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5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh provided by Highland Explorer Tours

5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh
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About
Explore the Highland beauty of Scotland's west coast and the Isle of Skye on a 5-day excursion from Edinburgh. This in-depth tour of Scotland’s classic locations includes visits to Stirlingshire, the Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield, plus a ride on the ‘Jacobite Steam Train’ — a mode of transport made famous as ‘Hogwarts Express’ in the Harry Potter films. Choose from 3-star guesthouse or hotel accommodation with breakfasts in Oban, the Isle of Skye and Inverness.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
What to expect
  • Your 5-day excursion of Scotland’s rugged Highlands and the Isle of Skye begins in Edinburgh, where you’ll meet your guide and group. You’ll set off in the morning by luxury van to your first destination: Stirling Castle. During the next days, you’ll travel by coach, ferry and on the famous Jacobite Steam Train. Witness the best of the region, from brooding historic landmarks like William Wallace monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Clan Donald Skye and Culloden Battlefield to the stunning natural settings of Loch Ness and the Rannoch Moors. Enjoy group tours by day and free time to explore Oban, Isle of Skye and Inverness by night. Your tour includes round-trip transport, four nights stay in a 3-star hotel or guesthouse and daily breakfasts. Also included is admission to the Loch Ness boat cruise and Tomatin whisky distillery.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Your 5-day excursion of Scotland’s rugged Highlands and the Isle of Skye begins in Edinburgh, where you’ll meet your guide and group. You’ll set off in the morning by luxury van to your first destination: Stirling Castle. During the next days, you’ll travel by coach, ferry and on the famous Jacobite Steam Train. Witness the best of the region, from brooding historic landmarks like William Wallace monument, Eilean Donan Castle, Clan Donald Skye and Culloden Battlefield to the stunning natural settings of Loch Ness and the Rannoch Moors. Enjoy group tours by day and free time to explore Oban, Isle of Skye and Inverness by night. Your tour includes round-trip transport, four nights stay in a 3-star hotel or guesthouse and daily breakfasts. Also included is admission to the Loch Ness boat cruise and Tomatin whisky distillery.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5211SKYE5D
Call +63 923-0990452
Important information
Inclusions
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Transport by air-conditioned midi-coach
  • Professional, local guide
  • 4 nights of B&B or Hotel accommodation
  • Jacobite Steam Train' ride from Fort William to Mallaig
  • Ferry ride to the Isle of Skye
  • Loch Ness boat cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Deanston Distillery & Visitor Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Fort William
  • Entry/Admission - Mallaig
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ness
  • Entry/Admission - Highland Folk Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Dunkeld Cathedral
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - National Wallace Monument
  • Entry/Admission - Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles
  • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield
Duration
5 days
Departure details
  • Highland Explorer Tours, 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
Additional information
  • Minimum age is 5 years, we are unable to carry any children under this age
  • Each traveller is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase weighing no more than 33lbs (15kg) and 1 carry-on bag
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them to board and disembark
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Inclusions
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Transport by air-conditioned midi-coach
  • Professional, local guide
  • 4 nights of B&B or Hotel accommodation
  • Jacobite Steam Train' ride from Fort William to Mallaig
  • Ferry ride to the Isle of Skye
  • Loch Ness boat cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Deanston Distillery & Visitor Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Fort William
  • Entry/Admission - Mallaig
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ness
  • Entry/Admission - Highland Folk Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Dunkeld Cathedral
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - National Wallace Monument
  • Entry/Admission - Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles
  • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield
Departure details
  • Highland Explorer Tours, 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
Duration
5 days
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Minimum age is 5 years, we are unable to carry any children under this age
  • Each traveller is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase weighing no more than 33lbs (15kg) and 1 carry-on bag
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them to board and disembark
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
1 stops
Day 1
Edinburgh to Oban
Day 2
Oban to the Isle of Skye
Day 3
Isle of Skye to Inverness
Day 4
Inverness & Highlands
Day 5
Inverness to Edinburgh
Popular mentions

