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5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh provided by Highland Explorer Tours

5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
5 days
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
30
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    5 days
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    30
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Transport by air-conditioned midi-coach
  • Professional, local guide
  • 4 nights of B&B or Hotel accommodation
  • Jacobite Steam Train' ride from Fort William to Mallaig
  • Ferry ride to the Isle of Skye
  • Loch Ness boat cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Fort William
  • Entry/Admission - Mallaig
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ness
  • Entry/Admission - Highland Folk Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Dunkeld Cathedral
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Whisky Distillery
  • Entry/Admission - The Kelpies & The Helix
  • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield
  • Entry/Admission - Blair Athol Distillery
Duration
5 days
Departure details
  • Highland Explorer Tours, 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
  • Waterloo Place, Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, UK
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years, we are unable to carry any children under this age
  • Each traveller is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase weighing no more than 33lbs (15kg) and 1 carry-on bag
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them to board and disembark
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Inclusions
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Transport by air-conditioned midi-coach
  • Professional, local guide
  • 4 nights of B&B or Hotel accommodation
  • Jacobite Steam Train' ride from Fort William to Mallaig
  • Ferry ride to the Isle of Skye
  • Loch Ness boat cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Fort William
  • Entry/Admission - Mallaig
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ness
  • Entry/Admission - Highland Folk Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Dunkeld Cathedral
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Whisky Distillery
  • Entry/Admission - The Kelpies & The Helix
  • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield
  • Entry/Admission - Blair Athol Distillery
Departure details
  • Highland Explorer Tours, 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
  • Waterloo Place, Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, UK
Duration
5 days
Return details
  • Waterloo Place, Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, UK
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years, we are unable to carry any children under this age
  • Each traveller is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase weighing no more than 33lbs (15kg) and 1 carry-on bag
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them to board and disembark
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 19 Apr. 2022
A note from 5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh
Upon arrival and prior to joining my trip, I will be able to present one of the following: • Authentic COVID-19 vaccination certificate • Or a verifiable negative test* result for COVID-19 (electronic or paper showing date and time of test) taken within 72 hours of the trip departure.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
20 stops
Day 1
Edinburgh to Oban
Day 2
Oban to the Isle of Skye
Day 3
Isle of Skye to Inverness
Day 4
Inverness & Highlands
Day 5
Inverness to Edinburgh
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John R
1 contribution
May 2022
This 5-day Scottish Highlands tour was the highlight of our three-week visit to the British Isles! Our guide, Owen, provided great stories and really rich histories for the places we visited and the characters that inhabited these places. The tour was packed with interesting sites from the Jacobite train and Glen Coe, to the historic battlefield of Culloden and a cruise on Loch Ness. In addition to the history, a number of our stops were locations of tremendous natural beauty (throughout the Isle of Skye, Cairngorms National Park, the three sisters,...). Owen wove a thread of Scottish history throughout the five days' stops that progressed toward the Culloden historic battlefield, providing me a much more complete understanding of Scottish history than I had prior to the trip, and it's evident that he truly enjoys teaching others about the history of his home.

The itinerary was thoughtful and mixed historical, cultural, art, and natural wonder stops throughout the five days. I have been on a number of excellent guided informational tours before, and this tour was the best by far, with Owen's contribution making a huge difference. We stopped for lunch in a number of really nice small highland villages and had ample time to both sample the food and sights during these midday break. Owen also provided suggestions for making our independent time richer through suggestions on good restaurants, pubs, hikes, and music stops.

I absolutely will use Highland Explorer Tours again (hopefully we will be fortunate enough to get Owen as our guide) and will be returning to the highlands of Scotland.
Written 21 May 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

charlieroyal
Newark27 contributions
Aug. 2021
My husband and myself have just returned from a fantastic 5 day tour with Highland Explorer Tours which I would thoroughly recommend. The scenery was breathtaking, the historical and cultural sights extremely interesting made more so by our most excellent of guides: Stevie P. Stevie is obviously a proud Scot and took great delight in regaling us all with stories and information. He was fab.

