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. Mainland destinations such as Loch Ness,
Glen Coe, Oban, Gairloch and Ullapool are also available.
1 - Kyle of Lochalsh
The tour starts from Kyle, 11:30am at the train station and 11:45am from our office. Kyle is a busy working harbour with fishing boats, timber ships and fishfarm vessels regularly landing here. Ferries used to depart from here for the Isle of Skye and other destinations.
The Skye ferries were replaced by the Skye bridge in 1995 but we can still head 'over the sea to Skye' - only now we cross over the sea to Skye on what must be one of the most scenic road bridges in the world.
2 - Kyleakin
A small village just over the Skye bridge. Pickup 11:15am
Kyleakin is a historic fishing village with an active harbour. Once home to the Skye ferries. A lovely village with a beach, two busy pubs, three restaurants, two youth hostels and three hotels.
The ruins of Castle Moil can be seen overlooking the harbour, this building dates back a thousand years.
We only pass through Kyleakin on the tour if we are picking people up from there.
3 - Broadford
The first big village you come to on Skye and the second biggest town on the Island. Over looking Broadford bay and the distant applecross hills.
Like many places in Skye, Broadford derives its name from Old Norse. To the Vikings this was Breiðafjorðr - the wide bay. The Gaelic name is of modern derivation and assumes that the "ford" element meant a river crossing.
Broadford was a cattle market until 1812. We sometimes stop here to pickup fellow travellers.
Pickup at about 12:00pm from the Bus stop by the Broadford Post Office.
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 way 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.
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, Britains highest mountain range at 992 metres high (Sgùrr Alasdair).
We stop here for photographs.
7 - Portree
The administrative capital of Skye. There is a lovely scenic harbour, busy with boats all day long.
We stop here for 45 minutes 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!
Pickup in the square at 1:30pm. By the war memorial.
8 - Old Man of Storr
The old man of Storr
A rock pinnacle 165’ or 50mtrs high.
The Storr is a prime example of the Trotternish landslip, the longest such feature in the UK.
The area in front of the cliffs of the Storr 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 - 200’ high. These cliffs have a Kilt like appearace which is quite unique.
From here you get an amazing Cliff top view 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 - Quairaing
More breath taking 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. Spectacular views of the Skye landscape are all around you.
Stop here for photos.
11 - Uig and the Fairy Glen
Uig is the Ferry port that takes you to Harris and North Uist in the outer Hebrides. On a clear day you can see the Outer Islands from here.
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.
A wonderfully unique natural landscape, forming a series of miniature hills and hummocks, a tiny road winds its way between the funny formations. Some people say this land is inhabited by fairies. You have to see it to believe it. More photographs to remember your tour by.