Skye, Loch Ness and Inverness - 5 day tour
Skye, Loch Ness and Inverness Tour
5 day/4 night tour
Could there be a better way to discover the delights of Scotland? See the beautiful Western Highlands and visit the scenic port of Oban then take one of the World’s great rail journeys aboard the famous Jacobite Steam Train. Explore the picturesque Isle of Skye and visit mysterious Loch Ness before enjoying a scenic drive through the rugged beauty of the Highlands. This is a very special touring experience!
Price range: £560 - £1080
Glen Coe - discover the sad tale of this amazingly beautiful valley
Jacobite Steam Train - selected tours enjoy a one-way ride on the famous West Highland Line aboard the real Hogwarts Express
Isle of Skye - explore Armadale Castle and Gardens, see the stunning peaks of the Cuillin Hills and tour through the bizarre landscape of Trotternish
Loch Ness - join a cruise on the loch to try and spot the elusive monster
Tomatin Distillery - learn how Scotch whisky is produced and enjoy a wee taste
Movie locations - Harry Potter, Outlander and Loch Ness
Guest house accommodation included - hotel upgrade option available
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Edinburgh - Glen Coe - Oban
We break the journey at a malt whisky distillery where you’ll have the chance to learn the traditions of whisky making and enjoy a wee taste of the end product.
After leaving Callander, we’ll enter the Highlands and head for Rannoch Moor, an impressive wilderness that stretches as far as the eye can see.
Glen Coe is famed for its dramatic scenery, and as we head into the Glen, we’ll hear the tragic tale of the infamous massacre of the MacDonald Clan in 1692. We’ll make a stop in the heart of the valley so you can capture the scene and post an update on your timeline.
Next, we travel along the banks of Loch Leven and head southwards to meander our way along the coastline. Look out for Castle Stalker scenically perched on the banks of Loch Laich.
Oban is a thriving fishing and ferry port attractively set against a sheltered bay. It’s famed for the quality of the seafood which is landed daily, so whether you fancy some fish and chips alfresco or something more formal, you are in for a delicious treat!
Day 2 - Oban - Jacobite Steam Train - Portree (Isle of Skye)
After breakfast, we head for Fort William on the banks of Loch Linnhe, where we board the Jacobite Steam Train - the real Hogwarts Express - for a spectacular journey along the West Highland Line.
This memorable journey includes crossing the famous Glenfinnan viaduct, which is featured in the Harry Potter movies. From the Jacobite Steam Train, enjoy panoramic views of the Glenfinnan Monument standing at the head of Loch Shiel and the unspoilt sands of Morar.
On arrival in Mallaig, board the ferry to sail ‘Over the Sea to Skye’. On arrival, we’ll stop at Armadale Castle and Gardens, the former home of the Clan MacDonald, before touring through the island to our accommodation in Portree, the island’s main community.
Overnight: Portree, Isle of Skye
Day 3 - Portree - Eilean Donan Castle - Inverness
Today we explore the magical Island of Skye. From Portree, we head northwards to the very tip of the island to view the extraordinary scenery of the Trotternish Peninsula.
Marvel at The Old Man of Storr, which towers 49 metres high. Next, see the mysterious rock formations of The Quiraing, which looks like a mountain range in miniature. The highlight must be Kilt Rock, which resembles the pleats on a kilt and has a dramatic waterfall cascading over the edge.
We’ll stop to view the impressive Cuillin mountain ranges then enjoy striking coastal views as we make our way towards the Skye Bridge.
Overnight: Inverness (2 nights)
Day 4 - Loch Ness and Glen Affric Excursion
After a leisurely breakfast, we head for the mysterious banks of Loch Ness, where we’ve got the chance to go on a monster-spotting cruise. Keep those cameras ready just in case Nessie makes an appearance!
From the pretty village of Drumnadrochit, we head northwards through Glen Convinth to reach the ancient town of Beauly. The monks who built Beauly Priory in the 13th Century named it “Bea Lieu” or beautiful place. We’ll soon find out why!
In the afternoon, we enjoy a scenic tour through the rugged and remote mountains of the North West, which underline Scotland’s status as one of the last great wildernesses in Europe.
