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Isle of Skye and West Highlands: 4-Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Enjoy a 4-day journey through the spectacular Scottish countryside, taking in the wild beauty of the landscape and the relics of Scotland's past. Highlights include the Isle of Skye, the ancient Eilean Donan Castle, and the famous Glenfinnan viaduct.
About this activity
Duration 4 days
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Live tour guide
English
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Experience

Highlights
  • Spend time exploring the unruly beauty of the Isle of Skye
  • Stroll along the picturesque white sand beaches of Morar
  • Discover the ancient, 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Grampian Mountains and the Cuillin Hills
  • See the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the 'Harry Potter' films
Full description
Embark on a breathtaking 4-day journey through the Scottish countryside, enjoying the grandeur of the Scottish glens, mountains and coastlines at a relaxed pace. Spend some time exploring the beautiful Isle of Skye, visit the ancient Eilean Donan Castle, and stop to take in the dramatic views of untouched nature as you pass the dramatic Glencoe and Glenfinnan.

Day 1: Edinburgh – Dunkeld – Plockton

Traveling north out of Edinburgh, into the Central Highlands, stopping in the historic village of Dunkeld to visit the ruins of its Old Cathedral, and then continuing with a walk alongside the Braan River through the forests of the Hermitage. Continue north, passing through the Grampian and Monadhliath Mountains, as your head west for a view of Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis. Travel through the splendors of Loch Cluanie and Glen Shiel, passing the Eilean Donan castle and arriving in the beautiful little village of Plockton, your base for the next two nights. You will be dropped at your accommodation and are then free to explore the village.

Day 2: The Isle of Skye

Today is all about Skye. North of Portree is the Trotternish Ridge with its spectacular cliffs
and rock formations, such as the famous Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the Quiraing,
the weather often adding to the atmosphere of this amazing natural scenery. Further west
the scenery changes as you venture towards the 13th-century home of the Clan
MacLeod, Dunvegan Castle, the emerald green valley of Glendale and the dramatic sea cliffs
of Neist Point. Here on the most westerly point on the island, you might be lucky
enough to spot some whales or basking sharks. You return to Plockton for the evening.

Day 3: Elgol –Mallaig – Fort William

Today, you turn your attention to the south of the island, heading down to Elgol for seascapes and views of the Cuillin, or Talisker and its beautiful Bay, or Glenbrittle and its famed waterfall before driving down the Sleat peninsula to Armadale. You will take the ferry over to Mallaig, a busy little harbor on Scotland’s west coast, and from here it is another breathtaking drive, passing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct as you head to Fort William, where you will stay for the night.

Day 4

Returning to Edinburgh today, you will drive along the shore of Loch Linnhe and then
take in the majestic and atmospheric Glencoe and cross the wild and remote Rannoch
Moor. Following rivers, lochs and forests, you will find yourselves back in the Lowlands
of Scotland as you pass both Doune and Stirling Castles, with enough time for a final
photo stop before reaching Edinburgh.
Includes
  • Tour transport in a luxury 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Driver/guide
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation (3 nights)
What’s Not Included
  • Meals
  • Refreshments
  • Visitor Attractions

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Gate J & Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.

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Important information
Know before you go
This small-group tour, with a maximum of 16 passengers, gives you a more personal service.

Because you'll have time off the bus, and opportunities to take nature walks, please bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour.

Accommodation will be in a selection of small, locally owned, guesthouses and B&B's. All rooms are en-suite. The guesthouses may be a short walk from the city center. 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 14kg (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.