This tour from Inverness to the Island of Skye is a journey through varied landscapes, different cultures and 2,000 years of history. Travelling from mainland Scotland on to the Hebrides’ most famous island, we’ll discover why Skye is a much loved island.
This itinerary has been built specifically to take an alternative view of the island and we’ll travel to some of the lesser known places as well as a few of the ‘bucket list’ stops along the way.
Skye is full of myths and legend and your professional tour guide is there to connect the places to the stories and give you a true understanding of the history and culture of this remote region of Scotland.
Each private tour is conducted in our premium Mercedes minivans, ensuring your comfort as we venture along the narrow country lanes of the highlands and islands.
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.
Tour duration 2 days (typically 9am – 5pm)
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This is one of our favourite tours! Over two days travel from Inverness through the northern highlands to the magical Isle of Skye. Explore the island and get a feel for island life past and present. Visit some of Scotland’s best landmarks and marvel in the ever changing landscape from the mainland to the Hebrides islands.
The magical Isle of Skye
Skye was recently voted as one of the best places to visit in the world and we can see why! The island has an ever changing landscape, from the rolling moors of the south to the jagged peaks of the Cullin Mountains. The island is full of history and folklore and we’ll show you the best sights and tell the stories that will ensure Skye stays in your heart for many years to come.
Leaving Inverness we’ll travel through the northern highlands with a number of stops along the way. We’ll even take the short walk to Rogie Falls and a stop at Loch Carron viewpoint. The road travels through a remote part of Scotland which gives us an appreciation as to why this considered the last great wilderness. The route also makes up part of the famous North Coast 500 driving route.
We’ll then descend to sea level at Loch Alsh for the last stop on the mainland at Eilean Donan.
Eilean Donan Castle
Situated on a small tidal island in Loch Duich, Eilean Donan has arguably the most magnificent location of any castle in Scotland. Named after Donnan of Eigg, a 7th century Celtic saint who may have built a church where the castle now stands, the island has been permanently occupied since the mid-13th century. The castle lay in ruins for nearly two centuries after it was destroyed by government forces after the first Jacobite uprising, being purchased and renovated in 1912, when a footbridge was added to allow easier access than the tidal causeway it replaced.
As we leave the Isle of Skye we’ll take the quirky Glenelg ferry on the short crossing over the Kylerhea straight. This small turntable ferry has served this crossing dutifully since 1934. The ferry is close to the heart of the islanders and is part of the heritage of Skye.
1 million years of Skye
As we leave Portree we pass by The Old Man of Storr, a rocky outcrop that appears to be a sleeping giant with much folklore attached. We’ll visit ‘The Kilt Rock’ a fascinating geological feature on the coast with views across the Ocean to Torridon. Here you’ll learn about geological changes to the islands over the millennia.
Museum of Island Life
The Museum Of Island Life, with its thatched cottages gives an insight as to what a crofters life on Skye would have been like hundreds of years ago. We’ll explore this quaint collection of cottages and workshops that have been accurately recreated. Highland Heroine Flora MacDonald is also buried nearby and we’ll learn her story and how she defined a turbulent period in Scottish history that is culturally significant today.
Founded in by brothers Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill in 1830, they acquired the lease of Talisker House from the chief of Clan Macleod (of Dunvegan Castle). Talisker distillery was was extended by 1887 and again in 1900 before a stillhouse fire completely destroyed the site in 1960. Reconstruction was swift and five exact replicas of the original condensing stills were constructed to preserve the original Talisker flavour. Today Talisker is one of the contributing distilleries for Johnny Walker, probably the most famous blended Scotch.
Tours of the distillery are popular and take visitors through the distillation and bottling process. Of course no visit is complete without a wee dram (or two) at the end of the visit!
We’ll overnight in the picture postcard village of Portree on Skye. A traditional fishing community, the harbour is lined with multi-coloured fishing villages and the village centre has quaint shops, restaurants and pubs.
We recommend staying at The Bosville Hotel in Portree. Built into a traditional building, the Bosville offers cozy surroundings and an intimate restaurant serving locally sourced and made dishes.
The evening is your own and we’d recommend exploring this small village. There is often a pipe band procession after dinner and if you want to stretch your legs a walk up ‘The Lump’ doesn’t disappoint for views across the natural harbour to the Island of Rassay.
In the northwest of The Isle of Skye sits Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the Clan MacLeod. The site is likely to have been a Norse fort, dating back to the viking occupation of this part of Scotland from around 800AD. The castle that you see today started life in the late 13th century and has been extended 5 times over its history.
There is a fantastic range of period furniture and artwork on display including portraits of the many clan Chiefs and family members. Most interesting of all is the Fairy Flag, believed to date from the 4th century and probably from Syria, making it one of the oldest surviving fabric artefacts in Scotland.
We’ll take the ferry across The Sound of Sleat to Mallaig, a quaint fishing village where we’ll pick up a bite to eat before heading along ‘the road to the isles’. This stunning route takes in some iconic scenery including views over to the isles of Rum and Eigg.
We’ll stop at Glenfinnan to see the railway viaduct, made famous by its appearance in Harry Potter and also the Lone Highlander monument, built in recognition of the third Jacobite uprising that was famously started here by Charles Edward Stuart in 1745. From the top of the monument experience panoramic views down Loch Shiel and up Glenfinnan.
The Great Glen
Arriving into The Great Glen, a geological fault line that is carved through the highlands, provides a natural route from Fort William in the South West to Inverness 62 miles to the North East. We’ll see The Commando Memorial which affords amazing views to the Nevis Range and Ben Nevis, the Uk’s tallest mountain (4,413 ft).
We’ll stop briefly at Urquhart Castle viewpoint to take in the views of this impressive ruin and the view over Loch Ness, the Uk’s biggest body of water by volume. We might even catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster!
We’ll return to Inverness around 5pm at the end of the trip.
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March 23, 2021 9:40 pm
Time11 h 2 min
Min altitude0 ft
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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.
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RECENT CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS
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
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
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.