If you have the time to spare a 2 day tour to Skye is well worth it. It takes in all of the sights of our great 12 hour Skye Highlights tour but gives us much more time to enjoy them. It also gives you time to explore other places such as Dunvegan, Neist Point and the Fairy Pools too (of course – if you have three days it’s even better!!)
We will pick you up from your accommodation in Inverness (other locations on request). First off we head across the iconic Kessock Bridge to the Black Isle. The journey takes us through rolling farmland and sleepy Highland villages (keep an eye out for red kites soaring above!)
Strath Bran & Strath Carron
As we strike out west, awe-inspiring mountains and picturesque lochs are the order of the day. Following the course of the famous North Highland railway line, we will hopefully get an opportunity to admire red deer grazing in the glens. The area may be remote now, but it will come alive as your guide tells you about a very different life, before the infamous Highland Clearances.
As we arrive at Loch Carron on the West Coast we are welcomed (hopefully, if it is a clear day!) with our first views of the Isle of Skye. A short photo stop will give you a chance to breath in the fresh coastal air, and admire the panoramic scenery from a fabulous vantage point.
Kyle of Lochalsh, Kyleakin & Broadford
Before crossing the bridge to Skye, we will spend about 15 minutes in Kyle of Lochalsh. If you like seafood you’ll be in for a treat, as we will pick-up a tasty lunch from Buth Beag deli (don’t worry – there is plenty of choice if you are not a seafood fan). We then head over the Skye Bridge, where we get fantastic views of the island.
Our journey up the East Coast of Skye affords us with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and islands. However, the best is yet to come: In Slighachan we are welcomed by awe-inspiring views of the Red and Black Cuillins.
Faerie Glen & The Outer Hebrides
We then journey up the West Coast of Skye, where we often get amazing views over to the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. A quick detour down a single track road and we are transported to the other-worldly Faerie Glen, a delightful yet bizarre landscape of grassy cone-shaped hills. A beautiful spot on a sunny day, we will have plenty of time to hike around and enjoy this unique spot.
We then travel past the ferry port of Uig and head through bleak moorland en-route to the Quiraing, where spectacular rock formations appear, almost as if from nowhere. When mist swirls around the volcanic rock it creates an almost surreal experience and, on a clear day, the views are amazing. A 30 minute stop here ensures you have plenty of time to explore for yourself.
After a quick coffee and cake stop we head to Kilt Rock; an exposed sea cliff which resembles the traditional Highland kilt, and which wows our guests each and every time. It also boasts a waterfall that tumbles 60 metres (180 feet) into the Sound of Raasay below – a truly enthralling sight, and one made even more special when the wind blows the waterfall back up the cliff!
The Trotternish Ridge & The Old Man of Storr
With the Trotternish Peninsula on our right, the Sound of Raasay to our left and, on a clear day, the Cuillin Ridge to the front of the coach, you will struggle to choose which window to look out of! A short photo stop gives you a chance to admire the unique rock formations including the Old Man of Storr, a 50 metre high rock pinnacle which juts out from the awe-inspiring Trotternish Ridge.
We stop for the night in Portree, a bustling fishing port and cultural centre which counts itself as the largest town on Skye. There are a couple of great options for dinner as well as some lively bars to enjoy some locally made beer and whisky.
We start the day by heading west towards the village of Dunvegan, passing beautiful scenery as we travel. On arrival at Dunvegan, a short detour takes us to a view point of the famous Dunvegan Castle. A visit to the castle is also possible should you wish to explore in side.
Neist Point is the most westerly point in Skye and home to a beautiful lighthouse as well as spectacular cliffs. En-route we often stop in to visit a local weaver who stills weaves tweed on a traditional loom.
The Fairy Pools
We spend around 2 hours at the Fairy Pools to ensure you have plenty of time to hike around and take in the stunning scenery. The Fairy Pools is one of the top wild swimming spots in the United Kingdom so if you fancy a dip be sure to bring a towel and some swimming gear (be aware – it is very cold!!).
Eilean Donan Castle
After a fabulous afternoon exploring the Faerie Pool it’s back off the island, over the Skye Bridge and then on to Eilean Donan Castle. Eilean Donan is one of the most photographed castles in the world, and the backdrop to many films. A quick photo stop here will make sure that you get a cracking shot to add to your collection!
5 Sisters of Kintail
Just because the day is coming to an end, it doesn’t mean the views get any less impressive. We hug the shoreline of Loch Duich before heading into Glen Shiel, home to the Five Sisters of Kintail, whilst finding out about a famous battle which took place there in 1719. We then drive alongside beautiful Loch Cluanie before dropping down into the scenic and historic Glen Moriston.
Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle
We then head along the northern side of Loch Ness, where Nessie enthusiasts can keep an eye out for the legendary monster, whilst the rest of us can soak up the great views across the Loch. At Urquhart Castle we have our last stop of the day, where we get a great view of the castle from above – an amazing end to an amazing day!
Due to the vast array of attractions on offer 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. Options include -:
Price for two day tour (approx. 8-9 hours per day)
|Tour Cost - (This is the total cost for a private tour exclusively for you. It's not a price per person.)
1-4 People £920
5-8 People £1080
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- This is a private tour for up to eight people
- For groups of nine or more please contact us for pricing and availability
- Pick-up and drop-off is available from accommodation in Inverness (other areas are available on request but a surcharge may apply)
- The tour duration is 8 – 9 hours per day
- We recommend a 9.30am start in the summer months, but are happy to accommodate your requests for an earlier or later departure time
- Entrance fees and lunch are not included in the tour price
- This tour is available until 30th October 2016