• £129.00 Adult
  • £125.00 Student
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3 Day Isle of Skye and Highlands Discovery Tour

This tour is perfect for those with limited time who want to pack in a wealth of Scottish life, Isles, stunning scenery, castles, lochs, battlefields and the chance to sample the ‘Water of Life’ in a Highland distillery.  Then there’s the star of the show, a day on the beautiful Isle of Skye.  Explore the windswept landscape and the stunning coastline before passing the jaw-dropping 13th century Eilean Donan Castle.  All this as you listen to tales of Celtic myths and legends from your guide and enjoy a couple of great nights in a Highland pub.

The price covers all transport and legendary local Guide to lead the way.  We also reserve all on tour accommodation so a bed is guaranteed.  This is paid for on arrival at each hostel.  Prices are approximately £18 to £23 per night.

We believe in choice and so do not operate a restrictive kitty system, we recognise everyone has their own likes and dislikes so accommodation and meals are not included allowing you to keep your options open.  There are self catering facilities at all the hostels we use.

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Tour Highlights

  • Fall in love with the dramatic scenery of Glencoe
  • Take in the majestic beauty of Eilean Donan Castle
  • Overnight on the banks of Loch Ness
  • Discover the myths, legends and stunning scenery of the Isle of Skye
  • Party the night away in Morag’s Lodge, Loch Ness
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Edinburgh and Loch Ness

Day 2

Isle of Skye

Day 3

Loch Ness To Edinburgh

Day 1

We leave Scotland’s capital behind at 08.30am and cross the Forth Road Bridge on our way through Macbeth country to Dunkeld with its mighty Cathedral.  We stop at a Highland whisky distillery where you can discover how Scotland’s favourite tipple, the ‘Water of Life’ is made.  For those brave enough, there’s even the opportunity to taste a wee dram.

Journeying on through Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, we follow the entire length of Loch Ness searching for a glimpse of the legendary beast.

Our home for the night is the fantastically homely Morag’s Lodge hostel, nestled on the shores of Loch Ness.  In the summer months take a cruise on the loch and go monster hunting before partying the night away in a Highland pub.

Day 2

Today we travel to the Isle of Skye, also known as the ‘Isle of Mist’ and at the top of the bucket list due to its heart-stopping scenery.  This wee island is packed with ruined castles, breathtaking views and faerie stories.  Home to the legendary MacLeod and MacDonald Clans, your Guide will recount Celtic myths and Viking legends from the past millennia.

We explore the windswept landscape, stunning coastline and dramatic mountain ranges before returning back to the mainland past the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle

Day 3

Leaving the Great Glen, we pass under the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

Our route south takes us through the stunning rugged landscape of Glencoe, once used as a backdrop in James Bond Skyfall and the Harry Potter movies and the scene for 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan.  Journey through one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe when we cross the Rannoch Moor, a vast stretch of land that will show you yet again another side of Scotland.

We head past Stirling, the scene of some of Scotland’s most famous and bloody battles in the Wars of Independence.  Hear of local legends such as William Wallace and Robert the Bruce before the Highlands change back to the Lowlands.

After epic three days, we return to Edinburgh, at approximately 17.00pm.

Important Information


No stress, your hostel dorm bed is reserved for you in the best hostels for 2 nights in a room which has typically 4-8 beds.

The majority of private rooms are of the same standard as the hostel dorms (usually twin share with 2 beds) and are subject to availability.  They are accommodated within the same building as the rest of the group.  Where this is not possible, you may be required to make your own way to your accommodation located a short walk away from the main drop off point.

Optional activities

Highland Whisky Distillery visit

Some people squish up their face.  Some stamp their foot on the ground Others let out a loud ‘ahhhhhh’.  However you react to whisky, don’t let it stop you from going on this fantastic optional guided tour.  You’ll discover the history behind Scotland’s most divisive drink.  You’ll discover how it’s made.  And hopefully, you’ll discover how to love it.

Loch Ness Cruise (summer only)

Can be bought locally and is subject to availability.

Take to the water and hunt for the elusive monster.  Hour long evening cruises operate from Fort Augustus throughout summer and can be booked through Morag’s Lodge hostel on arrival.


What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.

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Why stop there?

The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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