-Tuesday morning returning on Thursday evening;
-Friday morning returning on Sunday evening.
Runs from Easter Friday to the end of September
DAY 1 - Stirling, the Trossachs National Park, the Highlands with Glencoe, Fort William
This tour kicks off from Edinburgh at 9am. The first stop on this journey is Stirling, once the Capital of Scotland. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the Castle or to enjoy a leisurely stroll in the Old Town at your own pace. Our expert tour guides will tell you all about the dramatic past of this city and enthral you with the tales of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Mary Queen of Scots.
The tour takes you to the Trossachs National Park. The first stop along the way is near Callander, where you come face to face with our national mascots: the Highland Cows, with their funny fringes and their kind nature.
We stop for lunch in a quaint town of the Highlands. Here there’s something for everybody: from a sandwich from the local grocery shop to a proper sit-down lunch.
The landscape of the Highlands will be showing itself in all its glory from this moment onward: all around you’ll see dramatic valleys (that we call Glens and Straths), Lochs, mountains and what’s left of the Caledonian Forest. Next stop is beautiful Glencoe. This valley is as beautiful as it’s got the most tragic past you could ever imagine. No spoilers at this stage - just make sure to ask your tour guide on the day what happened there!
The tour then takes you to Fort William, where you’ll see the highest mountain of Britain and Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Express Train at the Train Station.
You’ll spend the night at your chosen accommodation provider on the Isle of Skye. We recommend to get a good night of sleep because the second day on this 3-day tour is jam-packed.
DAY 2 - The Isle of Skye: Portree, Fairy Pools, Talisker Distillery, Neist Point/Dunvegan Castle, Fairy Glen, Quiraing, Kilt Rock, Old Man of Storr
We begin our journey with a drive to the Fairy Pools in the shadow of the Cuillin Mountains. The pools are located in one of the most dramatic landscapes on Skye. The fairies are reputed to bathe here, in the crystal clear green pools of the River Brittle. Weather permitting, you can swim in the pools of the river.
We move on to Talisker Distillery based in Carbost, producing a lovely Peated Single Malt Scotch. Here you can enjoy a nose around the Visitor Centre and a taste a dram or 2 if you fancy, (There is No time to do the full tour).
At this point of the journey, you have a choice of either going to Neist Point or being dropped off at Dunvegan Castle and we will pick you up on the way back from Neist Point.
Neist Point is the best place on the island to spot whales, dolphins and sharks. In Dunvegan you could instead enjoy the visit of the castle belonging to one of the two main clans of the Isle of Skye, the Clan MacLeod.
After Neist Point we visit the charming Fairy Glen. Folklore goes that this is the most important meeting place of the fairies on Skye. Wander between countless conical mounds, known in the Highlands as fairy knowes; put your ears to the grass and listen for the fairies at work inside. Bend down to search for elves in the glen's miniature forests, take the twisted path to the top of the fairy castle, or walk the faun’s maze and have a wish granted!
We take the opportunity to drive right up to the Trotternish ridge at the Quiraing, lying in the far North of Skye. The Quiraing is a landscape used in many sci-fi films, known for its wonderful rock formations and stunning coastal views. This is a place like no other, part of the largest landslip in Europe.
From the Quiraing we move towards Kilt Rock, home to the dinosaurs of Skye’s ancient past.
Kilt Rock will take your breath away with its distinctive pillars and beautiful waterfall with views across to the Torridon Hills on the mainland.
We drive South and reach the Old Man of Storr, probably the most iconic natural feature of the Isle of Skye. The ridge is a mighty inland cliff, the longest in the UK, rising to a height of 720m. The Old Man is a 200ft stone pillar, which has detached itself from the highest point of the ridge, creating a fantastical landscape of twisted rocks, looming shadows and swirling mists, film location for, among others, Ridley Scott’s 2012 “Prometheus”.
Day’s over. We drop you off at the accommodation provider of your choice. Once more, we recommend you to get a full night of sleep, for the third day journey on this fantastic 3-day tour isn’t any less exciting and packed as the previous two.
DAY 3 - Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness & cruise, Pitlochry, Firth of Forth Bridges
The first visit of the day is the mighty Eilean Donan Castle, without any doubt, the most photographed castle of Scotland. Here you’ll learn all about the conflicts between the mainland Clans and the Lords of the Isles, as well as the adventures of Saint Donan.
From here we move to Loch Ness. Its reputation is such that we don’t feel like adding anything else as of yet. At Loch Ness you’ll have the opportunity to get your binoculars out of your rucksack and try to spot Nessie from the Loch’s banks, or hop on a boat for a scenic wee cruise.
Journey continues to Pitlochry, in the heart of the Perthshire. Pitlochry is a quaint Victorian town where you can find plenty of shops and diner places, as well as a huge dam with Salmon ladder. Yes, you read it right, in the right season of the year, you can actually get to see salmon jumping up the ladder to go back where they were born to lay their eggs. No, don’t pack your fishing rod, please, lol.
We drive South and before getting back to Edinburgh, you will be met with views of the three bridges that cross the Firth of Forth.
This exciting 3-day tour ends in Edinburgh where it started.
We already know that you are gonna love it, as we love it too and we bring all our passion to it!
- All Prices quoted in Pound Stirling (GBP): £199 per adult, £189 per child (6-15 years)
- Duration: 3 awesome days. Departs on Tuesday morning returning on Thursday evening; and on Friday morning returning on Sunday evening. Runs from Easter Friday to the end of September.
- Pick up point for Tuesday and Friday - 9.00am at Edinburgh Charlotte Square, in front of the West Register House, EH2 4DR. Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure time to meet the tour guide
- Drop off point for Thursday and Sunday - 7pm to Edinburgh Charlotte Square, in front of the West Register House, EH2 4DR
- If you are based in Glasgow have a look at trains to Edinburgh at: https://www.scotrail.co.uk
- If you are based in Stirling or Fort William, we have got something for you too. In fact we can arrange pick up for you at no extra charge : ) We'd pick you up from Stirling Castle at 10.45am; and at 4.30pm from Fort William Train Station
As we like to give you as much time off the Mini-Bus as possible with the opportunity for walks, we recommend you bring warm and waterproof clothing, wear comfortable walking shoes and take sun-block and a hat for sunny days
Luggage Allowance: You're strictly 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
Inclusions: The price of your tour includes transport in an 8 or a 16 seat mini-bus and the services of a friendly, knowledgeable, experienced Driver-Guide, and transportation on one of our mini-buses
Exclusions: Accommodation, and all optional extras (attraction entrance fees and meals) are not included in the price of your tour and are payable on the day of travel. This is to allow our guests the freedom to choose which optional extras they would like to take part in on the day. Optional extras for your tour are as follows: Stirling Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Dunvegan Castle, Cruise on Loch Ness, Meals, Tips
- About the Accommodation:
Type of accommodation on Skye & Lochalsh and price guidelines: B&B from £80 to £130 per night; Hotel from £70 to £180 per night; Hostels from £22 to £25 per night.
If you book your own accommodation, please let us know your accommodation provider details. Please choose 1 accommodation provider for both nights. You will be checking into your accommodation provider between 6 and 7pm on both nights. The driver will drop you off and pick you up at your selected accommodation provider, as long as this is in one of the following locations: Kyle of Lochalsh, Kyleakin, Broadford and anything inbetween these towns and not off the A87.