Scottish Highlands and Hebridean Islands tours from Inverness
Isle of Skye Clan Macleod and Dunvegan Tour

Isle of Skye Clan Macleod Tour inc. Dunvegan Castle

One Day Isle of Skye Clan Macleod and Dunvegan Tour

Near the north west of Isle of Skye, in the Hebrides, stands the magnificent Dunvegan Castle, ancient home of the Chiefs of the Clan Macleod for nearly 800 years.

The tour to Dunvegan Castle in the Isle of Skye begins at Inverness where we follow the banks of Loch Ness down past Urquhart Castle. After a stop for photos near Loch Ness, we continue along Ness-side until the village of Invermoriston before turning west along through Glen Moriston on the way to Glen Shiel and the Five Sisters of Kintail mountains. The magnificent Loch Duich awaits us at the foot of the hills where we see Eilean Donan Castle in the distance. Here we take a short stop to enjoy Eilean Donan’s stunning views and enjoy a coffee break.

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye

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.

Black Cuillin, Isle of Skye

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!

TOUR OPTION

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.

PRIVATE TOUR PRICE
April to October:     £475
This tour is not available from 16th October to 31st March.
Tours are exclusively for your private group only (up to 3 persons) and prices are per tour. We only offer private tours and do not combine individuals or separate groups - if your group size is less than 3 the advertised tour price still applies. Prices include all taxes and a driver/guide but exclude your entrance fees and meals.