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The Hairy Coo Guide with Guests on the Quiraing, Isle of Skye
Quiraing, Isle of Skye © The Hairy Coo

The Hairy Coo 3-Day Isle of Skye, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Inverness & Highlands Tour

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January — December

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The Hairy Coo is a multi-award winning, 5-star Scottish Tour Operator. Unmissable 3-Day Isle of Skye, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Inverness & Highlands Tour departing from Edinburgh every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Lead by your expert, local Hairy Coo Tour Guide, you will visit all of the must-see highlights of Scotland, including the Isle of Skye, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Doune Castle, Loch Ness, Glencoe, Culloden Battlefield and Scotland's two National Parks. 

During your unforgettable tour, you will spend two nights in the Capital of Highlands, beautiful Inverness. This tour allows you to experience more of Scotland in just 3 days, than with any other company!

Day 1

8.30AM – Departing Edinburgh, we travel up the Forth Valley towards the historic city of Stirling, where you’ll catch a glimpse of Stirling Castle and The Wallace Monument (weather permitting!). Be inspired by tales from your guide of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. We make our way North, before arriving at Doune Castle.

This 14th Century Castle has been a setting on Outlander (Castle Leoch), Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Game of Thrones. If you venture inside, you’ll see one of the best-preserved medieval Great Halls in Scotland.

Continuing north, into the ‘Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park‘, it’s time to meet a few of the locals, by meeting some of our famous Scottish Highland Cows (Hairy Coos)!!!! Native to Scotland, these magnificent yak-like creatures love to pose for your photos!

Enjoy your first taste of the Highlands as we drive along the banks of picturesque Loch Lubnaig and further into the rugged Highlands. Admire the scenery as your tour guide explains the remarkable tribal ‘Clan’ history of the Highlands, and you hear about the most famous Highlander of them all, ‘Rob Rob MacGregor’.

Follow in the footsteps of James Bond (Skyfall) and Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban), as you discover the beautiful and haunting ‘Glencoe’, the most magnificent and famous valley in Scotland. The spectacular scenery will stay with you forever. Your guide will recount the tale of the infamous ‘Massacre of Glencoe’ that took place here in 1692, a tragic story of murder, politics and tribal hatred. Here you’ll go for a short nature walk, take some photos, and soak up the eerie atmosphere.

You’ll follow the beautiful ‘Road to the Isles‘ to the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct. If you're lucky, you'll even get to watch as the Hogwarts’ Express (Jacobite Steam Train) passes by. Historically this stunning viewpoint also marks the spot where Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) landed in Scotland and raised his standard prior to the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. Go to the top of the monument for the best views of the Glen, as your guide entertains you with the dramatic story of how this event changed the course of European history.

We travel north to the Southern banks of Loch Ness, in the charming village of Fort Augustus. Get your cameras ready to get some pictures of the infamous ‘Nessie’ Monster! We drive the full length of Loch Ness, stopping to take in the views of Urquhart Castle, then we arrive in Inverness, the Capital of the Scottish Highlands, where your guide will drop you at your accommodation where you’ll stay for 2 nights.

The evening is your own to explore the city. Meet up with your fellow travellers and enjoy a meal in a local restaurant or traditional Highland pub. Inverness has a huge variety of establishments to choose from, whether you’d like to try our national dish of Haggis, Neeps & Tatties, washed down with a wee dram of Scotch Whisky or a Local Beer. After dinner, head to the world-famous Hootenanny’s bar which has traditional Scottish musicians playing every night.

If local beer and whisky isn't your scene, you can enjoy an evening stroll along the banks of the famous River Ness, where you’ll find Inverness Castle, and Inverness Cathedral.

Day 2

The magical Isle of Skye! Today is all about exploring this breathtaking landscape, known once by the Vikings as the ‘Winged Isle’ or by Scots, romantically, as ‘The Misty Isle’, it was voted 4th best island in the world to visit by National Geographic Magazine! We believe the Isle of Skye is THE BEST island in the World, and we’re sure you’ll agree on this tour.

After breakfast at your accommodation, you’ll depart Inverness. The tour will cross the Kessock Bridge and begin our journey to Skye, via The Black Isle. Travelling through some of the most remote communities of mainland Britain, you will marvel at the spectacular scenery of Achnasheen and Loch Carron.

We stop for photographs of the famous Skye Bridge. Opened in 1995, this bridge has a remarkable history. With views of Skye’s Cuillin Mountain range in the distance, it’s a beautiful backdrop.

The Sligachan River flows majestically from the Black Cuillin Mountains, a truly magical location for your guide to introduce you to the local folklore of the island’s Faeries and Giants!

Enjoy lunch in the picturesque harbour town of Portree, the largest town on Skye. It has interesting pubs, restaurants and bakeries for you to try Fish and Chips (and other local foods) to give you enough energy for an afternoon exploring the rest of the island.

