Wanting to visit the Isle of Skye or the ‘Harry Potter’ Bridge but lazy to hike or feeling unfamiliar to self-drive on a bumpy road of Scottish Highlands?
That’s what I thought prior to my visit to the Scottish Highlands in August, and proceed to book some day-tours beforehand. I went to Isle of Skye Day-Trip with WOW Scotland Tours and Glenfinnan Viaduct (Harry Potter Bridge) Day-Trip with Happy Tours.
First up, let’s start off with my experience with WOW Scotland Tours. WOW Scotland Tours is one of the top tour companies in the Scottish Highlands. With tours starting from Inverness, Invergordon, and Greenock, they are rated 5 stars by Visit Scotland. Visit their website here. And honestly, the Isle of Skye is a spectacular, beautiful place to visit, and I shall try to let the photos do most of the talking here!
The meeting point for the Isle of Skye Tour is at Inverness Bus Station (just 5 minutes walk from Inverness Train Station) @ 8:30am. The luxury mini-coach (with USB & Wi-Fi onboard) will then bring us on a 12-hours action-packed day tour around the Isle of Skye.
The coach zoomed off from Inverness and we arrived shortly at our first toilet-stop @ Achnasheen Railway Station. This railway station was opened since 1870 to serve the town of Achnasheen. We were able to catch a rainbow when we’re there too!
Next, we headed further west into the highlands and arrived at our next photo stop – Loch Carron. This is the first place where we got a glimpse of the Isle of Skye!
After 30 minutes, we finally see the Skye Bridge in front of us. And once across it, we’ve finally reached Skye! We were then given a short toilet/photo break at the town of Kyleakin, where you could see the Skye Bridge standing right in front of your eyes.
Next stop was one of my favorites – The Black Cullin Mountains, where we were given a guided hike to somewhere less-known for its stunning views. (it’s really stunning, no kidding!)
We headed deeper into Skye and arrived at our next photo stop at the Old Man of Storr. It’s literally the headline for the Isle of Skye, everybody comes to the Isle of Skye would need to witness this amazing 50m high pinnacle jutting out from the ridge. The Old Man of Storr was also featured in the movie – The BFG!
The next stop for our day-trip was Kilt Rock, an exposed sea cliff. This spectacular waterfall sure took my breath away! It’s something I’ve never seen before, and it’s just so beautiful! There is also a Dino Museum where you will be able to witness one or two dinosaur footprints that are being displayed. (real or fake, I’m not sure too!)
We had another opportunity for a short hike to our next stop, The Quiraing. The Quiraing is a series of landslides that have combined to create high cliffs, hidden plateaus, buttresses, and rock pinnacles. The views are stunning when we’re there, it’s really jaw-dropping!
We headed southward to the town of Portree. This is the largest town in Skye and is a beautiful peaceful place to explore. Do head up to the Harbour Viewpoint to witness the quirky pastel-colored houses over the water.
All things have to come to an end, we then left the Isle of Skye and headed to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. It’s one of the most popular castles in the world, where we got the chance to visit 2 different viewpoints of the castle. And also have the chance to cross the bridge over to the castle itself!
Towards the end of the day-trip, we were brought to a view-point to have an awesome view of Urquhart Castle, before having a surprise trip to meet some highland cattle on our way back to Inverness.
Our journey ended in Inverness Bus Station at approximately 8:30pm. I have to say this 12 hours day-trip is the most eye-opening, jaw-dropping, amazing day-trip I’ve ever been to! I definitely recommend WOW Scotland Tours to you guys if you’re looking for a quick one-day tour around to the Isle of Skye!