Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and Inverness (steam train double) Multi-day tour

Our partner: Highland Explorer Tours


Take a spectacular journey through the Highlands and the magical Isle of Skye. Venture through a range of classic Highland scenery;
experience many local gems and be inspired by myths and legends. We've got mighty Glencoe, the option to ride the 'Hogwarts Express' Jacobite Steam Train, whisky tasting and ruined castles galore. From start to finish, every part of this trip reveals a little more of Scotland's quintessential charm.  

What´s Included

  •  Local Scottish Guide 
  • Jacobite Steam Train
  • Loch Ness Cruise
  • Ferry Crossing ‘Over the Sea’ to the Isle of Skye
  • Culloden Visitor Centre
  • Clava Cairns 

What to bring

  • Passport / Photo ID
  • Students must hold a valid ISIC/ISE/ITIC card
  • Travel insurance
  • Comfortable walking shoes and a rain jacket in case of light rain. 
  • Proof of vaccination against COVID and/or negative test result

Additional information

  •  Departures from 60 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1TB.
  • Check-in is at 8:00am for the 8:30am departure
  • Adults / Students must be over 18 at the time of travel.
  • Students must hold a valid ISIC/ISE/ITIC card. 
  • ***The Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle are not suitable for individuals with mobility difficulty because of the steps to the dock and the steps to Urquhart ruins.
  • Please note that we cannot guarantee that people who have booked together will be seated together. We do not allocate seats.
  • It is very important to return to the coach on time at itinerary stops. Your guide will display the time that the bus departson a clock that will be visible. Our coach cannot wait for you.
  • The minimum age for a Highland Explorer Tour passenger is 5 years old. Those who are 17 year old pay the
    adult price, but need to be accompanied by someone aged 18 or over.  
  • If you need organise to transport from your accommodation to our departure point please book it via the hotel concierge.  We have had a lot of feedback from customers saying that Uber taxi’s are not showing up.
  •  Please arrive to check-in 15 minutes before departure
  • *Cancellation of Extended Tours cancelled outside of 45 days prior to departure will be given a flexi-deposit. If the cancellation is made 45 to 22 days prior to the departure a 25% cancellation fee will be charged. If a cancellation is made 21 days or less, the cancellation charge will be 100%.
  • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them to board and disembark.
  • Highland hotels and guesthouses do not have lifts/elevators. Guests should be able to walk up steps in order to access rooms.
  • The summer and winter itinerary vary slightly.
  • In this new, fast-changing Covid-19 era,to give you peace of mind,when you are travelling during these new times:
  • Regular washing of hands and sanitising when required • Please bring your own: o Hand sanitiser o Face mask. These are to be worn at all times on the coach and in public areas.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • You need to make the Guide aware if you develop any Covid like symptoms.
  • Update to COVID Government Guidelines in Scotland

     As per government guidelines, the use of masks whilst on our tour coaches is no longer compulsory.

    Should our staff or passengers wish to keep wearing masks whilst on the coach they can.

    We will keep the hand sanitiser and enhanced cleaning procedures in place.

  • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them to board and disembark. 
  • Highland hotels and guesthouses do not have lifts/elevators. Guests should be able to walk up steps in order to access rooms.


Edinburgh to Oban
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Edinburgh to Oban

 We leave Edinburgh at 9.00am and head north to Stirling and
the towering Wallace Monument with stunning views of the Castle. We enter the
Highlands heading through wild Rannoch Moor and Glencoe and on to the fishing
port of Oban. (Overnight: Oban) 

Oban to Isle of Skye
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Oban to Isle of Skye

Take the steam train from Fort William and discover why this spectacular trip has been voted the best train journey in the world by Wanderlust Magazine. Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies and take in the sweeping views of Loch Shiel. We arrive in Mallaig and take the ferry ‘Over the Sea to Skye’. You can explore Armadale Castle and Gardens, the former home of the MacDonalds, before driving north to our overnight destination. (Overnight: Portree) 

Isle of Skye to Inverness
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Isle of Skye to Inverness

We explore more of the magical Isle of Skye with its awe-inspiring mountains, stunning coastline, myths and legends before returning to the mainland. On the way to Loch Ness, we stop at the incredibly photogenic Eilean Donan Castle and wind our way along the Great Glen to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands.
(Overnight: Inverness) 

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Hunt for the elusive monster with a cruise on Loch Ness before turning northward to the stunning beauty of the north-west Highlands. We take in the beautiful town of Beauly with its Priory dating back to 1230, and then it's into the rugged and isolated mountains that secure Scotland's place
as one of the last great wilderness in Europe. We try a dram of the 'water of life' at a Highland Whisky Distillery before heading back to Inverness for the evening. (Overnight: Inverness)  

Inverness to Edinburgh
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Inverness to Edinburgh

We explore Culloden Battlefield, the scene of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s defeat back in 1746 then the
mysterious chamber cairns of Clava Cairns; which inspired the hit TV series Outlander. We visit the Highland Folk Museum to get a real taste of Highland life from the past centuries before heading to Dunkeld with its mighty cathedral, on our way back to Edinburgh. The tour returns at approximately 5.30 pm.