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From Edinburgh: Isle of Skye 3-Day Tour with Accommodation

From Edinburgh: Isle of Skye 3-Day Tour with Accommodation

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours

From US$ 447.69 per person

Explore some of the most dramatic and beautiful places in the Highlands of Scotland and the romantic island of Skye on a 3-day small group tour. Discover Glencoe, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle, the 5 Sisters of Kintail and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 16 participants

Experience

Itinerary
72 hours
  • Edinburgh

  • Stirling Castle (view)

  • Wallace Monument (view)

  • Doune Castle (view)

  • Glencoe

  • Eilean Donan Castle (visit)

  • Isle of Skye (dinner)

  • Portree (visit, dinner)

  • Old Man of Storr (view)

  • Kilt Rock (visit, view)

    • Optional
  • Dunvegan Castle (view)

  • Loch Duich, Britain (view)

  • Kintail (view)

  • Loch Ness (lunch)

  • Blair Castle (break)

  • Firth of Forth (view)

  • Edinburgh

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • Soak up the romantic atmosphere of the Isle of Skye
  • Drive through dramatic mountain scenery at Glencoe
  • Enjoy stunning cliff-top views at Kilt Rock and Neist Point
  • Tour the Quiraing Mountain Pass
  • Stay in the pretty harbor town of Portree
Full description

Enjoy a full 3 days exploring the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the romance of the island of Skye in a small group tour. Dhoose your accommodation to suit your own budget and you will get an exclusive discount card to receive discounts at local restaurants and shops.

Day 1:

Depart Edinburgh by luxury Mercedes minibus at and travel west, passing Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Continue towards Stirling with its imposing castle and views of the Wallace Monument. You will pass Doune Castle, movie location for scenes from Monty Python's infamous "Holy Grail," before stopping at the edge of the Highlands for refreshments. As you drive into the Highlands you will pass Loch Luibnaig, Loch Earn, Crianlarich and Tyndrum, stopping for lunch along the way. Drive north through Glencoe, scene of the great massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Continue to Fort William and up to the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, offering magnificent views over Ben Nevis. Next you will take the "Road to the Isles," through the splendor of the 5 Sisters of Kintail, the mountains that guard the pass to the Isle of Skye. Stop to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film "Highlander" and located at the junction of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders. Crossing over the bridge to Skye, you head north to Portree where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Enjoy an evening and dinner at leisure, exploring the town’s Gaelic attractions and harborside.

Day 2:

You will spend the day on the Isle of Skye with flexible arrangements. There are many possibilities, depending on the weather, and the dynamics of your group. Your driver/ guide's local knowledge will come to the fore to arrange the best day for everyone. You could travel north to explore the Trotternish Peninsula with its stunning Quiraing mountain pass and some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery. Or head to Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns that are reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt. Enjoy the magic of the waterfall, cascading over cliffs and down into the sea below. Take a short break for lunch, before continuing to explore this most dramatic of islands. Head in a westerly direction to Dunvegan castle, the ancestral home of Clan Macleod, or enjoy spectacular views at Neist Point, the most westerly point of Skye. Return you to your accommodation in Portree in the early evening to enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening at leisure.

Day 3:

Your driver will collect you from your accommodation and head south through the Cuillin Hills, back over to the mainland for stunning views over Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail. Move on to Loch Ness for lunch. Look out for "Nessie," the mysterious monster that has haunted and confounded visitors since the 1950s. Head south through the Grampian Mountains along Loch Laggan, famous as the location for the TV miniseries "Monarch of the Glen," before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whisky distillery. You will pause for refreshments at Blair Castle, before heading back to Edinburgh via Perth and over the extraordinary Forth Road Bridge.

Includes
  • Tour transport in a 16-seat minibus
  • Driver/guide
  • 2-night accommodation in a Bed and Breakfast
  • Attraction entrance fees
  • Lunch or dinner
  • Refreshments

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet your guide at Rabbie's Cafe, 6 Waterloo Place.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  • Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach for a more personal experience
  • It is recommended you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour
  • Accommodation: Choose from a selection of small, locally-owned guesthouses and B&Bs in the village of Portree. All rooms are en suite. The guesthouses may be up to 20 minutes walk from the village center and some are located up a fairly steep hill. For individual travelers please select the single accommodation option. For 2 or more people traveling together please choose the twin room shared option
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years
  • You're restricted to 14 kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 198 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.9/5

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This was a great tour of the Scottish highlands. We had a great guide in Ross Hutton. He contended with rainy weather on the drive up and back doing his best to keep us entertained and safe. The stops he could make were nice and scenic. I’d highly recommend this tour.

November 19, 2022

As advertised, intimate tour with small group - there were ten of us along with Ian the driver / historian / story teller / music critic / culinary advisor. As noted be ready for rain and mist, but with proper clothing a great time can be had. The mini-bus was warm and comfortable. Even during the very gray hours Ian's stories and the local establishments made this a great excursion.

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November 18, 2022

Our tour guide Andy was really friendly and great, we loved his tales of Scotland and he was super knowledgeable about Scotland’s history. He managed to squeeze in every beautiful attraction on Skye minus the fairy pools but took us to several other waterfalls that made up for it. 10/10 recommend and will be doing again in the future!

November 4, 2022

Product ID: 11256