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MacLeod Estate, Dunvegan House

The Basics

It's possible to visit the Isle of Skye on a full-day tour from Inverness, stopping at sights such as Fort William, Glencoe, and Eilean Donan Castle along the way. To experience everything the island has to offer, spend a night or two on the island—multi-day tours from Edinburgh or Glasgow are popular options that will give you plenty of time to visit Portree, the island's largest town; take in the views from the Old Man of Storr; and explore top attractions such as the Faerie Glen, Dunvegan castle, and Kilt Rock.

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The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness
The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness
$68.81 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A great way to explore the north
Frequent stops make this trip different to what we expected. The day didn’t drag, and loads of photo opportunities. Chris was a local guy, so took us to off the beaten track places where we had spare time. He wanted us to have a good time, and we sure did.
Andrew_W, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Inverness

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Skye’s the limit
Randy_S, Sep 2021
Isle of Skye, The Highlands and Loch Ness - 3 Day Tour from Glasgow
Our guide gave us a most excellent experience. Making sure we got the most out of the time we had, we saw all of the places we wanted to see and more. As a first timer to the Isle of Skye, I was blown away by the experience. I will be using Viator to book my next tour for sure.
star-5
This is a higly recommendable tour.
Maritess_C, Oct 2021
The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness
The trip was unforgettable because the places were really really beautiful. I did not expect that I will see such a beautiful place especially the isle of skye. Our tourist guide Chris was so amazing in showing and explaining us the view and in taking pictures hehe
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Isle of Skye with Rob
Gillian_S, Sep 2021
The Ultimate Isle of Skye Day Tour from Inverness
Rob waiting for us on arrival. Larger than life character who had us laughing for most of the day. Very knowledgable. Really enjoyed Isle of Skye trip and would definitely recommend.
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Skye tour
Lavinia_E, Aug 2021
The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness
Excellent tour guide, perfect time management and safety rules . Beautiful day around skye islands and typical villages
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Beautiful Skye tour from Portree
MNG, May 2021
Skye In A Day From Portree Visiting The Most Scenic Spots
The tour is excellent! We have five people inside an eight seater van. Thank goodness that we are under level three Covid rules! A full capacity of eight would be extremely uncomfortable!
star-5
Great trip!
patrycja_k, Oct 2021
The Isle of Skye & Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness
Just great. I wouldn’t have been able to see it all in one day driving around. Our driver Chris was great. Very funny and knowledgable.
star-5
Brilliant trip
Angela_J, Oct 2021
Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness
Brilliant day. Minibus was immaculate and very comfy. Seana was a brilliant guide who was very professional and an excellent driver on the very small roads. Her knowledge of the places we visited and the stories/historical facts she told us was really good. I would highly recommend this tour and tour company.
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To Skye and back with the man in the kilt
James_M, Oct 2021
Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness
We experienced many memorable moments on our tour Our guide and driver Drew was extremely knowledgeable about the area and had many tales to tell witch made this a very pleasant and interesting day out
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Stunning beautiful views...
Misaki_I, Oct 2021
The Ultimate Isle of Skye Day Tour from Inverness
Stunning beautiful views and perfectly funny guide, that was fantastic time! you would never know the places if you didn’t make a trip with this.
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A great day
Michael_R, Oct 2021
Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness
Robbie was hilarious. Made it such fun. The day was perfectly timed and very enjoyable. The day was perfect!
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Our host was a close second to the miraculous views!
Dana_D, Sep 2021
The Ultimate Isle of Skye Day Tour from Inverness
I thought nothing could be more amazing than Hawaii. The Isle of Skye blew it away. Stunning. The tour was great. It would have been nice to spend more time in each place but the laws of space and time didn't allow that. Robert was a perfect guide. I could have listened to him read the phone book for 12 hours, just for the accent! But he is a top-notch story teller, care taker, and comedian. All while driving a huge coach on winding, narrow roads!
star-5
Fantastic trip!
Yang_Y, Oct 2021
Full-Day Private Isle of Skye Tour
Thankfully we booked this tour! The guide John is really nice and responsible! It would not let you down!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Prepare for unpredictable weather—it can get chilly along the coast even in summer and rain is always a possibility.

  • Pack some insect repellent—the Scottish Highlands are notorious for their midges, an insect similar to mosquitos.

  • Public transport is very limited on the Isle of Skye, so joining a tour is the best option for those without their own transport.

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How to Get There

The Isle of Skye is part of the Hebrides Islands off Scotland’s west coast and can be reached by ferry from Mallaig or Glenelg, or by road, crossing the Skye Bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh. Journey times by road are about five hours from Glasgow, 216 miles (348 km) away, or 2.5 hours from Inverness, 112 miles (180 km) away.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Skye Island is during the spring and summer months, when the weather is most favorable—although the midges are out in full force on warm evenings. The views can be spectacular in winter, especially if it’s been snowing, but access to some of the island's lookout points will be dependent on the weather.

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Natural Wonders on the Isle of Skye

The island's natural wonders beg to be photographed, and hikers and road-trippers will find plenty of opportunities to escape the beaten track. Stroll along the sea cliffs at Neist Point, cool off with a swim in the Fairy Pools, hike into the Cuillin Mountains, or explore the rugged landscapes of the Quiraing.

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