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Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness
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Visit Eilean Donan Castle and the spectacular Isle of Skye on a full-day trip from Inverness, and explore an iconic Scottish landscape of wind-swept valleys, rock formations, and coastal cliffs. Travel in a Mercedes mini-coach, following a route through the mountains of Wester Ross on your way to Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye, then visit the island’s highlights with an experienced guide. This full-day tour departs from central Inverness, and it’s the perfect introduction for first-time visitors to the Isle of Skye.
  • Full-day Isle of Skye trip with Eilean Donan Castle
  • Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Explore a historic castle on a tidal island
  • Visit the Isle of Skye's scenic highlights
  • Led by a local guide
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
  • Round-trip transport from a central location in Inverness
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Driver/guide
Small-group tour (16 people max)
Transport by top of the range Mercedes minicoach
Entrance fees (Eilean Donan Castle)
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Inverness Bus Station , Margaret St, Inverness IV1 1LT, UK

Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness, IV1 1LT

8:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet a driver at a central location in Inverness, then board a top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach for the 70-mile (112-km) trip to Eilean Donan Castle. Drive past the famous Loch Ness—home of the legendary monster—and pause for a photo opportunity before arriving at the castle. Enjoy ample time to visit the castle, which dominates a tiny, tidal island at the confluence of three lochs (entrance fees own expense, roughly £7.50).

From Eilean Donan, continue to the Isle of Skye over the Skye Bridge, which commands sweeping views of the Inner Hebrides. Drive into the mountainous heart of the island, then stretch your legs at the harbor town of Portree, where you have a break for lunch.

The afternoon is all about exploring the superb Trotternish Peninsula, visiting a series of the area’s scenic highlights, including The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the Quiraing, a landslide on the eastern side of Meall na Suiramach.

Take the return trip to the mainland, passing the majestic Glen Shiel, Loch Clunie, and the Great Glen along the way. Conclude the tour at the original departure point in Inverness.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Loch Ness
Photo stop to admire Loch Ness!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Eilean Donan Castle
Enjoy this wonderful landmark; one of Scotland's most photographed castle! Please note Eilean Donan Castle is closed to the public on the following dates: 3rd, 5th, 6th, 13th, 19th, 25th November 2021 & 3rd December 2021.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Portree Harbour
Lunch stop and a great opportunity to venture to the harbour.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kilt Rock
Enjoy this unique landscape offering panoramic views of waterfalls and cliffs.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Quiraing
The truly spectacular Quiraing is an icon of Scotland.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Old Man of Storr
Famous for its magnificent scenery and views, the Old Man of Storr is a popular hotspot for hikers and photographers.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Eilean Donan Castle – We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • * Unfortunately, Eilean Donan Castle is closed on certain days in winter. It's 3rd, 5th, 6th, 13th, 19th and 25th of November; 3rd of December; and between 22nd of December and 1st of March.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour departs from the Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for food, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Should I bring my own lunch during the Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There is no need to bring lunch. The group will make a lunch stop where you can purchase a meal suitable to your taste and budget.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skye and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness.

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  • "Bare in mind, this is Skye, so be prepared for mist, wind and rain as well sunny spells." See review
  • "Plenty of stops for breaks to stretch the legs and for photo opportunities." See review