He led the tour which covered an age range of perhaps 42 years with great ease, including everyone with his gentle banter and great humour. All of his suggestions for where to eat, what to see and do were excellent. We also felt very safe with his careful driving.

We will definitely be returning to Scotland and will take another tour with Highland Explorer; we will ask for Stevie P. again. Stevie is an asset to your company Highland Explorer Tours - you should be very proud of him. He was my honorary grandson on the trip! Well done Stevie.
Written 22 August 2021
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Dear Charlie, glad to hear that Stevie P become the member of your family during the 5 days you spent in his company, where he had the chance to shine through his amazing personality and his love for our beautiful Scotland. Hope welcome you back soon
Written 24 August 2021
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bbugle2016
Woking, UK24 contributions
Jul. 2021
What a fantastic taste of Scotland we had last week with Charlie who must be Scotlands best ambassador and the Scottish Tourist Board should take him on as a valuable marketing asset. From the moment we began Charlie was so knowledgable about Scottish history and folklore which he regaled throughout the tour with such enthusiasm. When he was not imparting interesting information he had created a playlist of Scottish music of many different genres to suit all. Charlie was punctual, and organised us very well without being over managing and dealt with any questions and queries quickly and efficiently. He even organised one of his friends to pipe for us on our last evening outside in Inverness. There was nothing that was too much trouble for him even giving us a taste of Irn Bru and Tunksten marshmallow biscuits.
The tour itself was managed well from start to finish. The 5 day tour definitely gave us a good taste of Scotland and the parts which we would like to revisit. I am so glad we did the 5 day tour which enabled us to see so much without a huge rush
I extra point though, with staff shortages due to staff from EU not so plentiful, and due to Covid, I thankfully booked all restaurants in advance and still had trouble getting bookings. Others on the tour had to take what they could get with some difficulty.
Written 21 July 2021
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Hello, thank you for your lovely review! I'm pleased you enjoyed Charlie's knowledge and I'm happy he made your tour so memorable. We hope to see you travelling again with us soon! Kind regards, Victoria
Written 24 July 2021
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Grace W
1 contribution
May 2022 • Friends
The 5 day highland tour led by Owen was a once in a lifetime experience that was full of beautiful sights and interesting history. Owen is very easy going and extremely knowledgeable about Scotland and the Highlands in general which made the tour that much more engaging. We even had an impromptu whisky tasting led by Owen which was fun and special. The weather can be unpredictable so I would recommend bringing layers. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone of all ages.
Written 13 May 2022
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Romany
Bognor Regis, UK5 contributions
Aug. 2021
Having never been on a coach trip style holiday before, my Mum and I weren't too sure what to expect. However, we had nothing to worry about! We had an amazing time with Highland Explorer Tours last week and would definitely go on this sort of trip again! Our tour group was lovely, with a real mix of ages and nationalities which was great too!

Our driver & tour guide Charlie was fantastic! Full of great stories and recommendations for every place we visited. He'd point out places to eat, drink and shop in every town we drove through which was super helpful! He was also incredibly knowledgeable and kept us entertained on and off the bus!

The tour covered a lot of distance and we really felt like we got to see lots of Scotland in a short space of time. There were plenty of photo stops along the way to take in the amazing views and feed the odd hairy coo too! The Jacobite Steam Train was fantastic - genuinely felt like we were going to Hogwarts! Ha! I also found Culloden Battlefield really interesting and loved the Loch Ness River Cruise. We were a bit disappointed that we didn't get to visit Armadale Castle or a Whisky Distillery and that the ferry to the Isle of Skye from Mallaig got cancelled, but completely understand that things can't always go to plan in COVID times! Good excuse for us to come back again! As an Outlander fan, I also enjoyed pretending to fall through the stones at the Clava Cairns and visiting the Highland Folk Museum which was used as a filming location!

