• Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 5 days (approx.)
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Get a comprehensive look at Scotland during this 5-day journey through its rugged and rural landscapes. Travel through the Lowlands, Northern Highlands, West Coast and the Isle of Skye, including a stop at Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle plus a seasonal railway ride on the Jacobite steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. Enjoy overnight stays in Oban and Fort Augustus , and a 2-night stay in Isle of Skye , with daily breakfasts included

Highlights

  • 5-day tour of Scotland’s highlights, departing from Edinburgh
  • Journey through beauty spots such as Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
  • Visit famous sights including Kilmartin Glen, Loch Ness, Glencoe and the battlefield of Culloden
  • Ride the Jacobite steam train on a scenic journey from Fort William to Mallaig
  • Make the most of ample free time to explore the Isle of Skye independently
  • Enjoy overnight stays in Oban and Drumnadrochit, and a 2-night stay in Kyleakin, with daily breakfasts included

What You Can Expect

5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh

5-Day Ultimate Scottish Experience

See a diverse range of rural landscapes on this 5-day Scotland and Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh. You’ll travel with a small group in the comfort of a minivan, with personalized commentary from an expert guide who details the sights. Visit Scottish glens, mountain peaks, lochs and mysterious castles along a vividly scenic route.

Relax with hotel or guesthouse accommodation (depending on option selected) in Oban, Kyleakin and Drumnadrochit, with daily breakfasts included.

Enjoy a seasonal railway ride aboard the Jacobite steam train (May 16–August 29) or an alternate Loch Ness cruise and admission to Urquhart Castle (March 21–May 9; September 10–October 10).

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

UK trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

I can not say enough about Neil, our guide. Has to be one of the best story tellers' in the country. His kindness and professionalism as a guide was superb AND his story telling was incredible. You just felt yourself sinking into your seat to just listen to his stories. We've traveled to many countries and Neil's stories will stay with us forever! Scotland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and such a treat to share it with Neil and his passion of his country will stay with us forever!

Susan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This 5 day tour was amazing and our guide was the best part! Absolutely the best!

Anjali P I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The tour is worth every penny. The itinerary is excellent. The tour guide Andrew was the Super Star. But Viator has not updated the info properly about the tour. The tour is operated by The Highland Experience Tours and it seems that modifications made by them have not been updated by Viator. The Viator booking stated that the 'Jacobite Steam train journey ' was part of the tour while it was found that this journey is not part of itinerary for September tours as the Afternoon train stops running after 31st August ! Similarly the baggage rules were not stated in the booking. However the overall experience was fantastic.

John S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Our 5-day Best of Scotland tour was terrific. Our guide/driver, Neil, was the BEST. The tour began in Edinburgh on the Royal Mile, and proceeded to Dunadd Hill Fort and Kilmartin Glen, overnighting in Oban on day one. The climb up Dunadd Hill Fort was difficult, but the views were great. On day two we visited Glencoe, the Harry Potter aquaduct, Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie came ashore, and took the ferry to Skye. Day three was the tour of Skye, including Kilt Rock, waterfalls and great scenery. On day four we cruised Loch Ness, toured Urquhart Castle, with overnight in Fort Augustus. Finally, on day five we visited the Culloden battlefield, the Tomatin distillery and Pitlochry before heading back to Edinburgh.

Our accommodations were fine good in Oban, weak in Skye, and excellent in Fort Augustus. We were given sufficient time on our own for meals, shopping and exploring. The scenery was terrific everywhere we went. But the history, legends, and stories of Scotland from our guide provided the background we needed to get the most from our tour. All in all a wonderful tour.

Stephen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

My wife and I had a fantastic time over the five days, which, unusually for Scotland, where we were expecting cool and wet weather, and had packed accordingly in our small bags, was amazingly hot almost all the time. A great part of the enjoyment was provided by Russell, our driver, with his knowledgeable stories and humour throughout. we did not realise how much to see and experience could be packed into so few days, and yet have time enough to explore and take a good look at all the sites and castles.

The only niggle we had was that although on initial booking, we had given required information on food intolerances gluten and lactose, this information appears not to have been passed on to the hotels, or they had not read the information provided by he company properly this did rather mar the stays for two out of the four nights, where the hotels could not cater for such either in the evenings or breakfast.

Duncan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Our driver/guide Andrew was fantastic! Did an excellent job navigating the many narrow, twisty roads and I always felt safe. Very knowledgeable and has a sense of humor. Definitely recommend this tour!

m.d.charapata

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Our guide was Neil. He was fabulous!! He shared interesting and entertaining history and legends as he pointed out and explained highlights of the area. He guided us through Skye explaining everything as we traveled. The Viator itinerary does not indicate how much guidance is given on Skye which doesn't do the tour justice as we were guided very well. We were even given a variety of suggestions as good restaurants to choose. Neil was aware of special needs to make the adventure comfortable and easy for everyone. This was greatly appreciated. We had excellent accommodations. We met many interesting people on this tour. We highly recommend this adventure with Experience Tours.

JULIANI J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

We have so much fun on the trip and absolutely unforgettable each moments with the best guide ever Neil.. He is my son's favorite buddy. My son kept talk about him. We will definitely come back.

sk8nlassie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

My husband and I did a 5-day tour with Andrew, an award winning tour guide. He certainly deserves the award! Andrew is clearly a people person, always concerned with making sure everyone is happy, but is also passionate and knowledgeable about the history, landscape, and culture of Scotland. Andrew was interested in getting to know each tourist's interests and found ways to incorporate those interests into the tour. On our day on Skye, Andrew was able to fit in a stop to Dunvegan Castle, a place I was desperately eager to visit.

We feel lucky to have had Andrew as our guide, but the tour would still have been great without him. Highland Experience has filled the days with interesting and meaningful stops. The schedule is full, but still gives some time for exploring on one's own, especially in the evenings. This tour is a great way to get your feet wet in the highlands. What a beautiful country!

Steven C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The tou was excellent. Our guide Neil was fantastic. I would use this tour company again. Remember to pack light and for the weather

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