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3-Day Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 3 days (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5211SKYE3D
Experience the Highland beauty of the Isle of Skye on a 3-day excursion from Edinburgh. You'll spend two nights on the Isle of Skye, see legendary Loch Ness and ride one of the world's most famous steam trains, the West Highland Line, as seen in the Harry Potter films.
Leaving Edinburgh, head north to the Highlands and the forested mountains of Perthshire. We visit the quaint village of Dunkeld with its historic cathedral sitting on the banks of the River Tay. It’s then further north and west deeper into the Highlands and its stunning scenery before we enter the Great Glen. At Fort Augustus, there is time to explore the shores of Loch Ness and maybe get a chance to spot our Nessie. Visit one of the most romantic castles in the region, Eilean Donan Castle, before traveling to your hotel on the magical Isle of Skye.

Day 2 is spent exploring the scenery, history and natural beauty of the legendary Isle of Skye. Hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie and his failed rebellion, see evocative ruined castles and the eerie scenery of the rugged Cuillin Mountains. Stroll through the scenic capital, Portree, then travel to the island's north past the cliffs and rock formations of Trotternish Ridge, including the Old Man of Storr.

Day 3 begins with a tour of the island's south, named 'the garden of Skye', before taking the ferry to Mallaig. Explore this busy west coast fishing village, then ride the famous Hogwarts Express steam train to Fort William, on one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world. Along the way, you'll cross the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter films and the location where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard at the start of the failed Jacobite campaign.

The return journey from Fort William takes in the mysterious beauty of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, skirting The Trossachs and Rob Roy country before arriving back in Edinburgh at around 8pm.

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Departure Point:
Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Departure Time:
3 days (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 8pm

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3-day Scottish Tour including 2 nights in 3-star single guesthouse accommodation

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3-day Scottish Tour including 2 nights in 3-star twin guesthouse accommodation

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3-day Scottish Tour including 2 nights in 3-star double guesthouse accommodation

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3-day Scottish Tour including 2 nights in 3-star single hotel accommodation

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3-day Scottish Tour including 2 nights in 3-star twin hotel accommodation

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3-day Scottish Tour including 2 nights in 3-star double hotel accommodation

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3-Day Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

3-Day Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star B&B or hotels
  • Steam Train from Mallaig to Fort William
  • Breakfast daily
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Professional guide
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 30 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Please advise if a twin or double room is required at the time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • 1 suitcase (15kg) per person
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Natasha D, October 2015

This tour was amazing! We had Duffy as our tour guide and he really made the tour extra perfect. There were greatly timed bathroom breaks I have a bladder condition and THOROUGHLY appreciate this feature in a tour and each stop provided us with such a variety of experiences. Castles, gardens, Jacobite train, memorials, waterfalls, bays... it was outstanding. We were two of five younger adults on our tour and my partner and I had great fun with the others. This was easily my favorite part of my two month trip through Europe! Everyone must do this. It's worth the time and money and it definitely something you will love and cherish

Reviewed by: Yan, USA, October 2015

Our tour guide Dave was a good driver, a good story teller, a DJ, and a passionate Scot. There were 23 people on this tour, most are couples, friends and families, and 5 solo female travelers including me. We got along well. I was constantly awed by the stark beauties of the Scottish Highlands and the lochs. The landscape of the highlands are so different from the lowlands. We visited Loch Ness at Fort Augustus, the southern tip before turning west to the Isle of Skye. We visited Eilean Donan Castle often called the most picturisque castle in Scotland before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. The B and B I stayed in Portree capital of Skye was very clean and comfortable. The landlady made me porridge hot oatmeal upon my request, before a full Scottish breakfast. We experienced typical weather on the island, fog, gusty wind, rain, stop, rain, stop, etc. on the second day. We went to many places on the Isle of Skye and took breathtaking pictures of the sea and rocks and heathers. There were sheeps and cows, more of them than people. More castles. The 3rd day we took the ferry to Malliag, beautiful view but very windy and cold. Took the Jacobite Steam Train from Malliag to Fort William, the Hogwart Express going over the famous viaduct. Taking pictures on the train is not easy, best to drive and take the pictures from below. Overall, I highly recommend this 3-day tour and I love the highlands!

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