The accommodation was great! Again, we were apprehensive not knowing where we'd be staying, but the B&B's were all lovely! The Guesthouse in Oban was particularly stunning! Felt like a swanky boutique hotel!

Overall we loved our time on this trip and would highly recommend Charlie and Highland Explorer Tours! We miss the Highlands already!
Written 20 August 2021
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Hi Bella, first of all, thank you so much for taking the time to write such in-depth review! We love reading our passenger's stories and views on their experience with us, and yours is so heart-warming! We're pleased to hear that you felt in good hands with Charlie and that he could show you the best of our Bonnie Scotland during your 5-day tour. And remember: there is so much more to explore! We would love to have you and your Mum travelling with us again! Take care and hopefully see you again soon. Best wishes, Io
Written 25 August 2021
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Manny
London, UK9 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Couples
Great trip. Highlight was Inverness (very charming town) and the cruise of the Loch Ness (stunning landscape). We had a great tour guide/driver, Steve P, he was very funny, knowledgable, helpful and certainly knew how to keep the group engaged and interested.

The company offers 2 different accommodation packages, B&B or Hotel, I would certainly recommend the B&B one as they were of very good quality while the hotels weren’t worth the price difference (we ended up with 2 Hotel + 2 B&B nights).

Inverness has some great restaurants, however they all get booked up, so plan your dinners for Inverness in advance. We checked recommendations in Trip Advisor, then booked using Open Table, very easy.

As you can probably imagine, go prepared for all types of weather and to change during the day. Rain jacket and comfortable shoes are a must. Also have some spare room in your luggage for some nice little things to purchase along the way.
Written 22 August 2021
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Dear Manny, thank you for taking your time to jot down the great time you had on on 5-day tour guided by Stevie P and we also appreciate all the useful advice was provided to your fellow travellers. Please join us soon for your next adventure
Written 24 August 2021
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SarahRugby
Coventry, UK55 contributions
Jul. 2021
We had a fabulous trip with our driver and guide, Charlie. He was full of interesting facts delivered with humour and interspersed with a brilliant playlist of Scottish traditional and popular music. Charlie made sure that we had plenty of stops along the way and always set out the itinerary for the day and gave us ideas for things to do and great places to eat. The whole tour ran smoothly thanks to Charlie's faultless organisation and planning.
I would recommend booking restaurants in advance as the best places get booked up quickly.
The views of Skye accompanied by Amazing Grace gave me goosebumps.
Everyone needs a Charlie for a driver (and a plate full of sgadan!)
Written 2 August 2021
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Hi Nick, thank you for your positive review about Charlie's tour. I'm glad you felt the whole tour ran smoothly and that Charlie was able to give you lots of good recommendations - we're very fortunate to have him. Bets wishes, Victoria
Written 2 August 2021
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Aparna I
Manchester, UK5 contributions
May 2022 • Family
This is a superb excursion. Our guide Owen was so well informed about the history and folklore of Scotland and the highlands that even each landmark crossed while travelling had some relevance to it...Not a single dull moment....Our stay by the seaside at Oban was memorable. It's an extensive itenary , but so well spaced that even my 11 year old enjoyed it. Owen carefully selected lunch/ halts at picturesque quaint towns, beaches and scenic spots that made the journey breeze through... Would totally recommend
Written 15 May 2022
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Steve W
Ashburn, VA3 contributions
Jul. 2021
An overall amazing experience! Our tour guide/driver Steve was an amazing ambassador for Scotland, and was friendly, helpful and informative all week long. As an American with limited experience driving on the left side of the road, I'm glad it was him taking on those often tiny Scottish byways and not me! I celebrated my 50th birthday while on the tour, and Steve and the rest of the tour staff made sure it was a truly special day. I learned a lot about Scotland and Scottish history, and the sites we visited all left a lasting impression. The Jacobite Steam Train alone would make this worthwhile for any Harry Potter fan. I wholeheartedly agree with @TrevorL504 that the mix of nationalities of the other passengers made the trip even better. All the accommodations were quiet and comfortable, and I particularly enjoyed the Barriemore in Oban. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see the best of what Scotland has to offer, without the hassle of planning your own itinerary and having to do your own driving.
Written 31 July 2021
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Hello Steve, thank you for such a great review! We're so glad that your driver guide Stevie kept you well informed and left a lasting impression of Scotland with you. He really goes above and beyond. Thank you for celebrating your 50th birthday with us, we hope to see you on tour in future! Kind regards, Charlie
Written 31 July 2021
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Rudi L
5 contributions
Sep. 2020
Highly recommended. Highlight of the trip was for sure our guide Rich. We just finished a 5-day tour and we already plan to take another - lovely people and nice accommodation. Tour gives you a chance to see the best of Scotland and really get a taste of the country and its beauties.

