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Isle of Skye & the West Highlands Scotland Small Group: ex Edinburgh

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 547

This short Scotland tour focuses on the Isle of Skye on a round trip from Edinburgh. Visit lochs, hills and historic sites, then discover the Isle of Skye, one of the UK’s most unique and dramatic regions.


This small group experience (maximum 16 participants) gets you off the beaten track so you get a real feel for the country. Our guides are hand-picked for their pride and passion for their country. Transportation is in modern Mercedes Benz mini-coaches and accommodation is in 3 star country hotels.

This 5-day round-trip from Edinburgh takes in the best of the Central Highlands before focusing on the Isle of Skye.

After a night in Edinburgh (we strongly recommend booking an extra day or two), set out for the photogenic Central Highlands, including the village of Dunkeld, and the Grampian and Monadhliath Mountains. You’ll visit ruined cathedrals and catch a look at Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Visit Loch Luanie, and pass by Eilean Donan, a restored castle on a small tidal island where three lochs meet. Go on to picturesque town of Plockton, your gateway to the Isle of Skye.

The Island itself is one of Scotland’s most fascinating areas, but it’s known for changeable weather. Your guide will choose the itinerary best suited for the day, keeping you comfortable and maximising your photo opportunities. Visitors frequently get the chance to see whales, basking sharks, and other wildlife before returning to Plockton. Your second day on Skye takes you to the Glenbrittle waterfall, and by ferry over to Mallaig, one of Scotland’s busiest small harbours. Harry Potter fans will recognise the Glenfinnan Viaduct immediately, though others will still find it a highlight of the drive.

Stay overnight in Fort William, then return to Edinburgh via one last scenic drive. Follow the shores of Loch Linnhe to Glencoe, and the wilderness of Rannoch Moor. Doune and Stirling Castles highlight the rest of the trip, until you arrive back in Edinburgh in the early evening.


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 547

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Day 1

Central Highlands to Fort William

Leaving Edinburgh today we travel North West through the Lowlands of Scotland as you pass both Doune and Stirling Castles. Following rivers, lochs and forests you will find yourselves in the Highlands where we cross the wild and remote Rannoch Moor and onwards to the majestic and atmospheric Glencoe. We then drive along the shore of Loch Linnhe before reaching our base for the night in Fort William.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

MacLean Guest House

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    MacLean Guest House



    Welcome to the website of the MacLean Guest House, a newly constructed guest house located in Fort William, Inverness-shire, Scotland. It is conveniently located on Belford Road (the main street of Fort William) which makes walking to the town centre, train station, or Belford Hospital ...

    Welcome to the website of the MacLean Guest House, a newly constructed guest house located in Fort William, Inverness-shire, Scotland. It is conveniently located on Belford Road (the main street of Fort William) which makes walking to the town centre, train station, or Belford Hospital take only a mere five minutes.

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    • Free Parking
    • Internet Access - High Speed

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Day 2

Fort William to Lochalsh

Today we take a breath-taking drive from Fort William passing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct as you head to Mallaig, a busy little harbour on Scotland's west coast. From here we take the ferry onto the southern area of the Isle of Skye. Arriving in Armadale, we'll drive through the Sleat Peninsula before spending time in Glenbrittle with its famed waterfall or Elgol for it's seascapes and views of the Cuillin and Talisker with its beautiful Bay. From here we drive to our overnight base in Lochalsh and Skye area for the next two nights.

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Duration2 Nights
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An Caladh

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    An Caladh



    Anna and Bob introduce you to An Caladh - in Gaelic, the resting place on the shore - a traditional whitewashed house at the centre of the village of Plockton, known to many over the world for its scenic beauty and relaxed Highland ambience. The ...

    Anna and Bob introduce you to An Caladh - in Gaelic, the resting place on the shore - a traditional whitewashed house at the centre of the village of Plockton, known to many over the world for its scenic beauty and relaxed Highland ambience. The house, once a two-storied fisherman's cottage, has been extended and refurbished to provide comfortable and friendly accommodation, with central heating and television in all of the rooms, some of which are en-suite. The views across the bay to the Crags and Duncraig Castle are superb.

    Facilities

    • Garden
    • Heating
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Non-Smoking Property

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Day 3

Skye

Today is your opportunity to see at close hand some of the wonders of Skye. Your guide will choose the best itinerary to suit the weather and local conditions to give you a chance to get off the beaten track and slowly discover the best spots for photo opportunities or where to spot some whales or basking sharks. In the late afternoon you return to our overnight base for the evening.

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Day 4

Return to Edinburgh

Today we travel south through Glen Shiel and past magnificent Loch Cluanie as we head east for a view of Britain's highest mountain Ben Nevis. Continuing south, the route passes through the Monadhliath Mountains and into the Central Highlands where we make a stop in the historic village of Dunkeld, where you can visit the ruins of the old cathedral. Travelling south from here we return to the Lowlands and back into Edinburgh with views over the Forth estuary and the world famous Forth Rail Bridge.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday: Apr 30 - Sep 29. Monday Oct 2 - Dec 18
2018: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday: 1 April to 31 Octobert
2018: Monday: 5 November to 25 March, 2019 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Touring transportation in a Mercedes mini-coach with a maximum of 16 passengers
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Services of a professional driver/guide
  • Breakfast daily
  • All road tolls.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Admission costs at attractions and monuments

OTHER INFORMATION:

Please make your own way to the departure point for the tour on Day 2. Ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!! If you have mobility problems or special requirements please let us know when booking. Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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