Meet a driver at a central location in Inverness for an 8am departure, then board a 16-seat mini-coach for the 70-mile (112-km) trip to Eilean Donan Castle. You’ll have 1.5 hours to visit the castle, which dominates a tiny, tidal island at the confluence of three lochs (entrance fees own expense, roughly £7.50).
From Eilean Donan, continue to the Isle of Skye over the Skye Bridge, which commands sweeping views of the Inner Hebrides. Drive into the mountainous heart of the island, then stretch your legs at the harbor town of Portree, where you’ll have an hour-long break for lunch.
The afternoon is all about exploring the superb Trotternish Peninsula, visiting a series of the area’s scenic highlights, including The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the Quiraing, a landslide on the eastern side of Meall na Suiramach.
At roughly 4:30pm, begin the return trip to the mainland, passing the majestic Glen Shiel, Loch Clunie, and the Great Glen along the way. The final stretch of the journey follows the edge of Loch Ness—home of the legendary monster—before concluding at the original departure point in Inverness.