The Ultimate Isle of Skye Tour from Inverness

See the iconic sights of Skye with the people who know it best

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Tour Highlights

  • The only day tour to visit both the Fairy Pools and all of the key sights on the Trotternish Peninsula; the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the Quiraing
  • Stop for lunch and explore the pretty coastal town of Portree
  • See Eilean Donan Castle, Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness on the way
  • Tour Skye with the people who know it best; the highly experienced WOW team
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Prices£75 pp

(Private tours from £550)
Times8.15am - 8.15pm
Free CancellationUp to 72 hours before tour starts
UpgradesFront row seats
Free hotel pick-up
Aviemore transfer

Itinerary and Map+

Itinerary & Map

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The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins
The tour starts in Inverness, where you can be picked up at the centrally-located bus station, or from most of the city’s hotels.

After leaving Inverness the first part of our route hugs the shores of Loch Ness. Whilst you enjoy the scenery (and of course keep your eyes trained on the loch!) your guide will fill you in on the story behind the legendary beast; Nessie.

As we venture further west the scenery becomes more dramatic; as the mist swirls you will feel that you have truly arrived in the Scottish Highlands. As the road winds between high hills, past dark lochans and through windswept glens your guide will fill you in on the tragic history of this area, and how this history led to the desolate landscapes that you see today.

After passing the 5 Sisters of Kintail – one of Scotland’s most recognisable mountain massifs – we will soon see Loch Duich, which heralds our welcome to Scotland’s wonderful west coast.

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Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle
The first stop on our journey is the iconic Eilean Donan Castle.

Eilean Donan Castle is said to be one of the most photographed castles in the world, and justifiably so; the 13th Century fortification dominates the small tidal island it sits on, and is surrounded by majestic mountain scenery. Aside from its presence on innumerable postcards and shortbread tins you may well recognise Eilean Donan from films including Highlander, James Bond – The World Is Not Enough and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, a Bollywood classic.

We will spend around 15 minutes at a classic viewpoint across the water from the castle.

Please note that there is not enough time to go into the castle – this is a photo stop only.

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Portree

Portree
Craft shops, coastline, coffee and colourful houses are just a few of Portree’s highlights.

Set within a pretty natural harbour, and surrounded by rocky cliffs and rolling hills, Portree is a beautiful place to explore. With its quirky shops, cute cafes and interesting sights you will certainly find plenty to occupy you during our 30 – 40 minute stop here. Your guide will give you some top tips on the coach, and will also point you in the direction of the harbour viewpoint; from here you can admire the pretty pastel-coloured houses that the town is famous for. Alternatively, you may wish to take a short hike up to the top of the Apothecary Tower, where you can enjoy stunning vistas of the area.

This will be your opportunity to pick up lunch to-go and your guide will recommend the best deli, bakery and fish and chip shop in town!

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Old Man of Storr

Old Man of Storr
A loch-side spot to view the spiky rock pinnacle of the Old Man of Storr is next on our Skye bucket list.

As we venture further north we enter a supernatural and dramatic landscape which was created by volcanic activity millions of years ago. A short photo stop at a loch-side viewpoint gives you a chance to admire the unique rock formation of the Old Man of Storr. This 50 metre high pinnacle juts out from the awe-inspiring Trotternish Ridge and will be widely recognised from feature films including Stardust, The Wicker Man, Prometheus and The BFG.

We spend around 10 minutes here, and often stop at a second viewpoint too (weather permitting).

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Kilt Rock

Kilt Rock
From a clifftop viewpoint we see the towering basalt columns of Kilt Rock and its incredible 60m waterfall.

Kilt Rock is 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!

We spend around 15 minutes at Kilt Rock.

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Quiraing

Quiraing
Take time to find a peaceful spot and enjoy the supernatural scenery of the Quiraing.

