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

By Highland Explorer Tours
Recommended by 96% of travelers
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₱61,990.41
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₱61,990.41
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Ages 5-99, max of 30 per group
Duration:5 days
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:Mobile
German, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, Spanish


  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Transport by air-conditioned midi-coach
  • Local Scottish English Speaking 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
  • Whisky Tasting
  • Entry/Admission - Fort William
  • Entry/Admission - Mallaig
  • Entry/Admission - Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ness
  • Entry/Admission - Highland Folk Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Blair Athol Distillery
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - The Kelpies & The Helix
  • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield


Departure details
  • Highland Explorer Tours, 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
Return details
  • Waterloo Place, Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, UK

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5211SKYE5D

  • 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
  • It is recommended to book transport to the departure point in advance. Please also allow extra time to get to the departure point for check-in. We advise you arrive at least 15 minutes before the tour departure to allow time to check-in for the tour. Unfortunately, we are unable to hold back the tour for late arrivals.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note that most fellow travellers on your tour will be staying at B&B accommodation.
  • 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

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book 5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh on Tripadvisor
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5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh is hosted by Highland Explorer Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Highland Explorer Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book 5-Day Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5211SKYE5D

Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
21 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
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kariiv95
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Outlander adventure
Amazing experience! Tim was really nice, told us many stories while travelin from one stop to another. Totally wor
ajav679
ajav679
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AMAZING experience!
Tom was the perfect guide! Learned so much with fascinating views! B&B was superb! Want to come back again!
anadiogo82
anadiogo82
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Best tour ever
If I could I would give more than 5 stars. Tom, our guide, was very fun, thoughful and gave us a lot of historical
Amy P
Amy P
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A great day trip outside of Edinburgh
This was a great tour. It was a quick 9-5 jaunt outside of Edinburgh where we stayed and a superb value for the mon
907cp
907cp
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Incredible
Great experience and beautiful landscapes. Nessie is a shy but a very nice monster. Tapadh leat to Steve for th
Emir M
Emir M
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Loch Ness Experiense
Amazing experiense i recomend it,there are some beautiful destinationsand Loch Ness also thank you guide Bryan.....
82nimas
82nimas
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Great experience
Excellent tour. We highly recommend it. A very nice chubby friendly guide with a smile on his face!!! Cool witches
S7501OCjeremyh
S7501OCjeremyh
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Great day out
Great day. Driver Steve was humorous and informative and best all a safe driver and I’m a bus driver so appreciated
alohamayo
alohamayo
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Horrible experience
Terrible service and would not use them again for any tours out of Edinburgh. They’re not very good with communica
D1163ZAjoannes
D1163ZAjoannes
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Brilliant Way to See the Highlands
This was my first solo trip and first trip into the Highlands. It was fantastic and I would definitely recommend i
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Whisky, Warriors, Waterfalls.
Enjoyable tour through Scotland, hits the high points efficiently, and gives an authentic and intimate experience,
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elizabethfJ2334QL
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Fun trip! Great and stress free way to see the highlands
Great trip, Steve was a great guide and the people were so fun and kind. Lots of great things to do and see; the it
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Great Experience. Steve made it awesome!
We had Steve as our tour guide. He was awesome! He had a lot of knowledge and stories to share with us. The trip wa
mandycs1994
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5 Day Tour of the Highlands
Our five day Highlands tour was so lovely. Our tour guide, Steve, was friendly, informative, and fun! He’s a great
P1787UBdavide
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Amazing trip around Scotland
I m David from Barcelona, Catalonia. I want to say to everybody that in my travel experience It’s an amazing trip w
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John R
1 contribution
May 2022
This 5-day Scottish Highlands tour was the highlight of our three-week visit to the British Isles! Our guide, Owen, provided great stories and really rich histories for the places we visited and the characters that inhabited these places. The tour was packed with interesting sites from the Jacobite train and Glen Coe, to the historic battlefield of Culloden and a cruise on Loch Ness. In addition to the history, a number of our stops were locations of tremendous natural beauty (throughout the Isle of Skye, Cairngorms National Park, the three sisters,...). Owen wove a thread of Scottish history throughout the five days' stops that progressed toward the Culloden historic battlefield, providing me a much more complete understanding of Scottish history than I had prior to the trip, and it's evident that he truly enjoys teaching others about the history of his home.

The itinerary was thoughtful and mixed historical, cultural, art, and natural wonder stops throughout the five days. I have been on a number of excellent guided informational tours before, and this tour was the best by far, with Owen's contribution making a huge difference. We stopped for lunch in a number of really nice small highland villages and had ample time to both sample the food and sights during these midday break. Owen also provided suggestions for making our independent time richer through suggestions on good restaurants, pubs, hikes, and music stops.

