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4-Day Isle of Skye & West Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Immerse yourself in the majesty of northwest Scotland on a 4-day tour of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye from Edinburgh. In a small group, witness some of the world’s most dramatic scenery from spiny cliffs at Neist Point to must-see Scottish landmarks like Eilean Donan Castle and Loch Ness, and hear tragic tales such as the massacre of Glencoe. Three nights in 3-star lodging and daily breakfasts included.
  • 4-day tour of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye from Edinburgh with a local driver-guide
  • Travel through the Lowlands and the central Highlands, passing beautiful lochs and castles
  • Explore the Isle of Skye over two days and see Old Man Storr, Neist Point, and Glenfinnan Viaduct
  • Relax in 3-star hotel or guesthouse accommodation for three nights, with breakfast included
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people, ensuring personalized attention
  • Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
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Transport by top of the range Mercedes mini-coach
Professional guide/driver
3 nights en-suite accommodation with breakfast
Small Group Tour (16 people max) for a more personal experience.
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Admission fees
Edinburgh Bus Station , Edinburgh EH1 3DQ, UK

Gate J and Gate K, Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ

9:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your 4-day tour of Scotland’s enchanting Highlands and the Isle of Skye begins in Edinburgh, where meet your guide and small group and climb aboard your top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach. Set off in the morning through the Lowlands into the central Highlands, where you are surrounded by rich natural scenery and famous monuments. During the next days, experience the region’s many treasures, from historic landmarks like Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glencoe, and Eilean Donan Castle to the wonders of the Old Man of Storr and Neist Point. Spend your days taking group tours with optional added excursions and your evenings freely exploring Fort William and Lochalsh.

Your tour includes round-trip transport, three nights stay in a 3-star hotel or guesthouse (twin or single room options available) and daily breakfasts.
Itinerary
Glencoe Mountain
Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
The Kelpies & The Helix
On this route, you see one of Scotland’s most amazing modern marvels, The Kelpies. These massive steel horse heads are fantastic to photograph and intriguingly engineered. The largest pair of horse sculptures in the world are made from 300 tonnes of steel.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Fort William.
Meals:
  Not Included
Glenfinnan Viaduct
Admire the beautiful viaduct that the ‘Hogwarts Express’ runs along. This is one of the most beautiful railway bends in Britain and featured in the Harry Potter movies. There’s also an iconic monument that commemorates the Jacobites who fought for Scottish independence.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Morar Beach
Also known as the White Sands of Morar - The famous white sands on this beach may make you think of more tropical destinations.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Mallaig Heritage Centre
Short stop in Mallaig for lunch where passengers are free to wander about. After arriving in Mallaig, you take the ferry 'over the sea to Skye' to the southern area of the island.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Kyle of Lochalsh / Kyleakin area. End of October - end of March overnight in Portree instead.
Meals:
  Not Included
Portree Harbour
Today is your opportunity to see some of the most famous wonders of Skye. The Quiraing, the Old Man of Storr, Neist Point: the options are endless. Your guide will choose a unique itinerary to suit the weather and what’s happening on the island. And they’ll always ensure you get a chance to get off the beaten track and discover the best spots for photos. In the late afternoon, you return to your overnight base.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Kyle of Lochalsh / Kyleakin area. End of October - end of March overnight in Portree instead.
Meals:
  Not Included
Eilean Donan Castle
An iconic and gorgeous 13th-century castle that once warded off Viking invasions.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Fort Augustus Abbey
Lunch stop in Fort Augustus at the south banks of Loch Ness. Possibility for a Loch Ness boat cruise, subject to tour timings (boat trip fee not included).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately
  • When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/single). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section
  • Family rooms are limited and available on request only. Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Tours departing from 29th October through to March will stay overnight in Portree (2 x nights)
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the 4-Day Isle of Skye & West Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:The tour departs from the Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the 4-Day Isle of Skye & West 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 4-Day Isle of Skye & West 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 4-Day Isle of Skye & West 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 4-Day Isle of Skye & West 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 4-Day Isle of Skye & West 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 4-Day Isle of Skye & West 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 4-Day Isle of Skye & West 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 4-Day Isle of Skye & West 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 4-Day Isle of Skye & West 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
Q:
Where will we be staying during the 4-Day Isle of Skye & West Highlands Small-Group Tour?
A:You stay one night in Fort William in the shadow of Ben Nevis and two nights in the beautiful Kyle of Lochalsh OR the south Skye area - accommodation dependent.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 4-Day Isle of Skye & West Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by 4-Day Isle of Skye & West Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 4-Day Isle of Skye & West Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 4-Day Isle of Skye & West Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 4-Day Isle of Skye & West Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 4-Day Isle of Skye & West Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 4-Day Isle of Skye & West Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by 4-Day Isle of Skye & West Highlands Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.