Our next stop is certainly one of the absolute highlights on Skye. The Quiraing is a series of landslides that have combined to create high cliffs, hidden plateaus, buttresses and rock pinnacles. When mist swirls around the volcanic rock, it can be a positively spine tingling experience and, on clear days, the views are phenomenal. We have 35 minutes here and would recommend taking a short hike to find a unique vantage point – mind the roaming sheep as you go!

Whatever the weather, your experience here will be unforgettable.

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Trotternish

Trotternish
Dramatic coastal and mountainous views abound on this stunning peninsula.

At around 2pm we will begin our journey back down Skye’s most northerly peninsula; the Trotternish. As you marvel at the majestic scenery from a completely different angle, your guide will fill you in on its 190 million year old stones, Jurassic fossils, dinosaur footprints and giant lava blocks, which have led to this area being referred to as Skye’s, “Theatre of Geology”.

Whilst the Fairy Pools have become one of Skye’s most popular sights in recent years, we feel strongly that a trip to the island is incomplete without seeing the incredible scenery of the Trotternish Peninsula. As we journey back down south we are sure that you will now agree with us!

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Fairy Pools

Fairy Pools
A real highlight is the scenic walk to the stunning Fairy Pools.

The Fairy Pools are a series of beautiful rock pools and waterfalls which are famed for their crystal clear blue waters, and their stunning Cuillin mountain backdrop.  We will spend around 75 – 90 minutes here, to give you plenty of time to enjoy this wonderful sight.

The scenic walk to the first pool takes around 20 minutes (distance is 0.7 miles) and the most impressive waterfall is 5 minutes further on (0.9 miles total).  Most guests spend their time around this area, admiring the crystal clear waters of the pools and their gushing waterfalls. Photo opportunities abound!

For those keen to get off-the-beaten-track and take some stunning photos you can venture on up the path to the other pools further upstream – by walking another 15 – 20 minutes (0.6 miles) you will pretty much have the path to yourself.

Please be aware that the walk to the Fairy Pools and back is a total of around 1.5 miles and will take around 40 minutes, so you do require a moderate level of fitness for this tour. Also, as you need to cross stepping stones over a couple of streams you need to be stable on your feet, and ensure that you wear sensible hiking boots/shoes. This is not a tourist attraction, it’s nature at its most beautiful, so don’t expect pavements or bridges (and beware that wet feet can make for an uncomfortable journey home)! 

For those who do not feel fit enough to embark on this hike at the Fairy Pools you are still more than welcome to come on the tour. Speak to your guide and he will be happy to take you on a 5 minute drive to our little-known secret fairy pools instead – they are equally as special and are more easily accessible, with no walking required.

Please note that, very occasionally, it may not be possible to visit the Fairy Pools due to bad weather and/or excessively high water levels in the streams we require to cross. If this happens we will visit alternative pools instead.

If you would like to spend more time hiking to the Fairy Pools please check out our Skye Fairy Pools Shuttle page.

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The Journey Home

The Journey Home
Sit back, relax and just enjoy the unspoilt Highland scenery.

After so many world-class sights ticked off your list today, you will have an hour or so to sit back, relax and take in the scenery and stories before our final stop.

We will drive along the shores of Loch Duich before reaching Glen Shiel, site of the legendary Battle of Glenshiel. This battle is notable as, during the 1719 Jacobite uprising, it was the only one to be effectively ended by the Government. Your guide will also explain about a more unusual aspect of the battle; the involvement of both the Spanish and the Dutch. There are various interesting Jacobite military sights which will be pointed out along the way.

As we pass Loch Cluanie keep an eye out for the historic bridge and buildings which have been submerged since the damming of the loch in 1957 – you can catch glimpses of these when the water level is very low.

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Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle

Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
See the legendary castle and world-famous loch from above.

Towards the end of our action-packed journey we will travel back along the shores of Loch Ness. This time, we will stop at the castle we admired in the morning (it will seem like a lifetime ago after today’s epic adventure!).

Urquhart Castle is a historic landmark which is best viewed from above for wonderful views of the medieval ruins, which sit upon a stubby peninsula jutting out into the inky waters of the mysterious loch.

