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The Skye 3 Day Tour from Edinburgh

3 day tour to the dramatic natural beauty and delights of Skye. Stay two nights in Portree on Skye. This tour runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays all year. Best way to see Skye quickly.


Highlights

  • 2 Nights on Skye
  • Wide range of accommodation types - including hostels
  • Best & cheapest Skye tour from Edinburgh
  • See lots of Scotland in three days
  • Quirang, Old Man of Storr, Cuillins, Eilean Donan - All of it!
  • Very Popular so early booking advised!

Luss, Loch Lomond, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, Fort William, Ben Nevis, Five Sisters of Kintail, Portree (Skye), Talisker Distillery, Dunvegan Castle, Kilt Rock, Old Man of Storr, Lealt Falls, Flora McDonald’s Grave, Black Houses, Eilean Donan Castle, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Pitlochry.


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This tour operates on: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Day 1 - The Journey North

From Edinburgh we head west to collect our Glasgow passengers* and then make our first stop at the picturesque conservation village of Luss (1), on the ‘Bonny, Bonny’ banks of Loch Lomond.lomond luss1

Travelling north via Tyndrum (2) we pass over the atmospheric Rannoch Moor (3) - one of Europe's great wildernessesrannoch tulla1

before enjoying time to walk and admire the dramatic Glencoe valley, site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan.(4)

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After lunch in the Fort William area (5), we pause for photos at Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, then stop to admire Glen Garry and the stunning Five Sisters of Kintail (6) mountain range.

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Our journey ends in the charming village of Portree, on the Isle of Skye, where we check into our accommodation.

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Day 2 - Exploring Skye

After breakfast we depart Portree for a full day’s touring - options include a visit to Talisker distillery (8)* and Dunvegan Castle*(7), or a trip to Uig and a stop to visit Flora MacDonald’s grave and the unique Black Houses, ancient dwellings of the Scottish Highlanders.

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We continue our journey where we can view Duntulum Castle (9), take photos of Kilt Rock and perhaps enjoy a walk at the Lealt Falls.

Our day on Skye ends with the opportunity to admire the Old Man of Storr (A), before we return to Portree for drinks in the bar, time to admire your photos and post a few for your friends to admire and bed.

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Day 3 - Homeward - Eilean Donan, Ness & Cairngorms

We commence our return via the much photographed Eilean Donan Castle* (B), backdrop for the movie, 'Highlander'; (interior closed in winter) then move on to the pretty loch-side village of Fort Augustus (C) for lunch and views of Loch Ness (D).

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Our journey south continues over Laggan and the Grampian mountains with our last stop, for refreshments, in the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, (E) before returning to Edinburgh with a view of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.

*PLEASE NOTE: Luggage is restricted to one piece per person.  *If the 3 day tour has no Glasgow pick-ups it will travel from Edinburgh via Stirling and will not visit Loch Lomond but offer an alternative route.

*All featured castles & distilleries open April-October - alternatives offered during October-March which may alter the route. Talisker Distillery closed on Sundays except during June, July and August.

Inclusions

PLEASE NOTE: Prices shown are for transport and driver-guide only.

Exclusions

Accommodation is not included in the price, but will be reserved for you, and you simply pay for the accommodation when you arrive there. You will get details of accommodation after the tour is booked

Approximate costs are per person per night:

  • Youth Hostel: £17-£19,
  • Bed& Breakfast: £32-£48,
  • Hotel: £60+.

Single supplement may apply. Please be advised, most accommodation providers only accept cash payments, and will not accept debit/credit cards as methods of payment.

Optional Extras: Talisker Distillery, Dunvegan Castle, Eilean Donan Castle

The Little Details

  • Minimum Age: Age 5+
  • Min Age: 5 years
  • Tour Vehicle Type: Mini Coach
  • Months of Operation: All Year
  • Duration of Tour: 3 Days
  • Departure Point: Edinburgh
  • Departure Point: Green Ensign Ewart Pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE
  • Departure Time: Departs: 09:00 Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure
  • Expected return Time: Returns: 19:30 (day 3)
  • Duration of Tour: 3 Days

Rates & Dates

DaysType
  Standard Tour Ticket Discount Tour Ticket
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays All Year
£119 - 143 £119-130

Booking Notes

  • Prices are quoted per person per tour
  • PLEASE NOTE: Prices shown are for transport and driver-guide only.
  • Reduced Discount prices are offered to persons over the age of 60, students and children under the age of 16. Please note we cannot carry children under 5 years old on any tour.
  • This tour only operates on certain days of the week
  • Any booking is subject to our Booking Terms.

*Please note: all featured castles and distilleries open April - October. Alternatives offered during October - March which may alter the route. Talisker distillery is closed on Sundays.

If the tour has no pick-ups in Glasgow, it will travel from Edinburgh via Stirling and will not visit Loch Lomond but offer an alternative route.

Please note that for individual travellers, single ensuite accommodation on Skye is very limited, especially in high season - please check with us however we may have to offer you alternatives.

Current typical costs of accommodation per person per night are approximately: £60+ for hotels, £32-£45 for B&B"s and guest houses and £16-£18 for youth hostels. These are reserved for you.

Some Places We Will Visit

  • Luss

    Small traditional village on Loch Lomond that is a heritage site protecting its pretty streets. The Loch Lomond cruise boats depart from pier here.

  • Rannoch Moor

    50 square miles of boggy and peaty moorland that separates the southern highland line from the Glencoe Massif. An SSSI and one of Britain's few wild uninhabited places.

  • Tyndrum

    Small village to the south of Rannoch Moor that sits on the battlefield where Bruce was defeated by the macDougalls in 1306. It was a mining community once and there is talk of a new gold mine opening.

  • 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.

  • Uig

    The A87 runs northwest from Portree to the tiny ferry port of Uig, dramatically set in a horseshoe bay and the departure point for ferries to Tarbert (Harris) and Lochmaddy (North Uist).

  • Laggan

    Laggan is approximately 7 miles along the road to Fort William and is situated in the Central Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by the Monadhliath and Grampian mountain ranges. "Monarch of the Glen" was filmed entirely on location in the Badenoch and Strathspey area set against the Cairngorm and Monadhliath Mountains, in Laggan and the surrounding area.

  • Pitlochry

    Small Highland tour that is a frequent stopping place for coaches travelling along the A9. Somewhat a one road town of shops and cafes.

  • Fort Augustus

    At the more scenic southern end of Loch Ness stands the village of Fort Augustus, originally set up as a garrison after the Jacobite rebellion of 1715, and headquarters of General Wade's campaign to pacify the Highlands. Today Fort Augustus is a busy little place; full of monster-hunting tourists and boats using the flight of five locks to enter or leave Loch Ness on their journey along the Caledonian Canal.

Castle Visited

  • 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

  • Duntulm Castle

    Old ruined castle near Duntulm on Trotternish Peninsula in a fantastic position facing North West over the sea. 

  • Eilean Donan Castle

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

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