3 Day 'Over the Sea to Skye' Coach Tour from Glasgow
Lochs and Glens
Our journey starts with views of Stirling and its Majestic Castle, which stands guard over the surrounding countryside. We follow the old cattle drovers route to Doune, famed for its historic Castle and for exquisitely designed pistols that were once produced here. A drive through the Pass of Leny will take us into the Highlands to reach the bonnie villages of Strathyre and Lochearnhead before our coach climbs through Glen Ogle to reach Tyndrum, where we'll make a stop.
Now we are heading across Scotland and heading for the west coast. Glen Shiel is home to the "Five Sisters", a range of five mountains of which 4 are over 3,000 feet high. Soon picturesque Eilean Donan Castle will come into view. This is, without doubt, one of Scotland's most iconic sights. The castle stands on a little island situated at the confluence of Loch's Alsh and Duich. We'll have time to discover the castle for ourselves during our stop here.
Finally we travel "over the sea to Skye" by the modern road bridge and make for nearby Kyleakin, our home for tonight.
Overnight: Kyleakin (Isle of Skye)
Magical Isles and Kilt Rocks
Set round its natural harbour the picturesque town of Portree is the island's largest community. The name of the town means the "King's Port" following a visit by King James V in 1540. Today the pretty painted houses which surround the harbour give Portree an old fashioned appeal. During our stop there will be time to explore the town and browse the interesting shops that surround Sumerled Square.
The next part of our excursion is to the famed Trotternish Peninsula. From Portree we travel northwards to the little port of Uig from where ferries sail to the Outer Herbrides. At little Kilmuir there is a monument to Flora MacDonald who, famously, assisted Bonnie Prince Charlie escape from the troops that were hunting him by sailing him "over the sea to Skye" disguised as her maid.
We'll stop to explore The Quiraing, a dramatic terrain formed by a massive landslide. Here you can walk through a landscape that dates from Jurassic times and as you do see if you can identify the rock formations whose descriptions are the "Needle", "Table" and "Prison". A short drive brings us to Kilt Rock, so named because the basalt columns of this rock fall to resemble the pleats of a kilt - it's well worth the effort to snap an "I was there" photograph!
Overnight: Drumnadrochit (Loch Ness)
Monsters and Queens
We follow the banks of the loch to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands. On the outskirts of this fast growing city lies notorious Culloden Moor. It was here in 1746 that Bonnie Prince Charlie's dreams of capturing the Crown for the Stuart dynasty came to a bloody end. His Jacobite army was routed by the Government troops under the command of the Duke of Cumberland. The aftermath was particularly brutal such that it changed life in the Highlands forever.
We'll stop in the Victorian tourist town of Pitlochry, which sits on the banks of the River Tummel. Queen Victoria stayed at nearby Blair Castle and enjoyed visiting Pitlochry very much. Her favourable comments ensured a steady flow of visitors who came to this charming town to see what pleased the Queen so much. Today Pitlochry retains much of its period atmosphere, as we will discover!
The tour runs on Saturdays (Except 24 and 31 December), Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the year, plus Fridays from April to October.
Check-in: 09:30hrs Departure 09:45hrs
VisitScotland Visitor Information Centre
11 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1DY
Returns at 18:00 hrs (day 3)
- two nights accommodation in rooms with private facilities; (there's a choice of either guesthouse or hotel accommodation)
- full Scottish breakfast;
- transportation by air-conditioned minicoach;
- services of a tour host;
- service charges and taxes.
What's NOT included
- Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your tour host
3 Day Over the Sea to Skye Coach Tour Rates
|Ticket (Per Person )|
|Saturdays (Except 24 and 31 December), Mondays and Wednesdays all year, plus Fridays April to October
- Prices are quoted per person per tour
- Customers must provide a valid credit or debit card number.
- Limited availability : advanced booking required.
- Any booking is subject to our Booking Terms.
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