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Discover Edinburgh and the Isle of Skye

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 1,338

Explore Scotland’s capital and its most famous island on this short United Kingdom vacation. Start in Edinburgh, where you’ll have two days to explore the Old Town and head on a bus tour to famous monuments. Then connect to the Isle of Skye to explore the ancient landscape and stunning history of this legendary island.


This 5-day Scottish vacation takes you from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye. It features moderate accommodations, small group tours, and is a great introduction to Scotland.

Your journey begins in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Upon arrival, you’ll have a day to settle in and explore Edinburgh on your own based out of your charming hotel in the Old Town. On your first full day in the city, you’ll head on a small group bus tour to several of the city’s most popular sites, including Edinburgh Castle, Grassmarket, and Calton Hill, including Holyrood Park and Holyrood Palace. After getting a taste for Edinburgh, head north on route to the Isle of Skye. You’ll pass Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument, skirt Loch Luibnaig, stop off at Eilean Donan Castle, and cross the bridge to Skye and the capital, Portree.

On the Isle of Skye, you’ll spend a day exploring in the company of a professional driver/guide. You can follow your interests and dictate the itinerary. Head north to the rock formations of Trotternish Ridge, see the Old Man of Storr, head west into the green valley of Glendale, gaze out over the ocean at Neist Point, or visit Dunvegan Castle, 13th-century home to Clan Macleod. You’ll then return to the mainland, stopping off at Loch Ness to try to spot Nessie before heading through the Perthshire Villages before reaching Edinburgh.

In Edinburgh, you’ll head to the airport or train station to connect to your onward destination.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 1,338

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Day 1

Jurys Inn Edinburgh

Jurys Inn is one of the most centrally positioned hotels in Edinburgh, located just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. Our hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station and a 5-minute walk to Edinburgh Bus Station. Our prime city centre location also means that Jurys Inn guests are a short 15 minute walk from Holyrood Park, which is one of many Edinburgh gems that offers a "unique historic landscape" bursting with heritage and plenty of hills and 'crags' to explore.

Whether you're looking for hotels in Edinburgh for business at the International Conference Centre, or touring Edinburgh Castle and the sights of historic Scotland's capital, our Edinburgh hotel ensures all your destinations are within easy - and always interesting - walking distance.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Jurys Inn Edinburgh

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    Jurys Inn Edinburgh



    Jurys Inn is one of the most centrally positioned hotels in Edinburgh, located just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. Our hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station ...

    Jurys Inn is one of the most centrally positioned hotels in Edinburgh, located just off the famous Royal Mile on Jeffrey Street in the Old Town and surrounded by beautiful architecture. Our hotel in Edinburgh is less than a two-minute walk from Waverly Train Station and a 5-minute walk to Edinburgh Bus Station. Our prime city centre location also means that Jurys Inn guests are a short 15 minute walk from Holyrood Park, which is one of many Edinburgh gems that offers a "unique historic landscape" bursting with heritage and plenty of hills and 'crags' to explore.

    Whether you're looking for hotels in Edinburgh for business at the International Conference Centre, or touring Edinburgh Castle and the sights of historic Scotland's capital, our Edinburgh hotel ensures all your destinations are within easy - and always interesting - walking distance.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Coffee Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Hairdryers
    • Handicap accessible rooms
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift/elevator
    • Meeting Facilities and Planners
    • Public Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service Limited Hours

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Day 2

Edinburgh City Tour - Small Group

Hop aboard your Edinburgh bus tour at Waterloo Place in central Edinburgh. From here, you travel along Princes Street and past Scott's Monument, dedicated to the famous poet and writer Sir Walter Scott. Continuing along Princes Street under the impressive Edinburgh Castle, hear about the famous building itself and the gorgeous gardens that sit below it.

Then head to the Grassmarket, with its array of small boutique shops, traditional Scottish pubs, and restaurants. It functioned both as a lively market place and a notorious place of execution. Back in the day, Edinburgh's criminals were granted one last whisky in the Last Drop pub before being strung up near-by.

