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

Glasgow City, United Kingdom
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Up to 22 days in advance.
  • 3 days
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Take three days to explore the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye on this small-group tour from Glasgow by minivan. Admire the rugged beauty along Scotland’s windswept northwest coastline, with stops at Eilean Donan Castle and Loch Ness. Stay overnight, including breakfast, in Portree, located on the country’s second-largest island. Enjoy one free day to explore the Isle of Skye on your own. Numbers are limited to 16 people to ensure a personalized experience with your guide.
  • 3-day trip from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye and the Scottish Highlands
  • Scenic drive through the Scottish Highlands
  • Explore the magical Isle of Skye
  • Try to spot Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster
  • Choice of hotel or guesthouse/B&B accommodation for two nights
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people, ensuring a more personalized attention
  • Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach

What's Included

  • Professional Driver/Guide
  • Transport by top of the range Mercedes mini-coach
  • 2 nights en-suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Small group tour with maximum 16 passengers for a more personal experience
  • Gratuities
  • Admission fees
  • Refreshments and meals (pre-booking evening meals after 7pm is highly recommended)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Buchanan Bus Station
    Killermont St, Glasgow G2 3NW, UK

    Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow G2 3NW (Tours will depart from a stance located between Stances 23 to 32).

Start time

09:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Drive from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye and the Scottish Highlands on a 3-day journey through Scotland’s stunning scenery. Travel in the personalized comfort of a Mercedes minivan and hear insightful commentary from your guide while traveling with a small group.

Stop at highlights such as the Lochaber region around Fort William and Eilean Donan Castle. At Loch Ness, home to the legendary Loch Ness monster ‘Nessie,’ embark on an optional boat ride (seasonal; own expense).

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

Glasgow – Fort William - Portree

3 Stops

Loch Lubnaig

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Buachaille Etive Mor

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Eilean Donan Castle

1 hour 15 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

Accommodation: Overnight in Portree on the Isle of Skye.

Meals: Not included

Day 2

Today is a flexible day on Skye. Your driver-guide will ensure you have the best day out no matter what the weather.

5 Stops

The Old Man of Storr

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Kilt Rock

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Portree Harbour

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Neist Point

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Overnight in Portree on the Isle of Skye.

Meals: Not included

Day 3

Portree – Glasgow

2 Stops

Fort Augustus Abbey

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Loch Ness

50 minutesAdmission Ticket Not Included

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
  • Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Day 2 is a flexible day on Skye. Your driver-guide will ensure you have the best day out no matter what the weather.
  • 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 the Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow.

