Isle of Skye, Loch Ness and Inverness (steam train double) Guided Tour

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Description

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
  • Whisky Tasting
  • Culloden Visitor Centre
  • Clava Cairns 
  • Audio Guides Available  

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

  •  Adults / Students must be over 18 at the time of travel.
  • Students must hold a valid ISIC/ISE/ITIC card. 
  • 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.  
  •  Please arrive to check-in 15 minutes before departure
  • Multi-Day Travel Declaration: Passengers travelling on one of our multi-day tours are required to fill in a Travel Declaration form that states that proof of double vaccination or proof of negative lateral flow antigen test is required before embarking on our tour. If a passenger does not wish to take a test and cannot produce a vaccine passport/certificate or negative test result, the OPerator reseerves the right to refuse to allow 'the passenger ' to take part in the tour. In such case the Operator will not be liable for any refund, compensation or any additional cost incurred by the passenger.
  • 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.
  • Cancellations made 21 days or less prior to departure will have a 100% fee.
  • In this new, fast-changing Covid-19 era, we are doing all we can to adapt to new requirements and expectations, given the disruption caused. Read more about the important new steps and procedures that we have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you peace of mind when you are travelling during these new times
    Your Responsibility
    All our guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organization and local Government guidelines.
    • 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.
    • Temperature checks will be taken at the start of each day on tour. If your temperature is above 37.5 degrees, you may not be able to travel.
    • Maintain social distancing. o You need to make the Guide aware if you develop any COVID like symptoms.
    • You need to make the Guide aware if you develop any Covid like symptoms.

Itinerary

DAY 1
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) 

DAY 2
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) 

DAY 3
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) 

DAY 4
Inverness
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Inverness

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)  

DAY 5
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.