One Day Tour
An amazing one-day journey that visits the most popular places in Scotland’s scenic highlands: includes Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and the fantastic Isle of Skye. We visit all the must-see attractions on the Island – including the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, The Quiraing and the Fairy Glen! Our local guides will emerge you in the history and culture of this fascinating corner of Scotland.
As we leave Inverness in our small-group 16-seater bus in the morning the awesome scenery of the Highlands becomes apparent immediately as we travel through famous glens, with the beauty of the Lochs and Mountains of this rugged landscape.
Our first stop of the day is the ruins of the mighty castle of Urquhart on the banks of the famous Loch Ness and its illusive monster – see if you can spot Nessie hiding in the murky depths of the Loch while learning about the bloody history of this strategic castle, fought over so many times the last occupants destroyed it, to save it falling into their enemy’s hands once more.
To the West
We travel westward once more after leaving the Great Glen, through and area of soaring mountains, sparkling rivers and wild moorlands as we make our way through Glen Shiel under the shadow of the Five Sisters of Kintail.
Eilean Donan Castle
Our next stop is the famous Eilean Donan Castle, it is said to be the most photographed castle in Scotland and once you have seen it for yourself, sitting majestically on the shores of Loch Duich you will understand why! The strong hold of the clan MacRae, it has also been used the headquarters of James Bond’s ‘M’ in ‘The world is not enough’ and featured in countless other films.
Onward to Skye
We continue westward, where we will drive across the Skye Bridge, making our way ‘over the sea to Skye’. The views from the Bridge can be far reaching and spectacular – catch your first glimpse of the mighty Cuillin Mountains as we drive over the bridge.
Once on the Isle of Skye we make our way up the east coast of the island. Take in the stunning views of the Red and Black Cuillin mountains, and the islands of Scalpay and Raasay as we head north through many small villages towards the islands largest town, Portree, with its brightly coloured buildings beside a picturesque harbour.
The Old Man of Storr
We head north from Portree to the Old Man of Storr – marvel at this 50-metre pillar of rock, broken away from the main ridge of Totternish to stand on its own, as if guarding the rest of the other-worldly landscape, created by volcanic activity millions of years ago, behind it.
Next we visit Kilt Rock, an exposed sea cliff that truly looks like the tartan and pleats of a traditional Highland Scottish kilt, with an amazing 60-metre waterfall tumbling down into the sea below – a spectacular sight indeed!
The Quiraing is our next highlight, and like most of this corner of Skye the landscape dates from the Mid-Jurassic period and the landslides and volcanic activity from that era. The Quiraing is used as the landscape in many sci-fi films, known for its wonderful rock formations and stunning coastal views – it truly is a place like no other!
In the north of Skye life takes on a traditional feel. Gaelic is still widely spoken, and you will still see the traditions of peat cutting for fuel, and shepherds with traditional highland breeds. This is also an area of Hidden History. As we journey we pass many places of interest, including Standing Stones, ancient ruins of Broch’s and forts, ruined croft houses, Flora MacDonald’s grave and Captain Fraser’s Folly. Your local guide will give the relevant history of all the sights we pass on tour.
Our next stop is Duntulm Castle, which is sadly now a ruin. However, it sits on an exceptionally beautiful spot on the north Skye coastline from where you can enjoy fantastic views of the Outer.
The Fairy Glen
A short trip down a side road takes us to the enchanting Fairy Glen, a delightfully bizarre landscape. Wander through the conical mounds, or take a short walk up the twisting path to the Fairy Castle.
We leave the magical Isle of Skye by again traveling down the eastern side of the island with it’s fantastic views of the Islands of Raasay and Scalpay and across to the mountains of Torridon.
As we arrive back on the mainland our route back to Inverness then takes us across a large expanse of wilderness, well off the tourist trail before visiting the wonderful Rogie Falls where from June to September we will see the Salmon jumping up river to lay their eggs and then after a long satisfying day we will return to the city for our drop off at the cathedral.
Bus Stance, next to
St. Andrews Cathedral
(post code IV3 5NS)
8.30am > Returning at 8.30pm
(Please be there 15 minutes prior to departure)
- Coach travel
- Tour guide services of a local knowledgeable guide
- Visitor attractions entrance fees
Please bring suitable waterproof jackets and footwear – the weather can change quickly in the north west, and a rain jacket may be needed even if it is bright and sunny when we leave. Discounted price is for Students, Seniors over 60 and children between 5 and 15 (we regret we are unable to provide tours for children under 6 years old)
Adults - £69.00 (age 16+)
Children - £59.00