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Edinburgh & Isle of Skye

(6 days / 5 nights)

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Where legends come to life

You can read all about Scotland’s famous places, but there’s nothing like hearing their stories from a local and experiencing the incredible settings in person. Don’t just see the lochs and castles of Skye and the Highlands, but understand their cultural significance with a professional guide. Because you’ll take in a lot of sights on the guided program, this tour gives you the first two days to relax and explore Edinburgh on your own, at your own pace.

Please note: the guided part of this tour is operated by a trusted partner of Nordic Visitor.

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Travel style

Guided Small Groups i

Interest

Castles and Royalty i, Classic i, Culture and History i

Season

All Year

Departure

1 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily and 1 Nov - 31 Mar: Mon, Wed, Fri

Details

Example prices (All prices are per person in GBP):
Comfort    1 Adult        2 Adults      3 Adults      4 Adults    
High season (1 Jun - 30 Sep) 853 630 N/A 630
Shoulder (Apr, May, Oct) 759 562 N/A 562
Low season (1 Nov - 31 Mar) 643 481 N/A 481

 

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Scotland

    Arrive to the airport in Edinburgh or Glasgow. For an easy and comfortable way to get to your hotel in Edinburgh, we are happy to arrange an optional private transfer for you. If you have some energy and free time after arriving, get a feel for your new surroundings with a stroll along the Royal Mile between the Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, or walk up to Castle Hill for a spectacular view of the Old Town area.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

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  • Day 2: Day at leisure in Edinburgh

    Enjoy the whole day to really explore Edinburgh. Whether its history, music, art, architecture or lush gardens you’re after, you’ll find it all within the compact city centre. A walk down Princes Street is a good place to start, with its views towards the Old Town across the Princes Garden.

    For a great overview of the city’s major historical sites, you might wish to join a guided walking tour of the Old Town. Or for a more flexible way of sightseeing, buy a Royal Edinburgh Ticket, which gives you unlimited travel on the Edinburgh Bus Tour city tours and entrance to Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Yacht Britannia and Palace of Holyroodhouse.

    Spend another night in Edinburgh.

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  • Day 3: Great Glens & Eilean Donan Castle

    Today we embark on our guided tour into the Highlands! Starting our drive west, we take in views of Linlithgow Palace and the city of Stirling with its imposing castle and views of the Wallace Monument. We’ll also pass Doune Castle, set of Monty Python’s “Holy Grail” movie, before stopping in Callander for refreshments. Heading north into the Highlands, we’ll enjoy the scenery around Loch Lubnaig and Breadalbane (“the high country of Scotland”) on our way through the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor and mountain pass of Glencoe, scene of the great massacre of the Clan MacDonald in 1692.

    After lunch in Fort William we’ll drive past Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and then into the Great Glen. Travelling west on the “Road to the Isles”, we are treated to spectacular views of the Five Sisters of Kintail, the mountains guarding the pass on the way to the Isle of Skye. Before reaching the isle we’ll stop to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most photographed castles. Then it’s over the bridge to Skye, following the dramatic coastline north to the main town, Portree, where you can enjoy the evening at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Portree.

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  • Day 4: Mountain Passes & Sea Cliffs of Skye

    Today we’ll keep a flexible schedule to explore Skye, and our sightseeing will depend on the weather and our guide’s judgement of what will best suit the group. To the north of Portree we can check out the Trotternish Peninsula with its spectacular cliffs and rock formations, including the iconic Old Man of Storr, the impressive Kilt Rock falls and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. The scenery here is best enjoyed outdoors—as nature intended, so some walks may be on our agenda. 

    Further west the scenery is different but just as dramatic, with the lush green valley of Glendale, the dramatic sea-cliffs of Neist Point—the isle’s westernmost point with possible whale sightings—and the 13th-century home of the Clan MacLeod, Dunvegan Castle. After an action-packed day, you’ll enjoy a relaxing evening back in Portree.

    Spend another night in Portree.

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  • Day 5: Loch Ness & Monarch of the Glen Country

    Today’s journey takes us back through the Highlands on our return to Edinburgh. Starting from Portree we’ll travel south through the rugged Cuillin range and back to the mainland for stunning views over Loch Duich and the peaks of the Five Sisters of Kintail. Then we head to Loch Ness for lunch and, of course, a chance at spotting “Nessie”. Heading south through the Grampian mountains our drive takes us past places as Loch Laggan in “Monarch of the Glen Country”, Scotland’s highest whisky distillery at Dalwhinnie, Blair Castle and the scenic Highland Perthshire area. 

    After being dropped off in the city centre of Edinburgh, enjoy the evening as you wish.

    Spend the night in Edinburgh.

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  • Day 6: Departure

    When it’s time to head to Edinburgh Airport, you can take the Air-Link bus departing from Waverly Bridge by Waverly Station or a taxi directly from your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon, take the opportunity to do some last-minute shopping or visit one of Edinburg’s interesting museums.

    If you wish to spend more time in Edinburgh or Glasgow before or after the tour, ask your travel consultant about adding extra nights or services, such as private airport transfers or guided sightseeing tours. We can also extend your trip with other destinations in the Nordic region such as Iceland or Norway. Contact us for details about customizing your itinerary.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.