3 Day Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour
Make more of your trip to the Highlands and the Isle of Skye with a three day tour from Inverness returning back via Lochaber and the Great Glen. Explore the stunning scenery of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye and discover its ancient history and culture.
Day 1 begins at Inverness where we follow Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle and discover its links with many of the important events in Highlands history. Turning west we journey through Glen Moriston to Glen Shiel and the Five Sisters of Kintail mountains. Before arriving at Eilean Donan Castle we take a short detour up Mam Ratagan for one of the best viewpoints in the Scottish Highlands. At Eilean Donan Castle we explore its ancient and historic past before we cross the bridge to Skye. Our journey through the Isle of Skye takes us to the Red Hills and along to the old bridge at Sligachan and its great view of the peaks of the Black Cuillin. 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 Trotternish Peninsula for stunning views of the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock 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 visit the Museum of Island Life before arriving at Dunvegan Castle, home of the Clan MacLeod one of the Hebrides most powerful clans. As well as exploring the oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland, Dunvegan also has wonderful gardens. Our day ends with a gentle hike along the shoreline of Loch Dunvegan as we visit the 'Coral' Beach.
Day 3 begins with an early start from Portree through Skye to the Sleat Peninsula - known as ‘the garden of Skye’ - where we stop at the beautiful Isleornsay before visiting Armadale Castle and the Museum of the Isles. Leaving Skye we take a stunning 40 minute ferry journey across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig on the Scottish mainland. We continue along the ‘Road to the Isles’ to Glenfinnan with its historic monument commemorating the Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie and the great Victorian viaduct. 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.
What to expect on a 3 Day Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour...
Five Sisters of Kintail
Eilean Donan Castle
Old Man of Storr
The Great Glen
Tour Option - Take the Jacobite Steam Train from Mallaig to Fort William
The Jacobite Stream Train runs along the stunning West Highland Line and crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct. You can book a single journey (for Day 3 of our tour) and join the 1410 Jacobite Steam Train from Mallaig to Fort William (subject to availability) while I follow along by road and pick you up at Fort William Train Station where we continue back to Inverness along the Great Glen including Inverlochy Castle and Fort Augustus.
Availability and Notes
• Monday 22nd April to Friday 25th October 2019 (Weekdays).
• Saturday 4th May to Sunday 29th September 2019 (Weekends).
• The Hebridean Explorer does not purchase tickets for The Jacobite Steam Train - these must be purchased in advance by your group through www.westcoastrailways.co.uk.
• The Hebridean Explorer has no affiliation with The Jacobite Steam Train and is not responsible for any delays, changes or cancellations that may occur with The Jacobite Steam Train, and any extra costs that clients may incur.
Private Tour Price (per tour)
April to October: £1600
Depart Inverness 9am