We explore the dramatic Trotternish Peninsula, with iconic rock formations which have made this area the perfect backdrop for recent movies such as B.F.G, Prometheus and Stardust. Highlights this afternoon will include the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, The Quiraing and Uig.

Having explored Skye, we head back towards the mainland, arriving at Eilean Donan Castle, which is thought to be the most beautiful castle in Scotland! Built upon a rocky island at the head of three Sea Lochs (similar to Fjords), you will be struck by this iconic Scottish landmark and the beautiful mountains and glistening waters that surround it. Your guide will show you the best spot to get that ‘postcard-perfect photograph! Our journey continues past the Five Sisters of Kintail before arriving back into Inverness at approx. 8 pm.

Day 3

You depart Inverness to begin your journey south, and on this day you’ll see waterfalls, visit the site of one of the most important battles in Scotland’s history, neolithic standing-stones, visit an authentic Scotch Whisky-Distillery, and journey through the stunning Cairngorms National Park.

Your guide shows you the fields of Culloden Moor/Battlefield, and you’ll hear the story of this infamous battle, which in 1746 was the last battle to be fought on British soil. This marked the end of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s hopes of becoming King. This battle changed Scotland, Britain and Europe forever. Walking on the site where many thousands of Highlanders died, One of the most sombre sites in the country, for many Scots, this is where “…the old Scotland died”.

It's then a short journey to Clava Cairns, where Diana Gabaldon found inspiration for ‘Craig Na Dun’ in the Outlander series. These fascinating Bronze-Age Standing-Stones, and burial chambers, are thought to be over 4,000 years old! Walk between the stones, and hear from your guide about who built this intriguing place, and why.

You’ll then experience Highland life in the 18th century, and visit authentic Highland blackhouses, at the ‘Highland Folk Museum’ (free entry) in Newtonmore. You’ll see the homes people lived in 300 years ago, the clothes they wore, and how they went about their daily lives. The folk museum also has an on-site cafe where you can have lunch during our 90-minute visit. Also used as a filming location for Outlander, this place gives you a unique insight into the lives and struggles of the Highland people.**

You’ll then travel south to the Dalwhinnie Whisky-Distillery. Set almost 1,200ft above sea level, this picturesque distillery in beautiful surroundings produces one of the Classic Single-Malt Whiskies of Scotland. You’ll have the option of taking a 45-minute tour around this working distillery, followed by a short whisky-tasting experience.

Our final stop on our 3-day adventure is in the Highland village of Dunkeld, which sits on the longest river in Scotland, the River Tay. You’ll take a short walk to the town’s beautiful Dunkeld Cathedral. This cathedral, with a history stretching back over 1,200 years provides a final chance for photographs, before we depart for Edinburgh, arriving back in the city centre around 6.00pm.

Accommodation

For this tour, you will require a two-night stay in the City of Inverness.

Accommodation is not included in our tour price, however, we are more than happy to give you some recommendations for your stay in Inverness. Please find these below: 

Hostel: Black Isle Bar Hostel

B&B: Roseneath Guesthouse or Adrians' Guesthouse (01463 232953)

Hotel: Penta Hotel Inverness

If you would like to research other places to stay, then we would kindly ask that you use our city centre drop off point as a reference of which location in Inverness you should book. The drop off is located at 26 Queensgate, Inverness IV1 1DJ. 

Once you have booked your accommodation, we kindly ask that you get in touch to advise us of the address. All accommodation should be booked under a fully flexible policy, with the option to cancel in the event the tour cannot go ahead.

Covid Update

In light of us significantly reducing capacity on all of our tours, departures must now meet a minimum number of passengers in order to operate. Passengers affected by cancellations will be contacted one week before departure to discuss a full refund or transfer to another operator.

Sadly, it is not possible for us to include the Whisky Distillery optional extra or a visit to Doune Castle at this time. Instead, your Driver Guide will allocate additional time and stops elsewhere throughout the day.

COVID-19 information

In recognition that this business has confirmed that they have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

Contact details

The Hairy Coo
Suite 6 & 7
St Johns Studios
46A Constitution Street, Edinburgh
Midlothian
Scotland
EH6 6RS
Starting
Edinburgh - City Centre
Length
3
Days
Transport
Driver guide Small coach
Type
Medium Group (17-30) Private
Languages
English
Themes
Castles Food and drink History Landscapes Photography Whisky

COVID-19 facilities

  • Advance booking essential
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 refund and cancellation policy in place
  • Capacity limit
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Hand sanitiser available to visitors & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas

Tour prices

From

  • £138 Per Adult
  • £118 Per child
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The Hairy Coo

With thousands of online 5 star reviews we, The Hairy Coo, are a tour company that you can always rely on to provide exceptional service, who you can put your trust in to make your Scottish getaway the most fun, exciting, freeing experience; full of stories of our rich history, folklore, myths and legends. With decades of experience amongst our Driver Guides you are in safe hands and can bet you will have an experience you’ll never forget. We are proud to say The Hairy Coo is an independant and local business with an international reach to share with the world the very best of Scotland.

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