1. United Kingdom
  2. Scotland
  3. Edinburgh
  4. Loch Ness

Isle of Skye & Jacobite Steam Train 3-Day Highland Tour

Product ID: 27840
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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.
About this activity
Duration: 3 days
Starting time 8:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide/headphones
Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Drive through majestic Highland scenery seeing many of Scotland's most famous sights
  • Get a great narrative via optional audio guides in 6 languages
  • Spend 2 nights on the Isle of Skye, with a full day to explore the jewel in the crown of Scotland's islands
  • Ride the stunning "Harry Potter" steam train from Mallaig to Fort William (optional: only available May - October, please check at time of booking)
  • Visit the beautiful castle and gardens of Clan Donald Skye (optional)
  • Learn about the fascinating history of the Highland Clans and their last stand at Culloden
  • Look out for the Loch Ness Monster at Loch Ness
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. Tale 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. Look out for Nessie! Then cross to the famous Isle of Skye, passing Eilean Donan Castle en route. Marvel at one of 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. 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.
Includes
  • 2 nights' accommodation in a 3-star B&B with full Scottish breakfasts
  • Trip on the world-famous Jacobite Steam Train
  • 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
What’s Not Included
  • Clan Donald Skye
  • Meal options

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Meeting point

Tours depart from 60 High Street, Royal Mile, in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, not far from the intersection of the Bridges and Royal Mile.

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Important information
Know before you go
• 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

4.6 / 5

based on 45 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.5 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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This tour is brilliant and very well-managed. There are plenty of stops along the way and plenty of chances for you to experience the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. As a Harry Potter fan, the highlight for me is definitely the Jacobite Steam Train, and not a lot of tours bring you to that. We also met a few highland cows and gosh they are cute. The coach is very comfortable too. Our guide Iain also made our trip super fun and enjoyable. He is knowledgeable and has bunch of funny tales to share. Definitely recommend this tour.

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October 5, 2019

This was a great trip with a fun guide

We really enjoyed this trip. Having never been to Scotland we thought this would be a great start and we were not disappointed. We saw lots of beautiful views and made stops at places that we never would have known to stop at. Our tour guide Yvonne was wonderful. She told us lots of great stories along the way. She even made some changes to the tour based on the weather to maximize our trip. She didn't want to waste time stopping at views that were just going to be buried in fog. If you needed anything or had a request, she would do whatever she could to make that happen. The accommodations were very nice in Portree. The people in the hotel were extremely kind. I would highly recommend this tour.

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September 23, 2019

This is a must! Our first visit to Scotland and the Isle of Skye - absolutely incredible!! Steve was a wonderful guide, well versed in both the spectacular countryside and in amazing stories, legends, yarns and tales! To be able to see and breathe this spectacular country in a comfortable bus and not have the stress of driving is priceless! We planned this for the beginning of our trip and it totally enriched the entire vacation. What a grand tour!!

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September 22, 2019

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Product ID: 27840