Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness

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Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness
from USD $117.24
Enjoy a day trip exploring Isle of Skye in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus that seats up to 8 people. Relax as your professional, Scottish, kilted tour guide takes you on a journey through Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Old Man of Storr and much more. Eat a 1-hour lunch in Portree (own expense). Take home precious memories on this small-group tour that is limited to 8 people for a more personalized experience.
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In Brief

Highland Council, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
11 hours
Small-group tour
Led by a local guide
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Happy Tours, 7 Ness Walk Front of the Columba Hotel, Inverness IV3 5NF Scotland

Meet and Greet in front of the Columba Hotel for departure of all our tours

Meet at 8:20am for 8:30am departure

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Caledonian Canal, Inverness Scotland

See the first government funded iniative in the Brisitsh Isles overseen by the brilliant Scottish Engineer Thomas Telford

Stop At: Loch Ness, Scotland

Take a photo of the world famous Loch and look out for it's most famous resident Nessie. Can you capture a picture that will make the local and world news?

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Drumnadrochit VisitScotland Information Centre, The Car Park, Drumnadrochit IV63 6T Scotland

Can you spot Nessie in the grounds or can you see the Yellow Submarine?

Stop At: Urquhart Castle, A82 Road, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ Scotland

Enjoy a spectacular view of the ruined Castle and hear it's history brought to life by our guide

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Loch Cluanie, Invergarry Scotland

Travel along this reservior damned during the Hydro Scheme production in 1957

Stop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8DX, UK

Stop and explore one of the most photographed castles in the world. Built in the 13th century this was used as a film location for Highlander.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Skye Bridge, A87 Scotland

Travel over this bridge opened in 1995 and find yourself on the beautiful Isle of Skye

Stop At: Portree VisitScotland iCentre, Bayfield House Bayfield Road, Portree IV51 9EL Scotland

This is our lunch time stop where you have an hour free to choose a cafe or hotel to eat at, or to have a wander through the small streets seeing the 18th century architecture

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Quiraing Viewfield Road, Portree IV51 9ES Scotland

Have a short walk and take in the spectacluar view across the Torridon Hills to the mainland. Find out about "the table" "the needle2 and "the prison". There are photo opportunities galore here

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Kilt Rock, Scotland

Marvel at the pillars of Kilt Rock formed by volcanic activity. Enjoy the views of Torridon, Gailoch and the Island of Rona

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: The Old Man of Storr, Scotland

See the massive pinnacle of rock formed by the volcanic activity and ancient landslips in the north of the island. Will you see a rainbow at the falls? View the hills of Torridon, Gairloch and Island of Rona

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hectors Bothy, Station Rd, Kyle of Lochalsh, Kyle IV40 8AE, UK

A final stop at the small bothy coffee shop for a quick refreshment before travelling back to Inverness

Duration: 30 minutes


  • Bottled water
  • Professional driver
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned bus


  • Gratuities
  • Lunch (own expense)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entrance to Urquhart Castle
  • Entrance to Eilean Donan Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

7 Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NF, UK

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Operates in all weather conditions, dress comfortably
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult (ages 6-17)
  • Due to the duration of this tour, not recommended for children under 6 years of age
  • Slightly uneven terrain, which is approximately 1 kilometer in total and will be over several tour stops. The longest walk is 300 meters
  • Not wheelchair accessible; some locations are not wheelchair accessible
  • Booster seats are available upon request
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

