Skye, Loch Ness and Inverness Winter Tour - 5 day tour
Skye, Loch Ness and Inverness Winter Tour
5 day/4 night tour
During this tour, you’ll enjoy the perfect blend of natural wonders, historical high points and Highland hospitality. Discover the fascinating and chilling secrets of Clava Cairns, Glen Coe and Culloden Moor. On the bewitching Isle of Skye, stay in the island capital of Portree, the perfect base to visit Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr. Back on the mainland, admire Eilean Donan Castle, see the Glenfinnan Viaduct and take the chance to go monster-hunting on the icy waters of Loch Ness.
Glen Coe - discover this stunning volcanic valley with a tragic history
Oban - explore this scenic harbour town famed as a foodie destination
Glenfinnan - see the iconic viaduct that carried the Harry Potter train to Hogwarts
Isle of Skye - from your base in pretty Portree, explore the many attractions of the winged isle
Loch Ness - take a monster-spotting boat trip to see the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle
Movie locations - Snow White and the Huntsman, Stardust and Harry Potter
Guest house accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Edinburgh - Glen Coe - Oban
Leaving behind the busy streets of Edinburgh, we head for the motorway and the ancient city of Stirling. Enjoy the fine views of its magnificent castle and the imposing Wallace Monument.
Soon, we enter the Highlands and enjoy the views as we climb the Black Mount to reach the arresting bleakness of Rannoch Moor, a rugged landscape of peat bogs, lochs, and heather, where history, nature, and adventure await.
No Highland odyssey is complete without a pilgrimage to Scotland’s most famous – and haunting – valley. We’ll duly make a special stop in Glen Coe to learn about its bloody place in Scottish folklore, and hear how the MacDonald clan were put to the sword here in the infamous massacre of 1692, leading to the valley being dubbed ‘the glen of weeping’.
Our travels continue through Appin and Benderloch. Look out for the rushing Falls of Lora as we cross the Connel Bridge and make our way towards Oban, where we can walk its pier and sample freshly caught seafood.
Day 2 - Oban - Glenfinnan - Isle of Skye
With a traditional breakfast setting us up for the day, we leave the grand Victorian facades of Oban behind and head for the magical Isle of Skye.
Our travels take us to the popular resort of Fort William, which has attracted hikers, climbers and sightseers for nearly two centuries, drawn by its natural beauty and the mighty Ben Nevis, which towers above the town in all its 4,412ft glory.
Another giant landmark awaits us on the next leg of our journey as we meander along Thomas Telford’s Road to the Isles until we spy the 21 arches of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. Harry Potter fans will recognise it instantly from the films about the boy wizard!
Alongside the awe-inspiring bridge is the equally impressive Glenfinnan Monument, which serves as another solemn reminder of the area’s history, this time a tribute to the many 18th-century Highlanders who fell in the Jacobite uprising.
The swooping peaks of The Great Glen make the perfect backdrop as we continue west ‘over the sea to Skye’ and arrive at our welcoming accommodation in the harbour town of Portree, with its cluster of colourful homes nestling snugly around the water’s edge. It’s here that we can rest and relax for the evening.
Overnight: Portree, Isle of Skye
Day 3 - Isle of Skye - Eilean Donan Castle - Inverness
With excitement building, we’ll enjoy another hearty breakfast as we prepare to discover the many delights of the beautiful Isle of Skye.
Setting our sights north, we’ll soon start our tour of the spectacular Trotternish Peninsula, with its abundance of ancient riches.
On our visit to this fascinating coast are the colourful basalt columns of Kilt Rock, gently folded into the pleats that gave the unique landmark its name. A photo or two (or three) is an essential keepsake before we move on to visit the Old Man of Storr, a mighty 160ft column of rock pointing dramatically to the heavens.
Later, we’ll travel in the shadow of the magnificent Cuillin Hills, pausing at Sligachan to admire the sweeping views of the Black and Red Cuillins that have fascinated travellers for centuries.
