The Isle of Skye
3 day tour

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

You're unable to enter Eilean Donan Castle on 4/11/17, 25/11/17, 26/11/17, 4/12/17, 16/12/17, 24/12/17, 31/12/17, 10/2/18, 14/2/18, 18/2/18, and 24/2/18.

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
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
  • One 15 kilogram bag, and one carry-on bag per person

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 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 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

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G

Denisa Neuvirthova Posted on 14/11/2017

It was a dream come true. This trip was made even more special because of Chris. Carolina and I would like to say a HUGE thanks to him for making us laugh and making our tour more enjoyable than we ever imagine! We recommend rabbie´s so much for the experience and it´s totally worth the money. We would like to ask rabbie´s to give Chris an Honorary award for his incredible charisma and enthusiastic storytelling skills. We will miss him so much and thank you for making our trip so special!!!9829 Denisa and Carolina

Refreshing journey with breathtaking views!

Hermosa Posted on 04/11/2017

My father and I had a fascinating trip, and thanks to our guide Eric, the whole journey was full of good musics and interesting stories. Well be back!

Best Place to Get utterly lost

Saurav Dasgupta Posted on 28/10/2017

It was excellent guided tour. The tour guide Daniel was awesome with his historical and geographical knowledge. Sometimes the unpredicted Highland weather has disappointed us but the great castles and the scenic beauty was amazing.

Highlight of 2 week holiday in Scotland and England

Robin Maxwell-Nunn Posted on 23/10/2017

The 3 day Isle of Skye tour with Rabbies was the highlight of our recent two week trip to England and Scotland. Our driver/guide, James was extremely knowledgeable about the area and kept us informed of history and interesting landscape features - Kilt Rock, Ben Nevis, Old Man of Storr, Neist Point, Glen Coe..... Jamess willingness to adapt the tour based on weather conditions ensured we saw Skye at its best. His selection of Scottish music enhanced the beautiful drive from Edinburgh through the Highlands to the Isle of Skye.

Tour Guide

Johna and Jim Moore Posted on 11/10/2017

I just wanted to say that we surely enjoyed our tour with your guide Neil. He was so informative, explained the Jacobite History and made our trip so interesting. He was alsovery patient and a real Gentleman. Kudos to your Company and I will recommend your group tours to everyone! Thank you!

Fantastic tour

Leo Back Posted on 26/09/2017

George Stewart is the perfect Scotland tour guide! great knowledge and personality. Isle of Skye and Highlands were breathtaking. will do again!

James our guide and entertainer!

Seema Banerjee Posted on 24/09/2017

Rabbies came highly recommended by our family friend and we are happy that we took his word for it. Our 3 day trip to the Isle of Skye Highlands was fantastic and James behind the wheels made it an absolute delight. Even though the weather played spoil sport for a day in between, James commentary on the places visited, immense knowledge on local history and witty humor made sure our trip was sunny and super fun. He was accommodating, friendly and ensured we got to see all the highlights of Skye and we could not have asked for more. We wish all of you at Rabbies all the very best and thank James for a memorable trip. God Bless you all!

Rabbies - James tour Sep 9 to 11

Paul and Alexandra Posted on 11/09/2017

Just stepped out of Rabbies bus with James at the commands. Everything is still fresh in our minds. We had a wonderful trip despite the horrible weather conditions. Thanks to James we were able to do everything as if it were sunny! This is our 6th tour with Rabbies in the past 9 years, and we are pleased to see that the quality and the variety of the tours have been upheld with equal quality of the drivers/guides hired by Rabbies. Thank you and we will be back. Paul Alexandra

Rabbies - James tour Sep 9 to 11

Paul and Alexandra Posted on 11/09/2017

Just stepped out of Rabbies bus with James at the commands. Everything is still fresh in our minds. We had a wonderful trip despite the horrible weather conditions. Thanks to James we were able to do everything as if it were sunny! This is our 6th tour with Rabbies in the past 9 years, and we are pleased to see that the quality and the variety of the tours have been upheld with equal quality of the drivers/guides hired by Rabbies. Thank you and we will be back. Paul Alexandra

8/20-8/22 tour-Grant is the best tour guide ever!!

Phoebe Lin Posted on 01/09/2017

Hi, I am Phoebe form Taiwan. We are very lucky to have Grant as our tour guide. He is caring, thoughtful,funny and super warm-hearted. He never fails to entertain us. He introduces us about Scottish history ,culture,music and people how to cherish their land and heritages. I can see his confidence and pride of being a Scottish. Dont forget to take a picture with him and his KILT. Grant is talktive, but we learn a lot from him.He also demanded us to request a song on our return journey...thats very sweet. I remembered that our members bought him breakfast 2 times. He was soooo happy. I do fall in love with Scotland. Grant, Thanks for everything,especially finding my purse and passport!! To me, it was an inspiring and educational journey.Thanks to Rabbies too. I will definitely recommend my friends to choose Rabbies .

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 hosts directly. Most accommodation hosts don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.

Due to availability, we may not be able to reserve your first choice of accommodation. When this happens we’ll book your second choice, and If there are any further issues we’ll contact you.


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, increasing to a maximum of £25.00 depending on the length of your tour.


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. And if you’re unsure, please check with us first.


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?

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. But during busy periods there can be a walk of up to 30 minutes.


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 rooms 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 - £65.00 per night. If you travel during a busy period, you can expect to pay up to *£75 - £80 per night. Rooms with a view are limited and may be more expensive.

In Ireland B&B's will be around €45 - €55 per person 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. Please be advised that 4* hotels aren’t available in some smaller rural areas of the Scottish Highlands and islands.

In Ireland, Hotels are around €55 - €65 per person per night.


Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. Towels aren’t provided, but you can hire towels there. 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). If you have a preference, please let us know at the time of booking.


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, feel free to 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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