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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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From US$ 199.73 per person

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

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 Dalwhinnie Scotch Whiskey-Distillery for an optional tasting tour before you visit the historic Dunkfeld Cathedral 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
  • Optional Scotch whisky distillery tour (£8 per adult, £5 under 18s); not available for the remainder of 2021
  • 2 nights overnight accommodation in Inverness (see 'Know before you go' for details)
  • Entry to Doune Castle (not available for the remainder of 2021)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 7 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Meet at the bus stop outside the Deacon’s House Cafe.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please note that this tour is not suitable for children younger than 7 years old
  • · You will require a two night stay in Inverness which is not included in the price. At this time, the local partner have ceased booking accommodation on behalf of all of guests to assist with accurate track and trace procedures. Recommendations are available upon request.
  • · When booking accommodation, use the Inverness drop off point as an indication of where in the city to stay. This is located at 26 Queensgate, Inverness IV1 1DJ.
  • · The local partner strongly recommends you book accommodation with a flexible cancellation policy in the event that you need to self-isolate or if the minimum number of passengers for the tour to run is not met.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 127 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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Rose the Perfect Guide! Although there is nothing perfect in this mortal world, Rose is an exception. She is a textbook example of how a guide should be; she was kind, considerate, and upbeat. I am astonished by her storytelling skills; she made it so enjoyable that I am sure nobody on the bus dozed off even for a minute. The tour was one of the few experiences I would remember for a long, long time; it was a perfect blend of sightseeing, history, cultural stories, and fun! If you are visiting Scotland for the first time, I would highly recommend doing this three-day tour to experience the highlands and Isle of Sky.

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June 17, 2022

This was a wonderful experience and people who come to visit Scotland should definitely take the hairyCoo three day tour with Brian Smith. You will be totally entertained and feel comfortable by his stories and knowledge about Scotland. He did a wonderful job showing us great spots in the Highlands.

June 7, 2022

What a fun experience! This was 3 activity-packed days with lots of sightseeing and history. Our guide, John, was hilarious and a superb storyteller who kept us entertained. He’s an excellent driver and guide and goes out of the way to make everyone feel welcome. There are many hours traveling but it’s worth it for as much as we saw. It was fun seeing our group of 24 become friends. This tour was the highlight of our 9 days in Scotland!

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May 17, 2022

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