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-spottting 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.
Price range: £841 - £1,041
Loch Ness - enjoy a monster-spotting drive along the banks 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 iconic and amazingly beautiful 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 - hotel upgrade option available
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 Bannockburn, Scotland’s most celebrated medieval battlefield. Setting foot on its famous soil, we are instantly transported back to 1314 when Robert the Bruce routed Edward II’s English army.
The history lesson continues as our journey though William Wallace country takes us past the imposing heights of Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. Remember to keep a lookout for the ramparts of Doune Castle, 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 legendary creature said to inhabit its icy depths. A short stop on its shores give 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!
Once ashore, there’s plenty of time to explore this beautiful island’s remote and rugged charms. 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.
Our day ends gazing across the water amid the welcoming lights of Stornoway, where a choice of freshly-caught specials await in its cosy eateries and pubs.
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 Callanish Standing Stones, their weathered faces standing impassively in the shadow of the Great Bernera hills.
From here, we jump forward thousands of years as we wander the Iron Age settlement at broch of Dun Carloway. 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.
By now refreshments are firmly on the menu, so we head to the most westerly distillery in Scotland. A warm welcome is guaranteed at Abhainn Dearg, where we relax with a wee dram of their finest uisge beatha.
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
After bidding farewell to our Stornoway home, we leave this charming village and meander south towards the idyllic splendour and welcoming tranquillity of the Isle of Harris.
Famous around the world 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.
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, as well as 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.
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 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 the last stop on the Isle of Skye – the romantic ruins of Armadale Castle, Gardens and Museum. Here, we explore some 1,500 years of Highland history, wandering the lush gardens and woodland trails around the Clan Donald’s spiritual home.
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
- 5 nights guest house or hotel 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
from 60 High Street
Edinburgh, EH1 1TB
Check-in: 07:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:30 hrs
Concession discount applies to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 15 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.
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.
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.