We are confident that you will return to Inverness with memories to last a lifetime, and having fallen in love with the place we feel so lucky to call home.

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Pick-Up Points+

FREE HOTEL PICK-UPS & DROP-OFFS

Please use the map to see where your closest pick-up location is. There is also a list below the map. If you are unsure please just ask!

 

  • Inverness Bus Station (choose for Mercure Hotel, Royal Highland Hotel, Travelodge City Centre, Pentahotel, The Kings Highway and Black Isle Hostel)
  • Kingsmills Hotel
  • Premier Inn Inverness East
  • Premier Inn Inverness Centre Millburn Road (also select for Chieftain Hotel & Caberfeidh B&B)
  • Jury’s Inn
  • Craigmonie Hotel
  • Heathmount Hotel/The Corriegarth Hotel (also select for Redcliffe Hotel, Rossmount B&B, Aberfeldy Lodge, Dionard Guest House)
  • Rocpool Reserve Hotel
  • Beaufort Hotel
  • Glen Mhor Hotel
  • Glenmoriston Town House
  • Tomnahurich Street (also select for Premier Inn Inverness Centre River Ness, Columba Hotel, Best Western The Palace, Strathness House, Coo’s Guest House and B&Bs on Ardross Street)
  • Bishops Road (select for Aye Stay B&B, Lairds Lodge and B&Bs on Glenurquhart Road, Ballifeary Road and Bruce Gardens)
  • Ness Walk Hotel
  • Bught Park Caravan Park and Campsite
  • Loch Ness Country House Hotel
  • Clansman Hotel

DEPARTURE FROM AVIEMORE, CARRBRIDGE & TOMATIN

We are currently offering a transfer service from Aviemore, Carrbridge (additional charge) and Tomatin (no charge).

For Aviemore or Carrbridge please select the Aviemore option when booking, then contact us to advise of where you are staying. 

For Tomatin please contact us to arrange this prior to booking.

PICK-UP IN DRUMNADROCHIT AREA

We can offer pick-up and drop-off  from Drumnadrochit  and Invermoriston.  Please select the option you would like when booking.

We can also pick-up and drop-off en-route to Inverness from hotels including the Clansman Hotel, the Loch Ness Lodge Hotel, the Loch Ness Country House Hotel.  Please book a ticket from Inverness then contact us to arrange specific hotel pick-up.

PICK-UP IN KYLE OF LOCHALSH/KYLEAKIN

We offer pick-up and drop-off in Kyle of Lochalsh and Kyleakin.  Please select the option you would like when booking.

PICK-UP IN BROADFORD

We can offer pick-up and drop-off in Broadford, on the Isle of Skye.  Please select this option when booking.

CHARGES

Unless stated above, there is no extra charge for pick-up or drop-off at any of the listed hotels or villages.  We want to make your entire day as enjoyable and stress-free as possible!

BAGGAGE

Got baggage? It’s no problem to take it with you. We have a very large boot!  Please just note what bags you have when you book, in the additional information section.

 

FAQs+

Tour FAQs

Why should we choose WOW to take us to Skye?+

There are a number of companies in Inverness offering tours to Skye, and we appreciate that it can be difficult to decide which company to use.  We wanted to summarise the main benefits of coming on our tour, so that you can make the best choice for your group.  So..here goes…

