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Isle of Skye & Loch Ness 3 Day Tour

Isle of Skye & Loch Ness Tour

Spend 3 magical days travelling through Scotland to the wonderful Isle of Skye. Experience first hand the incredible scenery and folklore on a private guided tour of Scotland. We travel across the ‘Highland Boundary Fault line’  into the heart of the Scottish highlands and explore the famous Isle of Skye. The ‘Misty Isle’ has earned a huge reputation and after 3 days on a private Isle of Skye tour from Edinburgh, you’ll understand why –  Enquire about Private Guided Tours of Scotland

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‘Niall is an experienced Scottish tour guide. Raised in the mountains and glens of Scotland and inspired by his father, renowned Scottish author and historian Dr. Rennie McOwan, Niall feels passionately about his role as a bespoke private tour guide.

Directly descended from legendary Highland stalker Donald Ross, Chief Stalker to the Duke of Portland, Niall aims to give clients the best possible experience whether it be heritage related , historical, cultural  or perhaps a mixture of all three – the best that Scotland has to offer’  Read more….

Isle of Skye Tour from Edinburgh

Your Journey

Relax and enjoy the incredible scenery and folklore of the magical Isle of Skye with Scottish Guided Tours – Marvel at majestic Loch Ness and the beautiful Scottish Highlands over 3 wonderful days. Book a private guided tour of Scotland and travel to the heart of the Scottish highlands & the Isle of Skye. Join one of our favourite journeys and walk in the footsteps of Highland Warriors as we cross the ‘Highland Line’ into the land of our ancient people – Explore the history of our lands and local culture. Epic tales of giants, witches and warriors have been passed down through the generations. As your private tour guide, telling stories and sharing local folklore help make our tour to the magical Isle of Skye, a truly unique journey. Enquire about a private guided tour with Scottish Guided Tours – Contact us

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Why Scottish Guided Tours?

Door to Door Service

Your private tour guide shall greet you at your chosen location. Hotel, B&B or even Cruise Ship Terminal. The most convenient start possible to your private tour of Scotland. Complete Door to Door service from Scottish Guided Tours. 

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Your Guides

Niall and his team of experienced Scottish Tour Guides aim to give the best possible experience, whether heritage related, historical, cultural or perhaps, a mixture of all three. Fun and authentic private guided tours of Scotland – The best Scotland has to offer.


Our brand new vehicles ensure great views, comfort and plenty of room for all travellers and luggage. Private Tours of Scotland exclusively for your group of travelling companions.

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Private Tours

Scottish Guided Tours deliver fantastic private tours of Scotland exclusively for your group of travellers. No travellers shall be mixed with any other private groups. Bespoke tours of Scotland designed around your time frame & interests.

Covid-19 Precautions

All vehicles are meticulously cleaned. Face masks and sanitiser are provided. Private guided tours are exclusively for family or fellow travelling companions. Private tours of Scotland are the safest way to travel.

Day One 


 We depart Edinburgh and are quickly travelling NW, and the imposing landmark of Stirling Castle is in the distance.
The Royal Burgh of Stirling was once the home of Kings and Queens, including Mary Queen of Scots. Stirling Castle was the most important castle in Scotland, and the story of these lands shall unfold as we travel towards the highlands. In a few miles, the scenery changes and we are immersed in one of Scotlands National Parks.  
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Stirling Castle is the most important Castle in Scotland. A great landmark on our Isle of Skye Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience first hand the wonderful scenery and folklore as we travel across the “Highland Boundary Fault line’ from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye.
The ‘Highland Line’ or Highland Boundary Fault Line’ is a fault line of lochs and mountains running from the North East to the South West of Scotland. 
The contrast in the landscape between the lowlands and highlands of Scotland and the protection it provided is one reason the Highland Clan system was the last tribal system in Europe.
An unforgettable landscape and a great start to our  Isle of Skye & Loch Ness tour from Edinburgh.


The Highlands & Glencoe


Breathtaking Glencoe awaits, and the beautiful scenery and bloody history are all around us. Glencoe is Scotlands most famous Glens (valley) 

On our Isle of Skye & Loch Ness tour, hear the history and folklore of Glencoe and how, in the late 17th century, the MacDonalds of Glencoe suffers a terrible fate!

Witches and heroes from ancient folklore have lived in this magical place.

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Stob Dearg, Buachaille Etive Mor at sunrise, Glencoe on our Isle of Skye Tour from Edinburgh.

