The Isles of Skye and Raasay

4 Days

From £465pp

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  • The iconic Eilean Donan Castle
  • Calum’s Road on Raasay, an inspiring example of human endeavour against the odds
  • The impressive Dunvegan Castle which sits in an idyllic loch side setting
  • The award-winning M i pregnant useum of the Isles
  • Bleak beauty of Glencoe

A place where Medieval castles crown peaceful lochs and jagged mountain peaks punctuate the landscape, Skye is pure drama; its neighbour Raasay is pure charm — join us and get to know them both.

The Isle of Skye takes its name from the old Norse ‘sky-a’, meaning ‘cloud island’. Fitting, when you consider the stirring sight of its mist-wreathed peaks, the more-than occasional mists over sloping moors. We make our way from the sweeping northerly peninsula of Trotternish, whose fantastic vistas we absorb on a scenic circuit, to the bustling port of Portree, Skye’s largest settlement and main town.

If Skye is characterised by its drama, then neighbouring Raasay is surely distinguished by its intimate charm, which we devote a day to discovering. And what better way to do so than by the single-track Calum’s Road? Named for local legend Calum MacLeod who almost single-handedly completed the road in the 1970s, it is a prime example of indomitable island spirit.

Then there’s the iconic castles, wonderful museums, charming towns, ferry rides affording us uninterrupted views of the neighbouring Small Isles...the pleasures of Skye and Raasay really are manyfold — why not come and encounter them for yourself?

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Day 1

We travel to Kyle of Lochalsh, breaking our journey with a visit to Eilean Donan Castle. This must be one of the most photographed castles in Scotland, with its impossibly romantic setting on Loch Duich. The beginnings of Eilean Donan Castle reach back into the early mists of time - evidence of a pictish fort was found in vitrified rock uncovered during excavations, some of which has been kept for visitors to see. We continue to our hotel, where dinner is served in the evening.

Day 2

After breakfast, we take a short ferry crossing from Sconser to the island of Raasay. We begin with a tour to the northern end of the island: highlights include the picturesque ruin of 15th century Brochel Castle, once an impressive structure which was impregnable from the sea. We take the ferry back to Sconser, before stopping in Kyleakin where we are met by a key holder to Eilean Ban, the last home of author and naturalist Gavin Maxwell – is now a museum with many interesting mementoes of his time spent there.

We return to the hotel where dinner will be served this evening.

Day 3

After breakfast, we depart for Dunvegan Castle, the ancient home of the chiefs of the Clan MacLeod. Following our visit here we take a scenic drive around Trotternish, Skye’s most northerly peninsula, which contains within its narrow confines a barren, haunting environment studded with fantastic basaltic formations and ancient settlements. We then spend some time in the island’s chief town and port, Portree. White and colour-washed houses ring the harbour to create the epitome of a Hebridean port. We also visit the Aros Centre, an arts and heritage centre with information, shops and forest walks. 

We return to our hotel for dinner.

Day 4

After breakfast we depart for the Sleat peninsula, the ‘Garden of Skye’, with a gentler, more verdant landscape than the wilder north of the island. We visit Armadale Castle and the Museum of the Isles, set in the heart of a 20,000 acre Highland estate. Afterwards, we take the ferry from Armadale to Mallaig, and enjoy sea air and views of the neighbouring Small Isles of Rum, Eigg and Muck. Travelling through the rugged countryside of Lochaber, we travel past famous landmarks including the viaduct at Glenfinnan. Then, we carry on through bleak Glencoe, arriving back at our original pick-up points this evening.

What's Included

  • 3 nights at the Royal Hotel, Ullapool – dinner, bed & breakfast
  • Visits to Corrieshalloch Gorge and the Falls of Measach, Handa Island, The Summer Isles, and Inverewe Gardens
  • Services of a professional tour manager

Supplements per person

  • Single room supplement: £90.00
  • Insurance: £21.00 (under 65); £42.00 (65–74); £63.00 (75–90)

Rail/air travel and overnight accommodation in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Perth before or after the tour available on request

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Departures

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.                     

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Departure points and times

Depart Return
Dundee
(Outside Discovery point)
0600 2115
Perth
(Canal Street)
0630 2045
Kinross
(Moto Services, M90)
0715 1945
Dunfermline
(Outside Fife College)
0730 1930
Edinburgh
(Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Road)
0815 1915
Glasgow
(Millennium Hotel, George Square)
0930 1800

Please note all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.