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Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

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Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness
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Overview

Visit Eilean Donan Castle and the spectacular Isle of Skye on a full-day trip from Inverness, and explore an iconic Scottish landscape of wind-swept valleys, rock formations, and coastal cliffs. Travel in a Mercedes mini-coach, following a route through the mountains of Wester Ross on your way to Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye, then visit the island’s highlights with an experienced guide. This full-day tour departs from central Inverness, and it’s the perfect introduction for first-time visitors to the Isle of Skye.
  • Full-day Isle of Skye trip with Eilean Donan Castle
  • Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Explore a historic castle on a tidal island
  • Visit the Isle of Skye's scenic highlights
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
  • Round-trip transport from a central location in Inverness
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Driver/guide
Small-group tour (16 people max)
Transport by top of the range Mercedes minicoach
Entrance fees (Eilean Donan Castle)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Inverness Bus Station , Margaret St, Inverness IV1 1LT, UK

Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness, IV1 1LT

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet a driver at a central location in Inverness, then board a top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach for the 70-mile (112-km) trip to Eilean Donan Castle. Drive past the famous Loch Ness—home of the legendary monster—and pause for a photo opportunity before arriving at the castle. Enjoy ample time to visit the castle, which dominates a tiny, tidal island at the confluence of three lochs (entrance fees own expense, roughly £7.50).

From Eilean Donan, continue to the Isle of Skye over the Skye Bridge, which commands sweeping views of the Inner Hebrides. Drive into the mountainous heart of the island, then stretch your legs at the harbor town of Portree, where you have a break for lunch.

The afternoon is all about exploring the superb Trotternish Peninsula, visiting a series of the area’s scenic highlights, including The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the Quiraing, a landslide on the eastern side of Meall na Suiramach.

Take the return trip to the mainland, passing the majestic Glen Shiel, Loch Clunie, and the Great Glen along the way. Conclude the tour at the original departure point in Inverness.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Loch Ness
Photo stop to admire Loch Ness!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Eilean Donan Castle
Enjoy this wonderful landmark; one of Scotland's most photographed castle! Please note Eilean Donan Castle is closed to the public on the following dates: 3rd, 5th, 6th, 13th, 19th, 25th November 2021 & 3rd December 2021.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Portree Harbour
Lunch stop and a great opportunity to venture to the harbour.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kilt Rock
Enjoy this unique landscape offering panoramic views of waterfalls and cliffs.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Quiraing
The truly spectacular Quiraing is an icon of Scotland.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Old Man of Storr
Famous for its magnificent scenery and views, the Old Man of Storr is a popular hotspot for hikers and photographers.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Eilean Donan Castle – We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • * Unfortunately, Eilean Donan Castle is closed on certain days in winter. It's 3rd, 5th, 6th, 13th, 19th and 25th of November; 3rd of December; and between 22nd of December and 1st of March.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour departs from the Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for food, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Should I bring my own lunch during the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There is no need to bring lunch. The group will make a lunch stop where you can purchase a meal suitable to your taste and budget.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness.

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  • "Bare in mind, this is Skye, so be prepared for mist, wind and rain as well sunny spells." See review
  • "Plenty of stops for breaks to stretch the legs and for photo opportunities." See review

