Travels With JB

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Uncertainty about the Isle of Skye’s one-lane roads led to most enjoyable half day tour with Skye Minibus Tours.

The picturesque Fairy Glen is one of a number of sites included on Skye Minibus Tours' tour of Skye.
The picturesque Fairy Glen is one of a number of sites included on Skye Minibus Tours’ tour of Skye.

Having watched drivers struggle to reverse along narrow single lane roads to passing areas, I wasn’t too keen on driving our hire car on such roads. This was especially so as many of these roads lead to Skye’s best- known tourist attractions in the north and thus are very popular with cars of all shapes and size  including some very large motor homes and tourist buses.

We also thought a tour would include information on the island’s history and attractions and an insight into what it’s like living here. Our guide and owner of the company, Robert Kyle, did just that.

Joining Skye Minibus Tours' meant I could sit back and enjoy Skye's many tourist attractions.
Joining Skye Minibus Tours’ meant I could sit back and enjoy Skye’s beautiful scenery.

As we were staying in Dunvegan (Robert’s home town) he picked us up at our accommodation (for an extra fee) and drove us to Portree where the tour officially started. Having driven this road on several occasions it was good to sit back and enjoy the scenery, much of which is dominated by the towering Cuillin mountains.

Once in Portree we were joined by six Canadians who came from one of the many cruise ships which visit Skye during the summer months.

The Fairy Glen
The Fairy Glen

Although all seats were taken on the eight-seater coach there was still plenty of room and several of the Canadians took fully advantage of the free wi-fi offered on board!

On leaving Portree we headed towards Uig and then to the very picturesque Fairy Glen. While we didn’t see any fairies (and no one is sure why the name) we did see a very green landscape dotted by numerous grassy cone-shaped hills and small ponds.

The view from the final resting place of Flora MacDonald and Alexander Mcqueen.
The view from the final resting place of Flora MacDonald and Alexander Mcqueen.

Our next stop was The Museum of Island Life and the Flora MacDonald monument. Here we learnt that MacDonald was famous for helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape from Scotland after the defeat of the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The cemetery is also the final resting place of famous UK fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Our next stop and walk was at the Quiraing, which many regard as one of the most spectacular landscapes on Skye.

The Quiraing
The Quiraing

Part of the Trotternish ridge, the Quiraing was formed by a massive landslip which has created high cliffs, sweeping pinnacles of rock and hidden plateaus. As was the case at Fairy Glen a quick walk around the Quiraing was a photographer’s delight.

Kilt Rock was our next stop. The rock is said to look like a kilt thanks to its vertical basalt columns which form the pleats and intruded sills of dolerite forming the pattern. Mealt Waterfall, which freefalls off the cliff for 60m into the Sound of Raasay below is another attraction which proved most photogenic.

Mealt Waterfall
Mealt Waterfall

There was one more photo stop before our return to Portree- the Old Man of the Storr – an array of rock features which look over the Sound of Raasay.

While our stops highlighted the best-known attractions in Skye’s north just about all the tour was a scenery lover’s delight. Often the road followed the coast, sometimes it went by lochs and then there were the sheep filled paddocks. Being able to enjoy this wonderful scenery without worrying about what may be on the road ahead ensured an enjoyable and stress-free few hours.

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Robert Kyle
6 years ago

Hi Jenny,
Thank you for your wonderful reveiw of our majestic and haunting Island. I am so glad I was able to show you and your freind a small part of Skye, and hope that you both took away a lasting memory of your visit.


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Jenny Burns
Jenny Burns
Reply to  Robert Kyle
6 years ago

Thanks Robert

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