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Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.

The accommodation prices above are for your guidance only and we cannot be held responsible for any variation in the cost of accommodation, or for the variation between providers. We will always do our very best however to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.

The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.

Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.

*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependant on the length of the tour.

Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available**

**There is no cash point facility in the village of Plockton**

Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.

We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.

For more information on accommodation and prices click here...

Highland Explorer - Skye and the Far North 5 Day Tour

Highlights:
~ Cairngorm National Park
~ Loch Ness
~ Ullapool and Assynt
~ Applecross & Torridon
~ Eilean Donan Castle
~ Isle of Skye
~ Glencoe
~ Five Sisters of Kintail

Five days of Scotland’s breathtaking best, including the dramatic mountain scenery of Assynt. Experience the remote white sandy beaches of the Northern Highlands, walk through the ancient pine forests of the Cairngorm National Park and soak up the romantic beauty of the Isle of Skye.

Stay 2 nights in the fishing village of Ullapool* and 2 nights in the picturesque harbour town of Portree, on the Isle of Skye.
(*some tours may stay in Inverness instead of Ullapool)

Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.

Departs: 09.00       Returns: 19.00 approx
Adult Prices:  £239 - £249
Discount Prices:  £219 - £229
Departing: Saturdays (March to November) Wednesday (May - September)
Accommodation Info Accommodation Options
 
 
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Day 1 takes you north to Dunkeld, on the banks of the River Tay, before exploring the grandeur of Cairngorm National Park and its ancient pine forests. Following the afternoon here your tour will take you onto the back-roads overlooking mysterious Loch Ness before staying in Ullapool*, your base for 2 nights. (* some tours may stay in Inverness instead of Ullapool during particularly busy times of the year when Ullapool's accommodation is scarce)

Day 2
takes you into the far northern wilderness of Assynt with its mixture of cliffs, rocky inlets and unspoilt beaches. In the afternoon you will visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, the stunning white sand beach at Achmelvich Bay, and the traditional fishing village of Lochinver.

Day 3 takes you south to Corrieshalloch Gorge and west to the dramatic nature reserve of Torridon, and along the wild coastline to the remote community of Applecross, before travelling along Britain’s highest road to the “tropical” palm tree lined village of Plockton. Then it’s over the sea to Skye, where your base is the picturesque harbour town of Portee for 2 nights.

Day 4 is a flexible day exploring Skye with options to visit the wild north of the island, the Old Man of Storr, the mountain pass of the Quiraing, Skye’s most westerly point at Neist or the Talisker Distillery.

Day 5 returns you to the mainland to visit Eilean Donan Castle (set of “Highlander”), before travelling through the rugged scenery of the 5 Sisters of Kintail and Ben Nevis. Your afternoon highlight will be the wilderness of Glencoe before returning to Edinburgh.

Departure Point
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.

Return to Waterloo Place

Inclusions:
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour.
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life.
Air Conditioning as standard.
Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide
All ferry and bridge crossings.
Rabbie's Discount Card - money off restaurants, shopping and attractions.

Exclusions:
Meals and refreshments.
All Visitor Attractions.

Accommodation
Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.
For more information on accommodation and prices click here

*NB On occasions, when villages we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary.

Discount Price
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16 (we regret we do not carry children under the age of 5)

Important Information
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!! Accommodation on this tour is dispersed around Inverness and Portree which are small but hilly! If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking.

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Thank you wee Pete for being our driver guide. It was a brilliant time
Posted by Sabine on 17/09/2013


Thanks to Jaime for a great tour! We had un-Scottish weather, and got to see sights we never expected. Jaime did an unbelievable job keeping us informed and amused for 5 days. Also played some great music-I've downloaded Julie Fowlis, but no Proclaimers (yet).
Posted by Bob and April Jonas on 30/08/2013


Excellent tour with many photo opportunities, history stories, good food, awesome vistas, all orchestrated by Ross Hutton to be memorable. Highly recommended.
Posted by Norm Ainslie on 26/08/2013


This tour was a wonderful experience! Thanks to our guide Jamie we really saw a lot of the country, we got to know about the beautiful landscapes and about Scottish history and culture. Jamie is a great and funny story teller who knows a lot about Scottish mythology. We always felt heartily welcomed and comfortable. We would like to thank rabbie's, our group and of course Jamie for the fantastic time we had together in Scotland!
Posted by Tobias & Ingrid on 25/08/2013


