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Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh

Tour ID: 1166
Tour Theme: Small and Medium Group Sightseeing Tours (Multi-days/ 5 to 30 people)
This tour starts from: Edinburgh
Duration: 3 Days / 2 Nights
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Tour Description:

Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and Scottish Highlands Tour
Discover the Highlands and the magical Isle of Skye with its outstanding natural beauty, Viking history and ancient myths and legends. This is a journey packed with all of Scotland's most iconic sights and scenery. There is also the opportunity to take one of the great train journeys of the world on the Jacobite Steam Train.

DAY ONE: Leaving Edinburgh, past stunning views of the Forth Bridge, we enter the Highlands through Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers and mountains. We visit the quaint village of Dunkeld with its historic cathedral sitting on the banks of the River Tay. It’s then Jacobite Steam Train Tour at Glenfinnanfurther north into the Highlands before we enter the Great Glen. At Fort Augustus, there is time to explore the shores of Loch Ness and a chance to spot Nessie. The journey continues to the famous Isle of Skye but first a stop at Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most famous icons. Our home for the night is the Isle of Skye, the ‘winged isle’. (Overnight: Isle of Skye).

DAY TWO: We spend the day exploring the dramatic Isle of Skye with its amazing scenery, myths and legends. Hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape against the backdrop of the jagged Cuillin Mountains. Highlights include the Quiraing with its spectacular cliffs, the mysterious rock formation of the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock with its cascading waterfall and ancient Dunvegan Castle. (Overnight: Isle of Skye).

Eilean Donan Castle and Skye TourDAY THREE: Portree to Edinburgh
Summer:
We explore the Castle and Gardens of Clan Donald Skye, before taking the ferry to the west coast fishing village of Mallaig. Here you have the opportunity to board the Jacobite Steam Train* to Fort William, one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world or travel by coach along the spectacular coast. You’ll view the Glenfinnan Viaduct where a monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s campaign now stands. We head south through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe, wild Rannoch Moor then the heart of Rob Roy country before arriving back in Edinburgh approximately 20.00pm.
Winter:
We head south via the Skye Bridge and the stunningly photogenic Eilean Donan Castle. Then it's past the Commando Memeorial with views to Ben Nevis, Brtain's highest mountain. Eerie Glencoe and the wilds of Rannoch Moor await before arriving in Rob Roy country to hear about the rogue turned hero. Crossing back into the lowlands arriving in Edinburgh approximately 17.30.

(Summer route mid-May to mid-October)

For departure details refer to the "Prices, Dates, and What's Included" Section...

3 Day - Isle of Skye and Steam train tour


Prices, Dates & What's Included:

Departure Days:

Saturday - April 20 to May 12
Saturday, Monday, Wednesday- May 13 to June 1
Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Sunday - June 2 to June 13
Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday - June 14 to September 6
Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Sunday - September 7 to September 22
Saturday, Monday, Wednesday - September 23 to October 2
Saturday - October 2 to October 12
 

Departs: 08:00 - 60 High Street, Edinburgh
Returns: 20:00 (summer) and 17:30 (winter)  - 60 High Street, Edinburgh

Double/ Twin room bookings
:
Includes Accommodation
Includes Jacobite Steam Train Ticket (Second Class Ticket)
(Train Running: mid-April to mid-October)

Prices:
from £307 to £431


Single room bookings:
Does NOT include accommodation
Includes Jacobite Steam Train Ticket (Second Class Ticket)
(Train Running: mid-April to mid-October)

Prices:
from £191 to £231

**Note: All prices are in British Pound Sterling
*IMPORTANT* To book this tour with single room occupancy prices given are for TOUR ONLY and accommodation is not included. Accommodation must be booked independently by guests, once you have booked your accommodation please advise us of the provider chosen so we can inform your guide.

Foreign Language Audio Guides Available (see below)


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Tour Inclusions
- Local Scottish Guide
- 3* B&B / Highland Hotel Accommodation *Double/Twin Room Bookings Only
- Ferry crossing ‘over the sea’ from Skye*
- Dunkeld Cathedral
- Souvenir map
- Audio Guides available
- Jacobite Steam Train*

Explore More
- Dunvegan Castle*

Tour Highlights:
- Jacobite Steam Train*
- Stunning Isle of Skye
- Loch Ness
- Glencoe
- Eilean Donan Castle
- Clan Donald Skye*
- Dunkeld Cathedral
- Dunvegan Castle*

(* Available Summer route only - mid-May to mid-October)

Accommodation

3* Bed & Breakfast (B&B) / Guest House
In most cases you are staying with a family who let out rooms in their home to visitors. B&Bs are renowned for being warm and friendly and many people feel that they offer a more authentic way to experience Scotland. These are generally located within one mile of the centre of town, although during peak season, this distance may be slightly further. Most offer a traditional Scottish cooked breakfast.

3* Highland Hotel
Highland Hotels are smaller than typical Hotels ensuring a cosy and hospitable welcome. Facilities are more limited when compared with most Hotels situated in large cities, however, you can be assured of a comfortable stay within close proximity to the centre of town. They are usually family run and have their own individual style and character. They serve traditional Scottish breakfast and often offer a dinner option too.

Foreign Language Audio Guides Available:
We are pleased to be the only tour company in Scotland to be able to offer foreign language audio translations on all scheduled tours. Tours will still be conducted in English, by our guides, however foreign language translations are available in German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French and Polish, with more languages to follow. This service underlines our commitment to excellent customer service for ALL our customers and we hope that those who do not speak English will now enjoy the trips even more.

These are available to download for free, once you have purchased your tour. When you receive your e-ticket, there will be a link to a page where you can download the zipped file and load into onto your own MP3 player, ipod or iphone.

Also, there are a number of units available for hire on the day of departure, however these are issued on a first come first served basis at a cost of £5 per unit to hire. We will also take an additional £30 deposit by credit card, which will be refunded once the unit is returned to us after the tour. Please bring your own headphones if you can.

The audio guides provide customers who do not speak any English with the main stories which the guides will cover on the tour. Your guide will indicate which track to select as they are about to tell the story it relates to, so everyone on the tour can follow at the same time.

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