Isle of Skye Trip

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Isle of Skye Trip

An Isle of Skye tour is an essential part of a Scotland tour for many travellers. Because of this, our private Isle of Skye tours from Edinburgh departs regularly. In addition to Edinburgh, clients often choose to depart from Glasgow, Stirling or wherever suits them. 

Plan your visit to Scotland’s Highlands with a private guide. One of the many benefits of a private guided tour is the flexibility on departure points and in planning your itinerary.

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4 Day Isle of Skye Tour from Edinburgh

4 Day Highland Explorer Tour - Isle of Skye & Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh

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3 day Isle of Skye & Loch Ness Tour from Edinburgh

3 day Isle of Skye Tour from Edinburgh - Scottish Highlands & the Isle of Skye

2 day Isle of Skye Tour from Edinburgh

2 Day Isle of Skye Tour from Edinburgh

A popular request from travellers who visit Scotlands Captial.

Duntulm Castle

 In addition to the many points of interest on the Isle of Skye, we highly recommend the north of the island and a stop at Duntulm Castle. Situated on the northernmost peninsula of the Isle of Skye, Duntulm was first fortified in the Iron Age and as such, a unique stop on any highland tours.

Called Dun Dhaibhidh it was used by Nordic raiders as they consolidated their influence around the Western Isles and down the Western Scottish mainland.

The castle was built in either the late fourteenth or early fifteenth centuries and is a great addition to an Isle of Skye trip.

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Duntulm Castle, the Isle of Skye is a unique Scottish Castle.

Most likely constructed by the Macleod clan, it became embroiled in the clan warfare that plagued Scotland.

The Earls of Ross and the Lord of the Isles (Clan Douglas) battled for control of the area, and at Duntulm this turned into friction between Clans Macleod and Macdonald.

The former were the custodians in 1540 when James V visited, but by the early seventeenth century it was held by Macdonalds. The dispute was eventually settled in 1618 with a charter granting it to the Macdonalds provided they made Duntulm their main residence.

Duntulm Castle was abandoned in the 1730s and is a great addition to your highland tour.

Its exposed location soon meant the weather took a hand, and today the castle is unstable; the new tower collapsed into the sea as recently as 1990.

 

Isle of Skye tours from Edinburgh

A visit to Scotlands highlands often includes an Isle of Skye tour.

The spectacular island holds such appeal for sightseeing with epic mountains and coastal scenery.

Twelve of the peaks in the Black Cuillin, Skye’s famous mountain range, are Munros.

A Munro is a mountain over 3000 ft.

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Scotland has 282 magnificent Munros and as such, is a mecca for hikers and mountaineers.

We often call them “hills” as opposed to mountains but make no mistake, mountains they are!

Bagging every Munro is the goal of many mountaineers. As such, the Isle of Skye is a must for any hill gangrel.

The Isle of Skye is the second largest of the Inner Hebrides and one of the most popular to visit for many reasons.

 

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When the Skye Bridge opened in 1995, its tolls were the most expensive in Europe.

A terrible imposition thrust upon the islanders and visitors alike.

After years of protest, the tolls on the Skye bridge and every bridge in Scotland were scrapped.

Power to the people!!

Scottish Guided Tours, Isle of Skye & Loch Ness trip is an epic adventure over 3 days.

Travellers often enquire about our 2 Day Inverness Tour from Edinburgh. However, from central Scotland, 3 days are required.

Duntulm Castle is just one of many possible additions on your Isle of Skye trip.

A full day touring the Isle of Skye and exploring off the beaten path with your private guide is always fun.

Contact us & plan your private tour of Scotland

 

Best Isle of Skye Tour

Skye is the ultimate destination for sightseeing and the islands epic scenery will live long in the memory,

Scotland’s history and the geology and folklore of Skye make it a unique visitor experience.

The local knowledge of your private guide means that the best Isle of Skye tour awaits.

 

Private Guide Scotland

Private tours of Scotland are more popular than ever and besides, can be a great value.

At Scottish Guided Tours you have a private guide. Besides, we offer travel planning and bespoke itineraries.

The best Isle of Skye tour in the company of your family and friends.

 

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 Visiting Scotland’s highlands with private transport and the knowledge of Scottish guided tours is a fantastic journey and as such, one that will live long in the memory.

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Alnwick Castle & Viking Coast Day Tour

