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5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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    Day 1: Edinburgh - Dunkeld - Ullapool

    Stop At: bus station, Edinburgh New Town, Edinburgh EH1 3DX, UK
    Check-in 15 mins prior to departure and meet with your driver guide.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Pass By: Cairngorms National Park, PH22 1QH Scotland
    Gaze in awe at Scotland’s most beautifully rounded peaks.

    Stop At: Dunkeld Cathedral, 1.5 hours drive north of Edinburgh, Dunkeld Scotland
    This village is surrounded by luscious forest, and boasts an incredible ruined cathedral.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Harbour Buildings, The Pier, Ullapool IV26 2UH, UK
    From here, you travel to Ullapool, situated at the mouth of Loch Broom, a beautiful whitewashed fishing village where you spend your first two nights' stay on tour.
    * Please note that the tours departing on 28th and 29th September 2019 stay two nights in Inverness instead of Ullapool.

    Duration: 3 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Ullapool (tours departing on 28th & 29th September 2019 stay two nights in Inverness instead of Ullapool).

    Day 2: Ullapool - Ardveck Castle - Achmelvich Bay - Lochinver

    Stop At: Ardvreck Castle, A837 11 mi east of Lochniver, Assynt Scotland
    Today, you explore the far northwest Highlands and the mountains of Assynt. This area is famous as being the first crofting area to be bought by the local crofters, the Assynt Crofters’ Trust.

    You’re immersed in the history of the area and visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, once the stronghold of the MacLeods of Assynt.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Achmelvich Bay, B869, Lochinver IV27 4JB Scotland
    The day is full of amazing views of some of Europe’s oldest landscapes, the stunning white sand beach at Achmelvich Bay, and the traditional fishing village of Lochinver.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Ullapool (tours departing on 28th & 29th September 2019 stay two nights in Inverness instead of Ullapool).

    Day 3: Ullapool - Applecross - Portree

    Stop At: The Mains, Torridon, Achnasheen IV22 2EZ, UK
    Looking for some serenity? This peaceful spot offers unblemished landscapes in their most natural state. After your lunch stop in Applecross, you take one of the highest and most exhilarating roads in Scotland, Bealach na Ba.
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Portree.

    Day 4: Flexible day touring around the Isle of Skye

    Stop At: The Old Man of Storr, Scotland
    Great photo stop at this iconic rock formation. This sharp pinnacle of rock bursts out the land and can be seen for miles around.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Kilt Rock, Scotland
    Picturesque observation point offering panoramic views of waterfalls, cliffs & sea.
    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Neist Point, Glendale Scotland
    (optional) Neist Point - the most westerly headland on Skye - is an iconic destination, with stunning cliff scenery, a fine lighthouse, an outlook to the Outer Hebrides, and the chance to watch for minke whales in the summer months. Alternatively, you may like to visit Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod (admission fee not included)
    Duration: 45 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Portree

    Day 5: Portree - Eilean Donan Castle - Edinburgh

    Stop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX Scotland
    An iconic and gorgeous 13th century castle that once warded off Viking invasions.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Buachaille Etive Mor, Ballachulish Scotland
    In the afternoon, you explore spectacular Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.

    You then start your journey towards Edinburgh.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Edinburgh Bus Station, Edinburgh EH1 3DX, UK
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    5 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • 4 nights en-suite accommodation in either a B&B or 3-star hotel (breakfast included)
    • Small-group tour (maximum 16 passengers)
    • Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
    • Driver/guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Gratuities
    • Meals and refreshments
    • Admission fees
    • Entry/Admission - Ardvreck Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years
    • You stay two nights in the fishing village of Ullapool* and two nights in the harbour town of Portree, on the Isle of Skye (some tours may stay in Inverness instead of Ullapool)
    • Please note: you will be required to choose between either a 3-star bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel at time of booking
    • Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately
    • When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/family). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section
    • Family rooms are limited and may be available on request. Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available
    • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Passengers travelling after 1st April 2020 are allowed to carry 20kg of luggage (44lbs); one medium sized suitcase/bag similar to airline standard carry-on luggage (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 22 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 21 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed yesterday

    I chose this tour because last year I took a Rabbie's tour of Wales which was very enjoyable. This one was more of a mixed bag. To begin with, the baggage policy is fairly unrealistic: 14 kg per person for 5 days in fairly harsh...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    I wasn't sure our 2017 tour could be any better, but I was so wrong. Gill (Jill) Brown took us to places she wanted us to see and also took us where we wanted to go. Some of us toured Dunvegan Castle while others visited...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Susan A
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    My husband and I were lucky to have George  on our trip from Edinburgh. The service you offer is excellent.  George was fabulous  making our tour fun, full.of local stories and  good advice over the five days. We went onto Skye and Orkney  with another...More

    1  Thank 693lynl
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Our tour guide Gill Brown made Scotland live in our minds and hearts forever! Her knowledge of Scotland's rich history, her geological commentary, and her storytelling were a gift you can not put a price on. Gill's energy, Scottish music and sense of humour took...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    2  Thank N6695MCjoanb
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    I never write reviews and I'm more of an off-the-beaten path traveler who hasn't done a tour group in years. But my best friend and I just wanted to relax on this trip without stressing out about driving through the Highlands. So we booked the...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    18 July 2019|
    Response from jcAllentown | Reviewed this property |
    We went on a 5 day tour of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye with Rabbies Tours in June and had a wonderful time. There is a 16 person maximum which, in my opinion, is an ideal number of people. They will include... More
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    4 July 2019|
    Response from jcAllentown | Reviewed this property |
    Our days usually began around 9 am and ended between 5-6 pm. We were busy throughout the day visiting various areas in the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. We stopped to visit little towns and villages, lochs (lakes), observe... More
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