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Private Isle of Skye Tour From Inverness 2024

(4 Reviews)
  • 12 Hours
  • Max Guests : 7
  • Difficulty : 2/10
  • Distance : 297 Miles

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Discover Isle of Skye Scotland tours departing from Inverness. Embark on a captivating journey to The Misty Isle, unveiling the beauty of Eilean a’ Cheò, one of the most picturesque Hebridean Islands in the Highlands. Departing from the capital of the Highlands, we venture to the western coast, with stops at various destinations en route, including the renowned Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s most iconic fortresses.

Our journey begins in Inverness as we follow the shores of Loch Ness, hoping to catch a glimpse of Nessie, the legendary creature. A brief stop at Urquhart Castle offers a panoramic view of this historic ruin and the sprawling Loch Ness, the largest body of water in the UK by volume. Urquhart Castle, steeped in a tumultuous past, stands as a poignant symbol of the region’s history, marking a pivotal point in the oppression of the Highlands. Progressing through Invermorriston, we head towards Loch Claunie, continuing along Glen Shiel, the site of the historic Battle of Glen Shiel in June 1719.

Eilean Donan Castle (Caisteal Eilean Donnain) Around 30 Minutes

Situated amidst the serene waters of Loch Duich, Eilean Donan Castle graces a small isle where three lochs converge: Alsh, Duich, and Long. Named in honor of Celtic saint Donan of Eigg, this historic landmark has endured since the mid-1200s, featuring a chapel built by the saint himself. Ravaged by the Royal Navy in 1719 following a standoff with Jacobites and Spanish forces, Lt Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap painstakingly restored the castle in the early 20th century, offering visitors a glimpse into its storied past.

The Isle of Skye

Crossing the renowned Skye bridge, constructed in 1995, we reminisce about the era when ferry services connected the mainland to the Isle of Skye since the early 1600s. Our journey then winds through the enchanting Isle of Skye, pausing at various captivating locales. While some may visit popular tourist hotspots, we also offer the flexibility to explore lesser-known gems. Before embarking on the tour, we prioritize understanding your preferences to tailor the itinerary accordingly. Whether you prefer exploring the west coast or seeking specific interests, we ensure a bespoke experience. Here are several enticing destinations to consider while exploring Skye, not necessarily included but came be customised to include a few :

  • Elgol (Optional boat ride)
  • Carbost and Talisker Distillery (Optional rib boat ride)
  • A very special lunch stop near Talisker with views to die for whilst you eat your lunch (this is a special lesser known location)
  • Dunvegan Castle
  • Waternish and Skye Skins
  • Coral Beach (2 mile walk)
  • Lunch stop at near by Waternish if we are in the area at a special place but it will need to be booked due to availability)
  • Fairy Glen
  • The Quiraing
  • Old Man Of Stòr – Please see our other tour which includes a hike.
  • Kilt Rock
  • Lealt Falls
  • Fossil Museum
  • Staffin Bay to see the dinosaur footprint
  • Duntulm Castle (A ruin castle on a cliff edge)
  • Village of Highland life
  • Fairy Pools Hike – Please see our other tour which includes a hike.

As we return from Skye, we’ll travel along the lesser-known back road to Inverness, making a stop at the Ledgowan Lodge Hotel for a brief break. This charming establishment, once a Victorian hunting lodge, is now operated by a family.

The options for places to visit are numerous. If you have specific destinations in mind, please inform us in the comments section when booking the tour. This allows us to arrange lunches at selected venues, as pre-booking is strongly advised to avoid any disappointments.

If you would like another tour with Sgùrr Tours at anytime during your visit or in the future we will give you a 5% Discount on your next tour and also a 10% Discount for any shop items sold on our online shop.

Activities

  • History
  • Landscapes
  • Light Walking
  • Great Food
  • Photography
  • Meeting The Locals
  • Meet The Local Wildlife
  • Learn Some Scots Gaelic

Price Includes

  • Hotel Pickup/Drop Off
  • On Board Wifi
  • Self controlled Air Conditioning for passengers
  • Complimentary Cold Drinks
  • Free Single Malt Whisky or Gin Tasting
  • Complimentary Snacks

Price Excludes

  • Attraction Entrance fees'
  • Food & Drink at Restaurants
  • Gratuities

What to Expect

Below you will see a list of the main places that you will visit whilst on tour, however there are always some hidden places that we may also stop at for the most part other tours do not go there. We also have exclusive access to some Hairy Coo’s (Highland Cows) where we can guarantee 100% that there will never be any other tours going to, SUBJECT to them being about close to the farm, we will stop and say hello to them. This Hairy Coo stop is special and only for Sgùrr Tours passengers.

