3 Day Isle of Skye Tour

3 Day Isle of Skye Tour

from Inverness
3 Day Isle of Skye Tour

Enjoy your trip to the Isle of Skye with a more leisurely three day tour from Inverness. Explore its stunning and dramatic scenery - including the Trotternish and Sleat Peninsulas - and discover its ancient history, heritage 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, before our arrival in 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. Continuing around the peninsula we visit the Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir. The afternoon takes us across to 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 return to Portree includes a visit to the 2000 year old Dun Beag Broch by Loch Bracadale.

Day 3 begins with time in Portree before we head south to the wonderful Sleat Peninsula, known as ‘the garden of Skye'. One of the less explored areas of Skye, the Sleat Peninsula is home to a stunning coastline, heather-clad hills and plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten path and away from the crowds. We stop at Isleornsay with its stunning views across to the Knoydart peninsula and where we also have the opportunity to enjoy some Hebridean whisky tasting! After visiting Armadale, the early afternoon takes us over to the remote western side to explore the breath-taking coastal scenery of the Sleat peninsula, before we begin our return journey to Inverness.

What to expect on a 3 Day Isle of Skye Tour...

I can promise our tour will include all the wonderful views shown above... but maybe not the weather - we are the land of four seasons in one day!

Tour Option - Return via the Great Glen
On Day 3 we take the Isle of Skye ferry (40 minutes) from Armadale across to Mallaig and explore the Great Highland Glen on our return to Inverness. With this option we would not visit Dunvegan Castle and spend less time in the Sleat Peninsula but instead visit Glenfinnan Monument and Viaduct, Inverlochy Castle and enjoy a stunning drive through the Great Glen. Please note that this option is only available April to mid-October. Tour option surcharge - £30 per tour (includes ferry tickets).

From April to October the Jacobite Stream Train runs along the stunning West Highland Line and crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct and there is the option to take a single journey from Mallaig to Fort William - Information on the Jacobite Steam Train option.

Private Tour Price (per tour)

January to December:    £1550

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 9am
Return Inverness
(3 Days)

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 and a driver/guide (John Alasdair Macdonald) but exclude your accommodation costs, entrance fees and meals.

Accommodation Options
We recommend that you book accommodation in Portree for both nights to make the most of your trip. Whilst we do not book accommodation for you we are happy to help with advice on where to stay and eat. The tour quote will include a list of accommodation recommendations and suggestions for overnight locations.

Tour Itinerary
The tour itinerary is based on experience, previous clients feedback and timings. However, we have a little flexibility and the tour itinerary can be adapted (in advance) to suit specific requests if possible. Please let us know any requests through the 'Extra Information' section when completing a Tour Enquiry Form or email directly to info@thehebrideanexplorer.com.

Off Season Touring
The Highlands are renowned for changeable weather, even over the summer months. However, from October to April, poor weather conditions are more common and daylight hours are reduced (particularly from late-October to early-March). For tours during these months, we may offer a modified itinerary (as some attractions close over the winter months) with slightly shorter touring days. The itinerary may be changed at short notice to adapt to weather conditions, and on very rare occasions tours may be cancelled due to severe weather. For a detailed itinerary please complete a Tour Enquiry Form including your travel dates.

Ferry Sailings
Ferry sailings are generally reliable in the summer months, but delays can occasionally occur. In the event of a ferry cancellation from Armadale to Mallaig for the 'Return via the Great Glen' tour option we would revert to the standard itinerary and return to Inverness via the Isle of Skye bridge (and refund the tour option surcharge).