Isle of Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness

4 Day Tour from Glasgow

Overview

Enjoy the breath-taking wildlife and natural beauty on this spectacular 4-day tour from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye. This tour has everything our 3-day tour has plus more.

We’ll take in Loch Lomond, Glencoe, and Glenfinnan on our way to the Isle of Skye which is well known for its rugged landscapes, picturesque villages, medieval castles, and its fairy folklore.

Explore the azure blue crystal-clear waters of the Fairy Pools and marvel at the dramatic scenery of the Trotternish ridge. Feel as if you are standing on the edge of the world at Neist Point.

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Tour Duration
4 Days – 3 Nights

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Day 1

On this Isle of Skye tour from Glasgow we’ll take the high road to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond and the quaint conservation village of Luss. We know the Vikings passed through Luss in 1263 and you can see an 11th century ‘hogback’ Viking grave in the village churchyard

Mountains and lochs lead us to the wilderness of Rannoch Moor and on to foreboding Glencoe, scene of the 1692 massacre. We’ll stop here for some lunch and to appreciate the haunting beauty of Scotland’s most famous glen.

Our trip of the Scottish Highlands continues to the Glenfinnan Viaduct, also known as the ‘Harry Potter bridge’, as its 21 arches transport the boy wizard to Hogwarts in the epic movies. At the head of Loch Shiel lies the Glenfinnan Monument where you can enjoy some breathtaking views. This is also the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie gathered his supporters for the 45 Jacobite rebellion.

Travelling north through Glens Garry, Clunie and Sheil, we’ll get off the beaten track to get some stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. We then cross the Skye bridge to the Isle of Skye.

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Day 2

With two full days on the Isle of Skye your friendly driver-guide will ensure you enjoy the best of this stunning island. You’ll be enchanted by the natural wonders, wildlife, and culture of Scotland’s most famous isle.

By now you’ll have spotted the Black Cuillins, the mountain range that is synonymous with the Isle of Skye. Near the foot of the Cuillins at Glenbrittle, you can take a short walk to discover the Fairy Pools. These sparkling, blue waters offer magical photographs, and you can even swim in them!

As we head into the craggy landscape of the Trotternish Peninsula we’ll stop at the Quiraing, a natural wonder created by a geological landslip. Kilt Rock is a basalt column 90 metres high that looks like our national dress! Capture stunning photos of Mealt waterfall and the Old Man of Storr, a rocky pinnacle created by a massive ancient landslide.

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Day 3

It’s worth the drive along narrow, winding roads to reach Neist Point Lighthouse, one of Scotland’s most celebrated. You’ll feel as if you’re on the edge of the world, with stunning views of the high cliffs and the lighthouse itself. This is also one of the best spots on Skye to see basking sharks, whales, dolphins. and porpoises.

Dunvegan Castle* is the ancestral home of the Clan MacLeod. It has continuously been occupied by the same family for 800 years and we’ll have time to visit this stunning castle. Another magical spot is the mystical Fairy Glen, a curious collection of little grassy mounds with small ponds in between.

Time permitting, we may have a dram of whisky at one of Skye’s distilleries.

*Please note Dunvegan Castle is closed from 15th October 2023 – April 2024 (exact date to be confirmed). During this period we will offer passengers the option to visit Eilean Donan Castle on day 4, when possible. We will be able to stop for a photo of Eilean Donan Castle from a nearby viewpoint when the castle is closed. 

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Day 4

We’ll cross over the Skye bridge to the mainland for photos of Eilean Donan Castle. This is Scotland’s most photographed castle, which defiantly occupies a little island at the point where three great sea lochs join. It’s easy to see why film-makers chose it as a scenic backdrop in movies such as Highlander, The World is Not Enough and the Bollywood blockbuster Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

We’ll have lunch in Fort Augustus which sits on the southern tip of Loch ness. It is famous for the engineering marvel of its locks on the Caledonian Canal. You can spend some time finding out more about this great waterway or you might like to take a one-hour Loch Ness cruise where you can keep a lookout for the legendary loch ness ‘monster’ Nessie!

From there we traverse the Grampian Mountains and Laggan, countryside made famous by TV’s ‘Monarch of the Glen’. If we haven’t enjoyed a distillery on Skye, we’ll call in at a mainland distillery to enjoy a wee dram.

