Our Isle of Skye tour is continually evolving to make sure we can provide our customers with the best possible experience. This is based on developments on the island, customer feedback, and very importantly, our drivers’ and guides’ feedback. They are, after all, our eye and ears on the the ground on Skye! One thing we have noticed over the years, is that places that were once ‘hidden gems’ have become increasingly busy, so finding ways of avoiding the crowds is definitely the way to go!
For 2018 we are pleased to announce that we’ve increased the amount of time we spend in the Trotternish area. This is undoubtedly the most spectacular area on Skye, and is where we find the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the Quiraing. By increasing the amount of time here, we have time for some extra stops to see the Old Man of Storr from different viewpoints. Exactly where we stop always depends on the weather and parking situation, although we have a couple of great locations up our sleeves.
Another big change, is that we will now provide our customers with two opportunities to see the Trotternish, by driving back the same way we came. By doing this, we are going back to our roots (this is what we did when we launched our Skye tour back in 2014), and giving customers the opportunity to take in so much more of this fantastic landscape. Also, it means that customers will be treated to sea views in one direction, and mountain views in the other, meaning that everyone onboard gets the best of both worlds!!
We will spend an extra 10 minutes at Sligachan, which gives us enough time to take people on an optional hike to the ‘secret Fairy Pools’. This spot provides a great view point of the Black Cuillin mountains, and unlike the famous ‘Fairy Pools’ it is not overwhelmed by visitors. For those not into hiking, it provides you with plenty of time to snap some pictures of the area before retiring to the bar, for a well earned drink!
The other new stop is an alternative view of the Red Cuillin mountains. This is a stunningly beautiful stop, and allows visitors the opportunity to go down to the water’s edge at Loch Ainort. Whilst we can’t guarantee wildlife, over the years we’ve seen Golden Eagles, and even Pilot Whales from this spot so keep your eyes peeled!
Additionally, we are also allowing extra time at Eilean Donan Castle. Where possible, we will include two stop at the castle, one at either side. The first side is what we like to refer to as the ‘classic’ viewpoint. It’s a photographer’s dream! The second stop is directly in front of the castle; where there is usually the possibility to cross the famous bridge, and go over to the island to see the castle up close and personal. As we arrive after hours, there is not a charge for doing this. On rare occasions entry to the island might be blocked (i.e if there is a private event on) but regardless, the view is great anyway!
To allow us to make these changes we have decided to omit Duntulm Castle and Flora MacDonald’s grave from the itinerary. Whilst they are both great stops, neither can be considered to be ‘highlights’ of the area. Also, unfortunately parking at Duntulm Castle this summer became problematic, so we couldn’t actually guarantee to stop there every time. In our opinion, sacrificing these stops, will create a much better experience, and will allow more time at top spots like the Cuillins and Trotternish.
We hope you approve of the changes, we are certainly very excited about the prospect of having even more time to show our guests the best parts of the Isle of Skye!
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