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


Film Locations
National Parks

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 travel past the historic heart of Scotland and learn about the battles between the Scottish and the English.

In Skye, you 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 understand why this little island deserves its large reputation.

Tour Details

Check-in closes at 08:15 (tour departs at 08:30) - Edinburgh Waterloo Place Pick Up, 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH13EG
Finishes (approx.)
19:00 - Waterloo Place Drop Off, 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH13EG
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.

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
  • The restaurants can be busy in Portree. So, we advise you to reserve a table for your first evening on tour prior to your departure date. You'll arrive no later than 07:30pm at the overnight destination.
  • Attraction tickets may need to be purchased in advance. More information is provided in your booking confirmation e-mail
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


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, 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 Firth of Forth, and back to Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

Amazing tour with Dom!

JIA LIN Posted on 19/09/2021

This was my first time traveling with Rabbie’s and first time to Scotland. Before went on this 3-day highland trip with the Rabbie’s, I was quite skeptical about tour trips based on previous experiences in other countries ran by other agencies. But this one converted me entirely. It was amazing! We were a small group with only 4 people and none of us is a native speaker. Rabbie’s gave us Dom as our guide, whose English is perfect. Listening to him was like listening to BBC which was such a relief and really thoughtful arrangement by Rabbie’s. And the vehicle they provided was very spacious, clean, safe and fast. We all knew how the weather in Scotland was like at the time of the year. 2 out of 3 days we spent there were raining at times and it was really foggy and damp when it rained. But Dom didn’t let the weather weigh us down. He was able to leverage on his story-telling skill of fairy tales with his soft, calm, a bit cheerful and a bit mysterious tone, to bring the mysterious history of highland to life! And the fairy tales he told with his voice somehow grew on you and it started to feel so much better to tour in rain rather than in sunshine because it fits the island well. He also had an appropriate sense of humour which lit the mood up throughout the whole trip (don’t really know how he managed to be so calm but funny at the same time). Although the weather was not great, we were blessed to only have rain when we were on the road. Every time Dom stopped at a sightseeing spot, the rain stopped so we got to see the view clearly. His choice of spots was brilliant and really thought out, and his timing was like magic or maybe he arranged that with the fairies128522 But it felt good that we got to see what we came to see, and the island still got the rain it needs. Apart from being an excellent guide, Dom is also a really experienced driver. Driving in the mountains in a weather like this was tough. And he not only made it look effortless, but also managed to answer all kinds of ridiculous questions we asked and tell stories at the same time. We encountered a lot of amateurish drivers during the trip and it can be irritated but you just can’t detect any negative emotion from Dom’s voice which made us feel safe because the last thing you want is a quick-tempered driver behind the wheel in the weather like that. And the way he drove kind of made us consider to get our own licenses128522 This is how good he is. Well I couldn’t recommend Rabbies’ and Dom enough to anyone would like to properly travel around Scotland. Dom is a bit of everything that you ask for a good tour guide: knowledgeable, professional, easy to be around, flexible, passionate about Scotland and the isle of Skye (the landscape, the history, the culture and the people) , and also keen to show the beauty of the Highland, and to answer all kinds of questions. With him on board, who needs a good weather? 128522


Cindy Jones Posted on 18/09/2021

I am in agreement with many other posts that the guide and people who work at Rabbies really make the tour. I had visited the Isle of Skye once before on my own in October of 2019. It is a magical place on its own. With Sinclair at the helm, we added fun and an engaging atmosphere to the magic. His passion fueled knowledge of history and the land made the trip to Skye with my daughter so much more…..magical. She especially loved his choice of music at just the right times. No doubt the people make it great! Don’t hesitate to choose a Rabbie tour!

Excellent place destinations

Josephine Samson Posted on 11/05/2021

Shout out to Allan, our tour guide. Excellent experience after so many months we were out with rabbies again

Iain Farrell - wonderful experience!

