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5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh provided by Rabbie's

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

5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh
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from AU$1,217.15 per adult
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Last updated: 24 Jul. 2020
A note from 5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh
• Face coverings are mandatory and must always be worn. • Infrared thermometer temperature check during check-in for tour. Passengers with temperature readings above 38 degrees will not be able to travel for health and safety reasons. • Simple Covid-19 health questionnaire upon arrival.
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Stray from the beaten path and see a side of Scotland that most first-time visitors miss on a 5-day tour that takes you to the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Rather than planning transport, accommodation, and activities in an unfamiliar country, you’ll relax as a guide takes care of all logistics.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
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.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
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.
Highlights
Escape the city on a 5-day tour of the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh
Beat the crowds as you travel to rural destinations
Letting someone else drive allows you to enjoy the sights between stops
Receive personalized attention in a small group limited to 16 people
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 225011
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
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
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Gratuities • Meals and refreshments • Admission fees • Entry/Admission - Ardvreck Castle • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
Duration
5 days
Departure details
Edinburgh Bus Station, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ, UK Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St. Andrew Square, EH2 2AD
Inclusions
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
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Gratuities • Meals and refreshments • Admission fees • Entry/Admission - Ardvreck Castle • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
Departure details
Edinburgh Bus Station, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ, UK Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St. Andrew Square, EH2 2AD
Duration
5 days
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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 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.
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Eilean Donan Castle – We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers
Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
12 stops
Day 1
Edinburgh - Dunkeld - Ullapool
Day 2
Ullapool - Ardveck Castle -...
Day 3
Ullapool - Applecross - Portree
Day 4
Flexible day touring around the...
Day 5
Portree - Eilean Donan Castle -...
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Simona P
2 contributions
Adventure packed holiday!
May 2021 • Solo
Outstanding journey!

I did the 5 day Highland tour with Rabbie's and it exceeded all expectations!

I have never done an organised tour before and I was a bit wary, that this would be a standard cookie cutter experience.

It was quite the opposite - first of all, I turned out to be the only passenger.
Rabbie's have offered me a choice of continuing with the tour, or swapping to alternative options that had other passengers (although at a very short notice!)

I decided to proceed with the initial tour as I was quite keen on visiting the Highlands - which I imagine came quite at loss for Rabbie's!

The Guide and driver - Grant Burns - was truly outstanding!
Grant prepared the itinerary afresh every morning, based on the energy levels, weather and other factors. A truly bespoke experience!
During the journey I learned heaps from Grant - about the locations visited, the history of Scotland and even the formation of the mountains!
Grant was excellent driving along all weather and road conditions, and I felt safe throughout the whole experience.

