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  Important Information about your Accommodation on Tour

Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to manage your budget. We stay in smaller places where you will feel closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose from either a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.

The accommodation prices above are for your guidance only and we cannot be held responsible for any variation in the cost of accommodation, or for the variation between providers. We will always do our very best however to satisfy your personal requirements and have an amazing track record for providing our customers with the best quality accommodation available. We do advise that single supplements usually apply, particularly during peak season when double/twin room rates are charged for sole occupancy .Please note that whilst Rabbie’s will try and place single travellers into the same accommodation, this may not be possible due to availability and the time of each individual reservation.

The accommodation we use will be dispersed around various towns and villages, usually not more than a 10-15 minute walk from the centre. There are occasions however when this can be increased to 20-30 minutes. Taxis are available for a small fee if necessary. If you have access needs or specific requirements please let us know when booking. Late bookings and/or peak season may limit the choice and location of available accommodation.

Whilst on tour your driver/guide will drop you off at your pre booked accommodation* and pick you up each morning.

*Please note that if your accommodation has already been booked by Rabbie’s, as per your initial request, there will be a surcharge for any amendments, and are entirely at our discretion. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum of £5.00 will apply increasing to a maximum of £20.00 dependant on the length of the tour.

Please be prepared to pay cash. Most bed and breakfast, hostels and guest houses do not accept credit cards. In most large towns automatic cash point machines are readily available**

**There is no cash point facility in the village of Plockton**

Customers are able to book their own accommodation as long as we have been informed that you intend to do this, and that it is within our drivers’ drop off’ area. If you are at all unsure please contact the office for guidance.

We are unable to supply a list of providers that we use due to availability at the time of booking. We do visit our providers regularly and are proud of the long standing relationships we have with them and positive feedback from previous customers.

For more information on accommodation and prices click here...

Isle of Skye & the West Highlands 4 Day Tour

Highlights:
~ The Grampian Mountains
~ Five Sisters of Kintail
~ Eilean Donan castle
~ Isle of Skye
~ The Cuillin Hills
~ The White Sands of Morar
~ Glenfinnan and the "Harry Potter" viaduct
~ Glencoe

4 days to enjoy the grandeur of Scottish glens, mountains and coastline at a relaxed pace. Highlights include the stunning Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, dramatic Glencoe and Glenfinnan making a fantastic round trip of some of Scotland’s best scenery.

Stay two nights in the beautiful coastal village of Plockton and 1 night in Fort William, in the shadow of Ben Nevis

For keen photographers this is a 'must do tour'. Scotland has an amazing variety of landscapes, flora and fauna and incredible weather that can make for the most fabulous photography.

Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.

Departs: 08.30       Returns: 18.30 approx
Adult Prices:  £199 - £219
Discount Prices:  £179 - £199
Departure Days: Mondays: Late March - October

Accommodation Info Accommodation Options
 
 
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

This is a tour for those of you who have heard about the dramatic landscapes of Scotland and of the Isle of Skye in particular. By adding an extra day to our very popular three day Skye tour, we think this tour gives you that little bit extra; another day of sightseeing and the ability to travel at a more relaxed pace. This will give you more flexibility: to get off the bus more often; to take in a view, go for a walk with your driver/guide or spend some time photographing an area.

Day 1 Highlights include a short break in the historic village of Dunkeld and the stunning Hermitage forest waterfalls. After lunch in Pitlochry you continue on your way through the Cairngorm National Park, along Loch Laggan. You then climb through Glen Garry and drop down dramatically into Glen Shiel as we make our way to Plockton our base for the next 2 nights.

Day 2 A whole day exploring the highlights of the Isle of Skye. Your guide will use their skill and knowledge of the back roads of Skye to show the best that this island has to offer.

Day 3 Another day on Skye. Today we head south and the Sleat Peninsula before leaving the island by ferry and head to Fort William for the night.

Day 4 As you return to Edinburgh the adventures don’t stop as you head into dramatic Glencoe. The journey takes in lochs, rivers and the gentle Lowlands of Scotland.



Departure Point 
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.

Return to Waterloo Place

Inclusions

Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour.
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life.
Air Conditioning as standard.
Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide All ferry and bridge crossings.


Exclusions

Meals and refreshments.
Entrance fees to all Visitor Attractions.

