This day tour from Inverness explores one of the remotest parts of Scotland. Departing ‘The Capital of the Highlands’ we’ll travel to the west coast. Stunning mountain landscapes open up to sea vistas across to the Isle of Rassay and Skye. We explore Eilean Donan Castle, possibly the most photographed castle in Scotland.
As we travel through this area your guide will point out the flora and fauna, expect to see wild deer, the ‘Monarch Of The Glen’ stag and maybe even catch a glimpse of The Loch Ness monster as we return to Inverness along the Great Glen.
Each private tour is conducted in our premium Mercedes minivans, ensuring your comfort as we venture along the naa row country roads of the highlands.
Your knowledgable kilt-wearing private tour guide will tell you the stories and show you the sights on this tour. We offer flexibility and your time inside and outside the vehicle is up to you.
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- Private tour
- Door to door service
- Dedicated professional tour guide and driver
- All travel costs
- Luxury Mercedes tour van
- Lunch (we can recommend places)
- Entry into paid sites
- Gratuities (optional)
KEY SIGHTS ON THIS TOUR…
Our first (or last) stop of the day is a quick walk to the beautiful Rogie Falls, a series of waterfalls on the Black Water near Loch Garve. A recent addition is a suspension bridge which affords great photos of this area of outstanding natural beauty.
North Coast 500 Route
We follow the route west along the famous North Coast 500 towards the west coast. The NC500 has become one of Europe’s most famous driving routes and it’s not unusual to see exotic cars travelling along its route. The scenery becomes increasingly dramatic as we travel along the glen towards Loch Torridon.
Loch torridon & Wester Ross
The road skirts along this dramatic sea loch and there is an opportunity to stop to stretch our legs and take in the landscape. We’ll call into the waterfront village of Shieldaig where you can pick up refreshments if required.
Driving to Applecross is an adventure on its own and the road is definitely unsuitable for larger vehicles (our tour vans come into their own here). “Bealach na Ba” (Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle) is a twisting hairpin pass that is impassible in winter. We climb up the 626m 2,052 ft / pass and stop at the view point which has stunning views across the desolate landscape for miles around. Then we’ll descend into the picturesque heritage village of Applecross for lunch.
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan is arguably the most magnificently located castle in Scotland, situated on a small island in Loch Duich. Named after Celtic saint Donnan of Eigg who may have held a church on the island, this rocky outcrop has been occupied since the mid 1200s. Eilean Donan was destroyed in 1719 by government forces who had heard about an arsenal of weapons being stored at the castle for use against them. Three frigates were swiftly deployed to remove the threat and the castle was destroyed. 200 years later, the castle was purchased by Lt Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap and renovated in 1912 and that is the castle we explore today.
After we leave Eilean Donan we travel east past Loch Cluanie. This unique landscape is more lunar than Scottish and we’ll have the opportunity to stop for photos before descending into the Great Glen geological fault line.
The Great Glen
We arrive at The Great Glen, a geological fault line that is carved through the highlands and therefore makes a natural route from Fort William in the South West to Inverness 62 miles to the North East. We’ll travel the length of Loch Ness, the Uk’s biggest body of water by volume. We might even catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster!
Urquhart Castle Viewpoint
We’ll stop briefly at Urquhart Castle viewpoint to take in the views of this impressive ruin and the view over Loch Ness. Urquhart has a turbulent history and is ruined as part of the ‘oppression of the highlands’. Your guide will give you the context before we start the final leg of our journey back to Inverness.
SUGGESTED TOUR ROUTE…
Each tour we operate is unique and designed to your requirements. Here is an example of this tour’s route
- Distance Instructions
- Distance 196 miles
- Time 5 h 8 min
- Speed 38 mph
- Min altitude 0 ft
- Peak 0 ft
- Climb 0 ft
- Descent 0 ft
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
These are some of the frequently asked questions about our Way Out West, Applecross Peninsula Private Tour from Inverness, however if you have a specific question please contact us
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KILT WEARING TOUR GUIDE
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HOTEL / CRUISE BERTH PICK UP
We’ll collect & return you at the start and end of the tour
BOTTLED SCOTTISH WATER
`Chilled, premium still and sparkling Scottish water is provided
PREMIUM MERCEDES MINIVAN
Our minivans offer luxury interiors and excellent legroom for up to 7 guests and their bags
Stay connected to friends and family on tour with unlimited super-fast wifi
RECENT CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS
Our tour was a wonderful and immersive experience with Hazel, who has a wealth of historical knowledge! Tremendously affable, she took us to several unexpected points of Outlander related interest, a delicious place for lunch and our private tour felt like spending the day with [...]
If you're reading this review trying to decide if you want to book this tour, let me tell you that you absolutely should! You will not regret it and will have memories for a lifetime. I highly recommended his tour. Alexander thank you for an [...]
We actually took the full day tour and I can't say enough good things about our tour experience and, more importantly, our guide Alexander (Sandy). He was top notch. He immediately made us feel at home. Alexander was down to earth, funny and SO knowledgeable. [...]
We went on a tour with Hazel today. She was a rock star! We had the best day ever! She was so friendly, knowledgeable and kind! She was very attentive to our interests and we truly enjoyed her company. She’s the best tour guide ever!