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Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness

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Inverness-Shire, United Kingdom
Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness
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icon10 hours  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Travel from Inverness to the Isle of Skye on a 10-hour day trip through the Scottish Highlands. Pass through glens and rugged mountain scenery, with stops at Loch Ness, Broadford and the ruins of Eilean Donan Castle, before reaching the purple heather–swathed hillsides of Skye. Then see the isle of Eilean Ban on the journey back to Inverness.
  • Pass Loch Ness and stop for incredible views at Eilean Donan Castle
  • Cross Skye Bridge and stop for lunch in Portree
  • Free time in Portree to explore
  • Visit Eilean Ban island, home of Gavin Maxwell, author of the Ring of Bright Water
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Transport by air-conditioned minibus
Driver/guide
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Inverness Bus Station , Margaret St, Inverness IV1 1LT, UK

Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
This day trip from Inverness takes you to the dramatic Isle of Skye, heading southwest by minivan to the rugged Scottish Highlands. Your first stop is Loch Ness, home to the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Stop for a break at Invermoriston and spot the Thomas Telford Bridge before continuing on through Glen Moriston and passing alongside the Five Sisters mountain range. Disembark at Eilean Donan Castle for a look at the sprawling ruins along the banks of three freshwater lochs.

Upon reaching Kyle of Lochalsh, your vehicle crosses the Skye Bridge to the Isle of Skye, stopping at a charming local inn in Bradford for lunch (own expense).

Next you’ll cross over the bridge to Skye and head for Kyleakin, where there’ll be a stop for lunch. Your tour of this magical island takes in the stunningly beautiful sight of the Cuillin Hills on the road to Portree, the capital of Skye and its colourful harbour.

Enjoy sea views of the Isle of Rum before re-boarding the minivan for the return journey. Pass the village of Achnasheen, Black Islethe and the isle of Eilean Ban — home to British novelist Gavin Maxwell — arriving in Inverness in the evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Strathcarron
The 1st stop of the day is in the little village of Strathcarron at the head of Loch Carron. there will be time to stretch your legs and perhaps enjoy a snack in a local tearoom
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Black Cuillin
Admire these stunning mountains as you arrive on the Isle of Skye.
Stop At:  
Sligachan Old Bridge
A quick photo stop at the Old Sligachan Bridge. Your driver/guide will enthrall you with tales of the enchanted waters.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Portree
Our lunch stop will be in the charming island capital of Portree. Why not enjoy some traditional fish and chips by the harbour - just watch out for seagulls
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kilt Rock
There is a wonderful viewpoint here giving great views over the waterfall and cliffs. You will also get great views of the Old Man of Storr
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Eilean Donan Castle
As you leave Skye we will stop at Eilean Donan Castle. one of the most pictureque castles in Scotland. There will be time to tour the castle
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Invermoriston
A short stop her to enjoy the waterfalls and admire the old bridge -designed by Thomas Telford.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Loch Ness
Our journey back to Inverness follows the banks of Loch Ness- watch out for "Nessie"
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that children aged under 3 years old cannot travel on this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Highland Experience Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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  • "The Isle of Skye is beautiful and worth visit and I definitely recommend this tour and Alan as a guide." See review
  • "I was tired at the end but it was a day worth it." See review

