3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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  • 3 days
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Immerse yourself in the rugged peninsular landscapes of the Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands on this 3-day trip from Edinburgh. During your visit to Scotland's wild northwest coast, you’re driven through the Highlands, including stops at Glencoe and Loch Ness. Stay overnight with daily breakfasts in the harbor town of Portree, where you find local pubs and have plenty of time to explore the Isle of Skye with your guide. Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience.
  • 3-day small-group tour from Edinburgh to the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye with an expert guide
  • Admire the spectacular landscapes and lochs of the Scottish Highlands on a scenic drive
  • Stop at Loch Ness to watch for its fabled monster, 'Nessie'
  • Spend two nights in Skye’s picturesque capital, Portree, in your choice of either a B&B or 3-star hotel
  • Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Travel by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Two nights of B&B or 3-star hotel en-suite accommodation
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Admission fees - Eilean Donan Castle (Adults £11.00)
  • Refreshments and meals (pre-booking evening meals after 7pm is highly recommended)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Bus Station
    Edinburgh EH1 3AY, UK

    Please meet your Rabbie's guide inside the Edinburgh Bus Station, Gate J and Gate K, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ "Check in closes 15 minutes prior to departure"

Start time

08:30 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Let an informative guide lead the way to the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye on this 3-day small-group excursion from Edinburgh. Travel in the personalized comfort of a top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, stopping at many high points such as Glencoe and Loch Ness to photograph or simply soak up the ravishing scenery, including a search for the legendary monster ‘Nessie.’ Explore breathtaking Skye during a leisurely itinerary and discover the Scotland Highlands while gaining intimate knowledge of the famous region from your guide. 

Two nights’ accommodation includes a single or twin room in a 3-star hotel or B&B in Portree, selected at booking. Enjoy daily breakfast; all other meals, activities and entrance fees are at your own expense.
Day 1

Edinburgh - Portree

5 Stops


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Ben Nevis

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Eilean Donan Castle

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Isle of Skye

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Overnight in Portree on the Isle of Skye

Meals: Not included

Day 2

Flexible full day touring around Isle of Skye

4 Stops


Admission Ticket Free

The Old Man of Storr

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Kilt Rock

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Accommodation: Overnight in Portree on the Isle of Skye

Meals: Not included

Day 3

Portree - Edinburgh

3 Stops

Eilean Donan Castle

1 hour 15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Loch Ness

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included


20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Not included

Meals: Not included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please note: From 1 February 2023 all tours from Edinburgh will depart from Edinburgh Bus Station, Gate J and Gate K, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Single rooms accommodate 1 person with 1 x UK Single / US Twin bed.
  • Eilean Donan Castle - We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Room preferences (e.g double room instead of twin room) should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 22 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 22 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 21 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 21 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:What is the departure point for the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?

A:The tour departs from Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ

Feb 2023

Q:Is parking available near the departure point for the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?

A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.

Jun 2021

Q:How early should I arrive for the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?

A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring luggage with me on the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?

A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

Jun 2021

Q:What should I bring with me on the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?

A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for lunch, optional admission tickets, etc.

Jun 2021

Q:Are admission fees included in the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?

A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.

Jun 2021

Q:What type of vehicle is used during the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?

A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring a wheelchair on the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?

A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available on the bus during the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?

A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my small child with me on the 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small-Group Tour?

A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.

Jun 2021

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It is almost IMPOSSIBLE to go to the highlands and Isle of Skye on a charter bus.
It is almost IMPOSSIBLE to go to the highlands and Isle of Skye on a charter bus.


