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Ultimate Skye Experience


Relax and let our driver-guides do the driving
Incredible views from Dun Beag Broch
Sunset from Kyleakin
The unforgettable Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle, Skye & Loch Ness

Tour Only Price from £100

Tour with Accommodation Price from £150

Ultimate Skye Experience Route Map

Tour Highlights


Visit the historic battlefield

Highlight2Loch Ness

Monster spotting on a boat cruise*

Highlight3Eilean Donan*

Scotland’s most beautiful castle


The Cuillins Hills and the Trotternish Peninsula

Highlight5Glen Coe

Wonderful scenery and fascinating history

Tour Details

Summer And Winter
Departure Days:
0830 / 1830-1900

If you are continuing to Glasgow, your guide will take you to Edinburgh Waverley railway station for the 50-minute journey by ScotRail trains, courtesy of Highland Experience.

Reference: Tour No 10
Please note: * Indicates an Optional extra:
£ Exclusive discount with Highland Experience
Optional extras may be subject to seasonal availability
See our terms and conditions for details on the Tour Only option
Some tours may operate in reverse at certain times of the year.

   Check-in Closes 15 mins prior to departure at pick-up point

Travelling to the Isle of Skye is one of those magical experiences you should do at least once in a lifetime. The road to Skye is full of amazing castles and scenery, while Skye itself is a place of breathtaking beauty. This Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh and Glasgow is the Ultimate Skye Experience.

Tour Description

Day 1

A Spectacular Route North... 

You'll depart Scotland's capital city, Edinburgh or largest city, Glasgow and begin the journey north. Our route to Skye takes you via Loch Lomond via the Trossachs National Park. We'll stop in a picturesque village, where you can relax over a cup of coffee or explore at your leisure. You’ll get stunning views of the UK’s largest expanse of freshwater, Loch Lomond. Your driver-guide will tell you the history and theories behind the "The Bonnie Banks o' Loch Lomond" song as you enjoy the stunning scenery of this area. 

Cross the brooding expanse of Rannoch Moor and journey through Glen Coe... 

As you continue further north into the Scottish Highlands you'll watch in awe as the landscape becomes more and more dramatic. Glen Coe is one of the most incredible places in Scotland. Learn the brutal story of the MacDonald Clan massacre and take in the weeping waterfalls that inhabit this incredible glen. 

Fort William for lunch and Britain’s tallest mountain... 
This highland town of Fort William marks the end of Scotland’s oldest and most popular long-distance walks, The West Highland Way. There is a resting hiker statue looking out over Loch Linnhe. Here, you can take in views of Ben Nevis, the UK's tallest peak. Standing at 1,345 metres above sea level, it is often known to both locals and visitors as simply "the Ben".
Eilean Donan: Scotland's most photographed castle... 

As we near the coast, we pass Eilean Donan Castle*. Here you have the chance to take photographs and see the castle that featured in the film Highlander. It's stunning location, perched on its own little island overlooking the Isle of Skye, means it's hard to get a bad shot of this castle. It's often chosen as the feature for many shortbread tins and Scottish calendars. After a day of exploring it's now time to cross the Skye bridge to the Isle, our final resting stop of the day.

Overnight: Isle of Skye  

Day 2

A full day on the incredible Isle of Skye... 
Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will ensure you get the most out of your day based on a variety of things such as the weather, your group and local events. You will enjoy sights such as the craggy Cuillin Mountains. The sharp peaks which rise up from the flatness of the surrounding terrain, are the dominating feature of the island and can be seen from every other peninsula on Skye. 
Lunch in Portree, Skye's capital...
We will also include a stop at Portree, the colourful capital of Skye. Overlooking a sheltered bay, this scenic fishing village has a variety of food options, making it a perfect lunch spot. 
Experience Skye's dramatic landscapes...
We will also explore the Trotternish Peninsula. It is the most northerly of Skye's peninsulas and it contains some of the most striking landscapes in Scotland. Here we will stop for photographs at The KiltRock and Mealt Waterfall and The Old Man of Storr.
Overnight: Isle of Skye   

