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Venture to the Scottish Highlands and spend two nights at the Isle of Skye, including a Jacobite steam train ride on the West Highland Railway Line — aka the ‘Hogwarts Express’ of Harry Potter fame. This 3-day guided trip from Edinburgh takes you through Cairngorms National Park to regional highlights such as the Old Man of Storr and the Cuillin Mountains. Visit Eilean Donan Castle, ride the ferry to Mallaig and stop at the legendary Loch Ness. Enjoy daily breakfasts during your hotel or B&B stay in Portree.

Highlights

  • 3-day Highlands and Isle of Skye trip from Edinburgh
  • Scenic drive through the Cairngorms National Park
  • Spend two nights on the Isle of Skye
  • See the legendary scenery including the Old Man of Storr and the Cuillin Mountains
  • Ride the famous Hogwarts Express train (as seen in the Harry Potter films) from Mallaig to Fort William
  • Choice of B&B or hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh Including 'Hogwarts Express' Ride

3-Day Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

Experience the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye on this 3-day coach trip, round-trip from Edinburgh. You’ll visit Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle, explore Skye’s rugged Cuillin Mountains and cliffs of Trotternish Ridge with your guide, then ride the ferry to Mallaig where you’ll board the Jacobite steam train to Fort William.

Two nights’ accommodation includes a single, twin or double room in a 3-star hotel or B&B in Portree, selected at booking. Enjoy daily breakfast; all other meals are at your own expense.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh – PortreeMeet your guide and board your coach along the Royal Mile in Old Town Edinburgh, then head north to the Scottish Highlands and the forested mountains of Perthshire. You'll visit the quaint village of Dunkeld with its historic cathedral sitting on the banks of the River Tay.

It’s then further north and west deeper into the stunning scenery of the Highlands before you enter the Great Glen. At Fort Augustus, there is time to explore the shores of Loch Ness and maybe get a chance to spot the famed monster Nessie. Visit one of the most romantic castles in the region, Eilean Donan Castle, before traveling to your accommodation on the magical Isle of Skye.

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

Day 2: Isle of Skye (B)Your day is spent exploring the scenery, history and natural beauty of the legendary Isle of Skye. Hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his failed rebellion, see evocative ruined castles and the eerie scenery of the rugged Cuillin Mountains. Stroll through the scenic capital, Portree, then travel to the island's north past the cliffs and rock formations of Trotternish Ridge, including the Old Man of Storr.

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

Day 3: Portree – Mallaig – Fort William – Edinburgh (B)Begin with a tour of the island's south, named 'the garden of Skye,' before taking the ferry to Mallaig. Explore this busy west coast fishing village, then ride the West Highland Railway Line of the Jacobite steam train, one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world made famous as the Hogwarts Express featured in the Harry Potter films. Along the way to Fort William, you'll cross Glenfinnan Viaduct and see the location where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at the start of the failed Jacobite campaign.

The return coach journey from Fort William takes in the mysterious beauty of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, skirting The Trossachs and Rob Roy country before you arrive back in Edinburgh in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Mary P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide Lee was exceptional! We learned the history of Scotland while viewing Loch Ness , and the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. The view was beautiful and the funny stories Lee told helped make the trip exceptional.

Ren Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Scot was a great tour guide. There were about 30 people total and we managed to see a lot within the 3 days. The landscape is gorgeous, but I was a bit let down by the Hogwarts Express - the tickets were second-class, so we didn't get the full Harry Potter experience.

Katrine Emilie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A great trip and an amazing guide. Sandy was such a lovely storyteller. Thank you!

cpirlot

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

After many mishaps out tour company and their guide were amazing to help us catch up to the group!!! The accommodating and helpful nature alone has sold me and I will use them again! Tony you wee a fantastic guide, great storyteller and an all around pleasure to be around.....you love what you do!!!

zoifoka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing. Our guides, Tony and Sinclair, were extremely well-knowing and amusing and they managed to show us the essence of Scotlande in just three days.

Fiona V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

this tour was amazing. Our guides, Tony and Sinclair, made it even better with their vast knowledge of local history and myth. Their tales of Elfin, the fairy king, and others, was fantastic. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Kathleen T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Everything was exceptional! Our guide , Duncan, was brilliant- great knowledge of history, entertaining stories, music, where to find Harry coos.... The places we visited were beyond beautiful and lodging perfect.

LYNN B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We had a wonderful experience in spite of the weather - cold, windy and often wet. Our tour guide/driver was Joe and he provided a wonderful experience and information we would not have received form most guides. He being a true Scottish Highlander, with the accompanying brogue, provided above and beyond service. Can't thank him enough for all he did.

Douglas W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide, Tony, was amazing. He added so much to the tour. His stories were fantastic and his knowledge of history was impressive. We definitely want to go on another tour with him in the future.

Bryan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We got off to a rough start as our guide, Joe, was a bit of a drill sergeant. But by day 3 we found him to be funny, very knowledgable and quite enjoyable. The scenery and the places we stopped couldn't be beat. It was an amazing tour!

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