Isle of Skye Fairy Pools Tour from Inverness

About the Isle of Skye Fairy Pools Tour from Inverness

This truly is the ultimate tour for those with a Skye bucket list! Combining the Fairy Pools, the Old Man of Storr, Quiraing, Portree, Eilean Donan Castle and Loch Ness, this is action packed, fun-filled day that will create memories to last a lifetime!

As a 5-star VisitScotland rated operator who are Number 1 in Inverness on TripAdvisor, if you want to see Skye, make sure you see it the WOW way!

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Why choose WOW Scotland?

Luxury mini-coach coach with A/C, WiFi and USB ports

Family-run local business

Free cancellation up to 72 hours prior to departure

Guaranteed departures with no minimum numbers

Our tours are not available on any other website!

Isle of Skye Fairy Pools itinerary

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1. The Journey Begins

Our Isle of Skye Day Fairy Pools tour starts in the Inverness at 7.45am. Read more...

Our route takes us over the Kessock Bridge, through the farmland of the Black Isle., before reaching the rugged wilderness of Wester Ross. En-route, we often see red kites and ospreys and majestic red deer. After one hour’s driving we stop at the Victorian railway station in Achnasheen where you will have 10 minutes to enjoy the fantastic views and use the bathroom facilities.

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2. Loch Carron

We stop to admire the breath-taking beauty of Loch Carron and the surround mountains. Read more...

As we continue driving you’ll discover why ‘west is best’ as the scenery becomes jaw-droppingly spectacular. We stop at a view point high above Loch Carron where we get top notch views of the local area, as well as the ruins of Strome Castle.

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3. Portree

Our next stop is the quaint harbour town of Portree, famed for it’s painted houses. Read more...

In Portree you’ll have 45 minutes to explore. Highlights include the amazing views from the top of the Apothecary Tower and of course the harbour views. There are also plenty of local shops and cafes to explore.
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4. Old Man of Storr

Our next stop is the Old Man of Storr. Read more...

The Old Man of Storr is a dramatic, 50 metres high pinnacle of rock that rises straight out of the Trotternish Ridge . You may well recognise the other-worldly landscape from films such as Prometheus and The BFG.
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5. Kilt Rock

At Kilt Rock we see towering basalt columns and a stunning waterfall. Read more...

Kilt Rock (so called because the basalt columns resemble the pleats of a kilt) is always a favourite stop with our customers. Not only do you get fabulous views across the sea to mainland Scotland, you can also marvel at 60 metre waterfall that tumbles down to the Sound of Raasay below.
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6. Quiraing

We reach the northern-most point of the tour, the breathtakingly beautiful Quiraing. Read more...

It honestly doesn’t matter how many times we visit the Quiraing, it amazes us each and every time! Come rain, wind, sun or snow, you can never fail to be mesmerised by its ethereal beauty.
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7. Black Cuillins

We have a  10 minute photo stop at this iconic bridge with the Cuillin mountains in the background. Read more...

On a clear day view the day of the Black Cuillin mountains from Sligachan is spell binding. After heavy rain the raw power of the River Sligachan is a force to be reckoned with. Either way, it’s well worth stopping for a quick photo stop!
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8. Fairy Pools

The highlight of our trip is the magical Fairy Pools of Skye! Read more...

We’ll spend 90 minutes here to allow you lots of time to explore this amazing natural feature.  Please be aware, this involves a fair bit of walking up hill to get there (it takes a fit person around 20 minutes). You also need to cross a stepping stones over a stream too so you need to be stable on your feet. This is not a ‘tourist attraction’ – it’s nature at it’s most beautiful!  If you think you may want to swim ( it was voted one of the Top 10 Natural Swimming Venues in the world by TripAdvisor) please remember to pack a towel!  If it sounds like too much work for you, you are welcome to stay closer to the bus or you may wish to consider our Classic Skye tour instead. N.B very occasionally it may not be possible to visit the Fairy Pools due to bad weather/excessively high water levels. When this happens we will visit alternative pools instead. 
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9. Eilean Donan Castle

As we head back towards Inverness, we stop for a photo of the iconic Eilean Donan Castle.Read more...

