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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride provided by Highland Explorer Tours

3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh, Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Updated 23/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 23/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A DIY tour of the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye may leave you focused on the planning and driving rather than the sights. This 3-day tour from Edinburgh lets you concentrate on the scenery as you cross the Highlands to Skye. Visit Loch Ness, tour Skye, ride the steam train that doubled as “Hogwarts Express,” and more, all with guided commentary, transport, and B&B or hotel accommodations included.
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12 stops
Day 1
Edinburgh to Portree
Day 2
Isle of Skye
Day 3
Portree to Edinburgh
  • Hassle-free 3-day Scottish Highlands and Skye round-trip tour from Edinburgh
  • Tour the Highlands and Skye by midi-coach with no driving or planning worries
  • Experience Loch Ness, Skye, Glencoe, and “Hogwarts Express” steam train
  • Choice of B&B or hotel accommodations, with breakfasts and transport included
What to Expect
Take a trip through the stunning Scottish Highlands and to the Isle of Skye on this 3-day coach tour from Edinburgh. Traveling by comfortable midi-coach, journey through magnificent Highland scenery and stop en route to take in Loch Ness and explore Eilean Donan Castle. Then, venture to the romantic island of Skye to stay for two nights. Admire its craggy Cuillin Mountains, Trotternish Ridge, and charming capital of Portree and then, on Day Three, take the ferry to Mallaig to ride the Jacobite steam train that served as “Hogwarts Express” in the Harry Potter movies to Fort William, before finishing in Edinburgh. Your tour includes two nights at a guesthouse or 3-star hotel (your choice on booking), plus transport, two breakfasts, the train ride, and Dunvegan Castle admission. All other meals and activities are at your own expense.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Highland Explorer Tours, 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
3 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star B&B or hotels
  • Steam Train from Mallaig to Fort William
  • Breakfast daily
  • Transport by air-conditioned midi-coach
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
  • Entry/Admission - Fort William
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Armadale Castle, Gardens & Museum of the Isles
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Additional Info
  • Please select room type when booking.
  • Minimum age is 5 years, we are unable to accommodate children under this age
  • Each traveler is allowed a maximum of 1 suitcase weighing no more than 33lbs (15kg) and 1 carry-on bag
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them to board and disembark
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Victoria84 wrote a review Jan 2020
Oakland, California1 contribution
Highly recommend the Isle of Skye and Highland Tour with Kirsty! This is the way to see the highlands, listening to Scottish music (both old and new) and hearing history and tales of this wonderful country while NOT driving...simply enjoying.
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Date of experience: August 2019
Lesley D wrote a review Jan 2020
Houston, Texas11 contributions3 helpful votes
Amazing! Travel through the most beautiful landscape. Frequent stops to take pictures and explore. We never felt that we were on a bus too long. Our guide was excellent, she was knowledgeable and friendly. While accommodations on the isle of Skye weren’t awesome they were
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Mike Y wrote a review Dec 2019
29 contributions5 helpful votes
It runs pretty much on time, so go early to find a parking place to view the bridge and smoking train. One kid and his mom got there late after the train had gone by over the famous trestle and he was crying really bad. So go early. Dress for whatever the weather. Hike down into
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Date of experience: October 2019
1 Helpful vote
Leanda R wrote a review Oct 2019
4 contributions2 helpful votes
Did this tour in September 2019. Thought I had to give a review to recommend our guide Iain, because I hadn’t seen his name in many of the reviews. I agree with all the other reviewers, this is an amazing tour, you see so much in 3 days and the Scottish Highlands and Isle of
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Date of experience: September 2019
2 Helpful votes
Britt Karin F wrote a review Sep 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
My title includes it all. Highly recommended! In he first hours at the tour, it was a bit difficult to understand the scottish dialect to Rich, since my husband and I are not used to it. But later on we do. And he was a great storyteller! We were not interested in Harry Potter,
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Date of experience: September 2019
1 Helpful vote
About the operator

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By: Highland Explorer Tours
The single best Highland tour you can take from Edinburgh. Period.
This was easily the highlight of my trip to Scotland. Myself and two friends were college students abroad, and we d
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Fab trip, lovely people, simply awesome
Highly recommended, amazing fairytale-like tour. Would do it again in a heart beat! Wish we stayed longer!
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Excellent one day tour
I was on the one day tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness and it was a fantastic experience. I highly recommend this fo
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Lovely Highland Experience
Absolutely beautiful. Every moment was breathtaking. Every location was grand and our tour guide was so packed with
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3 day Highlands Tour
Stevie P was a great guide and made the tour fun and entertaining the whole way through. Highly recommended!! Thank
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Visit to the Highlands
The trip from Edinburgh was very well organised from start to finish and as pensioners this is very important. Stev
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Wonderful experience
We wend on a full day trip to explore the Highlands and Loch Ness. The landscape was breathtakingly beautiful. We w
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Devashis B
Best way around Scotland.
Well, we chose this tour as it was taking us to most of the interesting places around Scotland. In fact we took 2 o
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Grrreat Times in the Highlands! :)
We absolutely loved this tour that brought us to some of the most beautiful and iconic sceneries of the Scottish la
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Our bus driver + guide was John S. Absolute pleasure listening to the historical facts, myths and sayings about Sco
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Make the most out of a day tour!!
If you want to make the most out of a day tour, choose Highland Expreience Tours. Loch Ness&Glencoe tour was absolu
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Highlands and Loch Ness Explorer tour with Stevie P.
Thank you for the fantastic tour at the Highlands and Loch Ness. Stevie P. is a great driver and a super knowledgea
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Definitely something you should do!
Went on a the trip today, had a wonderful time with our driver Callum! Lots of stories and fun facts. Definitely so
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Great tour, great driver Stevie P.
Took the one day tour to the Loch Ness. Had a great time. The driver was very knowledgeable about Scottish history
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There's no opportunity to take a picture on the way and we lost so many beautiful stuff. I hope i can have more cha
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Key Details
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  • Duration: 3 days
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