Skye, Loch Ness & Inverness

5 DAYS

Trip Info


Adult
from$729
Concession
from$689

Take a spectacular journey through the Highlands and the magical Isle of Skye. Venture through a range of classic Highland scenery; experience many local gems and be inspired by myths and legends. We've got mighty Glencoe, the option to ride the 'Hogwarts Express' Jacobite Steam Train, whisky tasting and ruined castles galore. From start to finish, every part of this trip reveals a little more of Scotland's quintessential charm.

Highlights

  • Isle of Skye
  • Jacobite Steam Train*
  • Loch Ness Cruise
  • Whisky Distillery Visit
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Highland Capital Inverness
  • Culloden Battlefield (as featured in Outlander)
  • Glencoe
  • Fishing Port of Oban
  • Armadale Castle and Gardens

Inclusions

  • Local Scottish Guide
  • 3* B&B / Highland Hotel Accommodation (see accommodation tab)
  • Ferry Crossing ‘Over the Sea’ from the Isle of Skye
  • Whisky Distillery Tour
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Clava Cairns
  • Souvenir Map
  • Audio Guides Available

Explore More

  • Trip on the World-famous Jacobite Steam Train**
  • Loch Ness Cruise**
  • Culloden Visitor Centre (Pay Locally)

           * Runs April until mid-October

           ** Reserve at the time of booking

Tour Map

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"The countryside was absolutely beautiful and the itinerary was well planned out, but the best part about the trip, by far, was our tour guide, Heather, who was a wonderful historian that brought the whole country to life with her animated stories!"

Steph Kendall, 2017

Itinerary


DAY 1: Edinburgh to Oban

We leave Edinburgh at 8.00am and head north to Stirling and the towering Wallace Monument with stunning views of the Castle. We enter the Highlands heading through wild Rannoch Moor and Glencoe and on to the fishing port of Oban. (Overnight: Oban)

DAY 2: Oban to Isle of Skye (Summer)

Take the steam train from Fort William and discover why this spectacular trip has been voted the best train journey in the world by Wanderlust Magazine. Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies and take in the sweeping views of Loch Shiel. We arrive in Mallaig and take the ferry ‘Over the Sea to Skye’. You can explore Armadale Castle and Gardens, the former home of the MacDonalds, before driving north to our overnight destination. (Overnight: Portree)

*(April till mid-October)

DAY 2: Oban to Isle of Skye (Winter)

Travel through some of the most scenic Scottish landscapes ranging from stunning mountains, shimmering lochs, misty glens to heather moors. We pass the Five Sisters of Kintail - graceful mountains which are enchanted daughters of the local chief waiting for their promised husbands. The route also takes us past the most photographed Scottish Castle; Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the Skye Bridge to the mysterious Isle of Skye and our overnight destination Portree. (Overnight: Portree)

* (late October)

DAY 3: Isle of Skye to Inverness

We explore more of the magical Isle of Skye with its awe-inspiring mountains, stunning coastline, myths and legends before returning to the mainland. On the way to Loch Ness, we stop at the incredibly photogenic Eilean Donan Castle and wind our way along the Great Glen to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands. (Overnight: Inverness)

DAY 4: Inverness

Hunt for the elusive monster with a cruise on Loch Ness before turning northward to the stunning beauty of the north-west Highlands. We take in the beautiful town of Beauly with its Priory dating back to 1230, then it's into the rugged and isolated mountains that secure Scotland's place as one of the last great wilderness in Europe. We try a dram of the 'water of life' at a Highland Whisky Distillery before heading back to Inverness for the evening. (Overnight: Inverness) 

DAY 5: Inverness to Edinburgh

We explore Culloden Battlefield, the scene of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s defeat back in 1746 then the mysterious chamber cairns of Clava Cairns; which inspired the hit TV series Outlander. We visit the Highland Folk Museum to get a real taste of Highland life from the past centuries before heading to Dunkeld with its mighty cathedral, on our way back to Edinburgh. The tour returns at approximately 5.00pm.

 

EXPLORE MORE

Trip on the world-famous Jacobite Steam Train (optional, only available at the time of booking)

The steam train was featured in a number of Harry Potter movies as the ‘Hogwarts Express’ and is an outstanding way to take in the beautiful scenery of the Scottish west coast. Starting in Fort William, the train leaves Ben Nevis behind and travels through some of the most spectacular landscapes of Scotland. The Jacobite passes through Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard to begin his ill-fated claim to the throne in 1745. We cross over 21 arches of the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct with amazing views down Loch Sheil and head to the west coast. Look out for the ‘Small Isles’ of Rum, Eigg, Muck and the stunning white beaches used in films such as Local Hero and Highlander. 

 

Loch Ness Cruise (optional)

A cruise on the mysterious and beautiful Loch Ness is an unforgettable experience, offering you the chance to catch a glimpse of Nessie and soak up the scenery. The boat uses the very latest hi-tech colour sonar and underwater imaging systems to enhance the hunt. You can use on-board audio guides that will immerse you in the history and legends of this fascinating loch or just relax with a coffee or beer in the on-board bar. Reserve your cruise at the time of booking to guarantee your seat.

Culloden Visitor Centre (optional, pay locally)

On 16th April 1746, Culloden was the site of the last pitched battle fought on the British mainland. Through an interpretive exhibition and a visit to the battlefield itself, you can learn why this hour-long conflict changed Highland life and world history forever. With an ongoing archaeological research and fresh historical interpretations, the story is far from over… More recently, the popular TV series Outlander has used the years prior to the Battle of Culloden as a backdrop to the story of Jamie and Claire.

 

Tour Map

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Departure


Edinburgh

The Royal Mile
60 High Street
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1TB

Departure Time

Tour departs at 08.00am.

Return Time

Tour returns at 05.30pm.

Accommodation


3* Bed & Breakfast (B&B) / Guest House

In most cases you are staying with a family who let out rooms in their home to visitors. B&Bs are renowned for being warm and friendly and many people feel that they offer a more authentic way to experience Scotland. These are generally located within one mile of the centre of town, although during peak season, this distance may be slightly further. Most offer a traditional Scottish cooked breakfast.

 

3* Highland Hotel

Highland Hotels are smaller than typical Hotels ensuring a cosy and hospitable welcome. Facilities are more limited when compared with most Hotels situated in large cities, however, you can be assured of a comfortable stay within close proximity to the centre of town. They are usually family run and have their own individual style and character. They serve traditional Scottish breakfast and often offer a dinner option too.

 

ROOM TYPES

Twin Room
One room with two separate beds suitable for one adult in each bed.

Double Room
One room with one bed suitable for two adults.

Family 3
One room with two separate beds. One bed suitable for two adults and one bed suitable for one adult/child.

Family 4
One room with three separate beds. One bed suitable for two adults and two separate beds suitable for one adult/child in each.

Single
One room with one bed suitable for one adult.

 

Accessibility and Facilities
For more information, see our Accessibility Statement.

 

 

 

 

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