3-Day Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
- Breakfast included
- Multi-Day Trip
- Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
- Receive discounts at selected restaurants, shops and attractions
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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3-day trip including twin guesthouse accommodation for 2 nights
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3-day trip including single guesthouse accommodation for 2 nights
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3-day trip including twin hotel accommodation for 2 nights
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3-day trip including single hotel accommodation for 2 nights
3-Day Tour to the Isle of Skye from Edinburgh by Minivan
- 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
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)
- 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
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.
If you cancel within 14 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: lissanp, August 2014
A10. The tour guide did everything possible to make the tour a success. The weather was rainy but it didn't "dampen" our enthusiasm. Tour guide very knowledgable, friendly and entertaining. Definitely worth it
Reviewed by: Celia L, August 2014
Wonderful tour, so glad I did this!