Skye Express

from Edinburgh

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If time is short and you want to discover the magical Isle of Skye then this tour is just for you. Explore mysterious Loch Ness; iconic Eilean Donan Castle and awesome Glen Coe too. It's amazing how much of Scotland we can show you in two fun-packed days!

Day One: Edinburgh to Inverness

From Edinburgh we leave the city behind and head towards the Highlands. Soon there are fine views of Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument, which commemorates William Wallace, the real Braveheart.

We make a stop for morning coffee in Kilmahog before crossing from the Lowlands into the Highlands – a region that is steeped in history, stunning scenery and exciting adventures. Next it's on through bonnie Strathyre and Rob Roy MacGregor country to the sprawling Great Moor of Rannoch, one of the last truly wild places left in Europe.

No matter the weather there is nothing that will prepare you for the beauty of Glen Coe. This famous valley resonates through Scottish history as a place of great significance. We will make a stop here so you can soak up the atmosphere of this special place for yourself.

Fort William, the largest town on the Highlands, sits at the foot of Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain. We'll stop to enjoy the vista before heading into the Great Glen, a picturesque valley of lochs and mountains whose history has been carved from bitter clan disputes, as we shall hear.

Mysterious and evocative Loch Ness is a real highlight. We'll drive along the entire length of the loch making a stop at Urquhart Castle, a popular vantage point with "Nessie” spotters! You can mount your own exploration by taking time to visit the castle and enjoy a short cruise on the loch *.

It's a short drive to Inverness, where we will spend the night.

Day Two: The Isle of Skye

After a leisurely breakfast we board our coach for a day of discovery. From Inverness we retrace our journey along the banks of Loch Ness to visit the village of  Invermoriston to see the charming ruined bridge designed by Thomas Telford, who constructed the Caledonian Canal. We continue through Glen Moriston and Glen Shiel, scene of the 1719 battle, where the dramatic range of mountains known as the ‘Five Sisters' dominate the landscape.

One of the most iconic images of Scotland is Eilean Donan Castle *, on an island at the head of Loch Duich. We make a stop here so you can visit and enjoy the views from this most photographed of castles.

We head ‘over the sea to Skye' by way of the road bridge, rather than the ‘bonnie boat' of the song, and make for the main town of Broadford, with a stop for lunch.

After lunch, our route takes us along the beautiful coastline towards the moody peaks of the Cuillin mountains. Our main stop of the day will be in Portree, the largest town on the island. Take time to enjoy a stroll down to the picturesque natural harbour which is home to a fleet of fishing boats.

As we cross back over the Skye Bridge to the mainland, look out for the little island of Eilean Ban. Gavin Maxwell, author of ‘Ring of Bright Water' about a family of otters, lived in the lighthouse keeper's cottage for a while.

Our final stop of the day is the secluded village of Achnasheen, which we reach through picturesque Glen Carron. The concluding part of our tour takes us to Garve and through the Black Isle, with fabulous views over the Moray Firth to Inverness.

After a short comfort stop in Inverness board the train for your scenic rail journey to either Edinburgh or Glasgow #. Please note that the train journey is unescorted and part of the journey may be in darkness.

* Admission fees extra
# If you wish to return to Glasgow please contact us before you make your reservation.

Tour Highlights: Bonnie Strathyre, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, The Great Glen, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Cruise (optional), Inverness, Invermoriston, Kintail, Eilean Donan Castle (optional), Isle of Skye, Loch Carron, Achnasheen, Black Isle and scenic rail journey.



 



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Prices (Per Person)

Guest House
Single from £ 275.00
Twin from £ 235.00

Hotel
Single from £ 365.00
Twin from £ 275.00

Accommodation Details

Product Code: ST00307

Child reduction applies to children aged 3 to 15 inclusive on the basis that they stay in a room with 2 adults.

We regret that children under the age of 3 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal Price Range
£240 - £365

Once booked this package cannot be altered or cancelled.

You have the option of returning to Glasgow rather than Edinburgh. If you would like to avail of this option please contact us prior to making your reservation.


Product code: ST00307

Dates of Operation

Tuesdays
17 October to 28 November, 2017 and
6 March to 27 November, 2018

Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
8 April to 11 October, 2018

Daily except Saturdays
6 May to 30 September, 2018

Departure Information

Check in: 07:45 hrs
Departure: 08:00 hrs
From 87 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG
Tour returns at: 00:11 hrs (Edinburgh) or 23:39 hrs (Glasgow)

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What's included

• 1 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower
• Full Scottish breakfast (day 2)
• Excursions as detailed in itinerary
• Transportation to Inverness by luxury touring coach
• Single train ticket from Inverness to Edinburgh or Glasgow
• Services of a tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What's NOT included

• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host


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