Inverness, the Northwest Highlands, and Isle of Skye

5 Day Tour from Glasgow

Overview

Lonely Planet has named the far north of Scotland as one of its “Best in Travel” destinations for 2024. Join us on this spectacular 5 day tour from Glasgow and experience the remote, wild ruggedness of the northwest highlands. 

You’ll find deep gorges, waterfalls and the most spectacular mountain scenery in Britain. Take a walk along one of the best beaches on the North Coast 500 route. See the Atlantic salmon attempting to leap the rushing falls of Shin.

The Isle of Skye is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scotland. Known for its fairy folklore, narrow mountain roads, hidden valleys, rocky formations, clear pools, and waterfalls. This is a must see when you visit Scotland.

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Tour Duration
5 Days – 4 Nights

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Day 1

From Glasgow we’ll make our way across to Edinburgh to collect passengers before we cross the Forth Road Bridge. Marvel at one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks, the Forth Rail Bridge. Built in 1890, this impressive bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is still one of the world’s longest cantilever bridges.

Our first stop of the day is in the historic town of Dunkeld, it’s history dating from around 730AD. Following the accession of King William and Queen Mary to the throne in 1689, there were a series of Jacobite risings. After their defeat at the battle of Killiecrankie government forces retreated to Dunkeld. A month later only three houses in the village remained intact after the Jacobites attacked the remaining forces.

Continuing the Jacobite theme we’ll make our way to Ruthven Barracks. This was one of four barracks built in the highlands following the Jacobite rising of 1715. After the battle of Culloden the Jacobites set fire to the barracks and what you see today is how they left it. We’ll have our lunch stop in the Rothiemurchus estate which lies in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

Our final stop of the day will be at the village of Dores on the shores of Loch Ness. This is where legendary Nessie hunter Steve Feltham has been hunting the Loch Ness monster full time since 1991. We’ll have time for a refreshment in the wee cosy pub at Loch Ness before travelling to Inverness for our two night stay there.

Day 2

An hours’ drive after leaving Inverness we arrive at Corrieshalloch Gorge. Glacial meltwater created this stunning gorge. Cross the Victorian suspension bridge and see the Falls of Measach plummet into one of Britain’s most spectacular gorges.

On the north shore of Loch Assynt stands the ruins of Ardvreck Castle. This was the stronghold of the Clan MacLeod of Assynt. A short but enjoyable walk takes you to see the island where the ruins stand.

We’ll head to the small fishing village of Lochinver for lunch. Achmelvich beach is only a 10 minute drive from here. Stunning white sandy beaches with turquoise waters, this is the perfect place for a picnic if there weather is kind.

One of the best places in Scotland to see salmon leaping is at the Falls of Shin. Its a magnificent sight, some salmon make it on their first attempt whilst others have to leap again and again. The best time to spot the salmon is between April and September, although we have seen them as late as the end of October.

Day 3

Words cannot justify the views and scenery we’ll encounter today as we travel to the Isle of Skye. Our first stop will be at the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. From here we’ll travel to the village of Shieldaig, surely one of the most picturesque villages in Scotland.

We’ll take the stunning coastal road to Applecross. This is a slow winding road with magnificent scenery and views across to the isles of Raasay and Skye. You’ll have time for a wander around the village before we take the famous Bealach na Bà (pass of the cattle) road.

This is the most well-known stretch of the North Coast 500 route. The twisting, single-track mountain road is one of the highest roads in the UK rising up to 626m (2,054ft) above sea level. It twists, loops, has hairpin bends and with a gradient of 7.2 percent making this one of Scotland’s most scenic and challenging roads.

Before arriving on the Isle of Skye we’ll visit Eilean Donan Castle. Its possible you may recognise this castle as it adorns many paintings, photographs and calendars of Scotland. The Castle sits on its own little island where three great sea lochs meet. Its also an iconic film location where movies such as Highlander and James Bond’s The World is Not Enough featured.

Day 4

Skye is famous for fairies, beautiful landscapes, fishing villages, and old castles. At the foot of the Black Cuillin mountains lie the fairy pools. This magical place of outstanding beauty with its picturesque waterfalls and crystal clear blue pools is a must see when on Skye. You’ll have the opportunity to take a hike up to the pools.

We’ll have time for lunch and to explore Portee, the capital and largest town on the island. Leaving Portree we’ll head north to the Trotternish Peninsula. On route we’ll visit the fairy glen, a delightful miniature landscape of grassy cone shaped hills with small ponds dotted all around.

The beautiful scenery keeps going, and we’ll see amazing views at the Quiraing with interesting rock formations. We’ll stop at Kilt Rock before we reach the Old Man of Storr, where you’ll be able to take some photos of this famous landmark.

Day 5

We’ll look to leave Skye on the last manually operated turntable ferry in the world. Crossing the Kylerhea straits we often see wildlife such as seals, dolphins and sea eagles. This route takes us over the mountain pass where you can enjoy views over Loch Duich and the five sisters of Kintail.

Our journey will take us through Fort William which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain before stopping in Glencoe. Visit the reconstructed turf house and see what life was like in 17th century Glencoe for the 500-600 strong community that lived here.

