Isle of Skye, The Highlands & Loch Ness

4 Day Tour from Glasgow

Overview

Relax and enjoy our spectacular 4 day tour from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye. This tour has everything our 3 day tour has plus more. Voted 4th best island destination by National Geographic, we’ll take in Loch Lomond, Glencoe, and Glenfinnan on our way to the Isle of Skye.

You’ll have more time on this stunning island to explore the azure blue crystal clear waters of the Fairy Pools. Take a leisurely boat trip from Elgol for one of the best views of the spectacular Cuillin mountains. Feel as if you are standing on the edge of the world at Neist Point. Enjoy the breath-taking wildlife and natural beauty of the Isle of Skye.

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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. Our first stop today is at the quaint conservation village of Luss. During the summer the village is over-flowing with summer floral displays.

There’s been a Christian settlement here for at least 1500 years and we know the Vikings passed through Luss in 1263. 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 to breath in the Highland air and appreciate the haunting beauty of Scotland’s most famous glen.

Our road trip of the Scottish Highlands continues to Fort William where we stop for lunch and admire Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. We'll then continue on to view the Glenfinnan Viaduct, also known as the ‘Harry Potter bridge’, as its 21 arches transport the boy wizard to Hogwarts in the epic movies.

You'll also see the Glenfinnan Monument at the head of Loch Shiel. This is the spot where Bonnie Prince Charlie gathered his clan to win back the throne of Great Britain and Ireland for the exiled Stuarts. A cause that famously led to much bloodshed, the monument was erected to commemorate those who died fighting for the Jacobite cause.

Departing Glenfinnan we will travel 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 Kylerhea straits to the Isle of Skye on the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland. *

Days 2 & 3
Scottish weather can be changeable so, with two full days to explore this diverse island, we keep days two and three as flexible as possible. You’ll be enchanted by the natural wonders, wildlife and culture of this wonderful island. Your expert driver-guide has flexibility to ensure you experience the best of Skye according to the weather conditions. Skye never disappoints.

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!

In good weather we’ll try to get to Elgol where you can take a leisurely boat trip or a more exhilarating, wind-in-your-hair ride on a RIB. Either way, this is one of the best ways to see the Cuillins up close. Keep your eyes peeled for basking sharks, minke whales and dolphins. During your sojourn to Skye you’ll have time to explore its largest town Portree, a busy port and cultural centre.

While the south of Skye is lush and fertile, the north is famous for its unusual geology created millions of years ago. As we head into the craggy landscape of the Trotternish Peninsula we’ll stop at the Quiraing, an ancient geological landslip that’s an iconic Scottish vista today.

You’ll want to photograph the fantastic Mealt waterfall and Kilt Rock, a bizarre 90-metre-tall column of basalt that reminds us of the kilt! Another wonder of this part of Skye is the Old Man of Storr, a pinnacle of rock that resulted from a massive ancient landslide.

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. To reward ourselves we may have a dram of whisky at one of Skye’s distilleries or visit Dunvegan Castle or Armadale Castle Gardens & Museum.

Day 4
We’ll cross over the Skye bridge to the mainland and 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.

Heading towards Loch Ness we’ll have lunch in Fort Augustus which 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. You might like to embark on a one-hour Loch Ness cruise where you can keep a lookout for our legendary ‘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 savour a single malt.

Our final break is in Perthshire, known as ‘Big Tree Country’, and the old cathedral ‘city’ of Dunkeld. In the 9th century, the first King of Scots, Kenneth MacAlpin, built a church here and made it the head of the Celtic Church and capital of Scotland. The present church dates from 1318 and was partly destroyed during the 16th century Reformation. We’ll stop to look at the cathedral, now part church and part ruins, and have some refreshments.

Our return to Glasgow will take us over the Queensferry Crossing to our capital city Edinburgh. The 2.7 km structure is the longest bridge of its type in the world, and at 210m high it’s Britain’s tallest. From a distance its three towers and cables appear like three graceful sails on the horizon. You also see the Forth Bridge, a UNESCO world heritage site and Scottish icon recognised across the globe.

* From October to the end of March our route to Skye will be via 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.
November 13th, 19th and 25th 2021
December 3rd 2021
December 22nd 2021 - March 1st 2022

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

Departure & Return Information
Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW.
At the end of the tour you can return to Glasgow or Edinburgh. All you need to do is select your preferred drop off location on the booking form.

Check in 09.15
Departs  09.30
Returns  20.00

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

Tour Inclusions
Costs are for transportation by air-conditioned 16 seat mini-coach, the services of an English speaking driver-guide and all ferry fares.

Tour Exclusions
Accommodation, lunch, refreshments and entry fees to visitor attractions.

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

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.

Optional Visitor Attraction Costs

Elgol Boat Cruise
Adults £20.00
Seniors £18.00
Students £18.00
Children £14.00 (5-15)

Elgol Rib Ride (limited availability)
Adults £30.00
Seniors 28.00
Students £28.00
Children  £20.00 (5-15)

Eilean Donan Castle
Adults £9.00
Seniors £9.00
Students £9.00
Children £6.00

Loch Ness Boat Cruise
Adults £16.00
Seniors £16.00
Students £16.00
Children £10.00

Distillery Tours
The cost varies slightly from distillery to distillery but as a rough guide it is around £10.00 per person to participate in a tour of the distillery which includes a wee dram.

All attractions are payable in cash on the day.

Tour Highlights

Day 1
Luss, Loch Lomond, Glencoe, Ben Nevis, Fort William, Glenfinnan, Five Sisters of Kintail & Kylerhea Ferry to Skye.

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

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

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

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.


11/07/19 – Darlene

We took the four day three night trip from Glasgow July 5-8 with Andy. We were very pleased with the experience and would recommend it to others. Andy was a good guide and a nice person which is important. The variety of things we did was a bonus. Hiking, boat trips, Croft, along with picture stops all made for a positive experience.

FAQs

Where does the tour stay overnight?

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.

Can you reserve my accommodation?

Yes, we can reserve both B&B & hostel accommodation for you. There is an option to request your preferred accommodation when booking. After that, you will receive a confirmation email containing details of your accommodation provider & the exact cost of your stay.

Payment is made directly to the accommodation provider in Skye.

What is the price for accommodation?

The guide price for accommodation is as follows:

B&B double/twin room: £100.00 - £130.00 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.
B&B single occupancy: £85.00 - £110.00 per room per night
Hostel: £25.00 - £30.00 for a mixed dorm bed.

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 therefore be confirmed once you have booked and we can confirm what is available.

Can I book my own accommodation?

You can certainly self-book your accommodation should you wish to. It must also be in the village of Broadford where the other passengers will be staying. Furthermore, we ask that you let the accommodation provider know that you are travelling with us.

If you choose to book your own accommodation, please inform us where you are staying as soon as possible.

How much luggage can we bring?

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.

Will we be dropped off and picked up at our accommodation on Skye?

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.

What can we do if we don’t want to participate in an optional extra?

All attractions are optional. Should you wish not to visit an attraction then your driver-guide will provide you with information of any alternative options in the area. This may be local walks or the location of a nearby coffee shop.

Will I be able to pay by credit card while on 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.

Does the 4-day tour visit a Whisky Distillery?

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

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