Day 5 - Inverness - Dunkeld - Edinburgh
On our last day together, we make the short journey to evocative Culloden Moor, the site of the last battle to have taken place on British soil. Here, in 1746, the dreams of Bonnie Prince Charlie to capture the Crown came to a bloody end.
Tour the battlefield site and visit the award-winning visitor centre to learn more about the battle and its aftermath.
Later we travel to the enigmatic chamber cairns of Clava Cairns, which inspired the popular Outlander books and subsequent TV series.
Next, we enter the striking scenery of the Cairngorms National Park, whose wilderness contains five of Scotland’s tallest mountains.
We stop to visit the Highland Folk Museum to experience Highland life from the past centuries before making our way through the Pass of Drumochter to reach Dunkeld with its impressive cathedral situated on the banks of the River Tay.
The last part of our journey takes us through the Kingdom of Fife, and our approach to Edinburgh is by way of the iconic Forth Bridges.
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 too.
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.
On many tours you can choose to upgrade to hotel accommodation, at extra cost, if you wish.
A tasty Scottish breakfast is included each morning of your stay.
What options are available on this tour and what is the cost?
The tour fare includes transportation by luxury mini or midicoach and the services of a professional driver/guide. Admission to the attractions featured on this tour is optional so you can choose to visit or not depending on your interests. The tour itinerary will allow time for you to enjoy visits to:
The links above will give you more information on these attractions as well as current admission prices. On some tours discounted prices are available to tour passengers - your driver/guide will provide more information if this applies. Not all attractions accept payment by credit or debit card so you should carry sufficient cash should you be planning a visit.
What type of room should I choose?
There are different bedrooms types to choose from, here is what you can expect:
Single room - one person sleeping in a single bed
Twin room - two people sleeping in two separate beds
Double room - two people sharing one large bed
Family room - three people sharing a room sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person)
Please note that a family room can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
What is the journey on the Jacobite Steam Train like?
Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world this 42 mile one-way trip takes 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.
A one-way journey between Fort William and Mallaig is included and may be operated in either direction.
Tell me what the visit to a whisky distillery will be like?
A visit to a traditional whisky distillery is a feast for all the senses. After a warm welcome you’ll normally have a short audio/visual presentation on the the history of the distillery and the traditional methods used in the distilling process.
Next is a tour of the distillery where you you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation.
Your tour will end with a tutored tasting of a malt whisky and the opportunity to buy a souvenir of your visit in the distillery shop.
- 4 nights guest house or hotel accommodation
- Location: Oban (1); Isle of Skye (1) and Inverness (2)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (4)
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- One way Jacobite Steam Train trip on the West Highland Railway Line (except 6 April, 2020 departure)
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned mini/midi coach
- Ferry from the Isle of Skye
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
From 60 High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1TB
Check-in: 08:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:00 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.
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. 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.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(5 /5) 20 Sep 2021
The tour was with Highlander Explorer and it was a fantastic experience for our family of 8 adults. We had Tom as our guide and he was so knowledgeable and patient with everyone. The accomodation was enjoyable and comfortable. We couldn't recommend it enough!Corina from Glasgow, GB
Rating:(5 /5) 30 Jul 2021
Every single location of the Tour was just fabulous, Open is my favourite ever. Good food, lovely views, fantastic guide Charlie!!!!!Valeria from Crawley, GB
Rating:(5 /5) 16 Jul 2021
We were so lucky with the weather and saw so much. The content of the tour was excellent and loved the amazing views, the glorious weather on the Loch Ness cruise and the Jacobite. The hotel room in Oban was stunning with a fabulous view to the sea. The Skye Inn was very comfortable although the twin room small but for our short time there it was fine. The hotel in Inverness again was comfortable although our room was dark and the radiators were on so we had to ask for a fan in order to sleep due to heat! Breakfast and the waitress was very good.However, the star of the tour was Rich who had so many tales to tell and he played lots of Scottish tunes. He is very knowledgeable and really put himself out to make everyone happy. He is a credit to his company and a real character.from ,