Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle Private tour from Inverness2022-11-15T20:49:53+00:00

The Isle of Skye is one of the worlds most iconic islands. Accessible from Inverness through stunning highland landscapes, this tour offers it all; medieval castles, sea lochs, towering mountains, panoramic views, deep history and a welcoming culture. Learn the complex history of the highlands first hand and see some of the famous views that make The Highlands & Skye a must-visit.

Each private tour is conducted in our premium Mercedes minivans, ensuring your comfort as we venture along the single-track country roads of the highlands with your dedicated driver-guide at the wheel.

Your knowledgable kilt-wearing private tour guide will tell you the stories and show you the sights on this tour. We offer flexibility and your time inside and outside the vehicle is up to you.

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Long Day (9am – 8pm)

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  • Lunch (we can recommend a place)
  • Entrance into attractions & sites
  • Gratuities (optional)

The NC500 & Loch Carron

We’ll take the northerly ‘North Coast 500’ route from Inverness over the impressive Kessock Bridge. The crossing offers views over Inverness before turning westward into the central highlands and the road less travelled. Driving through this stunning highland landscape the road runs alongside the Kyle railway line down to Loch Carron stopping at the viewpoint over this impressive sea loch. We’ll stop along the way to take in the views.

Eilean Donan Castle

One of Scotland’s most photographed castles, Eilean Donan Castle was a stronghold of the Clan Mackenzie since the mid-13th century. Eilean Donan sits on a small island named after Donnan of Eigg, a 7th century Celtic saint who may have built a church here. Over centuries the castle has evolved until in 1719 the Mackenzies support of the Jacobite cause lead to government forces destroying Eilean Donan by cannon-fire. The castle lay in ruin until restoration work began in 1920, including a new footbridge to provide easy access from the mainland. The project, lead by Lieutenant-Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap was complete in 1932. Well spend around an hour visiting Eilean Donan.

Over the Bridge to Skye

We’ll travel the short distance via Kyle of Lochalsh and over the impressive Skye Bridge, driving into the heart of the island through the dramatic landscape of the Cuillin mountain range. These breathtaking mountains rise dramatically from the sea to over 3,000ft. After stopping to take in the waters at Sligachan Old Bridge, we’ll descend into the picture-postcard fishing village of Portree. Here we’ll have lunch and your guide will recommend places, from fish and chips on the pier to a local tavern or restaurant.

Trotternish peninsula

After lunch we’ll venture on the road less travelled north to the Trotternish peninsula with views to The Old Man of Storr and The Kilt Rock. We’ll stop at The Museum of Island Life, a recreation of an island township with thatched cottages and (on a good day) views over to the Outer Hebrides Islands.

Returning to the Mainland

When available, we’ll take the quirky Glenelg Ferry back to the mainland. Launched in 1934 MV Glenachulish is the last turntable ferry in the world and this short 15 minute crossing is a unique way to travel over Kyle Rhea. The ferry is close to the heart of the islanders and is part of the heritage of Skye. We’ll then drive up Glen Shiel and past Loch Cluanie reservoir with its unique lunar landscape.

The Glenelg ferry runs from mid-April to mid-October. We’ll use the Skye bridge to return to the mainland outside these times.

The great Glen & Loch Ness

Our final landmark of the day is arriving into The Great Glen. This Geological Fault line runs straight through Scotland for 62 miles from Fort William in the southwest to Inverness in the northeast. We’ll stop to take in the view over Loch Ness from the roadside and might even catch a glimpse of Nessie!

Returning to Inverness you’ll have a camera full of photos and memories that will last a lifetime!

This full-day tour includes quite a lot of travelling but is a very rewarding day. However, if you have more time and prefer to experience these places at a more relaxed pace, perhaps our two-day ‘Over the sea to Skye‘ tour is better suited to your needs?


Each tour we operate is unique and designed to your requirements. Here is an example of this tour’s route

October 18, 2022 10:12 am
  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 278 miles
  • Time 7 h 40 min
  • Speed 36 mph
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These are some of the frequently asked questions about our Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle Private tour from Inverness, however if you have a specific question please contact us

Can I customise the tour?2022-11-15T14:41:55+00:00

Yes, we can customise any itinerary. We’ll email you shortly after booking to ask if you have any customisation requests and suggest additions you may wish to make.

Can the tour start at the airport / cruise port2022-11-15T14:41:55+00:00

Yes, we regularly pick up guests from the airport or cruise port. Read more about shore excursions from cruise ships

Do I need to bring anything with me?2022-11-15T14:45:22+00:00

We recommend bringing a jacket (even if the forecast is good!) and comfortable shoes. We’ll provide everything else including umbrellas, binoculars refreshments and a wee treat or two!

Do you provide car seats for children?2022-11-15T14:41:55+00:00

Yes, by law children under 135cm (4.4 foot) must travel in a booster seat. We can also provide baby seats. Please advise us if you need this.

How do I pay for the tour2022-11-15T14:42:58+00:00

When you book you pay a 20% deposit. The final payment is due on the date of departure and is taken from your card automatically. We don’t accept cash for your tour payment.

I need to change my tour date2022-11-15T14:41:55+00:00

No problem, as long as we have availability we can change the tour date. The deposit is transferable to your new date

What about ‘comfort stops’2022-11-15T14:41:55+00:00

There are plenty of toilet opportunities! Each of our tours is designed to have regular breaks and tour guide can accommodate most requests for bathroom stops.

What about lunch on tour2022-11-15T14:41:55+00:00

Scotland is full of amazing places to eat and we’ll recommend stops that champion the best in Scottish quality and make the most of your time.

What is the maximum number of guests2022-11-15T14:41:56+00:00

We have two versions of our minivan; either 6 or 7 passengers. Find out more about our premium minivans

Where do I meet the tour2022-11-15T14:41:56+00:00

We pick you up from your hotel or accommodation. In some instances parking in the city centre is restricted so there might be a short walk to your vehicle, but your guide will walk with you to the vehicle.



We are passionate, professional and full of personality. Let us share our knowledge of Scotland


We’ll collect & return you at the start and end of the tour


`Chilled, premium still and sparkling Scottish water is provided


Our minivans offer luxury interiors and excellent legroom for up to 7 guests and their bags


Stay connected to friends and family on tour with unlimited super-fast wifi


  • Thomas W

    Guide picked us up and dropped us off on time (very important since we were coming from a cruise ship) and was very friendly and knowledgeable. Drove us to all the key points of interest, and the van was very clean and comfortable. Communication from [...]

    Published On: October, 2023
  • T Miller

    From the moment Sandy picked us up, we knew we were in for a wonderful day trip experience around Edinburgh. His historical knowledge of the city and surrounding area is top notch! He tailored our day to take in some hidden gems and provided us [...]

    Published On: October, 2023
  • Annemarie D

    We had so much fun with Andy! He was a pleasure to spend an afternoon with. We visited Rosslyn Chapel and some other places that were in keeping with our interests, like the oldest pub in Scotland (I know, many make the claim, but I'm [...]

    Published On: September, 2023
  • Mary Carol S

    Fantastic day with Michael! Great views of Loch Lamond. A nice hike and lunch there as well. Michael was really informative about Sterling Castle and all of Glasgow. I would highly recommend this tour and Michael.

    Published On: September, 2023
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