Ben Nevis & Lochaber


Lochaber is home to Ben Nevis, Scotland`s and the UK`s tallest mountain. After a photo stop at the ‘Ben’, we continue on our journey to the Isle of Skye from Edinburgh.

The further into the Scottish Highlands we travel, the more unique and beautiful  Scotland becomes. History and tales of the people who shaped these lands around every corner.

Tales of Jacobites, Highland Warriors, and even Princess’s turned to stone a long, long time will keep you entertained whilst surrounded by epic scenery.

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The rugged high places of Scotland are full of folklore and history.

Portree Village –  Isle of Skye


In the early evening, we arrive at your chosen accommodation on the Isle of Skye.

We always endeavour to allow you plenty of time to check-in and prepare for dinner. One of the many advantages of a private tour with Scottish Guided Tours is our local knowledge, and we can book and suggest the best hotels or B&B’s and the best local restaurants. 

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A view of Portree harbour on our Isle of Skye Tour.

Eilean Donan Castle


Eilean Donan Castle on a private multi-day tour of Scotland
The famous Scottish Castle of Eilean Donan reflected in the loch on our private Isle of Skye Tour from Edinburgh.

Over the Sea to Skye


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The Skye Bridge takes us to the Misty Isle.

Day Two


The Quiraing, on our Isle of Skye trip from Edinburgh with Scottish Guided Tours

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A full Isle of Skye day tour awaits on day two.

The “Misty Isle” holds so many incredible visitor experiences and unique sites that it is actually impossible to do Skye justice with a mere description.

Wonder at  ‘The Old Man of Storr’ and the Trotternish Peninsula. We explore Kilt Rock and Lealt Waterfall.

Both are great “wee” walks and photo opportunities.


The Magical Fairy Glen


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The Fairy Glen at sunset on our Isle of Skye and Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh.

 The Quiraing is a landscape shaped by Faeries


Breath in the sea air and gaze across the highlands and islands of Scotland and the Atlantic Ocean.

 The Isle of Skye’s rugged coastline is the perfect place to hear some local history and folklore.

Many believe ‘faeries’ are still with us! Just out of sight, behind a thin veil of mist.

Standing here, immersed in the landscape of the”Quiraing” or the mystery of the “Fairy Glen”, and it’s easy to see why.

Isle of Skye from Edinburgh
Kilt Rock on our Isle of Skye & Loch Ness Tour

Private Tours of Scotland 

Private tours are designed around you and your travelling companions.

You may want a short or long walk to Neist point Lighthouse.

A hike up the ‘Storr’ or you may prefer more time in the fishing village of Portree!


The Old Man of Storr


Complete flexibility is only one of the many benefits of a private guide and transport.

Local knowledge of where to go if the weather turns, or how best to avoid the crowds in busier months is a huge advantage of the private Isle of Skye Tours from Edinburgh.

The Isle of Skye is a landscape shaped by faeries & fire and our full day touring the island is a fun and magical journey.
In summary, private guided tours of Scotland are a unique and relaxed way to explore Scotland. 
We return around 17.00 hours, giving you all plenty of time to freshen up, explore and sample more local hospitality.



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The Old Man of Storr offers the opportunity for a unique hike on our private Isle of Skye Tour.

Kilt Rock 

Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye trip


Day Three


The Majesty of Loch Ness

We depart the Isle of Skye and travel along Glen Shiel to the world-famous Loch Ness.

The Loch Ness Monster has been bringing visitors to this part of Scotland for many years, and remember to keep your eyes peeled and cameras ready !! 

Sightings of Nessie are more common than you might think!

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The A87 road as it passes through Glen Shiel on our Isle of Skye Tour

Loch Ness Awaits


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Loch Ness looking North East. Sightings on Nessie are not as rare as you think !!

The Caledonian Canal


The beautiful village of Fort Augustus is our base for a couple of hours. Built along the Caledonian Canal, the village offers great views and lots of shops and lunch options.

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Caledonian Canal at Fort Augustus where it joins Loch Ness

An Engineering Wonder


Built-in the 1800s,  the 60-mile canal is an engineering marvel that connects the North Sea with the Atlantic. Thomas Telford’s vision was realised by the blood, sweat and tears of once-proud highland warriors desperate for work after the clearances and by skilled Irish workers brought in to finish the huge task.

It is a testament to all concerned, and the canal is still in full working order. Watch boats of all sizes pass along the canal as you enjoy a coffee or refreshment.


