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Portree: Best of Isle of Skye Full-Day Tour

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Portree: Best of Isle of Skye Full-Day Tour

From US$ 73.83 per person

Explore all the main attractions on the mystical Isle of Skye: the Fairy Pools, Talisker Distillery, Neist Point, Dunvegan Castle, Portree, the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, the Quiraing and finally the Fairy Glen.

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Duration 9 hours
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  • Bathe with the fairies at the Fairy Pools
  • Enjoy a dram of Single Malt Scotch at Talisker Distillery
  • Take in the breathtaking scenery at the Quiraing and spot the Outer Hebrides at Neist Point
  • Fall in love with Dunvegan Castle
  • Take a leisurely stroll in the stunning nature of the Fairy Glen, Kilt Rock, and the Old Man of Storr
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You will start on your journey with a drive to the Fairy Pools in the shadow of the Cuillin Mountains. The pools are located in one of the most dramatic landscapes on Skye. The fairies regularly bathe here, in the crystal clear green pools of the River Brittle. Weather permitting, you can 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 offence. You then move on to Talisker distillery based in Carbost, one of the three whisky distilleries on the Isle of Skye. The whisky is a single malt Scotch, with a very distinctive peaty-smoky taste. You can then go through the visitor center (not on the tour) and if available sample one of the fine whiskys produced here. You now have a choice of either going to Neist Point or being dropped off at Dunvegan Castle, and we will pick you up on the way back from Neist Point. You will travel to the far west of the island to the dramatic Neist Point. This is the best place on the island to spot whales, dolphins and sharks. Here we transport you to the edge of the world, with its beautiful scenery, awesome skies and endless ocean. Take advantage of the opportunity to stop at the magnificent Fairy Glen, the most important meeting place of the fairies on Skye. Wander between countless conical mounds, known in the Highlands as Fairy Knowes, and put your ears to the grass to listen for the fairies at work inside. Bend down to search for elves in the glen's miniature forests. Follow the twisted path to the top of the fairy castle or walk the faun’s maze and have a wish granted! Then enjoy the drive up the Trotternish ridge and marvel at the magnificent views of the Quiraing, a landscape used in many sci-fi films, known for its wonderful rock formations and stunning coastal views. Part of the largest landslip in Europe, this is a place like no other. Finally, arrive at Kilt Rock and the Dinosaur Museum. Then, continue on to the charming Old Man of Storr, a stunning 200 foot tall stone pillar, which has detached itself from the highest point of the ridge, creating a magic landscape of twisted rocks, looming shadows, and swirling mists. Old Man of Storr has featured in many movies including Prometheus, the 2012 sci-fi film directed by Ridley Scott. Come and see for yourself why Skye has been voted by National Geographic as the fourth greatest island visitor experience in the whole world.
  • Small-group tour
  • Local guide
  • Transportation to and from each destination
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 6 years
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Bus Stop, Somerled Square, Portree, Isle of Skye.

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What to bring

  • Hiking shoes
  • Rain gear

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Waterproof clothing is recommended.
  • You will be taking a lunch break and there will always be a cafe or shops for you to buy lunch or just bring a packed lunch. Please bring cash, as some places do not accept cards.
  • A minimum of 4 passengers is needed to run this tour.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 47 reviews

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Overall, the tour was good. However, we were unable to do whiskey tasting because the distillery probably didn't have time. Our driver then said that this would happen on half of the tours. In my opinion, this should have been pointed out in the description. We could not visit the fairypools because the stream to be crossed was already too full. Otherwise it was great. The places we visited were all fantastic and our driver Ann was fun and informative. The day was well filled and we were back in portree around 5pm. I would have liked a little more time for each stop. There was little to really explore, as we often only had half an hour. But there is a tour like that. So all good :-).

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October 7, 2019

Great Day Tour!

Ann is wonderful and full of local lore and knowledge. We learned much about Skye and its people (and animals). This was a great way to see most of the sights on Skye in one whirlwind day (though if you want to spend a lot of time at any location I suggest going again on your own). Though there isn't loads of time at each stop, there is enough time to get out and walkabout and experience it all. The stops were beautiful and we couldn't have asked for better weather in September.

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September 24, 2019

Horrendous weather on the day of the trip, therefore our enjoyment was somewhat hampered, however out guide Anne did her best but we felt that she would rather have been at home!!!! On the plus side our mini coach was comfortable and clean and Anne obviously knew her island facts.

September 22, 2019

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