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3 Day Isle of Skye, Highlands, Inverness and Glenfinnan Viaduct - The Hairy Coo
3 Day Isle of Skye, Highlands, Inverness and Glenfinnan Viaduct - The Hairy Coo
Ugnė "Loved every second of it !! Our guide Stephen was really fun and entertaining. If you don't mind spending three days in a company of complete strangers while listening to silly music in a standup comedy club on wheels - just do it. You won't get to spend a lot of time in one place, it's really fast paced, but you get to see a lot while listening to hilarious stories. I am recommending it to all of..."
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36 reviews
Starts
Edinburgh
Destinations
+16
Ends
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Highlights

  • Visit filming locations from the adored Harry Potter films
  • Learn the spotted history of beautiful Glencoe valley
  • Join the hunt for Nessie on a trip to the fabled Loch Ness
  • Discover breathtaking vistas on the rugged Isle of Skye
  • Wash down a scotch whisky in a traditional highland pub
  • Look upon the neolithic standing stones in Inverness
Age range
7 to 99 year olds
Max Group Size
28
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Discovery, Coach / Bus
Start and end in Edinburgh! With the discovery tour 3 Day Isle of Skye, Highlands, Inverness and Glenfinnan Viaduct, you have a 3 day tour package taking you through Edinburgh, Scotland and 15 other destinations in Europe. 3 Day Isle of Skye, Highlands, Inverness and Glenfinnan Viaduct is a small group tour that includes an expert guide, transport.

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  • ME
    Written on October 12, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip was comprehensive, in-depth. We laughed while we learned so much about Scottish history and the culture. John is an amazing driver and guide. I'm already spreading the news about the Hairy Coo!
    The Hairy Coo commented on this review
    Hi Mary, Thank you for your review for your tour with John. It seems you had a great time on his tour whilst he drove you around showing you the sights and telling you stories about the country, its history and its culture, with some laughs thrown in along the way. Thanks also for spreading the news about the Hairy Coo. Hopefully we will see you on one of our other tours in the future. Regard, Ryan.
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  • L
    Written on October 8, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Our tour guide Brian was fantastic. He was informative, as well as entertaining. Such a wonderful trip!
    The Hairy Coo commented on this review
    Hi Larry, Thank you for your review of your 3 day tour with Brian. It is nice to read that you found him to be informative, entertaining and that you had a wonderful time. Hopefully we will see you on tour with us again sometime in the future. Regards, Ryan.
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  • AP
    Written on September 22, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    It was awesome tour.
    The Hairy Coo commented on this review
    Hi Akash, Thank you for your review of our 3 day tour, and that you had an awesome time with Colin. Hopefully we will see you again soon. Ryan
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  • KH
    Written on September 21, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Dream come true! I generally do not like group tours but I took a chance and it paid off big! The itenerary looked like a great way to see a lot of the country in a short amount of time and it definitely was. Letting someone else do the driving made it easy to steal a quick nap when needed and allowed me to enjoy the scenery. We went a lot of places other tour buses didn’t go and were treated like royalty at every shop/ restaurant/etc when they learned we were traveling with Hairy Coo. Arthur was extremely knowledgeable in both factual history and folklore. Having him as our guide was the cherry on top. I can’t recommend this tour enough. I can’t wait to go back and do it again!
    The Hairy Coo commented on this review
    Hi Katrina, Thank you for review of our 3 day tour with Arthur. It seems you had a great time and that Arthur provided you with a great overview of the country. Thank you for the recommendation and hopefully we will see you again when you come back to Scotland. Regards, Ryan.
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  • HK
    Written on September 18, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    The itinerary is awesome. The tour captured everything important in Scotland except the sterling fort in just three days. Planning to stay in just one town for both nights is really great. The stories told by the guide were good and hilarious. I strongly recommend this tour to people who want a comprehensive Scotland tour in just three days.
    The Hairy Coo commented on this review
    Hi Hariprasad, Thank you for your revie and recommendation. It sounds like we ticked almost every box on your Scotland to do list, which is nice to hear. It is also pleasing that you found Stephens anecdotes and tales of Scottish history to be good, but also laced with humour. Hopefully we will see you the next time you are in Scotland, and that you can get the Stirling Castle box ticked. Kindest regards, Ryan.
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  • 3 Day Isle of Skye, Highlands, Inverness and Glenfinnan Viaduct reviewer 6
    Written on September 12, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Loved every second of it !! Our guide Stephen was really fun and entertaining. If you don't mind spending three days in a company of complete strangers while listening to silly music in a standup comedy club on wheels - just do it. You won't get to spend a lot of time in one place, it's really fast paced, but you get to see a lot while listening to hilarious stories. I am recommending it to all of my friends.
    The Hairy Coo commented on this review
    Hi Ugne, Thank you for your review and recommendation of our 3 day tour with Stephen. It would appear you had a great time, and that you found Stephen's guiding to be fun and informative, even although you had to put up with his silly music. We try to cram in as mush as possible over the three days. The hope is that people coming to Scotland for a short time can see and hear about as much of Scotland as possible. Hopefully when you come back to Scotland we will see you again. Kindest Regards, Ryan
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  • ER
    Written on August 30, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fantastic! Lots covered in only 3 days. Our tour guide Graham was very knowledgeable with a great sense of humour and really brought the history of Scotland alive.
    The Hairy Coo commented on this review
    Hi Edwina, Thank you for your review. I am delighted to hear that you found the tour to be fantastic. We do try and give you an extensive coverage of Scotland and the local areas we pass through during your time with us. It is also pleasing that you found Graham to be knowledgeable and humourous. Hopefully we will see you some time soon. Kindest Regards Ryan
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  • WK
    Written on August 27, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    This tour is really really impressive. Our tour guide, Stephen, is experienced and knowledgable. He gives us a lot of fun and makes the group full of happiness. I highly recommend this tour to somebody who wants to know a lot about Scotland.
    The Hairy Coo commented on this review
    Hi Kwan, Thank you for you review. Its nice to read you found the tour to be impressive and that Stephen was a knowledgeable host. It seems you had fun. Thank you for your recommendation. Kindest Regards Ryan
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  • M
    Written on August 22, 2018
    2.0 - Rather poor

