Tour from Inverness – Over the Sea to Skye
Skye’s unique combination of abundant wildlife, rich heritage, enthralling legends and myths, dramatic landscapes, wild coastlines, spectacular mountains and windswept beaches produce a mystical magic that draws visitors from all over the world, making the island Scotland’s second most popular visitor attraction after Edinburgh. On a WOW tour we do our best to show you the undiscovered parts of the island (believe it or not, there are still plenty of these!) so, whilst most visitors head up to Portree or Dunvegan, our round trip instead explores Southern Skye.
Due to the vast array of attractions on offer in Skye there are a lot of alternative options available on our tours, so please feel free to speak to us about customising the itinerary to meet the requirements of your group.
Price for full day tour (8 hours)
Two passengers £350
Additional passengers £10 per person
- This is a private tour for up to seven people
- For groups of eight or more please contact us for pricing and availability
- Pick-up and drop-off is available from any accomodation in the Inverness area (other areas are available on request but a surcharge may apply)
- This tour can be fully customised to your requirements
- We recommend a 9.30am start in the summer months, but are happy to accomodate your requests for an earlier or later departure time
- Entrance fees and lunch are not included in the tour price
- Ferry fee (£14) is not included and must be paid in cash to the ferry operator upon arrival
- This tour is available year-round but some attractions are only open in the summer; outwith these times alternatives will be offered
This tour starts by driving along Loch Ness (there is always a chance of seeing the elusive Nessie en-route) to Invermoriston, where we may stop to take in the village’s impressive waterfall, or feed the Highland cows. We then head up through Glen Moriston, passing Loch Cluanie, and the Cluanie hydroelectric dam, before heading down into Glenshiel where we will take in a panoramic view of the awe-inspiring Five Sisters of Kintail. At the end of the Glen we arrive on the West Coast.
The tour then heads down to the Glenelg Brochs (iron age structures), two of the most well-preserved brochs on mainland Scotland. After a visit we then jump on the Glenachulish ferry boat – the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland – for a short but scenic skip over to Kylerhea. Driving through the remote countryside of Glen Arroch we then enjoy the scenery of southern Skye, before heading up to Kyleakin and crossing the Skye Bridge, where you can admire stunning views of the island on clear days.
We then take an alternative route back to Inverness, driving first to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, then on to Lochcarron and Achnasheen, where we generally round off our trip nicely with a wee dram at a Victorian country house hotel – a friendly former shooting lodge with roaring log fires and a real Highland welcome.
We then drive through the sleepy villages of Contin and Garve, returning to Inverness over the Kessock Bridge.
Over the Sea to Skye is a fantastic taster tour which takes you off the tourist trail, but we would actually recommend more time on Skye (preferably two days), in order to enjoy the vast array of sites and attractions that it has to offer. If you have time for it, please have a look at our other Skye tours too;