3 Day - Isle of Skye, Loch Ness & The West Highlands

3 DAYS

Trip Info


Adult
from$715
Concession
from$685

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Prepare for a spectacular experience of the Highlands and the enchanting Isle of Skye. Venture through a range of iconic scenery and get the chance to ride the world-famous Jacobite Steam Train. Be inspired by Scottish myths and legends as you take in many local gems: from the legendary Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle to cascading waterfalls and Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye. Every part of this journey uncovers a little more of Scotland’s unique heritage.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Stunning Isle of Skye
  • Jacobite Steam Train (optional)*
  • Fairy Pools
  • Loch Ness
  • Commando Memorial & Ben Nevis
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Highland Whisky Distillery Experience (optional)
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Clava Cairns Stones

INCLUSIONS

  • Passionate Local Guide
  • 2 nights at the Deluxe B&B, The Skye Inn (see accommodation tab)
  • Ferry Crossing ‘Over the Sea’ from the Isle of Skye

EXPLORE MORE

  • Ride on the Jacobite Steam Train (reserve at the time of booking)*
  • Highland Whisky Distillery Experience (pay locally)

*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. 

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Itinerary


DAY 1: Inverness to Portree

We depart Inverness in the morning and begin our journey along the mysterious Loch Ness. Keep an eye out for the legendary monster ’Nessie’ as we stop at the ruins of Urquhart Castle with panoramic views of the loch. We head south through dramatic glens before visiting the historic Commando Memorial and view Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, from afar.

We drive to Fort William, where you have the option to board the Jacobite Steam Train* for a scenic approximate two-hour ride with spectacular views of the Highlands and Scotland’s scenic west coast. After experiencing what is said to be the greatest rail journey in the world, we disembark the train in Mallaig to relish fresh seafood for lunch. We take the ferry across the sea to the Isle of Skye and travel through the marvellous Cuillin Mountains before arriving at our overnight destination in Portree.

(Overnight: Portree)


*optional, reserve at the time of booking

DAY 2: Isle of Skye

A day of tales, myths, and iconic scenery awaits! We begin our morning exploring the enchanting Fairy Pools, a series of natural waterfalls with crystal clear water on the River Brittle. Hear stories of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape from the mainland as we drive to the thriving village of Dunvegan for lunch to indulge in local delights.

Hear more about the history of Scotland’s most magical isles before taking a fabulous walk through the Quiraing. Our journey continues to the cascading waterfall of the Kilt Rock and the breath-taking viewpoint of the Old Man of Storr before arriving back in Portree with free time to explore the colourful harbour and village.

(Overnight: Portree)

DAY 3: Portree to Inverness

We bid farewell to the Isle of Skye and head to the romantic Eilean Donan Castle, reputedly the most photographed castle in Scotland. We continue south-west and soak in the stunning scenery before stopping for lunch at the picturesque village of Beauly.

With our energy replenished, we visit a Highland whisky distillery to warm our bellies with Scotland’s favourite national drink and learn how ‘uisge beatha’ is made. Listen to the tales of the last battle fought on British soil as you explore the grounds of Culloden Battlefield, followed by a visit to the standing stones of Clava Cairns; made famous by the hit TV series Outlander. Crossing back into the capital of the Highlands we arrive in Inverness in the early evening.

EXPLORE MORE

World-famous Jacobite Steam Train (optional, reserve at the time of booking)

The Jacobite Steam Train departs Fort William in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, before enjoying amazing views down Loch Shiel. We cross over 21 arches of the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct which featured in several Harry Potter movies as the ‘Hogwarts Express’. The Jacobite then passes through Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard to begin his ill-fated claim to the throne in 1745. The train travels on the west coast where you can see the ‘Small Isles’ of Rum, Eigg, Muck and the stunning white beaches used in films such as Local Hero and Highlander, and is an outstanding way to take in the beautiful scenery of the Scottish west coast before arriving in Mallaig.

Highland Whisky Distillery Experience

Discover at your leisure how 'uisge beatha' (the 'water of life') is made and explore the history behind one of Scotland's most iconic exports. Local whisky experts are on hand to share their in-depth knowledge and suggest rare drams to sample. Whisky Dram Flights from £12 and Whisky Cocktails from £8. 

Tour Map

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Departure


Departure Point

19 Union St,

Inverness*

IV1 1QA

*Across from the entrance to the Victorian Market

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Departure Time

Please check-in from 7.15am for 7.30am departure.  

Return Time

Tour returns approx. 5.00pm.

 

 

Accommodation


Deluxe Bed & Breakfast (B&B) At The Skye Inn 

The Grand Room at The Skye Inn

Deluxe B&B accommodation and a traditional Scottish cooked breakfast each morning is included in the tour price.

Located in the heart of the beautiful town of Portree, The Skye Inn offers the warmest of Highland welcomes, ensuring a relaxed and personal atmosphere - making you feel right at home! Enjoy an optional fine dinner in the evenings or cosy up at the bar in the Grand Room. During colder weather, a crackling open fire adds to the relaxing atmosphere to wind down after a busy day of exploring.

Please note that The Skye Inn is a pet-friendly establishment. Although pets are not permitted on our tours, there may be other guests with dogs in shared areas like the reception and Grand Room during your stay. 

 

ROOM TYPES

All rooms are non-smoking and provided with tea & coffee-making facilities, a TV, and en-suite bathroom with towels, hairdryer and toiletries. Laundry and ironing services are available upon request. 

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. 

Single
One room with one bed suitable for one adult.

ACCESSIBILITY & FACILITIES 
For more information, see ourAccessibility Statement.