3-Day Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 3 days (approx.)
  • Tour code: 225002
Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Highlands and Isle of Skye on a three-day small group excursion from Edinburgh. In three days you'll explore some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in the Highlands, and visit the second largest west coast island of Scotland, the magical Isle of Skye.


  • Breakfast included
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Receive discounts at selected restaurants, shops and attractions
This three-day trip from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye and the Scottish Highlands will show you Scotland’s most beautiful scenery. Tour highlights include Glencoe, the Lochaber region around Fort William, EileanDonan Castle (set of the movie Highlander) and over the sea to the Isle of Skye, where you'll stay in the picturesque harbor town of Portree.

You'll spend the entire second day on Skye, exploring the wild north of the island, the Old Man of Storr, the mountain pass of the Quiraing and Skye's most westerly point at Neist.

On the third day, you'll return to the mainland and travel through the Five Sisters of Kintail. You’ll visit eerie Loch Ness(boat trips are available April to October), where you can try to spot the Loch Ness Monster, before making your way to the central Highlands and Edinburgh.

With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, this special trip allows you to have memorable and personal experience. You'll travel in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan and receive individual attention from your expert driver/guide. Traveling in a small group means you can reach out-of-the-way places to discover the real Scotland!
See Itinerary section below for details on each day’s activities.

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Concludes at: Rabbie's Cafe 6 Waterloo Place Edinburgh EH1 3EG at approx 7pm

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3-Day Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

3-Day Tour to the Isle of Skye from Edinburgh by Minivan

  • Breakfast
  • Driver/guide
  • All ferry and bridge crossings
  • Discount card offering discounts at local restaurants, shopping and attractions
  • Modern, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan for personal experience (maximum 16 people)
  • Two nights accommodation with private facilities in either a B&B or 3-to-4-star hotel
Hotel list:
A variety of superior-class bed&breakfasts, guesthouses and hotels are used. These offer excellent value for money and allow the benefits of tourism wealth to be distributed among a number of rural businesses, rather than being concentrated in one area.
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Ticket for boat trip on Loch Ness (April to October only)
  • 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
  • There are opportunities to take nature walks, it is recommended to bring suitable clothing and footwear. Scotland can be a wet place!
  • First Edinburgh tour operator to be awarded 5-star status by the Scottish Tourist Board.
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 Child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available.
  • A medium sized suitcase (no more than 20kg) and a small carry-on bag is allowed per a person.
  • 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
    Day 1: Edinburgh- Portree
    Depart Edinburgh at 9am and travel west, passing Linlithgow Palace and Stirling, with its imposing castle and views of the Wallace Monument. Pass Doune Castle, the set of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, before stopping in Callander for refreshments. Crossing into the Highlands,head north toward the glorious scenery surrounding Loch Luibnaig, then through Breadalbane (meaning the "high country of Scotland") and up to the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor. Continue through the spectacular mountain pass of Glencoe, scene of the great massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692.

    Leaving Fort William after lunch, you’ll drive past Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and into the Great Glen. Traveling west on the "Road to the Isles," head through the splendor of the Five Sisters of Kintail, the mountains that guard the pass on the way to the Isle of Skye. Stop to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's most photographed castles, set at the junction of three lochs and completely surrounded by water. Crossing over the bridge to Skye, follow the dramatic coastline north toward the island's capital, Portree. You are then dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening, when you are free to go out and explore the town.

    Day 2: Portree
    There are many possibilities depending on the weather, and your knowledgeable driver/guide will help the best itinerary for you on that particular day. North of Portree is the Trotternish ridge with its spectacular cliffs and rock formations, such as the famous landmark the Old Man of Storr, the impressive sea cliff, Kilt Rock and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. It’s amazing natural scenery, which is best enjoyed away from the van by taking a walk through this unique landscape.

    Further west, the scenery changes again with the emerald green valley of Glendale, the dramatic sea cliffs of Neist Point (the most westerly point on the island, where you might get lucky and spot some whales or sharks!)and the 13th-century home of the Clan Macleod, Dunvegan Castle. You return to Portree in the evening.

    Day 3: Portree - Edinburgh
    You will be collected from your accommodation and travel south through the Cuillin Hills and back over to the mainland for stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Then it’s onto Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. There is a boat trip (April to October only; price not included) available here that will get you a bit closer!

    Then head south through the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan, famous as "Monarch of the Glen Country," before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whisky distillery. Continue past Blair Castle, stopping for refreshments before heading back to Edinburgh via Perth and over the Forth Road Bridge. You’ll arrive in Edinburgh city center by early evening.
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    If you cancel at least 15 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 14 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: Paul A, September 2014

    Our three-day tour to Skye from Edinburgh was a fantastic way to see a lot of Scotland over the course of just a few days. Our tour guide, Ally, was an amazingly knowledgeable guide -- with seemingly boundless energy. He started talking to us as we pulled away in Edinburgh and didn't stop for three days! The knew the history behind every one of the sights we saw, with some really great local flavor. His knowledge of our tour route was equally impressive -- we saw a number of great locations that most tours wouldn't even have known about. While our day on Skye was certainly the highlight, days 1 and 3 were also fantastic -- with stops in the highlands (breathtaking) and Eilean Donan castle and Loch Ness on the final day. But Skye is magical... our hotel was right on the water in Portree and everywhere you look on Skye is another stunning vista. For anyone considering this tour you should know one thing: You're going to spend three long days on a bus -- and much of it on narrow, winding roads. It's a comfortable mini-bus and our tour was full of very nice people... but the tours pack in a ton of sights -- so expect to spend much more time driving than exploring. (It's not ideal for the easily car-sick.) But there's no better way, in my opinion, to see much of Scotland in only three days. You could never see so many things if you were driving yourself, that's for certain. And Ally was a consummate professional every step of the way.

    Reviewed by: Constance U, September 2014

    Our tour guide, Ruth, was fantastic. The stories were really great. The tour was a lot of fun. The seafood at Skye was some of the best we have eaten and I live in Florida. I chose to go on this tour, but my wife was not so sure. However, Connie thought the Skye tour was the best of our two week trip to Scotland and London. The tour had a good combination of bus and hiking. The bed and breakfast we stayed at was far better than we expected. The towns we stopped at were well chosen and very interesting. One note was that all the people on the tour except us (60s) were young (20s). This was not a problem because all the people were friendly. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone that visits Scotland.

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