  • First and foremost, we have the most comprehensive tour itinerary available from Inverness; our tour is the only one to include all of the sights in Northern Skye (Portree, Kilt Rock, Trotternish Peninsula, Old Man of Storr and Cuillin Mountains) as well as giving you the opportunity to hike to the Fairy Pools, and see Eilean Donan Castle and Loch Ness/Urquhart Castle en-route.  It truly is the ultimate tour of Skye!
  • We are the only company offering a seat reservation system for our front row seats so, if taking uninterrupted photos is important to you, this will be a great benefit.  
  • We are the only company offering free hotel pick-up and drop-off at 15 Inverness hotels, ensuring that your day is as relaxed and enjoyable as possible
  • We are the only company offering free pick-up and drop-off in Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston, Kyle of Lochalsh and Kyleakin, giving you the flexibility to stay wherever suits you best.
  • We are also the only company offering a transfer service from Aviemore, Carrbridge and Tomatin; we take care of all of the logistics so you can take care of enjoying your day
  • We have the smartest and most comfortable tour vehicle (ok, this is partly subjective, but we are pretty confident!)
  • We are the only local company offering coach tours to Skye from Inverness (we operate from Tomatin, 20 miles south of Inverness, and the company owner is an Invernessian born and bred!).  We think that this is important, as it means that the money you pay for your ticket goes back into the local economy.
  • Skye has a fragile economy, which is very dependent on tourism, and we want to ensure that the local community see the benefit of our tours.  Consequently, we work with fantastic local suppliers on all of our tours.
  • We have been awarded 5 Star Tour status by our national tourism organisation, Visit Scotland, for the last five years, which means that they have rated our tours as “exceptional”
  • We have over 1750 5 star reviews on TripAdvisor and are the top-rated tour company in Inverness (around 600 of these reviews are specifically for our Skye tours – that’s a lot of very happy customers!)
  • We care about the Highlands!  Every time we go to Skye we pay to plant trees, in order to offset the carbon produced by our coach.  You can read more about all that good stuff here
  • We have gone above and beyond to ensure that our tours are safe as possible, taking measures such as implementing staggered boarding procedures and regularly sanitising high traffic areas.  You can read full details here.

We very much hope that you will choose to come with us to Skye, and are looking forward to meeting you, and showing you the best the island has to offer, very soon!

Why should I book this Skye tour direct?+

We sell our tours through a number of online agents, all of whom sell our tour at the same price we do on our website.  However, we are aware that they sometimes offer sign-up incentives and other discounts to book through them.  We would strongly encourage you to book directly on our own website, for the following reasons;

  • We offer complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • If you book direct we offer pick-up and drop-off from pretty much every hotel in Inverness!  We do this in order to make your day as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.  It also saves you having to walk to the centre of Inverness, or spend money on getting in by taxi, or having to pay for parking
  • We offer seat upgrades
    • By booking direct you can purchase optional front row and extra legroom upgrades.  So, if unparalleled views or the ability to stretch out are important to you, be sure to book direct and take advantage of this option
  • We will give you the best seats
    • All of the seats on our vehicles are comfortable with great views.  However, customers who book direct will be seated nearest to the front and in the most spacious seats.
  • Excellent customer service
    • We are a small family-run business, and we are always on hand to give you quick and accurate responses to your queries or requests, either by phone or email.  If you require to change or cancel your booking, or want to book another tour, we will do this quickly and easily, and will be as flexible as we possibly can in response to your requests.  It is our business, and we really care about ensuring that every one of our guests has an excellent experience, from the minute you land on our website, right through to dropping you off back at your hotel.
  • Support the Highlands
    • If you book with an agent 25% of the ticket price goes to an international corporation.  That means that 25% less money is flowing into the fragile economy of the Scottish Highlands.  Please support our small local business by coming to us direct.

We very much look forward to showing you the Highlands!

What times does the Skye tour start and finish?+

This tour departs from Inverness Bus Station at 8.15am. Please ensure that you are ready to board the bus at 8.05am as we will leave promptly at 8.15am (0815), and are unable to wait for any latecomers, The tour will return to Inverness city centre at approximately 8.15pm (2015). It is possible that we may return a bit later than this, although we always try to keep to our schedule as much as possible.

We also offer pick-ups from and drop off at various Inverness hotels.  These will be available to select when booking, with a specific pick-up time and place provided in your email confirmation.

This tour departs earlier and returns later between October and March, due to the limited daylight at these times of year. Exact timings will be available to view when booking.

