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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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  • 3 days (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Venture to the Scottish Highlands and spend two nights on the Isle of Skye, including a steam train ride on The Jacobite of 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.
  • 3-day Highlands and Isle of Skye trip from Edinburgh
  • 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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour takes a different route to and from the Isle of Skye for maximum sightseeing opportunities.

What's Included

  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star B&B or hotels
  • Steam Train from Mallaig to Fort William
  • Breakfast daily
  • Transport by air-conditioned midi-coach
  • Local Scottish English Speaking Guide
  • Breakfast (2)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Edinburgh
    26 Elder St, Edinburgh EH1 3DX, UK

    From 1st April 2023, our departure point will be EDINBURGH BUS STATION, 26 ELDER STREET, EH1 3DX. Stances 15 and 16.

Start time

08:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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.
Day 1

Edinburgh to Portree

4 Stops

Dunkeld Cathedral

We visit the quaint village of Dunkeld with its historic cathedral sitting on the banks of the River Tay.

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Fort Augustus Abbey

At Fort Augustus, there is time to explore the shores of Loch Ness and a chance to spot Nessie.

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Eilean Donan Castle

The journey continues to the famous Isle of Skye but first, we take in spectacular Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most famous icons.

1 hour Admission Ticket Not Included

Sligachan Old Bridge

Learn about some of the island's myths and legends at Sligachan

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Overnight at a 3 star B&B or Hotel in Portree

Meals: Not included

Day 2

Isle of Skye

3 Stops

The Old Man of Storr

View the iconic Old Man of Storr

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Kilt Rock

Visit Kilt Rock with its cascading waterfall

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

A visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without learning the fascinating history and clan legend of Dunvegan Castle. Built during 13th and 14th centuries this Hebridean stronghold is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for the past 800 years

2 hours Admission Ticket Not Included

Accommodation: Overnight at a 3 star B&B or Hotel in Portree

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3

Portree to Edinburgh

3 Stops

Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles

Visit Armadale Castle, home to Clan Donald for almost 400 years, with its rich history and impressive gardens (pay locally)

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Board the Jacobite Steam Train in Mallaig and journey to Fort William, one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world. The train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct where a monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s campaign now stands.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included


We head south through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe and wild Rannoch Moor

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Not included

Meals: Breakfast

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please select room type when booking.
  • Minimum age is 5 years, we are unable to accommodate children under this age
  • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase weighing no more than 33lbs (15kg) and 1 carry-on bag
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them to board and disembark
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • It is recommended to book transport to the departure point in advance. Please also allow extra time to get to the departure point for check-in. We advise you arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour departure to allow time to check-in for the tour. Unfortunately, we are unable to hold back the tour for late arrivals.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note that most fellow travellers on your tour will be staying at B&B accommodation.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips

