Isle of Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness

3 Day Tour from Edinburgh

Overview

Our stunning 3-day Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh takes you through the Highlands to places such as Loch Lomond, Glencoe and Glenfinnan before we catch the ferry to the Isle of Skye *.

An Island of fairy folklore, single track mountain passes, secret glens, craggy rock formations and crystal-clear pools and waterfalls.

The Isle of Skye is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations and was voted the world’s 4th best island destination according to National Geographic.

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Tour Duration
3 Days - 2 Nights

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Day 1

On our Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh we travel via Glasgow to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We’ll make our first stop at the charming village of Luss which sits on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.

Sparkling lochs, tumbling waterfalls and majestic Munros takes us to Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. We’ll stop at Scotland’s most famous glen and hear about the infamous Glencoe Massacre of 1692, when the MacDonald’s were slaughtered by the Campbells.

At Glenfinnan we’ll climb up to the viewpoint for stunning views of Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel. You’ll see the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct curve through the glen as the route to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts.

We’ll get off the beaten track for views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail before catching the Kylerhea ferry to Skye *.

Day 2

Your friendly driver-guide has the flexibility to ensure you see the best of the island whatever the weather. Skye never disappoints – there is just so much to see.

You can’t miss Skye’s Mountain range, the Black Cuillins, which adorn calendars and paintings the world over. The sparkling crystal-clear waters of the Fairy Pools lie at the foot of the Cuillins and make for great photos, or even a spot of wild swimming!

We'll have time to explore Portee and enjoy some lunch before we head to the Trotternish Peninsula. The awe-inspiring scenery never seems to stop, and we’ll get spectacular views at the Quiraing, Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock before we reach the famous landscape of the Old Man of Storr.

Day 3

We cross the Skye Bridge on to the mainland and Eilean Donan Castle.** The castle sits on an island at a point where three great sea lochs meet, surrounded by majestic highland scenery. Eilean Donan was used in many films including Highlander and James Bond epic, The World is Not Enough.

The village of Fort Augustus lies at the southern end of Loch Ness and is lunch stop. You can enjoy an optional cruise on Loch Ness or take a stroll along the Caledonian Canal.

Our journey continues through the Cairngorms National Park, passing Blair Castle to Pitlochry for our final refreshment stop of the day. We return to Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh via the Queensferry crossing ending our 3-day Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh.

* From October to the end of March our route to Skye will be via the Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye Bridge.

**Unfortunately, Eilean Donan Castle will be closed to the public on the dates listed below, but your driver-guide will take you to the best viewpoints to get that iconic image.
December 22nd 2021 - March 1st 2022

3 Day Isle of Skye Tour from Edinburgh

Departure & Return

Departs Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel) Edinburgh

Check in 07:45

Departs 08:00

Ends between 19:00 - 20:00

Returns to Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel) Edinburgh. You can start this tour in Edinburgh and end the tour in Glasgow or vice versa. Please select your preferred drop off location on the booking form.


Late Arrivals

In the event you are late for any reason in arriving at your departure point and as result miss your tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.


Children

We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.


What's Included

Transport in a 16-seat mini coach

Coach Air Filtration System as standard

Air Conditioning as standard

Ferry Crossing to the Isle of Skye (when operating)

Services of an English-speaking driver-guide

  Accommodation

  Meals & Refreshments

  Eilean Donan Castle

  Loch Ness Boat Cruise


What to Bring

In Scotland we can get 4 seasons in 1 day, so we suggest bringing suitable clothing for all conditions, including a waterproof jacket and layers of clothing.

Shoes that are suitable for short walks on uneven paths and rough terrain. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and your camera to capture fantastic memories you’ll make on tour with us!

Most attractions & eating establishments we visit accept card payments, however we recommend bringing some cash with you.


Luggage

This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel this tour 15 days or more prior to departure – you will be refunded 90% of the tour price.

Cancellations made less than 15 days prior to departure – no refund will be due.

Cancellations must be made in writing. For further information please refer to our terms and conditions.


