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: £541 - £861
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
Good morning and welcome aboard! Our tour departs from Edinburgh and we head northwards passing Stirling where we will great views of Stirling Castle and the impressive Wallace Monument. After leaving the pleasant town of 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 on the West Highland Line. The journey includes a crossing of the famous Glenfinnan viaduct which is featured in the Harry Potter movies. From the 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 MacDonalds, before touring north to our accommodation.
The departure on 22 October, 2018 does not include a journey on the Jacobite Steam Train. Instead you will travel through the scenic Great Glen, a landscape of impressive mountains and silvery lochs. In Glen Shiel you’ll see the inspiring peaks of the Five Sisters mountain range before crossing the Skye Bridge to reach the “winged isle”.
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 amazing coastal views as we make our way towards the Skye Bridge. We’ll make a photo-stop at beautiful Eilean Donan Castle then meander our way through Glen Moriston to reach Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands.
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 little 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 called it “Bea Lieu” or beautiful place. We’ll soon find out why!
The afternoon we enjoy a scenic tour through the rugged and remote mountains of the North West which underline Scotland’s status as one on the last great wildernesses in Europe. We’ll end the day with the opportunity of visiting a Highland Whisky Distillery where after our tour there is a wee taste of the end product! Later we make our way back to Inverness.
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 take 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 Cairngorm 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 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. 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. If you’ve got more time to spare a series of extraordinary itineraries has been created by combining one or more shorter tours. Seamless in operation these unique holidays allow you to discover even more of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands. A feature of these tours is that you will travel with a different driver/guide and fellow travellers for each portion of the itinerary.
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 84 mile round 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. On some tours the route may be reversed.
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 22 October departure)
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Ferry from 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.
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