Our journey continues over the Isle of Skye bridge to the base of the Red hills where we take time to admire the stunning views before heading off to explore the magnificent Cuillin mountain range. We stop near the old bridge at Sligachan where we get a great view of the peaks of the Black Cuillin in ancient Macleod lands.
From there its a short drive to Dunvegan Castle - the oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland - where we have a 2 hour stop with time to explore the castle, its gardens and enjoy a late lunch.
Highlights of Dunvegan Castle and Gardens
Leaving Dunvegan Castle we drive to the main town in Skye - Portree - where we have a late afternoon stop to discover its beautiful harbour and town centre and enjoy a coffee stop before we begin our return journey to Inverness arriving back in the early evening.
While the tour does cover over 260 miles we do this over 11 hours which allows for lots of stops and time out of the vehicle exploring the scenery. We have 1 long stop on the tour for 2 hours at Dunvegan Castle. We also have 2 shorter coffee stops, one at Eilean Donan Castle for 45 minutes and one in the late afternoon at Portree for 45 minutes. Additionally, we have at least 7 viewpoint and photo stops between 10 and 15 minutes. Please note that it is quite a long drive to Dunvegan Castle but we try and make sure you get as much time as possible out of the vehicle.
Finally, I hope your group doesn’t mind being taken there by a Macdonald - I promise to be impartial (most of the time) especially as my Great Grandmother was a Macleod!
Extend your stop at Dunvegan Castle - Our standard visit to Dunvegan Castle includes a visit of around 2 hours, however this can be extended to nearly 3 hours (if you are of Macleod ancestry you may wish to have extra time at the castle). Alternatively, you could extend your stop at Eilean Donan Castle to around 1½ hours with time to explore inside the castle. With either of these options we would not be visiting Portree.
...and because it's the Highlands and we can have "four seasons in one day"!