Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Experience Tour
3 nights / 4 days tour of Skye and the Scottish Highlands
This small group tour from Glasgow allows you to escape the hustle and bustle of city life as we embark on a spectacular journey through the Scottish wilderness, learning about the area’s unique culture and history along the way.
Slàinte Scotland Tour of Isle of Skye
On this trip you will be able to enjoy a trip on the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William to Mallaig (not included) as well as the best of what the Highlands has to offer such as Glencoe, Loch Ness, and the Cairngorm National Park. You will see the highlights of Skye such as the Old Man of Storr and the Fairy Glen on our Skye tour. For the history buffs among us, you can learn about the Clan MacLeod at their home at Dunvegan Castle on Skye, as well as other sites of interest in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745 at Culloden Battlefield.
It is also a fantastic tour for those interested in the Outlander series and the Jacobite era of Scottish history, as we visit significant landmarks associated with this time such as Culloden Battlefield and Glenfinnan. You can add a one-day Outlander Filming Locations tour with us if you are fans of the show.
All our tours include a knowledgeable guide, bottled water and light refreshments in the vehicle. The tour does not include entrance fees, accommodation, meals, and alcoholic drinks.
Isle of Skye Tour Highlights
- Loch Ness
- Eilean Donan Castle
- The beautiful Isle of Skye
- Culloden Battlefield
- Jacobite Steam Train for those who wish to experience it.
- Each tour day lasts 7-8 hours
- Tours are capped at 16 people
- Tour is confirmed on a 50% deposit and the remainder needs to be paid one month prior to the tour.
- Accommodation is not included in the tour price. We can assist in organising this for you if you prefer. We would need to know how you would like the room to be organised and the type of accommodation required ie double room / twin room / ensuite required / hostel accommodation / bed and breakfast and so on.
- This tour is not suitable for those with mobility restrictions.
What to Bring
Please bring comfortable outdoor weather clothing suitable for walking.
- A copy of your confirmation email.
We will meet you at 266 George Street in Glasgow for a prompt departure at 7am. 266 George Street is a very central location in Glasgow and where most tours depart from Glasgow. We will start our journey in pursuit of Fort William in time for 9.50am for those wishing to take the Jacobite Steam Train. Enroute we will pass by the Loch Lomond. We will then continue our journey making more 5 minute photo stops on the way for example at Loch Tulla and Glencoe (weather dependent) whilst hearing about the area’s history and points of interest.
For those taking part in the Jacobite Steam Train Experience:
Please note for those taking the Jacobite Steam Train (in the summer season and not included in tour price), you will need to purchase your tickets in advance. You will be dropped off at 10am at Fort William and meet the tour again at Mallaig. You will need to book the “one way” option from Fort William to Mallaig.
For those not taking part in the Jacobite Steam Train Experience
Once we have dropped off those taking the train to Mallaig, we will make the same journey in our vehicle. On this journey you will see the awe inspiring scenery of Loch Shiel and Loch Nam Uamh. You will also see the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the Monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie (where he raised his father’s standard). You may even have time to see the Silver Sands of Morar.
For all guests:
Once at Mallaig, we will have some lunch together in one of the cafes and restaurants, however, a personal favourite for us is getting take away at the the award winning fish and chip shop which we eat on the pier. We will then catch the ferry to Skye. Once on Skye, we will bring you to your accommodation going via the new Torabhaig Whisky Distillery for a quick stop (tastings etc not included) which has a fascinating history and has spectacular views towards the Cnoc castle ruins. We will then continue towards Portree where you can relax after a very busy day touring. (Suggested accommodation is anywhere in Portree and early booking is advised).
We will collect you from your accommodation in Portree and will advise the pick up times the day before as not everyone will be at the same place. We will then embark on a full day of touring to Dunvegan Castle (not included and in Summer Timetable only), Talisker Distillery for a quick stop to see their bar and sample a dram or 2 (not included) and then on to the Fairy Pools and Neist Point (weather dependent). There are several options for lunch (not included) on this route but a real favourite is the Oyster Shack or Carbost Inn by Talisker distillery. We will then all make our way back to Portree.
You will check out early of your accommodation (again to be determined based on where you are staying) and continue on a morning tour of Skye which includes short photo stops at the Old Man of Storr, Lealt Falls, Kilt Rock and the Quiraing. Some of the stops are not worthwhile in bad weather conditions but your guide will discuss this with you ahead of time and may alter the itinerary to suit. If there is time, we will also continue to Uig where you can enjoy a visit at the Skye Brewery and a short rip to the Fairy Glen (walking involved and weather dependent). We will then return to Portree where you can enjoy some free time to shop, have lunch or just take in the views. We will then make our way to Inverness passing over the Skye Bridge and making photograph stops at Eilean Donan Castle (photo stop) and Fort Augustus which has fantastic views of Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal. We will then drop you off at your Inverness accommodation to end this day of touring.
Check out of accommodation at around 8.30am (to be defined depending on where you are staying) and enjoy a morning Loch Ness Cruise with Jacobite Cruises (not included) which ends at the ruins of Urquhart Castle which you can enjoy a tour around. We will then make our way back towards Inverness making a stop at the Clava Cairns (around 4000 years old) and the Culloden Battlefield where you will enjoy a tour (not included). Culloden has a great cafe and is a perfect place to have a quick bite to eat (not included). We will then continue onward to Glasgow making a few extra photo stops such as the viewpoint of the Ruthven Barracks. We will have our rest stop at Pitlochry for around 30 minutes which should have us arriving back in Glasgow for around 8pm.
The paid activities which are not included in our tour price are:
1) Jacobite Steam Train (summer timetable only)
Adult Single – First class: £54.00 OR Standard class: £30.00
Child Single – First Class: £27.00 OR Standard Class: £18.00
Early booking advised to avoid disappointment.
(these prices are subject to change)
Credit cards accepted
2) Dunvegan Castle (summer timetable only)
CASTLE & GARDENS
Child (5-15yrs) £9.00
Groups (min 10) £11.00
Family ticket (2 adults, 4 children): £34.00
(prices subject to change)
Credit cards accepted
3) Lunch – usually around £10 – £15 per person depending on what you order. Bringing a packed lunch is perfectly acceptable should you wish to explore a little on your own whilst the others in the group are eating.
Credit cards accepted
4) Dinner – usually around £10 – £15 per person depending on what you order
Credit cards accepted
5) Distillery Tastings at Torabhaig and Talisker which can vary and not compulsory for those who are not wishing to visit the distilleries. A whisky tasting starts at around £2.50 per dram depending on what you wish to try.
£23 per adult. You can book this experience through us to avoid disappointment as it is a very popular activity especially during the main season.
One adult family: £22.00
(free to members)
Credit Cards Accepted
Tour Departs from 266 George Street Glasgow: Please see following map…