The Best of Skye Small Group Tour - 1 day tour
Best of Skye Small Group Tour
One day tour
The focus of this tour is the picturesque Isle of Skye. See the craggy peaks of the famous Cuillin Hills then make a stop in delightful Portree. Later visit Talisker Malt Whisky Distillery and take a walk to see the amazing Fairy Pools. Back on the mainland visit iconic Eilean Donan Castle before returning to Inverness.
Price range: £52 - £59
Small Group Tour - travel in an intimate group of just 16 passengers
Isle of Skye - explore the majestic scenery of Scotland’s most romantic island
Cuillin Hills - see the stark peaks of the Black and Red Cuillin mountain ranges
Portree - discover this colourful town, built around a natural harbour, it has a unique charm all of its own
Fairy Pools - will the enchanting blue waters tempt you to take a dip?
Eilean Donan Castle - visit Scotland’s most iconic castle
Movie locations – The World is not Enough, Macbeth and Black Angel
Full Tour Itinerary
Bid farewell to Inverness as we cross over the Moray Firth to reach the Black Isle. Travel to Achnasheen then through picturesque Glen Carron, stopping along the way so you can capture the view over Lochcarron. Make a short stop in Kyle of Lochalsh before making for the Skye Bridge.
First, we cross onto the little island of Eilean Ban then over the sea to Skye, the main event of our tour today. Our visit to the magical isle takes in wonderful coastal views of the islands of Pabay and Scalpay. Soon the stunningly beautiful sight of the Cuillin Hills comes into view. We’ll stop at Sligachan Bridge for a photo opportunity.
Portree is the main town on the island and is built around a natural harbour. The houses that surround it are painted in pleasant pastel shades making it the ideal background for your post on social media. We’ll enjoy a break for lunch in Portree. There is a working fleet of fishing boats based here so the freshly cooked fish and chips come highly recommended!
After an enjoyable lunch, we head for the famous Talisker Malt Whisky Distillery where you can discover the traditional methods used to produce Scotland's national drink. After the behind the scenes tour enjoy a tutored tasting and time to browse the distillery shop. Our last stop on the island will be at the enchanting Fairy Pools. The 2.4 km walk is rewarded with a series of natural pools and waterfalls where the blue and green water provides a magical appearance.
We return to the mainland and make the short journey to see Eilean Donan, one of Scotland's most attractive castles. It sits on a little island at the head of Loch Duich and has featured in a number of movies including Highlander and James Bond. You will have enough time to explore the castle and discover its fascinating history.
Our day continues with a drive through Glen Shiel where you will see the towering Five Sisters mountain range. A little later we will stop in the village of Invermoriston so you can enjoy a short walk to take in the charming view of Thomas Telford’s bridge and the cascading waterfall below.
Our tour concludes with a drive along the banks of mysterious Loch Ness. Keep that camera ready, just in case…….
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Small Group Tour?
With an average of 16 passengers (and never more than 20) a Small Group Tour will provide a more intimate and flexible travelling experience. These tours are carefully planned to travel off the highways so you’ll discover quaint villages and picturesque vistas that other tours just can’t access. All the small group tours that we feature are operated by purpose built luxury minicoaches that feature air-conditioning, panoramic windows, wifi, usb charging points and comfortable seating. Each group is led by an experienced driver/guide who will entertain and inform you with stories of our history, nature and folklore.
What are the optional extras on this tour and how much do they cost?
The tour fare includes transportation by luxury mini or midicoach and the services of a professional driver/guide. Admission to the attractions featured on this tour is optional so you can choose to visit or not depending on your interests. The tour itinerary will allow time for you to enjoy visits to:
The links above will give you more information on these attractions as well as current prices. On some tours discounted prices are available to tour passengers - your driver/guide will provide more information if this applies. Not all attractions accept payment by credit or debit card so you should carry sufficient cash should you be planning a visit.
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.
How much luggage can I bring?
Luggage space on the tour is restricted so the amount of luggage that you can bring is limited to 1 bag per person that weights no more than 15kg and has maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 20cm. Luggage larger than this will only be carried if space is available.
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!
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned minicoach with wifi and usb charging points
- 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: 07:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 08:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:30 hrs
Concession discount applies to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 3 to 16 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.
Customer Reviews Overall Rating:
Rating:17 Oct 2019
Great Tour. Great Guide. Good places to visit. Tour exceeds our expectations. Enjoy your trip. Go for it.Sudhir from Dubai, AE
Rating:18 Sep 2019
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