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5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

Experience the dramatic beauty and history of the Scottish Highlands on this 5-day trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a luxury coach, enjoy the scenery of Cairngorms National Park and the mysterious Loch Ness. Visit famous sites like Stirling Castle and Eilean Donan Castle, hear bloody histories like the battles of William Wallace and the massacre of Glen Coe, and journey on the famous Jacobite Steam Train from Harry Potter. Four nights in 3-star lodging and daily breakfasts included.
  • 5-day Highlands and Isle of Skye trip from Edinburgh with an expert guide
  • Sit back and relax on a scenic drive through Stirling and the wild Rannoch Moors
  • Admire the legendary Scottish Highland scenery in Trossachs National Park
  • Take a ride on the Jacobite Steam Train, known as Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express from many of the Harry Potter films
  • Visit attractions and landmarks such as Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness, Clan Donald Skye and Culloden Battlefield
  • Enjoy a choice of 3-star guesthouse or hotel accommodation in Oban, the Isle of Skye and Inverness

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

A jam-packed itinerary means no time is wasted—ideal for first-time visitors to the Scottish Highlands.
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Transport by air-conditioned midi-coach
Professional, local guide
4 nights of B&B or Hotel accommodation
Jacobite Steam Train' ride from Fort William to Mallaig
Ferry ride to the Isle of Skye
Loch Ness boat cruise
Breakfast (4)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK

Departure Time

8:45 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your 5-day excursion of Scotland’s rugged Highlands and the Isle of Skye begins in Edinburgh, where you’ll meet your guide and group. You’ll set off in the morning by luxury van to your first destination: Stirling Castle. During the next days, you’ll travel by coach, ferry and on the famous Jacobite Steam Train. Witness the best of the region, from brooding historic landmarks like William Wallace monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Clan Donald Skye and Culloden Battlefield to the stunning natural settings of Loch Ness and the Rannoch Moors. Enjoy group tours by day and free time to explore Oban, Isle of Skye and Inverness by night.

Your tour includes round-trip transport, four nights stay in a 3-star hotel or guesthouse and daily breakfasts. Also included is admission to the Loch Ness boat cruise and Tomatin whisky distillery.
Itinerary
National Wallace Monument
Head north to Stirling and the towering Wallace Monument with stunning views of the Castle
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
The Green Welly Stop
Stop here for lunch
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Glencoe Visitor Centre
Our route takes us through the stunning rugged landscape of Glencoe, once used as a backdrop in James Bond Skyfall and the Harry Potter movies and the scene for 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Deanston Distillery & Visitor Centre
We try a dram of the 'water of life' at a Highland Whisky Distillery before making our way further north.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight in the picturesque fishing port of Oban.
Meals:
  Not Included
Fort William
Take the steam train from Fort William and discover why this spectacular trip has been voted the best train journey in the world by Wanderlust Magazine. Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies and take in the sweeping views of Loch Shiel.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Mallaig Harbour Authority
We arrive in Mallaig and take the ferry ‘Over the Sea to Skye’.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles
You can explore Armadale Castle and Gardens, the former home of the MacDonalds, before driving north to our overnight destination.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Portree, the main settlement on the Isle of Skye
Meals:
 Breakfast  
The Old Man of Storr
The 'Old Man' is a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Lealt Falls
In lush surrounds, this waterfall cascades into a gorge with nearby cliffs overlooking the sea.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Kilt Rock
The famous Kilt Rock is said to resemble a kilt, with vertical basalt columns to form the pleats and intruded sills of dolerite forming the pattern.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most easily recognised castles in Scotland and probably appears on more calendars than any other.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Invermoriston Falls
Comfort break in this lovely highland town.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Inverness, the 'capital of the Highlands'.
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Loch Ness
Hunt for the elusive monster with a cruise on Loch Ness
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Beauly Priory
Visit the stunning Beauly Priory, built in the 1200s for an order of monks. Spend time in the town as well.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Rogie Falls
It's into the rugged and isolated mountains that secure Scotland's place as one of the last great wilderness in Europe before heading back to Inverness for the evening.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Spend a second night in Inverness
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Culloden Battlefield
Visit the powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite Rising – the last and most harrowing pitched battle to be fought on British soil.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Clava Cairns
Discover one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric sites – the exceptional remains of an ancient cemetery.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Highland Folk Museum
We visit the Highland Folk Museum to get a real taste of Highland life from the past centuries.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Dunkeld Cathedral
Visit Dunkeld with its mighty cathedral.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 5 years, we are unable to carry any children under this age
  • Each traveller is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase weighing no more than 33lbs (15kg) and 1 carry-on bag
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them to board and disembark
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Highland Explorer Tours Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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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 policy on face masks and attendee health during 5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train 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 5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh.
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What is the policy on sanitization during 5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh.
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What is the social distancing policy during 5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train 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 5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers.