Sitting by the River Tay lies the lovely village of Dunkeld. You’ll get superb views of Thomas Telford’s Dunkeld Bridge by taking a walk down by the river. Take a closer look at the ancient Cathedral that’s part picturesque ruin and part functioning church.

Our return to Glasgow will take us over the Queensferry Crossing to our capital city Edinburgh. You also see the Forth Bridge, a UNESCO world heritage site and Scottish icon recognised across the globe.

Please Note:
If there are no passengers booked to return to Edinburgh, our route to Glasgow will take us past Stirling Castle

4 Day Isle of Skye Tours from Glasgow

Tour Highlights

Day 1
Luss, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Fort William, Glenfinnan Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail.

Days 2 & 3
The Fairy Pools, The Faerie Glen, The Cuillin Mountains, Neist Point, The Quiraing, Kilt Rock, The Old Man of Storr, Portree, Dunvegan Castle and a whisky distillery tour or tasting.

Day 4
Eilean Donan Castle, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Caledonian Canal, Cairngorms National Park, Grampian Mountains, Blair Castle, Dunkeld and the Queensferry Crossing.


Departure & Return

Departs/Returns: Bus Stances 23-32, Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW

Tour Check-in 09:15 | Tour Departs 09:30 | Tour Ends 20:00

Note: You can start this tour in Glasgow and end the tour in Edinburgh 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 IncludedW.

 Transport in a 16-seat mini coach

 Coach Air Filtration System as standard

 Air Conditioning as standard

 Services of an English-speaking driver-guide

  Accommodation

  Entry to Visitor Attractions

  Meals & Refreshments


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.


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.

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

May 2022 – Jean

I had a wonderful time on this tour. As an ‘older woman’ travelling alone, I was a bit apprehensive, but I need not have worried. The beauty of travelling in a small coach is that you all get to know eachother very quickly. I had soon gelled with my travelling companions and of course our driver/guide Michael, who was superb. From the very start Michael was giving us loads of information about each place that we passed through. I learned and saw so much that I’d never have known or seen if I hadn’t been on this tour. Michael’s knowledge, humour, and caring attitude towards us all made such a difference. There were plenty of stops along the way to photograph the spectacular scenery, and for coffee, lunch etc. It was so convenient that you organised accommodation for me, and that we were picked up every morning and dropped at our hotel/B&B early evening. Everything was well planned throughout and we never needed to worry about a thing. I have no hesitation in recommending Discover Scotland Tours. Thank you!


21/04/22 – Aneka & Xander

My tour was truly outstanding. The areas we visited were unmatched, as was the comprehensive knowledge, charisma and care that my guide (Stuart) gave us. It felt like we truly squeezed every drop of incredible memories out of everyday without being too overwhelmed or rushed; a perfect balance. We also had the lovely opportunity to meet new training guides Scott and Collin and I couldn’t be more excited for the future of this little family company with them in it. If I’m ever in the area again there’s no doubt I’ll be back:) Thank you so much.


30/09/21 – Sandra

Thank you so much for a fantastic 4 day trip of the Isle of Skye, the Highlands and Loch Ness. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the multiple scenic breaks throughout our days. Our Team Leader Michael was always friendly and cheerful even when the weather wasn’t on our sides most of the days. Exceptional experience overall!


20/11/19 – Clair

I’m just touching base to let you know we had a WONDERFUL time in our 4 day Isle of Skye tour. Our group was wonderful, Cliff was fun and informative and our stay at the Cliffe House was AMAZING.


03/10/19 – Jillian & Brad

My husband and I both found our experience to be “Amazing.” We would repeat this trip with Discover Scotland in a heartbeat!We are so appreciative of Cliff, our assigned tour guide who wove Scottish History, Culture and Music into our daily tours and hearts. He inquired about the destinations we wished to visit and directed us to awe -inspiring hikes to view and experience the most beautiful areas we wished to on Skye. We felt entirely safe and comfortable riding through narrow roads with Cliff’s skillful driving. Discover Scotland assisted us with our lodging arrangements on Skye which were also quite comfortable. We were delighted to spend 4 days of our Vacation touring Skye with Cliff. So gad we did!! This was our favorite part of a 3 week vacation and will never forget this. With deepest Gratitude to all of you for sharing this with us. You can be very proud of your company.


