend.

b
, Sep 2016

Absolutely loved it! Was very lucky with the weather too. Neil was a great guide very knowledgable and helpful. Would thoroughly recommend this tour. I think the Isle of Skye is my favourite place that I have visited now so picturesque!


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