Here is a list of some of the places we pass through on our standard 5 hour tour. For Private tours we can include Dunvegan Castle, Neist Point, Talisker Distillery, Fairy Rock Pools and anywhere you wish to go on Skye, plus mainland destinations such as Eilean Donan Castle and Loch Ness,
1 - Kyle of Lochalsh
The tour starts at 11:30 from Kyle train station. The town of Kyle contains a busy working harbour with MOD vessels, fishing boats, timber ships and fish-farm vessels regularly moored here.
A Calmac Ferry to the Isle of Skye used to depart from the slipway next to the Kyle of Lochalsh Hotel but it was discontinued when the Skye bridge opened in 1995.
We still head 'over the sea to Skye' - only now we reach the Misty Isle via what must be one of the most graceful road bridges in the world, with a wonderful 360 degree panoramic view of the Kyle of Lochalsh and Skye.
2 - Kyleakin
Kyleakin is a historic fishing village just over the Skye bridge with an active harbour. Once a busy ferry port it is now a lovely, peaceful village with a beach, two busy pubs, a restaurant, two youth hostels and a hotel.
The ruins of Castle Moil - which date back a thousand years - can be seen overlooking the harbour.
Pick up here is at 11:40 from the bus stop opposite the Casle Moil restaurant.
(Note: We only pass through Kyleakin on the tour if we are picking people up from there.)
3 - Broadford
The first big settlement you come to on Skye and the second largest town on the Island. It overlooks Broadford Bay and the distant Applecross hills.
Like many places on Skye, Broadford derives its name from Old Norse. To the Vikings this was Breiðafjorðr - the "wide bay". The Gaelic name is a modern derivation and "ford" here means a river crossing.
Broadford was a cattle market until 1812.
Pick up is at 11:50 from Broaford Bus stop.
4 - Small Crofting Villages
A crofting village just outside Broadford, Here it is possible to see the individual crofts (small farms) marked out by the fence lines. The fenced areas contain the better ground for crops or holding animals. The rough hill ground outside the fenced areas is shared or common grazing.
Another crofting township nestled beside Loch Ainort on the road North. Look out for the traditional thatched crofters' cottage on the right-hand side of the road.
From this small village it is possible to catch a ferry to the wonderful Island of Raasay which offers fantastic walks and now has its own whisky distillery.
5 - Raasay
Raasay means "Isle of the Roe Deer". Raasay is the biggest Island off the Skye coast.
Home to the Raasay Outdoor Centre
6 - Sligachan & the Cuillins
The climbers' base for the Cuillin mountains - the highest mountain range in Britain, with the tallest peak, Sgùrr Alasdair, at 992 metres.
We stop here for photographs.
7 - Portree
The largest settlement on the island and the administrative capital of Skye. There is a lovely scenic harbour here which is busy with boats all day long.
We stop here for a short while allowing you time to explore the shops and harbour and grab something to eat before we continue on our journey North. Public toilets are available here, too.
Pick-up in Somerled Square is at 13:15, by the war memorial.
8 - Old Man of Storr
The old man of Storr is a rock pinnacle 165’ or 50mtrs high.
The Storr is a prime example of the Trotternish landslip, the longest such feature in the United Kingdom.
The area in front of the Storr cliffs is known as the Sanctuary. This has a number of weirdly-shaped rock pinnacles, which are the remnants of ancient landslips. This unique landscape has been used as a location for several films including the sci-fi film ‘Prometheus’.
We stop here for more photographs to remind you of this incredible landscape.
9 - Kilt Rock
The Kilt Rocks are some 200’ high. These cliffs have a Kilt-like appearance - hence the name.
From here you get amazing cliff-top views of the Mealt Falls and across the sea to mainland Scotland.
We can sometimes see whales and dolphins in the water below.
We stop here at the view point for more photographs
10 - Quiraing
More breathtaking scenery and amazing rock formations.
The Quiraing is a spectacular series of rock pinnacles on the eastern side of the main spine of the Trotternish peninsula.
The road here is single track and winds its way up through the mountain pass with truly spectacular views of the Skye landscape all around you.
11 - Uig & Fairy Glen
Uig is the Ferry port that takes you to Harris and North Uist in the outer Hebrides. The views from here are spectacular. On a clear day you can see the Outer Hebrides.
The name Uig has Viking origins, like so many names on Skye, and means a bay or inlet.
There are public toilets here should anyone need a break.
The Fairy Glen is a wonderfully unique natural landscape, forming a series of miniature hills and hummocks with a tiny loch - looking like Skye in miniature. Some people say this land is inhabited by fairies. You have to see it to believe it.