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 The Isle of Skye & the Highlands

3 days+ tour to explore & experience

for your private, flexible tailor-made small group sample itinerary 3D#4


We would be delighted to run this tour as a private, small group tour  (up to 8 people) 

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Isle of Skye trip via Trossachs, Glencoe, Fort William, Great Glen, Five Sisters of Kintail, Eilean Donan Castle – full day on the Isle of Skye – return either via bridge or the Armadale/Mallaig ferry along the Morar beaches and Glenshiel/Harry Potter steam train line, etc.

Isle of Skye & the Highlands

3 days to explore & experience

 

As this is your own private small group tour, the itinerary is very flexible and along the way, we can add additional nearby stops and depending on the weather it is also possible to swap the route of day 1 and day 3 around. So the route each day is a sample itinerary and can be amended if you prefer.

 

Day 1

· Pick up from many locations throughout Scotland, including the Stirling area
· Scenic drive through the Trossachs and Loch Lomond national park (various beautiful alternative route options, exact route and stops could be determined later subject to group’s preferences and weather conditions on the day) – Rannoch Moor – Glencoe photo stop
· Fort William lunch – (15 minute stop, short walk up to viewpoint above all of the Fort William area, Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis, Loch Eil, Inverlochy Castle, River Lochy and the start of the “Harry Potter” West Highland steam train line) – (possible drive into Glen Nevis with amazing 1 hour walk at the end of the valley with high cliff faces, waterfalls, stunning scenery).
· Option A to the isle of Skye via the Skye bridge (at no extra cost) We travel through the Great Glen with option to stop at the Spean Bridge woolen mill, the Commando Memorial and then look down into Glen and Loch Garry for a picture postcard view of the outline of Scotland’s map.
· Drive through the spectacular route via the Five Sisters of Kintail to Eilan Donan Castle
· Option to visit beautiful Plockton

  • Crossing the stunning Skye bridge to the Isle of Skye
  • Alternative routes to Skye via the spectacular Glenelg ferry route or along the Road to the Isles via the golden sands of Arisaig and Morar to the Mallaig – Armadale/Skye ferry

More info and route options:

Day 1 from Stirling scenic route to Skye, about 7 – 10 hours, depending on how far we drive onto the Isle of Skye and the lengths of our stops

Optional stops on the route to the Isle of Skye

Loch Tulla http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Tulla

Rannoch Moor http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/rannoch/rannochmoor/

Glencoe http://www.glencoescotland.com/

Ballachulish http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/ballach…/ballachulish/

Glencoe/Ballachulish/Kinlochleven area http://www.visitscotland.com/…/towns-v…/ballachulish-p244031 http://www.visitscotland.com/…/towns-v…/kinlochleven-p244041

Fort William/Glen Nevis area http://www.visitscotland.com/…/towns-v…/fort-william-p236531 Town with all facilities, if the weather is nice and the views are clear, we also have the option to drive into stunning Glen Nevis (sheer cliffs, waterfalls, etc.) for a great walk..

Inverlochy Castle, bridge & steam railway depot http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/fortwilli…/inverlochy/

Ben Nevis/Aonach Mhor range mountain cable car http://www.visitscotland.com/…/nevis-range-mountain-cable-c…

Spean Bridge http://www.visitscotland.com/…/towns-v…/spean-bridge-p236651

Spean Bridge & Commando Memorial viewpoint http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/…/speanbri…/index.html

Great Glen http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Glen

Caledonian Canal http://www.scottishcanals.co.uk/our-canals/caledonian-canal

Invergarry http://www.visitscotland.com/…/towns-vil…/invergarry-p236581

Kintail http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintail

Glenshiel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Shiel

Eilean Donan Castle http://www.eileandonancastle.com/

Skye bridge http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/skye/eileanban/

 

1st night

1st overnight options

(a)    You choose the type / price-category of your accommodation

For every location/area our guests have the choice to either stay at a hotel, B&B or hostel, it is up to you how much you wish to spend for the night and it makes no difference to the tour, whether we pick you up from an upmarket or budget place

Accommodation on Skye – Visit Scotland

(b)   You choose the location of your accommodation

  • Stay either at the same location as on the 1st night, which does make sense for having a full day on day 2 on the Isle of Skye
  • Or spend the 2nd night at a different location
  • As the route can be reversed, you could also swap the 1st and 2nd night around as well

 

Day 2

This is our full day on the Isle of Skye.

