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From Inverness: 2-Day Isle of Skye and The Fairy Pools Tour

Product ID: 338451
Delight in a 2-day small-group tour from the capital of the Scottish Highlands: Inverness. Head to the west coast and the Isle of Skye with a guide to marvel at Eilean Donan Castle, the Fairy Pools, Neist Point, the Old Man of Storr, Quiraing, and more.
About this activity
Duration: 2 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 10 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes of Skye and Lochalsh
  • Admire Urquhart and Eilean Donan Castles, two of the most photographed castles of Scotland
  • Enjoy a break on the unforgettable Isle of Skye
  • Go swimming in the wild in crystal clear river pools and waterfalls
  • Search for mystical creatures like fairies, elves, and the Loch Ness Monster
Full description
Begin your 2-day tour at the meeting point in Inverness. From there, drive with your guide to your first stop at Loch Ness, the largest loch in the British Isles, and one of the deepest too. Keep an eye out for the world-famous yet elusive monster, and discover one of the most iconic castles in Scotland: Urguhart Castle.

Next, continue via the soaring mountains, sparkling rivers, and wild moorlands of Glien Shiel and the Five Sisters of Kintal to the Isle of Skye. Enjoy the view of the rocky Cuillin Mountains when you arrive on Skye before heading to the Fairy Pools, one of the most dramatic landscapes on the island.

The fairies regularly bathe here, in the crystal clear green pools of the River Brittle. Weather permitting, swim in the pools of the river, one of the UK’s best wild swimming spots. Have fun diving under natural arches and waterfalls, but please do not spy on the fairies, as they can easily take offense.

After enjoying the company of the fairies, move on to Neist Point, the best place on the island to spot whales, dolphins, and sharks. Here, get transported to the edge of the world, with its beautiful scenery, awesome skies, and endless ocean. Your driver-guide will then drop you off at your accommodation (not included in the tour price) for the night.

On the second day, get picked up from your accommodation by your driver-guide and make your way to Fairy Glen. Wander between countless conical mounds, known in the Highlands as fairy knowes; put your ears to the grass and listen for the fairies at work inside. Bend down to search for elves in the glen's miniature forests, take the twisted path to the top of the fairy castle, or walk the faun’s maze and have a wish granted!

Then, head off the beaten track to Rha waterfalls, also known as the hidden waterfalls, and do some more wild swimming. Next up is the Quiraing, a landscape used in many sci-fi films known for its otherworldly rock formations and stunning vistas. From there, move on to the breathtaking Kilt Rock, home to the dinosaurs of Skye’s ancient past. Admire its distinctive pillars and beautiful waterfall with views across to the Torridon Hills on the mainland.

After leaving Kilt Rock, view the Old Man of Storr, a 61-meter (200-foot) stone pillar that has detached itself from the highest point of the 720-meter (2,362-foot) ride. Marvel at a fantastical landscape of twisted rocks, looming shadows, and swirling mists, and take in a stunning clifftop view out to the islands of Rhona, Raasay, and the mountains of Assynt.

Make your last stop on your 2-day tour at Eilean Donan Castle, the stronghold of the Clan MacRae and the headquarters of James Bond in “The World is not Enough,” on your way back to Inverness. The tour concludes at the original meeting point.
Includes
  • Drop-off at the end of the first day and pickup on the second day at your accommodation on Skye, as long as this is between Uig and Portree
  • Knowledgeable tour guide/driver
  • Transportation
What’s Not Included
  • Visitor attraction entrance fees
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation (the local partner can arrange this for you)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet your tour guide/driver at the bus stance next to St Andrew's Cathedral. The address is: Ardross St corner of Kenneth St, Inverness, IV3 5NS. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport
  • Warm clothing
  • Rain gear
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Please note this tour does not include accommodation. When you book, you are more than welcome to ask the local partner to reserve local accommodation for you. Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. An amendment charge will apply.
• Type of accommodation in Uig and Portree and price guidelines: B&B from £80 to £130 per night; Hotel from £140 to £170 per night; Hostels from £22 to £50 per night.
• If you book your own accommodation, please let the local partner know your accommodation provider details. Please ensure your accommodation is in the area of Uig and Portree. Your driver will drop you off and pick you up at your accommodation as long as it is in this area.
• You will check in to your accommodation between 6 PM-7 PM.
• This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility.
• This tour will take place rain or shine.
• You will trek to reach the Fairy Pools.
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Product ID: 338451