When I was preparing my holidays in Scotland I was not sure if it would be better to take a tour or go on my own. After the tour I know Rabbie's tour was the best choice. All the sights were really amazing and worth visiting and Jamie, our guide, made us feel very comfortable and showed a great knowledge of his country and its history.
Posted by Jaime on 23/08/2013


Enjoyed the 5 days Highland Explorer tour, travelling with friendly group. The tour was very well organized, visiting beautiful places, accommodation in comfortable/typical B&B, and the atmosphere created by our guide (Jamie) really appreciated involving all participants. Very nice also the evening in the Scottish pubs with friends...and whisky. Thanks to everybody.. Stefano
Posted by Stefano on 23/08/2013


The Highland Explorer 5 Day Tour with Jamie was a wonderful experience we would not want to miss! The places we visited were amazing and Jamie's stories and music ''taste'' created a beautiful atmosphere. It was a relaxing, funny, comfortable journey with a nice group of people. Since the groups are very small (max. of 16 people) you could get to know everybody including the tour guide, which made the evenings even better;) One of the things we liked best, was that you didn't feel like the typical tourist, but rather like a friend being guided around by someone who loves their country and their job! Highly enjoyable! We can only recommend it! Thanks a lot, Jamie!:) Amelie & Stefanie
Posted by ameliesmitka on 23/08/2013


This was our first visit to the homeland of my ancestors. Choosing Rabbies to show us around was the right choice. Our driver/guide, Jamie, did an absolutely awesome job of giving the history, legends, and stories behind some of the music of the Highlands. We were well informed, entertained, and transported by our guide. We will return to Scotland and Rabbies will be our choice for another tour. Thanks Jamie.
Posted by Robbie and Shirley on 23/08/2013


This was our family's first tour of any type and it will be hard for any other to measure up. Rabbie's set the bar very high. This was a small group tour (max capacity is 16, but we had fewer) and ours was a fantastic group. We really enjoyed our fellow travelers and our awesome guide, Mac. He is extremely knowledgable about the history, mythology and geology of the Highlands and a highly entertaining and colorful story teller. In a past life, he must have been a bard! We also loved his choice of music during the drives. His passion for Scotland, the land, the people, and the music was evident throughout each day. The Highlands and Skye are magical with sweeping vistas, deep, clear lochs, miles of shoreline and, when the sun is out, the deepest blue skies. The sun is not always out in Scotland, but even the misty, rainy times were beautiful. The accommodations were just as requested, and not something that we would have been easily able to arrange ourselves. On this tour we were able to go places that would have been impossible to reach either in a larger tour bus or on our own. Our guide knew about off-the-beaten path places and discovered a few new ones along the way! I would not have wanted to drive on the single track roads in the more remote regions, but Mac handled these narrow roads masterfully. In five days we covered a lot of the Highlands and Skye, but only scratched the surface of what there is to see and do in this area. I hope that we have the chance to return someday - and soon! We would definitely book another tour with Rabbies (and hope that Mac is our guide)!
Posted by Lynne McAnelly on 10/08/2013


I went on this tour June 15-19 (2013) and it was an incredible experience that I will carry treasured memories of forever. This trip far exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide/driver was exceptional. Pete F. was funny, knowledgeable, interesting and knew legends and history about everywhere we went and places we didn't. He had us laughing a lot and went out of his way to accommodate each and every one of us. He really went above and beyond to make our trip extraordinary. The scenery was breathtaking and everywhere was a picture perfect moment in time. I had the time of my life and enjoyed every second of my tour, in and out of the bus. We even went on a private boat tour in Portree (arranged by Pete) and 3 other guides joined us. What a hoot. Our captain was a real character and we saw sea eagles, a golden eagle, a peregrine falcon and seals. So much fun. I have been raving about my tour and your company to all my friends and family. As soon as I got home, I was checking your site for a longer tour (9 or 10 days) of the Highlands and Islands for next June ! I can't wait to come back and experience another magical adventure. I have created 4 Picture Albums with a selection of pics from my amazing tour, so please go have a peek.
Posted by Lady Marilyn on 16/07/2013


