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Scottish Island Tours from Inverness

By Viator, February 2018

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Unspoiled and uncrowded, Scotland’s 790+ islands are steeped in tradition, with many containing remnants of ancient cultures and civilizations. Thanks to the country’s compact size, it’s possible to reach more than one archipelago from Inverness. Here are the top Scottish islands tour options from Inverness.

Full-Day Tours
Guided day trips from Inverness tend to go to one of two destinations: the Isle of Skye, an island in the the Inner Hebrides off Scotland’s west coast, or the Orkney Islands, off Scotland’s north coast. The drive from Inverness to Skye is a scenic one, passing through the heartland of the verdant Scottish Highlands. Day tours often make stops at Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle before touring Skye’s top destinations, such as Portree, Kilt Rock, the Old Man of Storr, and the Quiraing. 

Full-day tours to the Orkney Islands start with a bus ride to John O’Groats; from there it’s a 40-minute ferry ride across the Pentland Firth to South Ronaldsay. Once on the archipelago, island-hop around the five main islands, which are connected by the Churchill Barriers causeway network. While here, visit the island’s biggest town, Kirkwall, and the Neolithic site of Skara Brae, part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a more intimate experience, opt for a small-group tour. 

Multi-Day Tours
Multi-day tours from Inverness allow participants to cover even more ground. During 3-day tours to the Orkney Islands, travelers get to more thoroughly explore the archipelago’s Neolithic sights, including the Maeshowe chambered cairn and the Ring of Brodgar stone circle, as well as the Italian Chapel in Lamb Holm, which was built by prisoners of war during World War II, and a local whisky distillery. 

Multi-day tours from Inverness to the Hebrides go to the lesser-explored Outer Hebrides Islands of Lewis and Harris, where you can see breathtaking waterfalls and scenic lochs as well as the prehistoric Callanish Standing Stones and Carloway Broch sites. 

Things to Know 
  • Guided day trips typically take between 10 and 14 hours. 
  • Be sure to bring a rainproof jacket and sturdy shoes, as most tours involve some walking in Scotland’s you-never-know climate.
  • Multi-day tours usually include breakfast, with lunch and dinner at your own expense. Day tours usually include free time for lunch (own expense). 

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Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness, Inverness, null
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Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness

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Enjoy a day trip exploring Isle of Skye in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus that seats up to 8 people. Relax as your professional, Scottish, kilted tour ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $103.90
Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness, Inverness, Day Trips
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Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness

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Explore the romantic Isle of Skye on a full-day trip from Inverness. Taking in spectacular Highland scenery, your tour passes Loch Ness and the ruins of Eilean ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.83
Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness, Inverness, Day Trips
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness

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This day trip from Inverness visits some of the main attractions of the Orkney Islands including Skara Brae, The Churchill Barriers, Scapa Flow, The Ring of ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.91
3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness, Inverness, Day Trips
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3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness

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Leave mainland Scotland behind and travel across the North Sea to reach the Orkney Islands on this incredible 3-day trip from Inverness. Remote yet enticing, ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $461.04
Skye and Eilean Donan Castle - Day tour from Inverness, Inverness, Multi-day Tours
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Skye and Eilean Donan Castle - Day tour from Inverness

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Sharp geological formations, crumbling coastlines and wind-swept valleys: Skye is mother-nature at her dramatic best. And on this day-tour you explore the ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.64
3-Day Hebrides Tour from Inverness: Isles of Lewis and Harris, Inverness, Day Trips
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3-Day Hebrides Tour from Inverness: Isles of Lewis and Harris

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Discover Scotland’s stunning archipelago – the Outer Hebrides -- on this 3-day tour from Inverness. After traveling by minibus through the Scottish Highlands ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $474.03
Best of the Scottish Highlands Tour from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness and Scotch Whisky, ... 
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Best of the Scottish Highlands Tour from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness and Scotch Whisky

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Venture through Scotland’s Highlands on a full-day trip from Inverness with an expert guide. Traveling by luxury minivan, you’ll explore the area known as the ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.25
John o’Groats and Duncansby Head Day Trip from Inverness, Inverness, Day Trips
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John o’Groats and Duncansby Head Day Trip from Inverness

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Visit the northeastern tip of the British mainland on this must-do day trip to John o’Groats and Duncansby Head from Inverness. Traveling by luxury minivan ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.43
3-Day Orkney Explorer - Small Group Tour from Inverness, Inverness, Day Trips
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3-Day Orkney Explorer - Small Group Tour from Inverness

The archipelago of Orkney hides many treasures: and on our new three-day tour, your experienced driver-guide will ensure you find the best of them. You’ll ...  Read more

Location: Inverness, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $349.35

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