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The Isle of Skye Tour

Trip Type: Backpacker Tour
Tour Cost: £79+
Departs from: Edinburgh
Duration: 3 days

Tags: $500 or less Tours, 4-7 days, England & Scotland Tours, MacBackpackers, Small Group Tour

3 Days of breathtaking scenery and magical mystical stories from MacBackpackers' passionate Guides. You are guaranteed a wonderful experience.

Skye is Scotland's most spectacular island and a “must see” during your time in Europe. It is steeped in myth and legend, and historical tales of Viking invasion and Clan rivalry. Not only do you have this amazing island adventure, but also you will visit the dark shores of Loch Ness, delightful Eilean Donan Castle and the haunting Glen Coe.

Day: 1 | Location: Edinburgh - Isle of Skye

Departing Edinburgh, you'll head North over the Forth Road Bridge, across the Kingdom of Fife towards the beautiful Highlands. Your first stop is at the village of Dunkeld - a Highland gateway village and once the ancient capital of Scotland. Heading into the heart of the highlands, the tour will pass through the Grampian mountains, where you'll hear tales of Roman invasion, and a very rebellious Scotland.

Driving via Inverness, you'll then head down the shores of Loch Ness along the north of the Loch in search of a certain monster called Nessie, and take in the views of Urquart castle, a ruined stronghold on the shores of the Loch. Then, heading through Glen Morriston, you are now on your way westward to Skye.

Over the Skye Bridge you'll arrive at the village of Kyleakin where you will be spending the next two nights in a cosy wee hostel, with it's real fire and wonderful coastal views.

Day: 2 | Location: Isle of Skye

And now your adventure gets even better - a day exploring one of Scotlands most famous Islands. Before heading to its northern tip, you'll pass through the mighty Cullin mountains on to Portree the island's Capital, where the tour will stop for supplies and also for a wee look at this village, with its quaint little fishing harbour.

The Trotternish peninsula is the focus for the rest of the day, stopping at amazing waterfalls and the seriously haunted ruined Macdonald stronghold perched atop a sea cliff. You'll scramble up one of the island's amazing rock formations, a small mild hike to suit all, so leave your high heels at home.
Now it is time to bring it down for a little chill time and to pay your respects to the “little people” at the enchanting Faerie Glen. As the sun goes down you'll head back to the village of Kyleakin in time for a pint at the local pub.

Day: 3 | Location: Isle of Skye - Edinburgh

Departing Skye you'll head to the mainland, where your last full day of adventure begins at one of Scotland's most picturesque castles - Eilean Donan, as featured in the movie Highlander.

It's then a very scenic drive through the lands of Kintail, where every mountain has a story of romance, adventure or betrayal. Gliding through the colours and scenery of Glen Shiel and Glen Garry, the tour heads down to Fort William and then on to the breathtaking Glen Coe, the scene of Scotland's most haunting Clan massacre. This glen is definitely one of Scotland's jewels. While hearing the tales of its dark past, you also have a chance to absorb its amazing atmosphere.

Continuing south over desolate Rannoch Moor you'll then head out of the Highlands and down to Stirling, to pay homage to William Wallace - the hero of Scotland's struggle for independence - at the Wallace Monument. Edinburgh is your final destination, arriving back in the dynamic Capital for some heart-felt goodbyes.




*Please Note…tours may alter from this itinerary due to weather, road works etc.

Departs: Edinburgh every Friday and Mondays.
Arrives: Back to Edinburgh between 5pm/6pm.

What's Included

  • Price includes 5 full days of touring on comfortable buses
  • Friendly fun guides

What's Not Included

  • Accommodation is guaranteed and booked for you at our cosy wee hostels. However, you DO have to pay on arrival.

MacBackpackers have now been running tours for over ten years. We provide extremely high quality, yet fun and informal, fully guided tours of Scotland, designed for young, independent, budget-minded travellers. Well over thirty thousand backpackers have travelled around Scotland with us so far.

As well as taking our guests to the top stops that Scotland has to offer — such as Loch Ness, Glen Coe, Rob Roy and 'Braveheart' country, MacBackpackers tours thrive on the spontaneous, showing-off the 'real' character of Scotland. We pride ourselves on exceeding the expectations of our guests, maintaining aprofessional but relaxed approach and ensuring that every tour is entertaining, informative and utterly unique.

Ultimately, we love showing people our country, and our tours are designed to ensure that most of the day is spent off the bus. For your comfort we use 22 or 29 seat Mercedes midi coaches.

In keeping with our company ethos and to give back some of what we take from our bonnie country, we take part in a programme of environmental projects such as, erosion repair and reforestation, in conjunction with local groups.

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Tour Highlights

  • Amazing adventure on the Island of Skye
  • Loch Ness
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Glen Coe

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