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Isle of Skye

MacLeod Estate, Dunvegan House

The Basics

It's possible to visit the Isle of Skye on a full-day tour from Inverness, stopping at sights such as Fort William, Glencoe, and Eilean Donan Castle along the way. To experience everything the island has to offer, spend a night or two on the island—multi-day tours from Edinburgh or Glasgow are popular options that will give you plenty of time to visit Portree, the island's largest town; take in the views from the Old Man of Storr; and explore top attractions such as the Faerie Glen, Dunvegan castle, and Kilt Rock.

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The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness
The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness
$68.43 per adult
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Wonderful Day Tour
A magnificent day out with our knowledgable guide Ryan, the weather was typical October in Scotland so wasn’t particularly surprised , made some of the photos more atmospheric if anything !!
Phil_W, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Inverness

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Skye’s the limit
Randy_S, Sep 2021
Isle of Skye, The Highlands and Loch Ness - 3 Day Tour from Glasgow
Our guide gave us a most excellent experience. Making sure we got the most out of the time we had, we saw all of the places we wanted to see and more. As a first timer to the Isle of Skye, I was blown away by the experience. I will be using Viator to book my next tour for sure.
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Isle of Skye with Rob
Gillian_S, Sep 2021
The Ultimate Isle of Skye Day Tour from Inverness
Rob waiting for us on arrival. Larger than life character who had us laughing for most of the day. Very knowledgable. Really enjoyed Isle of Skye trip and would definitely recommend.
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Skye tour
Lavinia_E, Aug 2021
The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness
Excellent tour guide, perfect time management and safety rules . Beautiful day around skye islands and typical villages
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Beautiful Skye tour from Portree
MNG, May 2021
Skye In A Day From Portree Visiting The Most Scenic Spots
The tour is excellent! We have five people inside an eight seater van. Thank goodness that we are under level three Covid rules! A full capacity of eight would be extremely uncomfortable!
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Stunning beautiful views...
Misaki_I, Oct 2021
The Ultimate Isle of Skye Day Tour from Inverness
Stunning beautiful views and perfectly funny guide, that was fantastic time! you would never know the places if you didn’t make a trip with this.
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A great day
Michael_R, Oct 2021
Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness
Robbie was hilarious. Made it such fun. The day was perfectly timed and very enjoyable. The day was perfect!
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Fantastic trip!
Yang_Y, Oct 2021
Full-Day Private Isle of Skye Tour
Thankfully we booked this tour! The guide John is really nice and responsible! It would not let you down!
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Our host was a close second to the miraculous views!
Dana_D, Sep 2021
The Ultimate Isle of Skye Day Tour from Inverness
I thought nothing could be more amazing than Hawaii. The Isle of Skye blew it away. Stunning. The tour was great. It would have been nice to spend more time in each place but the laws of space and time didn't allow that. Robert was a perfect guide. I could have listened to him read the phone book for 12 hours, just for the accent! But he is a top-notch story teller, care taker, and comedian. All while driving a huge coach on winding, narrow roads!
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Very enjoyable!
Seyward_R, Oct 2021
The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness
Ray was an excellent tour guide! I especially enjoyed the music throughout the trip and how it tied into his stories about the area. Would recommend :)
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A great and full day trip
Keith_H, Sep 2021
Isle of Skye Day Tour
Excellent guide, comfortable vehicle, great scenery. Our guide was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable and nothing was too much trouble.
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Isle of Skye is breathtaking
Satish_P, Aug 2021
Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness
We really enjoyed the trip. Excellent logistics and the tour guide, Robbie, is very knowledgeable and friendly. There multiple stops on the way. The views from Lochalsh are breathtaking and would have liked to spend a little more time there in return for cutting out some of other stops. Isle of Skye has so much to offer and a few hours is more of a taster for future trips.
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Awesome day at Skye
anchal_k, Sep 2021
The Ultimate Isle of Skye Day Tour from Inverness
Wonderful day at Skye. The day started with meeting an amazing guy, Rob, our tour guide, he is an awesome storyteller, very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and has another level sense of humor. The tour goes through the wonderful landscape of Scottish highlands. We covered all the points mentioned in the tour itinerary. Can't ask anything more. Highly recommended.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Prepare for unpredictable weather—it can get chilly along the coast even in summer and rain is always a possibility.

  • Pack some insect repellent—the Scottish Highlands are notorious for their midges, an insect similar to mosquitos.

  • Public transport is very limited on the Isle of Skye, so joining a tour is the best option for those without their own transport.

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How to Get There

The Isle of Skye is part of the Hebrides Islands off Scotland’s west coast and can be reached by ferry from Mallaig or Glenelg, or by road, crossing the Skye Bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh. Journey times by road are about five hours from Glasgow, 216 miles (348 km) away, or 2.5 hours from Inverness, 112 miles (180 km) away.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Skye Island is during the spring and summer months, when the weather is most favorable—although the midges are out in full force on warm evenings. The views can be spectacular in winter, especially if it’s been snowing, but access to some of the island's lookout points will be dependent on the weather.

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Natural Wonders on the Isle of Skye

The island's natural wonders beg to be photographed, and hikers and road-trippers will find plenty of opportunities to escape the beaten track. Stroll along the sea cliffs at Neist Point, cool off with a swim in the Fairy Pools, hike into the Cuillin Mountains, or explore the rugged landscapes of the Quiraing.

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Isle of Skye