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Haggis Adventures: Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye - 3 Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Key Highlights

  • Discover Scotland in a sociable group on this great tour specially designed for young travelers and backpackers
  • This tour visits Stirling Castle, Fort William, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and more
  • Tours are led by the famous “Haggis Guides” are all highly trained, entertaining and passionate locals – your historians, comedians, storytellers, drivers and DJ’s all rolled into one
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Nov 16 - 31 Dec 16: Monday & Friday
    01 Jan 17 - 28 Feb 17: Friday
    01 Mar 17 - 30 Apr 17: Monday & Friday
    01 May 17 - 31 May 17: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
    01 Jun 17 - 30 Sep 17: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
    01 Oct 17 - 31 Oct 17: Monday, Wednesday & Friday
    01 Nov 17 - 31 Dec 17: Monday & Friday

    Duration

    3 Days/2 Nights

    Start time

    08:30am

    Meeting Point

    The tour starts from 60 High Street, the Royal Mile in Edinburgh.

    Ending Point

    Tour returns to the original starting point

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Set out on one of the famous "Haggis Adventures" a three-day exploration of the awesome Highlands and Isle of Skye exploring Loch Ness, Glencoe and the wild west coast.

    With a friendly tour group you will travel past the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle, enjoying views of Fort William and Britain’s highest mountain before taking on the Great Glen. Tour the village of Fort Augustus popular for the Nessie sightings, believed to live in the depths of the Loch on Caledonian Canal. Trace the entire length of Loch Ness, searching for a priceless glimpse of the legendary monster!

    At the Isle of Skye, you will see ruined castles, spectacular scenery, Viking fortresses, home to the legendary MacLeod and MacDonald clans. Immersed in Celtic myths and legends, hear all about the fairies and local characters who have contributed to the rich history of this magical island.

    The tour is a fantastic introduction to Scotland, offering a real flavor of this magnificent country that will leave you desperate to return and discover more.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Edinburgh to Loch Ness

    The tour starts from 60 High Street, the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, where you will be picked up in an air-conditioned coach. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

    Depart from Scotland’s capital and head to Stirling, home to legends such as William Wallace and Robert the Bruce and scene of many of Scotland’s most famous and bloody battles. The route north takes you through the dramatic and inspiring Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands offering some of the finest scenery in Europe.

    Further on, proceed to Fort William which forms a part of the Western Highlands of Scotland, in the shadow of mighty Ben Nevis (Britain’s highest mountain). The area has pretty villages and hamlets which give you a glimpse into the local way of life. Travel through the Great Glen and proceed to the village of Fort Augustus dissected by Caledonian Canal which enters Loch Ness to the north.

    Spend the night at a 3 or 4 star hostel in Fort Augustus with self catering kitchens and laundry facilities. The accommodation will be reserved, but you will have to pay locally. Your breakfast, lunch and dinner are not included in the package and is payable direct.

    Day 2: Loch Ness to Isle of Skye

    In the morning, set out to explore the Isle of Skye situated off the west coast of Mainland Scotland. Skye is known for its natural beauty, history and wildlife. As you explore this beautiful island, you will realize that Gaelic culture and heritage pervade the atmosphere, with each part of the island having its own tales of the days of yore.

    After exploring Skye, your will stay overnight at the legendary 4-star Morag’s Lodge on the banks of Loch Ness. The hostel has comfortable rooms with en-suite facilities, superb shower, a bar with open fire and live music, self catering kitchen. Breakfast and dinner are also available here.

    Day 3: Loch Ness to Edinburgh

    Before heading south en route for Edinburgh, you will follow the entire length of Loch Ness. Visit Inverness, capital of the Highlands, and head for the brooding Culloden Moor, a site of defeat of Bonne Prince Charlie’s Jacobite uprising. Halt along the way for lunch (cost not included) and continue south to Pitlochry, a tourist centre of Highland Perthshire famous for its scenery and hydroelectric dam with salmon ladder.

    Further on, proceed to Dunkeld flanked by Loch Tay and surrounded by wooded hills and crags. At the heart of the village, you will come across late 17th century houses alongside the ancient cathedral. You will pass through many pretty villages of Perthshire Highland before heading back to Edinburgh.

    Return to Edinburgh and the tour ends at 60 High Street, the Royal Mile in Edinburgh (the original starting point).

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Accommodation (applicable from 01st January 2017)
    • Transportation in air-conditioned coach
    • English-speaking guide
    • FREE Lonely Planet guidebook
    • Free Audio-guide in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese and Chinese (£30.00 refundable deposit to submitted when picking the guide)

    Exclusions

    • Accommodation cost is not included but is guaranteed on all trips - we reserve the beds and you pay as you go. The price is between £18 and £24 per person per night in shared dorm accommodation.
    • All meals
    • Entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm departure details.

    You will pay for your hotel accommodation on arrival. Budget Approx. £18-24 per night for shared accommodation and from Approx. £25 per night if you want a private room (private rooms cannot be guaranteed).

    Meals allow a minimum of £3 for breakfast, £4 for lunch and £6 for dinner.

    For entrance fee, you will need Approx. £3 per day.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. On a typical day you will leave the hostel at around 08:30am and arrive at your next hostel around 5:30pm. During the day you will spend as much time as possible off the coach.It is important that the people that know the country show you around – the locals. The wild and sexy “Haggis Guides” are all highly trained, entertaining and passionate locals – your historians, comedians, storytellers, drivers and DJ’s all rolled into one. Over the last 15 years they have earned the reputation as the best in the business. They have a deep love for their country and want you to love it as much as them.
  • Reviews
    • Wonderful Tour!

      Had a great time during our tour. The guides were great and the scenery was amazing....

      Gregory Najgebauer
    • High Skye Dreaming

      I have had a magical time on this tour. It was a perfect combination of touring, history, sightseeing, walking and humour. Greg and Hendo/Paddy know their material backwards, and...

      Donal C Menzies
    • EXCELLENT TRIP WITH DAVE

      Dave is a funny guider and we reall had a super fun with him!...

      MISS SHUQIONG CHEN
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