Scottish Highlands and Hebridean Islands tours from Inverness

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 as we head out over the bridge to the Isle of Skye, where the spectacular Cuillins mountain range greets us. As we drive through the Isle of Skye we have stops for photos and time to admire the magnificent scenery including at the base of Loch Sligachan where we get a great view looking up to some of the peaks of The Cuillin. 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.

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.

Dunvegan Castle and Gardens

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.
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