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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 5 days (approx.)
From USD $612.77

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Experience the natural beauty of Scotland on a 5-day tour through the Lowlands, Northern Highlands, West Coast and the magical Isle of Skye. Focusing on the breathtaking Scottish countryside, your route explores a diverse range of landscapes, including a Jacobite steam train ride (seasonal) and the classic sights of Loch Ness, Glencoe and more. Relax with an expert guide and overnight accommodation in Oban and Drumnadrochit, as well as a 2-night stay in Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye.


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Step back in time on a history tour
Your 5-day Scotland and Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh highlights the country’s outstanding natural beauty and rich history. From ancient castles to mysterious lochs, this small-group experience allows you to uncover the best of rural Scotland while receiving personalized attention from an expert guide.

Depending on the season, enjoy a scenic ride aboard the Jacobite steam train (May 16–August 29) or a Loch Ness cruise and admission to Urquhart Castle (March 21–May 9; September 10–October 10).

Relax with hotel or guesthouse accommodation (depending on option selected) in Oban, Kyleakin and Drumnadrochit, with daily breakfasts included.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Royal Mile, Edinburgh
Departure Time:
5 days (approx.)
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:30pm

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5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh, including guesthouse accommodation for 4 nights

USD $612.77
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5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh, including hotel accommodation for 4 nights

USD $865.46
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5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh

5-Day Ultimate Scottish Experience

  • 4 nights of accommodation
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Jacobite Train
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Day 1: Edinburgh – Oban
Meet your guide at the prearranged departure point in central Edinburgh, and then hop inside an air-conditioned minivan and travel west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

Stop first in Kilmartin Glen, where Neolithic and Bronze Age remains abound. With more than 350 ancient monuments in the area, it is one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. Walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and see the impressive standing stones of the Temple Wood Stone Circle.

Next, continue to the beautiful fishing town of Oban, known as ‘The Gateway to the Isles’ because of its link with the Hebrides. Then, after checking in to your hotel or guesthouse, enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Overnight: Hotel or guesthouse in Oban

Day 2: Oban – Glencoe – Isle of Skye (B)
Savor a delectable breakfast at your hotel or guesthouse, and then check out of your accommodation and travel to Glencoe — perhaps Scotland's most famous and most scenic glen.

On arrival, marvel at the breathtaking scenery and hear from your guide how the picturesque spot was the site of a terrible massacre in 1692 that took the lives of many members of the MacDonald clan.

After enjoying some free time to explore Glencoe independently, return to your minivan and continue on to Fort William, a settlement dominated by the UK's tallest mountain: Ben Nevis. Hop aboard the Jacobite steam train, considered one of the greatest train journeys (included May 16–August 29). When you reach Mallaig, enjoy a seafood lunch (own expense) before crossing the sea to the magical Isle of Skye.

Arrive in the delightful village of Kyleakin on Skye’s east coast and check in to your hotel or guesthouse, where you’ll stay for the next two nights. The rest of the evening is yours to spend at your leisure.

Overnight: Hotel or guesthouse in Kyleakin

Day 3: Isle of Skye (B)
Start the morning with a hearty breakfast at your accommodation, and then enjoy the rest of the day to explore the Isle of Skye as you wish.

Perhaps pull on your hiking boots and head to the Cuillin Mountains to lose yourself amid the spectacular scenery. Or, maybe visit Dun Beag Broch, a small fortress near the village of Struan that dates back to the Ice Age. You might even travel to Dunvegan Castle, the 13th-century home of the Macleod clan, or take a cruise to see the Loch Dunvegan seal colony.

Overnight: Hotel or guesthouse in Kyleakin

Day 4: Isle of Skye – Loch Ness (B)
After breakfast, check out of your hotel or guesthouse and journey to the harbor town of Portree. Make the most of some free time to explore the small island capital, and then head to 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.

Next, cross back over the sea to the Scottish mainland to visit Eilean Donan Castle, which dates back to the 13th century. Used as a filming location in the 1986 movie Highlander, the ruins of the castle look out over three sea lochs, and the landmark is widely considered as one of Scotland’s most iconic sights.

Then, travel into the heart of the Highlands. Gaze out at the rambling green hills and other scenic sights of the Scottish countryside, and then arrive at your accommodation in Drumnadrochit, near the mysterious Loch Ness.

After checking in to your hotel or guesthouse, enjoy the evening at your leisure.

Overnight: Hotel or guesthouse in Drumnadrochit near Loch Ness

Day 5: Loch Ness – Edinburgh (B)
Following breakfast, gather your bags and check out of your accommodation. Then, with your guide and group, relax on the short journey to Loch Ness. Hop out of your minivan by the mysterious stretch of water to snap photos and look out for Nessie, the fabled Loch Ness Monster.

Should you wish, set off on a 30-minute cruise (own expense) from Clansman Harbour to Urquhart Castle. After taking in the sights from the water, disembark at the castle’s ruins and head inside (own expense) to explore at your leisure. (Note: Loch Ness cruise and admission to Urquhart Castle are included March 21–May 9; September 10–October 10.)

Alternatively, head to the Loch Ness Centre and Exhibition (own expense), which boasts seven themed areas crammed with more than 500 million years of history, mystery and legends of Loch Ness and its famous monster.

When the time comes, join back up with your guide and travel south to the battlefield of Culloden, the site of the short but brutal hand-to-hand Battle of Culloden in 1746 that marked the defeat of the Jacobite forces.

Next, visit a local distillery, where you can sample a wee dram of Scotch whisky (own expense). Then, catch glimpses of the stunning Cairngorm Mountains on route to Pitlochry. Enjoy free time in the charming town before traveling back to Edinburgh.

Your 5-day tour then concludes with a drop-off at the original start point.
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Matthew C, September 2016

This was an incredible tour! We saw an unbelievable amount of Scottland and #39;s sights, culture, and history. Our tour guide Andrew was a-mazing. He went out of his way to make the experience special for us. His knowledge of Scotland was matched only by his story telling prowess. A bard and a gentleman.

Reviewed by: Andrea M, September 2016

Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! Not sure how else to describe the wonderful 4 days I spent exploring the beautiful country of Scotland. Everything was perfect. It was probably on the best tours I've done yet...and I've done lots.