Multi-day trip

From Edinburgh: Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye 5-Day Tour

4.8 / 5

11 reviews

Activity provider: Highland Experience Tours
Multi-day trip

From Edinburgh: Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye 5-Day Tour

Activity provider: Highland Experience Tours
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From US$ 1,052.95 per person

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Enjoy the sweeping beauty of the Scottish Highlands on a 5-day tour from Edinburgh. Experience the area’s history and culture and take time to get to know the places you visit. You’ll travel to Loch Lomond, the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, and more.

About this activity

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Duration 5 days
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Live tour guide


120 hours
  • Edinburgh

  • Loch Lomond, Scotland (view)

  • Oban

  • Glencoe

  • Fort William

  • Glenfinnan Viaduct (view)

  • Isle of Skye

  • Eilean Donan Castle

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Fort Augustus

  • Loch Ness

  • Boat cruise

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Urquhart Castle (visit)

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Culloden Battlefield

    • Optional
    • Extra fee
  • Pitlochry

  • Edinburgh

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Main stop
Other stop
  • Admire the beauty of the Loch Lomond area
  • See the haunting landscape of Glen Coe
  • Spend a day discovering the mysteries of the Isle of Skye
  • Explore Loch Ness and be on the lookout for the monster
Full description

Travel across the highlands of Scotland and discover some of the country’s major attractions. On this 5-day excursion you’ll stay in B&B accommodation and travel with an English-speaking guide.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Through the Trossachs to Oban

This wide-ranging tour starts by heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here you’ll explore Scotland’s ancient past. With over 5,000 years of history laid out before you, you’ll be able to walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort and the Temple Wood Stone Circle. Then it’s on to the picturesque seaside town of Oban. Overnight in Oban.

Day 2: A Day of high hills and history

The second day takes you to the haunting landscape of Glen Coe, which was the scene of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan. You’ll continue on past Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest peak and stop at Fort William. We will drive part of the route of one of the most fantastic train journeys in the entire world. On departures between May and September, board the Jacobite Train, or "Hogwarts Express" in Fort William for the next section of your journey. Travel across the Glenfinnan Viaduct and enjoy stunning views as you make your way through the west coast town of Mallaig. In April and October you will continue west from Fort William on board your bus, making a stop to view the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films and hopefully get a chance to see the steam train cross it. We will also be able to see Glenfinnan Monument - and the gorgeous scenery that surrounds it! Overnight in Skye.

Day 3: A whole day to explore Skye

You'll have the whole of the third day to explore Skye's mysteries and landscape. Here the mountains and beaches beckon, so lose yourself in the spectacular scenery of the Cuillin Mountains, the slanting hills of Quiraing, and the incredible Trotternish Peninsula. Overnight in Skye.

Day 4: Castles, mountains, and on to Loch Ness

Once you leave Skye your first stop will be to visit the stunningly beautiful Eilean Donan Castle (this is an optional extra ). You’ll then continue your journey onwards to the fabled shores of Loch Ness. Here you have the option to visit Urquhart Castle and take a cruise on the loch (extra charge), before ending the day in the capital of the Highlands: Inverness. Stay overnight in Inverness.

Day 5: Historic battlefields and back to Edinburgh

You’ll start your journey south and have the chance to visit the battlefield of Culloden (an optional extra), the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. Then you’ll pass the stunning Cairngorm Mountains and have time to explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry, before arriving back in Edinburgh.

  • Transportation
  • English-speaking guide
  • Bed and Breakfast accommodation
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years

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Important information

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  • Children under 3 years old are not permitted on the tour
  • Please note the luggage restrictions: Maximum weight: 15kg, maximum size: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm per person plus small carry on
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 11 reviews

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Better than we ever hoped. No better guide/driver than Jamie. A little sad we will never meet any of those people again. Beautiful country in the Highlands. Wonderful history and ALL the people so friendly and helpful. It would be nothing better than make a return trip. Thanks to everyone.

March 31, 2023

Beautiful nature. Great guide - Rob. Just please be ready for long hours of driving in the bus and catching food fast during breaks. We saw a lot in 5 days. It is also reccommended to reserve tables for dinners if you are travelling with more than 2. Good value for money. The accomodations are basic but ok for this price.

March 31, 2023

Magnifique circuit qui nous a permis de découvrir des lieux sublimes. Un énorme merci à notre sympathique guide Jamy dont nous avons apprécié les récits historiques, les légendes, les blagues... Nous avons été bien logés à toutes les étapes, les petits déjeuners étaient tout à fait corrects et nous avions du temps pour le lunch de midi. Une très bonne connaissance de l'anglais est nécessaire, nous étions d'ailleurs les deux seuls francophones sur les 32 personnes de notre groupe très sympa. Je conseille vivement ce circuit très complet et très bien organisé!

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March 31, 2023

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