After such an amazing day of exploring, it’s hard to imagine that we could still have such amazing places to visit on the way back. At Eilean Donan Castle we’ll have about 20 minutes to photograph this legendary castle from our favourite vantage point. If time allows we will have more than one stop.
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10. Loch Ness

On our journey back we pass iconic sights such as Loch Ness. Read more...

After your whirlwind adventure around time, it’s now time for a relaxing drive back to Inverness. En-route you will pass breath taking scenery, including the 5 Sisters of Kintail and Loch Ness.
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11. Bonus Stop

If time allows we usually stop to see Highland Cows!Read more...

Highland Cows are one of the most iconic animals associated with the Scottish Highlands. If times allows (and if we can find them!) we will stop for a photo of our hairy Highland friends!

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Tour Times
7.45am – 9pm

Departure Point
Inverness Bus Station

Clothing
Sturdy walking shoes, a good waterproof jacket and warm clothing are essential items on this tour. Our mountains are wild places and the Fairy Pools in particular requires great care. Should you wish to swim in the pools, you should bring a towel/swim costume. N.B Open water swimming is inherently dangerous and should only be attempted by very confident swimmers! We in no way recommend swimming and it is done at your own risk.

Luggage
You are welcome to bring luggage on the tour if required. Please contact us for details.

Children
The minimum age for this tour is 6 years old. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate children under the age of 6.

Prices
TBC

Meals
It is possible to pre-order a sandwich lunch when you arrive at the bus stop in the morning. Please bring cash if you wish to do this.

Upgrades
We offer the opportunity to purchase front row seat upgrades for £20 pp and extra legroom upgrades for £15 pp.

Cancellation Policy
Free cancellation up to 72 hours prior to departure.

We are currently working on the FAQs – please contact us if you’ve any questions!

Why should we choose WOW Scotland?

We know that you have a choice of tours, and we are always reviewing our offering to ensure that we are providing the best tour, combined with the best value for money and best customer care, from the minute you land on our website.  We are confident that we do this, and are proud to have been awarded a 5 star rating from VisitScotland in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for providing “exceptional” tours.

Also, we have been consistently rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor  as of March 2018 1420 out of 1490 reviews rate us as excellent) and are proud to be ranked as the number 1 activity in Inverness.

For those who are unsure about booking with a small company, please click on any of the following links for assurance that we are a member of the national tourism body; Visit Scotland and also of the Inverness Chamber of Commerce and  local tourism body; Visit Inverness Loch Ness

I am planning to drive to the tour pick-up point then leave my car – is this possible?

Absolutely.  Rose Street car park is right next to the tour pick-up point and you can find further information on parking here.

I am planning to stay in Dingwall/Conon Bridge/Muir of Ord/Beauly – can I join the tour?

If you would like to go on the Isle of Skye Tour or Speyside Whisky Tour then yes, absolutely! There is a train regular train service running between Dingwall, Conon Bridge, Muir of Ord, Beauly and Inverness, which allows you to get to Inverness in time for the 0830 departure time, then get back again in the evening. For more details, click here

If you would like to go on the Orkney Day Tour you will not be able to get public transport from outlying towns to Inverness early enough in the morning, as the tour departs at 0530.

I am planning to stay in Elgin/Forres/Nairn – can I join the tour?

If you would like to go on the Isle of Skye Tour or Speyside Whisky Tour then yes, absolutely! There is a train regular train service running between Elgin, Forres, Nairn and Inverness, which allows you to get to Inverness in time for the tour departure, then get back again in the evening. For more details, please click here

If you would like to go on the Orkney Day Tour you will not be able to get public transport from outlying towns to Inverness early enough in the morning, as the tour departs at 0530.

