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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride provided by Highland Explorer Tours

3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Updated 06/23/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/23/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
A DIY tour of the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye may leave you focused on the planning and driving rather than the sights. This 3-day tour from Edinburgh lets you concentrate on the scenery as you cross the Highlands to Skye. Visit Loch Ness, tour Skye, ride the steam train that doubled as “Hogwarts Express,” and more, all with guided commentary, transport, and B&B or hotel accommodations included.
Itinerary
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12 stops
Day 1
Edinburgh to Portree
Day 2
Isle of Skye
Day 3
Portree to Edinburgh
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Highlights
  • Hassle-free 3-day Scottish Highlands and Skye round-trip tour from Edinburgh
  • Tour the Highlands and Skye by midi-coach with no driving or planning worries
  • Experience Loch Ness, Skye, Glencoe, and “Hogwarts Express” steam train
  • Choice of B&B or hotel accommodations, with breakfasts and transport included
What to Expect
Take a trip through the stunning Scottish Highlands and to the Isle of Skye on this 3-day coach tour from Edinburgh. Traveling by comfortable midi-coach, journey through magnificent Highland scenery and stop en route to take in Loch Ness and explore Eilean Donan Castle. Then, venture to the romantic island of Skye to stay for two nights. Admire its craggy Cuillin Mountains, Trotternish Ridge, and charming capital of Portree and then, on Day Three, take the ferry to Mallaig to ride the Jacobite steam train that served as “Hogwarts Express” in the Harry Potter movies to Fort William, before finishing in Edinburgh. Your tour includes two nights at a guesthouse or 3-star hotel (your choice on booking), plus transport, two breakfasts, the train ride, and Dunvegan Castle admission. All other meals and activities are at your own expense.
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Departure Point
Highland Explorer Tours, 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
Duration
3 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star B&B or hotels
  • Steam Train from Mallaig to Fort William
  • Breakfast daily
  • Transport by air-conditioned midi-coach
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Fort William
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles
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Additional Info
  • Please select room type when booking.
  • Minimum age is 5 years, we are unable to accommodate children under this age
  • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase weighing no more than 33lbs (15kg) and 1 carry-on bag
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them to board and disembark
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Tathagata_deb wrote a review Oct 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Just back from a 3 day Isle of Skye tour, and absolutely loved it...more cause of our brilliant guide Rich...he was amazing!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Highland Explor... T, Guest Relations Manager at 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride
Responded Oct 6, 2020
Hi Tathagata, thank you so much for your kind words, I'm really glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour. with Rich. We hope that you'll be back soon! Paula
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Tala P wrote a review Sep 2020
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As a visting student at the University of Edinburgh, I'm not old enough to rent a car but wanted to explore the highlands before classes begun. This tour was a great highlights reel of the highlands and the Isle of Skye, where we spent most of our time. Greg was a fantastic
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Highland Explor... T, Guest Relations Manager at 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride
Responded Sep 27, 2020
Thanks so much for your review! I'm really glad to hear you had such a good time with Greg and enjoyed the Highlands. It's great you got to enjoy the highlands as part of a group since you weren't able to rent a car and I'm glad you felt comfortable with the procedures we have in place to keep in line with guidelines regarding Covid. All the best and hope to see you on tour with us again soon. Tom
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Mohit Mehta wrote a review Sep 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
It was absolutely wonderful. Scott has been a wonderful guide and we enjoyed all the time on tour with him. This was my second trip to Scotland so can say this tour covered many places and we are carrying back loads of happy memories from this trip. Would definitely recommend
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Highland Explor... T, Guest Relations Manager at 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride
Responded Sep 26, 2020
Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent tour with Scot! I'm so happy to hear that you had a special trip and made some great memories from your 2nd visit. Many thanks for the recommendation and for your helpful feedback. Loch Ness is quite far away from Edinburgh, so we do our best to give you enough time there and also return to the city at a reasonable hour. Hopefully we can see you again for one of our multi-day tours so you can hopefully spend more time there! That being said, thanks again, and take care. Paula
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Katie Deloyde-Blandford wrote a review Sep 2020
Monmouth, United Kingdom109 contributions113 helpful votes
We did this tour last week with Caitlyn as our Guide. Now I think Caitlyn normally works for Haggis Adventures and normally does backpacker tours but because of COVID the tours were all combined. First, the good: Well Caitlyn was amazing! She tells stories like no one I have
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Highland Explor... T, Guest Relations Manager at 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride
Responded Sep 26, 2020
