The Isle of Skye
3 day tour

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Venture through breath-taking landscapes, quaint villages and epic castles on this journey to the ‘Misty Isle’.

Tour map

Highlights

Film Locations
Nessie
Lochs
Mountains
National Parks
Walks

Places you explore


Eilean Donan Castle – An iconic and gorgeous 13th-century castle that once warded off Viking invasions.

Glencoe – Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tale of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.

Quiraing Mountain Pass – Skye’s outstanding geological stunner. These strange formations gave Skye its nickname, the ‘Winged Isle’.

The Old Man of Storr - This sharp pinnacle of rock bursts out the land and can be seen for miles around.

Five Sisters of Kintail – Legend says a local wizard turned five sisters into these mountains so they could preserve their beauty.

Loch Ness – This loch holds more fresh water than all of the lakes in England and Wales combined. But does it also hold the Loch Ness Monster?


Your journey


Spend three days weaving through the landscapes, legends, and landmarks of Skye. On your journey north, you’ll travel past the historic heart of Scotland and learn about the battles between the Scottish and the English.

In Skye, you’ll stay in the cute and cultural town of Portree, and explore the scenery that inspired countless myths and legends.

And by the time you’re home, you’ll understand why this little island deserves its large reputation.

Tour Details

Starts
Check-in closes at 08.15 (tour departs at 08.30) - Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
Finishes (approx.)
19.00 approx
Luggage
UK & Ireland Tours
You’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

Europe Tours
You’re restricted to 20kg (44lbs) of luggage per person. This may consist of a small bag for onboard personal items and a larger suitcase or rucksack.
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Learn about Scotland’s most important battles as we pass Stirling Castle
  • Admire the mountainous splendour of the Five Sisters of Kintail
  • Take an epic photo of the gorgeous Eilean Donan Castle
  • Wander around the cute seaside village of Portree

You depart Edinburgh and travel west. This part of your journey is a history lover’s dream. You pass Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, and Doune Castle, before stopping in Callander for refreshments.

Next, we venture north through the splendid scenery surrounding Loch Lubnaig and up to the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor.

You continue through the spectacular mountain pass of Glencoe, scene of the great massacre of the Clan MacDonald in 1692. And after lunch we pass Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and head into the Great Glen. Travelling west on the "Road to the Isles" you head past the Five Sisters of Kintail.

You then stop at the famous Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most photographed castles. Crossing over the bridge to Skye, you follow the dramatic coastline, towards the island’s capital, Portree. And after all this breath-taking beauty, you’re dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening with enough time to go out and explore the town.



Day 2

  • Explore the natural wonders of Skye
  • Enjoy spectacular views of the Trotternish Ridge
  • Learn about the legends and battles that shaped the island's culture

Today is a flexible day on Skye; and your driver-guide ensures you take a unique route that suits the weather, the local events, and your group's interests.

You can travel north to the Trotternish Ridge and beyond. Here you find the geological wonders like Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. Or your guide may take you back in time and teach you about the legends and clan culture surrounding the 13th-century home of the Clan MacLeod, Dunvegan Castle.

You return from to Portree in the evening.

Day 3

  • Try and spot the Loch Ness Monster
  • Journey through the pine-clad region of Perthshire

You travel south through the Cuillin Hills and back over to the mainland for stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail.

You visit Loch Ness for lunch and the chance to spot "Nessie"! Heading south through the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan, famous now as "Monarch of the Glen Country" before passing Dalwhinnie and onwards past Blair Castle.

We stop for refreshments in one of the Perthshire villages before heading past Perth, over the Queensferry Crossing, and back to Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

Couldn’t have done it without Gav!

KellyKent Posted on 06/07/2019

Gav was an excellent guide. He has great instincts on timing and on reading the group dynamic. We were hesitant about signing up for a group tour (we’re introverts) but we were grateful for Gav’s driving skills, insider knowledge, and for the overall carefree (and unforgettable) experience.

A Tour with a Master Storyteller!

Catherine Mallia Posted on 03/07/2019

How fortunate to have been assigned the Isle of Skye tour with Ross, a Master Storyteller with a quick wit and the patience of a saint. As we were transported back in time through the Highlands on our way to Skye, Ross mesmerized us with tales of Scotlands glacial birth and turbulent past. The Highlands are simply stunning and this tour gave us the comfort and time to enjoy its splendour. The lodgings arranged by Rabbies were wonderful. I really enjoyed the hospitality shown and the full Scottish breakfast. Rosss mission was to enlighten with humour, one tour at a time, all things Scottish. The tartan story just one reason a tour can dispel old notions. Best of all, Rosss love for Scotland is evident in the music he assembled for his narrative and in his passion in revealing this place he calls home.