I don’t remember the last time I laughed so much like I did while listening to Rich’s stories for the last 5 days. He is enthusiastic about his job and has an epic knowledge of Scotland – kings, castles, battles, national parks, big game hunting, local sport and local life, you name it, Rich knows it. It was a pleasure listening to him. I have a feeling I know Rich for 20 years because he showed us his hometown and shared ridiculously funny stories about his life. I definitely want to go to another tour with Rich! As a surprise at the end of our tour he took us to see hairy cows!

Also, during the whole trip Rich made sure all COVID measures were in place: masks and hand sanitiser in the bus, regular cleanings of the interior, and daily temperature checks.
Written 19 September 2020
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Hi Rudi, thank you so much for reviewing your recent tour with Rich! It's so great to hear that you were able to learn so much about Scotland and have such a good laugh. It's also great that you had the chance to see some hairy cows! Also, thanks for your feedback about our COVID-19 measures. It's really important to us that our guests feel reassured on tour, so it's nice to hear that. We hope to see you again soon! Take care, Paula
Written 26 September 2020
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Nice
Very nice, Rich talked about the story of Scotland and put scotland music in the bus. Even if some places were clos
katiegI3360SZ
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Rich was the best!
I loved it!! Rich was so funny and informative. I really enjoyed this day. He had a lot of cool stories and facts a
M9251FRemmah
M9251FRemmah
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Amazing experience
We had a great time on the trip, Steve did an excellent job with the interesting stories he told while on the road!
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Two Italians go to Highlands
Nice experience! Steve is the best guide driver we could find! We are from Italy and we have really enjoyed Scotlan
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Great day out
Owen did a great job with being an engaging your guide and a driver. Bus was very full, and uncomfortable.
lizt487
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Stunning experience not to be missed.
Would 100% reccomend! Tim was knowledgeable, witty and really well versed on Scottish History. Absolutely loved thi
Michelle P
Michelle P
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Excellent Tour
Owen was amazing and beyond knowledgeable-we truly enjoyed the whole trip and many stops. We highly recommend this
sybillev
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Fun and interesting
Absolut amazing tour. It was fun and I learned interesting things about Scotland. I can just recommend this trip 🥳
SentaV
SentaV
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Fantastic day trip
It was such a lovely day trip and Conner and Steve were fantastic guides! Would warmly recommend this trip!
185chelseyn
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Best way to experience the Higlands
This was a great way to see some of the beautiful Scottish countryside! I highly recommend adding on the Loch Ness
outlandergothgirl95
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Outlandish day!
We came to Edinburgh for this tour and boy was it worth the wait. For a girl as Outlander obsessed as me, I was def
emmaevans888
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Great day trip!
Great and relaxing day trip through beautiful scenery. Interesting historical and local facts. Definitely recommend
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A beautiful day in the Highlands
Steve our driver/ tour personally, is a gem . The right amount of talk. Very knowledgeable. We would receive this a
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Excellent tour
Attentive, dedicated and careful driver. Very pleasant day. Wonderful place. Unforgettable experience.
moonstar1992
moonstar1992
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Perfect one day tour!
Steve made this trip super fun and engaging! He filled the bus rides with interweaving humor and always made sure t
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