1.The Journey Begins
Our Isle of Skye Day Tour starts in the Highland capital of Inverness.
After one hour we have our first stop in the village of Achnasheen, home to a scenic Victorian railway station. Here you will have 10 minutes to stretch your legs, use the facilities and snap a photo of the rugged mountains from the railway bridge.
Be inspired by the magnificent mountainous landscapes and lochs of the Northwest Highlands.
After crossing over the Skye Bridge onto the island, we stop in the pretty harbour town of Kyleakin.
We will spend approximately 25 minutes in Kyleakin and there is an opportunity to pick-up coffee and snacks from a local cafe.
At the Cuillin Mountains we stop for breathtaking views, a scenic river hike and a cosy pub.
Our journey up the east coast of Skye rewards us with magnificent views of Skye’s dramatic mountains and surrounding islands, but the best is yet to come!
At Sligachan, we are welcomed by truly awe-inspiring views of the Red and Black Cuillin mountains. Here, there is an opportunity to go on a 20-30 minute off-the-beaten-track riverside hike to one of our favourite lesser-known spots.
Alternatively, you could just take a short walk to the picturesque stone bridge.
We spend around 40 minutes at Sligachan.
5.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.
We spend around 10 – 15 minutes here, and often stop at a second viewpoint too (weather permitting).
From a clifftop viewpoint we see the towering basalt columns of Kilt Rock and its incredible 60m waterfall.
We spend around 20 minutes at Kilt Rock.
Take time to find a peaceful spot and enjoy the supernatural scenery of the Quiraing.
We have 30 minutes here and would recommend taking a short hike to find a unique vantage point. Whatever the weather, your experience here will be unforgettable.
Dramatic coastal and mountainous views abound on this stunning peninsula.
National Geographic experts voted Skye the fourth best island in the world in 2014, with their criteria being to find the most unique, picturesque and unspoiled places on earth. By this point in the journey we are confident that you will agree with their verdict!
Craft shops, coastline, coffee and colourful houses are just a few of Portree’s highlights.
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.
Admire the mountains’ dramatic rise from the sea loch below, and look out for wildlife here too.
As we travel south we will stop on the coast for an enviable view of the Red Cuillin Mountains, and you will have the opportunity to wander down to the water’s edge. This is a great place to spot wildlife and, on previous tours, we have seen golden eagles and pilot whales here! Of course, we can’t guarantee that the wildlife will co-operate with us, but the views definitely will!
11.Eilean Donan Castle
We stop at two wonderful viewpoints to swoon over this truly iconic castle.
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!).
Our evening arrival is perfectly timed as the castle is closed and its visitors (an impressive half a million in 2017!) have gone home. This means that, not only do we get the place almost to ourselves, but we can also get much better photos. In addition, a real bonus of visiting at this time of day is that we can usually walk over the bridge and onto the island itself.
We will spend around 30 minutes at two classic viewpoints here.
12.The Journey Home
Sit back, relax and just enjoy the unspoilt Highland scenery.
We will follow the shores of Loch Duich before travelling up into the hills, where we will see legendary mountains; The 5 Sisters of Kintail. Your guide will keep you amused with tales of legend and lore as we pass various sights of Jacobite military interest, including a spot where the Spanish battled the Dutch way back in 1719.
As we tour alongside the shores of Loch Cluanie keep an eye out for the historic bridge and buildings which lie submerged in the loch, and which you can catch glimpses of when the water level is very low.
13.Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
See the legendary castle and world-famous loch from above.
At Urquhart Castle, we have our last stop of the day, where we spend around 10 minutes viewing the loch-side castle ruins from above – a WOW end to a WOW day!
We’ll do our best to stop and say Hi to a hairy Highland Coo at some point during the tour!