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Stone tells stories throughout. The chambered cairns of Caithness and structures of the Western Isles are testament to the skills of prehistoric builders; cragtop castles and broken walls of abandoned crofts tell of the Highlands' turbulent history.

Outdoors is the place to be, whatever the weather; there’s nothing like comparing windburn or mud-ruined boots over a well-deserved dram by the crackling fire of a Highland pub. The landscape lends itself to activity, from woodland strolls to thrilling mountain-bike descents, from sea kayaking to Munro bagging, from beachcombing to birdwatching. Best are the locals, big-hearted and straight-talking; make it your business to get to know them.


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BEST OF THE ISLE OF SKYE TOUR

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandWe start on our 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!Duration: 1 hourStop At: Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandTalisker distillery based in Carbost is one of the three whisky distillery on the Isle of Skye.The whisky is a single malt Scotch, with a very distinctive peaty-smoky taste.We shall go through the visitor centre (not on the tour) and if available sample one of the fine whiskys produced here.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Neist Point, Glendale, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandYou 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.We 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. Come with us and see for yourself why Skye has been voted by National Geographic as the fourth greatest island visitor experience in the whole world!Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandYou 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.Visit the ancient MacLeod clan castle, set in beautiful gardens, and see for yourself the flag from fairyland which is dated between the 4th and 7th centuries A.D.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandThe charming Fairy Glen. This is the most important meeting place of the fairies on Skye. 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!Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Quiraing, Portree, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandWe take the opportunity to drive right up to the Trotternish ridge at the Quiraing, lying in the far North of Skye.The Quiraing is a landscape used in many sci-fi films, known for its wonderful rock formations and stunning coastal views. This is a place like no other, part of the largest landslip in Europe.Come to the cliff edge with us and see it for yourself!Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandKilt Rock with the distinctive pillars and beautiful waterfall with views across to the Torridon hills on the mainland, this weird landscape is used as a film location for many Sci-Fi movies, and is known for it’s amazing rock formations.Home to the dinosaurs of Skye’s ancient past and home to the most traditional people on the Isle of Skye. Only here will you experience stunning vistas, swirling mists and shifting suns around you.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, The Hebrides, ScotlandThe Old Man of Storr is one of the iconic natural features of the dramatic Trotternish Ridge.The ridge is a mighty inland cliff, the longest in the UK, rising to a height of 720m. This amazing landscape should be part of any tour to the island and has made Trotternish the most popular visitor destination on Skye.The Old Man is a 200ft stone pillar, which has detached itself from the highest point of the ridge, creating a fantastical landscape of twisted rocks, looming shadows and swirling mists, film location for among others the Ridley Scott 2012 directed science fiction film Prometheus.Duration: 15 minutes