  • Urquhart Castle
  • Invermoriston Old Bridge
  • Loch Cluanie
  • Glen Shiel
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Sligachan Old Bridge & Hairy Coos
  • Portree for Lunch
  • Fairy Glen (Time Permitting)
  • The Quiraing
  • Kilt Rock
  • Lealt Falls
  • Old Man of Storr
  • Broadford
  • Achnasheen
  • Inverness

Itinerary

Morning - Lochness Views

Head down the side of Lochness heading straight through to Eilean Donan Castle.

Over the bridge to Skye

Onto Portree

Lunchtime - Lunch Stop Portree

The day is not complete without a stop for lunch in Portree to try out the local cuisine at our favourite place to stop for lunch, amazing cakes and hot chocolate for desert.

Afternoon - Take in the amazing Landscapes and a Hike of The Old Man of Stòr

After lunch we take the road to Uig, up over to The Quiraing to take in the spectacular views of the Trotternish Peninsula, we then head down to see Kilt Rock and onto the highlight of the tour the amazing hike up to the Old Man of Stòr which takes around 2 hours from bottom to top and back down. You will be blown away by the absolute beauty of this viewpoint.

FAQ

Can I change the travel date?

We have you covered! Yes you can change your travel date so long as we have the availability we can change the date for you, however please give us at least 7 days notice to make the change so that we can advertise your previous date as available for other travellers.

Are you fully insured?

Sgùrr Tours has fully comprehensive passenger vehicle insurance to be able to carry passengers, we also have Public Liability Insurance, Indemnity Insurance and your driver guide also has a Disclosures Scotland check which anyone is welcome to ask to see, this check is a Police background check to allow the driver guide to work around children and older vulnerable folk if required.Our driver guide Gavin is also a retired armed protection police officer of 30 years service.

Are you COVID compliant?

Our vehicle is cleaned after every tour using cleaning products to kill any nasties which maybe laying about. Hand sanitiser and wipes are on board for passengers to use, masks are not required on board however we do ask that if you feel unwell or have any Covid type Symptoms not to travel and take a lateral flow test for your peace of mind, if you are clear and have proof that you are then you are more than welcome to travel.

Will other people join our tour?

The simple answer is’ no they will not’ This is a private tour for you, your friends and family which makes it even more special.

How will I contact my driver on the day of the tour and during the tour?

Prior to the tour starting usually a few days before we will give you a mobile number which uses WhatsApp and Telegram and also an email address, when the driver is on route they will send you a live location on WhatsApp or Telegram so that you can see where they are and know when they arrive and are outside to pick you up. We can also share a live tracking link that will last the whole tour so that you can share this with your friends and family back home so that they can see where you are having loads of fun.

What is included in the price of the tour?

The total price of your tour includes your tour guide, use of our luxury minivans, the fuel, tolls and parking charges and insurances. Complimentary bottled Scottish water, 2 bottles of Single Malt Whisky, a bottle of gin and snacks are provided for all guests.

Where do you pick up from?

We offer a door to door service and will pick you up from your accommodation within a 5 mile radius of Inverness, there will be a small extra charge if you are staying a little further out which we can confirm at the time of booking.

What vehicle do you use?

Our vehicle is a Mercedes Benz V Class Sport with Leather interior, dual zone air conditioning, privacy glass and loads of leg room, all third party drivers we use also have the same vehicle so you know you will always travel in style on one of our tours.

Are there bathrooms/toilets to use on tour?

Bathrooms/Toilets are pretty accessible on most tours, our Skye tour there are plenty of bathrooms we can stop at if you get caught short.

Who will be our tour guide?

For the most part Owner Ryan Mackenzie-Raymond will be your guide. At times our very friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable driver guide Gavin may be your guide both working out of Inverness, if you take a tour or transfer from Edinburgh you may get to meet the extremely knowledgeable driver guide Ray. Callum is our driver guide based in Glasgow. If you would like more information about Ryan, Gavin, Ray of Callum then please head over to the About Us page where you can read all about your driver guides.

