Isle of Skye Explorer Tour inc. Eilean Donan Castle
Our most comprehensive one day tour from Inverness taking you through the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Skye and the Trotternish Peninsula to explore its stunning and dramatic scenery.
The Isle of Skye Explorer tour begins at Inverness where we follow the banks of Loch Ness down past Urquhart Castle to Invermoriston before turning west through Glen Moriston on the way to Loch Cluanie and Glen Shiel. Loch Duich awaits us at the foot of the Five Sisters of Kintail mountains with the stunning Eilean Donan Castle in the distance.
At Eilean Donan Castle we explore its ancient past with time for a short visit (optional) into the castle to discover its secrets before we cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye, where the spectacular Cuillin mountains greet us in the distance. Our journey through the Isle of Skye takes us to the base of the Red Hills and the dramatic Black Cuillin mountain ridge. We stop near the old bridge at Sligachan (great place to take a short walk) where we get the best view of the peaks of the Black Cuillin.
Arriving in the beautiful harbour town of Portree we enjoy a late lunch before exploring the Trotternish Peninsula in northern Skye. First stop is for photos of the Old Man of Storr in the distance. Next is a visit to Kilt Rock for an amazing view out across the Sound of Raasay and beyond before we take a drive up the old cattle pass road to the Quiraing. Looking down on the village of Staffin below and across the sea to the north west Highlands, the Quiraing is one of the highlights of the Isle of Skye tour. After returning back to Portree for a late afternoon coffee stop we then begin our journey back to Inverness.
This tour is the most comprehensive day tour we offer to Skye. 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 enjoying the scenery. We have 2 long stops on the tour both for 1 hour at Eilean Donan Castle (mid-morning) and at Portree (late lunch) along with a 20 minute coffee stop in the late afternoon. Additionally, we have at least 7 viewpoint and photo stops between 10 and 15 mins.
Highlights of an Isle of Skye Explorer Tour
Private Tour Price
March to October: £475
Depart Inverness 8.30am
Return Inverness 7.30pm
(approx. 11 hours)
...and because it's the Highlands and we can have "four seasons in one day"!