Multi-day trip

Edinburgh: Isle of Skye & Jacobite Train 3-Day Highland Tour

4.7 / 5

76 reviews

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours
Multi-day trip

Edinburgh: Isle of Skye & Jacobite Train 3-Day Highland Tour

Activity provider: Highland Explorer Tours

From US$ 747.68 per person


Discover the Scottish Highlands and the magical Isle of Skye with its outstanding natural beauty, Viking history and ancient myths and legends. Ride one of the greatest train journeys of the world on the Jacobite Steam Train.

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Duration 3 days
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Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese


72 hours
  • Edinburgh

  • Forth Bridge (view)

  • Dunkeld

  • Loch Ness

  • Fort Augustus

  • Eilean Donan Castle (view)

  • Portree (visit, dinner)

  • Old Man of Storr (view)

  • Kilt Rock (view)

  • Dunvegan Castle (view)

  • Isle of Skye

  • Mallaig

  • Glenfinnan Viaduct (panoramic train ride)

  • Fort William

  • Glencoe

  • Edinburgh

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Main stop
Other stop
  • Drive through majestic Highland scenery
  • Learn from an audio guides in 6 languages
  • Spend 2 nights on the beautiful Isle of Skye
  • Ride the stunning Harry Potter steam train
  • Learn about the last stand at Culloden
Full description

Explore the Highlands of Scotland and the magical Isle of Skye on a 3-day sightseeing tour. Discover an area of outstanding natural beauty, full of Viking history and ancient myths and legends.

Take a journey packed with Scotland's most iconic sights and scenery. Then ride on one of the great train journeys of the world on the charming Jacobite Steam Train.

Day 1:

Depart Edinburgh and drive past stunning views of the Forth Bridge to enter the Highlands through Perthshire. Admire a land of ancient forests, rivers, and mountains. Visit the quaint village of Dunkeld, with its historic cathedral on the banks of the River Tay.

Continue north into the Highlands before you enter the Great Glen. At Fort Augustus, explore the shores of Loch Ness. Cross to the famous Isle of Skye, passing Eilean Donan Castle en route. Marvel at Scotland’s most famous icons. Your home for the night is Portree, capital of the “Winged Isle.”

Day 2:

Today you will spend a full day exploring the dramatic Isle of Skye, with its amazing scenery and fantastic myths and legends. Hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape against the backdrop of the jagged Cuillin Mountains.

Highlights include the spectacular cliffs of Quiraing, the mysterious rock formation of Old Man of Storr, the cascading waterfalls of Kilt Rock, and imposing Dunvegan Castle. Spend overnight on the Isle of Skye.

Day 3:

Explore the south of the island, known as the “Garden of Skye,” before taking the ferry to the west coast fishing village of Mallaig. Here you will have the option to board the Jacobite Steam Train to Fort William, one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world.

Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct and see a monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s campaign. Head south through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, before riding through the heart of Rob Roy country to arrive back in Edinburgh in the early evening.

  • 2 nights' accommodation in a 3-star B&B with full Scottish breakfasts
  • A trip on the world-famous Jacobite Steam Train (early April to late October departures only)
  • 3 full-day excursions in a Mercedes-Benz midi-coach
  • Services of a professional local guide throughout the tour
  • Ferry across the sea from the Isle of Skye
  • Downloadable Audio Guides Available
  • Clan Donald Skye
  • Meal options

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Meeting point

For tours departing after the 1st of April 2023, the departure point will be at Edinburgh Bus Station on 26 Elder Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3DX. Stances 15 and 16.

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What to bring

  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • The Jacobite Steam Train is only included in tours operating from early April to late October
  • Entrance to Clan Donald Skye (the Armadale Castle, Gardens, and Museum) is not included in the price of this tour and is only available from May-October
  • The tour price only includes breakfast. Please bring cash for other meals and drinks
  • Travel insurance is recommended
  • Please be advised that children under 5 years old may not take part in the tour, while anyone under 17 must be accompanied by an adult
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 76 reviews

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Tom was an excellent tour guide! He was very considerate of our picture taking needs. He made the trip extra special with treats, Scottish music, and with folklore story telling, as well as providing us with the history of Scotland and it’s culture. Overall best tour of the highlands yet!

March 21, 2023

Louise was our tour guide and she was absolutely delightful! She has a great sense of humor and is full of fun little facts. She also played great music that wasn’t overpowered by bagpipes (although she played some). She is just so kind and a positive woman. She truly made our trip that more enjoyable and my mom just loved her!

March 21, 2023

This is a fabulous tour of Scotland! Our guide, Steve, with Tours of Scotland was knowledgeable, caring, great driver, and greatly entertaining! He really helped our group gel and we had a great time!! We saw everything as advertised!! The weather wasn’t great and we still enjoyed everything activity. We had time for rest stops and breaks. Instructions were clear.

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March 21, 2023

Product ID: 27840