I absolutely will use Highland Explorer Tours again (hopefully we will be fortunate enough to get Owen as our guide) and will be returning to the highlands of Scotland.
Written 21 May 2022
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Fuchsia
136 contributions
Jun 2022
This coach tour is a superb way of seeing Scotland, without any worries re accommodation, or parking. We saw so many beautiful places, one of the first scenic places we stopped at was called 'Rest, and be Thankful', so we adopted that as our motto for the week. Andy, our very experienced driver, left this self-confessed nervous passenger, with no worries whatsoever; felt very safe and relaxed with his easy going manner and great driving. We were blessed with the lovely dry weather we enjoyed; not guaranteed of course, but Andy's dry jokes will make up for that!!! As he says, they don't have rain, they either have liquid sunshine, or atmospheric weather conditions.

Andy took great care of us throughout the week. He laid out his stall very well, so to speak, as regards time-keeping, and this was both appreciated and respected.

We saw more places than we expected to see, this was due to Andy's immense knowledge, and love for his native Scotland, and we enjoyed his lovely accent, and clear diction very much. He is a font of knowledge.

If you wish to see a lot of different, interesting, scenic, historic places in five days, then this tour comes very highly recommended indeed.
Written 12 June 2022
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charlieroyal
Newark27 contributions
Aug 2021
My husband and myself have just returned from a fantastic 5 day tour with Highland Explorer Tours which I would thoroughly recommend. The scenery was breathtaking, the historical and cultural sights extremely interesting made more so by our most excellent of guides: Stevie P. Stevie is obviously a proud Scot and took great delight in regaling us all with stories and information. He was fab.

He led the tour which covered an age range of perhaps 42 years with great ease, including everyone with his gentle banter and great humour. All of his suggestions for where to eat, what to see and do were excellent. We also felt very safe with his careful driving.

We will definitely be returning to Scotland and will take another tour with Highland Explorer; we will ask for Stevie P. again. Stevie is an asset to your company Highland Explorer Tours - you should be very proud of him. He was my honorary grandson on the trip! Well done Stevie.
Written 22 August 2021
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Dear Charlie, glad to hear that Stevie P become the member of your family during the 5 days you spent in his company, where he had the chance to shine through his amazing personality and his love for our beautiful Scotland. Hope welcome you back soon
Written 24 August 2021
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bbugle2016
Woking, UK24 contributions
Jul 2021
What a fantastic taste of Scotland we had last week with Charlie who must be Scotlands best ambassador and the Scottish Tourist Board should take him on as a valuable marketing asset. From the moment we began Charlie was so knowledgable about Scottish history and folklore which he regaled throughout the tour with such enthusiasm. When he was not imparting interesting information he had created a playlist of Scottish music of many different genres to suit all. Charlie was punctual, and organised us very well without being over managing and dealt with any questions and queries quickly and efficiently. He even organised one of his friends to pipe for us on our last evening outside in Inverness. There was nothing that was too much trouble for him even giving us a taste of Irn Bru and Tunksten marshmallow biscuits.
The tour itself was managed well from start to finish. The 5 day tour definitely gave us a good taste of Scotland and the parts which we would like to revisit. I am so glad we did the 5 day tour which enabled us to see so much without a huge rush
I extra point though, with staff shortages due to staff from EU not so plentiful, and due to Covid, I thankfully booked all restaurants in advance and still had trouble getting bookings. Others on the tour had to take what they could get with some difficulty.
Written 21 July 2021
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Hello, thank you for your lovely review! I'm pleased you enjoyed Charlie's knowledge and I'm happy he made your tour so memorable. We hope to see you travelling again with us soon! Kind regards, Victoria
Written 24 July 2021
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Grace W
1 contribution
May 2022 • Friends
The 5 day highland tour led by Owen was a once in a lifetime experience that was full of beautiful sights and interesting history. Owen is very easy going and extremely knowledgeable about Scotland and the Highlands in general which made the tour that much more engaging. We even had an impromptu whisky tasting led by Owen which was fun and special. The weather can be unpredictable so I would recommend bringing layers. I would highly recommend this tour for anyone of all ages.
Written 13 May 2022
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Nora
Munich, Germany1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Friends
The tour, with its itinerary was great for exploring the Highlands and getting an impression of Scottland. However, it was our tourguide/busdriver/entertainer Louise who made the trip that extra bit special. She went out of her way to make everyone feel comfortable and have the best experience possible. Her positive energy caught on with our group, to keep the overall mood up during the five days.
Written 1 July 2022
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Romany
Bognor Regis, UK5 contributions
Aug 2021
Having never been on a coach trip style holiday before, my Mum and I weren't too sure what to expect. However, we had nothing to worry about! We had an amazing time with Highland Explorer Tours last week and would definitely go on this sort of trip again! Our tour group was lovely, with a real mix of ages and nationalities which was great too!

