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Our 3-day Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh will show you the very best of Scotland. Take time to explore the Highlands, Loch Ness and spend 2 nights in the vibrant Inverness.

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Highlights

Your adventure

Your 3 day Isle of Skye small group tour from Edinburgh will take you to the greatest ‘must-see’ places in Scotland with expert tour guides on and off of the traditional tour routes. A 3 day tour to the Scottish Highlands crafted from our many years of experience.

From Edinburgh to Skye see incredible places sich as the Loch Ness, Ben Nevis, Eilean Donan Castle,the Trossachs National Park, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glencoe, a traditional Whisky Distillery and much more!

You will spend two nights in the beautiful city of Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. A selection of accommodation options is available.

If you are interested in knowing more details of this Edinburgh to Isle of Skye trip, please read the Full Itinerary section.

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All you need to know

Imporant Details

Price

  • £149 – £189 adults.
  • £139 – £179 children, seniors and students.

Discounts

  • Get a 10% OFF on groups of 5 or more.

Duration

3 days.

Departure 7:30 am | Return 19:00 pm


Language

Live guide in English 


Included

  • Transport.
  • A truly amazing tour guide.
  • Small group of 16 people or fewer.

Not included

  • Food and drink.
  • Accommodation.
  • Attraction fees: Loch Ness Cruise (from £14 adults).

How to book

  • Online: using a credit or debit card.
  • By phone:  +44 (0) 131 202 9020 using a credit or debit card.

Instant confirmation

  • Complete the payment and get an instant email notification.
  • You do not need to print the receipt.

Important information

  • The minimum age is 5 years old.
  • Luggage allowance: one medium-sized suitcase and a handbag.
  • Bring warm waterproof clothing and comfortable, appropriate shoes.
  • The Loch Ness cruise may not be available on certain occasions.
  • The itinerary and stops may vary due to circumstances beyond our control.
  • During the winter season (November to March), the itinerary may suffer variations due to the lower number of hours of daylight.

Cancellations

Free. Full refund up to 10 days before the activity.

Tour Accommodation

The accommodation is not included in the tour price. In this way, you can control the final price of your tour without hidden or added costs, to suit your own budget and comfort needs.

At the time of your booking you can select one of the next 2 options:

  1. We can help you arrange your accommodation. You need to choose this option in the booking form, and we will contact you with a few great options that match your preferences. To offer you a variety of accommodation options in Inverness to suit your budget, we have partnered with some of the best providers.
  2. You can choose to book your own accommodation. Please make sure that it is within a 2km (1.2 miles) radius from the city centre, to ensure that we can pick you up on time in the morning without holding up the rest of the tour group. You can write us the address in the booking form.

Below is a list of prices and types of accommodation:

Hostel

An ideal option if you are travelling on a budget. Beds are in shared rooms or dormitories of from 4-12 beds, typically with a kitchen/dining room and shared bathrooms. Typically, breakfast is not included, although some hostels may offer a continental-style breakfast option for a small charge.

Please note that some hostels do not have rooms or dormitories separated by gender, although we will give you the option to select specific preferences during the reservation.

Price: £25-28 per person per night.

Bed & Breakfast

A Bed & Breakfast is typically a guest house or similar, or else a more modern ‘AirBnB’ style arrangement within a family home with a warm, friendly atmosphere, more pleasant than in some hotels. Most rooms have a TV, private bathrooms and breakfast are included in the rate.

Rooms available:

  • Single Room: Single bed
  • Double Room: Double bed
  • Twin Room: Two single beds
  • Family Room: Double bed plus 1-2 single beds

Price: £40-60 per person per night.

Reservations for single rooms will be charged at between £10-20 per person per night.

Hotel

Experience Inverness in comfort. Hotels are usually Three-Star and offer a bar or restaurant and evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price or optional.

Rooms available:

  • Single Room: Single bed
  • Double Room: Double bed
  • Twin Room: Two single beds
  • Family Room: Double bed plus 1-2 single beds

Price: Hotels range from £60-150 per person per night.

Reservations for single rooms will be charged at between £10-20 per person per night.

To know more about the type of accommodations available, please go to our accommodation section.

Full Itinerary

Your magical 3-day Scotland tour itinerary begins in Edinburgh as we weave our way northwards and then towards Scotland’s dramatic west coast. See some of the most stunning lochs and glens as we venture up to Inverness. We now set the beggining to our 3 days in Scotland.

The Kelpies

We leave towards Skye from Edinburgh, past the stunning Linlithgow Palace before stopping at the fabulous Kelpies. The Kelpies stand at a height of 30 metres and are the largest statues of horses anywhere in the world. Discover the legend of these mystic creatures believed to inhabit the Scottish Lochs, and the mythology passed down by our ancient ancestors.

