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 Fairy Pools, Talisker Distillery, Portree, Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock! Our 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 south west through many small villages, down single track roads towards the Fairy Pools.
We continue on our journey in the shadow of the Cuillin Mountains. Walk with the supernaturals through fairy-sized landscapes and their most famous baths, the Fairy Pools. For this part of the tour, you must take the fairy oath. Please wear waterproof clothing and footwear, as we travel to fairy land by going underneath waterfalls. The pools are located in one of the most dramatic landscapes on Skye. The fairies regularly bathe here, in the crystal clear green pools of the River Brittle. Weather permitting, you can swim in the pools of the river, one of the UK’s best wild swimming spots. Have fun diving under natural arches and waterfalls, but please do not spy on the fairies, as they can easily take offence!
Talisker distillery based in Carbost was the only whiskey distillery on the Isle of Skye, the whiskey is a single malt Scotch, with a very distinctive Peaty-smokey taste. We shall go through the visitor centre (not on the tour) and if available sample one of the fine whiskys produced hear.
As we drive around the Isle of Skye there’s a good chance you’ll see two flat topped mountains in the distance. These are Healabhal Bheag (1601 ft) and Healabhal Mhor (1538 ft), also known as MacLeod’s Tables. Legend has it that, when he was at a banquet in Edinburgh given by King James V, the Chief of Clan MacLeod boasted that he had a much grander table. When MacLeod hosted a banquet some time later, he took his guests onto the hilltops on a clear night, with clansmen standing round the edge of the plateau holding torches.
We will now take the single track road that takes us to Portree, often the “Highland Coo” are seen on this road. We will spend some time in the tiny harbour town of Portree, the capital of the Isle of Skye with its brightly coloured buildings beside a picturesque harbour, the name of the town of Portree commemorates the visit of King James the V in 1540, records have it that it was originally called Portray and was believed to have been inhabited as far back as the Mesolithic period.
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 tour takes in large parts of the eastern side of Skye with it’s awesome skies and endless ocean, before heading south and back over the Skye Bridge to the Kyle of Lochalsh.
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 6 and 15 (we regret we are unable to provide tours for children under 6 years old)
Adults - £69.99 (age 16+)
Children - £59.99