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star-4
Considering the circumstances a good experience, very nice views !
Kevin_D
, Aug 2022
The Isles of Skye are really worth seeing. Driver very competent and solution oriented. Unfortunately, the bus stalled a number of times. The passengers and bus driver remained calm under this. Plenty of stops to look around. I would make the stop in Portree 1h30 instead 1h. I had a pleasant time. Thank you.
star-3
I was very disappointed...
JustinShane_W
, Aug 2022
I was very disappointed that we didn’t go tour inside Eilean Donan Castle. We only got to take pictures down the road always away from the castle which was unexpected since the Viator sign up specifically said that we were going inside and that we needed to purchase tickets for that. I specially signed up for the tour so that we could tour the castle. I was very disappointed since I researched and went back and forth on which tour to choose. I also thought the tour was very long. Tour guide was great and knowledgeable.
star-5
Great Day Out!
Aimee_R
, Jul 2022
Had an amazing day, our driver/guide Jamie showed us all the best the spots with great stories, laughs and music along the way. Highly recommend for a day trip of Skye.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Go see the Isle of Skye
Mary_A
, Jul 2022
Everything was amazing from the many Lochs to the gorgeous mountains. But, didn't see Nessie! Our guide Jamie was so informative. His music play was fantastic. We felt very confident in his driving. So many sites to see.
star-5
Excellent option for a time limited stay!
Galina_R
, May 2022
A great trip for the one and half days we had in Inverness. The itinerary is pretty intensive as it includes many of the major sites in the area. The guide was excellent! Very knowledgeable and entertaining - he went above and beyond to share stories and show the beauty of Scotland!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A highlight of our visit to highland and isles
Patrick_L
, Apr 2022
Rob is extremely knowledgeable and professional, not to mention his hilarious story telling and witty jokes to lighten up the mood throughout our journey. All you can ask for in a tour guide and more!
star-5
Well worth the money
Tim_R
, Sep 2021
Very enjoyable and informative. Beautiful scenery and stunning views. Well worth the money. Driver was knowledgeable and funny.
star-2
Inconsiderate people, a bumpy ride
Pauline_V
, Sep 2021
Scenery spectacular. Forced into rear seats due to preference being given to others. Mask wearing not enforced by driver putting us at risk. Constant lateness back to bus by others became extremely irritating. High speed journey on way back very uncomfortable. Not a very good experience and poor value for money
star-5
Super
Gyuzel_Z
, Aug 2021
Our really enjoyed my trip! So many places! The weather, the guide was just perfect!! I strongly recommend this tour to all
star-4
Good but confusing on pick up
john_G
, Aug 2021
The trip was great but the tour company Viator should have told us the tour operator was Timberbush There were many tour companies - Rabbies , Wow, etc at that meeting point and we nearly missed our bus because we were not told we were with Timberbush Because we were waiting we got the worst last bumpy seats over the wheel .
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Isle of Skye one-day trip
Aneta
, Aug 2021
Steven made sure everybody had a great day full of amazing views and fun and learnt a lot about Isle of Skye history. We were kept entertained and appreciated that Steven extended the trip to the Talisker distillery which wasn't originally included as part of the trip but was an amazing addition to it and we were grateful for that. Thank you for a wonderful trip! Highly recommended! Aneta
star-5
Excellent trip! Your guide with passion.
Bridget_T
, Jun 2021
Rory was the best. We joined a 3 day trip for just the day to Skye and was made to feel welcome with the others on the bus. He had so much information about Skye and you could tell he really enjoys the place himself. Love his humor and how he shared a little about himself-makes the long day much more “intimate”. Our family of four thoroughly enjoyed this trip. We would certainly go on another. Wish we had booked the entire 3 day trip.
star-5
Trip to Skye with Steve hakken
Jak_W
, Jun 2021
Great trip,lovely views and MR hakken was a very good driver with knowledge about the sights and a genuine love for Scotland. His stories were brilliant and he told them well , he navigated those winding roads like a old pro. All in all great trip .hidden pools was my favourite stop along was dùn beag round house best view in my opinion
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Disappointing
Elizabeth_M
, Oct 2020
Although the price was to include the entrance to Eilean Donan Castle, this was not able to happen due to a dispute between the company and the castle. I did email the company and ask if we would get the cost of the entrance to the castle back but as yet I have not had a reply. Anyone is allowed to go around the outside of the castle without paying and we did do this. I think really there is too long a journey to do Skye from Inverness, as very little time was spent on the Island.
star-5
A perfect day
Arindam_D
, Sep 2020
It's a very long trip covering almost 12 hours with most of the time spent in driving. But they planned it perfectly - there was a break after each hour of driving and still the time was perfectly managed. We went with our 4 year old daughter but still didn't face any issue. Coming to the guides, they were excellent. They were actually husband and wife where the wife was driving the car and the husband was doing the talking. It was thoroughly entertaining and informative. The bus was a 16 seater with 2+1 seat layout. Kathy managed the seating combinations perfectly where the couples got twin seats and single persons got the single seat. We being the only family of 3, got the last row of 4 seats. Sinclair was very dedicated and loves his job. He knows all the smaller details of all the places-even where exactly the toilets are. If you have more time, probably the 3 day trip will be better but if you have just a day, this trip is perfect.
star-5
Eilean castle
Amy_B
, Sep 2020
Was a Brilliant day! Our tour guide Sinclair was very informative and had great humour. Would Definitely recommend this trip.
star-5
Amazing
Nutty
, Aug 2020
It was an amazing experience. Michael (according to son) explained lot about Scottish history, folklores, and stopped for nice photo stops. Our son was happy to play in the valley. We were able to cover most places within the time limit, which we never be able to do of our own. Nice experience. Thanks.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Hello there, thank you so much for sharing your experience - we're delighted you had a great day out with Michael!
star-5
Excellent tour!!
Gemma_B
, Aug 2020
Absolutely incredible day! Our guide Michael was fantastic, informed us of local history, landmarks and looked the part in his kilt too! We have been wanting to visit Skye for a long time as we named our daughter after the beautiful island and she felt so special visiting!
star-5
Best Tour I’ve Ever Had
Brooke_D
, Mar 2020
If I could leave more stars, I would. Our tour guide(I’m so mad I don’t remember her name) was off the charts amazing.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Really worth it!
Tijmen_H
, Feb 2020
This trip was really awesome! It was noticeable that the guide really was putting genuine effort in the tour. You got enough free time to see the sights at some places for a bit.

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