The Isle of Skye is huge – it is the largest of the Inner Hebridean islands.

Subject to the group’s location of the accommodation, your preferences/priorities/interests and the weather, we will aim to visit most of these places:

  • Kyleakin & the Skye bridge

  • Broadford – Skye’s market town
  • Elgol – on a clear bright day, the views over the Cuillins and out to the small isles is like a scene out of Lord of the rings

  • Sligachan bridge & the views of the Cuillins
  • Portree harbour

  • the Trotternish peninsula (incl the old man of Storr,

 

  • Lealt falls, Kilt falls, great views across the Minch to the Outer Hebrides, Duntulm castle, Skye museum of Highland life & Flora MacDonald’s grave

  • Uig and the fairy glen
  • Dunvegan castle, the seals and coral beach
  • Neist point lighthouse and cliffs

  • Talisker whisky distillery
  • The fairy pools, Glenbrittle and the Cuillins

 

 

2nd night

2nd overnight options

(a)    You choose the type / price-category of your accommodation

For every location/area our guests have the choice to either stay at a hotel, B&B or hostel, it is up to you how much you wish to spend for the night and it makes no difference to the tour, whether we pick you up from an upmarket or budget place

Accommodation on Skye – Visit Scotland

(b)   You choose the location of your accommodation

  • Stay either at the same location as on the 1st night, which does make sense for having a full day on day 2 on the Isle of Skye
  • Or spend the 2nd night at a different location
  • As the route can be reversed, you could also swap the 1st and 2nd night around as well

 

 

Day 3

Either return back via Kyleakin/Skye bridge

or the stunning Glenelg ferry

or  the Armadale/Skye to Mallaig ferry route

(the route on day 1 – travelling to Skye

and the route on day 3 leaving and travelling from Skye

can be reversed)

· For example leave Skye across the spectacular Isle of Skye bridge
• Possible Loch Carron/Plockton, Eilean Donan Castle visit
· Drive via the stunning Five Sisters of Kintail into the Great Glen to the shores of Loch Ness.
· Depending on the group, the time and weather there are various route options via Loch Ness:
· (a / shorter Loch Ness option) at Invermorriston you can have a great walk along the river rapids down to Loch Ness before we head along the Southern Shores of Loch Ness to Fort Augustus for some more Nessie sightseeing, including the famous staircases and locks of Caledonian Canal.
· We are heading south through the Great Glen either retracing our steps via Fort William/Glencoe (in which case we will vary this route as much as possible) or alternatively via Spean Bridge and Highland Perthshire, House/Falls of Bruar, Blair Athol castle/distillery, Dunkeld/Birnam/the Hermitage along the A9 and possible scenic side routes back home
· (b / longer Loch Ness option) at Invermorriston you can have a great walk along the river rapids down to Loch Ness before we head north along the shores of Loch Ness for a photostop of Urquhart castle before some monster spotting at Drumnadrochit, we are heading north towards Inverness from where we have various routes that could include Culloden Moor/beach/dolphin viewing and various mountain routes back south, including
· (c / Loch Ness max. option) at Invermorriston you can have a great walk along the river rapids down to Loch Ness before we head north along the shores of Loch Ness for a photostop of Urquhart castle before some monster spotting at Drumnadrochit, we are heading north towards Inverness driving south along the eastern shores of Loch Ness before we head back down south along a scenic route
Subject to the groups’ wishes, preferences and the weather there is a degree of flexibility on day 3 and we can discuss finer points of the route every morning before we set off and as we go along, so as to always offer you the best.
* Please note optional whisky distillery visit subject to route choice on any of these days

returning on different route, lots of new exciting options and once we reach Fort William

Sample stops after the Armadale – Mallaig ferry
We take the Armadale/Skye to Mallaig/mainland ferry and return on an entirely new and different route:

Morar
http://www.road-to-the-isles.org.uk/morar.php

Arisaig
http://www.roadtotheisles.co.uk/arisaigandmorar.asp
http://www.arisaig.uk.com/

