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 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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  • 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 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 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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  • Northern Skye Scenic Drive

    Indulge your senses with Scotland's unique scenic beauty during this visit to the spectacular Isle of Skye. The Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. It has a romantic, colorful and poignant history, closely linked to the rescue of the infamous Bonnie Prince Charlie from Hanoverian troops and the Jacobite Rebellion.

    Travel north from Portree on a circular scenic tour along narrow single track roads. There are views of the coastline across undulating stretches of heather moorland with streams and small lochs as your constant companion. The road twists and turns, passing small communities and agricultural hamlets where cattle and sheep graze contently against a backdrop of distant peaks and some of the most striking landscapes in Scotland.

    As you continue north, your attention will be increasingly captivated by The Storr. This 2,358ft (719m) summit rises above the east-facing cliffs that run down the centre of the peninsula for most of its length. Pause here for a brief photo stop to capture the beauty of The Storr and surroundings.

    The road continues along the east coast marked by spectacular rock scenery. Best of all is Kilt Rock, 200ft (61m) high cliffs marked in an almost tartan-like pattern by the rock strata and with a sheer waterfall tumbling to the pebbled shore below. Enjoy a photo stop here from the viewing platform.

    Your tour visits the open-air Skye Museum of Island Life, home to a fascinating collection of thatched cottages, or crofts, dating back to the nineteenth century. Wander around the museum on your own and enter the crofts to get a feel for how life in Skye once was. Afterwards, re-board your coach for the return journey to Portree.

    Please note: This tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair and are able to make their own way on and off transportation. Guests must be self-sufficient or if assistance is required, they should travel with a companion who can provide this. Walking on this tour is at guests’ discretion during the stops and visit to the Museum of Island Life. The visit to the Museum is not guided. The terrain is rough in areas but mostly flat. Time spent at the Museum will be approximately 1 hour. Weather appropriate clothing that should include a water/wind proof jacket; sun protection and comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Eilean Donan Castle & West Highlands

    After leaving Portree you head in a southerly direction with the dark brooding mass of the Cuillin Mountains growing larger on the horizon. The two contrasting rock types of this range give rise to the Red Cuillins (smooth pink granite) and Black Cuillins (dark jagged gabbro), which together form one of the most distinctive and beautiful mountain panoramas in the whole of the British Isles.

    The drive heads eastwards toward the Skye Bridge, where you cross the Kyle of Lochalsh to the mainland. Following the coast road for a few miles you arrive at Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most iconic images of Scotland and recognized all over the world. Situated where three great sea lochs converge and surrounded by majestic scenery, the Castle is one of the most visited and photographed attractions in the Scottish Highlands.

    Although first inhabited around the 6th century, the first fortified Castle was built in the mid-13th century and stood guard over the lands of Kintail. Since then, at least four different versions of the Castle have been built and re-built as the feudal history of Scotland unfolded through the centuries. Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant-Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the Island in 1911 and over the next 20 years proceeded to restore the Castle to its former glory.

    The approach to the Castle is on foot along a stone causeway which leads to the islet on which the Castle is built. At the end of the bridge, you are faced with the heptagonal and now impenetrable building with walls in some places over 13 feet (4m) thick. Your guide will set the scene with tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie, Jacobite invasions and prophetic dreams. Inside there is a small exhibition detailing the fascinating history of the Castle with models of its layout over the centuries, and the lavishly decorated dining hall has secret tunnels behind the walls.

    The Castle has long attracted film makers and was used as a location for the 1984 movie Highlander and also featured in the 1999 James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough. At the end of the visit, you return to Portree via the same scenic route.

    Please note: This tour is not available for wheel chair guests and not recommended for those with walking or mobility concerns. Tour involves approximately 1.5-hours of walking/standing, with some uneven ground and steps to negotiate. Photography and filming are not permitted inside the Castle. Small backpacks and rucksacks are not permitted within the castle. During July and August guided tours inside the castle are not permitted; visits within these months will be self-guided. Weather appropriate clothing that should include a water/wind proof jacket; sun protection and comfortable flat 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. Stunningly situated beside Loch Dunvegan, is Skye’s most famous landmark and one of the most visited attractions in Scotland.

    Journey across wonderful landscapes to the north of the island. The Black Cuillins, often shrouded in mist, rise remotely and mysteriously in front of you, the highest peak, Sgurr Alasdair, reaching 3,264ft (995m). The road weaves its way around Loch Snizort before arriving at the imposing Dunvegan Castle, stronghold of the Clan MacLeod since the 13th century and still their home. The 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. Owing to the small size of the rooms in the Castle, your guide is not able to give a room-by-room commentary. However, you will be given a detailed explanation before you enter and then be free to explore independently. Your guide will be nearby to answer any questions you may have.

    The Castle gardens, through which you may choose to wander, were originally laid out in the 18th century and offer paths through woodland glades, shimmering pools and burns fed by cascading waterfalls.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1.5-hour of walking/standing and there are steps and 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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  • Talisker Distillery & Views

    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, by far the most challenging in Scotland, with a jagged greyness that seems completely out of place in this green island setting. Stop to take in some photos and the majesty of the Cuillin at the beautiful Sligachan Glen, before heading west towards Talisker Distillery.

    The origins of legal distilling at Talisker dates back to 1825, when Hugh MacAskill arrived at Talisker House. Visitors today descend through the village of Carbost to reach the Distillery and you will see the mash-tuns, the stills and the Distillery’s white-painted warehouses lined up along the shore. Savor the peaty aroma and enjoy a taste of the Talisker malt, distilled in the remote still house on the shores of Loch Harport during a guided tour of the Distillery.

    After your visit you will follow the northern and western coastal routes past the evocative shores of Loch Bracadale and around the heart of the Island, past such landmarks as the Fairy Bridge, Dunvegan Castle and MacLeod’s Tables.

    Please note: This tour is not available for wheel chair guests and not recommended for those with walking or mobility concerns. Tour involves approximately 1 hour of walking/standing at the Distillery including uneven ground and steps. Weather appropriate clothing that should include a water/wind proof jacket; sun protection and comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Portree Walking Tour

    Meet your guide at the pier and head off on your walk, learning the stories behind the buildings and street names of Portree. The town itself has an interesting naming history. 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.

    As you stroll along the village’s quaint lanes, gain insights into Portree’s founder, Sir James MacDonald, who built the town with a vision for a community imbued with a commitment to trade, education and culture. The most impressive buildings are found in the central square, with fascinating histories to match. Highlights include the Parish Church, made of stone, and the Royal Hotel, a white-painted, family-run establishment occupying a corner location and a place in city history, having served guests over many generations.

    Following your walk, you can stay in town to browse the town shops, perhaps selecting a Scottish tartan or other special memento before returning.

    Please note: This tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns. Tour involves approximately 1-hour of walking, with some uneven surfaces and steep gradients to negotiate. Weather appropriate clothing that should include a water/wind proof jacket; sun protection and comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

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