Doune Castle

Passing by the incredible Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument, we tell the tale of Scotland’s two greatest heroes, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Your expert guide then takes you to Doune Castle. This stunning medieval castle has been the backdrop for some of the greatest Scottish films and series, from Monty Python and the Holy Grail through to the fictional Castle Leoch in Outlander and Winterfell from Game of Thrones.

Kilmahog

We continue our 3 day highland tour from Edinburgh to take our stop for breakfast at Kilmahog, a traditional Scottish Woollen Mill. As the mountains appear through the morning mists, come up close to our wonderful Highland Cows (April to October) or browse some beautiful Scottish themed collections. Maybe try some of our national dish Haggis, grab a coffee and prepare to head off into the foothills of the magical Highlands.

Loch Lubnaig

Heading into the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, we make a short stop at Loch Lubnaig, a beautiful freshwater loch whose name in our native Gaelic means ‘Crooked’. A beautiful sight, surrounded by forests and the mountains of the Highlands.

The Falls of Dochart

Your 3-day Scottish Highlands adventure now takes you into the lands of the Highland Clans and the Icelandic Vikings, whose marks are still visible on the landscape today. Travel to the beautiful village of Killin and the magical Falls of Dochart, set amongst ancient ruins. A truly unforgettable sight.

Traditional Scottish Farm

Through lochs and glens and past magical waterfalls, you journey into the Scottish Farmlands. Stop and see some more of our world-famous Highland Cows up close, in one of the best spots we know!

Loch Tulla

You notice the road now heading up higher as we begin to climb into the mountains. At the top, we make a stop which will take your breath away, as we look back over the stunning Loch Tulla and back down to see just how far we have come. Take a photograph here which you will treasure for a lifetime.

Rannoch Moor

Venture over the road to Skyfall through the wilderness of Rannoch Moor. Marvel at one of the most desolate places on earth and make a stop to visit the beautiful wild deer of the moors whom our guides know how to find. If you are very lucky, they come up and let you feed them! A magical and unforgettable experience!

Glencoe & the Three Sisters

Just past Rannoch Moor, you will discover one of the most breath-taking sights of a lifetime, the beautiful Valley of Glencoe. The most iconic image of Scotland is yours to admire and a moment to treasure.

The Glenfinnan Viaduct

Towering over Loch Shiel, the incredible Glenfinnan Viaduct is one of the most dramatic sights in Scotland. Admire the world-famous Harry Potter Bridge and the place where the Bonnie Prince Charlie began the final Jacobite rebellion.

Fort William

The second city of the Highlands, Fort William is our lunch stop. Guarding the west coast, the old fort is still visible, the last in a chain of three forts which held the Great Glen. Take some time to explore the town and the old fort and enjoy some traditional Scottish food.

Ben Nevis

Rested and recharged, your journey takes you into Glen Nevis and up towards the UK’s Highest Mountain, Ben Nevis. Marvel at the snow-capped peak from the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge. A beautiful moment on our magical trip.

Fort Augustus

Nestled on the shores of the shimmering Loch Ness, Fort Augustus is a beautiful little town with so much to offer. Take a picture at the famous Loch Ness sign, explore the village or take a Loch Ness boat tour and go hunting for the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

Urquhart Castle

Journey beside Loch Ness to the beautiful ruins of Urquhart Castle, Scotland’s third most visited tourist attraction. Marvel again at the wonders of the mystical shimmering loch and hear the story of this awe-inspiring ruin.

Inverness

Your incredible and unforgettable first day ends in the Capital of the Highlands, where you can unwind, explore and enjoy this vibrant city of history and culture. You will see Inverness Castle over the River Ness, and walk the famous Church Street where ancient history fuses with the modern boutiques, bars and restaurants of this stunning bite-sized city of wonder.

Relaxed and refreshed, you now journey to the incredible crown-jewel of the Highlands, the magical Isle of Skye, known as “The Misty Isle”. Passing over the Skye Bridge, enter a magical place of passionate legends, breath-taking views and fabulous fairy tales. Without a doubt one of the best days during our Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh.

Sligachan Bridge

Passing through the western Highlands and the Black Isle, we come to the Isle of Skye and the beautiful Sligachan Bridge. Stop for a photograph on the ancient stone bridge, whose mysteries are said to hold the key to eternal beauty.

Portree

A beautiful fishing village which is the capital of Skye, full of beautiful colourful buildings and some of the most stunning cuisine in the Highlands. Have some lunch by the bay and enjoy this wonderful, picturesque village.

The Old Man of Storr

The unmissable stop on this magical Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh. Inspired by an ancient love story, this impressive eminence in the Trotternish Peninsula is a moment to treasure. Gaze out over towering basalt rocks and the green hills of one of Scotland’s most famous and beautiful rock formations.

Kilt Rock

Named after the folds of the traditional Highland Kilt, this stunning rock formation overlooks the Mealt Falls, an incredible 50-metre waterfall which flows majestically down the cliffs into the sea.