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star-5
Awesome tour, can't say enough good things about this tour! And our tour guide Stuart has the best humor too!
Mun_Y
, Aug 2022
Awesome tour, can't say enough good things about this tour! And our tour guide Stuart has the best humor too! Stuart entertained us all the way during the entire tour & even played his favorite Scottish music! We are a group of 3 and has booked this trip on our day 1 from Inverness and have also booked another trip on our day 2 from Inverness - with the same tour guide which was Stuart, and we couldn't be happier! The tour was insightful & educational, very timely-planned and the Eilean Donan Castle was a great place to visit including multiple scenic stops that Stuart stopped for our photo-taking spree as well as experiencing the scenic landscapes. It was the best weather in the 1st week of Aug for this tour & I extremely enjoyed the entire road trip experience and this 12 hours tour really doesn't feel that long as Stuart has packed humorous jokes with historical knowledge & great Scottish songs into the itinerary, which he pretty much connected with the entire group throughout the journey. I highly recommended this tour without a doubt !
star-5
Fabulous Trip
Debbie_W
, Aug 2022
The tour to Isle of Skye was fabulous. Our guide Jim was very knowledgable and I learnt a lot about the history of Scotland and saw some wonderful views and sites. Would highly recommend Rabbies Tours.
star-1
Viator Great. Rabbies Trail Burners Less Than Great.
Tiffany_S
, Aug 2022
Our pre-scheduled cab arrived 30 minutes late leaving from Ardesier to Inverness. We were in contact with Rabbies Trail Burners Tours several times to inform them we would be no more than 10 minutes late. We were 7 minutes late and the tour bus left without us. Rabbies Trail Burners would not put us on another tour, would not give us a tour credit and would not give us a refund.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
We regret that we are unable to wait for latecomers as we have a designated time slot at the bus station. It is the responsibility of all passengers to get to the departure point in good time. Per our terms and conditions, missed departures are classed as cancellations and are not entitled to refund or credit. We will offer any alternative tours that are available, but they are often fully booked and we're sorry that there was nothing else that we could offer you on this occasion. We really are sorry that you missed out and hope that you are able to claim these expenses from the cab company who were responsible for your delays, or from your travel insurance. If you need any documentation from us to support any claim, please let us know.
star-5
Don’t miss this!!!
Dave_S
, Aug 2022
The scenery was breathtaking! This was the highlight of my 10 day Scotland trip!! HELEN was the best guide we had our entire time. Knowledgeable, exceptional driver in some pretty narrow places, have lots of history and folklore adding so much to the tour! A “must do”!!!
star-5
Wonderful
Martina_T
, Aug 2022
Jim was incredibly smart and energetic. We had a beautiful one day journey with him and with our small group of people
star-5
Fun day
Ralph_N
, Jul 2022
James was a knowledgeable and entertaining guide. Great tour. Strongly recommend for anyone that wants to see.the sights.in comfort.
star-5
Excellent day experience
Michele_S
, Jul 2022
Helen made it a great day with all her stories and delightful music during the trip. it was a big day out but well worth it and Helen looked after us so well with all the comfort stops and useful information especially around getting lunch in Portree etc. I would highly recommend this tour of Skye from Inverness if you are short on time.
star-5
Great Day Tour of Skye
Sandra_L
, Jul 2022
We had a great day in Skye thanks to our fabulous driver and guide, Stewart. Thoughtful stops, stunning views, and excellent recommendations. Comfortable and very clean coach. Knowledgeable, well-paced, and entertaining narration and commentary. If you only have a day to visit Skye, would highly recommend this tour!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great!
Caitlin_D
, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Willie was great and made the entire day so fun. We stopped at some amazing and beautiful spots and got to learn so much about each area.
star-5
Beautiful Misty Skye - in the mist…
Robbie_S
, Jul 2022
Liam was a superb driver and guide, knowledgeable and personable. Although the weather did not cooperate, the tour was excellent!
star-5
Fantastic day!
Anne_W
, Jul 2022
Fantastic tour, our driver/guide was Seana and she was brilliant! We were super impressed with Seana, she gave in depth history of where we were going, she was funny and engaging, she also played great music in the van. The fairy stories were great. It was a long day but between getting off the bus to take pictures and the stories and history it didn’t seem like such a long day. Highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Fabulous trip!!!
Olivia_P
, Jun 2022
Absolutely magical! James our tour guide was fantastic. He is very friendly and knowledgeable. He made the day so enjoyable. The sights to see are unmatched. 10/10 would recommend! Thank you James for your kindness!
star-5
Very enjoyable day tour
Rosario_G
, Jun 2022
We had a nice day tour to Skye and visited some attraction of the area. Very good guide (Kev). We had him again for our 3 days / 2 nights in the Orkney Islands.
star-5
Excellent tour to see Skye
Karen_W
, Jun 2022
One of the best tour guides, Stewart was amazing. He was able to explain all the history of the areas we visited and gave us a real insight into this amazing area. He gave 110% . Obviously the company he works for Rabbies Tours are excellent. The places we visited were breathtaking. A must if you are thinking of seeing this area.
star-5
Great long tour.
J_R
, Jun 2022
We had a very enjoyable trip through beautiful scenery. We saw everything advertised. The coach was comfortable and the guide/driver (Mr. Stewart) was incredible. Thank you, sir.
star-5
Our guide Matthew was...
Renea_B
, Jun 2022
Our guide Matthew was lovely and very knowledgeable. We had perfect weather and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves
star-5
Magical journey.
Roy_P
, May 2022
Duncan was a very cordial and informative guide. The coach was very comfortable. The Isle of Skye is a fascinating place.
star-5
Do this tour
Carol_R
, May 2022
This was a fabulous tour. Kev our guide made it enjoyable despite some rain and wind. The scenery is amazing. Definitely recommend
star-5
Heavenly
Cathy_C
, May 2022
Our host driver Liam was a great source of knowledge and tips! The views were beyond expectations and despite the weather, we always left the bus with smiles ... many stunning photos were taken and it was enjoyed by both of us ! Do yourself the treat and take this tour!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A day trip to Skye - it was such a great day.
vivek_t
, May 2022
Time in highlands and Quirang was amazing. Our guide Stewart was amazing and I would recommend everyone if there is a way to find out if Stewart is leading your tour try to get on that.

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