Eilean Donan Castle and Isle of Skye - 1 day tour
Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye Tour
One day tour
Tour through picturesque Glen Carron before crossing “over the sea to Skye” to enjoy spectacular views of the Cuillin Hills and visit Portree, the island’s main town. Back on the mainland explore beautiful Eilean Donan Castle and see Loch Ness.
Price range: £48 - £55
Glen Carron - tour through some of Scotland’s most breathtaking scenery
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
Eilean Donan Castle - visit Scotland’s most iconic castle
The Five Sisters of Kintail - see the towering peaks of this imposing mountain range
Movie locations - Maid of Honour, The BFG and Highlander
Full Tour Itinerary
We start our day together by enjoying the fabulous views over the Moray Firth as we cross the Kessock Bridge. We travel through the Black Isle then onwards to Garve. We'll make a stop in the little village of Achnasheen before continuing our journey through picturesque Glen Carron to reach Kyke of Lochalsh.
Soon we will cross the road bridge "over the sea to Skye”. From the little villages and gentle scenery of the southern part of the island the views will change dramatically as the Cuillin Hills come into sight. Considered by many to be amongst the finest hills in Britain the Cuillins present a vista that is simply unforgettable.
Set round its natural harbour the picturesque town of Portree is the island’s largest community. The name of the town means the "King's Port" following a visit by King James V in 1540. Today the pretty painted houses which surround the harbour give Portree an old fashioned appeal. During our stop there will be time to explore the town and browse the interesting shops that surround Sumerled Square.
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 described living with a family of otters.
We’ll make a stop at Eilean Donan Castle, perched on its island at the head of Loch Duich. You will marvel at the views of Skye from the ramparts of this most picturesque of castles.
Next we travel through pretty Glen Shiel, scene of the 1719 battle, where we will see the "Five Sisters of Kintail”, a range of five mountains that dominate the surrounding landscape. It's onwards through Glen Moriston to reach the little village of Invermoriston where we'll see the delightful ruined bridge which was designed by Thomas Telford, who constructed the Caledonian Canal.
We end our tour by driving along the banks of Loch Ness - keep a careful watch, just in case you know who makes an appearance!
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. Please note that tours to some destinations, particularly to Loch Ness, can be faster paced so the number and duration of stops may be limited.
Can you tell me more about the optional extras on this tour?
To give you complete choice admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour. The tour itinerary has been carefully designed to provide sufficient time for you to visit these attractions:
If you click on the links above they will provide you with more information on each attraction including current admission prices. In some cases a special discount is offered to tour passengers, your driver/guide will provide details if this applies.
Please note that credit/debit cards are not always accepted so it is recommended that you carry sufficient cash with you should you want to make a visit.
Will there be time to visit Eilean Donan Castle?
We allow a stop of approximately 1 hour to visit Eilean Donan Castle. Please note that this information is for guidance only and the location and duration of any stop may be varied or cancelled for operational reasons.
I am travelling on a budget. Can I do the same trip by public transport?
Almost certainly not! Our tours are designed to maximise your sightseeing opportunities so we frequently head off the main road and take routes where there is little or no public transport available. Please also bear in mind that the tour commentary that you will enjoy is designed to bring Scotland’s history, nature and scenic beauty to life as you travel around. Reading about your surroundings from a guide book will just not be the same!
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
From Platform 7
Inverness Bus Station
Inverness IV1 1LT
Check-in: 09:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:15 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:15 hrs
Concession discounts apply 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.
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.
Rating:14 Sep 2019
This was a very good tripJohn from leicestershire,
Rating:01 Jun 2018
Super experience!!!!!Brigitte from NH,
Rating:17 May 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed the tour with guide Chris. The tour was well organized with provision for stops along the way. Highly recommend this adventure in the Highlands!,Brigitte from NH,