Jacobite express (steamtrain) / West Highland line / Harry Potter train
http://www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/…/jacobite-steam-train-d…

Glen Finnan
http://www.visitscotland.com/…/glenfinnan-monument-visitor-…
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/…/glenfinn…/index.html
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/glenfinn…/…/index.html

We also have the option of these following sidetrips:

Ardnamurchan
http://www.outdoorcapital.co.uk/explore/ardnamurchan

Movern
http://morvernundiscovered.co.uk/

Sunart
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunart

Moidart
http://www.moidart.com/

Ardgour
http://www.ardnamurchan.com/about-ardnamurchan/area/ardgour/

and once we are back in Fort William/Corran Ferry/Glencoe have various return route options back to your drop off / tour end location / including Stirling, depending on the time left.

* Please note optional whisky distillery or castle visit, free time, a walk or other activities subject to route choice on any of
these days

Photoalbum of some of our recent Scotland Unicorn Tours:

https://www.facebook.com/UnicornScotlandAdventureTours…
(photos 12 and 9 for the Isle of Skye plus photos 20, 19, 18, 17, 13, 10 and 6 for the Oban, Westcoast, Argyll and Southwestcoast area, and as this tour covers a wide range of regions we drive through to the Western Highlands images for places we visit on this tour can be found on other photoalbums as well – incl. photos 15 for the Loch Lomond and Trossachs nationalpark).

Depending on your preferences and interests, the main places that have been agreed and discussed, the overall time we have left after our stops (especially in the winter months with shorter daylight hours), the places listed above are just a few among other nearby options, that we might be travelling through and see, stopping at and/or visiting along the way as on each of our friendly, flexible and personalised tours we maximise and offer you the best tour experience given the conditions on the day (for example if it is pouring down with rain on one side of a mountain range, we believe in offering you the alternative sunny route on the other side of the mountains, etc.)

Subject to availability possible overnight (hostel, bed & breakfast, hotel, camping) options do all exist for your 3 days+ tour. As there are too many possible places to stay at, we can check room availability for your preferred option at the time of your enquiry/booking.

We like the Broadford backpacker, Broadford SYHA youth hostel, but also the hotel.

Kyleakin can be very busy, likewise Portree is always very busy, but we are happy to stay there as well.

There are supermarket, restaurant and bar facilities in Broadford and great coastal walks.

Also for more detailed information

Check our Unicorn Tours facebook link:
https://www.facebook.com/UnicornHighlandTours?ref=hl
0044-(0)7429251980 – contact@unicorntours.co.uk – https://twitter.com/TourHighlands

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What to bring?

Prices for a 3 day tour

 

 

Cost per person for a  private small group tour3 full days LOW MID PEAK-SEASON
£240 p. day x 3 = £720

 

£300 p. day x 3 = £900

 

£360 p. day x 3 = £1080

 

3 day tour with mini-bus & driver/guide £720 £900 £1080
8 passengers £90 £112 £135
7 passengers £102 £128 £154
6 passengers £120 £150 £180
5 passengers £144 £180 £216
4 passengers £180 £225 £270
3 passengers £240 £300 £360
2 passengers £360 £450 £540
1 passenger £720 £900 £1080

 

 

SEASONS: LOW =  November to 15 March MID = 16 March to 30 April + October PEAK = May to September
Tour (=driver/guide+vehicle) Cost per day 10 hours (or longer – no extra)
Tour price per person/passenger numbers  for your private small group tour: Low- Mid- Peak-season
8 tour passengers £30 (£20*) £37 £45
7 tour passengers £34 (£22*) £42 £51
6 tour passengers £40 (£26*) £50 £60
5 tour passengers £48 (£32*) £60 £72
4 tour passengers £60 (£40*) £75 £90
3 tour passengers £80 (£53*) £100 £120
2 tour passengers £120 (£80*) £150 £180
1 tour passengers £240 (£160*) £300 £360
Low season full day private small group tour = £240 per day Mid season full day private small group tour = £300 per day Peak season full day private small group tour = £360 per day
The price of a short day tour depends on how short/long many hours and during which season you wish to run the tour for.
*=Short (2/3) day 7 hour low season or winter short daylight hours tour = £160 per day
Included: Fully guided tour Driver/guide & vehicle Scheduled ferries to any Scottish islands included on 2 days & longer tours (Outer Hebrides minimum of 3 days & Shetland minimum of 4 days tour)
Excluded: Entrance fees Castles, museums, attractions, food/drinks & overnight accommodation – we recommend/assist – but you choose your price category, i.e. hostel, B&B or hotel
  DISCOUNTS    
Discount # 1

