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Portree: Best of Isle of Skye Full-Day Tour

1. Portree: Best of Isle of Skye Full-Day Tour

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.

From Inverness: Isle of Skye Scenery Tour with Fairy Pools

2. From Inverness: Isle of Skye Scenery Tour with Fairy Pools

Depart from a central meeting point in Inverness, where you will meet your guide and board the mini-bus. First, stop at Eilean Donan Castle and take plenty of photos as you admire the majestic beauty of this iconic sight in its wonderful coastal location. Upon arrival in Portree, make your way to the harbor viewpoint where you can see the pretty pastel-colored houses. Enjoy a short stop here, where you can also purchase a light lunch. Next, stop at a loch-side viewpoint, and discover the unique rock formation of the Old Man of Storr. See the 50-meter high pinnacle that juts out from the Trotternish Ridge and is recognizable from blockbuster films including Ronin 47, Snow White & The Huntsman, Prometheus, and The BFG. Continue to Kilt Rock, an exposed sea cliff that resembles the traditional Highland kilt. Be amazed by the imposing waterfall that cascades 60ft (180m) into the Sound of Raasay below. Visit the Quiraing landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach. On a clear day, see the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish mainland, framed by pinnacles, cliffs, and great buttresses. Enjoy some time for a short hike at this scenic location. Continue to the Fairy Pools, a series of crystal clear waterfalls and pools surrounded by the stunning backdrop of the Cuillin Mountain. Finally, stop for some photos of Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness. Admire the sight of the castle on a distinctive peninsula jutting out onto the mysterious Loch Ness, before heading back to Inverness.

From Inverness: Isle of Skye Full-Day Trip

3. From Inverness: Isle of Skye Full-Day Trip

Depart Inverness and travel via Loch Ness to the Isle of Skye. Loch Ness is the largest Loch by volume in the British Isles, and one of the deepest ones too. Famous worldwide for its elusive monster, it hosts one of the most iconic castles of Scotland: Urquhart Castle. Visit the Fairy Pools. Walk the trail that takes to you to the pools and enjoy a swim with the fairies. After visiting the Fairy Pools, stop at Talisker Single Malt Scotch Distillery based in Carbost. You'll go through the Visitor Centre (not on the tour) and, if available, sample one of the fine whiskeys produced here. Continue your journey of the Isle of Skye, and take in the small village of Portree for an afternoon break. Portree is a small harbour village, and the capital of Skye. Before you travel back to Inverness, you will enjoy sights of the mighty Eilean Donan Castle, which is situated on its own island, and is one of Scotland’s most photographed castles. Continue homeward bound to Inverness, where your tour ends.

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

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

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.

Isle Of Skye And The Fairy Pools: 3-Day Tour from Edinburgh

5. Isle Of Skye And The Fairy Pools: 3-Day Tour from Edinburgh

The first stop on this journey is Stirling, once the Capital of Scotland. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the Castle or to enjoy a leisurely stroll in the Old Town at your own pace. The tour takes you to the Trossachs National Park, where you catch a glimpse of the national mascots: the Highland Cows. The landscape of the Highlands will be showing itself in all its glory from this moment onward: all around you’ll see dramatic valleys, Lochs, mountains, and what’s left of the Caledonian Forest. Your next stops are beautiful Glencoe and Fort William. You’ll spend the night at your chosen accommodation provider in the Isle of Skye and Lochalsh. Begin the next day with a walk to the Fairy Pools, where, if the weather allows, you will have the option to dive with the Fairies. Then go to Talisker Distillery based in Carbost, producing a lovely Peated Single Malt Scotch. Here you can enjoy a nose around the Visitor Centre and a dram or 2 if so you fancy. At this point of the journey, you have a choice of either going to Neist Point or being dropped off at Dunvegan Castle. After Neist Point it's time to visit the charming Fairy Glen. Folklore says that this is the most important meeting place of the fairies on Skye. Wander between countless conical mounds, known in the Highlands as fairy knowes. The tour retakes from here, with a drive right up to The Quiraing, a place like no other, part of the largest landslip in Europe. Finally it's time to see Kilt Rock that will take your breath away with its distinctive pillars and beautiful waterfall with views across to the Torridon Hills on the mainland. Last on this memorable journey is the view of Old Man of Storr, probably the most iconic natural feature of the Isle of Skye and Portree. The first visit of the third day is the mighty Eilean Donan Castle, without any doubt, the most photographed castle in Scotland. The tour goes on to the famous Loch Ness. At Loch Ness you’ll have the opportunity to get your binoculars out of your rucksack and try to spot Nessie from the Loch’s banks, or hop on a boat for a scenic wee cruise. Continue to Pitlochry, in the heart of the Perthshire. This exciting 3-day tour ends in Edinburgh where it started.

