5 Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

5 Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour

from Edinburgh
5 Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

Five days of beautiful Lochs, stunning Glens, breath-taking Mountains and historic Castles!

Day 1 - Departing from Edinburgh we travel north over the Firth of Forth towards the Central Highlands. We explore the beautiful village of Dunkeld and its historic ruined cathedral before our drive northwards takes us to the Cairngorm National Park. Arriving near Inverness by the mid-afternoon we visit Culloden Battlefield followed by the Bronze Age Clava Cairns and Standing Stones before our overnight stop.

Day 2 - Departing from Inverness we journey along the banks of Loch Ness to explore the medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle. We then tour west through Glen Shiel and past the Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range towards the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. The late afternoon takes us across the bridge to the Isle of Skye and the base of the dramatic Black Cuillin mountain ridge before our arrival in Portree for our overnight stop.

Day 3 - Departing from Portree we have a full day to explore the Isle of Skye. We travel north to explore the Trotternish Peninsula including the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock before we take a drive up the old cattle pass road to the stunning Quiraing. After a visit to the Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir, the afternoon takes us across to Dunvegan Castle before our return to Portree for our overnight stop.

Day 4 - Departing from Portree we travel south to the Sleat Peninsula. One of the less explored areas of Skye, the Sleat Peninsula is home to a stunning coastline, heather-clad hills and plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten path and away from the crowds. The afternoon takes us through Glengarry to join the Great Glen - the ancient geological fault line that cuts through the Highlands - on our way to Fort William for our overnight stop.

Day 5 - Departing from Fort William we travel south to explore the dramatic scenery (and dark history) of Glencoe. After a short detour down the breath-taking Glen Etive, the afternoon takes us through the haunting landscape of Rannoch Moor. A beautiful journey by the Trossachs leads us to our final stop at the imposing Stirling Castle where we take time to explore its fascinating history before our return to Edinburgh.

Tour Option - Isle of Skye Ferry and Glenfinnan
On Day 4 (after exploring the Sleat Peninsula) we take the Isle of Skye ferry (40 minutes) from Armadale across to Mallaig and visit Glenfinnan Monument and Viaduct on our way to Fort William. Please note that this option is only available April to mid-October. Tour option surcharge - £30 per tour (includes ferry tickets).

Private Tour Price (per tour)

January to December:    £2750

Tour Information

Depart Edinburgh
Return Edinburgh

Tours are exclusively for your private group only (up to 3 persons) and prices are per tour. We only offer private tours and do not combine individuals or separate groups - if your group size is less than 3 the advertised tour price still applies. Prices include all taxes and a driver/guide (John Alasdair Macdonald) but exclude your accommodation costs, entrance fees and meals.

Accommodation Options
We recommend that you book accommodation in Inverness (Day 1), Portree (Day 2 and 3) and Fort Willam (Day 4) to make the most of your trip. Whilst we do not book accommodation for you we are happy to help with advice on where to stay and eat. The tour quote will include a list of accommodation recommendations and suggestions for overnight locations.

Tour Itinerary
The tour itinerary is based on experience, previous clients feedback and timings. However, we have a little flexibility and the tour itinerary can be adapted (in advance) to suit specific requests if possible. Please let us know any requests through the 'Extra Information' section when completing a Tour Enquiry Form or email directly to info@thehebrideanexplorer.com.

Ferry Sailings
Ferry sailings are generally reliable in the summer months, but delays can occasionally occur. In the event of a ferry cancellation from Armadale to Mallaig for the 'Isle of Skye Ferry and Glenfinnan' itinerary option we would revert to the standard itinerary (and refund the tour option surcharge).