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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KEY SIGHTS ON THIS TOUR…

Rogie Falls

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.

Applecross Peninsula

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.

Loch Cluanie

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 tours route…

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  • Distance 195.99 miles
  • Time 5 h 8 min
  • Speed 38 mph
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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

Premium still and sparkling Scottish water is provided in glass bottles

PREMIUM MERCEDES MINIVAN

Our minivans offer luxury interiors and excellent legroom for up to 7 people and their bags

ONBOARD WIFI

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RECENT CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS
5 star review

A lovely experience. Alexander was a great guide, very knowledgeable and so polite with our children, patient, pleasant and a true gentleman. The car was great and the overall experience wonderful

Stefano D, May 2021

5 star review

BRILLIANT. […] Alexander was absolutely fantastic. He was a wealth of knowledge, speaking not just about Mary Queen of Scots, but the historical period more generally

Drew F, May 2021

5 star review

The guide, Alexander, is one outstanding tour guide. He is very intelligent and eager to show the best part of Scotland with his pride.

Yojiro U, September 2020

5 star review

You will be able to see the highlights of Edinburgh in a day and it’s excellent way of travelling especially now because of COVID-19. He was very knowledgable and had good sense of humour.

Sukhjit D, August 2020

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