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 luxurious 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 12-hour tour departs from central Inverness, and it’s the perfect introduction for first-time visitors to the Isle of Skye.
12-hour Isle of Skye trip with Eilean Donan Castle
Travel in a comfortable mini-coach
Explore a historic castle on a tidal island
Visit the Isle of Skye's scenic highlights
Led by a local guide
Small group tour for personal service
Round-trip transport from a central location in Inverness
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. Drive past the famous Loch Ness—home of the legendary monster—and pause for a photo opportunity before arriving at the 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. Conclude the tour at the original departure point in Inverness.
It was a full 12 hours tour from Inverness to Isle of Skye. There's a lot to see along the route and a dozen stops was included in the schedule. Sceneries are beautiful, but personally I expected somewhat more dramatic landscapes. There was one full hour time to visit Eilean Donan Castle and in Portree more than 1,5 hours free time for lunch. kevin from Rabbie's tours was very efficient driver and good and funny good.
The unadulterated beauty of Skye made up for the capricious weather. The day was made even better by the tour's guide/driver tales which were a mix of myths and facts about pretty much everything, people, places, flora, fauna etc
Our tour guide was Duncan and he was wonderful. We had a lovely, magical tour of Skye and surrounding areas. He stopped frequently for breaks, found us a deer to hand feed, went hunting for the highland cattle, and told us lots of the fables and myths from Scotland. He was beyond patient and even after what was a very long day for him I'm sure, he never seemed rushed or tired. He played some lovely music for us both on the bus, and with his flute at one of the stops. This was our favourite tour in our 10 days in England, Scotland and Ireland!
A great day just over 12 hours. Colin our guide was very informative and passionate about the history of the area and had the tour group totally engaged. The due to the weather we could not go to our last stop but Colin had a plan B that more than made up for it. Plenty of stops for breaks to stretch the legs and for photo opportunities. Highly recommend this trip.
Wow what an amazing tour. Long day but not a tiring day. So much beautiful scenery to be seen along the way. Our guide Emily was awesome and so funny. Lots of stops to stretch the legs along the way and perfect being only a small group so you could keep up with all the info. Highly recommend this tour
What an amazing day! With the outstanding weather we were able to see everything with a beautiful blue sky. The castle was very interesting especially since Marigold Macrae is the current owner of her familial estate. Our tour guide, Colin, was very thoughtful in his choices of music, history lessons, and general banter. He made the long day a tremendous experience. Definitely take this tour.
Had the most amazing time with Heather and our driver Kevin on Thursday May 17th. We had more than enough time at all the stops we visited on this tour, and Heather provided us with wonderful bits of information about Scottish history and culture and the various sites we were visiting. We also took plenty of comfort stops to use the restroom and stretch our legs. Skye was absolutely beautiful, and if you only have a day to see Skye, I would highly recommend this tour.
Can't recommend this tour enough. It was excellent, the bus was very comfortable. Had usb chargers for your mobile and devices. The tour company hired out Rabbie's was excellent. The driver and guide were knowledgeable and awesome to talk to. Lots of great information about Scotland. Make your reservation!