Tour Highlights

Day 1
Glasgow, Luss, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Fort William, Glenfinnan, Glen Garry, Glen Shiel, Eilean Donan Castle & Kyleakin.

Day 2 
The Fairy Pools (if accessible), The Faerie Glen, The Cuillin Mountains, The Quiraing, Kilt Rock & Mealt Falls, The Old Man of Storr & Portree.

Day 3
Kylerhea Ferry, Glenelg, Five Sisters of Kintail, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness & Cruise, Cairngorms National Park, Grampian Mountains, Blair Castle, Pitlochry & Queensferry Crossing.

Please note we may visit some attractions on a different day due to seasonal changes.

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Please have a look at some customer experiences with Discover Scotland Tours.

20/04/22 - Cindy

I’m still speechless over the total amazing experience I had on this trip. Everything was spot on with timing, super organized, everything went seamless. Our driver Jerry was amazing and attentive, totally safety conscious and a great wit and sense of humour. We also had Scott and I forget the other wonderful young man’s name, but they were all great. The whole time felt like we were a family group. My accommodation was wonderful all round.


 18/04/22 – Don

Our tour of the Highlands was undoubtedly the highlight of our trip. From start to finish our driver/guide John was absolutely fantastic. It was great to hear stories and information about sights that you otherwise wouldn't get to hear. The tour itself is very well designed. Plenty of stops along the way and the appropriate amount of time at each stop. John was absolutely brilliant. Great to hear local stories and he had some solid recommendations for food and drink throughout the trip. Thank you so much for such a great trip, it was brilliant!


21/03/22 – Lisa

We did the 3 day tour of the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, and the highlands.  There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING that I would change about our tour. It was perfect. The weather was absurdly perfect (considering the unpredictability of Scotland weather) the absolute best part of the tour was our guide Michael. He had a layout of pictures and song playlist, and the best stories of all we were seeing which was a ton. He was very charming, funny, and so easy to love. He is an incredible asset to your company. Worth his weight in gold♡ I will cherish these memories forever ♡♡♡♡ thank you so much.


04/03/22 –  Lori, Jason & Laney

We wanted to take a moment and thank Discover Scotland tours and especially Nick, our tour guide, for a fantastic three days in Scotland.  Scotland is absolutely beautiful, the cities, mountains, lochs, wildlife and people.  From the moment we met the tour group in Edinburgh we felt right at home.  Our tour group consisted of 13 people which gave us the opportunity to meet people from different countries and experience their culture. Nick did an outstanding job at helping the group mesh and interact with one another.  From the moment we loaded the bus on Friday until we were dropped off on Sunday night Nick imparted his knowledge of Scotland to the group.  Nick told us of Scottish history, both good and bad.  He told us tales that had been passed down from generation to generation and from century to century.  His knowledge of landmarks, names of mountains, fairy pools, fairy dens and where to find Scottish cows (coos) was second to none.  It’s one thing to see a landmark it is quite another to see tha landmark and learn of its history.  The way Nick spoke almost put you in the moment as if you were there as these historic events took place.  Nick knew of films which had been shot and their locations and passed that knowledge to the group.  Since we’ve been home I’ve watched a couple of movies which Nick spoke of and was able to say I was there.  Our lodging on the Isle of Skye was at Winkle Beech, a bed and breakfast in Kyleakin.  Fiona was an outstanding host and the views from our rooms was breathtaking.  When we first planned this trip we thought about driving ourselves.  I am so glad we did not.  We would have never seen all of the sights or found the views which Nick treated us.  We would have been lost and constantly asking for directions.  Nick took us to places and overlooks we would never have located on our own.  Because of Nick we had an experience we will never forget.  We hope to come back soon and if we do we will definitely be using Discover Scotland tours and hoping, even praying, for Nick to be our guide.  Nick, thank you for the memories and introducing us to fairy haggis!!!  To the rest of our tour group thank you for making the journey memorable.


