The Isle of Skye Tour

Highlights: Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Invermoriston, Glen Shiel, The “Five Sister” mountain range, Eilean Donan Castle, The Skye Bridge, Broadford, The Cuillin Hills, Elgol, Beachcombing, Kyle of Lochalsh, Glen Carron, Achnasheen and the Black Isle.

Welcome aboard! What better way to start our time together than with a drive along the banks of mysterious Loch Ness? There’s a stop for a photograph so keep a careful watch, just in case. Was that shadow a monster? Catch a glimpse of ruined Urquhart Castle which stands overlooking the deepest part of the loch.

Our next stop is in the little village of Invermoriston where we can take a short stroll to view the Falls of Moriston and the charming little bridge which was built by the famous engineer, Thomas Telford, in 1813.

We join the famous “Road to the Isles” and travel through one of the less populated areas of Scotland. As we do the landscape will change dramatically from the fertile lands of the east to the more barren, but undulating mountain ranges of the Western Highlands.

A drive along the gentle banks of Loch Cluanie will bring us to lonely Cluanie Inn, a traditional drovers inn and one of the Highland’s most famous hostelries. As we descend through Glen Shiel we come to the site of the “Battle of Glen Shiel”. This 1719 uprising involved Highlanders and Spanish soldiers on one side and Government troops on the other! Your driver/guide will tell you the story behind this fascinating period in Scotland’s history. As we reach the end of the glen we are surrounded by the towering mountains on either side of the road. To our right lie the impressive peaks which are known as the “Five Sisters of Kintail”. This truly picturesque area is just a taster for the scenery that we will experience later in our tour!

Lovely Eilean Donan Castle sits on its little island at the head of Loch Duich. During our stop there is time to visit the castle or enjoy a leisurely coffee in the café. No matter your choice you will marvel at the views of this romantic castle.

We continue our coastal journey along the banks of Lochs Duibh and Alsh to reach Kyle of Lochalsh from where we cross “over the sea to Skye” by the modern road bridge.

The Island of Skye is a must see destination. Its unique landscape and spectacular mountain ranges, combined with a rarefied laid back Island “feel” combine to make Skye a very special place which attracts visitors from all over the World.

A short drive will bring us to the little village of Broadford, where we will make a stop for lunch.

After our break we head for one of Scotland's most famous mountain ranges, The Cuillins, named after the mythical Celtic warrior whose story will be told amidst this glorious scenery.

We leave the highway to join a picturesque twisting single-track road that offers vistas at every turn – majestic fjord-like sea lochs, pretty hamlets and soaring mountains. We drive through Glen Suardal to Loch Schlappin, where there is an opportunity for some beach-combing. As we travel through this magnificent scenery see how the black rock of the prickly Cuillin Hills (Black Cuillins) differs to the pinky-red granite of the more rounded Red Hills (Red Cuillins).

The little village of Elgol boasts “the finest view in Britain”. The views over Loch Scavaig of the Cuillin Ridge are simply stunning! Take time to relax here and enjoy the views from many angles. The island of Skye is famed for it’s association with Bonnie Prince Charlie and it is said that he spent his last days in Scotland hiding in a cave just a short distance from Elgol.

Our journey back to the mainland is full of pleasant surprises as the mountains that we saw on our way here look even better heading south! There’s a photo-stop before crossing the Skye Bridge to reach the mainland once more.

Our return to Inverness will take us through picturesque Glen Carron. Our next stop is at one of the most striking viewpoints in the area looking out over lovely Loch Carron. We journey home along the route of the Kyle of Lochalsh rail line, chosen by the BBC for an expansive documentary on the Worlds Greatest Rail Journeys. Passing through "some of the most gloomily beautiful country in the world, country that looks and sounds as if its out of Tolkien" said Michael Palin, who narrated the programme. You’ll soon see why Palin was so enchanted by this most beautiful glen.

We will make a short stop in the little village of Achnasheen before making our way across the Black Isle and back to Inverness.


Essential Information

PRICE (per person):
44 Adult
42 Child (aged 3-12 years inclusive)

Departures:

Inverness: Platform 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret Street, Inverness

Check-in: 09:15 hrs
Departure: 09:30 hrs
Return: 19:00 hrs