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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.
Duration 3 days
- Departing from your hotel in Edinburgh or other location, you 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.
- You continue your journey into the Highlands, passing impressive mountains and majestic glens, stopping briefly at Loch Lubnaig for some photos and coffee.
- You then stop at Blackmount viewpoint and then into atmospheric Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre and film location for James Bond, the World is Never Enough.
- You then 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, you visit the Commando Memorial, a great sculpture with interesting military history, where on a clear day Ben Nevis, out highest mountain can be seen.
- Next, you 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.
- You then drive to the Isle of Skye’s capital, Portree, with its attractive multi coloured harbour and fantastic views!
- A flexible day on Skye. You 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, you 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.
- You 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, you 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 you are lucky, there may be a bagpiper here.
- Continuing your 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.
- You then travel into the Cairngorm National park, making your last stop of the tour in the Victorian town, Pitlochry, before returning to Edinburgh in the early evening.
- You will see some of the best scenery in Scotland in 3 days.