I can only talk about the tour in superlatives because it exceeded all my expectations. A really nice bunch of people came together who had a great time during these 5 days. We laughed a lot and learnt a lot about Scotland and about each other as well. Barney is a very knowledgeable, friendly and flexible guide with a great sense of humour, which all of us appreciated very much. I could not have asked for more!:)
Posted by Bernadett on 15/07/2013


doug was awesome, made you feel like you knew Scotland intimately by the end of the trip
Posted by Aaron on 08/07/2013


Thank you, dear Jamie, for this sixth tour with Rabbies for me. You drove us safely, well informed and entertained. Don't forget, the place is called "Ullapool"! :-) Too bad the time goes by so fast. We are already looking forward to next year. Orkney, we can't wait! Jamie, well done!Some sunshiny photos have been successful!
Posted by SD Berlin on 07/07/2013


Thanks for a great tour.we both really enjoyed it and we are thinking about doing another tour with rabbies next year.Jamie our guide did a great job.It was fun and very informative. Andrea+Silke
Posted by Goldstein Andrea on 03/07/2013


Our driver Jamie was very informative only told us want we wanted to know ,didn't spend all of his time on the microphone .It was my first time in Scotland and won't be my last and defiantly will go with Rabbies when I return.
Posted by David on 01/07/2013


Just got back from the tour last night. We enjoyed the five days very nuch. Thank you, Jamie!
Posted by Linda on 27/06/2013


Got back last night from Highland tour and throughly enjoyed it .A big thank you to our driver Jamie who was brilliant who made the so interesting
Posted by David campbell on 27/06/2013


Got back last night from a 5 day Highland Tour had a fantastic time A big thanks to Jamie highly recommend this tour
Posted by David campbell on 27/06/2013


The Mountains, lochs,and villages of Scotland came alive for us because of the fascinating and entertaining stories of our driver, Peter. His knowledge of the clans, histories, myths and legends, and interesting way of telling these, made our trip memorable. Also his care and compassion for his passengers, as well as his sense of humour , were impressive.
Posted by Ian on 27/06/2013


Fabulous tour guide (Ross). He took us to great places, became very much one of the 'group'. He was always entertaining and able to provide so much information. The tour come not have been better. Would definitely do a similar tour again
Posted by Valerie on 23/06/2013


I would have to spend 5 days to tell you about it. A wonderful tour altogether
Posted by Eva Lykke on 20/06/2013


Ross the amazing tour guide and his knowledge . Also the way he jelled us all as a group -it was the best tour ever been on
Posted by Valerie on 18/06/2013


For many years my wife has paid for holidays abroad for the sun, sea, sand and all that but i am not one for sitting around and decided to get my own back and book a holiday with Rabbies for a scenic Scottish Highland tour. My wife and i were not disappointed. We flew up to Edinburgh the day before and stayed in the Allison house Hotel whose owners were friendly and welcoming. This hotel was also used after the tour before flying back home. We were to meet up with a Rabbies coach the following day and met with the tour guide (Barney). He was friendly and put everyone at ease with his introductions and got everyone chatting as we had to introduce ourselves. This broke the ice nicely and the individuals then became a group as we all got on together for the rest of the tour really well. The following five days days were made all the more enjoyable because we had some great weather, in fact sun all the way. The guidance form Barney as well as his passionate knowledge of all things Scottish was nothing short of remarkable. I learned a great deal. Lots of photo stops meant loads of photo memories to last the life time. The tour was flexible so that when we ran out of time to visit something one day we would visit it the next so by re-jigging the day we got loads in. Plenty of food stops with fantastic meals in beautiful surroundings and stunning scenery. The transport we were taken on, on the tour with was very comfortable and luxurious, made all the more enjoyable by the professional driving from Barney always patient and courteous to other road users. We will be visiting again in this way and with Rabbies.
Posted by Simon Krakowski on 13/06/2013


We had plenty of stops along the way to walk a little, take photos etc. We also seemed to get "off the beaten track", a least a little bit, as the smaller bus is able to go along routes that the larger buses can't use.
Posted by Gaye Rochow on 27/09/2012


Ross our Guide did an outstanding job of being the best ever Tour guide. He made it fun entertaining and most of all did a great job of giving us great all round info, trivia and kept us laughing and relaxed and very happy!!!! Thanks Ross.
Posted by Judith Da Costa on 11/09/2012


