The Isle of Skye
3 day tour

  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Neist Point Skye
  • Loch Ness
  • slide
  • Five Sisters of Kintail

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’.

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 Cafe 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
  • One 15 kilogram bag, and one carry-on bag per person
  • 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 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 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 Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. Further west, you may venture to the emerald green valley of Glendale and the dramatic sea-cliffs of Neist Point where you can spot whales and dolphins. 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

Isle of Skye

Doug / Teresa Pennington Posted on 31/10/2018

Besr tour ever, our driver Ross was funny,informative and a fantastic driver, felt safe the entire trip. Had a wonderful group of people and enjoyed everyones company. Another employee Katey came with us and my wife and I loved her and her warm personality. Will recommend this trip to everyone we know.

Unforgettable tour with Grant

Isabelle Harvey Posted on 12/10/2018

I took the 3 day tour to Skye with Grant (the first, that is) and to say it was a trip I will always remember is an understatement. Not only do you get to see all the landmarks you hoped to, but Grant goes out of his way to make sure everyone on his tour has the best of times and adapts the tour to make special requests possible. A soundtrack for every specific landmark, history filled tidbits (Grant is wise beyond his years and a great human being), funny stories and great conversations, this tour is like nothing I had experienced before. Well organized, great accommodations, experienced guide... everything you need to make unforgettable memories. All the best to Grant and to Rabbie’s for making such experiences possible. - Isabelle

Great tour and amazing guide Jodie

Marija Posted on 14/08/2018

In July we went on a three-day tour to Isle of Skye. I have to admit I had worried whether everything would be ok, but it turned out fantastic. Rabbie’s had everything well organised. They also booked accommodation for me and my family (5 members) with Anne Campbell in Portree. The hosts were nice and prepared big breakfasts for us. Also, the rooms are beautifully furnished. And it wasn’t expensive, which is especially important when you travel and pay everything for 5 people. The tour was wonderful, we saw a lot of interesting and beautiful things. But we were most impressed with our guide Jodie. She was so eloquent that we were able to understand everything she said (which is for speakers of English as a foreign language not easy with Scottish people). She knows a lot about the Scottish history and told us many stories and tales. She is also a very funny person. When she didn’t talk and explain things (as she had to drive, as well), she played us typical music. We were able to experience Scotland to a full extent! We are thankful to Rabbie’s for a smooth organisation of the tour and for providing us such a wonderful guide.

Most amazing four days 27424

Janet Posted on 01/08/2018

Most amazing four days in the highlands with Jude

Janet Posted on 01/08/2018

It was the best trip ever! My family and I had the best time. Everything was perfect, even the weather! Best tour guide, friendly group members and the most breathtaking views. The Isle of Skye is the most beautiful place I have ever been. Jude knows everything about Scotland! And she knows how to tell a story! I really love everything on this journey. And I hope to come back to this fairytale land in the future.

best tour by far

Albert Fung Posted on 04/07/2018

Took the Scotland Isle of Skype Highlands trip with James in May and its one of the best tour ( best guide) by far with magnificent view and wonderful hospitality.

Unforgettable experience

Francesca Posted on 03/06/2018

I have just come back from 3days Skye tour and it was amazing! Our driver and guide Grant led us to explore the most beautiful places that I have ever seen in my life. Althought there have been long drive distance, He was able to make us spend great time with stories, funny moments, beautiful songs. Me and my boy left our heart on that 16seats coach, especially in Skye Island. It was our second time with Rabbies (the first was in Lochness with Willy) and maybe it is not the last. Thanks Grant for made me live not a journey but an heart experience, thanks to our international group and thanks to Scotland for being such a beautiful country. Trust me, go there and you wont regret!

Skye tour 26-28 May 2018

Tina Smith Posted on 30/05/2018

Just wanted to thank our driver Dave O for an amazing tour. His knowledge was first class and the places he took us to were so unique. The whole tour was above and beyond anything that we could have expected and I want to especially thank Dave for his patience with my Dad who is 90 and had so many stories to share and Dave listened patiently to every one of them. Thank you for making the weekend so special Tina xxx

A fantastic 3 day tour.

Kim Williams Posted on 10/04/2018

Living in Scotland, I was astonished by how little I knew of the history and the beauty of this country. The accommodation was excellent and every part of the trip was superbly organised and left you feeling very well-looked after. Iain was a brilliant driver and his knowledge of Scotland was second to none and passion for the country made the experience all the more enriching. It was impossible not to leave sharing the same passion for this beautiful country. Would certainly book with Rabbies again.

Roland is AMAZING!

Anna Meshkova Posted on 31/03/2018

I made a three-day tour from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye. Our guide Roland was really amazing. After the moment the car door was slammed, I knew for sure that we were going to have an amazing trip! Roland is a kind of person who is passionately devoted to his job, judging from the mystical stories narrated and legends told, I can say that he enjoys what he is doing! Roland made me fall in love with his absolutely beautiful country!!! Thanks to Roland and Rabbies for this wonderful chance to see the beauties of the world! I definitely want to come back to the Isle of Skye!!! :-)

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.

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. You can click here for excellent rates.

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.

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