I am planning to stay in Edinburgh/Glasgow – can I join the tour?

Unfortunately there is no public transport from Edinburgh or Glasgow which will allow you to arrive in Inverness before the tours depart, so for all tours you would require to arrive the night before.

If you are interested in the Speyside Whisky Tour you will be able to get a train back at the end of the day as the last train to Glasgow and Edinburgh is at 2015.

If you are interested in the Isle of Skye Tour or Orkney Day Tour you will not be able to get public transport back to Glasgow or Edinburgh at the end of the day, as the last train is at 2015, before the tours arrive back in Inverness. Consequently, if you wish to travel from one of these cities, and take the tour, all in one day then you will require your own transport (the drive takes approx 3 1/4 hours to either city).

I am planning to stay in Aberdeen/Inverurie/Huntly – can I join the tour?

If you have a car then you can certainly drive to Inverness, park for the day and join the tour.

If you wish to travel by train, unfortunately it it not possible to take the first train in the morning from Aberdeen to Inverness, as it arrives at 0836 (after departure time for the Isle of Skye Tour, and after check-in has closed for the Speyside Whisky Tour).  However, if you can stay in Inverness the night before the tour then there is a train back late evening at 2133 (except on Sundays, when the last train is at 2103 – we would strongly advise against taking this train if you are on the Isle of Skye Tour as we sometimes arrive back later than planned).

Consequently, for these tours we would suggest that you stay in Inverness the night before the tour, then return to Aberdeen on the last train back after the tour.

For our Orkney Day Tour it is not possible to get the train from or to Aberdeen on the day of the tour so you will need to stay in Inverness the night before and after the tour.

Is the itinerary fixed/guaranteed?

The itinerary has been carefully planned to ensure that you get the most out of your day. However, there are factors outside of our control, such as traffic flow, road closures and adverse weather, which mean that, on rare occasions, we may not be to achieve everything listed in the tour itinerary. Consequently, we reserve the right to alter the itinerary if necessary, although this will be a last resort, and we will endeavour to visit alternative places of interest instead.

Do I need to bring cash with me on the tour? If so, are Euros/US dollars accepted in Scotland?

It is advisable to bring some cash (GBP £) on all tours. Credit/debit cards are widely accepted but, in some small shops (or for smaller purchases), cash is the only option.

Please note that American Express is not commonly accepted in Scotland, but Visa and Mastercard should be fine. Unfortunately very few places will accept other currencies such as Euros or US dollars.

Can I bring dogs and other pets on the tour?

Unfortunately dogs and other pets are not able to travel on our tours. If you are partially sighted or blind and use a guide dog to get around please do get in touch to discuss ways in which we can accommodate you and your dog.

Can I bring luggage?

Yes, we do have space for a limited amount of luggage. If you wish to bring luggage please contact us before booking. There are also left luggage facilities at Inverness train station for those travelling back to Inverness (please contact the station to find out opening times of this facility prior to use).

Who will our tour guide be?

One of our highly competent local guides will lead your tour – you can read all about the team on our About page, or have a look at their reviews on TripAdvisor.

Should I tip my guide?

If the tour meets or exceeds your expectations then please feel free to tip as it is always very much appreciated. However, please rest assured that tips are not expected in Scotland, so no offence will be taken if you don’t tip. It is worth noting that, if there is a separate driver and tour guide on your tour, they always split any tips equally, so it is fine to give money to either one of them.

Does the tour only run on the dates listed on your website?

Yes, you’ll find the most up-to-date tour dates on our calendar.  Scheduled tours will only run on the listed dates.

Do you offer any other group tours?

Yes, our scheduled group tours from Inverness are listed below;

Isle of Skye tour
Whisky Bus
Highland & Speyside Explorer Tour
Outlander-inspired Walking Tour

Do you offer foreign language tours?

At the moment we only offer tours in English, and we are unable to offer any translation services.  This is something which we are working to improve in the future but, for now, hopefully the fantastic Highland scenery can speak for itself!

