Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice. You can now search our website to see what businesses are open and signed up to the Good to Go scheme. Find more advice on exploring Scotland during Covid-19 on our dedicated page.

Old Man of Storr
The Isle of Skye © Highland Explorer Tours

5 Day Skye, Loch Ness & Inverness

From £535 per adult

Departure days

  • M
  • T
  • W
  • T
  • F
  • S
  • S

April — October

Book now

Take a spectacular journey through the Highlands and the magical Isle of Skye. Venture through a range of classic Highland scenery; experience many local gems and be inspired by myths and legends.

DAY 1: Edinburgh to Oban

We leave Edinburgh at 9.00am and head north to Stirling and the towering Wallace Monument with stunning views of the Castle. We enter the Highlands heading through wild Rannoch Moor and Glencoe and on to the fishing port of Oban. (Overnight: Oban)

DAY 2: Oban to Isle of Skye (Summer)

Take the steam train from Fort William and discover why this spectacular trip has been voted the best train journey in the world by Wanderlust Magazine. Cross the Glenfinnan viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies and take in the sweeping views of Loch Shiel. We arrive in Mallaig and take the ferry ‘Over the Sea to Skye’. You can explore Armadale Castle and Gardens, the former home of the MacDonalds, before driving north to our overnight destination. (Overnight: Portree)

*(April till mid-October)

DAY 2: Oban to Isle of Skye (Winter)

Travel through some of the most scenic Scottish landscapes ranging from stunning mountains, shimmering lochs, misty glens to heather moors. We pass the Five Sisters of Kintail - graceful mountains which are enchanted daughters of the local chief waiting for their promised husbands. The route also takes us past the most photographed Scottish Castle; Eilean Donan Castle before crossing the Skye Bridge to the mysterious Isle of Skye and our overnight destination Portree. (Overnight: Portree)

*(Late October)

DAY 3: Isle of Skye to Inverness

We explore more of the magical Isle of Skye with its awe-inspiring mountains, stunning coastline, myths and legends before returning to the mainland. On the way to Loch Ness, we stop at the incredibly photogenic Eilean Donan Castle and wind our way along the Great Glen to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands. (Overnight: Inverness)

DAY 4: Inverness

Hunt for the elusive monster with a cruise on Loch Ness before turning northward to the stunning beauty of the north-west Highlands. We take in the beautiful town of Beauly with its Priory dating back to 1230, then it's into the rugged and isolated mountains that secure Scotland's place as one of the last great wilderness in Europe. We try a dram of the 'water of life' at a Highland Whisky Distillery before heading back to Inverness for the evening. (Overnight: Inverness) 

DAY 5: Inverness to Edinburgh

We explore Culloden Battlefield, the scene of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s defeat back in 1746 then the mysterious chamber cairns of Clava Cairns; which inspired the hit TV series Outlander. We visit the Highland Folk Museum to get a real taste of Highland life from the past centuries before heading to Dunkeld with its mighty cathedral, on our way back to Edinburgh. The tour returns at approximately 5.00pm.

Trip on the world-famous Jacobite Steam Train (only available at the time of booking)

The steam train was featured in a number of Harry Potter movies as the ‘Hogwarts Express’ and is an outstanding way to take in the beautiful scenery of the Scottish west coast. Starting in Fort William, the train travels through some of the most spectacular landscapes of Scotland. The Jacobite passes through Glenfinnan where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his Standard to begin his ill-fated claim to the throne in 1745. We cross over 21 arches of the impressive Glenfinnan Viaduct with amazing views down Loch Sheil and head to the west coast. Look out for the ‘Small Isles’ of Rum, Eigg, Muck and the stunning white beaches used in films such as Local Hero and Highlander. 

Contact details

Highland Explorer Tours
Highland Explorer Tours
60 High Street
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1TB
Starting
Edinburgh Edinburgh & The Lothians Edinburgh - City Centre
Length
5
Days
Transport
Driver guide Small coach
Type
Medium Group (17-30)
Languages
English
Themes
Ancestry Castles Film and TV Food and drink History Island Hopping Landscapes Photography Whisky

Tour prices

From

  • £535 Per Adult
  • £515 Per child
  • £515 Concession
Book now

Prices are subject to change depending on season

Attractions

Tour company information

Highland Explorer Tours

Scotland's landscape is stunningly beautiful with a magnificent history and culture that deserves to be told by the Scottish experts, our Guides. They will bring this heritage to life while ensuring you get to explore our nation's most breathtaking landscapes. Whether you are planning a day trip or a longer visit, our range of tours will give you an unforgettable insight into our country and its people, leaving memories that will last a lifetime.

Opening times

Monday-Sunday by telephone and email: 9:00am–3:00pm

Social Channels

Cookie Policy

VisitScotland uses cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By using our website you consent to our use of cookies. Please read our privacy and cookies statement for more information.