10/12/21 – Rachel

My friends and I had been wanting to explore the Highlands and Isle of Skye for our winter holiday, but many tours only operate in the summer, so when we found Discover Scotland's 3-day tour of the area in December, we were ecstatic! The tour itself, led by an awesome guy in plaid pants and a leather jacket named Jerry, was surreal. Each stop was strikingly unique from the last, and many of the sites made us feel like we were on a different planet from Earth entirely. Jerry struck a great balance of driving past places and letting us off the van to explore on our own; he also balanced chatting with us and giving his tour explanations very well. We didn't get to visit the Fairy Pools due to weather, which was unfortunate but understandable. However, Jerry made his absolute best effort to prioritize exploring the areas that the travelers were interested in. The B&B we had booked through the tour was lovely as well, with a hefty breakfast provided for us each morning. Thanks Discover Scotland and Jerry for an unforgettable time!


14/09/21 – Katherine

The 3-day tour was everything I expected it to be and more! A huge thank you to our guide John for being so lovely and accommodating, and for being extremely informative in sharing about the sights that we saw. He was also cracking lots of jokes during the long drives through the highlands, which we definitely appreciated. We also highly recommend staying in Limestone Cottage B&B in Broadford. Jerry, the manager, was so lovely and the breakfast he made for us tasted amazing! Overall, we really enjoyed the tour and will be recommending this one to friends and family who want to visit!


29/08/21 - Angela

Would like to thank you for a great trip around Isle of Skye, thoroughly enjoyed the tour and Jeff was great.  Excellent and experienced driver full of stories, looked after us all. Had a lovely stay at Corran B&B, too. Thanks again for your arrangement, all the best and take care.


25/08/21 - Lyncoln

We had a great time on our discover Scotland tours! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about all the sites and the history, we never would have been able to find these iconic landmarks alone. I enjoyed the instrumental & local music he played. Accommodations were booked through the company and we had a lovely breakfast. We are so happy to be able to support a small business!!


18/07/21 – Mark and Meryl

I would like to thank your company for an excellent tour service. Its our first time in Scotland and we had the best experience. Andrew, our tour guide, is so accomodating. We never had a dull moment during the tour. We really love his sense of humor. I cant think of any changes you should do because it was really perfect for us. Will likely recommend you to our friends. Thank you again. Hopefully, we could visit the isle of mull next with you guys!


19/07/21 – Ekaterina

I would like to say big thank you for that amazing tour. We had a 3 day trip we really enjoyed it. Our driver Michael was very kind, polite, funny and made our tour very interesting telling us a lot of stories, he drove very carefully. We visited so many interesting and beautiful places. We enjoyed our trip and would like to come back again.

FAQ's

Situated on the east coast of Skye is the fishing village of Kyleakin and this is where we stay for both nights of our tour. During peak season some of our passengers may be allocated accommodation in the villages nearby to Kyleakin.

The village has some restaurants for evening dining and a shop should you require any necessities.

Your tour excludes accommodation. During the tour booking process you will be asked if you are booking your own accommodation or whether you wish us to reserve this on your behalf?

Booking my own accommodation

If booking your own accommodation this should be in the village of Kyleakin where most of our customers will be staying. The nearby villages of Breakish or Broadford is fine, however some accommodation providers are situated on roads that even our small coaches cannot get down, so please check with us first at [email protected]

Please contact us to let us know the name of the accommodation you have reserved.

I want Discover Scotland Tours to book my accommodation

We'll reserve your accommodation and let you know the name of where you are staying. You pay the accommodation provider directly.

Some accommodation providers don't accept credit cards and only take cash. We will inform you of this when we confirm your named accommodation.

Accommodation Guide Price

We provide a guide price as each establishment has their own pricing structure. We allocate accommodation on a first come first served basis. An exact cost will be confirmed once you have booked and we can confirm what is available.

All B&B's we book on your behalf have en-suite facilities.

B&B
Double/twin room: £100.00 - £130.00 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.

B&B
Single occupancy: £85.00 - £105.00 per room per night

Hostel
£25.00 - £30.00 for a mixed dorm bed.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Other independent hostels offer mixed rooms (males and females together).

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