Scottish Highlands and Hebridean Islands tours from Inverness
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Over the sea from Skye...

While the Isle of Skye bridge is a great way to get across to Skye there is still a regular ferry service for Mallaig in Lochaber on the Scottish mainland across the Sound of Sleat to Armadale on the Sleat Peninsula of Skye. The crossing from the Isle of Skye to the Scottish mainland only takes 30 minutes - so it’s suitable for even those with the weakest of sea legs! Caledonian MacBrayne - the ferry operators - are hard to miss with their distinctive black, white and red boats.

Isle of Skye Ferry, Isle of Skye

For the majority of Hebridean folk they are affectionately known as “Calmac” and they provide a lifeline service to all the Hebridean Islands. The Sleat Peninsula in southern Skye is often referred to as the 'Garden of Skye'. It’s a great place to explore with stunning views and scenery on both sides – the Cuillin on the west coast and the Knoydart Peninsula on the east coast. There is also the beautiful Isleornsay, with its local pub, tweed shop, gallery and the Gaelic Whisky shop where you can sample whisky made the traditional way. On top of that for those interested in Hebridean history there is also the brilliant Museum of the Isles based at the Clan Donald Centre.

Sleat Peninsula, Isle of Skye

Leaving Armadale the ferry gives us great views of across the Sound of Sleat and the Knoydart Peninsula. Knoydart is one of the remotest parts of the Scottish mainland, accessible only by boat from Mallaig or a 20km hike. Looking down the sound of Sleat we are treated to stunning views of the Hebridean Islands of Rum and Eigg part of a chain of 4 islands known as the Small Isles. The ferry journey passes so quickly that before you know it we are coming in to Mallaig. It is a great fishing port with some of the best 'fish and chips' in the West. It is also the last stop on the famous 'Road to the Isles', a beautiful road journey from Fort William the pass such famous sites as the Glenfinnan Monument and the Glenfinnan (Harry Potter) Viaduct.

Glenfinnan Viaduct, Scottish Highlands

If you are looking for a tour from Inverness that visits the Isle of Skye along with the ferry journey then try our 3 Day Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour.