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Extended Full Day Tour to Isle of Skye from Inverness
Tour Theme: Day Tours from the Highlands
This tour starts from: Inverness
Duration: 1 Day - 12 hours approx.
This ultimate one day tour visits the three destinations most requested by our customers: Skye, Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle. So, if you want to see the most popular sights in the Highlands, but only have one day to do it, this is definitely the tour for you! This is the only group day tour from Inverness that explores all of the must-see sights, including the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, the Quiraing, the Cuillins and the Faerie Glen.
The Isle of Skye Tour starts at 8.30am from Inverness city centre, where we board a well-appointed 33-seater coach and head across the iconic Kessock Bridge to the Black Isle. The journey takes us through rolling farmland and sleepy Highland villages before arriving at the lochs and mountains which the Highlands are famed for.
We venture west where we are treated to great views at every turn before heading over the Skye Bridge and onto the ‘Misty Isle’. Scenery abounds as we pass islands including Raasay and Pabay and the Red Cuillin peaks loom before us. We also pass many small villages as well as Broadford, the second largest town on the island.
Our journey up the East Coast of Skye affords us with magnificent views of the mountains and islands however the best is yet to come! In Slighachan we are welcomed by awe-inspiring views of the Red and Black Cuillins. We spend 30 minutes here, giving you the opportunity to embark on a short hike, or enjoy a ‘dram’ in the fantastic whisky bar at the Slighachan Hotel.
As we venture north to hit an other-worldly landscape fashioned by volcanic activity millions of years ago. A short photo stop that gives you a chance to admire the unique rock formations including the Old Man of Storr, a 50 metre high rock pinnacle which juts out from the awe-inspiring Trotternish Ridge.
Our next stop is Kilt Rock; an exposed sea cliff which resembles the traditional Highland kilt, and which wows our guests each and every time. It also boasts a waterfall that tumbles 60 metres (180 feet) into the Sound of Raasay below – a truly enthralling sight, and one made even more special when the wind blows the waterfall back up the cliff!
Our next stop is certainly one of the absolute highlights on Skye. You may recognise it from films such as Stardust and Prometheus and many others too! The Quiraing is a series of landslips that have combined to form an awe-inspiring scenery. When mist swirls around the volcanic rock it creates an almost surreal experience and on clear days the views are amazing. A 25 minute stop here ensures you have plenty of time to explore for yourself.
Life in Northern Skye takes on a traditional feel so look out for shepherds with their sheep and the locals cutting the peats the traditional way too! The gaelic language is prevalent here and we often here it getting spoken in the local shop where we stop to pick-up lunch en-route.
Duntulm Castle is now just a ruin, but it sits on an exceptionally beautiful piece of coastline with epic views of the of the Outer Hebrides on a clear day. A short stop here will give you a chance to experience this gem for yourself, as well as find out all about the ghostly goings on that have been reported inside the castle wall. *(please note this stop is time permitting and may not be available on every journey).
As our journey continues we pass many sites of hidden history including standings stones, ancient (but sadly dilapidated) brochs and forts, ruined croft houses, Flora MacDonald’s grave and Captain Fraser’s Folly (pictured). Your knowledgeable guide will of course let you know all about the sites you are passing.
A quick detour down a single track road and we are transported to the other-worldly Faerie Glen, a delightful yet bizarre landscape of grassy cone-shaped hills. A beautiful spot on a sunny day, we will have around 25 minutes to explore this unique site.
The next stop is Portree, a bustling fishing port and cultural centre which counts itself as the largest town on Skye. A short walk of about 100 yards will take you to a harbour viewpoint, where you can view the famous multi-coloured houses. Here you will have 30 minutes to soak up the West Coast atmosphere, indulge in a spot of shopping or enjoy a well-deserved coffee.
After leaving the island, it is then on to Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most photographed castles in the world, and backdrop to many films. Here we usually have around 20 minutes to view the castle from a classic viewpoint (please note there is no opportunity to visit the inside of the castle).
Just because the day is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean the views get any less impressive. We hug the shoreline of Loch Duich before heading into Glen Sheil, home to the Five Sisters of Kintail, whilst finding out about a famous battle which took place there in 1719. We then drive alongside beautiful Loch Cluanie before dropping down into the scenic and historic Glen Moriston.
Always a favourite with our customers, we stop and see some Highland cows. We can’t guarantee we will always see them as the farmer sometimes exhibits them at shows but we will try our best to get you a photo alongside our hairy Highland friends!
We then head along the northern side of Loch Ness, where Nessie enthusiasts can keep an eye out for the legendary monster, whilst the rest of us can soak up the great views across the Loch. At Urquhart Castle we have our last stop of the day, where we get a great view of the castle from above – an amazing end to an amazing day!
A tour to the Magical Isle of Skye!
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