I had the best time exploring and enjoying the Highlands and I highly recommend the tour for anyone seeking a great adventure!
Written 29 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Caroline S
7 contributions
Watch out for wild Haggis!
Nov. 2019 • Solo
I took a five day tour up to the highlands and isle of skye with Rabbie’s and Michael as our guide! He did a great job, made extra stops whenever there was something amazing to see and went the extra mile to make sure we made the most out of the five days! I loved the Scottish music he played and stories he told about Scotland’s past and the wild haggis! (Man those things are crazy wild!)
When I come back (not if) I will definitely book with Rabbie’s again! A great way to explore this magical country!
Written 18 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thanks so much Caroline, we look forward to welcoming you back! All the best, Aimee
Written 19 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Alejandro R
Costa Rica4 contributions
Incredible Highlands adventure
Oct. 2019 • Solo
This is hands down the best guided tour I've been to. The Scottish Highlands are just magnificent, any photos you take come short of what you actually experience there. Added to that, our guides were simply phenomenal. Billy and Alan knew so much about history, traditions and secret spots for picture taking that I don't think my trip would have been the same on my own. I can't wait to come back and book the tour again, Scotland will forever have a place in my heart.
Written 2 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Rinn62
Cincinnati, OH87 contributions
Amazing and Memorable
Oct. 2019 • Solo
This was my second tour with Rabbie's. And, as with my first tour, it didn't disappoint! With just 4 of us, plus our guides, Gill and Chris, we had room to spread out, and we became good friends. Gill made us feel welcome and you could tell she loved Scotland and loved sharing her country with us. She took us to many out of the way places on a lot of single track roads (some were a little hair raising!), but it was all worth it to see the natural beauty and awe inspiring vistas of Western Scotland. Be prepared for the changing weather. We had quite a bit of WIND and a couple of days of misty weather. (and, sometimes cycling wind, rain and sun all in a half hour!) We didn't let the weather slow us down. We were all game to see and try it all. Gill told us we were becoming Highlanders. I definitely recommend this tour!
Written 1 November 2019
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Sandra G
2 contributions
Excellent & great experience
Oct. 2019 • Friends
The tour was amazing. The guide Arron is very very friendly, professional and passionate of his work. Every single activity was perfect and a great experience. Hope all your guides are as professional as Arron.
Services and hotels simply perfect!
Highly & strong recommended.
Written 30 October 2019
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zxb
Edinburgh, UK5 contributions
Amazing travel!
Oct. 2019 • Friends
The weather was not so good in highland but our tour guide Gill is sooooo great with her positive attitude, full of knowledge and proficient driving skills! We had a really great time and every place had a surprise for us. Thanks to my friend Jessie who has a drone, many impressive photos were taken for lifelong memory!
Written 30 October 2019
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ThetravellingLady64
Prince Rupert, British Columbia37 contributions
Amazing tour guide
Sep. 2019
As with any tour, a big part of the enjoyment other than the itinerary, is your guide. We were so fortunate to have Jim as our guide. He is funny, very knowledgeable and will even give you pointers on how to drive in Scotland! He is also kind and compassionate. We learned so much on his tour and I think even more so because of his humour. I can’t say enough about our tour itinerary and Jim.
Written 28 October 2019
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iannic2018
Florence, Italy59 contributions
Bloody ripper time
Oct. 2019
Billy was a fantastic guide and our smaller group had a lovely time every minute
We got to do and go to things that suited us all
The group got on great and we even ate together every night even after spending all day together
Bloody great time, we want to come back again and do it all over again in Winter next time
Written 19 October 2019
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Iris C
4 contributions
Best time in Scotland!
Aug. 2019 • Friends
My friend and I took a trip to Scotland and decided to book the Rabbies 5-day Highland explorer tour. We were matched up with tour guide Gillian Brown. She was an amazing tour guide! She drove the group the whole 5 days and was super friendly and played some Scottish music to go with the scenery. The best part of the trip was going down the hairpin turns on the Pass of the Cattles and Stoer Lighthouse. Make sure to get motion sickness bracelets from SeaBands. They definitely helped with the motion sickness from riding in the back of the bus. Make sure to book your tour with Gillian!
Written 13 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