Crossing the bridge back to the mainland, we will make a photo stop at magnificent Eilean Donan Castle. It has a stunning location on a tiny island where three great sea lochs converge. With the mountains of Kintail as a backdrop, your snaps will make a stunning souvenir of a true Highland experience!
Wonders of the natural kind are next on our agenda as we head north from a fairytale castle and travel through stunning Glen Shiel, watched all the way by the towering peaks of the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range, which form an unforgettable backdrop.
Journey’s end is the Highland Capital of Inverness, our home for the next two nights.
Overnight: Inverness (2 nights)
Day 4 - Loch and Beauly Excursion
After enjoying a Highland breakfast, the anticipation builds as we reach the banks of mysterious Loch Ness, with its elusive inhabitant hiding in the chilly depths. On the journey, your driver/guide will explain the legend of “Nessie”, the Loch Ness Monster.
To get even closer to the fabled beast, there is the option to clamber aboard a boat and cruise the loch itself, with the proud ruins of Urquhart Castle another impressive sight.
Our next stop is the attractive town of Beauly. It is thought that the town was named “Beau Lieu” - Beautiful Place, by the French monks. They built a Priory here in the 13th Century, which was visited by Mary, Queen of Scots, in 1564 and still stands in the centre of the town, surrounded by trees.
Our day of sightseeing ends at Culloden Battlefield, where you can learn about the famous battle between the Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Government troops. The outcome of this bloody clash was to change life in the Highlands forever.
Overnight: Fort Augustus
Day 5 - Inverness - Cairngorms National Park - Edinburgh
After breakfast, we visit Clava Cairns, a group of three prehistoric burial cairns surrounded by standing stones. This picturesque setting is thought to have inspired the Outlander author, Diana Gabaldon, to create the cleft stone of Craigh Na Dun, where Claire time travels all the way back to 1743.
With our appetite whetted for natural wonders, the delights of the Cairngorms National Park won’t disappoint as we wend our way southwards. Snaking a path through the beautiful Spey Valley, we’ll travel in the shadow of the majestic Cairngorm Mountains, which rise 4,000ft around us.
Our journey will pause so you can round off your adventure in style with a local distillery tour, where you can toast your five days of discovery by raising a glass of the ‘water of life’. Slàinte!
As we move through the Drumochter Pass, watch for deer, eagles and other wildlife that populate this ancient route between the Highlands and Lowlands.
Reaching the heart of rural Perthshire, we’ll enjoy a rest in one of its hidden gems for refreshments.
The final part of our journey takes us towards the ‘Fair City’ of Perth and then through the Kingdom of Fife. Our approach to Edinburgh will take us over the Firth of Forth, with panoramic views of the mighty Forth Bridge to enjoy. Our tour will come to an end in Edinburgh City Centre.
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.
Can you tell me more about the optional extras on this tour?
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 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.
Do you offer a hotel pick-up service on this tour?
We know that you will want to start your tour straight away rather than spending valuable time travelling around hotels.
By offering a single centrally located departure point we can get you to Scotland’s best scenery as quickly as possible .
I don’t have a local telephone number. What should I do?
We ask that you provide us with a local contact number so that we can reach you if we need to discuss your tour. You can provide a mobile or cell phone number (please include the full number including country code) alternatively if you know where you are staying you can provide your accommodation provider's number instead.
What meals are included ?
A full Scottish breakfast is included from day 2 onwards.
This hearty meal can consist of fruit juice; a choice of cereal; bakery basket; cooked items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and, maybe, a taste of haggis! plus tea or coffee. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available.
Lunch and dinner are not included in the price.
During the touring day there will be a stop where you can enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant. Your driver/guide will be happy to suggest a conveniently located restaurant where you can enjoy good food for dinner.
- 4 nights guest house accommodation
- Location: Oban (1); Isle of Skye (1) and Inverness (2)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (4)
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- 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
Edinburgh Bus Station
26 Elder Street
From Monday, 05 February 2024
this tour will depart at 08:30 hrs from:
60 High Street
Check-in: 08:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:00 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.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.