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From Edinburgh: Isle of Skye 3-Day Tour with Accommodation

1. From Edinburgh: Isle of Skye 3-Day Tour with Accommodation

Enjoy a full 3 days exploring the dramatic scenery of the Scottish Highlands and the romance of the island of Skye in a small group tour. Dhoose your accommodation to suit your own budget and you will get an exclusive discount card to receive discounts at local restaurants and shops. Day 1: Depart Edinburgh by luxury Mercedes minibus at and travel west, passing Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Continue towards Stirling with its imposing castle and views of the Wallace Monument. You will pass Doune Castle, movie location for scenes from Monty Python's infamous "Holy Grail," before stopping at the edge of the Highlands for refreshments. As you drive into the Highlands you will pass Loch Luibnaig, Loch Earn, Crianlarich and Tyndrum, stopping for lunch along the way. Drive north through Glencoe, scene of the great massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Continue to Fort William and up to the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, offering magnificent views over Ben Nevis. Next you will take the "Road to the Isles," through the splendor of the 5 Sisters of Kintail, the mountains that guard the pass to the Isle of Skye. Stop to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film "Highlander" and located at the junction of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders. Crossing over the bridge to Skye, you head north to Portree where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Enjoy an evening and dinner at leisure, exploring the town’s Gaelic attractions and harborside. Day 2: You will spend the day on the Isle of Skye with flexible arrangements. There are many possibilities, depending on the weather, and the dynamics of your group. Your driver/ guide's local knowledge will come to the fore to arrange the best day for everyone. You could travel north to explore the Trotternish Peninsula with its stunning Quiraing mountain pass and some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery. Or head to Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns that are reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt. Enjoy the magic of the waterfall, cascading over cliffs and down into the sea below. Take a short break for lunch, before continuing to explore this most dramatic of islands. Head in a westerly direction to Dunvegan castle, the ancestral home of Clan Macleod, or enjoy spectacular views at Neist Point, the most westerly point of Skye. Return you to your accommodation in Portree in the early evening to enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening at leisure. Day 3: Your driver will collect you from your accommodation and head south through the Cuillin Hills, back over to the mainland for stunning views over Loch Duich and the 5 Sisters of Kintail. Move on to Loch Ness for lunch. Look out for "Nessie," the mysterious monster that has haunted and confounded visitors since the 1950s. Head south through the Grampian Mountains along Loch Laggan, famous as the location for the TV miniseries "Monarch of the Glen," before passing Dalwhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whisky distillery. You will pause for refreshments at Blair Castle, before heading back to Edinburgh via Perth and over the extraordinary Forth Road Bridge.

Full-Day Edinburgh Military Tattoo & Scottish Highlands Tour

2. Full-Day Edinburgh Military Tattoo & Scottish Highlands Tour

Storytelling is one of the best and most important parts of Scottish and Irish culture. Here in Scotland, it brings the scenery, sites, and their characters alive for a tour that you won’t soon forget. You will experience the moving and incredible Edinburgh Military Tattoo, sample local whiskey, and see breathtaking scenery along the way. Scotland’s Highlands are beautiful and green, the land of forests, mountains, rivers, and glens. From Edinburgh, the tour goes through Stirling. Take in the views of the castle and learn the history behind the Wallace Monument. Continue to the Trossachs National Park, former home to the infamous cattle thief Rob Roy MacGregor. Characters and scenes come alive in your imagination as you take in the park and surrounding area. The tour follows the shoreline of Loch Earn on the way to a local whisky distillery. Here, you'll take a guided tour that will give you an insight into how ‘uisce beatha’ (the ‘water of life') is made, as well as going on a journey to discover the history behind one of Scotland’s most iconic exports. Explore the peaceful Hermitage, stretch your legs and take a woodland walk to Black Linn Falls on the River Braan. See Dunkeld and the spectacular cathedral on the banks of the River Tay. Return south past the Forth Bridge, to Edinburgh. There will be time to return to your hotel or explore the city a while before the evening event: the Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

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What people are saying about Loch Earn

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 193 reviews

I really enjoyed this trip. Our guide Alister from Glasgow was funny, patient, great driver and made sure to fit in every single thing the tour promised and a few surprises. My BnB was the Almond Bank and my room had a Beautiful view over the Loch, wonderful breakfast and super clean. It was a 15 minute walk from town but walking in Scotland is the norm and it was fun. His stories of the area and Scotland in general were fabulous. The entire bus (16 people) were all thrilled with the tour. I have done a tour with a 32 person bus and I can say with certainty that you only want to do these tours to the highlands in a 16 seater. Just a note: Since covid Portree has a serious restaurant issue feeding the guests that come to stay. Many closed and did not reopen, 3 were open on Sundays, small market ran out of all quick eat food as the tourists bought everything and anything just to eat. Until it gets back to normal; pack some food!!

Adam was the best tour guide we’ve ever had. He is knowledgeable and thorough in all the information he gave us. This tour would not have been nearly as good without him. The tour itself exceeded all of our expectations. The highlands and Skye are magical places abundant in history and outrageously beauty. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone considering it.

Matt, our guide, made the experience absolutely amazing. Loved hearing all of the stories about Scottish history and even the ones about his little border terrier. The pacing throughout the tour was great and he gave us enough time to enjoy each location and take breaks. Skye was absolutely beautiful and I hope I'll be able to go back some day.

This trip was AMAZING. Our guide was so flexible with what the group wanted and I truly felt that I got to see the most beautiful parts of Scotland. It really was a dream come true. If you want to see rugged landscapes like no where else in the world, do this tour.

It was, in a word, magical. Chris was a cool guide. Everything was well arranged. We were lucky with the beautiful sunny weather! An island and experience that will stay with us for a long time.