Cancellations

If in the event that you need to cancel your tour less than 14 days and more than 7 days prior to departure you will get a 50% refund of the 80% If cancelled between 7 days and 3 days prior to departure you will get a 20% refund of the 80%If you cancel 3 days or less before departure then sadly there will be no refund.You can however change your booking to a different day if our schedule allows it and if we have availability on that particular day, again we also ask you to give us at least 2 weeks or more notice to move your booking if possible.If there is no availability again sadly you will not receive a full refund, however we will always try our utmost to accommodate you as best we can to suit both parties or find an alternative solution for you. If for any reason we Sgùrr Tours have to cancel your tour we will offer you an alternative tour or tour date, if neither can be arranged we will offer you a full 100% refund.Please see our Cancellation and Refund Policy, link is within the footer of this page and throughout the website.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

At the time of booking you are required to pay a 20% deposit which will secure your booking. Balance will be due 4 weeks prior to departure date, If you book less than 4 weeks before departure you will need to pay 100% of the tour which includes the 20% deposit. Please see our Cancellation and Refund Policy, link is within the footer of this page and throughout the website.

Do we stop for a lunch break?

We do stop for a lunch break which is usually around 1 Hour or thereabouts depending on how busy the eating establishment is upon arrival, there is no huge rush as this is your day, just bare in mind that some tours are long days and there is a lot of ground to cover.

How long are the tours?

Our tours vary in length with the longest being around 11/12 hours the shortest being around 6/8 hours.

What language are the tours conducted in?

The tour is conducted in English however you will hear some Gaelic on route and if you are interested you can learn some Gaelic with Ryan and he will give you some basics to take away with you 🙂

Can children come on the tour?

Yes of course! However the child must be over the age of 3 at the time of departure as this is for Insurance purposes. We can also provide car seats for children or you are welcome to bring your own. Our vehicles offer ISO Fix connectors for compatible child seats. Please note that children under 135cm or 12 years old (whichever is first) must be in a car seat according to UK law. We wouldn’t to get a fine now would we 🙂

How many can come on a tour?

Our Mercedes Benz V Class can fit up to 7 people comfortably with plenty of leg room to stretch out for the taller folk. If we are doing a transfer tour for you with more than 4 passengers it is difficult to fit everyone in plus large suitcases, so we advise to have a second vehicle for comfort purposes which can be arranged for you when booking.

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Tom Piacentini

Family Traveller

We booked an isle of skye tour. There was my wife myself and our two children ages 3 and 6. Ryan was wonderful. He was very accommodating especially to the kids and made sure all our needs were met. The tour was very personal. I recommend a tour like this much more than a big bus tour for many reasons including some of the personal touches you get like snacks and drinks or as many bathroom stops as you need, and also the way the tour can be catered to your needs. But the main reason I recommend a tour with Ryan is the incredible history lesson that you get about the area it’s people and about Scottish Gaelic history and it’s incredible language. It was an awesome tour and I highly recommend it. Thanks Ryan.

10/05/2024

Bryan & Jessica Dagg

Couple Traveller

We did a one day tour of Isle of Skye with Ryan. He was fun and informative. Good communication, good pace, well time breaks, show casing some gorgeous vistas. The photo option is definitely worth it

27/04/2024

Emily Lavergne

Couple Traveller

Booking a tour with Ryan was the best part of our trip. From start to finish, he was professional and accommodating, taking us to as many sights as we could fit into our schedule, going above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our dream trip visiting Skye. My husband and I were captivated by his many tales of the Highlands, all with in-depth knowledge of the area, people, and even the Gaelic language! With Ryan, we enjoyed every moment, feeling truly welcomed by Scotland. Thank you, Ryan!

22/11/2023

Whitney Jardine - USA

Solo Traveller

Cannot recommend Ryan and Sgùrr Tours highly enough. I am not a tour person and was a bit apprehensive booking; and I am so thankful for my good decision! I learned so much past and recent history, got to practice a wee bit of Gaelic, was able to focus on enjoying the scenery because I wasn’t the one driving, and have some epic photos (which were easy to have printed and will be Christmas presents for my family). Keeping someone entertained for 12 hours (especially a solo traveler like me) is no easy task and Ryan had me enthralled with all the info and good humor shared.

If you want a private tour (you do… I saw those bus tours from Inverness – yikes) reach out to Ryan. He will make it a custom tour to your liking, and knows great places to stop for food and drink while you’re exploring. Looking forward to booking with him again in the spring for another tour of Skye (there’s so much to see) or a neighboring island.

22/10/2023
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