Isle of Skye and the Scottish Highlands Winter Tour - 3 day tour
Isle of Skye and the Scottish Highlands Winter Tour
3 day / 2 night tour
Scotland’s rural grandeur, myths and legends come to life on this epic quest that starts in Edinburgh and takes in the unrivalled beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Discover a spectacular landscape of snow-capped mountains reflected in still lochs. Enjoy a two-night stay on the magical Isle of Skye to discover its rich history, discover romantic castles and the stunning scenery. See fairytale Eilean Donan Castle and experience the splendour of Glen Coe. There’s even a visit to fabled Loch Ness - will you glimpse the elusive Monster?
Loch Ness - go monster-spotting from the banks of Scotland’s most mysterious lake
Eilean Donan Castle - tour this romantic castle situated on its little island at the head of Loch Duich
Isle of Skye - see island highlights including the Old Man of Storr; Kilt Rock and the mighty Cuillin Hills
Portree - enjoy a relaxed island stay in this picturesque harbour town
Glen Coe - visit the heart of this awesome valley to experience stunning scenery and hear tragic tales
Movie locations - The BFG, Loch Ness and Highlander
Guest house accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Edinburgh - Loch Ness – Isle of Skye
A short drive after leaving the bustling centre of Edinburgh, three marvels of engineering loom into view. The three bridges spanning the Firth of Forth – The Forth Bridge, the Queensferry Crossing and the Forth Road Bridge - provide us with our first awe-inspiring sight before we journey through the ancient Kingdom of Fife.
From Perth, we enjoy gentle rolling countryside before making a stop in the quaint town of Dunkeld, nestled in glorious Perthshire woodland. The partially-ruined cathedral, overlooking the winding River Tay, radiates mystery. Discover its centuries-old history but beware of the cursed effigy of the Wolf of Badenoch!
As we enter Glen Garry and head towards the Pass of Drumochter, look out for herds of deer often seen here dining on the lush heather.
After travelling through the Cairngorms National Park, famed for its rugged beauty, we reach mysterious and alluring Loch Ness. Discover the legend of its most famous inhabitant during our stop in delightful Fort Augustus.
A spectacular sight awaits as we head towards the fairytale castle of Eilean Donan. Perched on a little island in Loch Duich, it rises mysteriously through the mist. We’ll explore its many secrets and legends before crossing the engineering marvel of the Skye Bridge.
Portree, the island’s capital, is the perfect base for our two-night stay on the island. There is time to explore our new home before seeking a tasty dinner in a local restaurant or tavern.
Overnight: Portree (2 nights)
Day 2 - Exploring Skye
A delicious breakfast sets us up for the second day of our adventure.
There is time to lose yourself in the little streets of Portree and browse unique and independent boutiques. Don’t miss the colourful houses that surround the harbour – the ideal backdrop for a keepsake photo.
Ready for more exploration, we travel to see The Old Man of Storr. It will leave you gasping in amazement. This pinnacle of rock proudly stands on the Trotternish Peninsula and can be seen for miles around. We then soak up more mystery and mythology, from The Quiraing and Kilt Rock to the spectacular Mealt Waterfall.
See the grave of Flora MacDonald, hear the story of this heroine who famously helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape “Over the sea to Skye”.
As the stunning drive gives us one fantastic view after another, learn the stories of clan feuds and bloody battles that form part of this island’s often turbulent story.
The mighty Cuillin Hills dominate the landscape, and some of the best views can be enjoyed as we travel to Dunvegan Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan MacLeod, for over 800 years.
Enter this impressive fortress to explore grand rooms, Jacobite heirlooms and priceless clan treasures, including the famous “Fairy Flag”, said to protect the clan in times of great danger.
Return to Portree in time to relax before dinner.
Day 3 - Isle of Skye - Glen Coe - Edinburgh
The sun rises on our final day, and any sadness at leaving Skye after breakfast is quickly followed by excitement and anticipation as we return to the mainland. As we wind our way through Glen Shiel, look out for the towering peaks of the mountain range known as the “Five Sisters of Kintail.
The majestic splendour of the Great Glen – a jagged ridge slicing its way through the Highlands – takes our breath away next as mountains become lochs before our very eyes. We’ll make a stop to see the famous Commando Memorial and the snowy peaks of Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain.
After visiting Fort William, travel and travelling along the banks of Loch Linnhe, then make a stop to experience the haunting beauty of Glen Coe. With plenty of time for a few photos, our journey continues across sprawling Rannoch Moor, a desolate landscape of rocky moorland and little lochans.
Enjoy spectacular views of Loch Tulla as the coach descends the Black Mount. After entering the beauty of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, we travel through the lands of Rob Roy MacGregor. Hear tales of his exploits and fascinating life as we tour towards Stirling.
Get fabulous views of the mighty Stirling Castle and the towering Wallace Monument before making the final part of the journey to reach Edinburgh and the end of this scenic journey.
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.
What options are available on this tour and what is the cost?
To give you complete choice admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour. The tour itinerary has been carefully designed to provide sufficient time for you to visit these attractions:
If you click on the links above they will provide you with more information on each attraction including current admission prices. In some cases a special discount is offered to tour passengers, your driver/guide will provide details if this applies.
Please note that credit/debit cards are not always accepted so it is recommended that you carry sufficient cash with you should you want to make a visit.
Will there be a tour commentary?
Each tour is led by an experienced guide who will provide an informative and entertaining commentary in English.
You’ll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland.
You will learn too of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so special.
Be ready to have a laugh as well - you’re bound to be told some really corny jokes!
Where does my tour depart from and return to?
Our tours depart from a central location in Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile/High Street which is easily reached by public transport.
Full information on the departure time and place of your tour will be shown on your tour confirmation.
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.
- 2 nights guest house accommodation - all rooms with private bathrooms
- Locations: Portree (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 unless stated above
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
Edinburgh Bus Station
26 Elder Street
From Monday, 05 February 2024
this tour will depart at 07:45 hrs from:
60 High Street
Check-in: 0745 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 17:30 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) 01 Dec 2023
This tour exceeded our expectations! Our guide was great - knowledgeable and fun. The Skye in was perfect - the accommodations and the food. And, the Highlands and Isle of Skye were absolutely breathtaking. If my family and I are lucky enough to come back to Scotland, we'd love to take another tour with you.KIMBERLY from Burlington, US