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Amazing trip!
rebekahfromtexas
, Dec 2019
I was a little apprehensive to take a tour in the winter, but everything was wonderful! Our group was small, so that allowed for more flexibility to go and see more than expected. Our tour leader was amazing and shared so much love for such a beautiful country. Highly recommended! Best trip I’ve ever had.
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Beautiful Isle of Skye
caroltravels2015
, Oct 2019
Our guide, Stephan, made our 4 days in the Highlands and Isle of Skye very enjoyable. He did his very best to offset the terrible weather we encountered. We saw many beautiful sights that he brought to life with his very entertaining stories.
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My mother loved it!
NorthStar29123045904
, Jul 2019
My senior citizen mother, sister and me were taking some time out together - the trip was paced well and suited all ages. My mother absolutely loved it. Andrew from the tour company Rabbies was extremely solicitous of my mother, letting her do things she felt up to doing. The scenery was beautiful and the group was nice. We even celebrated the graduation of one of our fellow travelers! Good people to travel with!
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Tour with Duncan Shepard
Stay07974924989
, Jun 2019
Duncan did an excellent job. We really enjoyed our visit to the West Highlands & Isle of Skye. The weather wasn't great but, the tour was. The accommodations were okay maybe could be improved in some locations.
star-5
Wonderfull
troycmcinnis
, Oct 2018
Exceeded my expectations. Had a great time. Rabbies was very run, and their driver Ross took very good care of us. I couldn't recommend it more.
star-5
Stefan was a wonderful tour guide...
Calvin S
, Aug 2018
Stefan was a wonderful tour guide and made the trip spectacular with his stories, music and enthusiasm for Skye. The mini bus allowed us to go on curvy roads high in the mountains for amazing walks and views. The B and Bs were very comfortable and everyone slept well. The best way to visit the Highlands!
star-5
Everything about this was wonderful...
julie.anne.hockensmith
, Feb 2018
Everything about this was wonderful! I personally don't like tours, but this was a trip with my mom and she felt much more comfortable doing the tour. We had a great time. All the places we stayed were wonderful and our tour guide through Rabbies was lovely to spend 4 days with. We some some incredible things. Of course I like to stop for every photo opp and this just isn't possible on a tour like this, but I felt good about the stops we did have. I also felt the value of the tour was exceptional. It was a very fair price for all the transport and accommodations. We loved it!
star-4
Excellent tour. Tour guide/driver...
timothy l
, Oct 2017
Excellent tour. Tour guide/driver was exceptional. Beautiful scenery and we learned so much of Scotland's history. Only issue we had was that other than my wife, myself and the tour guide/driver, every one else on the bus was Chinese and spoke very limited English. We would have preferred to be on a tour with other people that we could more easily communicate and interact with.
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Our Rabbies tour exceeded all...
Krista Dannette W
, Oct 2017
Our Rabbies tour exceeded all expectations. Our host, Audrey, was fantastic, sharing history and local stories with us throughout our journey. We were privileged to see areas in the Highlands and Isle of Skye that many tourists may miss and our 4 Day Highlands Tour provided memories that we will cherish. I recommend this tour to all ages!
star-5
Very nice pace, super friendly and...
James C
, Jul 2017
Very nice pace, super friendly and caring driver - Matt, that took us to the local secret spots not overran by tourists.

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