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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh

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    Day 1: Edinburgh to Portree

    Stop At: Dunkeld Cathedral, 1.5 hours drive north of Edinburgh, Dunkeld Scotland
    We visit the quaint village of Dunkeld with its historic cathedral sitting on the banks of the River Tay.
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Fort Augustus, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness Region, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
    At Fort Augustus, there is time to explore the shores of Loch Ness and a chance to spot Nessie.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX Scotland
    The journey continues to the famous Isle of Skye but first, we take in spectacular Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most famous icons.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Sligachan, Sligachan, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, Scotland
    Learn about some of the island's myths and legends at Sligachan
    Duration: 30 minutes

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3* guesthouse or hotel in Portree, Isle of Skye

    Day 2: Isle of Skye

    Stop At: The Old Man of Storr, Scotland
    View the iconic Old Man of Storr
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Kilt Rock, Scotland
    Visit Kilt Rock with its cascading waterfall
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Trotternish Ridge, Scotland
    View the incredible rock formations of the Trotternish Ridge, which have inspired many films.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Lealt Falls, Portree Scotland
    Beautiful waterfall on the island coast
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at a 3* guesthouse or hotel in Portree, Isle of Skye

    Day 3: Portree to Edinburgh

    Stop At: Commando Monument, Spean Bridge, Spean Bridge PH34 4EG Scotland
    We head south via the Skye Bridge and through the stunning glens, stop at the Commando Memorial with views to Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain.
    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Glencoe, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
    We head south through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe and wild Rannoch Moor
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: The Green Welly Stop, Main Street, Tyndrum, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Scotland
    Stop here for lunch
    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Callander, Callander, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland
    Enjoy a stop in this beautiful highland village before finishing your journey south to Edinburgh.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Highland Explorer Tours, 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    3 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 2x Breakfast
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • 2 nights accommodation
    • Driver/guide
    • Local guide
    • Transport by climate controlled coach
    Exclusions
    • Meals
    • Jacobite Steam Train
    • Dunvegan Castle entry
    • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Children must be a minimum of 5 years old, we are unable to carry children under this age.
    • Each traveller 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
    • On winter/off-season departures, this tour returns to Edinburgh at around 5.30pm. On summer/high-season departures, this tour returns to Edinburgh at around 8pm. Please plan your onward travel accordingly. If you are unsure which return time applies to you, please contact the supplier.
    • 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
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    I returned this week from a trip away with my Mum & Aunt, and we had a great time!! Firstly, our tour driver, Michael, was brilliant. He was a great driver - we felt very safe, and he was so knowledgeable, friendly, and engaging. The itinerary was perfect for us, with stops
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    Lee our tour guide was so friendly and prompt! He had answers to everyone’s questions, had stories to share and just so much history knowledge on everything we were driving by! Loved it! The trip itself was beautiful, great scenery, great people on the trip from all over the
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    This was my first multi day tour, and it was awesome! Our tour guide, Rich, was so funny and told us great stories, along with the history of the sights. He got everyone involved, by the end of the tour we were sad to leave him! Highly recommend this tour!
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    My wife and I have done a lot of researching prior to making a decision in term of which tour to book at Highland Explorer Tours. Our choice couldn’t be better. Particularly for us the 3-days tour has been a good fit, and mainly a great experience to get to know many landmarks
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    We took the 3 day Inverness and isle of Skye tour with Highland Explorer. The tour was professionally managed, some good and some not so good, will cover in the review. The tour starts from the Highland explorers head office, we had Jo as our guide and driver. Putting down the
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    Response from Highland Explor... T, Guest Relations Manager at 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh
    Responded 31 Aug 2019
    Hi there, Thank you for reviewing your recent 3-day Isle of Skye tour with us. First of all, I am delighted to know that you were impressed by Jo’s knowledge and abilities as a driver guide, and that you also enjoyed your B&B accommodation and your time in Dunvegan castle. Having said this, I am sorry to hear that you found certain stops during the tour to be longer than necessary. The Viking Museum is an interesting location for those who perhaps wish to stretch their legs and learn about the Viking influence in Scotland. While this may not be to everyone’s preference, our drivers do their best to allow as much time as they can for customers to explore. Again, with Eilean Donan Castle, this is a photo stop on our tours, but the drivers try to allow as much time as possible without impeding the rest of the day’s activities. I appreciate that this would be disappointing if you wanted to spend more time there, so I apologise. Secondly, I am sorry that you found the tour to be too regimented. There are so many things to see and do in Scotland, but our 3-day Isle of Skye tour is the best way to experience many of the highlights in a shorter space of time. We build our itineraries for each tour with a aim to cover as many of main tourist destinations and highlights while also ensuring a good balance of time at each stop throughout the day as well as free time in the evenings. I will be sure to pass on your feedback to our Operations team, for review. I would also like to apologise that you and your wife felt unwelcome by the comments made to you when making unscheduled stops. Making sure that our customers feel comfortable and valued is our priority, please be assured this matter will be investigated and taken forward internally. Lastly, I would like to apologise that you expected the tour would be a bit more flexible. Due to the number of places featured on our tour, they do need to run with the schedule featured on our website. I appreciate that this could feel restricting if you had more places in mind that you wanted to visit, however the price includes all of the activities as well as transport and accommodation. Our guests always have free time in the evenings to explore more and spend time off of the bus. Nonetheless, I am pleased that you enjoyed most of your time on tour, and I hope that these aspects did not discourage you from considering us again in the future. If we can be of any more help, please do not hesitate to contact us. Kind regards, Paula
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