Isle of Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness 3 Day Tour from Edinburgh & Glasgow

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Discover Scotland Tours are committed to delivering unrivalled Highland Tour experiences. We passionately believe in providing the highest quality, best value and exceptional service every time. Whether you are travelling independently, with family or friends, Discover Scotland Tours is the only way to see Scotland.

  • 3 Days
  • Small Group Tour
  • Scotland

Our stunning 3 day Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh and Glasgow takes you through the majestic Scottish Highlands to one of the most beautiful Islands in Scotland. Stunning scenery, rich in history and an abundance of wildlife, its no wonder the Isle of Skye is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations.

Enjoy Scotland’s natural gems such as Loch Lomond, Glencoe, and Glenfinnan as we head towards the spectacular Isle of Skye. Immortalised in words and pictures the world over, the Isle of Skye was voted the globe’s 4th best island destination according to National Geographic.

Departure Information

From Edinburgh
  • Departure LocationBus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
  • Check in 07.45
  • Departs 08.00
  • Returns 19.30

Departure Information

From Glasgow
  • Departure LocationBuchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW
  • Check in 09.15
  • Departs 09.30
  • Returns 20.30

Price Includes

  • Transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini-coach
  • An English speaking driver-guide
  • When operating the Kylerhea ferry is included.

Price Excludes

  • Accommodation
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Entry fees to visitor attraction

Please Note

  • ImportantPlease note if you are late in arriving at your departure point and as a consequence miss your tour you will not be entitled to a refund
  • ChildrenWe regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours
  • Luggage LimitsLuggage is restricted to one medium sized suitcase/ bag (maximum weight 15 kg) and one small carry-on bag per person
  • Hotel DeparturesUnfortunately we do not offer a hotel pick up service on our multi-day tours.

Highlights

Day 1
Glasgow, Luss, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Fort William, Glenfinnan, Glen Garry, Glen Shiel, Five Sisters of Kintail, & Kyleakin.

Day 2 
The Fairy Pools (if accessible), The Faerie Glen, The Cuillin Mountains, The Quiraing, Kilt Rock & Mealt Falls, The Old Man of Storr & Portree.

Day 3 
Eilean Donan Castle, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness & Cruise, Cairngorms National Park, Grampian Mountains, Blair Castle, Pitlochry & Queensferry Crossing.

Please note we may visit some attractions on a different day due to seasonal changes.

Optional Experiences

All payable in cash on the day

Eilean Donan Castle
Summer 2020 Update: Due to historic nature of the castle building and the difficulty this brings in implementing the government’s social distancing guidelines, tour groups are currently not permitted to visit inside Eilean Donan Castle. Until entry is possible our tours will visit for a photo stop only.  

Adults £9.00
Seniors £9.00
Students £9.00
Children £6.00

Loch Ness Boat Cruise

Adults £15.00
Seniors £14.00
Students £15.00
Children £9.00

Whisky Tasting

The cost varies slightly from distillery to distillery. As a rough guide it is around £10.00 per person. This would normally include a tasting and also some information about the distillery and their whisky.

Itinerary

Day 1Edinburgh - Loch Lomond - Glencoe - Glenfinnan - Isle of Skye

On our Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh we head west to Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow. Soon we’re deep in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We’ll make our first stop at the charming village of Luss which sits on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. The village was chosen as a Christian settlement by the Celtic Saint MacKessog in AD 510, who was Scotland’s patron saint before St Andrew. It is known that the Vikings passed through Luss in 1263 and went on to plunder the entire area. You can see the hog back gravestone in the churchyard dating from around the 11th century. Today, you’ll find a pretty conservation village with a sandy beach and pier stretching out into the stunning loch.

On this small group tour you’ll take in sparkling lochs, tumbling waterfalls and majestic Munros (Scottish mountains over 3000 feet). All on our way to bleak but beautiful Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. We’ll stop for lunch here and you can learn about the infamous Glencoe Massacre of 1692, when the MacDonalds were slaughtered by the Campbells.

