This private one day Skye Highlights Tour follows a similar route as our group tour visiting the three destinations most requested by our customers: Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and Skye. With your own private WOW Scotland tour guide and vehicle, you will get to experience all of the best sights on Skye, including the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, the Quiraing, the Cuillin and Faerie Glen!! The tour below is what we typically offer although, as it is a private tour, we can alter the timings to suit your preferences.
The Isle of Skye private tour itinerary
Pick-up from the Inverness area
On the Skye Highlights Tour we will pick you up from your accommodation in Inverness (other locations on request). First off we head across the iconic Kessock Bridge to the Black Isle. The journey takes us through rolling farmland and sleepy Highland villages (keep an eye out for red kites soaring above!)
The Skye Bridge and Kyleakin (2)
We venture west, where we are treated to great views at every turn, before heading over the Skye Bridge and onto the ‘Misty Isle’.Our first stop on the Island is the sleepy fishing village of Kyleakin. A short 15 minute stop here gives us a chance to photograph the harbour, the Skye Bridge, the ruins of Castle Moil and the lighthouse at Eilean Ban.
The Cuillin Mountains (3)
Our journey up the East Coast of Skye affords us with magnificent views of the mountains and islands, but the best is yet to come: In Sligachan we are welcomed by awe-inspiring views of the Red and Black Cuillins. We have the opportunity to embark on a short hike, or enjoy a ‘dram’ or cup of coffee in the fantastic whisky bar at the Sligachan Hotel.
The Old Man of Storr (4)
As we venture north we hit an other-worldly landscape, which was created by volcanic activity millions of years ago. A short photo stop here gives you a chance to admire the unique rock formations including the Old Man of Storr, a 50 metre high rock pinnacle which juts out from the awe-inspiring Trotternish Ridge.
The Quiraing (4)
Our next stop is certainly one of the absolute highlights on Skye. You may recognise it from films such as Stardust, Prometheus and many others too! The Quiraing is a series of landslips that have combined to form awe-inspiring scenery. When mist swirls around the volcanic rock it creates an almost surreal experience and on clear days the views are amazing. You can view from the comfort of the vehicle or take a hike around and breath in the fresh Highland air!
Kilt Rock (5)
Our next stop is Kilt Rock; 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!
Duntulm Castle (6)
Duntulm Castle is now a ruin, but it sits on an exceptionally beautiful stretch of coastline, from which you can enjoy epic views of the Outer Hebrides on a clear day. A short stop here will give you a chance to experience this gem, as well as find out all about the ghostly goings on that have been reported inside the castle walls.
Flora MacDonald's Grave (6)
Our next stop is the grave of the legendary Flora MacDonald, who famously helped Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape after the battle of Culloden. This historic graveyard is also the final resting place of a number of other well known historic characters and, on a good day, there are great views over to the Outer Hebrides from here.
The next stop is Portree, a bustling fishing port and cultural centre which counts itself as the largest town on Skye. Here you will have around 45 minutes to soak up the West Coast atmosphere, indulge in a spot of shopping or explore some of this wonderful village’s hidden gems. Ask your guide to point out the starting point of a short walk to a harbour viewpoint, from where you can admire the famous multi-coloured houses.
Eilean Donan Castle (8)
After leaving the island, it is then on to Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most photographed castles in the world, and backdrop to many films. Here we usually have around 20 minutes to view the castle from a classic viewpoint (please note that there is no opportunity to see the inside of the castle).
Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle (9)
Towards the end of our epic journey we travel along the northern shores of Loch Ness; Nessie enthusiasts can keep an eye out for the legendary monster, whilst the rest of us soak up the great views across the loch. At Urquhart Castle we have our last stop of the day, where we spend around 10 minutes viewing the castle from above – an amazing end to an amazing day!