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

By: Rabbie's
  • 5-day guided tour of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye from Edinburgh
  • Travel under thick canopies and past bubbling waterways in Cairngorms National Park
  • See the famous Loch Ness, home to a mysterious water monster
5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
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Escape the city to experience wild, small-town Scotland on this 5-day tour of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye from Edinburgh. Aboard a luxury minivan, enjoy the scenery of Cairngorms National Park, Achmelvich Bay and the mysterious Loch Ness. Visit famous sites like the Old Man of Storr and Eilean Donan Castle, hear bloody histories like the massacre of Glen Coe, and admire the dramatic beauty of the Quiraing mountain pass. Four nights in 3- or 4-star lodging and daily breakfasts included.

What to Expect
Day 1
Head north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming highland village of Dunkeld on the banks of the river Tay, and then into the Cairngorm National Park and to the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus Estate.

After lunch you’ll spend time on the shores of Loch Insh and then take a short forest walk to the ruins of Loch an Eilean castle. Panoramic views of Loch Ness follow as you travel down to the banks of the famous loch to village of Dores where you can do some Nessie spotting! Overnight in Ullapool.

Day 2
After breakfast, you'll travel into Assynt. Visit the 15th-century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, which boasts incredible views of the Highlands and rural Scotland, and the beach at Achmelvich Bay. Then, stop in the village of Lochinver for free time. Later, return to your hotel.

Day 3
Following breakfast, you'll travel west, past the misty peaks of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and along the coast of Loch Torridon.
Stop in Applecross to eat lunch (own expense) before continuing along Bealach nam Bo (Cattle Pass), Britain’s highest road. Drink in the views, and then arrive in the Plockton. Stretch your legs and snap photos of Loch Carron. Continue over the sea to the Isle of Skye. Arrive in the harbor town of Portree, your base for the next two nights, and check in to your accommodation. The rest of the evening is yours to spend at your leisure.

Day 4: 
Enjoy a flexible day on Skye. Depending on the prevailing conditions you might travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye’s extraordinary geological scenery. You might visit the Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns, with water cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below.

After lunch you might travel to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye. Alternatively your driver/guide might choose a visit to Dunvegan Castle, the ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod. Return to Portree for a free evening and to your overnight accommodation.

Day 5: 
After breakfast, you'll travel south from Skye to the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle, situated at the head of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders. The stronghold was used in the filming of the movie Highlander. Continue eastward through the rugged mountains of Kintail, past Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. You’ll stop in Fort William for lunch. In the afternoon you’ll explore spectacular Glencoe, scene of the massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692, before stopping in Killin for refreshments beside the Falls of Dochart.
Reviews (90)
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Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile
Again the best visiting experience!

We have had 5 wonderful days in the Scottish Highlands, up to Ullapool and beyond then south to Skye, Eilean Donan ans back to Glen Coe! All the stories, funny and history, were amazingly told by our guide Gill B! Thank you for this great...More

Thank 238petarn
Reviewed 29 October 2018
Fabulous scenery and good company

Our tour guide was Andy D. He was very knowledgeable and always told us the plan for the day then updated this as we went along. The mini coach was friendly and Andy was a fount of information about places we were passing even when...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Maggie C
Passport810120, Customer Service Executive at Rabbie's, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2018

Hi Maggie, I'm delighted you had such a good time! Iona can be a trek for sure, but we think it's worth it. Andy is a great guide and we'll be sure to pass along your kind words to him. Kind regards, Dana

Reviewed 22 October 2018
An Excellent Five Days.

My husband and I took the 5 day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh. . Booking was easy and we ended up having to change our dates, which was handled promptly, with no hassles. The accommodations made through Rabbies were...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Lauri P
Reviewed 17 October 2018
Beautiful Wild Scotland

Unforgettable tour. Our top notch guide Gill (and her sidekick Kevin) took us on an adventure that showcased the beauty of this country. She shared stories, history and fables and it was great to just live in the moment! I will never be able to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gwen C
Reviewed 15 October 2018
Wonderful Scotland

We did the 5-days Highland Explorer (Skye and Far North) tour of Scotland in September, and this was an amazing experience! The landscapes are breathtaking and our guide knew the best spots for photos! We also saw several castles and ruins and thanks to Andy,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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5 August 2018|
Response from ASpeedie | Reviewed this property |
If you email the tour company Rabbies they will tell you.
11 April 2018|
Response from Maggie C | Reviewed this property |
I stayed in the York House hotel which is an ok b&b, and only a two minute walk from the bus station.