26/09/19 – Karen & Neil

Neil and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Thanks to Cliff for his sharing of knowledge and history. Our accommodation was superb and we had a lovely group. Would recommend highly.


06/09/19 – The McLean Family

We all really enjoyed the tour.  We found Nick very knowledgeable.  He also had many Focklore stories that we all enjoyed. He often included the passengers in his stories which gave us all a laugh. We would recommend this 4 day tour and also recommend Nick for their tour guide. Thanks for a great 4 days Nick!


22/08/19 – Rob

Our trip was amazing. My girlfriend and I enjoyed it even more than we thought we would. John was an absolutely excellent tour guide, he made the trip just so fun and enjoyable. Honestly, wouldn’t change anything. I’ll definitely continue to recommend discover Scotland to anyone who is interested in visiting.


15/08/19 – Roxana

I have enjoyed to the fullest, loved every single bit, all my five senses were delighted!! 🙂 🙂 I want to thank you and let you know that I will be forever grateful for making this experience exactly as I dreamt about it!! Everything was great, from the coach’s comfort, background music, accommodation (good heathy breakfast, nice cozy room, amazing view – THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART for this!! 😀 ) to John’s stories and a very well planned circuit (to be able to see as much as possible, and have the time to enjoy it). Love Scotland!!! Love you all!!!


11/08/19 – Felicia

Pick up in Glasgow was on point…John welcomed me with a kind smile and another member of staff carried my luggage onto the very comfortable mini bus with large windows plus “working” air conditioning…yeay! I can say that John is definitely a fab asset to DST. He is a friendly, competent and confident tour leader who clearly has a passion for Scottish history and culture. He made me feel very much apart of the group and happily answered a whole range of questions. He was a fountain of knowledge detailing the sad events of the Clearances to the best place to get fish & chips in Portree! I bet if you rubbed him three times he would know the national lottery numbers for next week…lol. He had a great sense of humour and is willing to go the extra mile. I think this helped our little group to ‘gel’ together nicely. He wasn’t too pushy either,  we collectively decided on how long we should spend at each destination. This meant I could truly enjoy and take in the beautiful scenery of Neist Point, Glencoe, Luss, Fort William, Portree, Kilt Rock etc etc without feeling pressured to hop back onto the mini bus. Well done for being so organised and thank you for helping me have a fantastic experience.

FAQs

We stay in the village of Broadford for all 3 nights of our tour (please note during peak season some of our passengers may be allocated accommodation in the villages nearby to Broadford).

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 Broadford where most of our customers will be staying. The nearby villages of Breakish or Kyleakin 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 bookings@discoverscotlandtours.com

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 private bathroom facilities. Most rooms are en-suite while others have a private bathroom outside the bedroom.

B&B
Double/twin room: £120.00 – £150.00 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.

B&B
Single occupancy: £105.00 – £130.00 per room per night

Hostel
We do not reserve hostel accommodation but we can provide guidance on where passengers may wish to book. There is an option to request information on hostels at the time of booking.

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.

If you require to store luggage while on tour you may choose  to use luggage facilities. You’ll find these in both Glasgow and Edinburgh Train Stations and Edinburgh Bus Station.

Yes while on Skye, your Tour Leader will drop you off each evening and collect you at a agreed time each morning.

Above all, please ensure you are ready in plenty of time each morning.

Yes, on our 4 day tour your driver-guide will either arrange a whisky tasting or distillery tour.

In the Scottish Highlands many businesses do not accept card; particularly in rural areas where mobile signals are not very strong. Your driver will also take cash payment for any optional extras. Therefore, it is best to bring cash with you.

There are cash machines on route should you require to take out money while on tour.

Seats are chosen on a first come first serve basis, we are unable to take requests for specific seats. Our mini coaches all have panoramic windows so the beautiful Scottish landscape can always be enjoyed, no matter where you sit.

If you suffer from motion sickness, then you may be affected by the roads in Scotland. They can be twisty and narrow. It’s best to come prepared with a travel sickness preventative, whether that be medicinal, wristbands or another option, to ensure it doesn’t impact your overall enjoyment of the tour.

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