travelforfun569
Winnipeg13 contributions
Not what i expected.
Sep. 2019
Rabbies Tour – Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye Sept 17 – 21
You start off in a bus station in Edinburgh. Again being eco friendly you don’t get picked up or dropped off at the hotel. Catching a taxi back to the hotel upon return took 45 minutes. Same small crammed 16 seat bus. 3 rows of 2, one back row of 3, 4 side single seats and a jump seat the front beside the driver. You travel with a small carry on bag. The itinerary mentioned castles which we only saw from a distance, from a hilltop, from a parking lot. Driver did not like Eilean Donan castle so we did not get to view it. Driver stated it was a new castle so not much to see. I had told him it was my mothers family heritage castle but he didn’t care. We were to see Dunvegan Castle but the driver swapped it for a ferry ride to watch the sunset instead. I could not navigate the ferry ride with my mobility and stayed at the hotel. Lots of beautiful amazing scenery. Stopped at 2 ruins for 15 mins each and that was it. Stopped at parks, saw amazing waterfalls, and lochs etc. but no attractions. Saw a highland cow parade. Was quite amusing. The driver did play Scottish music. No attractions of Outlander either. The driver was entertaining and knowledged of the areas. Was totally echo friendly minded. Amount paid for our trip was ridiculous considering I could have watched video and seen inside of attractioins from my computer. Wont ever do one like this again.
Written 10 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Many thanks for your feedback, we're sorry to see that you were disappointed with this experience. As advertised, this tour does start at the Bus Station in central Edinburgh and we are clear that passengers are expected to make their own way to and from the departure point. There are many hotels within a couple of minutes walking distance - and good transport links for those who chose hotels further out of town. We only operate small group tours so passengers should always expect to be in a 16-seat minibus. Our minibuses are purpose built for sightseeing with comfortable seats, more legroom than standard coaches and panoramic windows. We'd say that our vehicles are as comfortable as a minibus can be expected to be! We understand that your guide was keen to take you all off the beaten track and missed Eilean Donan so you could experience the unique turntable ferry back to the mainland. Though there is definite value in this, as a tour highlight, the Castle should not have been omitted without agreement from the entire group. We apologise for this change and any poor communication here. Other than this, having reviewed our GPS tracker we can see that the tour was delivered in line with the itinerary. The day on Skye is flexible and Dunvegan is just one of many possibilities but is not a fixed visit. As explained in the itinerary, our guides will always find a unique route to suit the circumstances. With good weather on our side, it was felt that time was better spent exploring the natural environment. Feedback from other tour passengers suggests that this was a welcome decision, but we're sorry it did not suit you. There were undoubtedly some unrealistic expectations here from the outset and with hindsight we would say that this was a poor choice of tour for you personally. With a keen interest in visiting Castles, a preference for attractions over the natural environment and an interest in seeing Outlander sites, we think you would have been much happier on either our '4-Day Outlander Trail' or '4-Day Scottish Castles Experience' tours. We're pleased that you did enjoy some elements of the tour and appreciate your balanced comments. Best Wishes, Aimee
Written 4 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Wonderful Day Out to the Highlands!
Went on this 12 hour scenic tour with my wife and daughter on 7th July with Mahri as our driver and guide. Due to
Jebhdamh
Jebhdamh
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Lovely day out
Absolutely loved this trip and our tour guide was Martin. He was very knowledgeable and you could tell he had a pas
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Hadrian's wall guide
The whole tour was spoiled from the outset by the drivers/guide (no name given) attitude and acting like a petty ty
AmmarB212
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Thank You, Graham W. for an unforgettable experience!
Our driver was Graham W. Picked us up on time with a friendly and jovial welcome (his first trip after lockdown). S
Susan M
Susan M
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Great day out.
Loch Lomond with a small group with the very professional Escort Christopher was a joy,stories music and a very hea
ahedonisticwander
ahedonisticwander
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Superb!
Amazing tour, the guide is very knowledgable and the scenery is out of this world. Arranged accommodation is in the
Pamini25
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Great day trip to see the main spots!
Mahri was our tour guide, driver and DJ and was absolutely great! Her enthusiasm, knoweldge and the music she playe
pollydoodler
pollydoodler
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West Highland Magic
We had such a fantastic time with Dougie & Jim. I’d been on a highlands tour with Rabbie’s before (to Glencoe / L
SavvyTrav00
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Guide needs a therapist
This was my second multi-day Rabbies trip. The scenery was lovely, the places we visisted were amazing. Stayed at n
AnnLondon
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Great tour company
I’ve travelled with rabbies a few times and always found them to be professional, well run and socially responsible
WuZhensun
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Wonderful journey to highlands
Had a wonderful journey to highlands with Graham who is an experienced tour guide ( with some funny jokes as well).
naazneenk2021
naazneenk2021
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Highly recommend!!
I had an amazing day exploring the Highlands with Ally, our driver / tour guide. He was proudly dressed with a kilt
Joannaxx36
Joannaxx36
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Inspirational beauty of Scotland
Excellent, fabulous full of enjoyment and very informative tour. I strongly recommend it. You will not get bored f
EishaJ1
EishaJ1
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Great day out!
We had a fantastic day trip visiting castles, lochs and the west highlands with our guide Duncan. It was a great wa
csmyth752
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Rabbies skye tour
Thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Our guide and driver Jodie was very knowledgeable on her Scottish history and was a ve
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