One word of advice about the train ride: sit on the right side to get a better view.
Isle of Skye and highlands were breathtaking (great weather during a heat wave too) However I would skip the "Hogawarts express" It looks cool on the outside so if you can catch it in the stations, take pics there.
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The Klick Rock fountain. ...
may_c, Oct 2022
The Klick Rock fountain. And the lovely highland cow. The beautiful scenery, good accommodation and breakfast.
Scotland Highlands at their Best!
Judy_D, Aug 2022
Isle of Skye is a gorgeous area .....lots of scenery (especially when it's sunny.... we were very lucky!) Our driver was very knowledgeable and friendly, despite the fact that she had only been driving this route for @ 6 months! Despite the long distance riding in a bus, I would definitely recommend this trip as a way to get out of the city and see the spectacular countryside of Scotland!
Scottish Highlands Tour
Jessica_G, May 2022
We learned a lot about the history of the Scottish Highlands. The views were spectacular. Tom, our tour guide was very nice and accommodating.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour with an amazing guide
James_E, Oct 2021
Amazing tour, and our guide Scott was amazing, possibly the best tour guide I've ever had! We travelled in the off season but still managed to see a lot of cool stuff, and he knew the area incredibly well and had some good alternatives for things that were closed. Lodging on the Isle of Skye at the Skye Inn was great. Bus was comfortable, not crowded, and Covid-19 precautions were well handled.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awesome Highlands and isle of Skye tour!!
Sarah_C, Aug 2021
I had an absolutely amazing time traveling solo with my group tour, everyone was so friendly and kind, including out awesome driver, Rich! He was so funny and full of great stories to tell. We traveled from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye with stops in-between. The Hogwarts express ride was a personal highlight, being a huge Harry Potter geek.. I mean fan! Thank you for an incredible adventure! I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to experience the Highlands of Scotland including Harry Potter fans!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Perfect trip for few days
Kerry_O, Jun 2021
If you want a great taster for Scotland - but only have a few days - this is the trip to take! The itinerary covered lots of ground without feeling too rushed - Highlands and Isle of Skye are spectacular ... the train ride IS worth it - especially if you bring a bit of whisky to enjoy with friends! Our guide Charlie was awesome ! Highly recommend this trip!
2 travelers found this review helpful
The trip couldn't be better
Jiho_E, Jun 2021
It was such an amazing and exciting experience. Regardless of the weather, the nature of Highland and Skye is just magnificent and stunning. I couldn't stop taking pictures because I didn't want to miss a moment. Moreover, our guider, Caitlin, and other group members were lovely and friendly companions. Caitlin is the best driver as well as a talented storyteller. The histories and legends, She spoke, were so catching and realistic. Also, fortunately, I could enjoy the sunny weather in the Isle of Skye. The trip couldn't be better.
1 traveler found this review helpful
The best guide EVER
kerry_o, Sep 2019
A great tour with a good variety of stops and sights. The scenery was amazing, the guesthouse comfortable and the sights worth seeing. The best aspect of our tour was our driver/guide Caitlin. Her enthusiasm, knowledge, stories and story telling ability were brilliant and she interspersed her narrative with music that fitted the history or place. She was without doubt the best guide I have ever had on a tour and her driving ability astounded us all.
Magical & Memorable!
Julie_S, Sep 2019
My husband and I booked this tour from Edinburgh in August, while visiting Scotland for our 10 year anniversary. This was the perfect break from the fringe festival, to see the highlands and explore Skye. I had always wanted to visit and found Yvonne the perfect guide- sharing regional stories/folklore, recommendations for our solo downtime, and her impressive driving skills. The b&b we stayed at in Portree (Rosedale) was perfect. Loved the staff, view, food, and ambiance. The train ride was thrilling. We lucked out with sun for most outings to take in the stunning scenery, but well prepared for the occasional shower...part of the charm to experience so many seasons in 1 day. Overall, would highly recommend this trip and will cherish the thoughtful anniversary card we received from Yvonne.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Beautiful, relaxed tour of the highlands
cassondralm, Sep 2019
Great pacing on the tour, not rushed. Lots of time to explore. Beautiful scenery. Bed and breakfast was lovely. Tour guide Tom was extremely knowledgable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Skye Tour in Scotland
Meander83468, Aug 2019
Duncan, our driver, demonstrated the utmost professionalism and provided a better than expected tour. Duncan's coach driving skills demonstrated that we should not not rent a car and do this tour on our own. We had an excellent time.
3 travelers found this review helpful
Wonderful trip through the isle of skye
moodmd, Aug 2019
This was the highlight of our 2 week UK trip. It is a lot of time in a bus but the castles and the scenery were worth it. A place like no other. The coach travel was comfortable. The opted for the hotel and stayed in a fantastic place on Portree Harbor. Our guide/ coach driver was fabulous.
Response from Host, Aug 2019
Thanks for your 5-star review! It is lovely to hear you had a great time on tour and that you enjoyed the Scottish scenery. We hope to see you back again soon. Regards, Emma
3 day tour
Linda_B, Aug 2019
My husband and I really enjoyed the tour. Caroline was really good and went out of her way to make it a great experience. We would recommend it to anyone.
Response from Host, Aug 2019
It is brilliant to hear you enjoyed your tour with Caroline and that you would recommend us! I think the 1 star review you made may of been an error. If there is any way you are able to edit it we would really appreciate it. Kind Regards, Emma
wonderful tour
Anna_P, Aug 2019
Steve did a great job of taking us around the Highlands. The tour was fun, informative and gorgeous. We stayed in a nice hotel with a great dinner. Steve was very patient with my daughter. All in all, we had a wonderful time.
Response from Host, Aug 2019
Thanks for your review. It is lovely to hear you had such a good time on tour with Steve. We hope to see you back in Scotland soon! Kind Regards, Emma
Isle of Skye is as advertised, but skip the 'Hogwarts Express'
Eastonboy, Aug 2019
Tours always depend on the guide. Rich was fun and informative as well as flexible. Isle of Skye and highlands were breathtaking (great weather during a heat wave too) However I would skip the "Hogawarts express" It looks cool on the outside so if you can catch it in the stations, take pics there. But the ride is in older club cars (not sleepers) without a/c and the view (aside from the 15 second Roman terrace section) is obscured by close cropped trees or hills for most of the trip.
Response from Host, Aug 2019
Thanks for your review. It is brilliant to hear you had such a good time on tour with Rich. I am sorry to hear you were not impressed with the Jacobite Steam train as it is normally popular with our guests. We hope to see you back in Scotland again soon! Kind Regards, Emma
Do it!! The best tour ever!
Maryanne_F, Jul 2019
This was the most beautiful scenery, entertaining and informative guide. Beautiful bed and breakfast. You must see it to believe it.
5 stars plus!! The places were unreal & tour guide Katlyn is amazing!
Theresa_C, Jul 2019
Just a dream! We highly recommend this tour and tour guide. I would do it again and bring even more friends to experience the magic of Skye!
Response from Host, Jul 2019
Thank you so much for your fantastic review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour so much. Best, Ronja
3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour
Lillian B, Jul 2019
The tour was really informative. learned alot from the driver Micheal and just seeing all the places you'd never get to on your own. I must compliment Haggis Adventures on the Inn in Portree. wonderful, comfortable , need a few shelves in the shower, but all round this is a smart venture. Enjoyed.
Response from Host, Jul 2019
Thank you for your great review. It is wonderful to hear that you had a good time on the Isle of Skye and that you enjoyed Micheal's stories as well as your accommodation in Portee. Hopefully, we will be welcoming you back again on one of our tours in the future. Best, Ronja
An incredible day!
Angela_B, Jun 2019
Fiona was very knowledgeable about all the places we visited. She did a great job driving the bus all over the tiny one way roads in Isle of Skye. My daughter and I had a wonderful trip! I highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Jun 2019
Thanks for your 5-star review! It is wonderful you and your daughter had such a great time with Fiona. Hopefully we see you again soon! Kind Regards, Emma
3 Day Isle of Skye tour
Linda G, Jun 2019
Our bus driver / tour guide Rich was fantastic! He knows his Scottish history and was able to entertain everyone on the tour! Highly recommend!!
Response from Host, Jun 2019
Hi Linda thanks for your 5-star review! It is great you enjoyed having Rich has a guide and you would recommend us. Hopefully we see you or your friends soon! Regards, Emma


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