The Skye High tour is a 3 day tour to the Isle of Skye, but offers much, much more. In addition, many of the best places to visit in Scotland are included in this fantastic tour.
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Departing from your hotel in Edinburgh or other location at 8.30am, we proceed directly to Doune Castle and stop to take some photographs or to visit. An interesting 13thC castle used as a hunting lodge by the Stuart Kings and Queens, it rocketed to fame when featured in Monty Python’s Holy Grail and, more recently, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.
We continue our journey into the Highlands, passing impressive mountains and majestic glens, stopping briefly at Loch Lubnaig for some photos and coffee.
We then proceed to the Blackmount viewpoint and then into atmospheric Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre and film location for James Bond, the World is Never Enough.
We stop for lunch in Fort William, the largest town of the Highlands. You could choose to visit the West Highland museum which is free of charge.
After lunch, we stop at the Commando Memorial, a great sculpture with interesting military history, where on a clear day Ben Nevis, out highest mountain can be seen.
Next, we travel along the wonderful Glen Shiel, stopping to view Eilean Donan Castle. This is a brief glimpse of what is to come, as we return here first thing on day three to visit.
We then make the short drive to our destination, Plockton, our base for two nights. Plockton is one of Scotland’s prettiest villages, with its coastal views, lovely buildings, palm trees and seals.
We depart Plockton at 9am and cross over the sea to Skye using the Skye Bridge, once with its controversial tolls, but now free.
A flexible day on Skye. We could drive to Elgol for a scenic boat trip to the base of the Cullin Mountains. Few things come close in terms of experience on a clear day.
If walking is your thing, we could walk to the Faery Pools, Neist Point Lighthouse or the Coral Beach, which are all great places to explore.
These walks could be combined with Talisker Whisky distillery or a visit to Dunvegan Castle, where you can discover the legend of the faery Flag. Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the seat of the Chiefs of the Clan Macleod for 800 years. Some of the group could walk while the others visit Talisker or Dunvegan.
There are many good places to stop for lunch on the Island. Portree, the capital, could be a good lunch stop with its colourful harbour and bustling island charm. There is a great selection of shops here too.
We could also spend some time in the far North of the Island, the Trotternish peninsula. There is so much to see here, including The Kilt Rock viewpoint, the mountain pass of the Quiraing, Flora Macdonald’s grave and the Museum of Island Life.
So, let us know what you enjoy most and we will tailor your day around Skye to your requirements.
On the morning of day 3, we leave the beautiful village of Plockton at 9.00am and make for Eilean Donan Castle, often described as Scotland’s most photographed castle. It has featured in many films including Highlander and Maid of Honour. If we are lucky there will be a bagpiper.
We continue our journey to Fort Augustus, on the banks of the atmospheric and beautiful Loch Ness. A beautiful place to stop for lunch and explore the locks on the Caledonian Canal. It is possible to take a one hour long Loch Ness boat trip from here.
We then proceed into the Cairngorm National park, making our last stop of the tour in the Victorian town, Pitlochry, before returning to Edinburgh at around 7pm.
If you only have three days to view some of Scotland’s highlights, this tour is hard to beat. Contact us for a quotation.
The Skye High Photo Gallery
To give you a taste of what to expect on The Skye High tour, here are some photographs which show just a few of the magnificent sights you can enjoy on your tour. Click on the thumbnail image to see a larger version.
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