Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides - 6 day tour
Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides
6 day/5 night tour
Take an unforgettable journey across land and sea to Scotland’s most iconic attractions. Go monster-spotting at Loch Ness, explore the wonders of Lewis and Harris, fall in love with the magical Isle of Skye and take a steam-train ride across the majestic Glenfinnan Viaduct. Stunning scenery and captivating castles abound in an intoxicating odyssey that brings myth and legend to life.
Loch Ness - enjoy a monster-spotting drive along the banks of this enigmatic loch
Butt of Lewis - visit the isolated lighthouse overlooking the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean
Callanish Standing Stones - explore these impressive standing stones thought to be older than Stonehenge
Isle of Skye - see the stunning peaks of the Cuillin Hills and tour through the bizarre landscape of Trotternish
Eilean Donan Castle - discover this superbly romantic fortress
Jacobite Steam Train - savour a one-way ride on the famous West Highland Line aboard the real Hogwarts Express
Movie locations - Brave, Highlander and Harry Potter
Guest house accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Edinburgh - Loch Ness - Inverness
From the nation’s capital, we head north, leaving its bustling streets behind as we adventure through rolling fields and glens.
Our first stop is to see the magnificent Kelpies. These massive equine statutes were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and celebrate the role heavy horses played in the industrial development of Central Scotland.
We are surrounded by history as our journey continues through William Wallace country which takes us past the imposing heights of Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. Remember to keep a lookout for the ramparts of Doune Castle, the star of both Outlander and Game of Thrones.
More atmospheric scenery awaits as we thread our way through the dramatic peaks and valleys of Glen Coe – also known as the ‘Glen of Weeping‘ – and the snow-capped peak of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.
As we near the banks of Loch Ness, learn more about the legendary creature said to inhabit its icy depths. A short stop on its shores gives you the chance to look out for Nessie herself before we continue on to Inverness. We arrive in plenty of time for a leisurely stroll beside the river or castle, before a relaxing dinner among the city’s many bars and restaurants.
Day 2 - Inverness - Ullapool - Stornoway
After a hearty breakfast, we bid farewell to Inverness and turn northwards. Our first stop is the tumbling waters of Black Water Falls at Garve, where we pause awhile to drink in the clean mountain air and stunning scenery.
Thoroughly invigorated, we leisurely wind our way north on one of Scotland’s most picturesque roads, passing majestic mountains and peaceful glens along the way.
The next stop is the pretty fishing port of Ullapool on Loch Broom, which serves as our stepping stone to the Isle of Lewis. From here, we hop aboard the ferry for the crossing to Stornoway. Keep an eye out for the friendly leaping dolphins who often accompany travellers on their way!
On arrival in the Outer Hebrides, there’s plenty of time to explore these beautiful islands' remote and rugged charms. We start our island adventure by meandering south towards the idyllic splendour and welcoming tranquillity of the Isle of Harris.
Famous worldwide for its glittering turquoise seas and gleaming white sands, we pause awhile to marvel at this wonder of nature, framed by its imposing mountain backdrop.
Our day ends gazing across the water amid the welcoming lights of Stornoway, where a choice of freshly-caught specials awaits in its cosy eateries.
Overnight: Stornoway (2 nights)
Day 3 - Exploring the Isle of Lewis
With an exciting day of discovery ahead of us, another delicious Highland breakfast is essential before we set out to explore the many delights of Lewis.
First, we journey back 5,000 years to the Neolithic age as we explore the dramatic beauty of the old Calanais Standing Stones, their weathered faces standing impassively in the shadow of the Great Bernera hills. Please note that from 01 September 2024, there will be no access due to conservation work.
From here, we jump forward thousands of years as we wander the Iron Age settlement at Dun Carloway Broch. Close your eyes and imagine the hustle and bustle of the thriving community that prospered here for centuries.
Our next port of call is a little more up to date as we head to the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, where we receive a fascinating first-hand demonstration of 17th-century life on this remote island.
No visit is complete without a trip to its most northerly point, the Butt of Lewis, where the swirling foam crashes against the cliffs beneath a majestic lighthouse.
Today’s travels complete, we head back to Stornoway, where there is still time to wander the pretty harbour and choose which delicious seafood to sample tonight.
Day 4 - Stornoway - Isle of Harris - Portree
The dramatic coastline’s many bays and inlets can be seen as we board the ferry for our next island destination, gulls wheeling noisily above us as we head over the sea to Skye.
Renowned for its abundant wildlife and breathtaking landscapes, the afternoon is spent on the island’s northern point, exploring the Trotternish peninsula. Here, we soak up the stunning scenery and admire the awe-inspiring rock formations, including the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr.
Folklore is also on our agenda as we learn about the island’s fascinating myths and legends and its famous history, including Flora MacDonald helping the fugitive Bonnie Prince Charlie flee to the isle disguised as her maid in 1746.
Suitably enlightened, we retire to the scenic town of Portree, where fresh ingredients and delicious local specialities await in its many welcoming restaurants.
Overnight: Portree (2 nights)
Day 5 - Exploring the Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle
As the sun stretches its fingers across the waters of our peaceful harbour home, we breakfast in anticipation, knowing another day of exploration awaits.
The first stop is the Waternish peninsula and the charming Fairy Bridge. Sitting beside the main road, this pretty stone structure is said to mark the spot where a clan chief’s fairy wife bid him farewell before returning to her own people.
Equally enchanting are the sparkling waters of the Sligachan River, which tumble beneath breathtaking views of the Cuillin mountains. Said to grant eternal beauty, we will pause for a while to appreciate the scene and hear their fascinating mythology.