Our last stop will be at the village of Luss which sits on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. You’ll have time to enjoy the Queen of all Scotland’s lochs before returning to Glasgow.

Inverness, the Northwest Highlands and Isle of Skye 5 day Tour from Glasgow

Tour Highlights

Day 1
Dunkeld, Ruthven Barracks, Cairngorms National Park, Village of Dores, Loch Ness and Inverness.

Day 2
Corrieshalloch Gorge, Lochinver, Assynt, Ardvreck Castle and the Falls of Shin.

Day 3
Glen Dochart, Beinne Eighe National Nature Reserve, Shieldaig, Torridon, Applecross, Bealach na Ba and Eilean Donan Castle.

Day 4 
The Fairy Pools, The Faerie Glen, The Cuillin Mountains, The Quiraing, Kilt Rock, The Old Man of Storr, and Portree.

Day 5 
Glenelg Ferry, Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail, Glen Shiel, Glencoe and Luss.


Departure & Return

Departs/Returns: Bus Stances 23-32, Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont St, Glasgow, G2 3NW

Tour Check-in 07:00 | Tour Departs 07:15 | Tour Ends 18:00

At the end of the tour you can return to Glasgow or Edinburgh. All you need to do is select your preferred drop off location on the booking form.


Late Arrivals
In the event you are late for any reason in arriving at your departure point and as result miss your tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.


Children
We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.


What’s Included

 Transport in a 16-seat mini coach

 Coach Air Filtration System as standard

 Air Conditioning as standard

 Services of an English-speaking driver-guide

  Accommodation

  Entry to Visitor Attractions

  Meals & Refreshments


What to Bring

In Scotland we can get 4 seasons in 1 day, so we suggest bringing suitable clothing for all conditions, including a waterproof jacket and layers of clothing.

Shoes that are suitable for short walks on uneven paths and rough terrain. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and your camera to capture fantastic memories you’ll make on tour with us!

Most attractions & eating establishments we visit accept card payments, however we recommend bringing some cash with you.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel this tour 15 days or more prior to departure – you will be refunded 90% of the tour price.

Cancellations made less than 15 days prior to departure – no refund will be due.

Cancellations must be made in writing. For further information please refer to our terms and conditions.

FAQs

We stay in Inverness for our 2 nights on the mainland and in the village of Kyleakin for 2 nights on the Isle of Skye (please note during peak season some of our passengers may be allocated accommodation in the villages nearby to Kyleakin such as Broadford or Breakish).

Both locations have some restaurants for evening dining and a shop should you require any necessities.

Yes, we can reserve accommodation on your behalf. There is an option to request your preferred accommodation when booking. You will then receive a confirmation email containing details of your accommodation provider & the exact cost of your stay.

Payment is made directly to the accommodation provider on arrival.

Hostel: We are unable to reserve hostel accommodation but can provide guidance on where passengers may wish to book. There is an option to request information on hostels at the time of booking.

The guide price for accommodation is as follows:

B&B double/twin room: £120.00 – £150.00 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.
B&B single occupancy: £105.00 – £130.00 per room per night

We provide a guide price as each establishment has their own pricing structure. We allocate accommodation on a first come first served basis. An exact cost will therefore be confirmed once you have booked and we can confirm what is available.

You can self-book your own accommodation should you wish to. It must be in the locations where we can pick you up and drop you off while on tour.

At the time of booking you can select the option to receive information on the areas in which you can book. Since Inverness in particular is a city, there are only certain locations where we can pick up & drop off to minimise waiting times for others on board.

We require confirmation of where you’ll be staying as soon as possible prior to travel.

Our luggage allowance is medium suitcase weighing no more than 15kg per person. In addition passengers can bring  a small handbag/laptop bag which can be brought on to the coach. Above all, the overall weight limit of the coach dictates our luggage allowance and therefore can not be altered.

If you require to store luggage while on tour you may choose  to use luggage facilities. You’ll find these in both Glasgow and Edinburgh Train Stations and Edinburgh Bus Station.

Yes while in Inverness and on the Isle of Skye, your driver-guide will drop you off each evening and collect you at an agreed time each morning.

Above all, please ensure you are ready in plenty of time each morning.

For the most part, restaurants, cafes and shops will take card payments. However, in the Scottish Highlands there are still some businesses that do not accept card; particularly in the more rural areas where mobile signals are not very strong. If we reserve your accommodation then they will require cash payment on arrival, and our driver will also take cash payment for any optional extras. Therefore, it is best to bring cash with you.

There are cash machines on route should you require to take out money while on tour.

We do not visit any whisky distilleries on this tour.

Seats are chosen on a first come first serve basis, we are unable to take requests for specific seats. Our mini coaches all have panoramic windows so the beautiful Scottish landscape can always be enjoyed, no matter where you sit.

If you suffer from motion sickness, then you may be affected by the roads in Scotland. They can be twisty and narrow. It’s best to come prepared with a travel sickness preventative, whether that be medicinal, wristbands or another option, to ensure it doesn’t impact your overall enjoyment of the tour.

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