From Edinburgh: Private Tour of the Highlands & Isle of Skye

6. From Edinburgh: Private Tour of the Highlands & Isle of Skye

Enjoy this private tour with your family, friends, or alone, accompanied by a personal guide. Travel around Scotland’s castles, highlands, and the Island of Skye in the comfort of an automobile. Sip Scotland’s famed whiskey at the Talisker Distillery and discover Loch Ness and its famed Nessie. After departing Edinburgh, take in the unique beauty of highland wildlife and the majestic village of Glencoe. This leg of the trip passes by Stirling and Doune Castles and has plenty of spots for photos and short walks. Enjoy your first night in the coastal city of Oban, Scotland's seafood capital. On the second day, stop by Loch Morar and go to the Island of Skye and spend the night in Portree. Relax and enjoy a dram of whisky in the oldest working distillery on the island: Talisker Distillery. Explore picturesque outdoors sites such as the Fairy Pools, Quiraing, and the Old Man of Storr. On the third day, make your way to the capital of the Highlands: Inverness. Take advantage of this opportunity to visit Eilean Donan and Urquhart Castles and the famous Loch Ness. The route around Inverness is blessed with a number of lakes and glens and has featured in a number of movies. On the final day, make your way back to Edinburgh, traveling across some national parks and stopping at scenic waterfalls. There are plenty of shops to buy authentic Scottish souvenirs and take home a memento with you. PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT WE ARE BILINGUALS BUT WE DO NOT HAVE AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF GUIDES/DRIVERS WHO SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE UNFORTUNATELY : (. SO WHEN BOOKING YOUR TOUR PLEASE MAKE A REQUEST REGARDING IF WE HAVE AVAILABLE GUIDES IN YOUR LANGUAGE. IF WE CONFIRM THAT YOUR GUIDE WILL SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE, THEN YOU WILL HAVE A GUIDE WHO SPEAKS YOUR LANGUAGE. WE WILL TRY OUR BEST! CHEERS, THANKS SO MUCH!!!

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What people are saying about The Fairy Pools

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 532 reviews

The two business owners, Kay and Gordon, are an absolutely lovely pair. They were so kind and warm to accommodate me despite *me* being at fault having made a mistake in my booking, and did their best to be flexible with me. Our tour guide was wonderful - he was entertaining, informative, and fun… and finally, the tour itself is beautiful and full considering the short aunt of time. If you’re trying to get a great snapshot of Skye in a short period, and support a wonderful family owned company, don’t hesitate to book with this company ❤️ Thank you again to the truly great team! I look forward to reaching out next time I’m in town. Best xx Nicole Khal

I had a lovely time on this excursion. I was traveling alone, so this was perfect to find a community for the day, learn about the Isle of Skye and Scotland from a knowledgeable and funny tour guide, and go on guided group hikes without the fears that I would have had if I had attempted a hike on my own (as an inexperienced hiker and solo female traveler). Rob was the best guide!

It was great! Shelby had the greatest stories and made everything fun. We had awful weather but all the places were beautiful anyways. I completely recommend to take this tour :)

Great tour, a lot to see in one day, sometimes you would like a little more time, but that's not the point of the tour here. You would have to book a longer tour for that.

The tour was incredible. Our tour guide/storyteller Gordon brought Scotland to life. Mesmerizing.