Accommodation

Your tour does not include accommodation in the price. By giving you a choice of accommodation it allows you to choose your budget, stay in smaller places and get closer to the local people. This also means you help to sustain the communities you visit in the long term. Choose a hotel, B&B or a hostel and we will book it for you.
For more information on accommodation and prices click here

*NB On occasions, when villages we stay in have events on, accommodation can be scarce and expensive so we may use other locations for your accommodation on the tour. We will always inform you of this when this is necessary. 

Discount Price
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

Important Information

Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!! If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

 

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
What started on a wet, blustery morning turned into the most amazing 4 days EVER! Karen, our tour gulde, was a veritable encyclopaedia of information and I learned so much about this beautiful country. Coming from New Zealand, there were so many similarities in the countryside, but Scotland has its own way of presenting itself. I loved Plockton and the lovely Sybil who owned the B&B we stayed in. I will be back!
Posted by Debbie Clunie on 02/11/2014


I’ve recently spent 4 magnificent days on tour with Rabbie’s to Skye and the west highlands. The tour guide; Ross Hutton; was really fabulous! His stories were great, he was warm, friendly and funny. The weather wasn’t the best with fog and rain a lot of the time, but in some places that just made the sights more dramatic. I think day 3 of the tour is the one I will remember best. Ross advised the group to take a boat trip from Elgol to see Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillin hills on Skye, and I don’t regret going at all! A great experience! This day we also stopped at the silver sands of Morar and Glenfinnan on our way from Skye to Fort William. Even the weather was quite nice that day! The next day it was rainy and foggy again... I believe we were very lucky to have Ross as our guide since he knew this route like the back of his hand. He listened to people’s requests and tried his best to make it possible to see the sights we asked for. This was my 3rd tour with Rabbie’s (went on 2 daytours this summer) and it will definitely not be my last. There are still so many places in Scotland I want to visit and I’ll be happy to have Rabbie’s take me there. So maybe next year a new Scottish adventure or two awaits me. Only time will tell. Big thank you to Ross for making this tour such a memorable one!
Posted by Ninsig on 04/10/2014


What a wonderful four days!! We were fortunate enough to have the very charming Keith as our guide. He was utterly entertaining for the entire four days, providing insights to everything we saw that were intelligent, witty, and thoroughly engaging. We were particularly lucky to have been on this tour in the days leading up to the independence referendum, and Keith discussed it with nuance and balance, adding a depth of understanding to us that news reports could only skirt. I would recommend the 4 day tour over the 3 day since the entire experience was very unrushed (unlike other bus tours I've been on that were of the "be back at the bus in 15 minutes" variety). The relaxed pace allowed Keith to add stops on the fly; he read the crowd well (if 16 people is a crowd) and was able to tweak things based on passenger queries, musical requests, or whatever else popped up. At one stop, my wife and I happened to be the last people on the bus to be dropped at our B&B and I was able to ask Keith if being a driver/guide was a good job. He told us, "I love my job." It showed.
Posted by Mark ( and Leslie) on 04/10/2014


Mav was really lovely tour guide to take us to all the place that he thinks is good and well planed for us not to be in a rush, but also be able to see all the lovely places, with a little bit help from good weather, makes the trip amazing!
Posted by Yi An on 01/09/2014


Ruth was very funny, knowledgeable and attentive. She tailored the details of the trip to our group's specific needs.
Posted by Kit Ming on 25/08/2014


Ross is a excellent tour guide, he is a careful driver as well, as he knows almost everything about the flora & fauna of the highlands and of course of the Scottish history, as well as he is an amazing storyteller ! THANK YOU Triple A+ guide
Posted by Martina on 20/08/2014


maybe not the best weather, but the best memories!
Posted by Lan on 08/07/2014


We cannot thank our guide Euen for the wonderfully informative tour of Skye. Euen, you are no mere bus driver! You are an inspired story-teller, a preserver and interpreter of lore, and a brilliant commentator on almost everything. Thanks for giving of youself to us. May your life surpass your expectations.
Posted by William Fishman on 28/05/2014


Staying in Plockton ( very pretty), lovely B & B, Liam was very kind and helpful, and told us all about Scotland, and gave us lots of time for photos etc. Great driver!
Posted by julie on 26/05/2014


We have just returned home from an amazing visit to Scotland. Part of our vacation included a 4 day tour of Skye with Keith and a one day tour to Stirling and Loch Lomond with Martin. Our group had 6 families with two being children. Both Keith and Martin were wonderful with our boys and made sure we had enough hikes to burn off some energy. What has stayed with us the most is the music! Thank you for making our tour so memorable and exciting!
Posted by Amy Dunbar-Wallis on 07/05/2014


