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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

By: Rabbie's
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  • Round-trip Mercedes coach transit for both ease and comfort
  • Choose from a B&B or 3-star hotel during your Isle of Skye stay
  • See some of Scotland’s most popular sights, from Loch Ness to Glencoe
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh
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Overview

Journey into the Scottish Highlands—famed for picturesque hills, lakes, and centuries of history—and then onwards to the Isle of Skye on this 3-day tour from Edinburgh. The small group size makes this trip feel more intimate, and it includes round-trip transit from London via luxury coach, so you can focus on admiring the scenery instead of navigating your own way through the countryside.

What to Expect

This 3-day adventure in the Scottish Highlands begins when you meet your guide at a convenient location in Edinburgh and set off via luxurious Mercedes coach. With only a small group of fellow travelers for company, you discover the area’s unique landscapes and rich history.

On the first day, you head to Portree, the Isle of Skye’s largest town. En route, see the historic city of Stirling, Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest peak), and the hills and waterfalls of Glencoe. Enjoy free time to explore Portree in the evening before a night at a B&B or 3-star hotel—whichever you picked at checkout.

The second day begins with a guided tour of the Isle of Skye. Depending on the weather, visit the 13th-century Dunvegan Castle, the rugged rock formations of Quiraing, or the sea cliffs at Neist Point, among other destinations. Your second night is again spent in Portree.

On the third day, make your way back to Edinburgh, with plenty of sightseeing opportunities as you go. Pause at Loch Ness to see if you can spot Nessie (its sea monster), and admire the wild Grampian Mountains. The tour ends in early evening, upon return to Edinburgh.

Itinerary
Day 1: Edinburgh – Portree
Meet your driver/guide in Edinburgh in the morning and travel west in your comfortable Mercedes minivan. Pass Linlithgow Palace and the town of Stirling, with its photogenic castle and nearby hilltop Wallace Monument. Continue past Doune Castle, where Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed, and stop in the town of Callander for refreshments (own expense).

Enter the Scottish Highlands and enjoy the glorious vistas of Loch Luibnaig on route to Breadalbane, or the ‘High Ground of Scotland.' Climb to the heather-coated wilds of Rannoch Moor and through the breathtaking mountain scenery of Glencoe, scene of the infamous Massacre of Glencoe in 1692.

After time in Fort William for lunch (own expense), drive past Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and into the Great Glen. Follow the A830 or ‘Road to the Isles’ and wend through the beautiful Five Sisters of Kintail mountains toward the Isle of Skye. Stop to visit (own expense) iconic Eilean Donan Castle, a much-photographed, water-lapped castle standing where three lochs meet.

Afterward, cross the bridge to Skye and trace the rugged coastline to its capital, Portree, for an early-evening drop-off at your accommodation. Tonight, explore this port town as you wish and enjoy dinner at any of its welcoming restaurants or pubs (own expense).

Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Portree

Day 2: Portree (B)
Day two of this fully guided experience, depending on the weather, provides many possibilities beckon as your knowledgeable guide helps you get the most of your time.

North from Portree you can see or walk a section of the stunning Trotternish Ridge, a dramatic line of hills that culminates in the Old Man of Storr, the sea cliffs of Kilt Rock, and the craggy rock formations of Quiraing. Alternatively, take in the lush green estate of Glendale, visit 13th-century Dunvegan Castle or journey to the sea cliffs at Neist Point to spot seabirds and perhaps dolphins, sharks or whales. This evening, take your pick from Portree’s pubs and restaurants again for dinner (own expense).

Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Portree


Day 3: Portree – Edinburgh (B)
After breakfast at your accommodation and a pickup by your guide and minivan, travel south through the Cuillin Hills and back to the mainland. Enjoy majestic views over Loch Duich and continue to eerie Loch Ness, where you'll stop for lunch (own expense) and try and catch a sighting of the lake's legendary monster.

From here, travel along Loch Laggan through the Grampian Mountains, an area known as ‘Monarch of the Glen Country’ after the popular BBC series. Pass Dalwhinnie, home to one of Scotland's highest whisky distilleries, and Blair Castle, before a stop for refreshments (own expense). Then, continue via Perth and the Forth Road Bridge to Edinburgh, where your tour ends in the early evening with a city-center drop-off.
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Reviews (632)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing trip-Highly recommend!

This tour was the highlight of my trip to Scotland. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Nick was my incredible tour guide whose love and passion for his country really shone through and helped me fall in love with the country. He also shared lots...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Janelle W
Passport810120, Public Relations Manager at Rabbie's, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Janelle, It's so lovely to hear that Scotland captured your heart - and that Nick helped this to blossom! We hope this means you'll be back soon! All the best, Aimee

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
3 days in Skye with Grant

First things first I have to say that this is not my first trip with Rabbie's because I share its ethical way of traveling, with small groups. A dear friend came to spend a week here and we decided that we took this trip, although...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AnaMBenari
Passport810120, Public Relations Manager at Rabbie's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Ana, Thanks very much for returning to travel with us again, we really appreciate your kind words and are so glad that your tour with Grant was such a success. All the best, Aimee

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Skye + Stewart = Stellar

My friend and I took the 3 day Isle of Skye tour from Glasgow last week. We had Steward as our tour guide. I have taken a few Rabbies tours in previous trips to Scotland and this was by far the best - in large...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank talkingtojo53
Passport810120, Public Relations Manager at Rabbie's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, Thanks so much for your review, it's great to hear that Stewart was such a hit and helped to make the tour so engaging and enjoyable. We look forward to seeing you again. All the best, Aimee

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Rabbies is the best

We took the 3 day Isle of Sky tour from Edinburgh, and “wee” Pete was our tour guide. We choose Rabbies because they were highly rated and had a nice web presence with organized and accurate information. The location from where the tour originates from...More

Thank 133sadiel
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile
The best way to see Isle of Skye

I travelled on a 16 person bus to the Isle of Skye on a 3 day trip with Rabbie's. Billy was our tour guide/driver and he was exceptional. He gave us lots of history and context to what we were seeing, and made it lots...More

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I just got back from the 3 day tour to Skye and we did stop at the Forth bridges for some photo taking. Roger, our guide - who was very good and an excellent story-teller - said we were running a little ahead of time and so... More
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