5 Day Skye and Highland Fling
Discover Scotland's hidden gems you won't find in the guidebooks with MacBackpackers passionate and knowledgeable local guides. Visit famous Isle of Skye, Glenfinnan Viaduct a.k.a Harry Potter Bridge and Doune Castle!
"Best Cultural Tour in the World 2016" - TourRadar Tour of the Year Awards.
Fling Yourself Head First into Scotland!
Your adventure, should you choose to accept, is five days of castle-storming, whisky-drinking, ceilidh-dancing and monster-hunting.
Rambling across the Highlands our guides will take you through the very best of what Scotland has to offer, ensuring an unforgettable experience.
Overnight stops include Loch Ness (April - October), Inverness (November - March), the Isle of Skye for two nights and Oban (April - October) or Fort William (November - March).
If you'd prefer a shorter tour or can't find the date you want then check out our 4 Day Skye Spectacular which runs every second Monday, our 3 Day Skye & Loch Ness which runs every Wednesday from 12 April or our 3 Day Isle of Skye which runs every Friday throughout the year!
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This tour covers loads of well known Scottish sights as well as all the hidden gems that you won’t find in your guidebook! Departs Edinburgh on Mondays
Setting out on your adventure we will cross the iconic Forth Bridges then get out for a magical forest walk before heading into the Highlands where you’ll hear tales of clan rebellion and get your first glimpse of Highland life. We’ll round the day off with a balmy(?!) swim in Loch Ness while hunting for the elusive Nessie before sleeping in our hostel right on the shore.
- Forth Bridges
- Clava Cairns
- Sleep on the shores of Loch Ness!
The adventure continues as we journey over to the West, walking over the Corrieshalloch Gorge and taking in the beautiful scenery and ancient mountains of Torridon before crossing the water to the Isle of Skye!
- Rogie Falls
- Corrieshalloch Gorge
- Eilean Donan Castle
A full day on Skye! The incredible scenery provides a perfect backdrop while your guide fills you in with the local folklore. Spending more time off the bus than on, we will hike up to one of the islands more distinctive rock formations. The views will blow your mind away! An inspiring day on the Winged Isle.
- Cuillin Ridge
- The Old Man of Storr
- Kilt Rock
- Faerie Pools
Waving goodbye to Skye we journey down to the Glenfinnan viaduct (aka the Harry Potter bridge) and the Bonnie Prince Charlie monument on a stunning trip towards Fort William. We’ll re-visit one of Scotland’s darkest moments as we take in the haunting landscape of Glen Coe before heading to Oban.
- Sands of Morar
- Glenfinnan Viaduct (Harry Potter)
- Fort William
On our final day we make our way through Argyll and into the Trossachs National Park with the odd Hairy Coo or two! We’ll travel right through the heart of William Wallace country where you’ll hear about Scotland’s fight for independence before heading back to Edinburgh to say some fond farewells.
- St. Conan's Kirk
- Kilchurn Castle (Summer months only)
- Wallace Monument or
- Bannockburn Battlefield
The above itinerary is not set in stone! Your guide may use their knowledge to modify the itinerary to best suit the Scottish weather & to maximise your experience.
Where We Stay
Check out the hostels we stay at and FAQs for important information and frequently asked questions.
Please note: Tour departing 27th March will spend the final night in our Fort William backpacking hostel, and not Oban.
Accommodation is not included in the price of our tours
We understand that it's extremely difficult to find accommodation in the Highlands, which is why every person on one of our tours has a bed provisionally held for them at each of our partner hostels along the route. All nights are priced at £30 per night including breakfast and are available as an add-on to your tour in the options section of the booking window. You are welcome to pay for this upfront during your tour booking or at one of our 3 Edinburgh Hostels on or before your departure date.
Departs at 9am from Castle Rock Hostel (15 Johnston Terrace, Edinburgh)
*25% deposit option only applies for tours booked more than 28 days in advance.