Haggis Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour Review

HAGGiS Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour Review

Hello there! Now, I know what you’re thinking – why would two Scottish bloggers write about trips to Scotland? After 17 months of travelling around 16 countries in the Americas and Europe, Craig and I (Gemma) agreed that we had to get out in our own back garden and see more of this beautiful country we call home! Hence this honest article – HAGGiS Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour review.

Eilean Donan Castle | Haggis Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour ReviewBus about to the jaw – dropping Eilean Donan Castle 

Isle of Skye Tour

This is not the first time that Craig and I have driven to the West Coast of Scotland and over the Skye Bridge (which, like all bridges in Scotland, is now toll-free thanks to the SNP Government). We took a road trip to the Inner Hebrides’ biggest island with friends back in 2013, and we fell in love, so when HAGGiS Adventures invited us to participate in their 3 Day Skye High Tour, we jumped at the chance.

HAGGiS Adventures

HAGGiS Adventures 3 day tour is more than just a trip to Skye. Our tour guide, Jamie, kicked off his endearing storytelling of fact and fiction (and quite a bit of downright tomfoolery) as soon as we pulled away from the Royal Mile office in Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. This drive – by storytelling is what, for me, makes this tour so fulfilling.

Fife – Dunkeld – Culloden – Fort Augustus

HAGGiS Adventures tours are rapid. Within the first two hours, the ‘wild and sexy’ 29 seater bus makes a few stops. Firstly, at the very edge of the southern shore of the Firth of Forth at Scotland’s most famous bridges – the Forth Rail Bridge (the old red one), the Forth Road Bridge (the well-used grey one), and the New Bridge (officially called the Queensferry Crossing). The next stop is Dunkeld Cathedral to rub the Wolf of Badenoch’s helmet (for fruitful fertility, apparently).

Dunkled Cathedral 

After lunch in Aviemore, a tour and a toot at Tomatin whisky distillery.

Tomatin Distillery | Haggis Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour ReviewWhisky, Scotland’s national drink!

The final stop is a poignant one – Culloden. Jamie from HAGGiS Adventures marches us over Drumossie Moor where the last pitched fight on British soil took place, the Battlefield of Culloden. Our kilted tour guide then reenacts, with crowd participation, the 1746 conflict where an outnumbered Jacobite uprising led by Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) is defeated by Britain’s King George II’s Red Coats, headed by Duke of Cumberland (William Augustus) aka The Butcher.

Culloden | Haggis Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour ReviewBattle of Culloden – last stop on day one of our Isle of Skye tour

Fort Augustus – Isle of Skye

Day 2 of HAGGiS Adventures Skye tour takes you past the second most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan, at the stunning Kyle of Lochalsh, then over the bridge to where brave souls seeking eternal youth can dunk their faces in the Sligachan River.

Eilean Donan Castle | Haggis Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour Review

Sligachan River | Haggis Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour ReviewFace freeze! Would you?

The day is spent driving along the winding paved roads of the Isle of Skye with the occasional stop at Skye’s famous landmarks…

The Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls on Skye | Haggis Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour Review

Lealt Falls

Isle of Skye | Haggis Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour Review

Kilt Rock

Kilt Rock | Haggis Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour Review

The Old Man of Storr

Old Man of Storr | Ise of Skye Tour Review

Fort Augustus – Loch Ness – Glencoe – Stirling

The final day begins with a wake-up Highland fling on the bonnie banks of Loch Ness in an attempt to entice Nessie out of the water (fail). Then it’s back on the bus to listen to the Scottish folklore that surrounds the area until we reach one of my favourite spots in Scotland…

Glencoe | Haggis Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour Review

Glencoe

I adore how small and inferior Glencoe makes me feel, it’s almost as if the giants in these Scottish tales could be lurking in the background.

Did you know that both Harry Potter (Hagrid’s hut) and James Bond (Sky Fall) were filmed in this area? Neither did I! A HAGGiS Adventure fact.

Glencoe | Haggis Adventures Skye High 3 Day Review
HAGGiS Adventures – Scottish tours from Edinburgh 

Our final stop, lets (a de-kilted) Jamie, pick at the flaws in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart with Stirling’s Wallace Monument towering over. The drive out of Stirling back to Edinburgh, passes the scene of the Battle of Bannockburn (1314), with the words of the previously sang national anthem still ringing in our ears.

Wallace Monument | Haggis Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour ReviewWallace Monument, Stirling

HAGGiS Tour Accommodation

Both nights, we stayed in a mixed sex, six-bed dorm at the exceptionally clean, Morag’s Lodge in Fort Augustus. As a married couple flirting with 30 (the darker side), Craig and I aren’t normally ones for staying in dorm rooms but it really wasn’t an issue on this type of short-term trip. We had dinner at the hostel on Friday night (£7.80 for a main meal) then opted for dinner out in the small village of Fort Augustus on Saturday (The Bothy – £32 for fish and chips, steak pie and two drinks) . Entertainment consisted of a pub quiz in the hostel’s cosy bar, Craig won the best chat up line! There was no obligation to take part in the bar activities if that’s not your scene. Accommodation can be pre-paid at the time of booking for £59 per person, which also includes your HAGGiS t-shirt and the entrance fee to the distillery. There is also a pay as you go option where HAGGiS reserves your bed, you just pay the hostel directly.