Jun 2021

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 food, 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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Nice tour; flexibility is needed
Michael_M, Aug 2023
Our driver was knowledgeable, personable and full of Scottish humor. Disappointment is fueled by expectations; we stopped at most of the sites listed on the Viator schedule description; however, we picked this tour because we were interested in seeing Old Man of Storr (which we drove by), Dunvegan Castle (we didn't see at all and the description reads "Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history and clan legend on offer at award winning Dunvegan Castle") and Neist Point (the one view I was most interested in and we never came close to this stop). The tour offered a great view/tour of Skye, yet passengers need to approach this tour with flexibility - what's described and what the tour covers may differ. If one is interested in seeing specific sites, it may be worth exploring other tour options.
Response from Host, Aug 2023
Hi Michael, We're sorry that your tour wasn't everything you were expecting. We try to make it clear that the itinerary for this tour is flexible and this is explicitly mentioned on Viator and our own website. There are a number of options of things to do on Skye and your driver guide will use their knowledge of the island and the wishes of the passengers to create an itinerary for the day. Unfortunately it seems like the itinerary mentioned above may not be ours as it doesn't match with our viator page at all. We're sorry for any confusion caused and we hope that next time you visit you can get to Neist Point and Dunvegan Castle! Thanks, Jo
Outstanding 3 day tour
lauryewilcox, May 2023
This tour was one of the best parts of our trip to Scotland. Our guide John from Rabbies tours was very personable as well as a wealth of information, played great music, and kept us entertained. There were many stops for short hikes (if you choose to do them), a variety of interesting places to see, and plenty of coffee and bathroom stops. My husband, adult daughter, and I highly recommend this trip. The day we toured the sights on Isle of Skye was rainy but John watched the weather and rearranged our itinerary so we could see the best outdoor scenic spots after the rain stopped. The Rabbies Tour site recommends making a reservation for Portree restaurants as soon as you book the tour and I was glad I did this as many restaurants are completely booked in evenings (check with tour company about what time you will be back in Portree each evening).
Fantastic
Tulsi_G, May 2023
Our guide John was awesome…..smooth drive, knowledgeable , good taste of music and a fantastic person to keep the group engaged all the times. Loved the tour. We are coming again for more, for sure.
3-days Isle of Skye
JULIANA_M, Jul 2019
Simply fantastic!!!! Our guide Ben is knowledgeable, explaining important history landmarks etc, it was perfect. Fellow tourists were very nice. Enjoyed our trip very much.
Isle of Skye tour
Randy_B, May 2019
Our 3 day trip to Isle of Skye on a Rabbie mini-bus was very enjoyable and comfortable. The scenery was beautiful and our bus driver Allan was fantastic! He was funny, informative and knew when to talk and when to play music. We enjoyed the hiking so much that it would have been great to add more time for hiking. Great trip overall and met some nice people!
Delightful drive through Scotland
Maria_C, Dec 2018
George was a fantastic driver. Very knowledgeable and friendly. He worked with me on several occasions to help make this trip successful after I had some personal travel setbacks. He answered every question we asked and provided us with several recommendations and information about the stops we made. The hotel I stayed at was better than its 3 star rating. I had a double bed to myself for the two days I was there and slept easily. The room and bathroom were cleaner than I expected and the breakfast was a decent meal. The restaurant and pub were also very good and I highly recommend getting their Mac & Cheese or any of their several vegan/vegetarian options. Overall the trip was great but because I went in the winter months and a lot of the attractions were unreachable, the price for the trip was a little much but I wouldn’t say that would discourage me from highly recommending this tour to anyone looking for a trip around Western Scotland.
3 Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Small Group Tour
Roberta_M, Sep 2018
We had a great time. Our tour guide _George was the best. He made the tour interesting and fun. He is very knowledgeable . The sights were beautiful and we were given enough time to enjoy them. Robyn and Denny
Our tour was led by Ian who provided...
ROBERT C, Dec 2017
Our tour was led by Ian who provided insightful commentary about the history, landscape, culture and humor of Scotland. Ian strove to meet the requests of all participants and demonstrated great flexibility when weather prevented some planned visits. In one instance, due to inclement weather, he was able to secure a whisky tasting to replace a visit to an outdoor area we were all impressed and satisfied. All three members of our family were thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the tour and the clear effort to make this a memorable part of our visit to Scotland.
If you travel to Scotland, you MUST...
MARKITA W, Dec 2017
If you travel to Scotland, you MUST visit the Isle of Skye...and what better way to do this than with a private tour guide who takes care of all the details!!! We booked through Viator, which booked us with Rabbis. Our guide was John....very knowledgeable, professional, music connoisseur, and all around witty! My husband and I are already planning to tour Ireland next year and we will definitely be booking this through Viator and Rabbis. We literally showed up at the bus on day 1 and did not have to worry about ANYTHING...John took care of all the details. The money paid is very very very much worth the it!!! I am a very experienced global traveler and have high expectations....my expectations were definitely met. My husband and I will be going back to Scotland as well...please go to the Isle of Skye...you will remember the landscape views for the rest of your life.
