Highland Explorer and the Isle of Skye

On this trip, explore Scotland’s great wilderness; From the wind swept light house on the edge of Skye to the untouched beaches of the Northern Highlands.

Highland Explorer and the Isle of Skye

On this trip, explore Scotland’s great wilderness; From the wind swept light house on the edge of Skye to the untouched beaches of the Northern Highlands.

Tour Highlights

  • Sightseeing including Loch Ness, Ullapool, Assynt, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Applecross, Torridon, Cairngorm National Park, Eilean Donan Castle, and Five Sisters of Kintail.
  • Small groups up to 16 passengers.

Highland Explorer and the Isle of Skye Tour Includes

  • Six (6) nights accommodations; two (2) nights in Edinburgh, two (2) nights Ullapool/Inverness and two (2) nights in Portree.
  • Breakfast daily (except for morning of arrival).
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Edinburgh.
  • Five (5) days of custom touring.
  • All service charges and hotel taxes.

Additional Notes

Please Note Baggage Restriction: Due to size of coach there is a luggage restriction of 14kg (31 Ibs) of luggage per person on this tour. This includes one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small personal bag.

Itinerary

Day 01: Edinburgh

Arrive in Edinburgh. Transfer to your hotel is included. You are free to enjoy this beautiful city on your own. (Please note: hotel check-in is generally between 2 pm and 4 pm. If you are arriving into Edinburgh early - the hotel will be happy to hold your luggage until your room is ready).

Day 02: Loch Ness

Make your way to the Edinburgh departure point by 8:45 am (If you booked a departure point transfer at time of booking, your driver will collect you as noted on your voucher). Depart Edinburgh at 9 am, our journey takes us north over the Forth Road Bridge to the charming highland village of Dunkeld, on the banks of the river Tay. From here, we head into the Cairngorm National Park and the ancient pine forests of the Rothiemurchus estate. Lunchtime will be spent on the beautiful shores of Loch Insh before a short forest walk that takes us to the ruins of Loch an Eilein castle. Panoramic views of Loch Ness follow as we travel down to the banks of the famous loch and the village of Dores where we can do some “Nessie” spotting! Then, it's on to the shores of Loch Broom where we spend two nights at Ullapool. (*on some tours it may be necessary to stay in Inverness in which case the itinerary will be subject to slight changes).

Day 03: Ullapool

Today we visit the far northwest highlands and the grandeur, expanse, and wildness of the mountains of Assynt with its abundance of wildlife. We will be immersed in the history of the area and visit the 15th century ruins of Ardvreck Castle, once the strong hold of the MacLeods of Assynt. The day is full of amazing views of some of Europe's oldest landscapes, from the stunning white sand beach at Achmelvich Bay to the traditional fishing village of Lochinver. With the chance of seeing wildlife such as whales and red deer, as well, this is sure to be a memorable day. Overnight in Ullapool.

Day 04: Portree

We leave Ullapool heading south to take in the drama of the River Droma, as it plunges 60m down into the Corrieshalloch Gorge. From here, we travel past the mountains of the Beinn Eighe national nature reserve and along the picturesque coastline of Loch Torridon. The tranquil setting of Applecross is your destination for lunch before taking one of the highest roads in Scotland, Bealach nam Bo, with its jaw-dropping views, hairpin bends, and precipitous cliffs. In the afternoon, we stop in “tropical” Plockton, where we can see palm trees growing alongside Loch Carron, and take time to enjoy its sheltered serenity. Then, it's over the sea to Skye and the delightful harbor town of Portree with its friendly welcome.

Day 05: Isle of Skye

Today is a very flexible day on Skye. There are many possibilities depending on the weather, and our driver/guide will use their local knowledge to decide on the best day out for the group. For example, we might travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery, or visit the Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns with its waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. After lunch (on your own), we may travel to Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse at the most westerly point on Skye. Alternatively, a visit to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod, may be possible. We return to our accommodation in Portree in the late afternoon, where we enjoy a free evening in the village.

Day 06: Fort William

We travel south from Skye, stopping first at the famous stronghold Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film “Highlander.” It is set at the head of three (3) lochs as protection against Viking raiders. Continuing east through the rugged mountains of Kintail, including the splendor of the Five Sisters, we drive down through Glen Garry past Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, then onto Fort William for lunch. In the afternoon, we will explore spectacular Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. Arrive into Edinburgh at around 7 pm. Our tour ends at Waverly Bridge in Edinburgh, where you will make your own way back to your pre-booked hotel.

Day 07: Edinburgh - Home

After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the airport for your return flight to the US.

Rates & Hotels

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Hotels/Plans Available for Departure Dates

Highlands Explorer 5-day tour - Based on B&B, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel
Highlands Explorer 5-day tour - Based on Hotels, plus 2 nights Edinburgh Hotel

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

UK Hotel

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Pre and post nights booked at a mid-level hotel [more]

Accommodations booked by Rabbies UK

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Depending on package booked, accommodations can be BB/Guesthomes, 3* Hotels/Inns (and some packages may include 4* Hotels) [more]

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There are no triple rooms for this tour.

Discount rate applies to children aged 5-15 years. Tours are not suitable for children under the age of 5.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Visitor attractions

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The dates shown will be the start/end date of your tour. However, you can alter these dates to arrive earlier or extend your stay as needed.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) months from the date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date the tour starts in Edinburgh. Please book your air one day before to accommodate overnight flights.

Tour Guarantee

Although our UK tours are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 passengers, it does not mean a date is guaranteed until we check with the Edinburgh office. Although we get regular updates, a tour can sell out and we may not yet have it noted above. We must first advise of a guarantee before airfare is booked and ticketed. Thank you.