Skye and the Scottish Highlands - 3 day tour
Skye and the Scottish Highlands
3 day / 2 night tour
No visit to Scotland is complete without a visit to the Isle of Skye, and you'll do it in style on this tour! Visit iconic sites like Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe and Loch Ness. From your comfortable base in Inverness, head over the sea to Skye to see the towering peaks of the Cuillin Hills, then explore the famed Trotternish Peninsula to see Kilt Rock, The Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr. Spend time in colourful Portree then, back on the mainland, visit picturesque Eilean Donan Castle and emotive Culloden Moor.
Glen Coe - experience some of the most stunning scenery in the Highlands
Portree - explore this attractive town set around its colourful harbour
Trotternish - see the unique lunar landscape created by massive landslips centuries ago
Eilean Donan Castle - touch the past with a visit to this iconic castle sitting on its little island
Culloden Moor - visit the atmospheric battlefield site where Bonnie Prince Charlie's dreams came to a bloody end
Movie locations - The BFG, Braveheart and Rob Roy
Guest house accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Edinburgh/Glasgow - Glen Coe - Inverness
Departing Edinburgh and Glasgow, our journey together starts as we make our way into the natural beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
As our coach ascends the “Black Mount”, there are fantastic views of Loch Tulla below.
Soon we are amidst the remote beauty of Rannoch Moor. This unspoilt landscape extends over 50 square miles and is one of the great wildernesses of Europe!
Spectacular and moody - Glen Coe is quite simply incredible! We will make a photo stop in Scotland’s most famous glen. No matter the weather, you are sure to be inspired by this extraordinary place.
Fort William enjoys a scenic location overlooking the banks of Loch Linnhe. After a stop for lunch, our next treat, hopefully, will be beautiful views of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain.
The Great Glen provides an impressive landscape of lochs and mountains formed millions of years ago. Sit back and marvel at the scenic backdrop as we travel along the banks of Loch Lochy and Oich.
In the village of Invergarry, watch out for the “Well of the Seven Heads”, a monument with a very gory tale to tell!
It’s a short drive to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, for our home for the next two nights.
Overnight: Inverness (2 nights)
Day 2 - Isle of Skye Excursion
There's an exciting day ahead as we head to the beautiful Isle of Skye.
Glen Shiel is home to the "Five Sisters of Kintail", a range of five mountains whose impressive peaks tower over 3,000 feet high.
Soon picturesque Eilean Donan Castle will come into view. This is, without doubt, one of Scotland's most iconic sights. The castle stands on a little island situated at the confluence of Loch's Alsh and Duich. We'll have time to discover the castle for ourselves during our stop here.
Soon we travel "over the sea to Skye" by the modern road bridge and start our exploration of this picturesque island.
The towering Cuillin Hills give Skye its breathtaking beauty. Many consider these to be amongst the finest hills in Britain. The Cuillins present a simply unforgettable vista.
The picturesque town of Portree, the island's largest community. The town's name means the "King's Port" following a visit by King James V in 1540. The pretty painted houses surrounding the harbour give Portree instant Instagramable appeal.
The magnificent rock scenery and breathtaking views of the extraordinary Trotternish Peninsula make it a must-see on our tour.
We'll explore the Quiraing, an area of weird and mysterious rock formations, including the best-known one, Kilt Rock, which resembles the pleats of Scotland's famous garment.
Head to the viewing platform to watch the Mealt Falls cascade 100 m (328 ft) into the sea below.
Our last stop will be the Old Man of Storr, an impressive pinnacle of rock surrounded by legend. It has an arresting location dominating the landscape and towering over the Sound of Raasay.
Later we bid farewell to Skye as we return to our accommodation in Inverness.
Day 3 - Inverness - Culloden Moor - Edinburgh/Glasgow
After a relaxed breakfast, we make the short journey to reach moody Loch Ness, where you'll have the chance to enjoy a monster-spotting cruise to view the ruins of Urquhart Castle.
The battle lasted less than an hour, and his Jacobite army was crushed. The aftermath was particularly brutal, and Highland culture changed forever.
The next part of our journey takes us through the Cairngorms National Park. We'll pass the remote village of Dalwhinnie, then descend through the Drumochter Pass, which has linked the Highlands to the Lowlands since the earliest of times.
Nestling amongst spectacular scenery and overlooked by Ben-y-Vrackie mountain, the pretty Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry has attracted visitors since the days of Queen Victoria. You're sure to be enthralled by its charm during our stop.
From Perth, we'll make our way through the ancient Kingdom of Fife and then across the River Forth to reach Edinburgh
If you boarded the tour in Glasgow, the coach will stop at Edinburgh Waverley Station. Here you catch the express train back to Glasgow. The train operates every 30 minutes, and the journey is around 50 minutes. The fare is included in the cost of the tour.
Please note: For operational reasons, the tour may operate in reverse.
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 are the optional extras on this tour and how much do they 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 more about the optional Loch Ness Cruise?
Mount your very own Nessie adventure by taking a one hour cruise to explore the deep, dark and mysterious waters of Loch Ness.
The cruise boat is equipped with on-board sonar, comfortable seating inside and out as well as toilets.
Refreshments are available for purchase or you can bring packed food.
You can purchase a ticket from your driver/guide on the day of the tour and payment is in cash only.
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.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 16 and 29 passengers.
- 2 nights guest house accommodation
- Location: Inverness (2)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (2)
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned mini/midi coach
- 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
Royal College Building Bus Stop
204 George Street
Glasgow, G1 1XW
Check-in: 09:30 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:45 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:00 hrs
From 1 Parliament Square
Royal Mile/High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1RE
Check-in: 08:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:00 hrs
Concession discount applies to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 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.
This tour departs from Edinburgh and Glasgow. You can choose to return to either city at no extra charge! Please make your selection during the booking process.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(5 /5) 30 Oct 2023
Joe made it amazing!Maya from Dubai, AE
Rating:(5 /5) 09 Sep 2023
Loved it! Small group tour allowed for an easier paced. I never felt rushed. Our tour guide/driver, Chris was professional, flexible, funny, knowledgable, and attentive to the needs of the group. He knew where to stop for the best pictures and smaller crowds. Definitely recommend to others.Marian Jennifer from PENTICTON, CA
Rating:(5 /5) 11 Jul 2023
Highly recommended. If you're lucky enough to get wee Stevie as your guide he will add to the fun. The accommodation was outstanding and far better than we expected. We felt very cared for at AYE Stay in Inverness. Thank youDeslie from ,