Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle - 1 day tour
Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle,
One day tour
Tour along the banks of Loch Ness, then head westwards through Glen Shiel to see fairy-tale Eilean Donan Castle. Cross “over the sea to Skye” to enjoy spectacular views of the Cuillin Hills and visit Portree, the island’s main town. Later, tour through Trotternish to see Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr before visiting Iron-age Dun Beag Broch. Head onto the famous North Coast 500 route to return to Inverness through Glen Carron and the Black Isle.
The Five Sisters of Kintail- see the towering peaks of this imposing mountain range
Eilean Donan Castle - see Scotland’s most iconic castle
Isle of Skye - explore the stunning scenery of Scotland’s most romantic island
Cuillin Hills - experience inspiring views of these moody mountains
Portree - this colourful town is built around a natural harbour and has a unique charm all of its own
Trotternish - take the scenic route to see Skye icons Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr
Movie locations - Maid of Honour, The BFG and Highlander
Full Tour Itinerary
Our journey starts with a drive along the banks of Loch Ness, where we’ll see the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle.
As we drive through Glen Shiel, look out for the towering peaks of the mountain range known as “The Five Sisters of Kintail”. As we drive through this picturesque valley, we hear the story of the battle that took place here in 1719, which involved 300 Spanish troops against the supporters of King George.
Fairytale Eilean Donan Castle is our next stop. Set on its little island on Loch Duich, this iconic fortress has starred in numerous Hollywood movies, including the James Bond hit “The World Is Not Enough”. We’ll find the perfect spot for a snap of this incredible castle.
Cross “over the sea to Skye” and follow the picturesque coastal route, enjoying the amazing vista over the sea lochs to the little island of Scalpay.
There are grand views of the mighty Cuillin Hills as we make our way to Portree, the island’s main town. We’ll stop here so you can discover the town on your own and enjoy time for lunch. The colourful houses surrounding the harbour make an excellent backdrop for an “I was there” selfie!
After lunch, head to the Trotternish peninsula, where you’ll see some of the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland. We’ll stop for photos at The Kilt Rock, Mealt Waterfall and The Old Man of Storr. We’ll also admire the fantastic Quirang, a vast and ever-changing landslip, one of Skye’s highlights.
The next stop will be iron-age Dun Beag Broch, where you can climb up this ancient fort and enjoy the views of Skye’s beautiful landscapes. Or you can observe one of Skye’s best-preserved brochs from a distance. Brochs are stone towers unique to Scotland and thought to have been the home of a local chieftain.
We’ll visit the Sligachan River, which runs from the Cuillin Hills. Legend has it that the river has magical powers. Eternal youth and beauty might be bestowed on those brave enough to dip their face in its cold water,
Back on the mainland, join the famous North Coast 500 route to experience more stunning views. You’ll glimpse Loch Carron and the Black Isle before crossing the Kessock Bridge to reach Inverness.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness.
During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more.
Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English.
There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks.
Will there be a tour commentary?
Each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide an informative and entertaining commentary in English.
You’ll hear tales of the Clans, bloody battles and the famous characters that have shaped the history of Scotland. You will learn too of the landscape that surrounds you and of the nature that makes Scotland so special.
Be ready to have a laugh as well - you’re bound to be told some really corny jokes!
Is there much walking involved on your tours?
On most tours you’ll have the chance to stretch your legs at some point each day.
If you have someone in your party who has mobility issues then there is normally an alternative at most stops .
I’ve missed my tour because I was late, can I get a refund?
We’re sorry but refunds or credits won’t be issued if you miss your tour because you are not at the departure point on time.
In fairness to all our passengers coaches will not wait if you are late.
Will there be stops for meals and are they included in the price of the tour?
Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat.
If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop.
Vegetarian food is widely available in Scotland.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned mini/midicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
25 Union Street
Inverness IV1 1LT
Check-in: 07:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:15 hrs
Concession discount applies to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 3 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 3 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Book by paying a 20% deposit. Make date changes or get a full refund with 48 hours notice before travel. Click here for more information.
In order to give you maximum flexibility admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.
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Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:(5 /5) 23 Apr 2022
The tour of the Isle of Skye is a must and highly recommended by my sister and myself. A great way to travel and learn at the same time.from Easingwold, GB
Rating:(5 /5) 24 Sep 2021
Excellent day out despite the cloudy weather. Our driver/guide Graham was icing on the cake.from Ilford, GB
Rating:(5 /5) 16 Jul 2021
This tour is an absolute must.value for money and so much places to see all in one day.lets you have a small taste of what Skye has to offer.!breathtaking views of Eileen Donna castle.from FRASERBURGH, GB