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Truly spectacular, and great for solo travellers!
Megan_S, Sep 2023
I absolutely loved this tour! It was a great way to see the Highlands, meet new friends, and have a guided group experience. I really enjoyed every stop we made, the stories our guide told us, the music played on the bus, and meeting fellow travellers from around the world. I only wish I could've done a longer tour - it was truly spectacular! Thank you again to our wonderful guide and to Rabbies.
Hurtling through the Highlands
Kathy_S, Sep 2023
The Isle of Skye was absolutely stunning. The Highlands were beautiful. I would recommend making the trip. However, I gave this trip 4 stars instead of 5 due to our guide. Barbara seemed to be more interested in taking pictures for her other Instagram influencer job instead of making sure the passengers were taken care of. We went over two hours without a comfort break, she was not forthcoming about the trip information or sites until we were arriving at or flying past them, she drove too fast (described by another passenger as "hurtling") and slammed on the brakes throwing items and people around, and was quite flippant about things. Hope you get a better guide. We went on a different trip with another guide at the same company and he was fantastic so there is hope.
Majestic West Highlands Tour with Des
Janette_G, Aug 2023
An unforgettable three days exploring the West Highlands with our terrific, knowledgable, remarkably prompt guide, Des! Portree was a delightful hub (and we appreciated the advice to book dinners in advance--we enjoyed spectacular meals) and our B&B there in the heart of downtown was lovely! There is NO WAY we would have been able to so thoroughly enjoy the breathtaking vistas and explore the area without Des--the roads are neither for the faint of heart (nor those used to left-hand driving)! We didn't spot Nessie, but we did take years off our life at Glen Sligachen! In short, Des's deep knowledge and obvious love of the area we explored, amusing storytelling, attention to our group's preferences, and lovely accompaniment of some of our travel time with local music made this a simply flawless three days! We even saw the hairy coos (if no Westies outside of souvenir shops)! Highly recommend!
Worth It!
Nicole_C, Jul 2023
Amazing Time! This was a great experience to see a-lot in a small amount of time. This tour made me want to spend even more time in Scotland.
Just the best!
Nancy_C, Jul 2023
The entire experience was remarkable! Our Rabbi’s Tour Guide Grant was the best!! His knowledge of the area made our trip one to remember for years to come.
Highly recommended!
Shirley_H, Jul 2023
Our tour guide Declan was very good-he brought history alive with his descriptions of many of the events that shaped Scotland. As a Scot, I was surprised by how much I didn't know about our story. A great mix of history, humour and geology made this trip very enjoyable.
History and Mystery Comes Alive
Fiona_D, Jun 2023
This was a fabulous experience. The natural beauty of the environment was overwhelming and our group leader, William, was knowledgeable and entertaining. His excellent driving on narrow roads on Skye was also something to behold! Loved how he matched traditional music to each leg of the journey. Many thanks for a wonderful, unforgettable experience.
Beautifull Highlands
Lorenzo_D, Jan 2023
We travel with Robbie, our tour guide, and other 14 people. We could see a lot of things and Robbie is well prepared on the story of Scotland and the places that we saw. He did a lot to ensure us a funny and comfortable trip.
Truly beautiful, informative and uniquely tailored, not to miss experience
Wendy_A, Dec 2022
Our guide Adam was amazing. Very knowledgeable and truly concerned that we had the best experience possible. Having never been to the Scottish highlands, this is not a trip to miss. If coming in winter, bring a warm, waterproof jacket, duck boots, a hat and gloves! Fantastic experience!!!
A wonderful taste of Skye and the Scottish Highlands
Lia_T, Dec 2022
This tour gave us a wonderful taste of the amazing beauty that Scotland has to offer. Our guide, Graeme, was very knowledgeable and lots of fun. The trip was very enjoyable from start to finish.
Isle of Skye what an adventure
Marwa_S, Dec 2022
What a wonderful tour. Our tour guide Peter(from Glasgow) was an amazing guide. He was very knowledgeable told us many stories and made sure we were all taken care of. We made lots of great stops and our bed and breakfast was really nice. The scenery in Skye is breathtaking this was definitely a memorable trip and I recommend it wholeheartedly. Thank you rabbies for a wonderful trip! Will definitely book more trips in the future with rabbies
Stress free way to see the Highlands
Christa_F, Nov 2022
Our Guide made our experience feel very personalized, authentic and educational. The drive was beautiful and I felt like I really got a great taste of the Highlands. Highly recommend for adults. Really enjoyed Isle of Skye, especially since it was off season. Very much worth the money!
A really enjoyable trip.
Andrew_P, Nov 2022
We had a great time on our trip. Jim Devine was an awesome driver and tour guide, full of knowledge and stories which made the trip really entertaining. November was a great time to visit as it was quieter both on the roads and the places we visited, but you do need to come prepared for wind and rain. I highly recommend this trip and Rabbies.
Best days of my life!
Jerri_R, Oct 2022
An amazing trip. Our driver, Allen, was so helpful and accommodating. The participants on the bus became our friends while we traveled. The views were amazing and became more amazing as the trip progressed even though you didn’t think it could get better. Our b&b was amazing with a view of the water. I want to take a longer trip in the future.
A Grand Visit to the Highlands
Walter_I, Sep 2022
Rabbie’s was great! We had Ross for a driver/guide and were very happy. Highland scenery, castles, wildlife - excellent hotel (The Caledonian) in Portree. Good food all over! A great way to see this special part of Scotland. (We toured in early Oct.)
Thank you Jim Devine
Dianne_M, Sep 2022
The tour from beginning to end was a delight much due to Jim Devine who brought every historical site alive, while efficiently organising and driving us through the magnificent highlands and the rugged beauty of the Isle of Skye. His interesting stories compensated well for the unfriendly weather in Skye. We wished we could bundle Jim up and take us wherever we were going on the rest of our UK visit. Back now in Australia we reflect often on the pleasure of that tour.
annaevella, Aug 2022
A magnificent tour. The structure of this tour, the driver/guide who was wonderful--Fiona has a great personality and is very knowledgeable apart from being a wonderful individual. We enjoyed every minute of it!
Our trip
Susan_M, Aug 2022
Bruce was an awesome driver and guide. He shared much history and stories. We had a wonderful time . Thanks so very much
Love this tour!
Vikneswari_M, Aug 2022
This tour exceeded our expectations! It was educational, fun and exciting. All thanks to Rabbies and most importantly, our wonderful tour guide- Ray Micheal! He was a darling and we feel so lucky we got him as our guide. It wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for him!!
Worth it!
Melanie_L, Jul 2022
The landscape is absolutely beautiful on the Isle of Skye. Truly a magical place and bucket list item. The tour was a great way to see the island and the must sees while not having to navigate around difficult terrain and 1 lane roads. Disappointed in viator because I had booked/purchased a B&B specifically to get that experience and they did not communicate that with the local tour company so we were put up in a hotel. Luckily the hotel was quaint and the owners wonderful so made us some breakfast in the morning. Our tour guide Ashleigh with Rabbies was second to none! She was so knowledgeable and really went out of her way to ensure we had a wonderful experience. Booking through viator however as mentioned, I was disappointed when I had paid for something specifically and not received it. That’s what happens booking through 3rd party. I would recommend booking directly with Rabbie’s Tours in Edinburgh. The tour was 5 stars but viator not.

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