We Loved Mac and Our Tour!

Mary Lou Kayser Posted on 23/05/2019

My kids and I recently went on the 3-day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour. We loved every second of it! Not only did we luck out with picture-perfect weather all three days, but we hit the jackpot with our guide, Mackenzie (Mac). Mac made this trip, hands down. From the moment he greeted us wearing a kilt at the pick up stop in Edinburgh to the minute he dropped us off 3 days later, also wearing a kilt, he made sure to entertain us with fantastic tales of Scottish history, witty comments about what we were seeing as we passed miles and miles of open spaces, and stories about men in kilts and why kilts are so cool. He also shared tips about where to eat and where to avoid. Mac went out of his way to make the trip extra special with some fun surprises that werent on the itinerary like a picnic lunch one day vs. going to a restaurant. I could tell he really loves being a guide and I think this photo of him with our group tells the whole story. We are already talking about our next trip to Scotland and which Rabbies tour we want to do next. Again, a huge shout out to Mac for being the best Scottish guide ever! We absolutely loved this part of our holiday.

Sensational tour

Margaret Posted on 16/05/2019

This was our first group tour and we chose Rabbies because of all the positive reviews we had read on different websites. The tour exceeded our expectations, from the comfortable coach to the worry free accommodations that were made for us, and of course the spectacular sights along the way. What made the tour truly outstanding was our guide, Charlie. He was so enthusiastic, knowledgeable, warm and fun we couldnt have had a better experience.

Wonderful Tour and GREAT GUIDE - CATTY _ 27 april

Dave Patti Marsh Posted on 05/05/2019

Took the tour and was impressed with the knowledge that CATTY had and gave us once we were out of Edinburgh. We got a see a Hairy Que Lealt and Mealt falls The Stevenson lighthouse - lots of steps Going on the Turntable ferry was quite an experience The Isle of SKYE is amazing. The SYKE Hideaway was a very comfortable BB Appreciated the various stops along the way including seeing Ben Nevis - - - would have been willing to leave earlier to be able to see Sterling Castle at a closer distance

Thanks Sharon for a fantastic excursion.

Joe Zupan Posted on 14/04/2019

A great three day trip with superb weather to see some truly amazing places in the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Sharon was a great host/driver and guide. The stories of the history and legends of the Highlands, that she shared with us, made the trip that much more memorable. We truly felt her passion and commitment to making the trip an incredible experience for us. She did this while also managing a challenging dynamic with some members of our tour, who did not behave very respectfully. Well done Sharon, you are a true professional. Because of you, we will not hesitate to go on another Rabbies tour In the future and will be recommending to all our Canadian friends who are planning to travel to the UK and Ireland. Cheers.

Amazing Tour with Rabbies!

Jessica Fitzgerald Posted on 26/03/2019

We had such a great time with Rabbies this past weekend. Definitely would go again. Adam was an incredible guide.

5 crazy girls from Hong Kong

Yuen Y Alicia Posted on 11/12/2018

Thank you to our tour guide (Andy). We joined the 3 days highland Isle of Sky tour on 06 Dec. His Professional presentation skills and rich knowledge of local culture/ community connected with all our visitors. We was very enjoying and discovering the new things every day. We believe that we com back soon! Hey Andy, I am very impressive to your soundtrack. You are doing very well. Have a successful career as you dream come true!

5 crazy girls from Hong Kong

Yuen Y Alicia Posted on 11/12/2018

We will come back soon 98259825

5 crazy girls from Hong Kong

Yuen Y Alicia Posted on 11/12/2018

Thank you to our tour guide (Andy). We joined the 3 days highland Isle of Sky tour on 05 Dec. His Professional presentation skills and rich knowledge of local culture/ community connected with all our visitors. We was very enjoying and discovering the new things every day. We believe that we will come back soon! Hey Andy, I am very impressive to your soundtrack. You are doing very well. Have a successful career as you dream come true!

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay two nights in the picturesque harbour town of Portree on the Isle of Skye.


How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. An amendment charge will apply.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

You may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation for each separate accommodation booked. If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.


B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is £35 - £40 per person per night. A single standard room is £40 - £60 per night.

B&B En suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £45 - £55 per person per night. A single en suite is £60 - £80 per night.

Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £70 - £85 per person per night. A single is £85 - £130 per night.

Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost based on dorm beds is £19 - £25 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance.

What is ABTOT?

You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com, or check out our full FAQs.

4 reasons to choose Rabbie's

Travel the local way on small group tours of 16 people or fewer

You'll have a guaranteed experience, or your money back

Guaranteed departures: you book, you go

Our eco-friendly tours support local communities



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