Was it the fairies? Did they have something to do with the weather? This 4 day tour meant a slower pace, more time to explore and take pictures. Our decision of where to go, what to see on Skye: for some the Distillery and Dunvegan Castle; others chose the wide open spaces and walks. Over the sea to Mallaig by ferry--the sun came out! Silver sands of Morar and beautiful Glencoe Lochan; off the beaten track and away from the crowds. Stunning scenery, photographs at every turn. A slow amble back to Edinburgh, 9 hrs, with numerous stops and walks. Thank you Liam for a stunning tour and safe drive.
Posted by Debbda on 09/09/2013


Loved the people, great guide and local knowledge. We were also blessed with fantastic weather which really makes a difference. Michael also took us door to door for our accommodation.
Posted by Denise on 18/07/2013


I absolutely loved the scenery on the Isle of Skye and Western Highlands...it was just stunning and unlike anything I have ever seen. Our tour driver, Karen Marr, was fabulous and I can't say enough wonderful things about her. She obviously loves her country and knows its history through and through. She entertained us with many stories of people, places and events that were so enthralling. The places we visited were awe inspiring and never to be forgotten. She made our tour a complete success and "Rabbies" is lucky to have her on its team!!
Posted by Cathy on 22/06/2013


Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

Full Itinerary

By spending two nights on Skye on this tour,  we can slow down the pace a bit and spend a day travelling around the impressive geological sights of the rugged north of the island and then a second day taking in the more gentle and pretty areas of the south. See the Cuillin Mountains from different angles. Take in the fabulous coastlines. Maybe spot some of our wildlife and birdlife.

For those of you keen on photography - this is a 'must do tour'. Scotland has it all: an amazing variety of landscapes, flora and fauna and incredible weather that can make for the most fabulous photography. Yes, we get rain but this can often prove to be the most dramatic time to get out there with your camera just before or after a 'wee storm'. Scotland's light and her skies can be breath-taking.

Like all our tours, our aim is to get you to the best places at the best times – after that it’s up to you! We are offering the chance to tour Scotland with a group of like-minded people who share a passion for photography and the Scottish landscape. The tour covers a wide variety of potential subjects, including the dramatic mountain scenery of Glencoe and the Highlands, The Isle of Skye, stunning seascapes and potential sunsets on the West Coast, fascinating towns and villages, beautiful woodlands and waterfalls, historic castles, and friendly local people. 

Flexibility is the key to this tour. Our main aim is to make the best of the weather and lighting conditions and so the timings and locations visited will be subject to change – even on the day itself! We will always try to fit in as much variety in subjects as is possible and your guide will do his/her best to make sure everyone gets the shots they are looking for.

Day 1 Travelling north out of Edinburgh, you head into the Central Highlands and make a stop in the historic village of Dunkeld, where you can visit the ruins of the Old Cathedral. Take a walk alongside the Braan River through the forests of the Hermitage. Continuing north, the route passes through the Grampian and Monadhliath Mountains, as we head west for a view of Britain's highest mountain Ben Nevis. Travelling through the splendours of Loch Cluanie and Glen Shiel, passing Eilean Donan castle before arriving in the beautiful little village of Plockton, our base for the next two nights. You will be dropped at your accommodation and are then free to explore the village.

Day 2 Today is your opportunity to see at close hand some of the wonders of Skye. Your guide will choose the best itinerary to suit the weather and local conditions to give you a chance to get off the beaten track and slowly discover the best spots for photo opportunities or where to spot some whales or basking sharks. In the late afternoon you return to Plockton for the evening.

Day 3 Today you turn your attention to the south of the island. Spend time heading down to Elgol for seascapes and views of the Cuillin, or Talisker and its beautiful Bay or indeed Glenbrittle and its famed waterfall before driving down the Sleat peninsula to Armadale. You will take the ferry over to Mallaig, a busy little harbour on Scotland's west coast. From here it is another breath-taking drive, passing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct as you head to Fort William, where you will stay for the night.

Day 4 Returning to Edinburgh today, you will drive along the shore of Loch Linnhe and then take in the majestic and atmospheric Glencoe and cross the wild and remote Rannoch Moor. Following rivers, lochs and forests you will find yourselves back in the Lowlands of Scotland as you pass both Doune and Stirling Castles with maybe time for a final photo stop before reaching Edinburgh.

 

Photography Credits: Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Britainonview, Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts

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