The Quiraing

No Isle of Skye tour is complete without a visit to the Quiraing. A stunning mountain pass and one of the greatest geological formations on earth. An awe-inspiring landscape of towering cliffs and plummeting valleys which will make you fall in love.

The Fairy Glen

You will be amazed at the ‘otherworldly feel’ of the Fairy Glen, a magical place and home to ‘The Wee People’ said to inhabit this mystical isle. See the stone spirals and leave a coin for the fairies for good luck, gaze into the Fairy Pools and marvel at ‘Castle Ewan’ the towering rock which was the home of the mythical creatures.

Eilean Donan Castle

The unforgettable sight of Eilean Donan is the stunning castle. Built on an island at the meeting of three lochs, Eilean Donan towers over the landscape as the iconic image of the Highlands. It is one of the best-preserved Scottish Castles and an incredible place which defended Scotland for centuries against the Vikings.

Glen Shiel

The stunning Glen Shiel landscape is yours to admire, running from the Five Sisters of Kintail to The Saddle, often called “The best mountain of the region.” Admire the wild landscape where Rob Roy fought in the cause of the Jacobites, and stare up at The Peak of the Spaniards where Spanish fought their desperate battle in 1719.

Inverness

Passing back into the Highlands and through the Great Glen, see again the majesty of Loch Ness as we head back along past Urquhart Castle towards the beautiful city. Once again, you can relax and enjoy your evening in this historic and vibrant city. The perfect end to the second day of your Isle of skye Tour!

The final day of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure takes you now towards the east in a full-day tour, as we venture through Jacobite Country, seeing some of the greatest sights in Scotland. Heading back towards Edinburgh, you will visit the most beautiful towns and cities of our country on an unforgettable finale to your Highland tour.

Culloden Battlefield

No visit to ‘Jacobite Country’ is complete without a visit to Culloden Moor, where Bonnie Prince Charlie fought the last great battle in Britain. Tour the interactive visitor centre, walk in the footsteps of the Jacobites and perhaps lay a flower on the clan cairns in honour of the brave Highlanders.

The Clava Cairns

You now set off towards the incredible ancient ruins and standing stones of the Clava Cairns. Walk amongst stunning Bronze Age monuments which tell of a mystical and ancient past. A stop you will truly love!

Whisky Distillery

The Dalwhinnie Whisky Distillery, situated in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park is the highest distillery in the UK. Sample an incredible single-malt and take home a bottle of Scotland’s most famous export!

Pitlochry

Stop for some lunch in the wonderful traditional pubs and cafes of this Victorian town which takes you into a distant past. Try the world-famous Whisky Ice Cream from Scotland’s most famous ice cream shop, or take a walk to the Pitlochry Dam and the impressive Salmon Steps.

The Hermitage

A magical wooded landscape, linked to the legend of the Irish bard and warrior Ossian. Step into Ossian’s Hall, a beautiful stone structure in the woods and venture out to marvel at the incredible Black Linn Falls, one of the most impressive waterfalls of the Highlands.

The Forth Bridges

Through the ‘Kingdom of Fife,’ your journey takes you over the River Forth via the Forth Bridges. A beautiful sight and home to the world’s oldest metal bridge, which has become a symbol for Scotland, where the old meets the new in seamless harmony.

Extra Stops?

Your Isle of Skye tour doesn’t end here. Our experienced and passionate Nessiehunters guides will always go above and beyond your expectations to make this an experience you will treasure forever.

Wherever possible, our guides will make extra stops and take you to some of the true hidden gems of the Highlands & Islands which other tour operators don’t know about.

The Highlands and our customers are our passion, and if your guide can do more to make your adventure with us extra special, they always will!

Departure Point

310 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PH

The departure & return point is the Lawnmarket Bus Stop situtated right next to Deacon’s House Cafe in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

FAQs

Do I need to bring my own food?

Lunchtime is in a place where you can choose between restaurants, cafes or supermarkets. On the other hand, if you want to bring your own food you are more than welcome.

Can children travel?

Unfortunately, we regret not being able to take children under 5 years of age on our regular tours. In the case of our private Skye tours, you can travel with children under 5 years old. We have child seats available.

In what type of vehicle are the tours made?

The tour will take place in vehicles with a maximum of 16 seats equipped with the latest safety devices.

Is the payment secure?

Our online and telephone payment system is 100% safe and encrypted against fraud or unauthorised transactions. In addition, we do not have access to your credit card information.

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Customer reviews

HelenaK15z06/10/19
5 star rating

100% recommend Barrie We have just returned from the one day trip to Loch Ness with Nessiehunters and can honestly say we have... read more

RozsnyaiT04/10/19
4 star rating

Nice adventure We’ve been on this tour with me and my wife, and we both enjoyed it. The Scotthish Highlands are awesome,... read more

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