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  • Jacobite Steam Train
  • Armadale Castle Isle of Skye
  • Quiraing Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye and the Jacobite Steam Train
See, Visit & Explore: Forth Bridges, Highland Perthshire, Dunkeld, Cairngorm National Park, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Cuillin Mountains, Old Man of Storr, Dunvegan Castle, Clan Donald Centre, Jacobite Steam Train, Fort William, Glen Coe and Rannoch Moor.

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3 day tour from £289

Mondays and Wednesdays
16 May to 28 September, 2016
17 June to 09 September, 2016
07 May to 22 October, 2016

Bed & Breakfast

Twin/Double/Family room - from £ 289 per person
Children - from £ 275 per child
Single Room - from £ 309 per person


Twin/Double/Family room from £ 369 per person
Children from £ 355 per child
Single room from £ 389 per person

Accommodation information


Child reduction applies to children aged 5 to 16 inclusive on the basis that they stay in a room with 2 adults.

We regret that children under the age of 5 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal price range
£289 - £429

Product code: HET 02093

Tour Summary

This wonderful 3 day tour combines a magical visit to the Isle of Skye with a trip on the World famous Jacobite Steam Train Ė the real Hogwartsís Express!

Youíll also have the chance to go monster-spotting at Loch Ness; visit historic Dunkeld Cathedral and see spectacular Eilean Donan Castle too.

Day 1: Travel from Edinburgh to delightful Dunkeld then through the Cairngorm National Park to reach Loch Ness. Visit Eilean Donan Castle before driving to the Isle of Skye.

Day 2: Spend today exploring the Isle of Skye. The flexible itinerary will allow visits to Dunvegan Castle, the Old Man of Storr and the Trotternish Peninsula.

Day 3: Visit the Clan Donald Centre before sailing by ferry to the mainland. Board the Jacobite Steam Train for a memorable trip on the West Highland Line. Later visit Glen Coe and Rannoch Moor before returning to Edinburgh.

Tour features:

  • Visit The Isle of Skye, Dunvegan Castle* and Eilean Donan Castle* (*admission fees apply)
  • Overnight accommodation: Portree, Isle of Skye (2)
  • Depart from Edinburgh and return to Edinburgh
  • Tour duration: 3 days/2 nights
  • EVoucher: No need to print your voucher - just show it on your smartphone and go!
  • Signature Extended Tour

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Day One
Edinburgh Ė Loch Ness Ė Isle of Skye
There is a spectacular start to our tour when we cross the Firth of Forth and enjoy stunning views of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge. We travel through the ancient Kingdom of Fife and enter the Highlands through Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers and mountains.
We visit the quaint village of Dunkeld with its historic cathedral sitting on the banks of the River Tay. Drive through the Grampian Mountains to reach the beauty of the Cairngorm National Park and the Great Glen.
At Fort Augustus, there is time to explore the shores of Loch Ness and a chance to spot Nessie. The journey continues to the famous Isle of Skye but first a stop to view Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotlandís most famous icons. Our home for the night is the Isle of Skye, the Ďwinged isleí.
Overnight: Portree, Isle of Skye 
Day Two
Exploring the Isle of Skye
Today we experience the breathtaking scenery, rich history and vibrant Gaelic culture of the Isle of Skye.
The soaring peaks of the Cuillin Hills will accompany us on much of our journey today. The Cuillins have the greatest concentration of tall peaks in Britain and are a firm favourite with climbers the World over. There will be stops so you can savour the vistas which are truly unforgettable.
Dunvegan Castle has an idyllic loch side setting and is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland Ė it's been the ancestral home and stronghold of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. On your visit to the castle * you can view ancient clan treasures, Jacobite relics and the famous Fairy Flag. Why not explore the elegant walled garden and the water garden, with its gentle walking trails?
A trip around the coastline of Trotternish is a trip through time itself. Today we following the coast road through long established villages to visit the grave of Flora MacDonald who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape the Government troops who were searching for him. Youíll be in awe as your driver/guide tells you the story of her fascinating life. As our scenic drive continues youíll be able to investigate the mysterious rock formations of The Old Man of Storr, The Quiraing and Kilt Rock, a spectacular 200 foot (61m) sea cliff.
Overnight: Portree, Isle of Skye
Day Three
Isle of Skye Ė Jacobite Steam Train - Edinburgh
Today we travel through the Sleat Peninsula, known as the garden of Skye, to visit the Clan Donald Centre* which tells the story of this powerful clan that once boasted the title "The Lord of the IslesĒ. The extensive grounds contain the ruins of Armadale Castle as well as delightful gardens.
At Armadale we board a modern ferry for the short crossing to the fishing village of Mallaig. Here we board the World-famous Jacobite Steam Train for an unforgettable trip on the West Highland Railway. Our journey will take us past the spectacular silver sands of Morar and along the banks of Loch Eilt. Next the breath-taking curve of the Glenfinnan Viaduct will sweep us past the head of Loch Shiel and the impressive monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie. Harry Potter fans will remember this scene from the movies. As we arrive in Fort William look out for Neptuneís Staircase, a remarkable series of locks on the Caledonian Canal.
We board our coach and head southwards through the dramatic scenery of Glen Coe and the vast wilderness of Rannoch Moor. Thereís a stop for afternoon tea before the final part of our journey takes us through Rob Roy MacGregor country and back into the lowlands once more. At Stirling we join the motorway for the short drive back to Edinburgh.