Day 3 

Explore Urquhart Castle perched on the edge of Loch Ness... 
We'll say goodbye to Skye and begin our day by visiting the most famous loch in the entire world… Loch Ness.  It's also one of Scotland's largest, so large that every other lake and river in England and Wales could fit in with room to spare. In fact, the entire population of the world could fit into Loch Ness and it’s got a monster in it too! You will have time to tour Urquhart Castle* which perches on the edge of the loch. With over 1000 years of history, there's lots to explore here. Climb Grant Tower and look over the iconic loch, peer into a gloomy prison cell said to have held the legendary Gaelic bard Domhnall Donn, and dream of splendid banquets that would have taken place in the great hall.
Cruise on Loch Ness and look out for the famous monster Nessie... 
You can then hop on a Jacobite Cruise* to Nessie spot on the loch itself. As well as being very large and deep, Loch Ness, has heavy deposits of peat making it difficult for instruments to locate Nessie in the cloudy water. A perfect hiding location for a huge water-dwelling monster.
Explore the famous battlefield of Culloden... 
Our next stop is at Culloden Battlefield*, site of the last stand of the Jacobites against the British government forces on 16 April 1746. It was one of the most harrowing battles in British history. Jacobite supporters, seeking to re-establish the Stuart monarchy to the British thrones, joined together to fight the Duke of Cumberland’s government troops. It was the final pitched battle on British soil and, in less than an hour, around 1,600 men were slain – 1,500 of them Jacobites. You can experience everything about the events leading up to, during and after the battle in the impressive visitor centre and interactive exhibition, as well as having the chance to wander the land where the battle itself took place.
Wander the picturesque Highland town of Pitlochry... 
We’ll then continue south to Pitlochry; the geographical centre of Scotland and one of the gateways to the Highlands perched by the side of the River Tummel. Pitlochry has been a tourist centre since 1860s thanks to Queen Victoria and Sir Walter Scott, who popularised the Highlands that boomed with the railways of the 1870s. We'll then continue south to Edinburgh city centre where our tour will end. 

Luggage limit 15KGMAX 15kg 55 x 40 x 20cm

Tour Reviews


My fiance and I are beyond grateful that Daniel was our guide for this trip. This is the best tour we have had the pleasure of joining this far and we are so glad we booked it. The scenery and castles etc were mind-blowingly beautiful of course but Daniel really made all of it come alive! He was a walking encyclopedia of Scottish history and shared everything he knew with us, taking us to all the secret spots, making sure we were all okay, and tailoring our trip to our group. Everyone on the tour was also great, thanks for a vacation of a lifetime!

(Anna – Trip Advisor – October 2019) 

Graham was my tour guide and he was absolutely phenomenal! He gave great reviews for the towns we were staying in and he took us to all of the best spots in the Highlands. He gave us plenty of time to explore and he gave loads of great facts about all of the places we traveled to/through.

(Mekahlia J  – Trip Advisor – October 2019) 

Today I am back in Edinburgh after my three-day tour. Thank you John McCulloch for a fantastic tour. If anyone's thinking of going to the Highlands, get John McC as your guide. He's knowledgeable, an excellent driver (a good thing!), And is expert at managing a disparate bunch of people and personalities melding them into a cohesive unit for the duration. John has a knack of letting his group know about timekeeping in a lovely way that still ensures a leisurely pace while keeping to schedule so we all get the benefit of every stopoff. John has patience and a good sense of humour as well, which goes a long way! Amazingly he managed to get beautiful fine weather till Pitlochry! (Try the whiskey ice-cream while you're there.) We managed to fit in a little extra as well, seeing the standing stones that feature in TV'S Outlander series. A great trip, with wonderful highlights all along the way. Good accommodation as well. Congratulations John, on a trip well done. Recommended highly.

(Helen S – Trip Advisor – October 2019) 

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