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

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

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Overview

Venture to the Scottish Highlands and spend two nights on the Isle of Skye, including a steam train ride on The Jacobite of the West Highland Railway Line — aka the ‘Hogwarts Express’ of Harry Potter fame. This 3-day guided trip from Edinburgh takes you through Cairngorms National Park to regional highlights such as the Old Man of Storr and the Cuillin Mountains. Visit Eilean Donan Castle, ride the ferry to Mallaig and stop at the legendary Loch Ness. Enjoy daily breakfasts during your hotel or B&B stay in Portree.
  • 3-day Highlands and Isle of Skye trip from Edinburgh
  • See the legendary scenery including the Old Man of Storr and the Cuillin Mountains
  • Ride the famous Hogwarts Express train (as seen in the Harry Potter films) from Mallaig to Fort William
  • Choice of B&B or hotel accommodation

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour takes a different route to and from the Isle of Skye for maximum sightseeing opportunities.
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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
Breakfast (2)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Highland Explorer Tours , 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK
8:00 AM
Waterloo Place , Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, UK
Experience the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye on this 3-day coach trip, round-trip from Edinburgh. You’ll visit Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle, explore Skye’s rugged Cuillin Mountains and cliffs of Trotternish Ridge with your guide, then ride the ferry to Mallaig where you’ll board The Jacobite steam train to Fort William.

Two nights’ accommodation includes a single, twin, or double room in a 3-star hotel or B&B in Portree, selected at booking. Enjoy daily breakfast; all other meals are at your own expense.
Itinerary
Dunkeld Cathedral
We visit the quaint village of Dunkeld with its historic cathedral sitting on the banks of the River Tay.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Fort Augustus Abbey
At Fort Augustus, there is time to explore the shores of Loch Ness and a chance to spot Nessie.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Eilean Donan Castle
The journey continues to the famous Isle of Skye but first, we take in spectacular Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most famous icons.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Sligachan Old Bridge
Learn about some of the island's myths and legends at Sligachan
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight at a 3 star B&B or Hotel in Portree
Meals:
  Not Included
The Old Man of Storr
View the iconic Old Man of Storr
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Kilt Rock
Visit Kilt Rock with its cascading waterfall
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
A visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without learning the fascinating history and clan legend of Dunvegan Castle. Built during 13th and 14th centuries this Hebridean stronghold is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for the past 800 years
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight at a 3 star B&B or Hotel in Portree
Meals:
 Breakfast  
Fort William
Board the Jacobite Steam Train in Mallaig and journey to Fort William, one of the most spectacular railway journeys in the world. The train crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct where a monument to Bonnie Prince Charlie’s campaign now stands.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
The Glencoe Massacre Monument
We head south through the dramatic scenery of Glencoe and wild Rannoch Moor
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
The Green Welly Stop
Short rest stop here before finishing our journey south.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Highland Explorer Tours Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride.
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What is the social distancing policy during 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour Including "Hogwarts Express" Ride.

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  • "One word of advice about the train ride: sit on the right side to get a better view." See review
  • "Isle of Skye and highlands were breathtaking (great weather during a heat wave too) However I would skip the "Hogawarts express" It looks cool on the outside so if you can catch it in the stations, take pics there." See review

