Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Highlands - 3 day tour
Highlands and the Isle of Skye
3 day / 2 night tour
A land of drama and delight awaits in this unique and unspoilt landscape. Sail the waters of Loch Ness in the hunt for its famous monster. Take to the battlements at iconic Eilean Donan Castle. Marvel at the ancient landmarks on the bewitching Isle Of Skye. The hidden gems of Inverness make a perfect base for every curious traveler.
The Highland Line - enjoy stunning views on one of Scotland’s most scenic rail journeys
Loch Ness - discover the beguiling story of “Nessie” on a cruise to visit Urquhart Castle
Inverness - explore the many attractions of the “Capital of the Highlands”
Eilean Donan Castle - make a stop to visit this fairytale castle
Isle of Skye - admire the beauty of the towering Cuillin Mountains and spend time wandering around the bustling fishing port of Portree
Movie locations - Brave, Highlander and BFG
Hotel accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Edinburgh/Glasgow - Loch Ness - Inverness
After boarding your train, it’s time to sit back and relax as we head north towards the capital of the Highlands, snaking through some of Scotland’s most stunning scenery. Leaving the bustle behind, we soon swap traffic for tranquility as we glide past ancient forests, tumbling burns and dramatic glens.
After making ourselves at home in our hotel, it’s time for our first adventure as we enjoy an afternoon cruise on the icy waters of Loch Ness. Keep your eyes peeled for the world’s most famous monster as you listen entranced to the legend of ‘Nessie’. It’s the perfect way to work up an appetite for a hearty Highland dinner!
Overnight: Redcliffe Hotel, Inverness or Similar (2 nights)
Day 2 - Isle of Skye Excursion
After enjoying breakfast, we return to the banks of Loch Ness, this time winding our way beside its shores until we reach Invermoriston. Here, we’ll have plenty of time to take photos in front of the plunging waterfall and twin arches of the celebrated Thomas Telford bridge.
We continue our journey through picturesque Glen Shiel under the watchful eye of the Five Sisters mountains until we reach one of Scotland’s most iconic sights – Eilean Donan Castle. Follow in the footsteps of James Bond as you explore its famous ramparts and gaze across the depths of Loch Duich.
Next we cross to the beautiful Isle of Skye, pausing only to admire the Cuillin Hills from Sligachan Bridge. Passing the islands of Pabay and Scalpay to our east, we arrive in the harbour town of Portree, where a lunch of fresh fish and piping hot chips could be on the menu.
Day 3 - Free time - Inverness Sightseeing - Edinburgh/Glasgow
Our final day in the Highlands is all about relaxing and making the most of this beautiful part of the world, with plenty of time for sightseeing and shopping.
After a leisurely breakfast, join our special walking tour later in the morning, where an expert guide will help you discover the many secrets and surprises that lay hidden behind the imposing granite walls. Spend a captivating 90 minutes wandering the famous cobbles, learning about the bloody battles and fascinating forefathers that transformed Inverness into the busy Highland powerhouse it is today.
With your appetite for history well and truly whetted, you’re free to soak up more stories and take in the sweeping panoramas across the River Ness from the ramparts of 16th century Inverness Castle, which has stood guard proudly for more than 500 years.
If a traditional souvenir is on your shopping list, drop in to the Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre on your way back to learn more about Scotland’s national dress and pick out a tartan – or two!
With keepsakes safely packed, we’ll board our train for the journey home, pulling out in the late afternoon with a final backward glance at this fascinating Scottish city.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Eco Tour?
These tours are ideal if you are an independent spirit as they offer the perfect blend of structured sightseeing, point to point travel by train or coach and relaxing free time to explore on your own.
Each carefully designed itinerary embraces the concept of responsible travel. Our travel planners have selected eco-friendly hotel accommodation that offers comfortable and friendly lodgings in convenient locations for sightseeing and onward travel. Most are recipients of a VisitScotland Green Tourism Award.
Inter-city travel is by scheduled train or coach, including the UK’s first all-electric coach service between Edinburgh and Dundee. Seat reservations are included, where available, and all tickets are electronic - just show and go!
Discover the history and heritage of Scotland’s great cities on an informative walking tour led by a local guide. If your itinerary includes a visit to a whisky distillery, you’ll join an expert for a behind the scenes tour followed by a tutored tasting of some fine malts!
Excursions are provided by air-conditioned mini or midicoach hosted by a local driver guide who will provide an entertaining commentary. There will be stops along the way to visit attractions and take in the local scenery.
The tour documentation will be emailed to you approximately 7 days prior to travel. Your train tickets will be conveniently downloaded to the ScotRail App on your IOS or Android smart device, so all you need to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the journey.
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 much luggage can I bring?
There are no restrictions on the amount of luggage that you can bring on this tour.
Please bear in mind that luggage storage on the train is limited and you will be required to lift your case onto a shelf unaided.
What happens if I miss my train?
The tickets issued as part of this package are only valid on the train service shown on the ticket and in your itinerary.
If you miss the train, you will need to purchase new tickets at your own expense.
We recommend arriving at the railway stations at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time of your train so that you have time to locate the departure platform and board your train in good time.
How do I call you from overseas?
If you are calling from overseas please call +44 141 258 1818. Please note lines are open between 08:00 hrs and 20:00 hrs UK time.
- 2 nights hotel accommodation
- Location: Inverness (2)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (2)
Visits, Admissions and Experiences
- Tour of the Isle of Skye with local driver/guide
- Tour to Loch Ness including loch cruise
- Walking tour of Inverness
- Admission to Urquhart Castle and Eilean Donan Castle
- Return standard class train tickets between Edinburgh/Glasgow and Inverness
- Seat reservations (where available)
- Customised tour itinerary and Official Guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges unless stated above
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
Queen Street Railway Station
North Hanover Street
Glasgow G1 2AF
Check-in: 08:11 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:41 hrs
Tour Returns: 1814 hrs
Waverley Railway Station
Edinburgh EH1 1BB
Check-in: 08:05 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:35 hrs
Tour Returns: 18:27 hrs
Child discount applies to children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
IMPORTANT: Once booked this tour cannot be changed or cancelled
The price of this tour includes hotel accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
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 by prior arrangement. Please contact us for more information.
In order to receive the train ticket, a smart device with IOS or Android operating systems is required.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.