    CONS 1- Fast- paced and rushed tour designed to suit mainstream tourists. Most stops at important sights were barely 10/20 mins stops. You take a pic, pee, grab something to eat and you' re done, ready to be back on the bus. Old man of storr 10 mins stop from 2 miles away, bring semipro or pro camera otherwise you won' t grab a decent pic from that distance. No possibility to have a walk to soak up the eerie atmosphere. Glencoe 10 mins stop. A short walk was advertised on the trip plan but the guide dropped us off and did not bring us anywhere. 2- Some sightseeings were advertised on their trip schedule online, but were skipped in reality, so you should take into account before booking that you actually won' t see all the advertised attractions. And this is not because of bad weather or other constraints. The only reason why is hairycoo bad itinerary planning and some false advertisement. --Stirling: nor mentioned, neither seen. --Urquhart Castle: in the morning the guide claimed we would have stopped there on our way back to Inverness. "we will stop at Urquhart in the evening before approaching Inverness" what a Lie! It was 19 past something and he decided to skip the castle due to time constraints ( or batter, lazy tourists had to be back before 20pm to enjoy their dinner). The sun sets at 21:30 at the beginning of august. 20 mins stop at a stunning viewpoint overcasting lochness was easily feasible and a must do since we only enjoyed one 10 mins stop at lochness during the whole tour. --Forth bridge: we passed It but did not stop over to enjoy the view and take pics. ---Uig: the driver / guide dropped us off at the port cafe'. Really? Uig and you arrange a 20 mins pee/ food stop?! I had already been in Uig one week before on my way to Lewis and Harris. The port is 3 km far from the main local attactions: the well known Fairy Glen which should not be missed while on the island and Rha falls. Why on earth did he stop at the most attractive port of the world when there were some outstanding location
    The Hairy Coo commented on this review
    Thanks for your lengthy feedback regarding a recent 3-Day Isle of Skye, Glenfinnan Viaduct, Inverness & Highlands Tour - we’ve been digesting it for some time! :) I’ll respectfully address some of the issues you raise. As you can see from the hundreds of 5* reviews on this site, and others, this tour is very popular and suits the needs and wishes of thousands of visitors to Scotland who are short of time and wish to see many beautiful and historic locations in a short space of time. In fact, everybody who completed an online Customer Feedback Survey during the very same tour you were on, rated it as EXCELLENT, which is nice! It doesn’t look like you completed this during the tour. This tour style and itinerary clearly wasn’t suited to you and respectively I would suggest it might be an idea for you, in future, to do a little more research prior to your holiday to make sure that the tour itinerary you are booking meets the requirements you have based on the activities you wish to pursue in each destination. For example, had you wished to spend an evening on the Isle of Skye as opposed to Inverness, there are many tour companies offering this option. We spend 2 nights in Inverness, due to the fact more accommodation is available for our guests and also to allow more time on the mainland to explore other areas of Scotland. For example, some other tour companies will not include Culloden Battlefield, Clava, the Highland Folk Museum or Glenfinnan Viaduct in the 3-day tour itinerary, but will spend longer on the Isle of Skye. There is choice out there. Unfortunately you chose to book your own accommodation in Inverness and obviously didn’t like it. Had you booked your accommodation through The Hairy Coo we would have booked you into the city’s newest, and highest rated, hostel. Inverness has a lot of accommodation suppliers (some better than others) and we offer our guests the option of booking through ourselves with our trusted