Our Highland road trip continues to Fort William, a popular holiday destination sitting in the shadow of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis. From here we will travel west to take in the stunning views of Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel stretching 17 miles out in the distance. Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at Glenfinnan in 1745 in an ill-fated attempt to return the exiled Stuarts to Great Britain and Ireland’s throne. Today the Glenfinnan Monument, with its lone piper on top, proudly honours the Jacobites who died fighting their cause.

The Glenfinnan Viaduct is famous for its classic Victorian engineering. It also captured the imagination of a new generation when it appeared in the Harry Potter films. The short climb up to the viewpoint is worth the effort. Not only are there great views but you’ll also see the 21 arches of the majestic Glenfinnan Viaduct curve through the glen in a scene known as the route to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts.

Onward to Skye we will travel through Glens Garry, Clunie & Sheil. Taking the road less travelled to provide panoramic views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. We will cross over to Skye on the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland which crosses the Kylerhea straights. Car ferries have crossed here since 1934 and it’s certainly the ideal way to end our first day.

Finally, we are on the Isle of Skye and will drive to Kyleakin, your home for the next 2 nights.

Please Note:
The ferry is currently closed until 2021. The Skye ferry is subject to weather conditions and the ferry operating. In the event the ferry is unavailable we will travel to Skye via the Skye bridge. 

Day 2Explore the Isle of Skye

You’ll have a full day to explore the amazing Isle of Skye. Your Driver-Guide has the flexibility to ensure you see the best of the island whatever the weather.

You can’t miss Skye’s mountain range, the Black Cuillins, which adorn calendars and paintings the world over. The sparkling azure waters of the Fairy Pools lie near their foot in Glenbrittle. They make for great photos, or even a spot of wild swimming!

We stop for lunch in Skye’s main town of Portree. We’ll then head to the spectacular geological wonders of north Skye and the Trotternish Peninsula. This is a beautiful, if not bizarre, landscape of rocks and pinnacles that will leave you spellbound.

Access permitting, we’ll visit Faerie Glen, a peculiar, miniature landscape of grassy cone-shaped hills and lochans (ponds). It’s said that if you count these hills you’ll find 365 but if it’s a leap year there will be 366!

From there we head for the Quiraing, an iconic geological landslip that is on many a traveller’s tick list. You’ll have time to capture plenty of pictures before we move on to the magnificent Mealt waterfall and Kilt Rock. A spectacular 90-metre-tall column of basalt that appears to resemble our national tartan dress.

Prior to our return to Kyleakin, we’ll stop for photos at the Old Man of Storr. According to legend, the Old Man of Storr was a giant who lived in the Trotternish Ridge. When he was buried, his thumb was left sticking out the ground, creating this famous jagged landscape.

Day 3Isle of Skye - Eilean Donan Castle - Loch Ness - Pitlochry - Edinburgh

With the Black Cuillins behind us we leave the island by road and the Skye Bridge, opened in 1995 to much controversy. Our first stop today will be at the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland’s most iconic fortress. The 13th century castle is perched on a little island at the meeting point of three magnificent sea lochs. Its spectacular setting has been seen in TV and films such as Highlander and Loch Ness and James Bond epic The World is Not Enough.

From here we travel to Fort Augustus which lies at the southern tip of Loch Ness. There’s time for lunch and a stroll beside the Caledonian Canal, one the world’s great waterways. Or you might like to try to secure photos of elusive Nessie on a one-hour ‘monster-spotting’ cruise.

Then it’s back to dry land and a road trip through the Grampian Mountains, across sweeping ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country. On this final day of your tour we’ll visit a Scotch whisky distillery for a dram if we haven’t managed to visit a distillery on Skye.

