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5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

By: Rabbie's
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  • 5-day guided tour of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye from Edinburgh
  • Travel under thick canopies and past bubbling waterways in Cairngorms National Park
  • See the famous Loch Ness, home to a mysterious water monster
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5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
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Overview

Escape the city to experience wild, small-town Scotland on this 5-day tour of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye from Edinburgh. Aboard a luxury minivan, enjoy the scenery of Cairngorms National Park, Achmelvich Bay and the mysterious Loch Ness. Visit famous sites like the Old Man of Storr and Eilean Donan Castle, hear bloody histories like the massacre of Glen Coe, and admire the dramatic beauty of the Quiraing mountain pass. Four nights in 3- or 4-star lodging and daily breakfasts included.

What to Expect
Day 1: Edinburgh – Ullapool
Meet your guide in central Edinburgh and travel north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming village of Dunkeld. Stroll along the village’s forest walkways to the Hermitage waterfalls. Then, continue to Cairngorms National Park. Wander amid the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus Estate. Recharge with lunch (own expense) here.

Then, head for the village of Dores. Along the way, you'll stop to take in panoramic views of Loch Ness. Finally, arrive in Ullapool and relax at your hotel. 

Day 2: Ullapool – Northwest Highlands – Ullapool (B)
After breakfast, you'll travel into Assynt. Visit the 15th-century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, which boasts incredible views of the Highlands and rural Scotland, and the beach at Achmelvich Bay. Then, stop in the village of Lochinver for free time. Later, return to your hotel.

Day 3: Ullapool – Applecross – Plockton – Isle of Skye (B)
Following breakfast, you'll travel west, past the misty peaks of the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve and along the coast of Loch Torridon.

Stop in Applecross to eat lunch (own expense) before continuing along Bealach nam Bo (Cattle Pass), Britain’s highest road. Drink in the views, and then arrive in the Plockton. Stretch your legs and snap photos of Loch Carron.

Continue over the sea to the Isle of Skye. Arrive in the harbor town of Portree, your base for the next two nights, and check in to your accommodation. The rest of the evening is yours to spend at your leisure.

Day 4: Isle of Skye (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, greet your guide and set off to explore the Isle of Skye. 

Perhaps travel north to the Trotternish Ridge, formed by a series of landslips. Hop out of your minivan on the mountain pass of the Quiraing, and snap photos of the unusual landscape forms that have earned names like the Needle, the Table and the Prison.

Next, break for lunch (own expense) in one of the Isle of Skye’s pretty villages. Then, maybe head for Neist Point and enjoy a leisurely stroll to the lighthouse on Skye’s western tip. Alternatively, visit Dunvegan Castle, the ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod.
In the early evening, return to your accommodation in Portree and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Day 5: Isle of Skye – Edinburgh (B)
After breakfast, you'll travel south from Skye to the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle.

Continue east through the rugged mountains of Kintail, including the splendor of the Five Sisters, and drive through Glen Garry for views of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

Stop for lunch (own expense) in Fort William, and then travel to Glencoe  before arriving in Killin for refreshments (own expense) beside the beautiful Falls of Dochart. Conclude in Edinburgh.
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Perfect way to see more of Scotland!

Don't drive yourself - enjoy some of the more remote & wilder parts of Scotland this way so you can relax and enjoy all the sights. We thought the accommodation was excellent and enjoyed the fact we were left to our own devices in the...More

Thank gokyo55
Reviewed 3 days ago
Best Way to Visit the Highlands

This is my second time taking a Rabbie’s tour to the Highlands. The first time, I went with my mom and sister just to Skye. This time, I went with my husband and two teenage boys on a longer trip which included the northern Highlands....More

Thank Amy R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Highly recommended tour

This was our first time in Scotland and we decided to go on a five day tour of the highlands and couldn’t be happier with our trip. The bus is really comfortable with air condition and usb-chargers. You get frequent stops for pictures or walking...More

2  Thank Kajsa B
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fascinating beyond compare

I am on a two week Mommy & Daughter trip in Scotland and Ireland. We landed in Edinburgh and the next day departed on the 5-day tour of the Highlands. I have travelled extensively and while I possess a great deal of curiosity everywhere I...More

Thank Andrea J
Reviewed 1 week ago
Best Tour and Tour Guide Ever!

This tour is an absolute must. The scenery is stunning, you have to see it to really get the measure of it. Our guide, Keith, was also fantastic. His depth of knowledge and passion was second to none and he was an extremely careful, experienced...More

Thank Carolyn M
Rabbie's, Public Relations Manager at Rabbie's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Carolyn, Thanks very much for the recommendation, we cannot blame you for falling for the scenery - nor Keith for that matter! We're so glad that you had such a fantastic time and hope to see you again. All the best, Aimee

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