suppliers, or having the freedom to research and book their own. You have berated us for not visiting places such as the Fairy Glen on Skye, yet we do not suggest anywhere in our promotional material that we would. I agree that it is a very nice place, but it is over visited and many local residents do not appreciate even mini-vans or cars driving into it, let alone small coaches. We like to respect their concerns and, as such, visit places with adequate parking provisions. Our 3-Day Isle of Skye, Inverness & Highlands tour has a maximum capacity of 28 on each departure, much the same as most other tour operators in Edinburgh and we use a very modern, comfortable fleet of MAN Midi-coaches. I do not agree with many of your comments regarding the length of, or choice, of stops. However, I do apologise that your time was restricted in Glencoe, we do try to allocate 30 minutes here to enjoy a short walk, however on this occasion your Driver Guide made an earlier stop to see some Highland Cattle at the request of some of his guests and then wanted to make it to the Glenfinnan Viaduct in time to see the Jacobite Steam Train pass over it. Unfortunately on organised public bus tours timekeeping can slip due to traffic conditions or people returning late from stops. Occasionally, some little photo stops may have to be missed and, regardless of your desire to drive around until 9:30pm, we would not expect our Driver Guides to do this after a long day. Travelling by hire car would allow you this freedom. They, and most of our guests, are happy to return to their accommodations at a reasonable time and to enjoy some dinner and down time. All of our Driver Guides speak English, and are Scottish. They give a local perspective of their country and might have regional accents. They all try hard to make sure that guests who are not native English speakers can understand them and that they speak clearly, like tour guides everywhere. We’ll remind your guide of this when discussing the feedback. Thank you for your feedback, some of which was constructive, however it is clearly the case that our tour style is not suited to you. Kind regards,
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  • AB
    Written on August 11, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    We had a wonderful time. Our guide John, was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining. John’s telling of Scottish history was heartfelt. His story telling of Scottish folklore was hilarious and endearing. John was inclusive and personable. We had a blast. We Would love to do it again.
    The Hairy Coo commented on this review
    Hi Anna, Thank you for your review. It great to hear that you had a wonderful time on your 3 Day tour with John and that his knowledge and humour enhanced your tour around Scotland. Hopefully we will see you again on tour when you come back to Scotland. Regards Ryan
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      The final stop on your 3-day adventure is in the Highland village of Dunkeld, which sits on the longest river in Scotland, the River Tay. After enjoying one last experience, the tour concludes in Edinburgh at Deacon’s House Cafe (subject to change) at approximately 6:00-6:30 pm.

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      The tour will begin at 8:15 am for check-in and then the bus will depart Edinburgh at exactly 8.30 am from Deacon’s House Cafe (subject to change until booking is confirmed).

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 773 km.
    • Edinburgh (Scotland)
    • 60 km
    • Doune (Scotland)
    • 36 km
    • Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park (Scotland)
    • 72 km
    • Glencoe (Scotland)
    • 29 km
    • Glenfinnan (Scotland)
    • 28 km
    • Ben Nevis (Scotland)
    • 63 km
    • Loch Ness (Scotland)
    • 62 km
    • Eilean Donan Castle (England)
    • 44 km
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    • 22 km
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