Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour from Inverness

Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour

inc. Eilean Donan Castle and Glenfinnan Viaduct
from Inverness
Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour from Inverness

A full day of stunning Highland scenery on the way to Eilean Donan Castle followed by a visit to the beautiful Sleat Peninsula on the Isle of Skye and a return journey to Inverness via the Isle of Skye ferry, Glenfinnan monument and viaduct and the Great Glen.

The Isle of Skye and Highland Glens 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.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scottish Highlands

At Eilean Donan Castle we explore its ancient past with time for a visit 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 south to the Sleat Peninsula - known as ‘the garden of Skye’ - a less explored area of Skye that is home to a stunning coastline, heather-clad hills and breath-taking views across the Sound of Sleat.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scottish Highlands Isleornsay, Sleat Peninsula, Isle of Skye Road to Tarskavaig, Sleat Peninsula, Isle of Skye Isleornsay, Sleat Peninsula, Isle of Skye

Arriving at Armadale, you can enjoy great local produce at the Armadale Bistro during your late lunch stop. Leaving Skye in the mid-afternoon we take a stunning 40 minute ferry journey across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig on the Scottish mainland. Then 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 and if you don’t mind a short hike up a hill track I can promise you a great view!

Glenfinnan, Scottish Highlands Glenfinnan, Scottish Highlands Inverlochy Castle, Scottish Highlands

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.

Glenfinnan, Scottish Highlands

Private Tour Price (per tour)

May to September:    £500

April and October:     £450

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 8am
Return Inverness 7pm
(approx. 11 hours)

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, ferry tickets and a driver/guide (John Alasdair Macdonald) but exclude entrance fees and meals.

Tour Notes
The tour covers approx. 240 miles 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 1¼ hours - at Eilean Donan Castle (mid-morning) and Armadale (late lunch). Additionally, we have 40 minutes on the ferry crossing, 30 minutes at Glenfinnan and at least 6 viewpoint and photo stops between 10 and 15 mins.

Ferry sailings are weather permitting but are generally reliable in the summer months although occasional low tides or certain wind directions can cause timetable changes. In the event of extended ferry delays or cancellations this tour would spend more time on the Sleat Peninsula before returning to Inverness by the same route taken over and take only 10 hours (£50 would be refunded back). Please note that while the Highlands are renowned for changeable weather (even over the summer months) in April and October poor weather conditions are more common and ferry sailings can be more affected by weather disruptions.