Skye and Trotternish Peninsula Tour – Itinerary
The Isle of Skye and Trotternish Peninsula Tour from Inverness 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 Portree, pretty island capital. In the afternoon we enjoy the many scenic wonders of the Trotternish Peninsula.
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.
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, popular with our visitors because it has a great range of shops and eating places, and has many brightly coloured houses along its harbour side.
The Trotternish Peninsula
The Trotternish Peninsula is rich in mountain and coastal scenery. As we travel around it you will see the fantastic rock pinnacles at the Old Man of Storr, Lealt – the largest waterfall on Skye, Kilt Rock, the Quiraing, and depending on time, perhaps either the Fairy Glen at Uig, or the Museum of Island Life and Flora MacDonald’s grave.
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 Trotternish Peninsula Tour – Price
Isle of Skye and Trotternish Peninsula 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.