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Immerse yourself in the rugged peninsular landscapes of the Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands on this 3-day trip from Edinburgh. During your visit to Scotland's wild northwest coast, you’re driven through the Highlands, including stops at Glencoe and Loch Ness. Stay overnight with daily breakfasts in the harbor town of Portree, where you’ll find local pubs and have plenty of time to explore the Isle of Skye with your guide. Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • 3-day small-group tour from Edinburgh to the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye with an expert guide
  • Admire the spectacular landscapes and lochs of the Scottish Highlands on a scenic drive
  • Stop at Loch Ness to watch for its fabled monster, 'Nessie'
  • Spend two nights in Skye’s picturesque capital, Portree, in your choice of either a B&B or 3-star hotel
  • Travel in style in a comfortable Mercedes minivan
  • Enjoy in-depth attention from your guide on a small-group tour limited to 16 people

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What You Can Expect

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

Admire mysterious Loch Ness on this scenery-packed tour of the Scottish Highlands and Skye

Let an informative guide lead the way to the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye on this 3-day small-group excursion from Edinburgh. You’ll travel in the personalized comfort of a Mercedes minivan, stopping at many high points such as Glencoe and Loch Ness to photograph or simply soak up the ravishing scenery, including a search for the legendary monster ‘Nessie.’ Explore breathtaking Skye during a leisurely itinerary and discover the Scotland Highlands while gaining intimate knowledge of the famous region from your guide. 

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

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh – Portree
Meet your driver/guide in Edinburgh in the morning and travel west in your comfortable Mercedes minivan. Pass Linlithgow Palace and the town of Stirling, with its photogenic castle and nearby hilltop Wallace Monument. Continue past Doune Castle, where Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed, and stop in the town of Callander for refreshments (own expense).

Enter the Scottish Highlands and enjoy the glorious vistas of Loch Luibnaig on route to Breadalbane, or the ‘High Ground of Scotland.' Climb to the heather-coated wilds of Rannoch Moor and through the breathtaking mountain scenery of Glencoe, scene of the infamous Massacre of Glencoe in 1692.

After time in Fort William for lunch (own expense), drive past Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and into the Great Glen. Follow the A830 or ‘Road to the Isles’ and wend through the beautiful Five Sisters of Kintail mountains toward the Isle of Skye. Stop to visit (own expense) iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a much-photographed, water-lapped castle standing where three lochs meet.

Afterward, cross the bridge to Skye and trace the rugged coastline to its capital, Portree, for an early-evening drop-off at your accommodation. Tonight, explore this port town as you wish and enjoy dinner at any of its welcoming restaurants or pubs (own expense).

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

Day 2: Portree (B)
Day two of this fully guided experience, depending on the weather, provides many possibilities beckon as your knowledgeable guide helps you get the most of your time.

North from Portree you can see or walk a section of the stunning Trotternish Ridge, a dramatic line of hills that culminates in the Old Man of Storr, the sea cliffs of Kilt Rock, and the craggy rock formations of Quiraing. Alternatively, take in the lush green estate of Glendale, visit 13th-century Dunvegan Castle or journey to the sea cliffs at Neist Point to spot seabirds and perhaps dolphins, sharks or whales. This evening, take your pick from Portree’s pubs and restaurants again for dinner (own expense).

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


Day 3: Portree – Edinburgh (B)
After breakfast at your accommodation and a pickup by your guide and minivan, travel south through the Cuillin Hills and back to the mainland. Enjoy majestic views over Loch Duich and continue to eerie Loch Ness, where you'll stop for lunch (own expense) and try and catch a sighting of the lake's legendary monster.

From here, travel along Loch Laggan through the Grampian Mountains, an area known as ‘Monarch of the Glen Country’ after the popular BBC series. Pass Dalwhinnie, home to one of Scotland's highest whisky distilleries, and Blair Castle, before a stop for refreshments (own expense). Then, continue via Perth and the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh, where your tour ends in the early evening with a city-center drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Gayle S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I would highly recommend the 3 day Isle of Skye group tour with Rabbie's. Heather Mac was our guide and although it rained 2 out of the 3 days, she kept our whole group interested and happy. Her knowledge of Scottish history and her Scottish stories gave us a true taste of Scotland. Isle of Skye is truly magnificent and should be on everyone's Scotland itinerary.

Jeffrey R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Eric B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent small group tour of Skye and the Highlands. Our guide Neal was outstanding; very knowledgeable about area history and sights, sought group input on stops and schedule, and is a careful driver. Overnights in scenic Portree were enjoyable. I felt like we saw all the major sights.

Tonya L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing. Our guide Jon was excellent. Highly recommended

CAROL P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful tour. Great driver. Gorgeous scenery - all despite the wet weather.

Jenna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My friend and I were on our graduation trip and this experience was more than we could have ever asked for. Our tour guide, Sinnon, was excellent and the sights were amazing. Definitely recommend for recent graduates, families, castle lovers, and anyone who loves a beautiful countryside!

Joseph A M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our 3-day tour that took us from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye on May 19, 2016, was a wonderful excursion with Keith as our guide. Seeing the Isle of Skye is well worth the trip. We also took a side tour with Isle of Skye Tours to see Dunvegan Castle. Beautiful

Martha P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My 3 day Isle of Skye tour fulfilled my expectations - and more! While the scenery and the company's organization would have made the trip, our guide Audrey really topped it off. She was so energetic, knowledgeable and entertaining!
I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in spending 3 beautiful days in the Scottish highlands.

leblon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic tour. Perfect guide Nikki, smart, knowing, intelligent , with a perfect sense of humor.
Very best regards to him and to all Rubby team from me and my wife.
Thank you foe excellent job.
Oleg Ivanov, Svetlana Ivanova

William H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour with Al. Beautiful views and Rosedale Hotel was wonderful.

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