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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

Grace@milan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour has been great!! Definitively worth doing it, our guides Gill and Pete have been so professional, cheerful and experienced that they only added positivity to the gorgeous Scottish landscape.
We have also been very lucky with the weather, and the sunny island of Skye is something I'll never forget.
I really hope to go back soon.

cchampaneri

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My first visit to Scotland. Amazing scenery and great story telling by Audrey our guide!

Jane S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent. The tour was well paced. The accomodation on Isle of Skye welcoming, comfortable and convenient. Our Rabbies Tour Guide and driver was excellent.

Justin W Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is an amazing tour. 3 full days, with lots of stops on the journey, so you are not just driving the entire time. Helen, the tour guide is great, funny and knows all about Scottish history. She made the tour even better. The sights are amazing, the highlands, and the isle of Skye are breathtaking. The overnights in Portree are good, a nice small village, good food and views.

Glenmore H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great experience. Our driver/guide Pete with Rabbies Trail Burners, was outstanding. He shared a great deal of knowledge and had a great sense of humor. Itinerary was very nice, We saw a great deal, and had a very nice time.

Luke H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a wonderful tour that gave us a real taste of the Highlands.
I arrived from London via the Caledonian Sleeper and found that to be ample time to make the rallying point.
Our guide - Nicky - was friendly, knowledgable, organised and incredibly entertaining. The bus was very clean and very comfortable and the accommodation provided to me was a charming B and B run by the most delightful family.
The tour took us to some of the bigger sights but also some lesser known sights.
I would recommend spending an extra night in Edinburgh after the tour to relax and take in the city.
The tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable and the bus ride was incredibly

Karina C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tour and great tour guide Keith. I had a great time visiting Highlands and Isle of Skye. I definately recommend this tour for anybody who wants to explore the beauty of Scotland.
The tour itself was planned very well, our guide adjusted our itenary to the weather conditions the B and B was very nice.

kutsunai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My husband and I took the 3 day Isle of Skye tour with Rabbie last week. The tour spend 1 day driving to Skye, 1 day exploring Skye, and 1 day coming back down. Driving to and from Skye our driver made lots of stops to stretch our legs and take some photos. Our driver was Doug. He made the tour enjoyable. He was knowledgeable of the landscape and kept our tour entertained the whole time. The landscape and sights were beautiful, the stops were great and our driver was the great! We are 2 younger travelers in our late 20s, but we had all ages on the tour with us and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I would recommend this tour!

Patricia V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was an amazing experience, got to see some of the most beautiful scenery. The trip had a bit of trekking but it was all worth it just to get to see the views the Isle of Sky had to offer. Our tour guide was excellent! He had great stories and restaurant recommendations.

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.

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