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Chesapeak Tourist
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You Won't Regret a Tour with Niall! In the spring of 2018, our party of 3 adults visited Scotland for the first time. We arranged a day-long private tour outside of Edinburgh with Niall McOwen. Before arrival, we exchanged emails about our expectations. Some attractions the three of us asked to see were probably the usual tourist fair for first time visitors, but Niall also took us to places we didn't even know to ask about! Mr. McOwen was considerate, interesting, knowledgeable and truly concerned about the desires of our group. Around mid-day, the restaurant he chose provided us with good food, a bit of shopping and some time for us to get to know each other better. Getting to see this beautiful country through his eyes helped me to understand more of Scotland, its history and its citizens. If we are ever blessed to visit Scotland again, Niall will absolutely be included as part of our trip.
Lori Q
Lori Q
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An Epic Day to Remember! Scottish Guided Tours offers some preplanned itineraries, but their specialty is in working with you to customize a single or multi-day tour to fit your specific needs. We’d been to Scotland in the fall of 2017 and started planning our second trip as soon as we got back. We wanted to go to places a bit off the beaten track this time, so contacted Niall McOwan of Scottish Guided Tours. Niall built on our “must see” request, and suggested some other sites that worked well with our schedule. He picked us up from our hotel, and gave us an absolutely epic day to remember! One highlight was visiting an Old Kirk that is the final resting place of the famous Highlander Rob Roy MacGregor. Just behind the Kirk, we hiked up a trail that took us to a rallying point overlooking Loch Voil. A stone cairn at marked the place where Clan MacLaren would have lit a fiery cross to summon their men to battle. The view from this spot was just breathtaking! Throughout the day, Niall filled us in on the significance, history, and lore related to our stops. In addition to taking us to absolutely stunning viewpoints and ruins, he knew the best places to stop for lunch, coffee, and restrooms. 🙂 Our entire experience with Scottish Guided Tours from planning to the drop off back at our hotel was smooth, professional, friendly, knowledgeable and fun! I can without any hesitation recommend this service to anyone looking for a custom tour in and around Scotland.
Laura M
Laura M
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First guided tour, Don’t often write reviews but felt the need to for our trip. We live in Spain and decided on a little trip back to the motherland,we were not disappointed and our trip was made even better by Niall,his knowledge and passion for his country and what he does is evident,not your bog standard repitive tour guide,there was not one day of our trip that he didn’t have us laughing. Can highly recommend Scottish guided tours,we will return and when we do,we will definitely be booking with Niall.
Kirstie B
Kirstie BEdradour Distillery & Best of Scotland Day Tour
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Best of Scotland & Edradour Distillery Day Tour We spent a really entertaining and informative day with our guide, Niall ( Neal in Gaelic). He took us north to see the three bridges from different eras that span the Firth of Forth. It was fun to see a train go over the old one. Then we were off to Dunkeld, the river Tay, a wee hike in the woods to find a salmon ladder (alas,, no salmon running at that moment), coffee at a charming shop in Dunkeld, a tour at Edradour Distillery, the only remaining hand made single malt whiskey in Scotland, and the smallest to boot. We had a quick look at the village of Pitlocry, and ended the day at Loch Tummel to see The Queen's View. One more coffee stop, and it was back to Edinburg. But the best part of this fine day was the time we spent with Niall, who was a font of information, jovial and witty. As one does, we compared cultures, talked about everything under the sun, and laughed together much of the time. If you are looking for a tour guide with a warm demeanor and a kind and helpful personality, Niall is the best.
Ickles Family
Ickles FamilyPrivate Tour of Scotland
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Best Day Ever!!!! My family and I had the good fortune to have Niall as our personal tour guide for a day during our vacation to Scotland. We found that one day wasn't enough! Niall taught us more about his country in 10 hours than a professor in History could have done in 10 weeks. He was an absolute pleasure to be around. He made sure our day was spectacular from beginning to end. We can't wait to go back and let Niall show us more!
DMarieC
DMarieCExtraordinary & Outstanding
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Extraordinary and outstanding! With all the great tour guides I have hired, Niall stood out. He was with our family from Nov. 21-25. He picked us up at the Edinburgh airport and we started touring immediately. seeing the Kelpies, South Queensferry and the Forth Bridges all in the first afternoon. After that, we spent four more days together while he regaled us with history, legends and fairy stories. He listened and did not interrupt. Niall seemed to know how much to talk and how much to listen. He played the most beautiful Scottish music as we drove. We felt immersed in Scottish history and culture. He even wore his kilt for two of the five days. He went out of his way to accommodate our dietary needs. (It really helped that he is vegan himself.) We traveled through ancient woodlands, burial sites, battlefields, castles, fairy pools and fairy glens, mountain ranges, Outlander, Harry Potter and other film sites. We ended up enjoying him so much that we considered him part of the family and wanted him for the rest of our stay. Finally, we all noticed how kind Niall was with not only us, but with everyone including other drivers, restaurant staff and hotel staff. I only hope that he will be available when we return. We thought that Scotland was magical and that magic was mainly because of him. We would never tour with anyone else. Niall is the very best.
Wendy M
Wendy MPrivate Tours are the best!
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Private tours are the best! Spending a day doing what you want to do is the best tour option! We had been on many small group tours and found them enjoyable, but for the ultimate tour experience, choosing your day exactly how you want is definitely the way to go! Niall, at Scottish Guided Tours, is the man for the job! He picked us up at our hotel, and we spent the day exploring the Trossachs National Park. We visited four lochs (lakes), several historical locations, explored at our own pace and hiked to breathtaking locations that we wouldn't have known about if it weren't for Niall's expertise of the area. You don't need a headset to explain every step of the way when Niall is happy to provide you with history and insight into each location. He is also kind, funny and a great companion for touring around (he knows all the great food stops, too). During our last visit to Scotland, I felt the tour stop locations were a bit crowded, and I wanted to do a little more hiking into the depths of the beautiful forests of Scotland. We hiked to incredible mountain viewpoints, beside streams and along lochs. It was the best! Of course, if hiking isn't your thing, the beauty of Niall's tours is that you can do anything you want - well, with time and distance considered. 🙂 Don't hesitate, contact Niall to discuss 'your' trip. You won't regret it!
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