One of the best tours! Will...
Charlotte Kay L, Nov 2017
One of the best tours! Will definitely come back to Scotland because of the people, the culture, the scenery and the shopping!
One of the best tours that I have...
Charlotte Kay L, Nov 2017
One of the best tours that I have ever experienced! Definitely will come back to Scotland! love the scenery, love the people, love the food and love the shopping!
We had the best time with Fraser! He...
Julie H, Sep 2017
We had the best time with Fraser! He was a wonderful storyteller! He found unique activities for us - the walk to Coral Beach and the Ferry crossing, the Isle of Skye Brewery. His playlist and history lessons helped Scotland come alive for us!
This tour was awesome! There is so...
Carley C, Sep 2017
This tour was awesome! There is so much packed into 3 days, it's hard to even pick a favorite: castles, sea cliffs, whisky tasting, more! Even with wind and rain for two of the days, we still had a great time. The tour guide/driver, Grant, was fantastic and was very engaging with us in pointing out various things we passed, and providing us with history of the area. He also threw in a few jokes. Overall, the entire tour was amazing and I would do it again in a heartbeat and highly recommend it to anyone looking to explore Scotland.
We really enjoyed this tour to the...
Johanne G, Jun 2017
We really enjoyed this tour to the Isle of Skye. Ian our driver/guide was very, very knowledgeable of scotland history and of the sites we stopped to visit as well as of those we went through. Ian had interesting information about our surroundings as well such as the evolution of the vegetation and the forest and the geology of Scotland. He also shared with us Scottish music and poems. The topics he discussed were so varied that everyone could find something of interest for them personally. We had a good group of 12 adults and everyone was very respectful of others and of the schedule. Ian made many stops for pictures, food or toilet breaks. On a day when the weather was less cooperative, he had a plan to keep us busy and entertained. During the return trip, an accident on the motorway required Ian to find an alternate way back to Glasgow. Despite this inconvenience, he remained calm and took us through different towns than those initially planned. All in all it was a great tour which I strongly recommend.
The trip was one of a unique kind...
MhdBassel_H, Feb 2017
The trip was one of a unique kind. The bus was comfortable. Window Glass is washed properly so you take photos while on the move. Should it get dirty with rain drops, the driver will willingly clean it for you. The Driver was amazing, very informative and helpful. I never though of going on trip so far north in November 2016 but it was one of my best tours ever. Cold but the views just makes you forget. I highly recommend.
Absolutely loved it! Was very lucky...
Bronwyn_A, Sep 2016
Absolutely loved it! Was very lucky with the weather too. Neil was a great guide very knowledgable and helpful. Would thoroughly recommend this tour. I think the Isle of Skye is my favourite place that I have visited now so picturesque!
We had a great time, the weather...
Wendy T, Aug 2016
We had a great time, the weather didn't cooperate so some things we couldn't see. I'm still glad we went, the Highlands are gorgeous. Our tour guide Alex was amazing and made the trip!
It was all about Iain, our tour...
Janice S, Aug 2016
It was all about Iain, our tour guide. He was awesome. The coach was comfortable. The stops were frequent. The scenery was fantastic and the stories and music just made it interesting. My only wish would be for wifi on the coaches so to be able to look up things for more information. Lunch breaks were sometimes a bit short when the villages were crowded. Our bed and breakfast was superb as well. Comfortable rooms, private entrance, delicious breakfasts at convenient times. This was Balloch in Portree. the whole process from booking the tour to return to our hotel was seamless and professional.
Such a lovely tour! I had been to...
Madeline G, Jul 2016
Such a lovely tour! I had been to the highlands before but I had no idea how gorgeous Skye is. We had mixed weather: gorgeous and sunny one day, rainy and cold the next, but our guide Graham always had back-up plans and adapted the schedule accordingly. This was my second tour through Rabbie's and I was just as pleased with this one as I was with the one-day highlands tour from Edinburgh. My one complaint is that the accommodations in Portree were not ideal. I would call them motel-quality at best loud with awful mattresses and a lingering telltale smell that smoking used to be allowed there. However, I understand that options in Portree are limited and that Rabbie's does their best, and the location was great. And to be fair, we didn't spend much time at the hotel anyway. I would simply caution others to consider booking their own accommodations if they want someplace a bit more comfortable. Many thanks to Rabbie's and Graham for an unforgettable adventure!
Enjoyed the group and B and B but I...
Deborah B, Jun 2016
Enjoyed the group and B and B but I was very disappointed not to visit inside any castles, the Loch Ness boat ride or Fairie pools due to picking up people at an undesignated spot. Guide was nice but chattered and played music non-stop. As a travel writer, it would have been nice to have quiet sometime.
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