Touring on mini bus was excellent. We were able to communicate with all co-passengers and had the flexibility to view many scenic places which would not have been possible in coaches. Special regards to our guide, Liam, for being informative, friendly and considerate which made the tour a better experience.
Posted by Venkatesh Konapur on 02/09/2012


Ross and the other passengers. There was something about this tour that made all the passengers become friendly with each other so much so that I'm still in touch with a few of my travel mates and even met up with one when visiting London. This was a fun trip!
Posted by Catherine DeCosta on 15/08/2012


Neal was an excellent guide and I credit him with making our tour so enjoyable. He made sure everyone was comfortable and offered restrooms stops, photo stops, etc. His commentary was very informative and interesting and fun. We enjoyed the small group and the freedom to choose where we wanted to eat and what we wanted to see at the stops. I have resisted large tours that march everyone around together following an umbrella, eating in large tourist restaurants, and spending too much time in gift shops. Rabbies made me see that tours can be enjoyable. We were able to see the Highlands without my husband having to drive and we learned about the sights and a lot of history from Neal. We also enjoyed getting to know our fellow travelers from around the world.
Posted by Charles Beck on 19/05/2012


guide was very knowledgeable about both how to get to points of interest and the accompanying history, etc. Awesome site-seeing.
Posted by BRENT MCCOWN on 14/05/2012


I think Liam is a really outstanding tour guide and he is professional (I know its a tiring job but he is always energetic)knowledgable, friendy. I really enjoyed the trip.
Posted by Wai Wing LI on 30/03/2012


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Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

A grand round-tour of breathtaking views and fascinating places throughout the Highlands of Scotland, from the ancient forests of the Cairngorms, vibrant Inverness - capital of the Highlands, to the majestic splendour of the mountains of Assynt, the romantic beauty of the Isle of Skye and the awe inspiring Glen Coe.

Day 1 takes you north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming highland village of Dunkeld on the banks of the river Tay. From here you head into the Cairngorm national park and the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus estate. Lunchtime will be spent on the beautiful shores of Loch Insh before a short forest walk takes you 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 and the village of Dores where you can do some “Nessie” spotting! Then it’s on to the shores of Loch Broom where you spend two nights at Ullapool. (*on some tours it may be necessary to stay in Inverness in which case the itinerary will be subject to slight changes)

Day 2 visits the far northwest highlands and the grandeur, expanse and wildness of the mountains of Assynt with its abundance of wildlife. This area is historically famous as being the first crofting area to be bought by the local crofters, the Assynt Crofters’ Trust.  You will be immersed in the history of the area and visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, once the stronghold of the MacLeods of Assynt. The day is full of amazing views of some of Europe’s oldest landscapes from the stunning white sand beach at Achmelvich Bay to the traditional fishing village of Lochinver. With the chance of seeing wildlife such as whales and red deer as well, this is sure to be a memorable day.

Day 3 leaves Ullapool heading south to take in the drama of the River Droma as it plunges 60m down into the Corrieshalloch Gorge. From here you travel past the mountains of the Beinn Eighe national nature reserve and along the picturesque coastline of Loch Torridon. The tranquil setting of Applecross is your destination for lunch before taking one of the highest roads in Scotland, Bealach nam Bo (meaning the Cattle Pass), with its jaw-dropping views, hairpin bends and precipitous cliffs. In the afternoon you stop in “tropical” Plockton where you can see palm trees growing alongside Loch Carron and take time to enjoy its sheltered serenity. Then it’s over the sea to Skye and the delightful harbour town of Portree with its friendly welcome.

Day 4 is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather and your driver/guide's knowledge will come to the fore in developing the best day out for you. For example you might travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery or visit the Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns (reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt) with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. After lunch you can travel to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye. Alternatively a visit to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod, may be possible. Talisker Distillery is also on Skye, as are the famous Cuillin Hills. We return you to your accommodation in Portree in the late afternoon for you to enjoy a free evening in the village.

Day 5 takes us south from Skye stopping first at the famous stronghold Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film “Highlander”, set at the head of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders. Continuing east through the rugged mountains of Kintail including the splendour of the Five Sisters, you drive down through Glen Garry past Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, then onto Fort William for lunch. In the afternoon you will explore spectacular Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692, before stopping in Killin for refreshments beside the Falls of Dochart, arriving into Edinburgh at 1900 approx.

Photography Credits: Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Britainonview, Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts, Dorcas Sinclair (Lochinver), Wojsyl (Plockton).