Where is the pick-up point in Inverness?+

Our main departure point is at Stance 7 at Inverness Bus Station, Margaret Street, Inverness, IV1 1LT. Look out for the kilted WOW guide and WOW-branded coach and you won’t miss us!

When you book you will be given the option to book a pick up from your hotel, as an alternative to the bus station.  Further details on specific hotels are provided in the next FAQ, and precise timing information will be provided in your booking confirmation email.

 

Can you pick me up from my hotel?+

Yes, as a thank you for booking direct, via our own website, we are delighted to be able to offer you free pick up from the following Inverness hotels:

Please just select your hotel when booking and we will collect you there in the morning, and drop you off again in the evening.

Timings above are approximate and are subject to change – more precise timings will be provided on your booking confirmation email.

Can I join the tour from anywhere else?+

Yes! We offer pick-up and drop-off from the following outlying villages (note that this service is only available if you book direct through our own website);

Aviemore – please see details of our transfer service on our Aviemore page

Carrbridge – we can offer a transfer service, similar to that offered on our Aviemore page

Tomatin – we offer free pick-up (7.15am) and drop-off (9.30pm) from Tomatin, which is where we are based

Drumnadrochit – for details of our free pick up and drop off service see our Drumnadrochit page

Invermoriston – for details of our free pick up and drop off service see our Invermoriston page

Fort William / Fort Augustus – we don’t offer pick-up from these locations but you can take a bus to and from Invermoriston and we will pick you up there.  The bus timings work perfectly.

Kyle of Lochalsh – for details of our free pick up and drop off service see our  Kyle of Lochalsh page

Kyleakin – for details of our free pick up and drop off service see our Kyleakin page

Can I reserve seats on the tour?+

Firstly, it is worth mentioning that all seats offer great views and plenty of legroom.

On all tours is possible to book our four front row seats, for an additional charge.  These seats give you unparalleled views out of the front windows, and the opportunity to disembark first at every stop.  They are, justifiably, our most popular seats.

Depending on the tour you may also be able to book the following;

  • 4 second row seats – many guests prefer to sit near the front of the coach, or be reassured that you will be seated together if they are a couple/group, both of which you get with this option.  These seats also have a little more legroom than these front row seats.  
  • 2 extra legroom seats – these are situated near the back of the coach and have approximately 50% more legroom than regular seats.  They are particularly suited to those who are tall, or like to stretch out.
  • 4 back row seats – these are ideal for groups who wish to sit together.  Unlike on most other coaches we have removed the fifth/middle seat so the seats are spaced further apart, giving you more elbow room.

The price of the upgrades vary depending on which tour you are on, with prices between £2.50 and £22.50 per person (note that any fees paid for seat upgrades are non-refundable if you cancel your tour).  If they are available, upgrades will be given as an option when booking.  Please note that it does not make any difference which side of the coach you sit on, so we don’t take requests for specific sides. 

The rest of our seating will be allocated upon arrival as we feel that this is the fairest system, and will do our best to seat all groups/couples together. If you are unhappy with your seat please let your tour guide know and he will do his best to accommodate your requests, although obviously many guests would prefer a window seat so it is not possible for everyone to have these!

Please note that the opportunity to purchase seat upgrades is a definite advantage of booking with us directly, through our own website.  These upgrades are not available if our tour is booked through online agents.

 

What sort of vehicle do you use?+

Here at WOW Scotland we only have two mini-coaches, both of which were built to our precise specifications, to ensure the highest levels of passenger comfort. They are very well-appointed with panoramic windows, comfortable reclining seats and USB ports under every seat. You can rest assured that you will be able to relax and enjoy the majestic scenery in complete comfort. You can read more about our coaches here.

How often are bathroom/toilet stops?+

There are five main stops where toilets/bathrooms can be accessed (timings are for our 0815 departures and can vary slightly but this gives you a very good indication of time between comfort breaks).