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Jenny from Harrogate
3 contributions
Wonderful Scotish visit, go on book it now
Oct 2021
Chose this tour for the variety of places to visit. It didnt disappoint. But the 1 thing that made it such a memorable 5 days, was Steve , our driver, and excellent guide. His passion for Scotland was very obvious, those tidits of information you wouldn't find anywhere else added that special something. His knowledge of places we visited was extremely factual, but with amusing additions. The achievement of climbing The Old Man of Storr, including sun, wind and torrential rain was memorable, as it enabled young and a little older fellar tourists to get to know each other much better. Couldn't recommend this tour highly enough, but ask for Steve P as your driver!!!.
Written 19 October 2021
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Johann
3 contributions
Great 5-day trip, would definitely recommend
Oct 2021 • Solo
Very satisfied with the trip. Beautiful destinations, good pace in the itineary and great service throughout the 5 days. It’s always lovely to experience these trips with a group of other people, and our guide, Steve, was very competent, informative and friendly!
Written 15 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for taking time to write a review! I'm happy you enjoyed your 5-day tour with Stevie and liked the itinerary! Many thanks, Victoria
Written 16 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Compass664369
1 contribution
Much needed beautiful break
Oct 2021 • Friends
The trip were amazing. Loved the highlands, locations and the B&B accomodation. Steve our guide was a gem, so knowledgeable and a gentleman. Met some pretty awesome humans. X
Written 15 October 2021
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Hey there, thank you for the 5 star review! I'm glad you loved everything from the scenery to the accommodation. I'll be sure to pass on your kind feedback. Many thanks, Victoria
Written 16 October 2021
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Kellie R
10 contributions
10/10 would repeat!
Oct 2021 • Couples
Steve was full of wonderful facts / historical information. Definitely recommend this trip to others
Written 15 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Kellie, thank you for the feedback! I'm glad you enjoyed your tour with Steve. Kind regards, Victoria
Written 16 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Chanjot S
1 contribution
Lovely landscapes and highland history
Oct 2021 • Friends
Fantastic experience, beautiful areas explored -Steve was incredibly knowledgable and fun, would absolutely recommend!

Just remember your water proof jackets!
Written 15 October 2021
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Hi there, thank you for the five star review! Waterproof jackets are definitely a great suggestion! Kind regards, Victoria
Written 16 October 2021
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Greg D
2 contributions
5 day fling around the Highlands
Sep 2021 • Solo
A great way to fit a lot of the Highlands into 5 days, a relaxing atmosphere with travelers of all ages. We had Steve as our driver and guide who provided us with his extensive knowledge and made sure we saw all the sites and packed in so much into the time we had. The only downside being that the trip seemed to fly by! Highly recommend for travelers wishing to pack as much as possible in a short amount of time.
Written 2 October 2021
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Hi Greg, thanks for leaving a review. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your 5 days in the Highlands with us. Steve is a great guide and so knowledgeable about all things Scotland! Thanks for your recommendation, we hope you will join us on tour again in future! Best wishes, Charlie
Written 7 October 2021
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Andrew H
3 contributions
Amazing time in the Scottish Highlands
Sep 2021 • Solo
So much fun! Great mix of history and culture, all curated by our amazing guide Stevie! Would definitely travel with Haggis/Highland tours again and fully recommend to family, friends, and everyone else.
Written 1 October 2021
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Hi Andrew. Thanks for your review of your tour with Stevie, he's a fab guide! Glad to hear about your recommendation. Best wishes, Charlie
Written 3 October 2021
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Anette H
Frederiksberg, Denmark1 contribution
Excellent 5 days trip
Oct 2021 • Couples
We had an excellent trip around the Scottish Highland. Steve our tour guide was fantastic and told us about the Scottish past with such an enthusiasm.
Written 1 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello, thank you for reviewing your tour. We are so pleased you enjoyed your tour with Stevie, he's truly passionate about Scotland. Best wishes, Charlie
Written 3 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

lwithers2018
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
Lots of driving
Sep 2021 • Couples
Many activities were closed or skipped due to weather or covid but none were added in place, a lot of driving on the bus with very little information given about what was seen. I saw beautiful landscapes but don’t know anything about them. It was disappointing as I was really looking forward to this trip.
Written 1 October 2021
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Hi there, Thank you for reviewing your recent experience on tour with us. I am sorry to hear that the tour did not meet your expectations. We pride ourselves on creating tours that are not only entertaining but also informative. While some places in the highlands remain closed under COVID restrictions, none of the closures have impacted any of our tours. In the event that one of our suppliers is closed, we have found alternative options that allow our passengers to have an equally enjoyable time on tour. We are always transparent about these changes and have been notifying passengers in advance, so I apologise if this was not made clear to you. I also apologise that you were disappointed by the commentary on tour. All our driver guides have a wealth of knowledge and are passionate about storytelling. They never miss an opportunity to talk about significant places in the highlands, and they are open to any questions that guests may have. Due to the distance covered on tour there is a lot of driving involved, however we factor in plenty of time for comfort breaks so that the itinerary is well-paced. That being said, we appreciate your transparency and will use this to continue improving our service. Again, I apologise that our tour did not live up to your expectations. I hope that you enjoyed the rest of your stay in Scotland. Kind regards, Paula
Written 5 October 2021
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Krishna S
2 contributions
Amazing 5 days of Scotland
Sep 2021 • Solo
This trip was amazing, the views were stunning and breathtaking. Steve was an awesome driver and tour guide. would definitely recommend this trip to anyone of any age.
Written 1 October 2021
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Hello Krishna. Thank you for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your 5 day tour with Stevie, and would recommend it. We hope you'll visit our beautiful Scotland again. Best wishes, Charlie
Written 3 October 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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