Isle of Skye, Loch Ness & Inverness

5 DAYS

Trip Info


Adult
from$1095
Concession
from$1065

This tour runs from April until October. Check out the '5-Day Winter Wonders of Scotland' tour if you are looking to travel between November and March.

Take a spectacular journey through the scenic Highlands and the magical Isle of Skye, experiencing endless stunning views, local gems and historic sites along the way. Our myths and legends will capture your imagination, and the scenery will take your breath away, from rugged Glen Coe to the idyllic West Coast. Sample whisky, explore castles, and take an optional ride on the Jacobite Steam Train. From start to finish, every part of this trip reveals a little more of Scotland’s quintessential charm.

Highlights

  • Isle of Skye
  • The Kelpies
  • Jacobite Steam Train
  • Glen Coe
  • Loch Ness Cruise*
  • Eilean Donan Castle (see only, closed in winter)
  • Old Man of Storr
  • Highland Capital Inverness
  • Fishing Port of Oban
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct (as featured in Harry Potter)
  • Culloden Battlefield (as featured in Outlander)
  • Dundreggan Rewilding Centre

Inclusions

  • Passionate local guide
  • 4 nights 3* B&B accommodation (see accommodation tab)
  • Whisky experience
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Clava Cairns
  • Dundreggan Rewilding Centre
  • Ferry crossing from the Isle of Skye

Explore More

  • Trip on the world-famous Jacobite Steam Train* (reserve at time of booking)
  • Loch Ness cruise* (reserve at time of booking)
  • Culloden Visitor Centre (pay locally)

 

*There are dates during the winter where the Loch Ness Cruise does not operate. Please check add-on availability at the time of booking or contact us for assistance.

Please note: Jacobite Steam Train tickets have limited availability and we only offer standard class seating, we are unable to offer first class seating or upgrades. 

 

Looking for a more budget friendly option? HAGGiS Adventures our sister company is the Wild Child of Scottish Adventures and offer backpacker tours with hostel shared-dorm accommodation.

 

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"I highly recommend this tour! My daughter and I were treated to an experience well beyond our expectations. Our tour guide Tom went above and beyond to make sure that everyone was having a good time. His knowledge of history and passion for his country shone brightly every day and his storytelling abilities were wonderful. I am now left with precious memories and a strong desire to return and see more! "

Cindy, June 2019

Itinerary


DAY 1: Edinburgh to Oban

We leave Edinburgh and head to the iconic Kelpies. We then head north past Stirling and take in views of the Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle. We will make a stop for lunch before entering the Highlands heading through wild Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe and on to the quaint fishing town of Oban. (Overnight: Oban)

DAY 2: Oban to Isle of Skye 

Take the Jacobite Steam Train* from Fort William to Mallaig and discover why this spectacular trip has been voted the best train journey in the world by Wanderlust Magazine. Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies and take in the sweeping views of Loch Shiel. We arrive in Mallaig and take the ferry* ‘Over the Sea to Skye’ before driving to our overnight destination in Portree. (Overnight: Portree)

 

DAY 3: Isle of Skye to Inverness

We explore more of the mysterious Isle of Skye with its awe-inspiring mountains, stunning coastline, and local folklore before returning to the mainland. On the way to Loch Ness, we stop at the incredibly photogenic Eilean Donan Castle and wind our way along the Great Glen where we also visit Dundreggan Rewilding Centre to learn about Scotland’s ancient Caledonian Forest and then on to Inverness, home for the next two nights. (Overnight: Inverness)

DAY 4: Inverness 

Keep an eye out for the elusive monster, ‘Nessie’, while we take an optional cruise on Loch Ness before heading north towards the quaint town of Beauly. The ruins of Beauly Priory were used in the filming of Outlander and have a history stretching back to 1230AD.

After lunch we visit the mysterious chambered cairns and standing stones of Clava Cairns; followed by Culloden Battlefield, site of the last battle fought on British soil; both locations provided inspiration for the hit TV series Outlander (Overnight: Inverness)

DAY 5: Inverness to Edinburgh

Leaving Inverness, we visit the Highland Folk Museum to get a real taste of Highland life from the past centuries before heading to a local whisky distillery for a tour and a taste of the ‘water of life’. For our final stop we visit Dunkeld and take a walk through the quaint village, on to the River Tay and make a visit to the cathedral. We return to Edinburgh in the evening.

EXPLORE MORE

Trip on the world-famous Jacobite Steam Train (only available at the time of booking)

The steam train was featured in a number of Harry Potter movies as the ‘Hogwarts Express’ and is an outstanding way to take in the beautiful scenery of the Scottish west coast. Starting in Fort William, the train travels through some of the most spectacular landscapes of Scotland. The Jacobite passes through Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard to begin his ill-fated claim to the throne in 1745. We cross over 21 arches of the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct with amazing views down Loch Shiel and head to the west coast. Look out for the ‘Small Isles’ of Rum, Eigg, Muck and the stunning white beaches used in films such as Local Hero and Highlander. 

Loch Ness Cruise (optional, reserve at the time of booking)

A cruise on the mysterious and beautiful Loch Ness is an unforgettable experience, offering you the chance to catch a glimpse of Nessie and soak up the scenery. The boat uses the very latest hi-tech colour sonar and underwater imaging systems to enhance the hunt. You can use on-board audio guides that will immerse you in the history and legends of this fascinating loch or just relax with a coffee or beer in the on-board bar. Reserve your cruise at the time of booking to guarantee your seat. Please note there are days during the winter that the cruise doesn't operate, please check add-on availability at time of booking.

Culloden Visitor Centre (optional, pay locally)

On 16th April 1746, Culloden was the site of the last pitched battle fought on the British mainland. Through an interpretive exhibition and a visit to the battlefield itself, you can learn why this hour-long conflict changed Highland life and world history forever. With ongoing archaeological research and fresh historical interpretations, the story is far from over… More recently, the popular TV series Outlander has used the years prior to the Battle of Culloden as a backdrop. 

 

Tour Map

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Departure


Departure point

 

60 High Street (The Royal Mile)

Edinburgh

EH1 1TB

Scotland

 

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Departure Time

Check-in closes at 8.15am for tour departure at 8.30am.

We are unable to hold the bus or refund for any late arrivals. Please refer to your e-ticket for full departure details.

Return Time

Tour returns at 5.30pm.

 

Accommodation


3* Bed & Breakfast (B&B) / Guest House

In most cases you are staying in a B&B (Bed and Breakfast), which is renowned for offering visitors a warm Highland welcome. Most B&Bs offer a traditional Scottish cooked breakfast and is included in the price. On occasion, you are staying with a family who let out rooms in their home to visitors, giving you the opportunity of experiencing Scotland in a more authentic way. B&B’s and guest houses are both generally located within one mile of the centre of town, although during peak season, this distance may be slightly further.

ROOM TYPES

Twin Room
One room with two separate beds suitable for one adult in each bed.

Double Room
One room with one bed suitable for two adults.

Family 3
One room with two separate beds. One bed suitable for two adults and one bed suitable for one adult/child.

 

Accessibility and Facilities
For more information, see our Accessibility Statement.