From your panoramic window seat you’ll see the landscape change from moody mountain and moorland to lush forest and woodland not surprisingly known as Scotland’s ‘Big Tree Country’. Keep an eye out for birds of prey and red squirrels. Journeying through Perthshire we’ll pass Blair Castle, ancient seat of the Dukes of Atholl. It’s home of Europe’s only remaining private army the Atholl Highlanders. Just a few miles down the road and we’re enjoying our final refreshment stop in the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry. Pitlochry was  a favourite of Queen Victoria and Scots novelist Robert Louis Stevenson.

We return to Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh ending our 3 day Isle of Skye tour via the Queensferry Crossing. Opened on 30 August 2017 and costing over £1.3 billion. This 2.7 km structure is the longest bridge of its type in the world. As you cross, look left for a great view of Scotland’s most famous structure, the Forth Bridge. Its three red cantilevers carry the rail line over the Firth of Forth. The Forth Bridge has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. This places it on a par with the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal.

FAQs

Where does the tour stay overnight?

We stay in the village of Kyleakin for both nights of our tour. (Please note during peak season some of our passengers may also be allocated accommodation in the villages nearby to Kyleakin).

The village has some restaurants for evening dining and also a shop should you require any necessities.

Can you reserve my accommodation?

Yes, we can reserve B&B or hostel accommodation for you. There is an option to request your preferred accommodation when booking. After that, you will receive a confirmation email containing details of your accommodation provider & the exact cost of your stay.

Payment can be made directly to the accommodation provider in Skye.

Summer 2020 Update: The hostel dorm rooms have not yet reopened following the COVID-19 outbreak. The shared nature of the hostel buildings makes social distancing more difficult to implement. Some hostels may opt to open for private rooms only whereas others many remain closed until the guidance changes. Therefore, please note that if you intend to travel prior to March 2021 that B&B or a private Hostel room may be the only option available.

What is the price for accommodation?

The guide price for accommodation is as follows:

B&B double/twin room: £90.00 – £125.00 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.
B&B single occupancy: £85.00 – £95.00 per room per night
Hostel: £18.50 – £26.00 for a mixed dorm bed.

We provide a guide price as each establishment has their own pricing structure. Our accommodation is allocated on a first come first serve basis. An exact cost will therefore be confirmed once you have booked and we can confirm what is available.

Can I book my own accommodation?

You can certainly self-book your accommodation should you wish to. It must also be in the village of Kyleakin where the other passengers will be staying. Furthermore, we ask that you let the accommodation provider know that you are travelling with us.

If you choose to book your own accommodation, please inform us where you are staying as soon as possible.

How much luggage can we bring?

Our luggage allowance is medium suitcase weighing no more than 15kg per person. In addition passengers can bring  a small handbag/laptop bag which can be brought on to the coach. Above all, the overall weight limit of the coach dictates our luggage allowance and therefore can not be altered.

If you require to store luggage while on tour you may choose  to use luggage facilities. You’ll find these in both Glasgow and Edinburgh Train Stations and Edinburgh Bus Station.

Will we be dropped off and picked up at our accommodation in Skye?

Yes while on Skye, your Tour Leader will drop you off each evening and collect you at a agreed time each morning.

Above all, please ensure you are ready in plenty of time each morning.

What can we do if we don't want to participate in an optional extra?

All attractions are optional. Should you wish not to visit an attraction then your Tour Leader will also provide you with information of any other options in the area. This may be local walks or the location of a nearby coffee shop.

Will I be able to pay by credit card while on tour?

In the Scottish Highlands many businesses do not accept card; particularly in rural areas where mobile signals are not very strong. Your driver will also take cash payment for any optional extras. Therefore, it is best to bring cash with you.

There are cash machines on route should you require to take out money while on tour.

Does the 3-day tour visit a Whisky Distillery?

Yes, our 3 day tour often visits a distillery on Skye or on the mainland. Passengers have the time to purchase a whisky tasting and can also explore the gift shop.

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