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, The Quiraing, Portree, Eilean Donan Castle and Loch Ness, this is an 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!

Luxury mini-coach with AC, WiFi and USB ports

Family-run local business

Free cancellation up to 72 hours prior to departure

Guaranteed departures with no minimum numbers

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Isle of Skye Fairy Pools itinerary

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1. The Journey Begins

Our Isle of Skye Fairy Pools Day Tour starts in Inverness at 7.45am.
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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, 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

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As we continue driving you’ll discover why they say, “West is best”, as the scenery becomes increasingly impressive. We stop at a viewpoint high above Loch Carron where we get top notch views of the loch and local area, as well as the ruins of Strome Castle.This is also where we usually get our first glimpse of Skye!

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3. Portree

Craft shops, coastline, coffee and colourful houses are just a few of Portree’s highlights.
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Set within a pretty natural harbour, and surrounded by rocky cliffs and rolling hills, Portree is a beautiful place to explore.  With its quirky shops, cute cafes and interesting sights you will certainly find plenty to occupy you during our 45 minute stop here.  Your guide will give you some top tips on the coach, and will also point you in the direction of the harbour viewpoint; from here you can admire the pretty pastel-coloured houses that the town is famous for.

Alternatively, you may wish to take a short hike up to the top of the Apothecary Tower, where you can enjoy stunning vistas of the area.

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4. Old Man of Storr

A loch-side spot to view the spiky rock pinnacle of the Old Man of Storr is next on our Skye bucket list.
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A short photo stop at a loch-side viewpoint gives you a chance to admire the unique rock formation of the Old Man of Storr.  This 50 metre high pinnacle juts out from the awe-inspiring Trotternish Ridge and will be widely recognised from feature films including Stardust, The Wicker Man, Prometheus and The BFG.
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5. Kilt Rock

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Kilt Rock is an exposed sea cliff, which resembles the traditional Highland kilt, and which wows our guests each and every time. It also boasts a waterfall that tumbles 60 metres (180 feet) into the Sound of Raasay below – a truly enthralling sight, and one made even more special when the wind blows the waterfall back up the cliff!
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6. Quiraing

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Our next stop is certainly one of the absolute highlights on Skye.; no matter how often we visit, it amazes us each and every time! The Quiraing is a series of landslides that have combined to create high cliffs, hidden plateaus, buttresses and rock pinnacles.  When mist swirls around the volcanic rock, it can be a positively spine tingling experience and, on clear days, the views are phenomenal.

We have 30 minutes here and would recommend taking a short hike to find your very own slice of Skye.

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7. Black Cuillins

At Sligachan, we are welcomed by truly awe-inspiring views.
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On a clear day day the view 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, its well worth stopping for a quick photo stop!
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8. Fairy Pools

Take a walk to enjoy this truly breathtaking natural phenomenon.
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The Fairy Pools are a series of beautiful rock pools and waterfalls which are famed for their crystal clear blue waters.  We will spend around 90 minutes here, to give you plenty of time to enjoy this wonderful sight.

When we arrive your guide will introduce you to the area and show you the path.  He will then accompany the group up to the pools, and will be on hand should you have any queries or concerns.  

The scenic walk to the first pool takes around 20 minutes (distance is 0.7 miles) and the most impressive waterfall is 5 minutes further on (0.9 miles total).  Most guests spend their time around this area, admiring the crystal clear waters of the pools, and the stunning mountain backdrop. Photo opportunities abound, and your guide will be on hand to take group and couple shots if you wish.  For the adventurous amongst you, you are certainly welcome to take a dip in the pools (at your own risk, and please remember a towel). 

For those looking to get some more exercise you can venture on up the path to the other pools further upstream – by walking another 15 – 20 minutes (0.6 miles) you will pretty much have the path to yourself.

Please be aware that the walk to the Fairy Pools and back is a total of around 1.5 miles and will take around 40 minutes, so you do require a moderate level of fitness for this tour. Also, as you need to cross stepping stones over a couple of streams you need to be stable on your feet, and ensure that you wear sensible hiking boots/shoes. This is not a tourist attraction, it’s nature at its most beautiful, so don’t expect pavements or bridges!  

If you are not a fan of the great outdoors or do not have the youth or agility to walk to the pools we would recommend our Isle of Skye Tour instead; it visits all sights on this itinerary, with the exception of the Fairy Pools. 

Please note that, very occasionally, it may not be possible to visit the Fairy Pools due to bad weather and/or excessively high water levels in the streams we require to cross. If this happens we will visit alternative pools instead. 

 

 

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9. Eilean Donan Castle

We stop for a photo of this truly iconic castle.
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After crossing back over the Skye Bridge we embark on an alternative route to Inverness, with our next stop being the instantly recognisable Eilean Donan Castle.  This is one of the most photographed castles in the world, and has appeared in many films including Highlander and James Bond – The World is Not Enough (in addition to numerous shortbread tins and calendars!).   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.
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After your whirlwind adventure around Skye, it’s now time to sit back and relax on the drive back to Inverness. Your guide will continue his interesting and informative commentary on the way home whilst you pass breathtaking scenery including the 5 Sisters of Kintail, Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle.
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11. Bonus Stop

If time allows we usually stop to say hello to Highland Cows!
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Hairy Highland Coos are always a favourite with our guests so, if times allows (and if we can find them!) we will stop for a photo of our hairy Highland friends at some point during the day!

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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. It is important to note that open water swimming is inherently dangerous and should only be attempted by very confident swimmers! We in no way endorse swimming in the pools and it is done entirely 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
£74 – £79 (£74 in April – May and £79 thereafter)

Meals
2020 arrangements to be confirmed.

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.