  • 8.50am (if required, Drumnadrochit, 50p charge)
  • 10.20am(Eilean Donan Castle)
  • 11.15 – 12pm (Portree)
  • 2.30pm (Portree)
  • 3.15 – 4.45pm (Fairy Pools)
  • 6pm (Eilean Donan Castle)
  • 8pm (if required, Drumnadrochit, 50p charge)

Outside of these times it may be possible to make unscheduled bathroom stops – please just ask our driver or guide to see what they can do for you, as the last thing we ever want is for our passengers is to be uncomfortable. 

Please note that there are bathroom facilities available in Inverness bus station which you can use prior to tour departure (at a cost of 30p per person).

Will we be stopping for coffee/snacks enroute?+

We would recommend that you purchase your lunch and snacks in Portree at 11.15am (you have approximately 45 minutes here and there are a number of cafes, bakeries and shops).  This is the one and only opportunity on the tour to purchase food and drink on the tour, due to the lack of any shops/cafes on our route.  Consequently, we would also recommend that you bring some light snacks and drinks with you on the coach, to be eaten at the various stops in order to keep your energy up for the adventure!

Where will we get lunch & dinner?+

We will not be offering a lunch ordering service in 2021.  Instead, you will have around 45 minutes in Portree to pick up lunch to go and your guide will recommend a few great places to pick this up.

For dinner we would recommend booking a table in Inverness and we will send you a list of a few of our favourites a few days prior to the tour.

What should I wear on this tour?+

On this tour you spend approximately 1 1/2 hours at the Fairy Pools;  the location is windy and exposed, with absolutely no shelter from the elements, so it is imperative that you are appropriately dressed for this.  We really cannot stress this enough – if you are soaking wet you will struggle to enjoy the rest of the day.  As we say in Scotland, “there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing”!

We would strongly recommend wearing hiking boots with ankle support (as a minimum you will need sturdy comfortable trainers/sneakers) as the path is often muddy and slippery, and you require to cross a couple of streams on the way to the pools.  We would also strongly recommend bringing a waterproof jacket, and ideally waterproof trousers/pants too (note that umbrellas are not appropriate on Skye – they just blow inside out and are rendered useless very quickly).  In addition to these essentials we would suggest wearing layers, including a thick sweater/fleece option, and bringing a hat and gloves and warm jacket in your bag.

Even if the sun is shining brightly when you leave Inverness, they do say that you only really experience Scotland when you see four seasons in one day, so please be prepared!

How much time will we spend on the coach on the Skye tour?+

This is a 12 hour tour which covers all of the most popular sights, both en-route to and on the Isle of Skye. Although there is approximately 7 1/2 hours of driving involved the scenery along the way is stunning, and of course the commentary will keep you informed and entertained, so the time onboard will fly by! The tour also incorporates around 4 1/2 hours of stops so there is plenty of time to get out and explore!

How much walking is involved?+

The stop where we spend most time on this tour is at the Fairy Pools.  The walk from the coach park to the pools is uphill on a rough path and requires you to cross a couple of streams (there are stepping stones but these are usually wet, so you need to be sure-footed).  To get to the first pool will take a fit person around 15 – 20 minutes and the distance is 0.7 miles.  To then walk on to the last pools is a further 0.3 miles and will take around 10 minutes (this is entirely optional as you can enjoy the beauty of the pools from the first vantage point).  In total a fit person will walk the 1.5 miles there and back in around 40 minutes, and will have around 45 minutes to enjoy at the pools themselves.

There will be opportunities to do short walks at the Quiraing and in Portree but these will be shorter than at the Fairy Pools and, if you would rather stay near the coach, it is absolutely fine to do this.  There is no requirement to do any walks other than at the Fairy Pools (even at the pools, you can stay on the coach if you would prefer, or your guide may be able to take you to an alternative natural sight nearby, but please note that there is nothing else to do at this stop i.e. no shops or attractions).

