We regularly get asked by our clients to do a 2 day trip to Edinburgh taking in the main sights including the Isle of Skye. Given the the amount of driving involved this isn’t a trip that’s often offered, however by thinking out of the box it is certainly possible! Behold our Isle of Skye Two Day Tour from Edinburgh!
How the Isle of Skye Two Day Tour from Edinburgh works
First of all you need to get yourself to Inverness. If you are short on time you can get a late bus or train up the night before, click here for details. This beautiful journey passes through the Cairngorm National Park and there is lots to see en-route (remember in summer it doesn’t get dark until late, so even up until 11pm in mid-summer you’ll get nice views!). You’ll then need to spend the night in Inverness in one of our many fine guest houses and hotels. It’s worth noting that your train/bus ticket bookings and hotels along the way are not included in our tour price!
The next day you will join our legendary Isle of Skye tour from Inverness. We’ve plenty of room in our hold for you to take luggage, just mention it in your booking form. On this tour you will see many of the highlights of Skye including the Quiraing, the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the Cuillin mountains. This is an amazing tour and we are sure you will absolutely love it!
Following your amazing Isle of Skye tour, you then have a choice. The easiest option is to come back to Inverness. This will allow you to see Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle on the return journey. The following morning you can either get the train or bus back to Edinburgh. Please note that it is not possible to get back by public transportation the same night. However, our recommended option for the slightly more adventurous traveller is listed below!
Spend the night on the Isle of Skye
We can drop you off on the Isle of Skye at the end of the day in either Portree, Sligachan, Sconser or Broadford. You could even consider staying on Raasay as well! The following day you would need to make your way to the Armadale Ferry terminal. There are regular buses run by Stagecoach throughout the day. Full details and timetables can be found on their website. It is also possible to get a taxi.
Ferry to the mainland
From Armadale you get the ferry over to the mainland. This is an incredible journey and you often see wildlife, including dolphins, on the crossing.
Legendary West Highland Railway Line
When you arrive in Mallaig you can get get onboard the train which will take you through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. If you sit on the right, you will get great views of both the Silver Sands of Morar and Glenfinnan. The train arrives at Fort William and continues it’s journey through the Scottish Highlands, passing Scotland’s most remote station at Rannoch Moor.
The journey begins by passing by Lochs Eilt, Ailort and Nan Uamh, before arriving at the Silver Sands of Morar (sit on the right for the best views of this!). As the journey continues you’ll pass through stunning beautiful Scottish countryside, before passing over the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct. This is ‘probably the most famous piece of rail track in the world’ as it featured in the Harry Potter films and is lovingly referred to as the Harry Potter bridge now!
Ben Nevis and Glencoe
On a clear day you will get good views of Britain’s highest peak, Ben Nevis, before passing through the steep sided Monessie gorge and onto Rannoch Moor, where Britain’s highest and most remote station is to be found. This bleak yet beautiful landscape has to be seen to be believed. In the far distance you will catch a glimpse of the iconic mountains of Glencoe too.
The train heads towards Crianlarich, first passing over a horseshoe shaped curve behind the peak of Glen Dorain. This is just one of the many pieces of engineering wizardry that are to be found on this line.
Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park
The train then continues on to Ardlui where you arrive at the ‘Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond’ and pass through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, before arriving in the city of Glasgow. From here there are regular trains back to Edinburgh.
Of course, the are many options but by using the train, you can get off at some of the wonderful locations en-route and extend your trip. Our personal favourite is to stay in Britain’s most remote youth hostel in Corrour and spend a few days hiking. For more inspiration visit Scotrail’s website.