In March 2018 we are going to be taking delivery of our brand new mini-coach for our Isle of Skye tour. To say we are excited would be an understatement!
The Turas 700 has been built to our exact requirements, by UK coach supplier Minis-to-Midis, in order to provide the best tour vehicle for the Isle of Skye. Below we’ve outlined what makes this coach so special, and why this should be a major consideration when you are booking your tour to the Isle of Skye!
Dedicated tour guide onboard
We are the only Isle of Skye day tour from Inverness to have a dedicated tour guide sitting up front. This means that their sole responsibility is to ensure that you are entertained, and enjoy every minute of the day. Also, as our driver and guide work closely as a team, we are able to offer additional services such as the pre-ordering of lunch and dinner, which we serve onboard (additional cost applies). This maximises the time you have to explore wonderful Skye, as you are not having to waste valuable time searching for lunch and dinner options!
Professional Coach Driver
Sitting next to the guide is our highly skilled driver. To drive our minicoach they have passed the most stringent coach licence available, so you can rest assured that you are in very safe hands indeed. (When you see what the roads on the Isle of Skye are like, you’ll definitely appreciated why a separate driver is so important!).
One of the most common questions we all hear now is, ‘do you have Wifi?’. Well, we are pleased to say that, on our Skye tour, the answer is yes we do! Whilst this is only available at certain points (because the same solitude that makes the Isle of Skye so appealing also makes it pretty poor in terms of mobile phone reception!) but you will be able to access it at a number of times throughout the day.
USB ports under every seat
Our customers told us that they wanted this so we listened and have made sure that our new coach has USB ports under every seat. This means that you can recharge your smartphone and camera, allowing you to take even more great photos of the Isle of Skye along the way!!
The highest ratio of staff to customers
We have a maximum of 28 passengers on each tour, which means we have one staff member for every 14 people onboard; this is the highest staff to passenger ratio of any Isle of Skye coach tour from Inverness.
The legroom on our coach is more generous than you would get on smaller vehicles. However, if you have longer legs you may wish to opt for our extra legroom seats, which give you the opportunity to stretch out and enjoy your tour to Skye in maximum comfort!
Front Row Seats
If you would like a guaranteed front row seat you can book this (for a small additional cost). This is the only Isle of Skye day tour to offer this option, and these seats typically sell out first, so it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment! The main advantage of the front row seat is that you get the best view out of the front window. However, you also get more time at each stop as you can get off the bus first. In our opinion, it’s well worth the £20 supplement!
The back row is best!
On most coaches you don’t want to sit in the back row…but at WOW things are a bit different. We’ve removed the dreaded middle seat in the back row, meaning that there are just four seats instead of five. The advantage of this that there is actually more elbow room for passengers seated here, as the seats are more generously spaced out! Removal of this middle seat also allows these seats to recline, which is very unusual for a back row. All other seats are reclinable too – bonus!
For the last three years we’ve been operating a 34 seater coach. We’ve now down-sized to a 28 seater vehicle, which is effectively an 18% reduction in seats. This means that it’s the same great 5 Star VisitScotland and TripAdvisor rated Isle of Skye tour, but there are six fewer people on each trip, meaning that we can look after our customers even better than before. Our vehicle is also perfectly sized for the narrow, windy roads of the Isle of Skye, meaning that we can get into tight spaces where larger coaches wouldn’t manage.
Air suspension for a more comfortable journey
One of the few negatives of being on the Isle of Skye is that the roads are generally not in the best condition. However, you’ll be pleased to hear that our vehicle comes with rear air suspension, which makes for a much more comfortable journey.
Panoramic windows for great views of Skye
When you are on our mini-coach you are higher up than on smaller tour vehicles, meaning that you get better views. This, combined with the panoramic windows, means that great views of the Isle of Skye are guaranteed!
Storage nets and tray tables for every seat
This may seem minor, but when you are on a full day tour it’s nice to have easy accessibility to essential items such as bottles of water; the storage nets on the back of each seat are ideal for this. The tray tables also mean you can eat in more comfort, without having to use your lap as a tray!
We’ve put our money where our mouth is and purchased a mini-coach which, in our opinion, is the ultimate vehicle for our Isle of Skye tour. Not only that, but our policy of always having a dedicated driver and separate tour guide means that a great experience is guaranteed!!