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3 Day Isle of Skye - MacBackpackers

3 Day Isle of Skye

3 days
4.8
(991)
Start and end in Edinburgh
Tour Operator:
MacBackpackers
Max group size:
27
Age range:
18 to 39
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
258
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Highlights

  • Explore Scottish Highlands and admire its scenery
  • See the remarkable Eilean Donan and search for Nessie
  • Soak up the vibes, sights and sounds of Scotland
  • Learn about the emotive history of the Culloden Battle
  • View Ben Nevis and marvel Glencoe's haunting beauty

Itinerary

Start and end in Edinburgh! With the Explorer tour 3 Day Isle of Skye, you have a 3 days tour package taking you through Edinburgh, Scotland and 8 other destinations in Scotland. 3 Day Isle of Skye includes an expert guide, transport.
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  2. Day 2
  3. Day 3
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  • Meals
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Where You'll Stay

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Operated by MacBackpackers

4.8
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Multi-Award Winning Tours of Scotland. 5 Day Skye & Highland Fling - Best Culture Tour in the World - TourRadar Tour of the Year Awards 2016 3 Day Isle of Skye - Best Coach/Bus Tour in the World - TourRadar Tour of the Year Awards 2015 TourRadar Travellers' Choice Platinum Operator 2016 & 2017. Please note: During the Winter months all of our tours depart at 8am. MacBackpackers has been running fun filled, fully guided adventures around Scotland for almost 20 years. Created for young independent travellers aged between 18 and 40, our tours give an entertaining, informative and utterly unique view of Scotland. Our guides, patriotic and passionate, will open up our amazing country to you, weaving together the rich fabric of Scottish history and culture as we travel along some of the most picturesque routes in Scotland. We are an energetic bunch and always aim to spend as much time off the bus as possible. Whether it’s exploring a castle, climbing to the top of a mountain or swimming in legendary Loch Ness, we like to get up close and personal with our country. We take you to all the hidden gems that you won’t find in the guidebooks to give you a feel of the real Scotland. Unlike many of our competitors, we are 100% Scottish and independent - we believe this gives us a distinctive edge and gives you a genuinely unforgettable experience.

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2018 Tour of the Year Winner
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2017 Tour of the Year Winner
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2015 Tour of the Year Winner
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Customer Reviews

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    Excellent
    4.8
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    4.9
  • Guide
    Excellent
    5.0
  • Transport
    Excellent
    4.9
  • Accommodation
    Excellent
    4.6
  • Food
    Excellent
    4.3
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  • JP
    · January 23rd, 2023
    Very nice and competent guide!!! It was great fun
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Thanks for the review Julius! We hope to see you again one day!
    Trip date: January 2023
  • 3 Day Isle of Skye reviewer 2
    · January 16th, 2023
    This tour is 100% worth booking. It would have taken me hours of research to find all the spots Neil took us to. But it would have been impossible to find all the stories, tales, legends he shared throughout the stops and bus rides. If you only have 3... Show more
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    Trip date: January 2023
  • RN
    · January 13th, 2023
    Incredible!! I could not recommend this 3 day Isle of Skye tour enough! Neil, our tour guide, was fantastic. It was a tricky time of year to travel as it was middle of winter and Christmas/New Years period so lots of things were shut but Neil still made... Show more
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Thank you so much Rosie! We're so glad you had such a great time and that Neil made sure your trip was extra special. We hope to see you up in Scotland again some day!
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    Trip date: December 2022
  • A
    · January 10th, 2023
    Active tour. Certain level of independence built into each day — we were given many opportunities to say what we were & weren’t interested in seeing. We visited a lot of places I don’t feel I would’ve been able to reach & experience if I’d gone by myself. Show more
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    Trip date: January 2023
  • E
    · January 9th, 2023
    Excellent way to see the highlights of the highlands. Tour guide was exceptional, accomodation clean and cosy, and stories entertaining and informative.
    Trip date: January 2023
  • 3 Day Isle of Skye reviewer 6
    · January 4th, 2023
    Neil was by far the BEST tour guide I've ever experienced - and I travel a LOT! Neil was actually the highlight of the trip for me. He was funny, had great storytelling skills, made his stories personable, had good taste in music, gave us free merch,... Show more
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Thanks Safa we think Neil is a bit of a hero too! Team MacBackpackers
    Trip date: December 2022
  • 3 Day Isle of Skye reviewer 7
    · December 30th, 2022
    Team Macbagpackers arranged the best trip ever. I want to highlight particularly they have exceptional customer service, Due a confusion I missed their tour and was 40mins late, but the staff were so understanding and took me in a separate car and... Show more
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Hi Gaurav, We are pleased we managed to get you to the tour and you had a great time. Team MacBackpackers
    Trip date: December 2022
  • A
    · December 18th, 2022
    Amazing experience around the Highland! Despite the snow and the wind, our tour guide Mark made our visit all the places on the list plus Glenfinn Conduct, while telling stories about the Scottish history. Enchanted by the nature and the history of... Show more
    Trip date: December 2022
  • A
    · December 13th, 2022
    great experience and a nice way to see the highlands and isle of skye
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Thank you for the lovely review! We're glad you enjoyed your trip with us!
    Trip date: December 2022
  • 3 Day Isle of Skye reviewer 10
    · November 18th, 2022
    What a trip! Neil was a fantastic tour guide with a wealth of knowledge on the area & activities to do. The perfect 3 day sample tour, so will definitely be back for the longer tours on offer!
    MacBackpackers commented on this review
    Thank you such a nice review! We really hope to see you again one day!
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    Trip date: November 2022

