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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Overview

Immerse yourself in the rugged peninsular landscapes of the Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands on this 3-day trip from Edinburgh. During your visit to Scotland's wild northwest coast, you’re driven through the Highlands, including stops at Glencoe and Loch Ness. Stay overnight with daily breakfasts in the harbor town of Portree, where you find local pubs and have plenty of time to explore the Isle of Skye with your guide. Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience.
  • 3-day small-group tour from Edinburgh to the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye with an expert guide
  • Admire the spectacular landscapes and lochs of the Scottish Highlands on a scenic drive
  • Stop at Loch Ness to watch for its fabled monster, 'Nessie'
  • Spend two nights in Skye’s picturesque capital, Portree, in your choice of either a B&B or 3-star hotel
  • Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
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Driver/guide
Travel by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
Two nights of B&B or 3-star hotel en-suite accommodation
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Admission fees
Refreshments and meals (pre-booking evening meals after 7pm is highly recommended)

Departure Point

6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Let an informative guide lead the way to the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye on this 3-day small-group excursion from Edinburgh. Travel in the personalized comfort of a top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, stopping at many high points such as Glencoe and Loch Ness to photograph or simply soak up the ravishing scenery, including a search for the legendary monster ‘Nessie.’ Explore breathtaking Skye during a leisurely itinerary and discover the Scotland Highlands while gaining intimate knowledge of the famous region from your guide. 

Two nights’ accommodation includes a single or twin room in a 3-star hotel or B&B in Portree, selected at booking. Enjoy daily breakfast; all other meals, activities and entrance fees are at your own expense.
Itinerary
Loch Ness
Optional boat trip opportunity and a chance to spot Nessie!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Glencoe
Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tale of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Portree
Crossing over the bridge to Skye, you follow the dramatic coastline, towards the island’s capital, Portree. And after all this breath-taking beauty, you’re dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening with enough time to go out and explore the town.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Portree on the Isle of Skye
Meals:
  Not Included
The Old Man of Storr
Great photo stop at this iconic rock formation. This sharp pinnacle of rock bursts out the land and can be seen for miles around.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Kilt Rock
Picturesque observation point offering panoramic views of waterfalls, cliffs & sea.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
Today is a flexible day on Skye; and your driver-guide ensures you take a unique route that suits the weather, the local events, and your group's interests. You can travel north to the Trotternish Ridge and beyond. Here you find the geological wonders like Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. Or your guide may take you back in time and teach you about the legends and clan culture surrounding the 13th-century home of the Clan MacLeod, Dunvegan Castle. You return from to Portree in the evening.
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Portree on the Isle of Skye
Meals:
  Not Included
Eilean Donan Castle
An iconic and gorgeous 13th century castle that once warded off Viking invasions. Please note Eilean Donan Castle is closed to the public on the following dates: 3rd, 5th, 6th, 13th, 19th, 25th November 2021 & 3rd December 2021.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pitlochry
We stop for refreshments in one of the Perthshire villages before heading past Perth, over the Firth of Forth, and back to Edinburgh.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years
  • Room preferences (e.g double room instead of twin room) should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section
  • Family rooms are limited and may be available on request. Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Single rooms accommodate 1 person with 1 x UK Single / US Twin bed.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Eilean Donan Castle - We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note Eilean Donan Castle is closed to the public on the following dates: 3rd, 5th, 6th, 13th, 19th, 25th November 2021 & 3rd December 2021.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
You can cancel up to 22 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 22 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 21 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 21 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:The tour departs from Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for lunch, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Where will we be staying during the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:You stay two nights in the picturesque harbour town of Portree on the Isle of Skye.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.

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Reviews

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star-5
awesome scenery, awesome guide
Cristin_C
, Nov 2021
What a wonderful experience! It's been a dream of mine to visit Scotland, and was so happy to knock the trip off my bucket list by viewing some of the most breathtaking scenery I've ever seen. Our guide Charlie was awesome-- due to the unpredictable weather and a wedding at the castle, he altered our itinerary for the best conditions along our route, and also called up Yasmin at Island at the Edge farm, very last minute, for us to meet and feed some Highland sheep since we were all so delighted with the animals we met along the way. He gave great historical and mythological commentary along the way and I really enjoyed chatting with him about Scottish culture and his intense passion for the area.
star-5
Highly Recommend!
Vashine_K
, Nov 2021
This was an amazing tour! I did this tour as a solo traveler and I had my hesitancies given that it was in a new country where I knew no one-but this was truly a great tour! Rabbie's picked us up on time, gave us ample amount of time and they were really great! Our tour guide Donald knew all the unique spots for photos and had great stories to share! Highly recommend it
star-5
Sunshine on Skye
Erika_S
, Mar 2020
Barnie was an excellent tour guide/driver full of facts, interesting tidbits and stories about the places on our route. The trip was well planned, no snags and an all around great way to see Skye. Bonus— our weather was sublime
star-5
Scotland tour
Valentina_D
, Feb 2020
Amazing tour! Fun group! Awesome tour guide! Thank you for the fantastic experience, Aaron you are the best! Thank you for driving us safely given the crazy weather!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wet but wonderful
grjj51293
, Jan 2020
It was wet and windy but totally atmospheric... so Scotland. We had lots of places to ourselves. Travelling in Scotland in the winter is not for the faint hearted but I feel we were able to get a true Scottish experience through the commentary of our fantastic guide ... who also provided Scottish music for our journey. Loved being in the countryside. The Isle of Skye is so beautiful.
star-5
Great guide, true scottish highlands experience
Mohandas_V
, Jan 2020
Great tour which gave us a true Scottish experience of the highlands. Paul G, our guide was excellent, and he made the trip come alive for us. He packed in a lot of things to do in the three days and yet somehow kept it very relaxed and at the sensible pace. He is very articulate in his explanations and related well with a diverse group. Overall a great tour, great guide.
star-5
Amazing experience
Garima_J
, Nov 2019
We had a really good experience in 3 day Scottish highlands tour. We visited all the places mentioned in itinerary. Our guide Billy was awesome...he stopped at all the photogenic points and gave ample time to click pictures and sight seeing. Trip was well planned and worth going.
star-5
Amazing Highlands and Skye Tour
Floatyfish
, Nov 2019
This tour completely blew us away! Nick was a perfect guide. He had so much love for the country and area and told both historical stories, but also wove in legends and tales. We loved that he had his own personal soundtrack that fit different areas we were exploring and he made the whole tour incredibly person. He was friendly and helpful and really brought Scotland and Skye alive for us. We were able to pack in so many gorgeous places and my husband and I were both floored with the immensity of the beauty on Skye. I only wished we'd been able to see the Fairy Glens, but it's hard to pack so much into just one day on the island. We'd recommend this tour to anyone we knew. Absolutely worth every penny.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful tour 3-Day Isle of Skye
Sunsetsuzie2013
, Oct 2019
This tour exceeded our expectations! Our tour guide Ian was so accommodating, telling us tales and folklore of the highlands. Not to mention the history of the areas that we traveled. He even played music on the bus (a mixture of Scottish and other artists) which made the experience truly special! We saw so many sights within those few days! We stayed in the small town of Portree at the Tongadale Hotel. It was a lovely hotel in the middle of town with a restaurant and bar downstairs. It was perfect for our two night stay. We can't say enough about this tour and did not want it to end! We would definitely do it all over again!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
A fabulous trip with tour guide Stefan!!
Jessica_D
, Aug 2019
After some issues with check in (the worst part of the trip), we had a FABULOUS tour with our guide Stefan!! It was magical and amazing. Skye is breathtakingly beautiful.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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