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Isle of Skye
3 Days 2 Nights
Highlands - Eilean Donan Castle - Skye - Glenelg - Loch Ness Pitlochry - Edinburgh

Day 1:
Highlands, Eilean Donan Castle & Skye
Depart Edinburgh at 9:30 and travel west passing Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and continue towards Stirling with its imposing castle and views of the Wallace Monument. We then pass Doune Castle, set of Monty Python's "Holy Grail" before stopping in Callander for refreshments. After Callander we head into the Highlands, passing Loch Luibnaig, Loch Earn, Crianlarich and Tyndrum, stopping for lunch on the way. We continue north through Glencoe, scene of the great massacre of the Clan Macdonald in 1692. We will then pass Fort William and head up to the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge observing the great views of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. Your tour now takes the "Road to the Isles" through the splendor of the Five Sisters of Kintail, the mountains guarding the pass on the way to the Isle of Skye. We stop to visit the famous Eilean Donan Castle, used in the film "Highlander", set at the junction of 3 lochs as protection against Viking raiders. Crossing over the sea to Skye, you travel up to the picturesque harbor town of Portree, stopping for dinner on the way. In the early evening you are dropped off at your accommodation where you are free to go out and explore the town.

Day 2: Flexible Day in Skye
There are many possibilities depending on the weather, and we take passengers preferences into account. You may for example: Travel north to the stunning Quiraing mountain pass and enjoy a spectacular walk through some of Skye's extraordinary geological scenery or visit Kilt Rock, composed of basalt columns (reminiscent of the pleats in a kilt) with a waterfall cascading over the cliffs and down into the sea below. After lunch you can go over to Neist Point for a walk to the lighthouse, which is the furthest point west on Skye. Or go over to Dunvegan Castle, ancient ancestral seat of the Clan McLeod. Talisker Distillery is also here, as are the famous Cuillin Hills. In the early evening you are returned to your accommodation to enjoy a free night in Portree.

Day 3: Glenelg, Loch Ness, Pitlochry - Return to Edinburgh
We will pick you up from your accommodation and travel south through the Cuillin Hills and down the old drovers road to catch the small ferry (summer only) over to Glenelg on the mainland. This is a magical journey and there are often seal sightings on the way. It's also where Gavin Maxwell (Ring of Bright Water) lived with his otters. After a relaxing coffee break, we drive to the top of the Mam Ratagan mountain pass and stop for stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Onto Loch Ness for lunch and the possibility of spotting "Nessie". There is a boat trip (summer only) available here that will get you that much closer! Then head south through the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan, made famous now as "Monarch of the Glen Country". We will pass Dawhinnie, home to Scotland's highest whisky Distillery, and Blair Castle. In Pitlochry we will stop for refreshments before heading back to Edinburgh, passing Perth and crossing the Forth Road Bridge. Arrival in Edinburgh at approximately 7:30.

Departures: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday (All year)

Tour includes:
- Transportation by top of the line 16 seat Mercedes minicoaches, for a more personal service
- Forced air ventilation as standard
- Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide
- All ferry and bridge crossings
- Rabbie's Discount Card - money off restaurants, shopping and attractions

Tour not included:

- Lunch and refreshments
- Entrances to all Visitor Attractions
- Accommodation - the tour price does not include accommodation, but this gives you an opportunity to choose the type of accommodation you wish to stay in according to your budget, and we will book it for you - Hostel, B&B or Hotel.


Last Modified 08/05/03

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