The Isle of Skye
This can be included in a several day tour of Western Scotland. You can drive the south road to Skye, taking a ferry between Mallaig and Armadale. The Clan Donald Centre is at the south of the island. There are two whisky distilleries on the island, an established one -Talisker and a new one opening shortly – Torabhaig. Skye whisky tastes totally different to Speyside whisky and has a strong hint of peat. Dunvegan Castle is open to the public and is the home of Hugh Macleod of Macleod, 30th chief of the clan. Come and learn about the Fairy Flag. Drive around the island to view the Black and Red Cuillin Hills and Kilt Rock, plus visit the Skye Museum of Island Life with heather thatched cottages. Dame Flora MacDonald helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape. She was imprisoned in the Tower of London for a bit, but then returned to Skye and is buried at Kilmuir. There are boat trips from Kyle of Lochalsh to see otters and seals. Return over the bridge to the mainland and stop to take a photo of Eilean Donan Castle, arguably the most photographed castle in Scotland.
Orkney, Shetland and Western Islands
Orkney: Just off the northern tip of Scotland there are about 70 scattered islands, many famous for their prehistoric sites. Many professional craftsmen and women work here, plus several internationally renowned jewellery manufacturers.
Shetland: these islands have a strong Norse feel as they were settled by the Vikings many years ago. There are many Neolithic sites dating back over 2,000 years. They are known for their spectacular scenery, amazing sunsets and the Northern Lights.
Western Isles: a chain of islands to the west of Scotland with superb sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Gaelic is widely spoken. The Callanish Standing Stones date from about 3,000BC, making them over 4,000 years old and contemporary with Stonehenge. Harris tweed is still made on the island.
Isles of Lewis and Harris have been voted by Trip Advisor the top islands to visit in Europe thanks to their spectacular white sands and turquoise waters.
Private Tour Rates 2014/2015
|Car/Sedan||8-9||up to 3||£570.00|
|MPV||8-9||up to 6||£650.00|
|Large MPV||8-9||up to 8||£650.00|
|Minibus||8-9||up to 12||£ POA|
DGA driver-guides in Scotland speak other languages, including French, German, Italian and Spanish. Language fees: £30 half day and £50 full day.