Isle of Skye, Fairy Pools and Highland Castles - 2 day tour
Isle of Skye, Fairy Pools and Highland Castles
2 day/1 night tour
Discover the beauty and history of this magical island, forever linked to the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Cross “over the sea to Skye” to see ancient castles, dramatic landscapes and towering mountains. Enjoy a stay in the bustling harbour town of Portree and take a gentle hike to see the enchanting Fairy Pools. This all-embracing tour will take you to many of the key attractions and some hidden gems too.
Loch Carron - enjoy the stunning fjord-like panorama over to the village of Lochcarron
Dunvegan Castle - explore the ancient stronghold of the Clan MacLeod and learn the intriguing story of the Fairy Flag
Kilt Rock - marvel at the stunning cliffs and dramatic waterfall plunging 60 metres into the waters below
Old Man of Storr - admire the magnificent cliff-side pinnacle towering 50 metres high
Fairy Pools - discover magical waterfalls of crystal clear water cascading into vivid blue and green pools
Eilean Donan Castle - capture the perfect selfie at this iconic castle with its mountain backdrop
Movie locations - Macbeth, Stardust and Transformers: The Last Knight
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Inverness - Isle of Skye Tour - Portree
From Inverness, we head for lonely Achnasheen, then onwards through the beauty of Glen Carron, one of the finest in the North West Highlands. There is a stop at the viewpoint, so you can admire the views over Loch Carron and the ruins of Strome Castle below.
After a short break in Kyle of Lochalsh, we reach the “Magical Isle” by crossing the sweeping Skye Bridge.
Our island tour starts with a coastal drive enjoying stunning views over to the little island of Scalpay and the peaks of the Cuillin Hills.
We stop at Dunvegan Castle, home to the Clan Chief of the MacLeods for 800 years, which sits on a rocky headland overlooking Loch Dunvegan. Dating from around 1266, the castle is home to an impressive collection of artworks and artefacts, including a lock of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s hair and the famous fairy flag.
Our time here will allow you to visit the castle or take a stroll into Dunvegan village, where you can enjoy lunch and browse the craft shops and galleries.
The Trotternish Peninsula is famed for its dramatic landscapes, fantastic mountain vistas, and sweeping coastal panoramas. During our tour of this scenic area, there will be several stops so you can capture the ever-changing views.
The Quiraing is a Jurassic landscape created by glaciers where we’ll find extraordinary peaks and pinnacles with unusual names such as “The Needle”, The Table” and “The Prison”.
At Kilt Rock, we’ll stop to see the dramatic sea cliff whose basalt columns are said to resemble the pleats in a kilt! It makes an impressive sight, especially with the Mealt waterfall plunging down the cliff face into the sea below.
Next is the cascading waters of Lealt Falls, followed by a scenic drive to reach the Old Man of Storr, a magnificent 50m black monolith that has appeared in several movies, including BFG, The Land that Time Forgot and Prometheus.
Our overnight stay is in the picturesque fishing port of Portree. Here you’ll find a wide range of restaurants and bars, but don’t forget to take a pre-dinner stroll down to the harbour to see the colourful houses for which the town is famed.
Day 2 - Portree - Fairy Pools - Inverness
After awakening in our island surroundings and enjoying a hearty breakfast, we head off to discover one of the most magical attractions on Skye.
The Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle are a series of waterfalls feeding into stunning rock pools of crystal-clear water. It’s a walk of over 2 km over rough terrain, so packing appropriate footwear is recommended.
Our island tour continues with a stop at Sligachan to enjoy the impressive views of the towering Red and Black Cullins before heading to the village of Broadford for a lunch break.
Back on the mainland, there is a stop at the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Surrounded by majestic scenery, this iconic castle has been featured in numerous movies, including “Highlander”, the James Bond film “The World is not Enough” and “Maid of Honour.” There will be time to visit the castle to discover its fascinating history.
Our return to Inverness will take us through Glen Shiel, home to the “Five Sisters of Kintail”, a mountain range that boasts some of the most striking peaks in Scotland.
Later we’ll tour through Glen Moriston to reach Fort Augustus, then follow the mysterious banks of Loch Ness back to 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.
Are admission fees included in the price of the ticket?
Admission fees are not included in the price of the tour. Many of the most popular museums and art galleries on each tour route are free of charge.
Can I show my ticket on my smartphone?
No, you will need to print the voucher that we send you and exchange it with either the bus driver or ticket seller, if you board at Waverley Bridge .
Where can I purchase travel insurance?
We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance in place for your trip to Scotland, especially if you are visiting from overseas. To purchase a policy speak to your insurance broker or undertake a search on-line.
We would also suggest checking your home policy or credit card contract as many suppliers include travel insurance as part of their offering.
- 1 nights guest house accommodation
- Location: Portree, Isle of Skye (1)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (1
- Transportation 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
Inverness, IV1 1NW
Check-in: 07:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 18:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 4 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 4 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 8 days notice before travel. Click here for more information.
The price of this tour includes guest house accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
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) 09 Sep 2023
A wonderful two day tour. You will not regret adding to your itinerary! Very organized and fun.NANCY from STATESBORO, US
Rating:(5 /5) 16 Jun 2023
The two days Isle of Skye was very good - there is so much to see that you need two days. The guide was very friendly and full of information about Skye. Most important - he was a safe and careful driver. The tour was a sightseeing tour, so we saw a lot of the most famous sights, but we were also able to have a few longer walks to scenic places. The B and B in Portree was very good. There is so much to see on Skye that, if we can return, we would spend a week here. John Boddy Christine Wu, May 30 and 31, 2023John from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, CA