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Isle of Skye & Jacobite Steam Train 3-Day Highland Tour

4.7 / 5

54 reviews

Isle of Skye & Jacobite Steam Train 3-Day Highland Tour

From £215 per person

Discover the Scottish Highlands and the magical Isle of Skye with its outstanding natural beauty, Viking history and ancient myths and legends. Ride one of the greatest train journeys of the world on the Jacobite Steam Train.

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Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
English
Audio guide included
Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese

Experience

Highlights
  • Drive through majestic Highland scenery seeing many of Scotland's most famous sights
  • Get a great narrative via optional audio guides in 6 languages
  • Spend 2 nights on the Isle of Skye, with a full day to explore the jewel in the crown of Scotland's islands
  • Ride the stunning "Harry Potter" steam train from Mallaig to Fort William (optional: only available May - October, please check at time of booking)
  • Visit the beautiful castle and gardens of Clan Donald Skye (optional)
  • Learn about the fascinating history of the Highland Clans and their last stand at Culloden
  • Look out for the Loch Ness Monster at Loch Ness
Full description
Explore the Highlands of Scotland and the magical Isle of Skye on a 3-day sightseeing tour. Discover an area of outstanding natural beauty, full of Viking history and ancient myths and legends. Tale a journey packed with Scotland's most iconic sights and scenery. Then ride on one of the great train journeys of the world on the charming Jacobite Steam Train. Day 1: Depart Edinburgh and drive past stunning views of the Forth Bridge to enter the Highlands through Perthshire. Admire a land of ancient forests, rivers and mountains. Visit the quaint village of Dunkeld, with its historic cathedral on the banks of the River Tay. Continue north into the Highlands before you enter the Great Glen. At Fort Augustus, explore the shores of Loch Ness. Look out for Nessie! Then cross to the famous Isle of Skye, passing Eilean Donan Castle en route. Marvel at one of Scotland’s most famous icons. Your home for the night is Portree, capital of the “Winged Isle.” Day 2: Today you will spend a full-day exploring the dramatic Isle of Skye, with its amazing scenery and fantastic myths and legends. Hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape against the backdrop of the jagged Cuillin Mountains. Highlights include the spectacular cliffs of Quiraing, the mysterious rock formation of Old Man of Storr, the cascading waterfalls of Kilt Rock, and imposing Dunvegan Castle. Overnight on the Isle of Skye. Day 3: Explore the south of the island, known as the “Garden of Skye,” before taking the ferry to the west coast fishing village of Mallaig. Here you will have the option to board the Jacobite Steam Train to Fort William, one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world. Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct and see a monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s campaign. Head south through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, before riding through the heart of Rob Roy country to arrive back in Edinburgh in the early evening.
Includes
  • 2 nights' accommodation in a 3-star B&B with full Scottish breakfasts
  • Trip on the world-famous Jacobite Steam Train
  • 3 full-day excursions in a Mercedes-Benz midi-coach
  • Services of a professional local guide throughout the tour
  • Ferry across the sea from the Isle of Skye
  • Clan Donald Skye
  • Meal options
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are over 16 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination administered at least 14 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months (must be recovered for more than 10 days), a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative antigen taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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- Tours depart from 60 High Street, Royal Mile, in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, not far from the intersection of the Bridges and Royal Mile. - Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour departs to check-in.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Cash

Know before you go

  • Entrance to Clan Donald Skye (the Armadale Castle, Gardens, and Museum) is not included in the price of this tour
  • The tour price only includes breakfast. Please bring cash for other meals and drinks.
  • Travel insurance is recommended
  • Please be advised that children under 5 years old may not take part in the tour, while anyone under 17 must be accompanied by an adult
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 54 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Safety
    4.7/5

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This is a fabulous tour of Scotland! Our guide, Steve, with Tours of Scotland was knowledgeable, caring, great driver, and greatly entertaining! He really helped our group gel and we had a great time!! We saw everything as advertised!! The weather wasn’t great and we still enjoyed everything activity. We had time for rest stops and breaks. Instructions were clear.

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16 October 2021

I use to pack back round the world and rich is the best tour guide I’ve ever had I will be coming back if he is the tour guide for sure . Nothing is to much trouble.he makes sure he entertains the kids . And he is a wealth of knowledge.it is clear that he enjoys his job

26 July 2021

This tour is brilliant and very well-managed. There are plenty of stops along the way and plenty of chances for you to experience the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. As a Harry Potter fan, the highlight for me is definitely the Jacobite Steam Train, and not a lot of tours bring you to that. We also met a few highland cows and gosh they are cute. The coach is very comfortable too. Our guide Iain also made our trip super fun and enjoyable. He is knowledgeable and has bunch of funny tales to share. Definitely recommend this tour.

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5 October 2019

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