Reviews

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Scottish Highlands Tour
Jessica_G
, May 2022
We learned a lot about the history of the Scottish Highlands. The views were spectacular. Tom, our tour guide was very nice and accommodating.
star-5
Great tour with an amazing guide
James_E
, Oct 2021
Amazing tour, and our guide Scott was amazing, possibly the best tour guide I've ever had! We travelled in the off season but still managed to see a lot of cool stuff, and he knew the area incredibly well and had some good alternatives for things that were closed. Lodging on the Isle of Skye at the Skye Inn was great. Bus was comfortable, not crowded, and Covid-19 precautions were well handled.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Awesome Highlands and isle of Skye tour!!
Sarah_C
, Aug 2021
I had an absolutely amazing time traveling solo with my group tour, everyone was so friendly and kind, including out awesome driver, Rich! He was so funny and full of great stories to tell. We traveled from Edinburgh to Isle of Skye with stops in-between. The Hogwarts express ride was a personal highlight, being a huge Harry Potter geek.. I mean fan! Thank you for an incredible adventure! I'd recommend it to anyone wanting to experience the Highlands of Scotland including Harry Potter fans!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect trip for few days
Kerry_O
, Jun 2021
If you want a great taster for Scotland - but only have a few days - this is the trip to take! The itinerary covered lots of ground without feeling too rushed - Highlands and Isle of Skye are spectacular ... the train ride IS worth it - especially if you bring a bit of whisky to enjoy with friends! Our guide Charlie was awesome ! Highly recommend this trip!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
The trip couldn't be better
Jiho_E
, Jun 2021
It was such an amazing and exciting experience. Regardless of the weather, the nature of Highland and Skye is just magnificent and stunning. I couldn't stop taking pictures because I didn't want to miss a moment. Moreover, our guider, Caitlin, and other group members were lovely and friendly companions. Caitlin is the best driver as well as a talented storyteller. The histories and legends, She spoke, were so catching and realistic. Also, fortunately, I could enjoy the sunny weather in the Isle of Skye. The trip couldn't be better.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The best guide EVER
kerry_o
, Sep 2019
A great tour with a good variety of stops and sights. The scenery was amazing, the guesthouse comfortable and the sights worth seeing. The best aspect of our tour was our driver/guide Caitlin. Her enthusiasm, knowledge, stories and story telling ability were brilliant and she interspersed her narrative with music that fitted the history or place. She was without doubt the best guide I have ever had on a tour and her driving ability astounded us all.
star-5
Magical & Memorable!
Julie_S
, Sep 2019
My husband and I booked this tour from Edinburgh in August, while visiting Scotland for our 10 year anniversary. This was the perfect break from the fringe festival, to see the highlands and explore Skye. I had always wanted to visit and found Yvonne the perfect guide- sharing regional stories/folklore, recommendations for our solo downtime, and her impressive driving skills. The b&b we stayed at in Portree (Rosedale) was perfect. Loved the staff, view, food, and ambiance. The train ride was thrilling. We lucked out with sun for most outings to take in the stunning scenery, but well prepared for the occasional shower...part of the charm to experience so many seasons in 1 day. Overall, would highly recommend this trip and will cherish the thoughtful anniversary card we received from Yvonne.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Beautiful, relaxed tour of the highlands
cassondralm
, Sep 2019
Great pacing on the tour, not rushed. Lots of time to explore. Beautiful scenery. Bed and breakfast was lovely. Tour guide Tom was extremely knowledgable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Skye Tour in Scotland
Meander83468
, Aug 2019
Duncan, our driver, demonstrated the utmost professionalism and provided a better than expected tour. Duncan's coach driving skills demonstrated that we should not not rent a car and do this tour on our own. We had an excellent time.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful trip through the isle of skye
moodmd
, Aug 2019
This was the highlight of our 2 week UK trip. It is a lot of time in a bus but the castles and the scenery were worth it. A place like no other. The coach travel was comfortable. The opted for the hotel and stayed in a fantastic place on Portree Harbor. Our guide/ coach driver was fabulous.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thanks for your 5-star review! It is lovely to hear you had a great time on tour and that you enjoyed the Scottish scenery. We hope to see you back again soon. Regards, Emma
star-1
3 day tour
Linda_B
, Aug 2019
My husband and I really enjoyed the tour. Caroline was really good and went out of her way to make it a great experience. We would recommend it to anyone.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
It is brilliant to hear you enjoyed your tour with Caroline and that you would recommend us! I think the 1 star review you made may of been an error. If there is any way you are able to edit it we would really appreciate it. Kind Regards, Emma
