The Isle of Skye
3 day tour

  • Neist Point Skye
  • Loch Ness
  • Isle of Skye tours from Edinburgh
  • Eilean Donan Castle

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'll 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’.

Neist Point - The location of a dramatic lighthouse and a great place to spot dolphins, whales, porpoises and basking sharks.

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

Departs
08.30 - Rabbie's Café Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
Returns
19.00 approx
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
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's 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 Eileen 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 Luibnaig 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 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 sea views at Neist Point
  • Learn about the history of the Clan Macleod at Dunvagen Castle

Today is a flexible day on Skye. Your driver-guide will ensure you have the best day out no matter what the weather.

North of Portree is the Trotternish ridge with spectacular cliffs and rock formations, such as the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. Further west the scenery changes again with the emerald green valley of Glendale, the dramatic sea-cliffs of Neist Point (the most westerly point on the island, where you might get lucky and spot some whales or sharks!), and the 13th-century home of the Clan Macleod, Dunvegan Castle.

You return 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 Forth Road Bridge, and back to Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

Landscapes out of time!!

Federica Posted on 03/04/2017

Hello! If you are wondering weather to join Rabbies tour to the Isle of Skye: yes! DO IT! I had a great time, visited landscapes out of time, heard to beautiful stories of fairies and great Scottish music. Thanks to Ross, he is such a knowledgeable man!

Late but not forgotten...

Valerie Burkhart Posted on 29/12/2016

At this time of year, I always review the most memorable travel experience I’ve had. First on my list of memorable experiences for 2016 is the “Isle of Skye Highlands 3 Day Tour.” This tour, because of our guide, Grant Scott, was a lot of fun and informative. Grant’s relaxed manner, enthusiastic personality, wonderful sense of humor created the perfect atmosphere while taking in the breathtaking beauty of the Isle of Skye, the Highlands, Munros, Lochs and so much more. He was attentive, filled the time with hilarious travel stories, folklore, to recounting the background of clans and battles, played beautiful Scottish music, and gave us an overview of the historical significance of every place we visited, relative to its effect on Scotland today. I will take more Rabbie’s tours because of him. There are also other reasons to choose a Rabbie’s tour. 1. I booked this tour through Viator, also an excellent company, however, contacted Rabbies for other inquiries. I found them easy to reach, friendly, and they answered all my travel questions. 2. Many times, you can choose to start a tour from either Edinburgh or Glasgow. 3. The Mercedes buses are a dream - comfortable and have charging stations for your technology. 4. Many options for hotel or B B accommodations. I booked my hotel through Viator, but see that Rabbies also has recommendations, which I will consider in the future. 5. Rabbies has an extensive list of tours. 6. You get a detailed itinerary in advance and know how to prepare for each day. 7. Most importantly, for me, is that the tour groups are small. I’m returning to Scotland this summer and will book more Rabbie’s tours. I am looking forward to the next adventure with them!

Kerrie Maz Posted on 26/11/2016

A fantastic experience. Loved the flexibility of the tour and Keiths willingness to maximise our time whilst we had great weather. I dont think he could have fitted much more in for us. Ill definitely be back. Thanks

Exceptional

Frances Reid Posted on 25/10/2016

Guide JUDE and wonderful trip

Mibs W Posted on 24/10/2016

Really diverse trip thru the most unusual countryside Ive travelled! Great stories of the fairies, lochs, and more. Unusual photo stops too. I want Jude to be in touch !! Isle of Skye collectors spoon but not Eileen Doonan castle! :) Many thanks for great trip!

Highly highly recommend peter

Xue Posted on 13/10/2016

Was with my friends on the 3 days tours with peter/pete as our guide. He told us interesting stories and history of the places and attractions. He surely knows his stuff well. He told us where to take nice pictures too. Will totally recommend him if you re interested in rabbies tour. You wont be disappointed(:

Simply the best

Diane and Martin Gregory Posted on 30/09/2016

Wow, greatest tour from the booking experience to the welcoming Rabbies cafe in Edinburgh, great comfortable mini bus and the absolute best tour guide Keith - coupled with awesome scenery, some awful weather, some great weather - cant speak highly enough of our Rabbies experience

Best Trip Ever

Abigail Aviles Posted on 30/09/2016

The beauty and majesty of Scotland has overwhelmed me. I was somewhat infatuated with the country because of fiction and tv shows, but upon arriving to Scotland, the country far exceeded my exceptions. It was official I was in love. This feeling would not have been as pronounced as it is today, if not for the workers at Rabbies. I did two tours with them, but the Isle of Skye tour was simply incredible. The landscape was enthralling, the views awe-inspiring. The history of each place we visited was a story worth writing, and the people there have convinced me that there is no place else like Scotland. Our driver was Catty and she knew so much about the area. You could see how passionate she was about the country she made sure to show us the most beautiful of places, and sought out to make us feel as comfortable as possible. Despite the weather being quite wet, Skye was no less magical. In conclusion, I can only end this post by saying thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU! Not only for making this the trip of a lifetime, but for making Scotland feel like a place better than home.

Fantastic tour and tour guide

Libby Posted on 23/09/2016

Wow! Our tour was 9/7 - 9/9 2016. We had the best tour Guide - Dave - who I would request be our guide on the next tour we take with rabbies! Dave showed us the best sights and scenes, shared facts and folklore and even though the weather could be a little uncooperative, made sure we all were have a great time. I highly recommend the Isle of Skye tour. You will not be disappointed! BRAVO to rabbies and Dave!!

Thanks for a great time!

nichole Posted on 18/09/2016

Being a world traveler, I cant say enough about how great my three day Isle of Skye tour with our guide Alex was. Except for the midges (which I dont think Alex could do anything about - ) it was all-around great. Also, I want to give a shout-out to the owners of my accommodation in Portree. Murdo and Angus at Woodpark Guest House were fantastic. I would highly recommend Rabbies as the go-to guide service in Scotland - youre the best!

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. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 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. You can find a selection of hotels at hotels.rabbies.com.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

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


What are the accommodation types and what do they cost?

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 between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.



B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £80.00 per night.


Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person 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 is between £15.00- £25.00 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.


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