Do you have any reviews?

Yes, lots! Check out our TripAdvisor ratings to see what our customers say about us (we are currently number 1 in Inverness, have 5 stars and have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence – which means we rate amongst the top 10% of TripAdvisor businesses worldwide – every year since we started the business in 2010!)

You can also see reviews for WOW Scotland on YelpFacebook and Google

How do I get to Inverness?

To find out how to get to Inverness click here. 

Where can I stay in Inverness?

Once you have booked your tour we are happy to send you our list of recommended accommodation providers in Inverness and Skye. As a start, click here for a short list of where to stay in Inverness and Loch Ness.

Can I book with confidence?

Yes! We know that you have a choice of tours, and we are always reviewing our offering to ensure that we are providing the best tour, combined with the best value for money and best customer care, from the minute you land on our website.  We are confident that we do this, and are proud to have been awarded a 5 star rating from VisitScotland in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for providing “exceptional” tours.

Also, we have been consistently rated as “excellent” on Trip Advisor (as of  May 2019 we had 1420 5 star reviews) and are proud to be ranked as the number 1 activity in Inverness.

For those who are unsure about booking with a small company, please click on any of the following links for assurance that we are a member of the national tourism body; Visit Scotland and also of the Inverness Chamber of Commerce and local tourism body; Visit Inverness Loch Ness.  WOW Scotland has also featured in a number of local and national publications including Wanderlust, Coast Magazine, The Houston ChronicleThe Boston GlobeThe Vancouver Sun,  Scotland Outdoors Magazine, Scottish Life magazine (Autumn 2013 p 49), German TV programme Euromaxx and the Inverness Courier (our logo has even featured in the Hollywood blockbuster Johnny English Reborn..and we are looking out for logo in a new Hollywood film soon – watch this space!).

What forms of payment do you accept?

All payments are taken through our secure online booking system, which utilises Stripe. We accept almost any debit and credit card, including American Express (we cannot accept Diner’s Card or Discover).

 

What are your terms and conditions of booking?

Our terms and conditions can be found here. You’ll find a general overview of our cancellation terms in this FAQ section if you don’t want to read though all the T&Cs!

Is it possible to pay on arrival?

Due to high demand for our tours, we are unable to secure your booking unless you pay the full amount in advance. That being said, you are welcome to come to the bus stop in the morning and, if there are places available, you can join the tour and book/pay online on our website.

Do you offer guaranteed departures?

Yes, if you book onto one of our tours then we will run this tour, regardless if anyone else has booked on or not!

We have never had to cancel a tour yet but, if the weather forecast was so bad that we considered it dangerous to travel, then we may have to cancel a tour. However, this is extremely unlikely, and we would do our utmost to accommodate you on an alternative date.

Do you offer group discounts?

For groups of 10+ please contact us for preferential pricing.

Can I cancel my tour if I change my mind, or if I am unable to get to Inverness for any reason?

Yes, and our cancellation terms for the Isle of Skye Tour and Whisky Bus are as follows;

  • If you cancel your tour at least 72 hours in advance of the scheduled departure then we will refund you in full (note that any fees paid for seat upgrades are non-refundable)
  • If you cancel within 72 hours of the scheduled departure you will not be entitled to a refund. However, if we are able to re-sell your place then we will be able to issue a partial refund, so please let us know if you need to cancel, no matter how last minute it is.

Our cancellation terms for the Orkney Day Tour are as follows;

  • If you cancel your tour at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure then we will refund you in full (note that any fees paid for seat upgrades are non-refundable)
  • If you cancel within 7 days of the scheduled departure you will not be entitled to a refund. However, if we are able to re-sell your place then we will be able to issue a partial refund, so please let us know if you need to cancel, no matter how last minute it is.

Unfortunately we cannot make exceptions to these rules, as it would be unfair to treat customers differently.