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Tour of the Isle of Skye & Jacobite Steam Train journey - Highland Explorer Tours

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Tour of the Isle of Skye & Jacobite Steam Train journey - Highland Explorer ToursTour of the Isle of Skye & Jacobite Steam Train journey - Highland Explorer Tours
Price: $587.50 Buy Now

With this tour, you’ll spend three magical days exploring the western Highlands and see some of Scotland’s most iconic scenery.

Tour includes:

  • Travel by rail, land and sea: includes a steam train journey, ferry crossing and all other travel in an air-conditioned minibus
  • 2 nights 3* accommodation
  • Full Scottish breakfast daily
  • Expert tour guide

Tour stops include:

  • Jacobite steam train  – take one of the world’s most spectacular rail journeys and cross the ‘bridge to Hogwarts’
  • Isle of Skye – discover breathtaking scenery and rare wildlife on this wild and peaceful island
  • Eilean Donan Castle – the most picture-perfect castle in Scotland
  • Dunkeld Cathedral – a beautiful cathedral built 700 years ago
  • Loch Ness –Scotland’s legendary monstrous loch, for your chance to spot Nessie

Please note that this Tour operates only between mid-May and mid-October.


  • Under 5s cannot travel on the tour
  • Concessions: Child (5-16) or Senior (60+)
  • Prices are per person. There is a choice of 3* hotel or 3* B&B and twin, double or single room.

To place an order add the required quantity to the box below and click on Add to Shopping Basket.

 TwinDoubleSingle
Adult B&B$587.50
$587.50
$663.50
Concession B&B$559.00
$559.00
$635.00
Adult Hotel$701.50
$701.50
$796.50
Concession Hotel$673.00
$673.00
$768.00

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Day one

Departing Edinburgh at 9am, you’ll begin an amazing three days with a tour of Dunkeld Cathedral, an ancient site with architecture dating back to the 1400s. Set in woodland beneath misty Highland peaks, it’s a perfect first taste of the Highlands.

Then it’s on to the sparkling shores of Loch Ness, for a chance to go monster hunting!

Next you’ll see Eilean Donan Castle, perhaps Scotland’s most iconic picture-postcard castle, which sits perched on its own tiny island.

The day’s final stop is the Isle of Skye where home for the night is the capital, Portree. Spend the evening relaxing by the harbour and sample some seafood in a local restaurant.


Day two

You’ll spend your second day exploring Skye, an island packed with everything from dramatic landscapes, to rare wildlife, to fascinating tales of myths, legends and Viking history. 

The day’s itinerary is flexible, allowing you to decide exactly what you want to see. Your guide may take you to see iconic sights like beautiful Dunvegan Castle, the mysterious Old Man of Storr, or maybe even to spot some of the island’s rare species including puffins, seals, sea eagles, red deer and otters.

After a day of exploration, you will return to Portree for a relaxing evening.


Day three

In the morning you can explore the beautifully-kept castle and gardens of Clan Donald Skye (optional extra for a small fee) before taking a ferry to the mainland fishing village of Mallaig.

The tour concludes in style as you board the Jacobite steam train for one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world. You will travel through beautiful countryside and cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous in Harry Potter films as the ‘bridge to Hogwarts’, where the train sometimes pauses for you to admire the views.

Back on the bus, you’ll head south through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe and the wild Rannoch Moor before arriving back in Edinburgh at about 8.30pm.


You will receive a confirmation email from VisitBritain Shop when you buy this product. You will then be contacted by the tour operator Highland Explorer Tours to confirm your date of departure.

2014 departure dates:

  • Mondays: 19 May – 15 Sept
  • Wednesdays: 21 May – 24 Sept
  • Fridays: every other week 20 June – 12 Sept
  • Saturdays: 17 May – 18 Oct

Departure times: 

  • Departs 9am, 60 High Street, Edinburgh
  • Returns 8.30pm, 60 High Street, Edinburgh

About the accommodation:

  • There is a choice of 3* hotel or 3* bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Double and twin rooms are available for 2 people per room only. Prices are per person - please enter ‘2’ if there are 2 travellers, ‘4’ if there are 4 travellers, etc.
  • If you are travelling alone, you must select a single room. A small single supplement applies
  • Groups of odd numbers (3 people, 5 people, etc.) should select a mixture of double/twin and single rooms as required

What’s the difference between the hotel and bed and breakfast options?

  • Hotels offer high standards of facilities, and are usually located close to the town centre
  • Many are run by their owners, meaning they’re full of charm and you get a real, traditional Scottish experience
  • They serve cooked Scottish breakfasts, and you can usually book to have dinner too (not included in price)
  • Bed and breakfasts are usually within homes of local families
  • They serve cooked Scottish breakfasts
  • They are usually located close to the town centre, but may be slightly further away in summer months

Price does not include:

  • Lunch or evening meals
  • Entry to Clan Donald Skye


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