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star-5
Very enjoyable day tour
Rosario_G
, Jun 2022
We had a nice day tour to Skye and visited some attraction of the area. Very good guide (Kev). We had him again for our 3 days / 2 nights in the Orkney Islands.
star-5
Excellent tour to see Skye
Karen_W
, Jun 2022
One of the best tour guides, Stewart was amazing. He was able to explain all the history of the areas we visited and gave us a real insight into this amazing area. He gave 110% . Obviously the company he works for Rabbies Tours are excellent. The places we visited were breathtaking. A must if you are thinking of seeing this area.
star-5
Great long tour.
J_R
, Jun 2022
We had a very enjoyable trip through beautiful scenery. We saw everything advertised. The coach was comfortable and the guide/driver (Mr. Stewart) was incredible. Thank you, sir.
star-5
Our guide Matthew was...
Renea_B
, Jun 2022
Our guide Matthew was lovely and very knowledgeable. We had perfect weather and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves
star-5
Magical journey.
Roy_P
, May 2022
Duncan was a very cordial and informative guide. The coach was very comfortable. The Isle of Skye is a fascinating place.
star-5
Do this tour
Carol_R
, May 2022
This was a fabulous tour. Kev our guide made it enjoyable despite some rain and wind. The scenery is amazing. Definitely recommend
star-5
Heavenly
Cathy_C
, May 2022
Our host driver Liam was a great source of knowledge and tips! The views were beyond expectations and despite the weather, we always left the bus with smiles ... many stunning photos were taken and it was enjoyed by both of us ! Do yourself the treat and take this tour!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A day trip to Skye - it was such a great day.
vivek_t
, May 2022
Time in highlands and Quirang was amazing. Our guide Stewart was amazing and I would recommend everyone if there is a way to find out if Stewart is leading your tour try to get on that.
star-5
Fantastic tour although somewhat long (but necessary due to the distance involved!)
Claudine_C
, May 2022
Eilean Donan was the highlight for me! I had been looking very forward to seeing it in person and I was not disappointed! But the incredibly beautiful scenery (the lochs and the mountains), the stories, and the Scottish music that Duncan told us and played for us were wonderful and added to my delight/excitement. He wan an excellent tour guide!
star-5
Great experience!
Janice_H
, May 2022
Enjoyed the amazing scenery in Skye and the quaint town we stopped for lunch. Duncan was very knowledgeable and a great tour guide.
star-5
AMAZING experience!
Jewel_S
, May 2022
I did a solo trip to Inverness and this tour is a MUST go especially if you are only here for a couple of days because it covers all the popular landmarks. Gail is such a fun and friendly guide and will definitely keep you entertained with her on-board commentary while you're being driven around to all the wonderful landscapes!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing tour!!
Prema_R
, Apr 2022
We loved this tour! Our guide was extremely considerate and thoughtful. He always asked us whether we wanted to stop for bathrooms or a snack to make sure everyone was doing well. Isle of Skye is also so beautiful and our guide made the best stops! We had a great experience and I can definitely say this is one of the best tours I've ever done.
star-5
Amazing trip!
Lauren_T
, Apr 2022
Such a gorgeous trip! We definitely saw more locations in one day than we could have if we rented a car and drove around on our own. We also learned so much from our tour guide! She shared so much local info, history, and folklore as we drove. This is one of the best trips I've taken!
star-5
Another Beautiful Day in Scotland
Nicole_B
, Apr 2022
Thank you Duncan for a great day to Skye and the Eilean Donan Castle. It was a long day but we had so many stops and things to see that it didn’t feel long at all. We were blessed with a lot of sunshine and beautiful scenery. We finally got to see some Highland Cows up close and fields of red deer. Great day!
star-5
Fabulous guide and awesome beauty spots
Shru_P
, Apr 2022
We enjoyed all the information and local stories shared by our guide Emily. She made the trip special for us with all those lovely myths, local legends and a lot of smiles. Our eight year old son too enjoyed the way she narrated those tales tied up different places that we visited on the day. Thanks that guide like Emily happened to our trip to make it extra special for us.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing day seeing Scotland
Angela_D
, Apr 2022
Had a day FULL of so many sites! The weather was cooperative for most of the day but come prepared in case you encounter changing conditions. Kev our tour guide was excellent and a wealth of info! He told neat stories about the significance of all the sites and things we saw along the drive! This tour was well worth the money!
star-5
Absoloutely stunning day
Ayesha_S
, Apr 2022
Excellent day out and the views throughout was absoloutely stunning. Its a long day but you don't really feel it because of the constant changing landscape. The Quraing view at the end was a highlight. Our tour guide Liam was great too with lots of interesting stories and he helped to make it an enjoyable day.
star-5
Outstanding trip...gorgeous scenery and the time flew by!!
Chris_K
, Apr 2022
Stewart was an outstanding driver and guide. Witty, personable, and knowledgeable....especially about folklore kept us entertained and informed of what to expect. Excellent job, Stewart!!
star-5
A memorable day far from dis world. In da era of warriors and legends. .
omer_s
, Apr 2022
Best Tour Ever... I never thought as ill be able to go and sell all these areas myself.... James was a good driver, a Descent & patient human being... We had so many breaks and too many toilet and coffee breaks... So no botheration or stress.. Any1 can take rabbiess tour as they wish.
star-5
The views are beaaaaut!
Natalie_W
, Apr 2022
James was a lovely tour guide for our trip out to Skye. Super talkative and sounds like a radio jockey tbh (fab for if you decide to nap during the long drive back from the island. We all had a fab time despite the rain. The views are amazing as you’d imagine. Have been on so many tours over in Scotland over the years and I’m thrilled that we managed to get a slot with Rabbies for this one!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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