Awe-inspiring Glencoe    


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The Scottish Highlands with Scottish Guided Tours


             Explore Loch Ness on Cruise


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Cruise boat on Loch Ness,


   Loch Ness Boat Trip 


You may wish to experience the vast waters of Loch Ness on a cruise. We can arrange this for you on the day, and it can definitely be a highlight of our visit to Loch Ness.

Leaving Loch Ness, we travel through the mountains and glens to the Cairngorm National Park. The largest of Scotlands two National parks and home the mighty Cairngorm Mountains, we enjoy a spectacular drive to Highland Perthshire.



 Forth Rail Bridge


Our final stop is the Unesco protected and world-famous Scottish landmark of the Forth Rail Bridge on our return to Edinburgh. Opening in 1890, the bridge still carries all the rail traffic over the River Forth. One of 3 bridges covering the last three centuries and a great stop before the short drive back to our drop off location.

Forth Rail Bridge on our Loch Ness Day Tour from Edinburgh
The Forth Rail Bridge with Scottish Guided Tours as we return to Edinburgh

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Scotland is a land steeped in myth, legend and outstanding beauty. Breathtaking views, heartbreaking history and a landscape you will never forget.
  • 8:30 am Depart
  •  Doune Castle 
  • Callander Highland Village in heart of the Loch Lomond National Park.
  •  Glencoe
  • 12 noon Lunch
  • Ben Nevis photo stop
  • Glen Shiel
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Kyle of Lochalsh 
  • 17:30 Isle of Skye check in

Day 2

  • 09:00 a.m 
  • Mealt Falls
  • Old Man of Storr ( Walk option)
  • Kilt Rock
  • Quiraing ( Walk option)
  • 12:30 Uig ( Lunch)
  • Fairy Glen 
  • Neist Point Lighthouse 
  • 17:15 Return 