Learn about Edinburgh's most famous dog, Greyfriars Bobby and travel around Edinburgh's central university area. The buildings here are stunning, and there's the chance to spot some of the magical places that inspired the Harry Potter books. Your guide will point out the 'birthplace' of Harry Potter, The Elephant House Café on George IV Bridge, where JK Rowling is said to have written some of the books.

Then work your way up to Edinburgh's famous Royal Mile with a short introduction to the Old Town. Meandering back down towards the New Town, venture past the Bank of Scotland headquarters and the National Gallery of Scotland. Here you'll learn about the Scottish pioneers, poets, and writers who once lived in these beautiful Georgian buildings.

Next, head off the beaten track across the Dean Bridge and into Edinburgh's quaint Dean Village. This residential zone was once a separate village and is packed full of charming cobbled lanes. Continue exploring the area, where you'll get a view of Stewart's Melville College and the Galleries of Modern Art. It's here you hear more about Edinburgh as a backdrop for various films and television productions, including Trainspotting, Sunshine on Leith, and Inspector Rebus.

Back towards the city centre, pass the impressive St Mary's Cathedral, one of three cathedrals in Edinburgh. Passing through Edinburgh's prominent business district, Melville Street, then travel along George Street and Queen Street before taking you up past Calton Hill. With its classically influenced architecture, it offers one of the best views of the city.

From here, head down towards the foot of Arthur's Seat, past the Burns monument to Holyrood Park where the regal Holyrood Palace is located. The last leg of your journey takes you up through the Canongate, past the John Knox House and Scottish Storytelling Centre before heading back to Waterloo Place for the end of the tour.

Duration2 Hours
Day 3

Depart Edinburgh for the Isle of Skye

You depart Edinburgh and travel west. This part of your journey is a history lover's dream. You pass Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument, and Doune Castle, before stopping in Callander for refreshments.

Next, we venture north through the splendid scenery surrounding Loch Luibnaig and up to the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor.

You continue through the spectacular mountain pass of Glencoe, scene of the great massacre of the Clan MacDonald in 1692. And after lunch, we pass Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and head into the Great Glen. Travelling west on the "Road to the Isles" you head past the Five Sisters of Kintail.

You then stop at the famous Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's most photographed castles. Crossing over the bridge to Skye, you follow the dramatic coastline, towards the island's capital, Portree. And after all this breath-taking beauty, you're dropped off at your accommodation in the early evening with enough time to go out and explore the town.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Moderate Hotel

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    We try to reserve accommodation that's no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation partners to ensure they reach a certain standard.

    We try to reserve accommodation that's no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation partners to ensure they reach a certain standard.

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Day 4

Exploring the Isle of Skye

Today is a flexible day on Skye. Your driver-guide will ensure you have the best day out no matter what the weather.North of Portree is the Trotternish ridge with spectacular cliffs and rock formations, such as the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the stunning mountain pass of the Quiraing. Further west, the scenery changes again with the emerald green valley of Glendale, the dramatic sea-cliffs of Neist Point (the most westerly point on the island, where you might get lucky and spot some whales or sharks!), and the 13th-century home of the Clan Macleod, Dunvegan Castle.

You return to Portree in the evening.

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Day 5

Isle of Skye to Edinburgh

You travel south through the Cuillin Hills and back over to the mainland for stunning views over Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail.

You visit Loch Ness for lunch and the chance to spot "Nessie"! Heading south through the Grampian mountains along Loch Laggan, famous now as "Monarch of the Glen Country" before passing Dalwhinnie and onwards past Blair Castle.

We stop for refreshments in one of the Perthshire villages before heading past Perth, over the Queensferry Crossing, and back to Edinburgh.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights' accommodation in Edinburgh*
  • Full breakfast daily i Edinburgh
  • Half day small group tour of Edinburg
  • 3 day small group tour of the Isle of Sky including;
    • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
    • 2 nights' accommodation
    • The stories and services of an experienced driver-guide

* Jurys Inn Edinburgh is conveniently located a two minute walk from the railway station. Airport or station transfer can be included at an additional charge.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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