Luxury Shore Excursions from Portree, Isle of Skye
For many people enjoying a cruise ship holiday the shore excursions can be the highlights of their vacation. Skye Luxury Tours offers a range of shore excursions leaving Portree on the Isle of Skye. All of our shore excursions are of the very highest quality and we will do our utmost to accommodate any special requests you may have. As with our other tours, our Skye shore excursions can be adapted to include tastings of some of the island’s finest cuisine, visits to nearby castles, transport to some incredible walks or climbs, whisky tasting, museum visits and much more. And, of course, each tour will give you the benefit of a local guide who knows the island, its history and culture and who is passionate about introducing you to some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found anywhere in the world.
Our luxury shore excursions from Portree travel in either our Jaguar JXL or, for larger groups of up to 7, our Mercedes V-Class. We are also able to cater for requests for larger groups and can arrange mini-coaches or full size coaches to accommodate this on request. All our Skye shore excursions include complimentary chilled bottled water and the offer of a dram of Skye’s famous Talisker single malt whisky.
We offer luxury shore excursions for the following cruise ships coming into Portree, Isle of Skye, this year including the following dates:
Boudicca: Thursday 11th May
MS Zuiderdam: Wednesday 24th May, Thursday 29th June, Tuesday 1st August
Silver Whisper: Saturday 27th May
Star Pride: Friday 16th June, Tuesday 29th August
Black Watch: Saturday 17th June, Saturday 19th August, Friday 15th September
Wind Surf: Wednesday 28th June, Wednesday 6th September
Adonia: Tuesday 4th July, Saturday 22nd July
MV Aegean Odyssey: Saturday 22nd July
Azamara Journey: Friday 28th July
Oriana: Wednesday 2nd August
Artania: Tuesday 8th August
Marco Polo: Friday 18th August
MS Rotterdam: Saturday 26th August
Albatross: Monday 18th September
Experience the BEST of Skye!
At Skye Luxury Tours we offer those on cruise shore excursions from Portree more than merely a sightseeing trip. We know this may be your only opportunity to visit Skye and we are driven by a passion to share our incredible island with you. We want you to leave the Isle of Skye feeling that you have experienced the scenery, the local culture, the stories and the tastes of the island in a wonderful and memorable way. We don’t just want Portree to be a good shore excursion – we want it to be a highlight of your cruise!
Skye Luxury Tours has combined our local knowledge, gleaned from growing up on the Isle of Skye, with a long background in Highland tourism. We have managed to cram an incredible Skye tour into a single, unforgettable day! As you look through the suggested Skye Cruise Excursion itinerary (below) you will no doubt recognise the names of many well-known scenic locations, some of which are very hard to reach without the help of a local guide. On top of the wonderful destinations and attractions listed below you will also enjoy (hopefully!) Stuart’s story-telling. At the end of your day you will leave with a much greater understanding of Skye’s people, history, culture, myths & legends and with a longing to come back to explore further all that the island has to offer!
Feedback from a 2016 shore excursion from Portree:
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““Last week our family of 12 had an amazing tour on the Isle of Skye led by Stuart MacKinnon of Misty Isle Tours. Stuart is very knowledgeable of the locales, and does great job explaining the sites. He is very customer-service oriented, and will adjust the itinerary and schedule to meet your needs. Everyone on our trip — from age 14 to 82 — thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and said it was at the top of the list of excursions during our cruise. Our family gives Stuart and his company Misty Isle Tours a 5-star rating for a fabulous tour of the Isle of Skye.” Alex M from Aliso Vieijo, CA, USA
Portree Shore Excursion Suggested Itinerary
(*Please note: The following is a suggested itinerary. However, because each cruise ship that visits Portree arrives and leaves at different times we will always tailor the day to suit and will confirm an agreed itinerary with you in advance. We want to make sure that the tour suits YOU – and also to make sure we get you back to your ship on time!)
You will be collected in one of our luxury vehicles from Skye’s ‘capital city’, the beautiful fishing port village of Portree. You may want to have a browse of some of the lovely tourist shops Portree has to offer.
The Old Man of Storr & Kilt Rock viewpoints
Our Skye Shore Excursion tours stop for some incredible photo opportunities offering views of the Cuillin Hills, the west coast of the Scottish mainland, the Isle of Rona and the famous ‘Old Man of Storr’, also giving you time to enjoy the spectacular Kilt Rock viewpoint.
Staffin lies at the foot of the Quiraing and has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its status as the best place in Great Britain for finding dinosaur footprints! We stop off here for a bathroom break before taking the mountain-pass road over the Quiraing itself.
The Quiraing is, for many people, the most captivating and stunning viewpoint on the island. Words cannot suitably describe the scene from the top (which can, thankfully, be reached by car) – so rather than try, we will simply leave you to discover it for yourself when you tour with us!
During the tour you will hear some of the Isle of Skye’s local stories, myths and legends of fairies (and monsters!), passed down from generation to generation. As you visit the Fairy Glen you will begin to realise why such stories abound amongst the islanders.
Where did the ‘magical’ fairy flag really come from? Why is this quaint old humpback bridge of such interest to people? Hear the roots of the Fairy Bridge story whilst at the ancient bridge.
Surrounded by beautiful formal gardens and packed with historical artifacts, no trip to the Isle of Skye is complete without a visit to Dunvegan Castle. As well as housing the famous Fairy Flag the castle is still home to the current chief of the Macleod clan. (*Please Note: The admission fee to the castle is not included in the price of your tour.)
Talisker is currently the only single malt whisky distillery on the Isle of Skye. A stop here allows time to explore the distillery visitor display and excellent shop before we make our way home. Tours can be arranged as long as these are requested well in advance.
We offer this as a guideline for your shore excursion tour from Portree as it has proven so popular with our guests. If you are unsure how to spend your day then we believe the outline above is a great place to start! However, remember that all Skye Luxury Tours can be tailored to suit your group’s requirements so please do not hesitate to ask if there are things you would like to change.