Dates & Availability

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3 Day Isle of Skye
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Frequently Asked Questions

    • What are the optional excursions?

      The tour operator has advised that there are no optional excursions available for this tour, as the itinerary is already packed with great inclusions.

    • Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

      Of course, we can! Once you have a confirmed booking on this tour, we can request additional accommodation for you with the tour operator.

    • Is there a hotel list available?

      The price of this tour does not include accommodation. Instead, the tour operator reserves dorm beds in their Highland hostels for everybody whilst on tour. Accommodation on this tour is made in backpacker hostels, in multi-share dormitories (bunk-beds). All the hostels have a self-catering kitchen so if you don't fancy going out to the local pubs or restaurants for a meal you can cook yourself.

      Your accommodation in dorm style rooms is guaranteed and you just pay either with cash or by credit card on arrival. Prices range from £17 and £20 per night.

      Usually, accommodations are subject to change until 4-6 weeks before the departure date, however, this is a list of accommodations that they typically stay at:

      Skye Backpackers
      Lochbuie Guesthouse

      Hopefully, this list will give you a better idea of what kind of accommodation you can expect while on tour.

    • Do I need a visa?

      As a tour booking website, TourRadar cannot organise visas for you on your behalf as the visa requirements are regularly being updated and vary for the nationality of one traveller to the next. It is for this reason that we recommend checking with your local embassy or consulate website for the latest up to date information.

    • Are meals included?

      The price of the tour doesn’t include food. However MacBackpackers do make supermarket stops every day and each of the hostels has a well-equipped kitchen for you to use. There will also be pubs and restaurants near each hostel if you feel like eating out in the evening.

    • When and where does the tour start?

      This tour leaves Edinburgh at Castle Rock Hostel (15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW) at 9 am (between April and October) and 8 am (between November and March).

      Meeting point and time is subject to change until final documents are released, and you should always check your email confirmation for exact departure time and location.

    • Does the price of this trip include admission fees?

      Entrance fees are not included in the price of the tour.

    • Are the tours in English?

      The tour guides are all local Scotsmen so all the tours are in English. However they have been guiding young backpackers from all over the world for many years - many of them non-native speakers. You will always be able to ask whenever you don't understand.

    • When and where does the tour end?

      Depending on traffic or weather conditions the tour usually returns to Castlerock Hostel in Edinburgh (15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2PW) between 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm during the winter season (November to March) and 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm during the summer season (April to October).

      Please note the ending point is subject to change until final documents are released and you should always check your email confirmation for return time and location.

    • I am a solo traveler, is this suitable?

      People on this trips are generally travelling on their own and are looking to meet new people and have fun on their trips, so this would be great for solo travellers.

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    • Plugs & Adapters

      As a traveller from USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa you will need an adaptor for type G.

      Type G
      Scotland
    • Visa
      • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
      • Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.
    • Payment information
      • For any tour departing before April 1st, 2023 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after April 1st, 2023, a minimum payment of 25% is required to confirm your booking with MacBackpackers. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 60 days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
      • Some departure dates and prices may vary and MacBackpackers will contact you with any discrepancies before your booking is confirmed.
      • The following cards are accepted for "MacBackpackers" tours: Visa, Maestro, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal. TourRadar does NOT charge you an extra fee for using any of these payment methods.
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      Some tours are not suitable for mobility-restricted traveller, however, some operators may be able to accommodate special requests. For any enquiries, you can contact our customer support team, who are ready and waiting to help you.

    Videos

    • Neil Exploring Spean Bridge and Ben Nevis
    • Richard on top of a Blustery Old Man of Storr
    • Relaxing Clouds overlooking the Old Man of Storr
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    Neil Exploring Spean Bridge and Ben Nevis