Day 3

  • 09:00 Depart
  • Skye Bridge
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Loch Ness
  • 12 Noon Loch Ness Boat Trip
  • Depart
  •  Highlland Perthshire ( Walk option)
  • Forth Rail Bridge
  • 18:00 Return
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You Won't Regret a Tour with Niall! In the spring of 2018, our party of 3 adults visited Scotland for the first time. We arranged a day-long private tour outside of Edinburgh with Niall McOwen. Before arrival, we exchanged emails about our expectations. Some attractions the three of us asked to see were probably the usual tourist fair for first time visitors, but Niall also took us to places we didn't even know to ask about! Mr. McOwen was considerate, interesting, knowledgeable and truly concerned about the desires of our group. Around mid-day, the restaurant he chose provided us with good food, a bit of shopping and some time for us to get to know each other better. Getting to see this beautiful country through his eyes helped me to understand more of Scotland, its history and its citizens. If we are ever blessed to visit Scotland again, Niall will absolutely be included as part of our trip.
Lori Q
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An Epic Day to Remember! Scottish Guided Tours offers some preplanned itineraries, but their specialty is in working with you to customize a single or multi-day tour to fit your specific needs. We’d been to Scotland in the fall of 2017 and started planning our second trip as soon as we got back. We wanted to go to places a bit off the beaten track this time, so contacted Niall McOwan of Scottish Guided Tours. Niall built on our “must see” request, and suggested some other sites that worked well with our schedule. He picked us up from our hotel, and gave us an absolutely epic day to remember! One highlight was visiting an Old Kirk that is the final resting place of the famous Highlander Rob Roy MacGregor. Just behind the Kirk, we hiked up a trail that took us to a rallying point overlooking Loch Voil. A stone cairn at marked the place where Clan MacLaren would have lit a fiery cross to summon their men to battle. The view from this spot was just breathtaking! Throughout the day, Niall filled us in on the significance, history, and lore related to our stops. In addition to taking us to absolutely stunning viewpoints and ruins, he knew the best places to stop for lunch, coffee, and restrooms. 🙂 Our entire experience with Scottish Guided Tours from planning to the drop off back at our hotel was smooth, professional, friendly, knowledgeable and fun! I can without any hesitation recommend this service to anyone looking for a custom tour in and around Scotland.
Laura M
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First guided tour, Don’t often write reviews but felt the need to for our trip. We live in Spain and decided on a little trip back to the motherland,we were not disappointed and our trip was made even better by Niall,his knowledge and passion for his country and what he does is evident,not your bog standard repitive tour guide,there was not one day of our trip that he didn’t have us laughing. Can highly recommend Scottish guided tours,we will return and when we do,we will definitely be booking with Niall.
Kirstie B
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Best of Scotland & Edradour Distillery Day Tour We spent a really entertaining and informative day with our guide, Niall ( Neal in Gaelic). He took us north to see the three bridges from different eras that span the Firth of Forth. It was fun to see a train go over the old one. Then we were off to Dunkeld, the river Tay, a wee hike in the woods to find a salmon ladder (alas,, no salmon running at that moment), coffee at a charming shop in Dunkeld, a tour at Edradour Distillery, the only remaining hand made single malt whiskey in Scotland, and the smallest to boot. We had a quick look at the village of Pitlocry, and ended the day at Loch Tummel to see The Queen's View. One more coffee stop, and it was back to Edinburg. But the best part of this fine day was the time we spent with Niall, who was a font of information, jovial and witty. As one does, we compared cultures, talked about everything under the sun, and laughed together much of the time. If you are looking for a tour guide with a warm demeanor and a kind and helpful personality, Niall is the best.
Ickles Family
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Best Day Ever!!!! My family and I had the good fortune to have Niall as our personal tour guide for a day during our vacation to Scotland. We found that one day wasn't enough! Niall taught us more about his country in 10 hours than a professor in History could have done in 10 weeks. He was an absolute pleasure to be around. He made sure our day was spectacular from beginning to end. We can't wait to go back and let Niall show us more!
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Extraordinary and outstanding! With all the great tour guides I have hired, Niall stood out. He was with our family from Nov. 21-25. He picked us up at the Edinburgh airport and we started touring immediately. seeing the Kelpies, South Queensferry and the Forth Bridges all in the first afternoon. After that, we spent four more days together while he regaled us with history, legends and fairy stories. He listened and did not interrupt. Niall seemed to know how much to talk and how much to listen. He played the most beautiful Scottish music as we drove. We felt immersed in Scottish history and culture. He even wore his kilt for two of the five days. He went out of his way to accommodate our dietary needs. (It really helped that he is vegan himself.) We traveled through ancient woodlands, burial sites, battlefields, castles, fairy pools and fairy glens, mountain ranges, Outlander, Harry Potter and other film sites. We ended up enjoying him so much that we considered him part of the family and wanted him for the rest of our stay. Finally, we all noticed how kind Niall was with not only us, but with everyone including other drivers, restaurant staff and hotel staff. I only hope that he will be available when we return. We thought that Scotland was magical and that magic was mainly because of him. We would never tour with anyone else. Niall is the very best.
Wendy M
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Private tours are the best! Spending a day doing what you want to do is the best tour option! We had been on many small group tours and found them enjoyable, but for the ultimate tour experience, choosing your day exactly how you want is definitely the way to go! Niall, at Scottish Guided Tours, is the man for the job! He picked us up at our hotel, and we spent the day exploring the Trossachs National Park. We visited four lochs (lakes), several historical locations, explored at our own pace and hiked to breathtaking locations that we wouldn't have known about if it weren't for Niall's expertise of the area. You don't need a headset to explain every step of the way when Niall is happy to provide you with history and insight into each location. He is also kind, funny and a great companion for touring around (he knows all the great food stops, too). During our last visit to Scotland, I felt the tour stop locations were a bit crowded, and I wanted to do a little more hiking into the depths of the beautiful forests of Scotland. We hiked to incredible mountain viewpoints, beside streams and along lochs. It was the best! Of course, if hiking isn't your thing, the beauty of Niall's tours is that you can do anything you want - well, with time and distance considered. 🙂 Don't hesitate, contact Niall to discuss 'your' trip. You won't regret it!
  • Private Day Tour prices: 695 GBP per day/ per group (not per person)
  • Exclusively for your group of up to 8 passengers (for larger groups please contact us)
  • Private guiding Services
  • Private Transportation
  • Scottish Spring Water is provided 
  • Guides Overnight Expenses

Transport is in a brand new air-conditioned vehicle with plenty of room for you and your group.

Credit & debit cards or contactless payment are accepted all over Scotland. Its always handy to have a little cash for very small shops 

Scottish Guided Tours offer private tours exclusively for your group. Tours can start and end in any location within Scotland. 

Accommodation is not included in your quote. Payment for accommodation is made directly to Hotel or B&B on arrival, unless by prior arrangement.

Contact us for great accommodation suggestions

We would be delighted to suggest Hotels or B&B’s for your trip. Some clients prefer to book their own but we are always glad to help. Please Contact us 

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