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Scottish Island Tours from Inverness

Scottish Island Tours from Inverness

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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Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

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Visit Eilean Donan Castle and the spectacular Isle of Skye on a full-day trip from Inverness, and explore an iconic Scottish landscape of wind-swept valleys, rock formations, and coastal cliffs. Travel in a Mercedes mini-coach, following a route through the mountains of Wester Ross on your way to Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye, then visit the island’s highlights with an experienced guide. This full-day tour departs from central Inverness, and it’s the perfect introduction for first-time visitors to the Isle of Skye.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$65.16
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Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness

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

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Check out the Isle of Skye on a day trip from Inverness. With a Scottish local in a kilt as your driver-guide, you’ll discover the history behind the island plus some famous landmarks along the way. Pass Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, then cross Skye Bridge to spend time on the island itself. Visit the town of Portree, travel through the Cuillin mountains, and discover beguiling natural sights such as the Old Man of Storr. Numbers are limited to just eight people for a small-group experience.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$106.39
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3-Day Orkney Explorer Small-Group Tour from Inverness

3-Day Orkney Explorer Small-Group Tour from Inverness

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Explore off the beaten path on this 3-day tour of the archipelago of Orkney. Leave the driving to your guide and travel in a top-of-the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach to visit prehistoric sites, a dramatic red sandstone coast, and some of Scotland’s most remote fishing villages. This small-group tour is limited to 16 people to ensure a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 days
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US$409.96
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Scottish Highlands from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness, Outlander and Whisky

Scottish Highlands from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness, Outlander and Whisky

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Celebrate Scotland’s gems with a full-day Highlands and whisky tour from Inverness. Visit the hilly Black Isle peninsula, speckled with prosperous farms, the ancient village of Cromarty and Chanonry Point to watch playful bottlenose dolphins. Honor the historic whisky-producing region with a stop at Glen Ord Distillery for a tour and sample. Cap your day at Loch Ness for a chance to spot the elusive monster, Nessie.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$54.52
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John o’Groats and Duncansby Head Day Trip from Inverness

John o’Groats and Duncansby Head Day Trip from Inverness

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Travel to the far northern reaches of mainland Britain on this 10-hour trip to John o’Groats and Duncansby Head from Inverness. Journey by luxury mini-coach across the Black Isle Peninsula, bursting with postcard-perfect natural vistas and wildlife like seals, dolphins, killer whales and native birds. With a local guide, visit the charming villages of Caithness, John o’Groats and Duncansby Head, and hear histories steeped in Viking lore.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$73.14
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Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness

Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness

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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.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness

Orkney Islands Day Trip from Inverness

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Take an Orkney Islands tour of top attractions on this day trip from Inverness. You’ll travel by coach through Scotland’s dramatic North Highlands and ferry across the Pentland Firth from John O’Groats. Cross the Churchill Barriers and Scapa Flow to the Ring of Brodgar and Standing Stones of Stenness — part of the Neolithic Orkney World Heritage site. Your guide also takes you to the stone-age village of Skara Brae and the 12th-century St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. Note: This tour operates during the summer months.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$118.36
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3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness

3-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Inverness

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Discover the mystic and dramatic beauty of the far-flung Orkney Islands on this 3-day excursion from Inverness. With a friendly guide, journey across the Pentland Firth to wind-swept Orkney archipelago, bursting with wildlife and picture-perfect vistas. Visit villages steeped in Viking mystery and landmarks like the Lamb Holm Italian Chapel and the UNESCO-listed Standing Stones of Stenness. Two evenings in a 3-star hotel or B&B and daily breakfast included.
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  • 3 days
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US$492.05
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3-Day Hebrides Tour from Inverness: Isles of Lewis and Harris

3-Day Hebrides Tour from Inverness: Isles of Lewis and Harris

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Uncover the natural beauty of Scotland’s rugged Atlantic coast on this 3-day tour of the Outer Hebrides islands, including accommodation in Stornaway and round-trip transport from Inverness. Journey through the Highlands, stopping to admire natural wonders like the Rogie Falls and Corrieshalloch Gorge, then sail out to explore the windswept isles of Lewis and Harris. Spot dolphins around the coast, stroll the sandy beaches and visit fascinating ancient sites like the Callanish Standing Stones and Carloway Broch.
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  • 3 days
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US$512.00
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