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    3 Day Isle of Skye Minicoach Tour

    Skye, Loch Ness, Highlands and new friends to make on our 3 days journey through Scotland!

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3 Day Isle of Skye Minicoach Tour from Edinburgh

3 days to explore the drama and beauty of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Includes 2 nights in the picturesque harbour town of Portree in B&B.  3 times a week winter, and daily during the summer months. B&B Accommodation INCLUDED


  • Accommodation INCLUDED in price for easy booking
  • DAILY from April to October
  • Includes all the best sights and whole day on Skye
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow Departures available
Highlights: ~ Glencoe ~ Eilean Donan Castle ~ Quiraing mountain pass ~ Isle of Skye ~ Neist Point ~ Five Sisters of Kintail ~ Loch Ness

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This tour operates on: Every Day

Day 1 - Edinburgh to Portree on Skye

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Doune Castle

Depart Edinburgh at 08.30 and travel west passing Linlithgow Palace and Stirling with its imposing castle and views of the Wallace Monument. You pass Doune Castle, set of Monty Python's 'Holy Grail' before stopping in Callander for refreshments.

Linlithgow Palace

Crossing into the Highlands you head north towards the glorious scenery surrounding Loch Luibnaig then through Breadalbane (meaning the ‘high country of Scotland’) and up to the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor.


You 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 drive past Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and into the Great Glen. Travelling west on the 'Road to the Isles' you head through the splendour of the Five Sisters of Kintail, the mountains guarding the pass on the way to the Isle of Skye.

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Eilean Donan

You stop to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most photographed castles, set at the junction of 3 lochs and completely surrounded by water. Crossing over the bridge to Skye, you follow the dramatic coastline north towards the island’s capital, Portree. You are then dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening where you are free to go out and explore the town. 

Day 2 - Isle of Skye


is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and your driver/guide's knowledge will come to the fore in developing the best day out 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.

Old Man of Storr

Amazing natural scenery, which is best enjoyed away from the bus 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. 

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Neist Point

Day 3 - Skye to Loch Ness

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5 Sisters of Kintail

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 5 Sisters of Kintail. Onto Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting 'Nessie'. There is a boat trip (Summer only) available here that will get you that bit closer! Heading south now through the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan, famous now as 'Monarch of the Glen Country' before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whisky Distillery, and onwards past Blair Castle stopping for refreshments before heading back to Edinburgh past Perth and over the Forth Road Bridge. Arriving at 19.00 approx.

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The Forth Bridge


  • Amazing Stories & Music

    I really recommend this tour to everyone. The places we visited in the Highlands and Skye were unforgettable.

  • Amazing Time!

    Such an amazing time. We did The Isle of Skye tour. The sun came out on the second day and we saw the most perfect rainbow. It was really pretty "magical." As far as our guide, Stuart was just the best. Thank you so much for such a memorable experience.

  • An Amazing Experience

    What an amazing experience! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Scotland and wanting to get out of the major cities and really see what this country has to offer.

  • Excellent Tour

    Excellent tour , Tour guide Alan wa much helpful in terms of breaks during the tour. Guide knowledge was awsome & really appericate his involvement during the complete tour.

  • Fabulous Trip

    Fabulous trip. Exactly what we wanted and expected. Marten, our guide, was knowledgeable and entertaining. Accommodation was exceptional. Luckily the weather was fabulous as well. Don't miss Eilan Doran Castle. All highly Recommended

  • Guide Made it Perfect

    I strongly recommend this tour to everyone. The tourist attractions that we have visited in the Highlands and the Isle of Skye are simply stunning. What's more our guide Pete made this trip absolutely perfect with his experience and amiability. We have really had the opportunity to learn from him lots of things about Scotland history, traditions, music and even Gaelic! He did his best to make everybody enjoy the experience and he succeeded in. If we had gone on our own we would have never discovered this amazing routes and real Scottish life. Pete is an expert, you can ask him about almost anything! In addition the accommodation that was arranged for us really met our expectations. I am totally convinced that we couldn't have taken more advantage of our time.

  • Magical Experience

    Our guide was incredibly knowledgable and funny and made our trip absolutely outstanding. The scenery was breath-taking and despite the long hours in the coach, every place we got to at the end of each drive was so magnificent it was worth the wait!

  • Most Fun Trip

    It's one of the most fun trip I have ever had.. The tour guide Martine is really great! She led us 3 days going through all planned attractions with many interesting stories of history, movies and legends; also she took care lots details which made the trip safe and comfortable (including the music)! And the most attractive thing from the touring is Martine's Humor, brought the whole team such a fun and wonderful trip!

  • Really Enjoyed the Skye Tour

    I really enjoyed the 3 days tour in Skye. Martin was such a great guide, full of knowledge about the Scottish history. All the little detail about the history throught the tour was amazing. Thank you very much for that! The b&b was perfect, so comfortable and great breakfast. I had an amazing time.

  • Skye Wonderland

    I highly recommend this tour anytime of year, but if you are looking for Scotland's natural beauty in its most raw, rustic and rugged state, I'd recommend a winter visit. There were many times where I had to pause for minutes at a time and stare in wonder at the majesty around me.


    Accommodation in B&B 
    Your tour includes your accommodation in the price in twin/double rooms in local bed and breakfasts. We choose local bed and breakfasts to help support our highland communities. You will be dropped and picked up from the accommodation.

    We can upgrade your accommodation if required

    Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. 
    We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life. Air Conditioning is standard.
    Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide All ferry and bridge crossings.
    Rabbie's Discount Card - money off restaurants, shopping and attractions.

    Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.


    Meals and refreshments. Entrances to all Visitor Attractions. 

    The Little Details

    • Minimum Age: Age 5+
    • Min Age: 5 years
    • Tour Vehicle Type: Mini Coach
    • Months of Operation: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    • Duration of Tour: 3 Days
    • Departure Point: Edinburgh
    • Departure Point: 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG
    • Departure Time: 08:30 Please check in 15 minutes early.
    • Expected return Time: 19:00 (day 3) Returns to Waverley Bridge opposite Waverley Train Station
    • Duration of Tour: 3 Days

    Rates & Dates

    Adult Prices:  £225 - £270 
    Child Prices:  £179 - £215

    Discount Price: Children between 5 and 16 (We regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

    Daily (April - October)

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday (November - March)

    Booking Notes

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      Some Places We Will Visit

      • Callander

        The small Trossachs town of Callander lies right on the main tourist trail from Stirling through to the west Highlands. The town became famous during the 'Scottish Enlightenment' of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with the gleaming reports given by poets Sir William Wordsworth and Sir Walter Scott and developments came to a full swing with Queen Victoria choosing to visit Callander and with the arrival of the train line in the 1860s.

      • Fort William

        Fort William is the gateway to the Western Highlands and one of the country's main tourist centres. It stands at the head of Loch Linnhe, with the snow-topped mass of Ben Nevis towering behind.

      • Portree

        Skye's largest town and a charmingly friendly stop-off popular with all visitors.

      • Perth

        The heritage of Perth is easy to trace owing to the number of interesting historical sites within walking distance of each other.

      Castle Visited

      • Eilean Donan Castle

        One of the world's quintessential castles: Eilean Donan is familiar from films and stunning in its romantic location. Open daily.

      • Dunvegan Castle

        The Clan MacLeod has had its family seat at Dunvegan Castle since about the 12th century. It remains the seat of the Clan and a castle well worth visiting for its history and excellent state of repair

      • Blair Castle

        Home to the Duke of Atholl who is the only person other than the monarch to raise a private army. The duke's army is ceremonial only. The castle is not a med

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