Eilean Donan Castle and Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is famed the world over for its dramatic mountain scenery and picturesque seascapes. On this wonderful tour we''ll experience the very best of the Magical Isle.
We start our day together by driving along the banks of Loch Ness - keep a careful watch, just in case you know who makes an appearance! We'll stop in the little village of Invermoriston to see the delightful ruined bridge which was designed by Thomas Telford, who constructed the Caledonian Canal. Next we travel through pretty Glen Moriston and Glen Shiel, scene of the 1719 battle, were we will see the "Five Sisters”, a range of five mountains that dominate the surrounding landscape.
We’ll make a stop so that you can visit Eilean Donan Castle (optional), perched on its island at the head of Loch Duich. You will marvel at the views from this most picturesque of castles.
Soon we cross "over the sea to Skye” by way of the road bridge and head for Broadford, where there is a stop for lunch. Next we take the stunningly beautiful road through Glen Suardal. The pretty Red Cuillin Hills provide a pleasant start to our journey. As we reach the little village of Torrin, the bulk of Bla Bhein (Blanven) comes in to view. Considered by many to be Scotland’s prettiest mountain it provides breathtaking views.
The road descends to hug the banks of Loch Slappin and here we stop to enjoy some beach combing. The next part of our journey involves a steep climb over Strathaird to reach the little community of Elgol beyond.
We’ll have an extended stop in Elgol where there are superb views of the Black Cuillin Hills to enjoy. They rise majestically on the opposite banks of Loch Scavaig. If the weather is kind to us there are also stunning seascapes towards Rum and the other Small Isles.
As we cross the Skye Bridge, heading for the mainland, look out for the little island of Eilean Ban. The author, Gavin Maxwell, lived in the lighthouse keepers cottage for a while. He is most famous for writing "Ring of Bright Water” - a book that vividly describedliving with a family of otters.
From Kyle of Lochalsh we continue our journey through picturesque Glen Carron to reach the lonely village of Achnasheen, our final stop of the day. The final part of our journey takes us to Garve then on through the Black Isle. There are fabulous views over the Moray Firth to savour as we reach Inverness by way of the Kessock Bridge.