Three Day Highlands & Isle of Skye Tour
Duration: 60 hours (approx)
This tour combines a relaxing two night stay in Inverness with days spent exploring the best of the Scottish Highlands, including the famous Isle of Skye. From dolphin spotting on the Moray Firth to enjoying the scenic splendour of Skye, this tour is perfect to soak up Scotland’s scenery, culture and history with our experienced guide. We cover Scotland’s landscape from the far west to the far north. Tour highlights include Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, The Great Glen, Loch Ness, Inverness, Glen Carron, Isle of Skye, beach combing, Cuillin Hills, Eilean Donan Castle, The Five Sisters, pre-historic sites, John O’Groats, Duncansby Head, Wick, Beauly, Cromarty, dolphin-spotting, Spey Valley and scenic Perthshire.
Day One – Edinburgh to Inverness
From Edinburgh we will make our way to Rannoch Moor, a wilderness that extends over 50 square miles. We continue to Glen Coe, the legendary weeping valley, for photo opportunities and a chance to enjoy the spectacular surroundings. Next we’ll enter brooding Glen Coe. We drive on to cross the Ballachulish Bridge to pass Fort William, a Highland town which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis.
The majestic beauty of the Great Glen is next – Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and Loch Ness will provide wonderful views at every turn. We’ll drive the entire length of Loch Ness, stopping so you can explore Urquhart Castle and take a monster-spotting cruise.* Our tour is based in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, for the next three nights. The stay in Inverness is unescorted.
Day Two – The Magical Isle – Skye
After breakfast we make our way to Garve then on through Strath Bran to the remote village of Achnasheen. From there we strike out through picturesque Glen Carron, stopping to enjoy the panoramic views over Loch Carron.
We cross ‘over the sea to Skye’ and follow the picturesque coastal route, enjoying the wonderful vista over the sea lochs to the Isle of Scalpay. There are grand views of the mighty Cuillin Hills too as we make our way to Portree, the island’s main town. We’ll make a stop here so you can discover the town on your own and enjoy lunch. The colourful houses that surround the harbour make a wonderful backdrop for an “I was there” selfie!
Returning to the mainland, we stop to visit fairytale Eilean Donan Castle* set on its little island on Loch Duich. There is time to explore this iconic castle before our return journey continues through Glen Shiel, where the Five Sisters of Kintail will come into view. These soaring peaks are each over 3,000 feet (914 m) high!
The final part of our journey takes us through Glen Moriston to the timeless beauty of Loch Ness and onwards to Inverness.
Day Three – Inverness to Edinburgh
After breakfast we make our way through Glen Convinth to reach Beauly. The monks who built a priory here in the 13th century called it Beau Lieu or ‘beautiful place’. You’ll soon discover why! On certain departures you’ll also have the opportunity of visiting the nearby Glen Ord Malt Whisky Distillery* to see how Scotland’s national drink is lovingly produced.
Our tour continues through the Black Isle where we will enjoy scenic views over the Cromarty Firth as we travel to the little fishing village of Cromarty. Our next stop is at Chanonry Point, a popular vantage-point to spot the community of dolphins that live in the Moray Firth.
On the outskirts of Inverness join your coach for our tour south. The route will take us into the spectacular Cairngorm National Park and the Spey Valley, for the best views of the Cairngorm Mountains. Then we drive through the dramatic scenery of the Drumochter Pass and onwards to Glen Garry – look out for imposing Blair Castle, home to the Dukes of Atholl. We continue our journey through the rolling Perthshire countryside, known as ‘Big Tree Country’. From Perth its homeward bound to journeys end in Edinburgh.
*Optional extra – subject to seasonal availability.
- Departure – 0745
- Return – 2030
- Tour prices – From £310
- Tour duration – three days
- Timings and stop duration are approximate.
Dates of Operation:
- Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: from 7 April to 10 October, 2019.
- Tuesdays: from 5 March to 26 November, 2019.
- Daily: from 4 May to 29 September, 2019.
If you would like to make a booking for this 3 Day Tour in August please contact us to check availability before making the payment – email: [email protected] or telephone 0131 557 0162.
2019 Prices (Per Person)
- 1/2 Twin/Double room shared with a member of your own party. £310
- Single room. £430
- Child sharing a room aged 3 to 15: £300
Hotel Accommodation Low season:
- 1/2 Twin/Double room shared with a member of your own party. £380
- Single room. £590
- Child sharing a room aged 3 to 15: £370
Hotel Accommodation Price High Season from 01st August until 31st August 2019:
- 1/2 Twin/Double room shared with a member of your own party. £410
- Single room. £640
- Child sharing a room aged 3 to 15. £400
Total price includes transport, guide and accommodation with breakfast.
- Double and Twin rooms prices are based on shared accommodation with members of your own party/group.
- Triple and family rooms are available. Please contact us for details.
*Child fare: Child reduction applies to children aged 3 to 15 inclusive. Children under the age of 3 are not carried on this tour. This tour is in conjunction with Scottish Tours. This company’s booking terms and conditions apply. Charges apply for the cancellation of this tour. View Terms & Conditions for Cancellation Charges Details.
What’s Included on total price • 2 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower • Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 to 3) • Excursions as detailed in itinerary • Live commentary in English • Transportation to/from Inverness by luxury touring coach • Services of a tour host • Service charges and taxes.
What’s not included on total price • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature • Gratuity to your tour host.