What if the weather is bad?+

If it is or has been very rainy at the Fairy Pools then we will be unable to visit.  The reason for this is that we require to cross two streams, using stepping stones, to get to the pools and, after heavy rain, these stepping stones will be submerged and unusable. There is no other way to access the pools.   If it is at all risky (i.e. if the pools are accessible but heavy rain is forecast and we envisage that we may not be able to get back) then we will not visit the pools. (If it is that rainy, you definitely do not want to be there as it is absolutely miserable, and there is no shelter whatsoever).

Please remember that this site is a natural phenomenon, not a tourist attraction, and as such is subject to the weather.

We will of course do our utmost to visit the pools.  However, if we are unable to visit we will do something else instead and you will still get a full day tour.

All other sites are accessible, regardless of the weather.

Can I swim in the pools?+

First and foremost; we would not encourage you to swim in the pools.  However, if you are considering it please bear the following in mind;

We cannot stress enough how cold the water is – it might look enticing but, even in the height of summer, it is estimated to be around 4-6oC (42oF) which is colder than the (notoriously chilly) North Sea!!

Open water swimming is inherently dangerous and should only be attempted by very confident swimmers

There is nowhere to change, which is fine if you put your swimming stuff on under your clothes, but perhaps not as fine when you come out desperate to get some warm clothes on,  but everyone is looking and pointing at the crazy person who has just been swimming!

If you do decide that you still wish to swim in the pools, you should bring a towel and swimming costume.

Swimming in the pools is done entirely at your own risk.

Can we visit Talisker?+

In a word, no. We do not visit Talisker Distillery on any of our tours, as it often gets exceptionally busy there and, as such, we are unable to guarantee the quality of the experience offered.  However, if you are a whisky fan, we would strongly recommend our Whisky Tour, which visits four excellent distilleries and a cooperage, giving you outstanding tours/tastings at each.

Can we book a private tour instead?+

Yes – we’d be delighted to offer you a private tour! Please contact us for details.

Can wheelchair/walking frame users come on the Skye tour?+

Unfortunately not all of the stops offer wheelchair access, as a lot of the terrain on Skye is very rugged. Also, the coach is not equipped for passengers to remain in their wheelchairs.  That being said, if you are able to get out of your wheelchair at the coach steps and walk onto the coach, there is no reason why you could not enjoy the tour from the comfort of the coach and we will make every effort to accommodate those with mobility problems.

Can children come on this tour?+

We welcome children over the age of six on our tour.

It should be noted that approximately 60-70% of the day is spent on the coach, so it may be an idea to bring some toys, games and snacks with you.  Unfortunately, due to the duration of the tour and time on the coach, we do not feel that this tour is appropriate for children under the age of six, so the tour is not open to this age group. This is for the comfort of other passengers and also to ensure that the driver guide can focus on doing their jobs without any distractions.  UK law states that each passenger must have their own seat and use their seatbelt at all times. Consequently, it is not possible to take a child on your lap. From experience we know that, very occasionally, parents try to bring children on without purchasing a seat. However, we would like to make it clear that this is not allowed and there will be no refund if you are refused entry to the tour for taking children under 6 or those whom you haven’t booked.

Can I be dropped off in Skye after the tour?+

Yes!  If you would like to spend a few days in Skye we are happy to drop you off there, then you can return to Inverness on our tour a few days later.  We would suggest that we drop you off in Portree at around 2.30pm, then when we pick you up there a couple of days later you can complete our tour, before returning to Inverness.  You can find more information about this option on our 2 & 3 day Skye tour page.

Alternatively, you can finish the tour on Skye, to continue your trip independently.  In order to see as much as possible of Skye on the tour we’d recommend dropping you off in Broadford or Kyleakin at the end of the day.  However, if you would like to be dropped off somewhere else please contact us and we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.

 

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Founder & Tour Guide

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Gordon founded WOW Scotland in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since. He loves talking about the Scottish Highlands, both on tour and on the TV and radio.

Robert Carr

Tour Guide

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Prior to being a tour guide, Rob ran successful food and tourism businesses in Edinburgh and Perthshire. He has now been in the Highlands for 16 years, where he loves to indulge in his joint passions of golf and hiking.

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