At Eilean Donan Castle we explore its ancient and historic past - with time for a visit into the castle to discover its secrets - and an enjoy a lunch break before we cross the bridge to Skye, where the spectacular Cuillin mountains greet us. Our journey through the Isle of Skye takes us to the base of the Red hills where we take time to admire the views before heading off to explore 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 Portree we are greeted by a beautiful harbour surrounded by a scenic and historic town. We finish the day with time to explore Portree where we will overnight for the next two days.
Day 2 begins with a journey to the stunning Trotternish peninsula. First stop is the Trotternish ridge, 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 onto the village of Staffin below and across the sea to the north west Highlands, the Quiraing is one of the highlights of the whole trip to the Isle of Skye.
We then visit the Museum of Island Life which provides a wonderful glimpse back into the history and culture of the Hebrideans. Next is a visit to the enchanting Faerie Glen with its beautiful surroundings. The afternoon takes us across to the west of Skye and Dunvegan Castle, home of the Clan MacLeod of Dunvegan for a great look back at the history of one of the Hebrides most powerful clans. As well as exploring the oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland, Dunvegan also has wonderful gardens and offers short seal boat rides along Loch Dunvegan. Our second day on the Isle of Skye ends with a gentle hike along the shoreline of Loch Dunvegan as we visit the 'Coral' Beach with its breath-taking views across to the Outer Hebrides.
Day 3 begins with a journey through Skye to the Sleat Peninsula - known as ‘the garden of Skye’ - where we stop at the beautiful Isleornsay. As well as the stunning views across the Sound of Sleat to the Scottish mainland, there is also a small whisky shop where you can sample Gaelic Whiskies produced in the traditional unchilfiltered way, for those wishing to taste the water of life!
Next stop is the Armadale Castle and the Clan Donald Centre. As well as enjoying the great Museum of the Isles we explore the ruins of Armadale Castle and the beautiful gardens. Leaving Skye we take a stunning 40 minute ferry journey across the Sound of Sleat to scenic fishing town of Mallaig on the Scottish mainland where we enjoy lunch (great fresh fish and chips in Mallaig!)
We continue our tour along the ‘Road to the Isles’ to Glenfinnan where we stop to admire the historic monument commemorating the Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie and the raising of the standard in 1745. Glenfinnan also has a magnificent Victorian viaduct now made even more famous after being used in the Harry Potter movies. If you don’t mind a short hike up a small hill track I can promise you a great view!
The ruins of Inverlochy Castle are our next stop - a wonderful hidden gem of a castle that’s nearly 800 years old - before we begin our return journey to Inverness along the Great Glen. Along the way we stop at Fort Augustus to view the locks and the Caledonian Canal at Loch Ness.
Highlights of a 3 Day Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour
These clips are from a tour taken in late summer when (as expected) we experienced the full range of glorious Highland and Hebridean weather - all four seasons!
2018 Update - Please note that this year is a very busy season for accommodation throughout the Hebrides, particulary the Isle of Skye (virtually sold-out all summer) and based on early bookings and conversations with accommodation providers all indications are of another busy year ahead. If you are interested in this tour I would recommend that you book as early as possible to give you the most accommodation options.
...and because it's the Highlands and we can have "four seasons in one day"!