Isle of Skye and Talisker Distillery Tour – Itinerary
The Isle of Skye and Talisker Distillery Tour begins with a photostop on Loch Ness side with Urquhart Castle. The first major stop is Eilean Donan Castle. Then, crossing the Skye Bridge we travel to either the Fairy Pools or Portree, pretty island capital. In the afternoon we enjoy a tour of Talisker Distillery, before returning to Inverness.
Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle make a great stop because you can capture two icons in one photo. One of the great castles of Scotland, Urquhart was first held by Pictish tribal chiefs, later becoming a mighty royal castle, and finally a Clan Grant stronghold. It saw 1,000 years of continuous occupation before its fall, in 1692. It overlooks the dark waters of Loch Ness – the largest lake in the country. This is more than enough water to hide its most famous inhabitant – Nessie!
The Five Sisters of Kintail
The mountains known as the Five Sisters of Kintail are very popular with photographers and hikers due to their five jagged peaks. The Battle of Glen Shiel was fought between Jacobites and redcoats on the lower slopes in 1719. Legends and tales abound in the Kintail area.
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle is called the “most romantic castle in the Highlands” due to the number of weddings it hosts. A Clan Macrae stronghold, it has a great exhibition, shop and café and has been in movies like Highlander, James Bond and Made of Honor. It is a favourite with photographers, and as a result appears on many postcards and calendar pictures.
Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides. The breathtaking scenery surrounding you is the perfect setting for its rich body of myth and legend. The island capital, Portree, is a pretty town, enhanced by a picturesque harbour. Skye has featured in many TV shows and films in both Hollywood and Bollywood, and plenty homegrown productions too.
The Fairy Pools are a series of crystal clear waterfalls and beautifully blue pools. A visit of around 90 minutes is about right for photos, but if wild swimming is your goal then you would need to add the extra time.
Portree, (meaning the King’s harbour) is the capital of the Isle of Skye. It has attracted an interesting range of people over the centuries – including Bonnie Prince Charlie, Turner, Tennyson and R. L. Stevenson. It is a very pretty town, offering a great range of shops and eating places, and with many coloured houses along its harbour side.
Talisker Distillery oldest working distillery on Skye, was established by the MacAskills in 1830. It enjoys a coastal location amidst stunning island scenery and as a result the winter storms give the maturing whisky a hint of sea salt. The whisky itself has been described as a medium-peated sweet, full-bodied single malt There are three different tours & tastings available, so you can discuss with your guide which to book.
The return is by a different route and the leisurely drive back to Inverness takes in lonely Achnasheen, the Black Isle and views of both the Beauly Firth and the Moray Firth.
Isle of Skye and Talisker Distillery Tour – Price
£650 plus distillery entry fees.
Isle of Skye and Talisker Distillery Tour – Departure
The tour can depart from your Inverness accommodation, or from any transport hub you prefer, such as bus station, train station or airport. You tell us, and we’ll be there.