After spending one day in Inverness, I went on a day tour to the Isle of Skye. The tour was with the company Rabbie’s Tours. I have gone on tours with this company before and I absolutely love them.
We met our tour guide at the bus station in Inverness at 8 o’clock in the morning. It was pouring rain. On Sunday, the weather was amazing, so on the day of the tour, I was just wearing a t-shirt and a denim jacket. Big mistake. I had a scarf with me in my backpack, but that didn’t help much and I was absolutely freezing during the entire tour. (The tour took place on the day of hurricane Ophelia, so there was a lot of wind.)
Our first stop was only a thirty-minute drive from Inverness: Loch Ness. And no, I didn’t see any monsters or dinosaurs or anything else swimming around in the lake. Unfortunately. After Loch Ness, we also stopped at Eilean Donan Castle. Here, we had about an hour so we could go and see the inside of the castle and have some coffee.
As we were driving through the Highlands, our guide told us about the history of Scotland and some old local stories about magic and faeries, which was very interesting. We crossed the bridge to the Isle of Skye around 11.30am and stopped in a nearby village so we could take pictures of the bridge before we continued on to Portree, where we had lunch.
After Portree, we went further north, stopping at the most famous places on the island (the places that make it onto calendars) to take pictures. After seeing the Quirang, we started to head back to Inverness. We stopped at some other places to take some pictures, but by that time it was getting darker and even colder. We arrived back in Inverness around 7.30pm and our guide recommended some places where we could go for dinner to end the day.
I thoroughly recommend going on a Rabbie’s tour in Scotland. Their guides are very knowledgeable about Scottish history and culture and the routes they take are filled with the most iconic sceneries in Scotland. If you have the time (and the money) I would recommend going on a longer tour. I have only ever gone on their 1-day tours where you mostly get to see the famous stuff, but I always regret not being able to see more of the Scottish Highlands. Scotland is one of my favourite countries to visit and that is mostly due to the Highlands.