Kilt Rock | Ise of Skye Tour Review

Wild and Sexy HAGGiS Bus

You can’t miss HAGGiS Adventures buses because they are bright blue and yellow with WILD AND SEXY splattered on one side. I love it! The mid-sized 29 seater is comfortable enough. It has leg room, air-con (insert jokes about never requiring air-con in Scotland), and a sound system with microphone for the guide to tell their gripping Scottish stories and terrible jokes. Small rucksacks/suitcases can be stored in the boot/trunk of the bus. We made plenty of toilet, food, and photo stops – the longest we sat down was around an hour, bare this in mind if hitting the bar hard, sick bags provided! The HAGGiS Adventures office does not have storage so if you have luggage bigger than a 262 case (height 66cm, width 44cm, depth 29cm, max 15kg), check that your Edinburgh accommodation store it for you (very likely).

Haggis Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour ReviewColourful bus tours of Scotland. Want to see more of Europe? Check out Busabout tours.

Accommodation in Edinburgh

Since the tour starts at 08:15 and meeting place is in Edinburgh’s Old Town it is advised that you stay over in Edinburgh the night before. Backpacking through Scotland is not cheap but there are a variety of types of accommodation to meet every pocket. Budget backpackers should check out the hostels in Edinburgh, which start at £14 for a dorm, hotels in Edinburgh are naturally more expensive, a private room can be found for £44 – £425. Airbnb also operates in Edinburgh, private rooms average at £50 and full houses £114 however do go for as low a £25 and £60. Not with Airbnb yet? We’ve used it all over the world! You can sign up here for money off, we’ll also get some credit to use. Thank you for helping us continue to travel! Warning – Edinburgh in August is crazy busy as we have our famous three weeks of comedy, theatre, and dance Festival Fringe, prices tend to increase at this time. We also have Über for cheaper taxi services.

Heading to Edinburgh? Check out my favourite pubs.

Haggis Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour Review

Naturally, you might be thinking – can I trust a travel blogger reviewing a tour, and I applaud you for that. This is an honest review of HAGGiS Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour, and the only issue I could envisage a traveller facing would be that the fixed itinerary means that there is a lack of flexibility. It’s not like an independent tour where you can pull over the car to catch that shot of Nessie when she appears (I am 100% certain Jamie and other HAGGiS tour guides would stop the bus for that million dollar shot!) However, on self-guided tours of Scotland, you miss out on those stories of giants, fairies, and kelpies, and as I mentioned at the start it is this folklore that makes HAGGiS Adventures 3-day tour of Skye one to remember. Want to see more than just Edinburgh but don’t have time? Check out HAGGiS Adventures day tours.

HAGGiS Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour

HAGGiS Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour is for the traveller who loves enchanting scenery, charming storytelling – some factual, some myth, enjoys terrible Scottish music, and meeting friends from around the globe which now all have one thing in common – they all formed a clan and got (euphorically) high in Skye! Aye!

Old Man of Storr | Haggis Adventures Skye High 3 Day ReviewViews from The Storr

  • HAGGiS Adventures: Website
  • Price: £129 / Student £125 <—- Budget Backpacker Tours of Scotland
    HAGGiS Adventures discount codes often on their site! It’s 15% at time of writing
  • Additional costs: Distillery tour, accommodation
  • Start time: 08:15
  • Meeting point: 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Contact: 0131 557 9393

Glencoe | Isle of Skye High Tour Review

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Haggis Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour Review

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18 thoughts on “HAGGiS Adventures 3 Day Skye High Tour Review

  1. Ryan Biddulph

    Hi Scots,

    Beautiful! How ’bout that wild and sexy van? Aptly named for that appealing color. Awesome snaps, fun recount too. I spent Saturday night in NYC at a certain hall watching a comic perform. A hall built by a countryman of yours who has since transitioned to the ethers LOL; Wee Andrew Carnegie’s lovely Carnegie Hall 😉 Brilliant man, amazing what he did for the world. Had to mention it. Thanks for sharing!

    Ryan

     
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    1. Gemma I Two Scots Abroad

      Ryan, I am typing from the birthplace of Andrew Carnegie – Dunfermline! We live in this town. He’s quite a big deal around these parts 😉 I love that bus, so cheeky! A wee trip to NYC sounds ideal. Hope the comic was to your taste!

       
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  2. Alexis

    Sounds like a fantastic tour! We are huge fans of the series The Outlander so would love to see where they fight the Battle of Culloden, and I’ve wanted to see Loch Ness since I was a kid! Hmm looks like we need to plan a trip to Scotland!

     
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  3. Kallsy

    With so much beauty to behold I can imagine that you might be touring your home for a while longer yet. Some tours are absolutely worth it and this one looks like it would do the trick! Very much in love with the gorgeous scenery here.

     
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  4. Amy

    I want to visit Scotland so bad! Hoping to spend some time in Iceland and the UK next year, and will definitely be doing a Scotland road trip! Saving this one!

     
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  5. Jollies and Jaunts

    Wow, what beautiful scenery! The furthest north I’ve ventured in Scotland is Glasgow but I’d love to see these areas too – love the Fairy Fells! From your pics it reminds me a lot of the Faroe Islands as there are plenty of waterfalls over there too.

     
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    1. Gemma I Two Scots Abroad

      Well I never say no a trip to Glasgow, Scotland’s best city! The highlands really are special though. I’ve never been to the Faroe Islands, did a wee Google search and the backdrop is very similar! Thanks for reading, haste ye back <3

       
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