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From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

Activity provider: The Hairy Coo

From Edinburgh: 3-Day Isle of Skye and The Highlands Tour

Activity provider: The Hairy Coo
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Take a 3-day tour of the Highlands, passing Stirling Castle, Loch Ness and Glencoe. Stay 2 nights in Inverness.

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Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Itinerary
72 hours
  • Edinburgh

  • Stirling Castle

  • Glencoe

  • Glenfinnan Viaduct

  • Loch Ness

  • Urquhart Castle

  • Inverness

  • Portree

  • Eilean Donan Castle

  • Culloden Battlefield

  • Highland Folk Museum (visit)

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Cairngorm National Park

  • Dunkeld (whiskey tasting)

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Forth Bridge

  • Edinburgh

Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
Highlights
  • See the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct
  • Appreciate the majesty of Loch Ness, Glencoe and The Highlands
  • Experience film locations used in James Bond, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Outlander
Full description

Embark on a 3-day guided tour of the Scottish Highlands and visit highlights, including Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye. Learn the history of this lush region from your guide and spend two nights in Inverness.

Day 1:

Departing Edinburgh, we will take our first short drive heading north and stop at the mysterious Kelpies. Scotland’s largest piece of outdoor art depicting mythical creatures of Scotland’s folklore that your driver will tell you all about. We’ll then continue on our journey and pass Stirling Castle. Be inspired by tales from your guide of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. Continuing north, into the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, admire the scenery as your tour guide explains the remarkable tribal clan history of the Highlands. Discover beautiful Glencoe, the most famous valley in Scotland, and hear of its tragic history. Admire the spectacular Glenfinnan Viaduct then head north and arrive on the southern banks of Loch Ness to get photos of the infamous monster Nessie! Stop for photos of Urquhart Castle before arriving in Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands, where you'll stay for 2 nights, choosing from a local guesthouse, hostel, or hotel. Day 2: After breakfast, depart Inverness and drive across the Kessock Bridge to the Black Isle and marvel at the spectacular scenery of Achnasheen and Loch Carron. Arriving on the Isle of Skye, venture north to explore the highlights of the island, including; the Cuillin Mountains, Trotternish Peninsula, Portree, the Old Man Storr, Kilt Rock and the famous Quiraing. In late afternoon, stop for photographs of the most beautiful castle in Scotland, "Eilean Donan Castle." Backdrop to many famous films, such as 'Highlander' and 'Made of Honor', this castle is another must-see iconic landmark! A scenic drive through stunning Glen Shiel follows, returning to Inverness to stay your final night. In the evening, visit a local Highland Pub to drink some Scotch whisky or beer and eat some traditional Scottish food, whilst listening to some local musicians perform. Day 3: Visit Culloden Battlefield, site of the last Jacobite Rising, then 'Clava Cairns', incredible 4,000-year-old, Bronze-Age standing stones. Travelling south, stop at the Highland Folk Museum. Here you'll experience highland life in the 17th century. See the buildings, the clothes and weapons, and how people lived 300 years ago. Then, drive through the dramatic Cairngorm National Park. You will have the chance to experience a Scotch Whiskey tasting before you visit the historic village of Dunkeld on the banks of the mighty River Tay. Your journey back to Edinburgh takes you across the famous Forth Bridges. The expected arrival time back in Edinburgh is around 6:30 PM.

Includes
  • Driver and tour guide
  • Guided 3-day tour
  • Air-conditioned minicoach
  • Meals and drinks unless specified
  • 2 nights overnight accommodation in Inverness (see 'Know before you go' for details)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 7 years

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Meeting point

Meet outside Deacons' House Cafe. The tour will not wait for latecomers under any circumstances and there will be no refunds for missed tours. If you are arriving at the departure point by taxi or local bus, plan for delays when booking your transportation.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • Accommodation is not included.
  • You need a 2-night stay in Inverness. Please use the city center dropoff/meetup point at 26 Queensgate, Inverness IV1 1DJ to reference local accommodation to book, and the supplier can also send you a list of local places to stay
  • The activity provider strongly recommends you book accommodation with a flexible cancellation policy in the event that the minimum number of passengers for the tour to run is not met
  • You may bring a piece of larger luggage which can weight up to 15 kg per person, but does not need to adhere to specific dimensions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 241 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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My overall experience was excellent, this being my first foray into Scottish Highlands. Steven, quite the quintessential guide, amiable, full of knowledge on things Scotland, and interesting folk tales from Coinnach Oer, stories of the Jacobites rebellions and myths on the Kelpies and Selkies. The Hairy coo is forever singed in my mind.

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January 12, 2023

Considering we chose to see Scotland in the peak of winter, we were worried that we'd miss out on a lot. But Brian Smith (our amazing Tour Guide/DJ) made it memorable! His sheer passion for storytelling and friendly easygoing nature is a credit to the Hairy Coo and I hope they appreciate how lucky they are to have him. The trip was very well planned and even with the weather being unpredictable and causing disruptions, it was well worth it and we now have a new found love for the Scottish Highlands and it's beauty!

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January 1, 2023

We are very happy that we did this tour. Previously I had doubts about whether we were going to understand the guide, but he was exceptional, he spoke slowly, he was aware at all times that we were comfortable and we laughed a lot with him so that we learned a lot. I totally recommend it

December 9, 2022

Product ID: 94986