Hi Katie, thanks for taking the time to review your recent tour with us. While I'm really pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour, I'm sorry you were disappointed by a number of aspects. Firstly, I'm pleased that you were impressed by Caitlin's tour guiding ability. She's great at her job and has a real passion for showing her passengers some of Scotland's hidden gems. It's also lovely to hear that you were able to enjoy meals together with the rest of your group, and that you felt reassured by the health & safety precautions we are taking during this time. That being said, I apologise for the disappointment caused by our seating arrangements. While we do create these seating plans before the tour starts, we would encourage people to get in touch and let us know if they prefer to sit at the front for personal reasons (motion sickness, leg room etc). We should have been clearer that your input is welcome, so please accept my apologies for the lack of communication. As for the highland cows, I'm sorry that you didn't get a chance to see them. Our guides will always do their best to factor this into the tours when possible. However, sometimes this just isn't possible due to scheduling conflicts or visitation restrictions for COVID-19 related reasons. I completely understand that this is a highlight and 'must-see' for many people, so I can only apologise that this wasn't part of your tour. Lastly, I'm sorry for the disappointment caused by these stops. I know that Caitlin does her best to add her own personal touch to the tour, and our guides will always do their best to factor in unique stops into the tour to show you some roads less travelled. That being said, I can see why you felt disappointed at not spending enough time at Loch Ness and perhaps too much time at the Isle of Skye. We welcome all feedback so these are some points we will take into account for the future. That being said, it sounds like you mostly enjoyed your tour and we hope that you will visit again :) Take care, Paula
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jennyrtb wrote a review Aug 2020
Toulouse, France7 contributions3 helpful votes
I had a really great experience, everything was well organized and the current situation with Covid 19 was managed safely. The guide Rich is kind, funny, he gave us interesting informations about the places where we stop. The accommodations booked to stay 2 nights at Isle of
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Highland Explor... T, Guest Relations Manager at 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride
Responded Sep 5, 2020
Hi Jenny. I am so glad you had a fantastic 3-day tour with Jenny. It sounds like a fab trip! I am so glad you enjoyed the Steam Train experience. We hope to see you again in Scotland again soon. Best Wishes, Maggie
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Excellent and unforgettable experience
I am so glad I booked Highland Explorer tours. It took the stress away from planning and driving and we got to sit
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Ion G
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Amazing experience
Great day trip in the Highlands! A lot of scenic views, traditional Scottish music along the way, steam train exper
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Paulpa1963
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Highland Explorer
We had the pleasure of travelling on your Highland Explorer Tour. I wanted to say that we both enjoyed the tour ve
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AERM_Scotland
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Brilliant taster day for future adventures
Scot was a fantastic guide/driver/story teller (and Covid-19 compliant!). Our whole family really enjoyed the day.
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Lee-Anne R
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Loved every minute
Amazing day tour and Duffy the driver was really nice and friendly and knew is history, made the trip worth while.
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NickB2106
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Stirling Castle looks great!
Calum was an excellent driver and tour guide, helping us to get the best out of the Kelpies (amazing statues!), our
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NickB2106
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Wonderful guided tour of the Highlands
Richie was a brilliant tour guide, and kept us entertained for hours as he drove us through the Trossachs to Glenco
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Emlhp0
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Just brilliant - highly recommend!
This was absolutely amazing. We've done a lot of tours but Rich was one of the best guides we've ever had. He made
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Que10plm
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Duffy’s Tour
Excellent trip from beginning to end. Duffy our driver and guide was very knowledgeable in all aspects and an extr
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Sharon U
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Hogwarts Express
All of it, a full filled day from start to finish. Hogwarts Express was amazing really magical Guide was very knowl
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Klauszkababa
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Worth it
I really enjoyed this trip. Our guide, Rich was very funny and told us a lots of funny and interesting story during
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Laramae030788
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An awesome day to Sterling!
First, the bus arrived precisely on time. We managed to do everything according to our Itinerary. We definitely ha
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Luke G
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Amazing 5 day experience guided by Greg!
We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 day tour with Greg, 28th sep onwards! On day 6 I was definitely a little saddened to no
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carolineeA8946NA
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A Rich experience in all ways
An excellent day trip with stunning scenery and lots of useful information from our guide Rich. It's a long day, ho
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ryanlouiem
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Rich experience
Just like our "mobile Scottish historian" Rich, the entire 12-hour trip was very rich with information and entertai
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  • Dunkeld Cathedral, Fort Augustus Abbey, and 9 more
  • Duration: 3 days
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