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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.


  • Full-day Isle of Skye tour from Inverness
  • Pass Loch Ness and stop for incredible views at Eilean Donan Castle
  • Cross Skye Bridge and stop for lunch in Portree
  • Cross Skye Bridge and stop for lunch in Broadford
  • 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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What You Can Expect

Isle of Skye Day Trip from Inverness

Invermoriston Bridge

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.

Customer Reviews

Michelle H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Many hours in one of the most beautiful places in Europe. This was a day filled with heather and rolling hills and endless skies. When in Scotland, one simply must see this.

Ausra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Very well organized tour. The Eilean Donan castle was amazing.

Patricia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

As first time travelers to Scotland not willing to drive and not keen on group tours, my husband and I were a bit squeamish about taking a full day trip. However, from the moment we boarded the bus to the last step off, we were so glad we did. Kevin, our tour guide, was amazing. He was a wealth of information, a relaxed and patient man full of entertaining stories and antidotal tidbits. Scotland is a feast for the eyes stunning shades of green with gorgeous skies. Our journey to the Isle of Skye included a stop at the iconic Eileen Donan Castle where we were able to peruse the castle and grounds at a leisurely pace. Lunch in Portree on Skye was yummy, albeit rushed due to slow traffic on the way. Kevin made many stops on the trip allowing for photo opportunities and to see to our comforts. Our favorite stops were in the Highlands to capture images of the beautiful wildflowers and hillsides. At the end of the trip Kevin gave us recommendations for dining in Inverness. We tried one Hootananny which ended the day with a 5-star rating! Thank you Kevin and Viator.

Kyle N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful! So beautiful, hundreds of picture opportunities. Our driver/guide Gary was amazing, funny, informative, friendly. Wish we could have ventured further around Skye, you only stop in Portree and only for an hour. Due to traffic issues we stopped at Loch Ness on the way back, and it was getting dark. Didn't actually go to the castle, which I was disappointed in, and only saw it from the road above looking down. But a great trip, long day, but hundreds of beautiful pictures.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I really enjoyed the tour and Kevin was a very knowledgeable guide. I just wish we had a little more time for exploring the little town of Portee and maybe some of the outlands, Portee was beautiful, but the stop was for lunch and if you ate there wasn't time to look and if you looked there was time to eat. I would have loved to see the Fairy Pools. The weather was what I understood is Scottish, clouds hanging low in the morning and quite chilly, some rain and some sunshine. I loved the Elean Donan castle, beautiful. I would gladly do it again.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Best tour guide I've ever met, good on you Gary

Bernard N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

People should never miss it!

James H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Ian was our driver/guide...he did a great job in both roles. Lots of neat sights and helpful commentary. It was a long day, but a fun one. We highly recommend this tour!

Himadri D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guide was very professional and he has very good knowledge of the place.

Amanda L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Guide is engaging, wonderful and informative there is plenty of stops for photos and to explore. My only wish is more time on the isle of Skye exploring rather then in town. I would have like to have seen the fairy pools for example.

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