Once booked, this trip is fully non-refundable

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

The weather was totally uncooperative during our Isle of Sky tour, but Drew, our tour guide, was fantastic. He was so welcoming and shared interesting tales of the places we went to as well as stories of local life in the Highlands. He really made the tour special and I will definitely use Happy Tours again. I cannot wait to see this area in the warmer months.
• Submitted 01 Jan 2020
Tony our guide was funny and he had a lot of knowledge. The weather was sunny and he was there to make the day even more.
• Submitted 29 Oct 2019
The tour was unbelievable! Hands down the best in Scotland and probably the best I've ever been. Bryan was simply amazing: very considerate of everything, very careful with each detail. Great sense of humor and a wealth of information. I normally don't write reviews! Bryan was simply that good. Not to speak of the scenery which is simply amazing.
• Submitted 05 Sep 2019
Wow! What a fantastic tour!! Our tour guide, Bryan, was THE BEST. We learned that his family has been living and working in the Inverness and surrounding area for generations. So he knew ALL the best stops. And his side stories were the highlight of our vacation! We highly recommend Happy Tours for the small group experience, the guide's attention to details and safety, and the FUN.
• Submitted 27 Aug 2019
We are a group of 6 and had a very enjoyable trip to Isle of Skye. Thank you to Brian, our tour was very informative and fun at the same time. He was very helpful all throughout the tour and made sure we are all comfortable. He even shared local snacks and a whiskey with us! Cheers!
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
A day we will remember all our life! Tony, our guide, gave us so many explanations and tips and he’s an historian at heart! What more could we ask? Being with someone who knows and likes his country so much is a definite Plus to any tour. I highly recommend this tour! Thank you so much Tony for having made this tour one of our most beautiful memory of our stay in your country! Dany Lafrance 😊
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
We had terrible weather conditions for our day tour of the Isle of Skye, but Bryan was an awesome guide and did his best to keep our spirits up! He provided many options for things we could do if we decided not to try to see the sights based on the weather. He was also a safe driver and kind person.
• Submitted 25 Jul 2019
Bryan, our guide, was excellent. We saw far more than expected and had a wonderful day. Would definitely recommend this tour.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We very much enjoyed the Isle if Skye tour. It was a small group. The guide - Mike - was knowledgeable, funny and made the tour a success. Highly recommended
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
our guide and driver Bryan was really nice, very friendly, He explained everything really well, even some stuff that wasn't included in the trip. We highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
A full of experiences day tour with a very knowledgable guide, Bryan, who took us through the history of rhe places we visited and took the best pictures. Being in a small group certainly worth the additional cost.
• Submitted 26 Apr 2019
The tour is very well done and John was an amazing tour guide, full of information and humour. Will defiantly use happy tours again in the future.
• Submitted 26 Dec 2018
Tour was great with John. He is local and has good knowledge of history. Highly recommended this tour
• Submitted 06 Dec 2018
This was SO fantastic! It might have been the highlight of our trip to Scotland. The places we visited were absolutely stunning. Due to the small size of the tour we were able to actually see the places we visited and interact with our guide. Speaking of, our guide, Bryan, was great! Extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. I highly recommend this tour if you want a stress free way of seeing the highlands
• Submitted 25 Oct 2018
I am not a fan of big bus tours, so this 10 hour small tour was perfect. Our driver Bryon was knowledgeable and took us to places I would never have been able to find on our own, even though we were driving and exploring the rest of Scotland. Bryon tried to back track a few times as the weather cleared to make certain we were able to get the best views. Im not sure I believe Bryons Grandfather saw Nessie but we enjoyed his stories and commentary! At one stop he provided whiskey and homemade shortbread made by his wife which was a nice treat. Will use aviator again when making travel plans.
• Submitted 26 Sep 2018
Gordon was awesome! He was extremely knowledgeable, well-traveled, fully kilted, an amazing "vibrant" driver (always aware of making the best use of our time!), and truly loves the area he is showing you. We wondered how a long bus trip would fare with young people, but he made every mile an adventure. We didn't stay long at each place, but plenty long enough for photos and stretching our legs. The scenery is absolutely stunning, and he took us places that not everyone gets to go. He saved the best for last with the Faerie Glens! Though rainy and muddy (i.e., slippery!), we made it through every stop and enjoyed every single chilly second. The real test was at the end of our trip I asked my young adult children what was their best memory of Scotland and they said "The Isle of Skye trip" at the same time. We have photos and memories and much admiration for Gordon and his tour. We would do it all again if we're ever privileged to come back. Well worth every penny spent. The only tip I could give for improvement is to stock hot drinks on the bus or provide time to get some at the shops and cafe caravans (and not sacrifice toilet breaks or photo shoots to get it!).
• Submitted 17 Sep 2018
Gordon driver/guide was lively and full of stories and interesting information. It was a long day - 11 hours - but well worth it. We managed to see a lot as we dodged the showers here and there. I think we could have spent a bit less time around LochNess on the way up to Skye I also think the stop at Eilean Donan Castle was a waste of time. Given the sights that lie ahead in Skye I would expedite things early on in the tour so you could have maximum time in Skye. The stop at the Fairy Glen was interesting.. maybe a bit oversold but still interesting. Lots of other places like Kilt Rock offer impressive views and scenery. When we returned to Inverness I was pooped out but I thoroughly enjoyed the day and would highly recommend it. With that I offer two comments for consideration: guests that are not punctual in returning to the bus should be warned the first time and left the second waiting for people is not fair to those that are on time. Also I would suggest installing wifi in the vans for guests I know we are on vacation but sometimes a connection is useful.
• Submitted 28 Aug 2018
My niece and I took this tour on a recent trip to Inverness and I have to say that it was absolutely amazing. Our tour guide Bryan was incredible, sharing his local knowledge and providing great information on all the places we visited. I have taken many tours while traveling around the world and have to rate this one at the top because of the areas visited and Bryan. This was a small tour with only 8 people, which added to the pleasure of the tour because everyone complied with instructions and we were able to see everything on the agenda. We made a few stops along the way for comfort breaks and had a great lunch in Portree. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting the Scottish Highlands.
• Submitted 12 Aug 2018
Had a wonderful time. Every bit was full of entertainment. Gordon is the best guide. He did a great job. Very convenient comfortable trip . He covered all the main areas with very interesting tales. Perfect!!
• Submitted 01 Aug 2018
Enjoyed all the stops included. Bill was a great guide. He made sure everyone had a chance to see from the vehicle by switching seats now and then.
• Submitted 16 Jul 2018
Absolutely wonderful day. Stunning views, great variety of sights and topics and a knowledgeable and fun driver. Thank you!
• Submitted 16 Jul 2018
This was a birthday gift for my two best friends. The stops were so amazing that we all want to come back and spend a week there! Our guide, Gordon, was amazingly well inforand delightfully entertaining. He was very considerate of our needs. We could not believe how well we were taken care of, not to mention being blown away by the sites! Don’t miss tgis tour!!!
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
Had a great guide Bryan and a fantastic day seeing some truly spectacular views.
• Submitted 05 Jul 2018
Our tour guide Jim was delightful and full of facts, history and information about the places we visited and Scotland in general. the scenery was spectacular. This was a really fun trip!
• Submitted 04 Apr 2018

In Brief

Highland Council, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
11 hours
Small-group tour
Led by a local guide
Comprehensive tour by bus/coach