Best of Skye Tour from Portree
This journey will take you to all the main attractions on the mystical Isle of Skye: Fairy Pools, Old Man of Storr, Quiraing, Talisker Distillery and much more.
This tour runs from Thursday 18th April to 6th October 2019.
These are some of the highlights you will see:
We start on our journey with a drive to the Fairy Pools in the shadow of the Cuillin Mountains. 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 offense!
Talisker distillery based in Carbost is one of the three whisky distillery on the Isle of Skye, the oldest working distillery on the Isle of Skye. Set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillin mountains. Producing an alluring, sweet, full-bodied single malt is so easy to enjoy, and like Skye itself, so hard to leave. We shall go through the visitor centre (not on the tour) and if available sample one of the fine whiskys produced here.
You have a choice of either going to Neist Point or being dropped off at Dunvegan Castle and we will pick you up on the way back from Neist Point.
We travel to the far west of the island to the dramatic Neist Point. This is the best place on the island to spot whales, dolphins and sharks. Here we transport you to the edge of the world, with its beautiful scenery, awesome skies and endless ocean. Come with us and see for yourself why Skye has been voted by National Geographic as the fourth greatest island visitor experience in the whole world!
You have a choice of either visiting Dunvegan Castle or visit Neist Point.
Visit the ancient MacLeod clan castle set in beautiful gardens, Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of clan MacLeod for 800 years, see the flag from Fairyland which is dated between the 4th and 7th centuries A.D. (The entrance fee to Dunvegan Castle is not included).
This is the most important meeting place of the fairies on Skye. Wander between countless conical mounds, known in the Highlands as fairy knowes; put your ears to the grass and listen for the fairies at work inside. Bend down to search for elves in the glen’s miniature forests, take the twisted path to the top of the fairy castle or walk the faun’s maze and have a wish granted!
We take the opportunity to drive right up to the Trotternish ridge at the Quiraing, lying in the far North of Skye.
The Quiraing is a landscape used in many sci-fi films, known for its wonderful rock formations and stunning coastal views. This is a place like no other, part of the largest landslip in Europe.
Come to the cliff edge with us and see it for yourself!
Kilt Rock with the distinctive pillars and beautiful waterfall with views across to the Torridon hills on the mainland, this weird landscape is used as a film location for many Sci-Fi movies, and is known for it’s amazing rock formations.
Home to the dinosaurs of Skye’s ancient past and home to the most traditional people on the Isle of Skye. Only here will you experience stunning vistas, swirling mists and shifting suns around you.
The Trotternish coastline is the most famous on Skye. It dates from the Mid-Jurassic period, formed 175 million years ago and is the dinosaur stamping ground of Scotland. The beaches are rich in fossils, the rocks are ancient and twisted. The whole coastline has been designated as an outdoor museum. Interpretation panels bring the area to life, explaining the unique geology of this land. As part of the tour we will visit the dino museum has an internationally important collection of dinosaur fossils: here you can see their footprints embedded in stone, taken from the local beaches.
The Old Man of Storr
The Old Man of Storr is one of the iconic natural features of the dramatic Trotternish Ridge.
The ridge is a mighty inland cliff, the longest in the UK, rising to a height of 720m. This amazing landscape should be part of any tour to the island and has made Trotternish the most popular visitor destination on Skye.
The Old Man is a 200ft stone pillar, which has detached itself from the highest point of the ridge, creating a fantastical landscape of twisted rocks, looming shadows and swirling mists, film location for among others the Ridley Scott 2012 directed science fiction film Prometheus.