Our driver & tour guide Charlie was fantastic! Full of great stories and recommendations for every place we visited. He'd point out places to eat, drink and shop in every town we drove through which was super helpful! He was also incredibly knowledgeable and kept us entertained on and off the bus!

The tour covered a lot of distance and we really felt like we got to see lots of Scotland in a short space of time. There were plenty of photo stops along the way to take in the amazing views and feed the odd hairy coo too! The Jacobite Steam Train was fantastic - genuinely felt like we were going to Hogwarts! Ha! I also found Culloden Battlefield really interesting and loved the Loch Ness River Cruise. We were a bit disappointed that we didn't get to visit Armadale Castle or a Whisky Distillery and that the ferry to the Isle of Skye from Mallaig got cancelled, but completely understand that things can't always go to plan in COVID times! Good excuse for us to come back again! As an Outlander fan, I also enjoyed pretending to fall through the stones at the Clava Cairns and visiting the Highland Folk Museum which was used as a filming location!

The accommodation was great! Again, we were apprehensive not knowing where we'd be staying, but the B&B's were all lovely! The Guesthouse in Oban was particularly stunning! Felt like a swanky boutique hotel!

Overall we loved our time on this trip and would highly recommend Charlie and Highland Explorer Tours! We miss the Highlands already!
Written 20 August 2021
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Hi Bella, first of all, thank you so much for taking the time to write such in-depth review! We love reading our passenger's stories and views on their experience with us, and yours is so heart-warming! We're pleased to hear that you felt in good hands with Charlie and that he could show you the best of our Bonnie Scotland during your 5-day tour. And remember: there is so much more to explore! We would love to have you and your Mum travelling with us again! Take care and hopefully see you again soon. Best wishes, Io
Written 25 August 2021
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Manny
London, UK10 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Great trip. Highlight was Inverness (very charming town) and the cruise of the Loch Ness (stunning landscape). We had a great tour guide/driver, Steve P, he was very funny, knowledgable, helpful and certainly knew how to keep the group engaged and interested.

The company offers 2 different accommodation packages, B&B or Hotel, I would certainly recommend the B&B one as they were of very good quality while the hotels weren’t worth the price difference (we ended up with 2 Hotel + 2 B&B nights).

Inverness has some great restaurants, however they all get booked up, so plan your dinners for Inverness in advance. We checked recommendations in Trip Advisor, then booked using Open Table, very easy.

As you can probably imagine, go prepared for all types of weather and to change during the day. Rain jacket and comfortable shoes are a must. Also have some spare room in your luggage for some nice little things to purchase along the way.
Written 22 August 2021
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Dear Manny, thank you for taking your time to jot down the great time you had on on 5-day tour guided by Stevie P and we also appreciate all the useful advice was provided to your fellow travellers. Please join us soon for your next adventure
Written 24 August 2021
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SarahRugby
Coventry, UK55 contributions
Jul 2021
We had a fabulous trip with our driver and guide, Charlie. He was full of interesting facts delivered with humour and interspersed with a brilliant playlist of Scottish traditional and popular music. Charlie made sure that we had plenty of stops along the way and always set out the itinerary for the day and gave us ideas for things to do and great places to eat. The whole tour ran smoothly thanks to Charlie's faultless organisation and planning.
I would recommend booking restaurants in advance as the best places get booked up quickly.
The views of Skye accompanied by Amazing Grace gave me goosebumps.
Everyone needs a Charlie for a driver (and a plate full of sgadan!)
Written 2 August 2021
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Hi Nick, thank you for your positive review about Charlie's tour. I'm glad you felt the whole tour ran smoothly and that Charlie was able to give you lots of good recommendations - we're very fortunate to have him. Bets wishes, Victoria
Written 2 August 2021
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Aparna I
Manchester, UK5 contributions
May 2022 • Family
This is a superb excursion. Our guide Owen was so well informed about the history and folklore of Scotland and the highlands that even each landmark crossed while travelling had some relevance to it...Not a single dull moment....Our stay by the seaside at Oban was memorable. It's an extensive itenary , but so well spaced that even my 11 year old enjoyed it. Owen carefully selected lunch/ halts at picturesque quaint towns, beaches and scenic spots that made the journey breeze through... Would totally recommend
Written 15 May 2022
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