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From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

4.7 / 5

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From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

From $189.70 per person

Take a 3-day tour of the Highlands, passing Stirling Castle, Loch Ness and Glencoe. Stay 2 nights in Inverness.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • See the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct
  • Appreciate the majesty of Loch Ness, Glencoe and The Highlands
  • Experience film locations used in James Bond, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Outlander
Full description
Day 1: Departing Edinburgh, head north and pass Stirling Castle. Be inspired by tales from your guide of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Stop a few miles further north for a tour at Doune Castle. This 14th-century fortress is a filming location for Outlander (Castle Leoch), Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Game of Thrones amongst others. Continue north, into the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, admire the scenery as your tour guide explains the remarkable tribal clan history of the Highlands. Discover the beautiful Glencoe, the most famous valley in Scotland and hear of its tragic history. Admire the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct then head north and arrive on the southern banks of Loch Ness to get photos of the infamous monster Nessie! Stop for photos of Urquhart Castle before arriving in Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, where you'll stay for 2 nights, choosing from a local guesthouse, hostel or hotel. Day 2: After breakfast, depart Inverness and drive across the Kessock Bridge to the Black Isle and marvel at the spectacular scenery of Achnasheen and Loch Carron. Arriving on the Isle of Skye, venture north to explore the highlights of the island, including; the Cuillin Mountains, Trotternish Peninsula, Portree, the Old Man Storr, Kilt Rock and the famous Quiraing. In late afternoon, stop for photographs of the most beautiful castle in Scotland, 'Eilean Donan Castle'. Backdrop to many famous films, such as 'Highlander' and 'Made of Honor', this castle is another must-see iconic landmark! A scenic drive through stunning Glen Shiel follows, returning to Inverness to stay your final night. In the evening, visit a local Highland Pub to drink some Scotch whisky or beer and eat some traditional Scottish food, whilst listening to some local musicians perform. Day 3: Visit Culloden Battlefield, site of the last Jacobite Rising, then 'Clava Cairns', incredible 4,000-year-old, Bronze-Age standing stones. Travelling south, stop at the Highland Folk Museum. Here you'll experience highland life in the 17th century. See the buildings, the clothes and weapons, and how people lived 300 years ago. Then, drive through the dramatic Cairngorm National Park. You will have the chance to experience Dalwhinnie Scotch Whiskey-Distillery for an optional tasting tour before you visit the historic Dunkfeld Cathedral on the banks of the mighty River Tay. Your journey back to Edinburgh takes you across the famous Forth Bridges.
Includes
  • Driver and tour guide
  • Guided 3-day tour
  • Air-conditioned minicoach
  • Meals and drinks unless specified
  • Optional Scotch whisky distillery tour (£8 per adult, £5 under 18s); not available for the remainder of 2021
  • 2 nights overnight accommodation in Inverness (see 'Know before you go' for details)
  • Entry to Doune Castle (not available for the remainder of 2021)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 7 years
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

8:15 at the bus stop outside ‘Deacon’s House Cafe’, 304 Lawnmarket, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PS

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please note that this tour is not suitable for children younger than 7 years old
  • · You will require a two night stay in Inverness which is not included in the price. At this time, the local partner have ceased booking accommodation on behalf of all of guests to assist with accurate track and trace procedures. Recommendations are available upon request.
  • · When booking accommodation, use the Inverness drop off point as an indication of where in the city to stay. This is located at 26 Queensgate, Inverness IV1 1DJ.
  • · The local partner strongly recommends you book accommodation with a flexible cancellation policy in the event that you need to self-isolate or if the minimum number of passengers for the tour to run is not met.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 95 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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We saw a lot in only three days. Yes, there is a lot of bus riding, but I'm not sure what those complaining were expecting. It was during COVID restrictions, and the company was clear about expectations and provided a safe environment on the bus. Now, the bus was generally good. The minibus that had enough space and reclining seats. But on day two the bus was making so much noise it was rather annoying, and on the third day, it was borderline unbearable. Your guide was John, and he's a guide you'll hate loving. He's good with history as I was fact checking him. He was funny, accommodating and was going out of his way to grant some requests.

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August 14, 2020

Overall, a super nice trip to get an overview of the Highlands and Isle of Skye. Our guide Marty was super friendly, entertaining and well informed. The prospects you get on the trip are awesome. It is definitely worth taking such a trip even in winter - it is very cold, but the usually completely overcrowded tourist stops are dead. The only thing I would wish for next time would be the option of a smaller hike / walk at one of the stops to immerse yourself in the landscape a little more.

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November 10, 2019

Our trip was actioned packed, but didn’t feel rushed at all. Scott our tour guide was funny and informative and made us feel cared for and welcomed. He told us stories and fun facts about all the sites. We needed the tour feeling like a big group of friends. I’m leaving Scotland wanting more. I was so inspired by this trip I’ll be looking to book the 5 day tour next year! I 100% recommend the hairy coo tours!

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October 22, 2019

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