Portree, the largest town on the renowned Isle of Skye in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, has a picture-perfect harbor, fringed by cliffs, with a pier designed by noted Scottish civil engineer and architect Thomas Telford. In-town attractions include the Áros Centre, celebrating the island’s Gaelic heritage; and MacNab’s Inn, the last meeting place of Flora MacDonald and Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746. The town is also an excellent starting point for day trips around the beautiful island; the most popular being drives to the north country to see such sites as the Old Man of Storr and the small crafting town of Staffin and to the western side of the island to Medieval Dunvegan Castle with its lovely surrounding woodlands, sea lochs, rivers and gardens.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 5 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 5 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 15 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

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  • Portree Walking Tour

    Join us for a delightful walking tour through the historic Scottish fishing town of Portree.

    Portree, or Port an Righ in Gaelic, meaning King's Harbor, was named after King James V's visit with his fleet in 1540. Today, Portree is a bustling fishing town, with pretty painted buildings huddled around a charming harbor.

    Depart the pier for a guided walking tour of this historic little town. Your knowledgeable local guide will explain some of the history behind the buildings and street names of Portree, and entertain you with local tales as you stroll its charming streets. You'll learn about its founder, Sir James MacDonald, who built the town with a vision of education for all, and a thriving trade and society. The most impressive buildings are mainly found in Portree's central square, with impressive facades and histories to match.

    After your tour, you'll have plenty of time to explore some of the lovely little shops selling Scottish goods, crafts and tartans before returning to the ship at your leisure.

    Please note: This tour involves approximately 1-hour of moderate walking that includes some pauses along the way. Portions of the walk are over uneven surfaces and there is a short, but steep path up from the harbor. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing, umbrellas and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Dunvegan Castle & the Cuillins

    Take a step back into Medieval times during this visit to Scotland's extraordinary Dunvegan Castle.

    Depart the charming Port of Portree for the drive west across the lovely Isle of Skye to Dunvegan Castle, seat of the Clan MacLeod chiefs since the 13th century. Dunvegan Castle is one of the greatest and most renowned among the Hebridean strongholds, and the only one to have been continuously owned and occupied by the same family for 8 centuries.

    During your tour of Dunvegan Castle, an assortment of priceless heirlooms will be displayed, including some that descended in the hands of the Chiefs of MacLeod since Medieval times. You'll see such treasures as the Dunvegan Cup, mysterious Fairy Flag and Rory Mor's Horn, and explore the lovely gardens that surround the waterfall known as Rorie Mor's Cascade.

    You'll enjoy Scotland's scenic landscapes, including the famous Cuillin Mountains, on the return drive to Portree and your ship.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of walking and there are stairs to negotiate at the Castle. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and not considered suitable for those with mobility concerns. Weather appropriate clothing, umbrellas and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Northern Skye Scenic Drive

    Indulge your senses with Scotland's unique scenic beauty and agricultural past during this visit to the spectacular Isle of Skye.

    Depart Portree for the drive north to the Trotternish Peninsula and the Isle of Skye. Upon arrival, you'll learn about the fascinating geological and social history of the Isle of Skye, especially its crofting history. You'll pass by the curious rock outcrop known as the Old Man of Storr, then journey North to Kilt Rock, a dramatic 200 foot-high cliff marked in an almost tartan-like pattern by rock strata, and a waterfall cascading down to the pebbled shore below. Some time will be made to soak up the atmosphere, and take wonderful photographs of your surroundings.

    Next, you'll proceed past Staffin, a small crafting town overlooking sandy Staffin Bay, before continuing around the northern tip of Skye. You'll hear myths and legends about Skye along the way, as you continue on to the settlement of Kilmuir. Upon arrival, you'll visit the charming little Museum of Island Life to learn more about the traditional crofting lifestyle.

    Your tour concludes with a drive through Uig, then back to Portree and your ship.

    Please note: This tour is mostly panoramic in nature with limited optional walking at any stops made. Those who wish to visit the Croft Museum must negotiate approximately 500 yards of walking with some steps over thresholds and natural terrain paths. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Guests should be prepared for the possibiity of rain.

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  • Iconic Eilean Donan Castle & the West Highlands

    Skirt the base of the famous and treacherous Cuillin Mountains, a dark brooding mass growing larger on the horizon. Two distinct rock types make up this range-Red Cuillin (red granite) and Black Cuillin (dark grey basalt and gabbro)-together forming one of the most distinctive and beautiful mountain panoramas in the whole of the British Isles.

    At the south end of the Isle of Skye, you will cross the Skye Bridge and continue to the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. This is Scotland's most-photographed castle and one glance at its achingly beautiful setting and perfect degree of dilapidation will leave no room for doubt that this special status is well earned. Eilean Donan's image has graced the covers of calendars and postcards and has even starred in such movies as "Highlander" and a James Bond film.

    Presiding over the once strategically important confluence of Lochs Alsh, Long and Duich, the castle's forbidding tower rises from the water's edge and is joined to the shore by a narrow stone bridge with sheer mountains as a backdrop. The 13th-century castle's history is fascinating. There are plenty of bloody, bold and beautiful stories from the Vikings through to the 18th-century Jacobite rebellion. The contents of Eilean Donan reflect this amazing history, from the billeting room and its 12-foot thick walls to the lavishly decorated dining hall with its secret tunnels behind the walls. You will hear stories of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Jacobite invasions and prophetic dreams.

    You'll return to the ship along the same route and, if time and traffic permit, enjoy some photo stops to capture some stunning Skye scenery.

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  • Talisker Distillery & Beautiful North West Skye

    Travel deep into the heart of Skye on a sensational journey of sight, sound, smell and taste. Your tour begins by heading south out of Portree towards the Cuillin, a range of ferocious mountains that is by far the most challenging in Scotland. The Cuillins' jagged grayness seems completely out of place in this otherwise green island setting.

    You'll stop to take in the majesty of the Red & Black Cuillins at the beautiful Sligachan Glen. Then, head west alongside the Cuillin towards Talisker Distillery. Savor the peaty aroma and aftertaste of the Talisker malt, distilled in the remote stillhouse on the shores of Loch Harport. The origins of legal distilling at Talisker date back to 1825 with the arrival at Talisker House of Hugh MacAskill.

    Visitors today descend through the village of Carbost, which largely grew up to service the distillery. You will see the mash tuns, the stills and the distillery's white-painted warehouses lined up along the shore, carrying the name of the distillery in black lettering along the side. Sample a dram for yourself.

    After visiting the distillery, you will follow the northern and western coastal routes past the evocative shores of Loch Bracadale and around the heart of the island, learning all about island life as you enjoy the panoramic views en route back to Portree and the ship.

    Important Notes: There are a significant number of steps to negotiate inside the distillery.

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