Lance Manuel Posted on 22/05/2020

Okay, apologies that this is written 11 months after our tour to Skye last June! This tribute or heartfelt thank you note should have been sent last year (2019) in June, when it was my good fortune to have Iain Farrell as my/our tour guide on our few days out to Skye from Glasgow! Mr. Farrell is everything one could ask for in a tour guide! An absolutely super-knowledgeable mind and soul. A deep man, a kind man, a thoughtful man, a sharing-of-wonderful-stories-and-knowledge man! We found ourselves (my wife, 12-year-old daughter, and me) looking forward to each outing and time spent in the bus learning about this fantastic land (Scotland), about the Highlands, geology, biology, and history! Iain is a delightful, funny, and sweet gentleman – a perfect ambassador to share Scottish culture and folklore. He also had wonderful and appropriately selected music for us to listen to at different stages of our tour, which alas was too short (3 days if I recall). An absolute delight was listening to how he prepared us for each of the sights along the way by a sweetly constructed narrative of some historical fact of relevance. I am 59 years old! I have NEVER had a tour guide whom I liked as much and who has made such a positive impression on me as Iain did. My regret: I didn’t let him know this. I meant to write a note at the Rabbie’s site right after I got back to Austin, Texas but never did. Now, in these bizarre covid-19 virus days, I am slowing down and thinking about everything a bit more. And I thought to post this note or ask someone at Rabbie’s to share this with Iain (I’m not any social media platform). I’m guessing that Rabbie’s tours are on hold these days. I hope Iain and all you fine folks at Rabbie’s are hanging in there and will survive these times. Thank you, Iain. Be well. – Lexie, Cecilia and Lance from Austin, Texas

Isle of Skye tour

Lisa Martin Posted on 29/07/2019

Had a great time on the 3 day tour of Isle of Skye! Our driver/guide, Catty, was amazing - her knowledge of the history and stories to go with them were endless. Made the trip so much fun and interesting. The BB in Portree, the Portree Guest House, could use a little TLC in some areas but was still comfortable. Thank you Catty for an unforgettable trip!

Zuzana Posted on 26/07/2019

To me personally travelling means traversing not only three dimensional geographic space, but traversing the single dimension of time. Rabbies are doing an excellent job in bringing closer the unique subjective experience of four dimensional continuum into travelers lives. Dave Fletcher, our friendly, hospitable, welcoming guide whisked us safely through 500 odd miles of Scottish geographic space, introduced us to the most picturesque spots and breath taking views of his homelands landscape. Though not travelling at the speed of light in his “ Rabbies space shuttle” , Dave helped me to pause, reflect upon and slow down a bit more, the flow of my holiday time amassed away from the mundane routine of Londons rat race. Thanks to Daves engaging storytelling, we travelled back through centuries of Scottish abundant, historical landscape. He introduced us to Highlands cultural heritage, local communities and the centuries of team work, helpfulness and hospitality ingrained into the local cultural landscape as a matter of survival. Culture of any spacetime reflects ancestral experience gained on that journey through millenia of time dimension passed through that particular territory. It helps us grasp who we are and where we are going. And at the same time ancient legends of Highland clans act as Memento Morris, a reminder for a modern traveller to never underestimate the dangers of the wilderness and void of Scottish mountains. I felt that Rabbies tours play a pivotal role in the preservation of unique and varied identities and to fend them from Kelpies of globalisation. To explore different cultures, contribute to local communities, observe, learn and preserve the uniqueness of their experience nowadays becomes more important than ever. Many thanks Dave, for your help to make me understand how the Scottish universe works on the big and small level. It was a very enriching experience indeed. Thank You also from Alpana and Riz.

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.


Where does this tour stay overnight?

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

*The restaurants can be busy in Portree. So, we advise you to reserve a table for your first evening on tour prior to your departure date. You'll arrive no later than 07:30pm at the overnight destination.

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?

Plans can change, so we let you alter your accommodation choices for free within the first 48 hours of booking. After this time, amendments aren't guaranteed and carry a surcharge. Please contact if you have any questions.

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 - £50 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single standard room is £45 - £70 per night.

B&B En suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £45 - £65 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single en suite is £75 - £90 per night.


Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £75 - £90 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single is £90 - £150 per night.


Please note, we're unable to book hostels for this tour in 2021. The availability of this option will be reviewed for 2022 depending on government guidance. You may still be able to book hostels yourself if you choose to find your own accommodation for you tour.

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 - £30 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


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 48 hours for our one day tours, 15 days for two to nine day tours, and 21 days for 10+ day 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.

Can Itineraries change?

Your tour will always follow the itinerary as closely as possible. While there are ongoing coronavirus restrictions throughout the UK and Ireland, itineraries are more likely to change than usual as opening hours and capacities at many visitor attractions are reduced and subject to change. Your driver-guide will keep you up to up to date on the road, and we'll try to get in touch about any large changes prior to your departure.

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 , or check out our full FAQs .

4 reasons to choose Rabbie's

Travel in small group tours with an average of 10 people.

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

Guaranteed departures: you book, you go

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