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5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 5 days (approx.)
  • Tour code: 225011
Discover the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye on this 5-day tour from Edinburgh. Traveling in a luxury minivan with a knowledgeable guide, see some of Scotland’s most iconic sights. Visit quintessential villages such as Dunkeld and Lochinver, and explore beauty spots like Cairngorms National Park, Loch Ness and Glencoe. You’ll also travel along the scenic Quiraing mountain pass for jaw-dropping views of rural Scotland. Relax with 2 nights’ accommodation in Ullapool and a 2-night stay in Portree in the Isle of Skye. Numbers limited to 16, ensuring a small-group experience.

Highlights

  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small group ensures personal service
Your 5-day Highlands and Isle of Skye tour highlights Scotland’s natural beauty and rich heritage. From national parks to ancient castles, this small-group experience allows you to visit parts of the country that many larger groups may not be able to access. Relax with hotel or guesthouse accommodation in Ullapool and Portree, with daily breakfasts included.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Central Edinburgh
Departure Time:
9:00am
Duration:
5 days (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at Waverley Bridge opposite Waverley Train Station at approximately 7:00pm (Day 5)

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Guesthouse Twin Room
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5-day trip with twin guesthouse accommodation for 4 nights

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5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

Scotlands highest mountain - Ben Nevis

Inclusions:
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes minivan
  • 2-night stay at a hotel or guesthouse in Ullapool
  • 2-night stay at a hotel or guesthouse in Portree
  • Discount Card offering discounts off local restaurants, shopping and attractions
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)    
Exclusions:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fees (discount card offers reductions)
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Accommodation on this tour is dispersed around Ullapool and Portree which are small but hilly! If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking
  • The First Edinburgh tour operator to be awarded 5 star status by the Scottish Tourist Board
  • Please bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place. If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking
  • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase (maximum 20kg) and 1 carry-on bag
  • Please indicate preference for twin or double room in special requirement box at time of booking
Caring for the Environment:The tour operator aims to leave the legacy of Scotland's beautiful landscape for future generations to enjoy. The tour is as close as you can get to touring in your own car, but with the added benefit of reducing your carbon footprint by 75% (based on 2 persons travelling the same distance in their own car). The operator's commitment to environmental excellence has been recognised with 2 top Gold awards from the Green Tourism scheme and Keep Edinburgh Clean awards.
Itinerary:
Day 1: Edinburgh – Ullapool
Meet your guide at the prearranged meeting point in central Edinburgh, and then hop inside an air-conditioned Mercedes minivan and travel north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming village of Dunkeld.

Stroll along the village’s well-trodden forest walkways to the Hermitage waterfalls with your guide. Then, continue to Cairngorms National Park, home to the UK’s most extensive range of high mountains. Wander amid the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus Estate, located at the heart of the national park, and learn more about the native flora and fauna from your guide. You’ll also have the opportunity to recharge with lunch (own expense) here.

Then, head for the village of Dores. Along the way, drink in the rambling green hills and other scenic sights of the Scottish countryside before stopping to take in panoramic views of Loch Ness. You may even spot Nessie, the fabled Loch Ness Monster.

Finally, arrive in the fishing of Ullapool, your base for the next two nights. Check in to your accommodation, and then enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel or guesthouse in Ullapool

Please note: During peak season, accommodation may be in Inverness instead of Ullapool

Day 2: Ullapool – Northwest Highlands – Ullapool (B)
After savoring a delicious breakfast at your hotel, join up with your guide and travel into the far northern wilderness of Assynt, an area typified by rocky inlet, unspoiled beaches and jagged cliffs.

Visit the 15th-century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, which boasts incredible views of the Highlands and rural Scotland, and the beautiful white-sand beach at Achmelvich Bay.

Then, stop in the small fishing village of Lochinver. With time here spent at your leisure, take in the sights independently, enjoy lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant, or perhaps set off in search of eagles, red deer and other native wildlife.

Later, return to your hotel or guesthouse and spend the evening as you wish.

Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel or guesthouse in Ullapool

Please note: During peak season, accommodation may be in Inverness instead of Ullapool

Day 3: Ullapool – Applecross – Plockton – Isle of Skye (B)
Following breakfast, pack your bags and check out of your Ullapool hotel. Then, join up with your guide and travel west, past the misty peaks of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and along the undulating coastline of Loch Torridon.

Stop in Applecross, a tranquil peninsula situated on the rugged coast of Wester Ross in the Highlands, where you’ll eat lunch (own expense) before continuing along Bealach nam Bo (Cattle Pass), Britain’s highest road. Drink in the jaw-dropping views, and then arrive in the palm tree–lined village of Plockton. Stretch your legs with a walk around the ‘tropical’ haven and snap photos of beautiful Loch Carron.

When the time comes, continue over the sea to the Isle of Skye. Arrive in the delightful harbor town of Portree, your base for the next two nights, and check in to your accommodation. The rest of the evening is yours to spend at your leisure.

Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel or guesthouse in Portree

Day 4: Isle of Skye (B)
Tuck into a tasty breakfast at your hotel, and then join up with your guide and set off to explore the Isle of Skye. On route to your first stop, gaze out at the scenic sights and listen to your guide talk about the day’s itinerary. The sights you’ll see are dependent on your guide, the time of year and the weather conditions.

Perhaps travel north to the Trotternish Ridge, which is formed by a series of landslips including the well-known craggy pinnacles of the Old Man of Storr and the dramatic sea cliff of Kilt Rock. Hop out of your minivan on the mountain pass of the Quiraing, and snap photos of the unusual landscape forms that have earned names like the Needle, the Table and the Prison.

Next, break for lunch (own expense) in one of the Isle of Skye’s pretty villages. Then, maybe head for Neist Point and enjoy a leisurely stroll to the lighthouse on Skye’s western tip. Alternatively, visit Dunvegan Castle, the ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod.

In the early evening, return to your accommodation in Portree and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Overnight: 3- or 4-star hotel or guesthouse in Portree

Day 5: Isle of Skye – Edinburgh (B)
After enjoying breakfast, gather your bags and check out of your hotel. Then, sitting comfortably aboard your Mercedes minivan, travel south from Skye to the picturesque 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle. Used as a filming location in the 1986 movie Highlander, the ruins of the romantic castle look out over three sea lochs, and the landmark is widely considered as one of Scotland’s most iconic sights.

Continue east through the rugged mountains of Kintail, including the splendor of the Five Sisters, and drive through Glen Garry for jaw-dropping views of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

Stop for lunch (own expense) in Fort William, and then travel to Glencoe — perhaps Scotland's most famous and most scenic glen — before arriving in Killin for refreshments (own expense) beside the beautiful Falls of Dochart.

Your tour then concludes back at the original start point in Edinburgh.
Terms and Conditions:
If you cancel at least 22 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 21 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: LLWGMAC, July 2015

This tour was filled with awesome scenery and spectacular views. We were able to travel so many narrow country roads that the big tour buses would never have been able to drive. Our talented driver Alan kept us entertained with stories of the regions and provided a wide mix of music that enhanced our journey, all while taking us safely throughout the highlands. His friendliness, attention, and knowledge were greatly appreciated. The pace of the trip was perfect, with plenty of stops and enough time to see the sights. The van seats were comfortable and our small number of passengers made it convenient for restaurants and sight-seeing. We were fortunate to have a nice mix of courteous people with us too. Our B and B at Ullapool had a beautiful view of the water and was in easy walking distance to the cafes and restaurants. We enjoyed this trip so much that we took two more one day excursions with Rabbie's while we were in Scotland. We are so glad to have had such a memorable experience. Thanks again, Alan! Wayne and Leslie Gmachl

Reviewed by: damski42, June 2015

The tour was excellent in all aspects .our tour guide Dan was exceptional in his knowledge of Scotland and surrounding area,highly recommend this tour

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