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  • "One suggestion is to get to the towns earlier to allow for exploration before everything closes." See review
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Great tour of the highlands!!
katrinahumble
, Aug 2019
Tour guide was friendly, helpful, very knowledgeable and welcoming to all. Great for families, couples or traveling friends. We stayed in lovely BnBs and always had something to do wether it was with the group on the road or in the evenings by ourselves.
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FANTASTIC TOUR!!!
RalphieBoy
, Aug 2019
This was a fantastic tour! First tour for my wife and I, we chose this tour for its value and overall itinerary. My wife has Scottish DNA, so she especially was excited about this tour. We would do this tour again in a heartbeat! The only negative was we wish we had stayed in Edinburgh 1 or 2 days prior to the trip to see the many Edinburgh city sites!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thanks for your review. It is brilliant to hear you had such a good time on tour and that your wife could explore her heritage. We hope to see you back in Scotland soon! Kind Regards, Emma
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Explore with Purpose
angelawaine
, Jul 2019
Wow! This 5 day tour is awe inspiring. What a fantastic way to explore The Highlands. Ask for Ross as your tour guide/driver. This trip wouldn't have been the same without him. It was hard to say goodbye (for now) to Ross and all of our travel companions.
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Use all Five Senses in The Highlands
angelawaine
, Jul 2019
Look no further when making your Scotland plans. This is the tour to check all of your Highland boxes. Perfect amount of time at each stop. All five senses will be used when taking time for The Highlands.
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Fantastic!
melissawright2013
, Jul 2019
Our host Caroline was amazing! Totally exceeded my expectations! Definitely worth every penny! You will not regret such a wonderful experience!
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Fun Trip
Sherpa19162477226
, May 2019
This was a 5 day/4 night trips around the Scottish Highlands. Tour began Monday morning and left pretty much on time. There were 15 tourists and one guide/driver, Iain. He was an excellent driver. The tour proceeded from Edinburgh in a clockwise fashion, as most do. We went to all the usual/expected towns. The price also included a ride on the Jacobite steam train (train to Hogwarts for Harry Potter fans). Iain has worked for the company for a year, but this was his first time guiding this tour. His knowledge base was pretty shallow; he compensated by telling folklore tales and jokes. He was humorous and interesting, so I didn't mind too much. I'm sure he'll improve with time and studying. The hotels were very nice, comfortable, clean and had plenty of hot water. One suggestion is to get to the towns earlier to allow for exploration before everything closes. Each day had a "fluff" stop or two that could be easily eliminated to allow for this. Overall, an enjoyable trip and a good value. I recommend it to others unreservedly.
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A great 5 days, .
SARJ9
, Aug 2018
Our tour guide was funny and knowledgeable. We had a great time. We had an excelent train ride. The castles were amazing.
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A Different Way to Travel and Get to Know Scotland
MGNovaes
, Jul 2018
I had never traveled with the following characteristics: - The Driver is also the Guide - Stop places are sufficient in time - You're dropped off at the Hotels and then picked up to continue the journey - The stops for lunch / lunch and others depend on the time we are at that moment due to traffic or our additional stops. But that did not make the trip any bad or disorganized, but very good and practical.
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Excellent Tour!
, Jul 2018
We had a great experience - this tour was easy to book, simple to confirm, and much easier than planning everything ourselves. The van was comfortable, the people were friendly, the guide was fun, and the pace was leisurely with many different stops. I would definitely recommend it. For us, the steam train ride was a highlight.
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We had a great guide which made all...
Thomas H
, Dec 2017
We had a great guide which made all the difference. We saw Loch Ness, Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, the Jacobite Steam Train, the Kelpies, the battlefield of the Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and many other awesome sites. All were impressive! In addition, our hotel accommodations were good and some were excellent. More rest stops on some routes would have been helpful. We also had a great group with whom we enjoyed travelling for the five days. We highly recommend this tour of Scotland.
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