4 (or 5) Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Tour
Four (or 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 Cairngorms 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 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. The afternoon takes us south through Skye towards Glengarry where we 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 4 - 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 - Add an extra day on the Isle of Skye
Should you wish more time to explore the Isle of Skye we can add an additional day on the Isle of Skye with a visit to Dunvegan Castle along with the Sleat Peninsula. With this option there would be an additional overnight stay in Portree. Tour option surcharge – £500 per tour.
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.
We recommend that you book accommodation in Inverness (Day 1), Portree (Day 2) and Fort Willam (Day 3) to make the most of your trip. For the 5 Day tour an additional night's accommodation will be required in Portree on the Isle of Skye. 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.
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. Should you extend the tour to five days, the additional day on the Isle of Skye can be tailored to specific requests. Please let us know any requests through the 'Extra Information' section when completing a Tour Enquiry Form or email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Itinerary Option - Isle of Skye Ferry and Glenfinnan
On Day 3 (or 4) after exploring the Trotternish 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. Itinerary option surcharge - £30 per tour (includes ferry tickets).
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).
* Off Season Touring
The Highlands are renowned for changeable weather, even over the summer months. However, from October to March, poor weather conditions are more common and daylight hours are reduced (particularly from November to February). For tours during these months, we may offer a modified itinerary (as some attractions close or have reduced opening hours over the winter months) with slightly shorter touring days. The itinerary may be changed at short notice to adapt to weather conditions, and on very rare occasions tours may be cancelled due to severe weather. For a detailed itinerary please complete a Tour Enquiry Form including your travel dates.