(applies all year round)

Based on

(1 hour

 

Half day tour

1/3 day tour

standard

represents

 

= 5 hours

= 3.5 hours

10 hours = 1 day rates

10%)

 

= 50% off

= 2/3 off

Discount # 2

(applies all year round)

2 day tour

3 day tour

4 day tours

5 day tours

6 day tours

7 days & longer tours

save 5%

save 10%

save 15%

save 20%

save 25%

save 30%

Discount 2

does neither apply

if Loch Ness

nor if Skye is included

(other than a brief pass through photo-stop)

  Discounts 3,  4  & 5

only apply

from October to April: (i.e. don’t apply May to September)
Discount # 3 Early booking/

paying discount

1 month =

2 months & earlier =

10 % off

20% off

Discount # 4 3 people or more booking/paying together

at the same time,

 students

or

the tour is designated as a multi-day walking tour

20 % off
Multiple discounts are not available for discounts # 2, 3 & 4 but ok  incl. discount #1 & 5

 

Discount # 5 = just charging for the driving time:

+

An additional discount may be requested on our 4 days & longer tours (throughout the whole year, incl. peak-season),

if for example for half a day (i.e. half a day without a mini-bus/driver/guide),

if everyone in your private small group prefers join an activity, a sport, a local event or just to relax, chill out, do their own thing, take & soak in the magic & special atmosphere of the place, go for a walk alone, visit a local attraction, castle, museum or just catch a passenger only ferry to a very small island or something similar along those lines.

Visits, A to B journeys & walks

Concerning same day VISITS (i.e. no scenic touring & multi-stopping involved), A to B journeys & day WALKS (from October to April)

Example only for a same day VISIT, A to B journey or day WALK:

 

  • Pick you up from A (i.e. where you live or stay)

 

  • Drive for 2.5 hours (in this example) from A to B

 

  • At B you have free time or a VISIT (a town, castle, whisky distillery, museum, attraction, event or similar at your own expense) or go for a WALK

 

  • After a few hours at the end of your VISIT Unicorn Tours picks you up again from B or meets you at the other end of your WALK ( & often I meet you half way into the walk, as I am parked at the far side of the trail, where your walking path ends. On a circular walk I might join you – please note there is no extras payable for those semi-guided same day walks.)

 

  • From B we drive back for 2.5 hours (in this example) to A and drop you off there or anywhere else you choose/pre-arranged

 

We only charge for the driving time in this example = 2.5 hours from A to B + 2.5 hours from B back to A = 5 hours

5 hours in this example = half of the 10 hour standard daily rate

 

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Please note that there is a different rate for fully guided CITY (walking) tours, for example a whole day fully guided tour of Edinburgh, subject to duration, season, itinerary & group size.

 

 

 

Special interests, hobbies, activities & themes

Scotland has a lot more to offer and something for everyone should you have a special interest, hobby, activity, which you would like to experience on your tour with us throughout Scotland, please mention it to us and if at all possible, we will attempt to include it in your itinerary.


Private, personalised small group tours (maximum 8 passengers)

best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group

– individuals, couples and friends – for example 1 – 4 people are still welcome to book their own private tour, but the cost per person will be higher

3 day tours

1 day tours (short)

1 day tours

4 day tours

2 day tours

5 day tours


Destinations

best suited for groups of friends of 5 to 8 people as the price is set during each season and you pay per vehicle/driver/guide day and share the cost among yourselves in your private group.

Regions

  • Edinburgh and the Lothians
  • Southern Scotland
  • Glasgow and the Clyde
  • Central Scotland
  • Argyll
  • Northeast Scotland
  • The Highland region 
  • Skye and the Western Isles
  • Orkney and Shetland