A look at Skye
2 day / 1 night tour
Although this is a short tour it is packed with exciting features! Discover the delights of the scenic Isle of Skye including the striking Cuillin Hills and the colourful fishing port of Portree. There’s the chance to visit iconic Eilean Donan Castle and take a monster-spotting cruise on Loch Ness. During your comfortable overnight stay in Inverness why not enjoy a stroll along the banks of the River Ness then catch some traditional music in a local pub?
Price range: £240 - £365
Glen Coe - stop to appreciate the awesome beauty of Scotland’s most famous valley
Loch Ness - admire the ruins of impressive Urquhart Castle and enjoy a cruise on mysterious Loch Ness
Inverness - enjoy a free evening in the “Capital of the Highlands”
Eilean Donan Castle - stop to visit this amazingly picturesque castle
Isle of Skye - see the famous Cuillin Mountains and explore the bustling fishing port of Portree
Movie locations - Made of Honour, Skyfall and Loch Ness
Guest house accommodation included - hotel upgrade available at extra cost
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 -
Our journey starts with wonderful views of Stirling, with its Majestic Castle, then, after a short drive, we enter the Highlands. A climb up the "Black Mount” will bring us to the remote beauty of Rannoch Moor. This unspoilt landscape extends over 50 square miles! We will make a photo stop in haunting Glen Coe before making our way through Fort William and into the Great Glen. The highlight of our day together is undoubtedly a drive along the entire length of Loch Ness. There is a stop at Urquhart Castle were you can take a tour and a short cruise on the loch. It’s a short drive to Inverness, where we will spend the night. The stay in Inverness is unescorted.
Day 2 - Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Excursion - Edinburgh
After breakfast we travel a short distance to the Black Isle then onwards through picturesque Glen Carron. Next we travel over the sea to Skye! There are grand views of the mighty Cuillin Hills as we make our way to Portree, the islands main town which surrounds a picturesque harbour. Back on the mainland we find fairytale Eilean Donan Castle set on its little island in Loch Duich. There is time to explore this iconic castle before we make our way through Glen Shiel. Here the Five Sisters of Kintail will come into view – can you tell which of these mountains are over 3,000 feet?
The last part of our journey takes us to Invermoriston where there is a short stop to view the romantic Telford bridge. After a drive along the banks of Loch Ness there is a short comfort stop in Inverness before boarding the train for your scenic rail journey to Edinburgh or, by prior arrangement, Glasgow.
Please note that the train journey is unescorted and part of the journey may be in darkness
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Express Tour?
These tours may be short but they are fully loaded and have been carefully planned to give you a real flavour of Scotland. Travel from Edinburgh to Inverness by luxury motorcoach allowing you to relax and enjoy the superior views. Comfortable guest house accommodation with en-suite bathrooms, tv and other amenities in Inverness is included in the price of the tour. You can choose to upgrade to hotel accommodation, at extra cost, if you wish. Either way a delicious Scottish breakfast is served on the morning of the second day. From Inverness enjoy an excursion to the Isle of Skye or John O’Groats and the Far North. These tours are by air-conditioned mini or midicoach and led by a local driver/guide who will provide an entertaining and informative commentary. On return to Inverness there is free time before boarding your train to Edinburgh or you can choose to return to Glasgow instead - please note Terms and Conditions apply so please ensure you select your preferred destination during the booking process. Standard class train tickets are included in the price of this package. The train journey from Inverness to Edinburgh/Glasgow will be unescorted.
What are the optional extras on this tour and how much do they cost?
Admission fees are not included in the cost of the tour so to complement your itinerary you can choose to participate in these exciting options:
Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Cruise
Visit hauntingly beautiful Urquhart Castle, once one of Scotland’s largest castles. The castle boasts a commanding presence overlooking the loch. After time to explore the castle and admire the views take to the water for a cruise on Loch Ness. Please note that for operational reasons it’s not possible to visit Urquhart Castle only.
The cost of the ticket is £19 per adult and £15 per child.
Eilean Donan Castle
The link above will give you more information on this attraction as well as current prices. On some tours discounted prices are available to tour passengers - your driver/guide will provide more information if this applies. Please note that not all attractions take payment by credit/debit card so it is recommended that you carry sufficient cash should you plan to make a visit.
Tell me about my accommodation and which type of room should I choose?
The cost of accommodation is included in the cost of your tour. On this tour you can choose between Guesthouse/B&B or Hotel accommodation: Guesthouse and B&B. The guesthouses and B&Bs are family run and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee making facilities and other amenities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided. Some guesthouses and B&Bs offer enhanced facilities such as a resident’s lounge where you can relax with other guests. Hotel. We select comfortable hotels that are a minimum of 3 stars with bedrooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, tea and coffee making facilities and other amenities. All have restaurants offering a selection of Scottish and international dishes as well as comfortable bars where you can relax and un-wind. All hotels are city-centre located. The guesthouses and B&Bs are a 10/15 minute walk from Inverness City Centre.
How much luggage can I bring?
There are no restrictions on the amount of luggage that you can bring on this tour . Please bear in mind that luggage storage on the train is limited and you may be required to lift your case onto a shelf unaided.
Are your tours suitable for children?
Yes, the relaxed nature of our tours makes them uniquely appropriate for children aged 5 and upwards. Children, aged 5 to 12 inclusive, travelling and sharing a room with 2 adults are charged at 75% of the applicable adult rate.
- 1 nights guest house or hotel accommodation
- Location: Inverness (1)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (1)
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Full day excursion to Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye with local driver/guide
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned touring coach or mini/midi coach
- Live commentary in English
- Single standard class train ticket from Inverness to Edinburgh (or Glasgow if booked in advance - see FAQ's for details)
- Services of an experienced guide and/or driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
87 High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1SG
Check-in: 07:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 00:11 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 3 to 15 years.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
IMPORTANT: Once booked this tour cannot be changed or cancelled
The price of this tour includes guest house accommodation with en-suite bathroom. You can up-grade to hotel accommodation at extra cost during the booking process.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
If booked in advance you can depart from Edinburgh and return to Glasgow. Terms and Conditions apply - see FAQ's for details.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
Rating:01 Oct 2019
The first part or our tour had to be transferred to Timberbush. It's a good thing we were able to be reached by email. Our party of four were not able to sit together and we were not sure we were on the right bus. The second part of the tour that we picked up in Inverness was excellent. Kevin was the best. The seats were a bit cramped for my husband and i to sit together, but luckily my daughter is small and i sat with her comfortably. The Columba Hotel in Inverness had only two rooms reserved for us, but luckily were able to come up with a third room, which turned out to be the best room (i wish my husband and i had been put in that very large room instead of the tiny one we were given). The weather was near perfect.Thomas from Rochester, US
Rating:21 Sep 2019
It was a great holiday. People were really nice and welcoming. The scenery was spectacular. The size of the group was perfect. The guide was knowledgable and accommodating. The driving around was safe. I would really recommend to discover Scotland with Scottish tours.Francine from LONDON, GB
Rating:30 Sep 2017
A special shoutout to Chris, our driver-guide for the Skye tour -- he was wonderful! Very thoughtful, funny and accomodating. Thanks, Chris!Neeta from Ghaziabad, India