* Admission Fees

Eilean Donan Castle - £7.00 Adult £3.50 Child
Dunvegan Castle - £11.00 Adult £8.00 Child
Clan Donald Centre - £8.50 Adult £5.50 Child
This information is given for guidance only and prices are subject to change without notice. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect on this Signature Extended Tour?
For the discerning traveller a Signature Extended Tour from Scottish Tours delivers a quality Scottish touring experience that offers the very best value for money. Comfortable accommodation, well-paced sightseeing and luxury mini or midi coach travel all combine to create the definitive Scottish experience.  
Each tour is hosted by a professional driver/guide, who has been chosen for their extensive knowledge as well as their driving skills.Friendly, courteous and well informed, theyíll be happy to answer all your questions about the history, geography and customs of the places youíll discover on your tour.
And being locals you are sure to get that extra insight. If you should have any problems during your stay, theyíll go out of their way to help. You will want to see as much as possible, but you donít want to be rushed. Our tours are carefully planned to strike the right balance, and as well as comfortable coach travel many feature memorable railway or ferry journeys.
We often include those little gems, well worth a visit, that most other tour companies drive on by. As these itineraries are more leisurely, visiting places off the beaten track is easy and makes for a truly unforgettable trip. Having somewhere pleasant to stay after an exciting day of discovery is an important part of your holiday experience. Youíll have the choice of staying in either a comfortable guest house or first class hotel.
No matter your choice your bedroom will have an en-suite bathroom, tv and other amenities. Each property has been carefully selected to offer you Highland hospitality at its very best. Start each day with a Scottish breakfast, a hearty meal that will keep you going all day long.
Vegetarian and Continental options will also be available if you prefer lighter fayre.Please check out the other FAQís for more specific information on this tour. If you have any unanswered questions please feel free to email us at  - weíll be happy to help.
How much luggage can I bring?
Luggage space on the tour is restricted so the amount of luggage that you can bring is limited to 1 bag per person that weights no more than 15kg and has maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm. Luggage larger than this will only be carried if space is available.
What meals are included?
A full Scottish breakfast is included from day 2 onwards. This hearty meal consists of fruit juice; a choice of cereal; bakery basket; cooked items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and, maybe, a taste of haggis! plus tea or coffee.
Vegetarian and lighter Continental options are always available. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price. During the touring day there will be a stop where you can enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant. Your driver/guide will be happy to suggest a conveniently located restaurant where you can enjoy good food for dinner.
What kind of accommodation do you use?
We offer lodgings that have been specially selected to enhance your touring experience. You can choose between Guesthouse/B&B or Hotel accommodation:  
Guesthouse and B&B. The guesthouses and B&Bís are family run and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee making facilities and other facilities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided. Some guesthouses and B&Bís offer enhanced facilities such as a residentís lounge where you can relax with other guests.
Hotel. We select comfortable and characterful inns and hotels. Generally they are a minimum of 3 stars with bedrooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, tea and coffee making facilities and other amenities. All our hotels have comfortable lounges where you can enjoy morning coffee. Most have restaurants offering a selection of Scottish and international dishes. Many have lively bars where you can relax and re-live the days experiences with your fellow passengers.
Accommodation is spread throughout the communities that we stay in. Hotels are normally centrally located and the guesthouses/B&Bís seldom more than a 10/15 minute walk from the town or village centre. The coach will drop you off at or close to your accommodation each night and will pick you up in the morning, after breakfast.  
What type of room should I choose?
Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect whether you choose guesthouse/B&B or hotel accommodation:
Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate bedsDouble room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed  Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).You should note that a family room (particularly when using hotel accommodation) can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
All our accommodation, whether you choose Guest House/B&B or Hotel, features en-suite facilities (the toilet and shower are located in your bedroom for your exclusive use.   
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 16 and 29 passengers.
Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?
Seating on this tour is on a first come, first served basis and cannot be pre-booked. If you are travelling as part of a group please make sure that all members of the party arrive at the departure point together. 
What is the journey on the Jacobite Steam Train Like?
Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 84 mile round trip takes you past a list of impressive extremes. Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britainís most westerly mainland railway station, Arisaig; passes close by the deepest freshwater loch in Britain, Loch Morar and the shortest river in Britain, River Morar, finally arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis!The train will cross the 21-arched Glenfinnan viaduct (a location made famous in the Harry Potter films) which overlooks Loch Shiel and the Jacobite monument. The train may pause on the viaduct, time permitting, to allow you to take in the magnificent view.

What's Included

  • 2 nights accommodation in twin rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (day 2 & 3)
  • Live commentary in English.
  • Excursions as detailed in itinerary
  • One-way trip on the Jacobite Steam Train
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minicoach
  • Services of a driver/guide
  • Service charges and taxes

Not Included
  • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to your tour host

Departure information

Check In: 08:45
Departs: 09:00
from 60 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TB
Returns: 20:00

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