star-5
wonderful tour
Anna_P
, Aug 2019
Steve did a great job of taking us around the Highlands. The tour was fun, informative and gorgeous. We stayed in a nice hotel with a great dinner. Steve was very patient with my daughter. All in all, we had a wonderful time.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thanks for your review. It is lovely to hear you had such a good time on tour with Steve. We hope to see you back in Scotland soon! Kind Regards, Emma
star-4
Isle of Skye is as advertised, but skip the 'Hogwarts Express'
Eastonboy
, Aug 2019
Tours always depend on the guide. Rich was fun and informative as well as flexible. Isle of Skye and highlands were breathtaking (great weather during a heat wave too) However I would skip the "Hogawarts express" It looks cool on the outside so if you can catch it in the stations, take pics there. But the ride is in older club cars (not sleepers) without a/c and the view (aside from the 15 second Roman terrace section) is obscured by close cropped trees or hills for most of the trip.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thanks for your review. It is brilliant to hear you had such a good time on tour with Rich. I am sorry to hear you were not impressed with the Jacobite Steam train as it is normally popular with our guests. We hope to see you back in Scotland again soon! Kind Regards, Emma
star-5
Do it!! The best tour ever!
Maryanne_F
, Jul 2019
This was the most beautiful scenery, entertaining and informative guide. Beautiful bed and breakfast. You must see it to believe it.
star-5
5 stars plus!! The places were unreal & tour guide Katlyn is amazing!
Theresa_C
, Jul 2019
Just a dream! We highly recommend this tour and tour guide. I would do it again and bring even more friends to experience the magic of Skye!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you so much for your fantastic review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour so much. Best, Ronja
star-4
3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour
Lillian B
, Jul 2019
The tour was really informative. learned alot from the driver Micheal and just seeing all the places you'd never get to on your own. I must compliment Haggis Adventures on the Inn in Portree. wonderful, comfortable , need a few shelves in the shower, but all round this is a smart venture. Enjoyed.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you for your great review. It is wonderful to hear that you had a good time on the Isle of Skye and that you enjoyed Micheal's stories as well as your accommodation in Portee. Hopefully, we will be welcoming you back again on one of our tours in the future. Best, Ronja
star-5
An incredible day!
Angela_B
, Jun 2019
Fiona was very knowledgeable about all the places we visited. She did a great job driving the bus all over the tiny one way roads in Isle of Skye. My daughter and I had a wonderful trip! I highly recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thanks for your 5-star review! It is wonderful you and your daughter had such a great time with Fiona. Hopefully we see you again soon! Kind Regards, Emma
star-5
3 Day Isle of Skye tour
Linda G
, Jun 2019
Our bus driver / tour guide Rich was fantastic! He knows his Scottish history and was able to entertain everyone on the tour! Highly recommend!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Hi Linda thanks for your 5-star review! It is great you enjoyed having Rich has a guide and you would recommend us. Hopefully we see you or your friends soon! Regards, Emma
star-5
Delightful tour!
OnAir55625321491
, May 2019
#fionasbus A great tour with Fiona, our guide and driver, with a wonderful itinerary and accommodations. It was a great way to see a lot of Scotland in 3 days. Finona made the trip very personal--providing us with carrots to feed the Highland Coos, the Scotland flag for some unforgettable pictures and other numerous personal touches along the way. Enjoyed every bit of this tour.
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Hello, thank you for your kind review! We are glad to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your tour with Fiona to the Highlands and Isle of Skye. We hope to see you on another tour again. Best, Victoria
star-5
Scottish gem to Isle of Skye
Escape63576291672
, May 2019
My brother and I really enjoyed the 3 day experience to Isle of Skye. Our guides Kirsty, Ross and Kylie were very informative, knowledgeable and went above and beyond to assist us and make the trip very enjoyable. They had a great sense of humour and added very relevant personal experiences relating to the places we visited and Ross's stories relating to the 'Outlander' Series filming were fascinating. The hotel accomodation views and setting in Portree were beautiful and the tour program was very varied and comprehensive without feeling rushed! We hope to travel again on other tours next time we return from Australia!
icon Response from Host , May 2019
Hello, thank you for your great review. It is amazing to hear you enjoyed your tour guides stories about Scotland on your 3 days Isle of Skye tour. We are glad to know you felt that the accommodation was beautiful. We hope to see you on another tour again. Best, Victoria

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