Another fairytale sight greets us as we cross the Skye Bridge to arrive at one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks – Eilean Donan Castle. Standing proudly at the meeting point of three sea lochs, this 13th-century island fortress is world famous thanks to appearances in films including Highlander and The World is Not Enough. There’s plenty of time to put yourself in the picture too, as we explore its delights and pose for photographs amid stunning scenery.
We then return to Portree for your final chance to browse its colourful shops and restaurants and sample the real taste of Scotland.
Day 6 - Portree - Jacobite Steam Train - Edinburgh
Our final day dawns with a slight sadness at leaving this magical isle – but also excitement at the epic experiences that still await us.
After enjoying breakfast in our charming village, we set out for a drive through the lush Sleat Peninsula, known as the garden of Skye. Our destination is the ferry port of Armadale.
From here it’s a hop, skip and jump back to the mainland as we board our ferry once again, this time arriving at the bustling fishing village of Mallaig.
After a brief pause to catch our breath, we swap our sea legs for steam power as it’s all aboard the Jacobite Steam Train for one of the world’s most spellbinding railway journeys.
With spectacular views all around us, we follow in the tracks of Harry Potter as we cross the 21 giant arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct, our faithful engine whistling merrily as we speed 100ft above the lush forests and rivers below.
After alighting, we take the scenic route south, admiring the beauty of the Cairngorms National Park before arriving home in Edinburgh.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Multi-day Tour?
For the discerning traveller a Signature Multi-day Tour offers amazing value for money, comfortable accommodation, well-paced sightseeing and luxury travel.
All of this combines 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. And being locals you are sure to get that extra insight. If you should have any problems during your stay, they’ll go out of their way to help.
You will want to see as much as possible, but you don’t want to be rushed. Our tours are carefully planned to strike the right balance, and as well as comfortable mini/midicoach travel many feature memorable railway or ferry journeys.
Having somewhere pleasant to stay after an exciting day of discovery is an important part of your holiday experience. Comfortable guest house accommodation with en-suite bathrooms, tv and other amenities is included in the price of all tours.
A tasty Scottish breakfast is included each morning of your stay.
What options are available on this tour and what is the cost?
To give you maximum flexibility the cost of admission fees and other optional extras are not included in the tour price. This gives you complete freedom to choose as the mood takes you. On this tour the optional visits are:
Following the links above will give you more information on each attraction including current admission prices. At some locations a special discount is offered to tour participants, your driver/guide will give you more information if this applies. Credit/debit cards are not always accepted so you should plan to have sufficient cash with you should you wish to make any visits.
Tell me about my accommodation and which type of room should I choose?
The cost of accommodation is included in the price of your tour.
The guesthouses and B&Bs are carefully selected and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee-making facilities and other facilities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided.
Some guesthouses and B&B’s offer enhanced facilities, such as a resident’s lounge where you can relax with other guests.
Accommodation is spread throughout the communities that we stay in and is seldom more than a 10/15 minute walk from the town or village centre.
What is the journey on the Jacobite Steam Train like?
Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this memorable trip will take you past a list of impressive extremes.
Starting near the highest mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, it visits Britain’s 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.
Standard class tickets are included in the cost of the tour. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to upgrade these tickets to First Class.
Will there be time to visit Eilean Donan Castle?
We allow a stop of approximately 1 hour to visit Eilean Donan Castle.
Please note that this information is for guidance only and the location and duration of any stop may be varied or cancelled for operational reasons.
Should I make dinner reservations for an evening meal in Portree?
Yes! Portree is the capital and main town on the Isle of Skye, and therefore is a very popular destination, especially in the summer months. There are many excellent restaurants in Portree, and they tend to get pretty busy, so we strongly recommend making reservations for your evening meal to avoid disappointment.
We advise not making your dinner reservations for any earlier than 7pm to allow plenty of time for the coach to return to Portree, after a full day of exploring the wonders of the Magical Isle.
You can also check out our Portree blog for more tips and information.
- 5 nights guest house accommodation - all rooms with private bathrooms
- Locations: Inverness (1); Stornoway (2) and Portree (2)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (5)
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- One way Jacobite Steam Train trip on the West Highland Railway Line
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned mini/midi coach
- Ferry to the Isle of Lewis
- Ferry to the Isle of Skye
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges unless stated above
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
60 High Street
Check-in: 08:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 16 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Book by paying a 20% deposit. Make date changes or get a full refund with 8 days notice before travel. Click here for more information.
The price of this tour includes guest house accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
One medium sized suitcase/bag per person (maximum weight: 15 kilos)
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour. See the FAQ section below for more information and guidance on prices.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(5 /5) 07 Sep 2023
Our tour guide Tom was absolutely brilliant, nothing was too much trouble for him, I was travelling with my 85yr father and husband and he was so good to us, very knowledgeable and entertaining with his information and stories on the tourKaren from Ballymote, Co sligo, IE
Rating:(5 /5) 19 Aug 2023
Accommodationss were great. Lots of opportunities to appreciate the scenery and beauty of Scotland.Judith from San Anselmo, US
Rating:(4 /5) 11 Jul 2023
Excellent tour of Outer Hebrides and isles. Our guide/driver was very good and very accommodating. Ideal group size - 14 in our case which was perfect. We certainly saw a good deal of the beautiful Scottish countryside. We are left with a memorable holiday which we will remember fondly for many years!Topsy from Wokingham , GB