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From Inverness: Torridon, Applecross, & Eilean Donan Castle

1. From Inverness: Torridon, Applecross, & Eilean Donan Castle

Depart Inverness at 08:30 and travel west towards Kinlochewe and the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. Marvel at the imposing form of Beinn Eighe Ridge as it gives way to the world-famous Loch Maree, home to the majestic Golden Eagle. Next, head down through Torridon towards Shieldaig, passing some of Europe’s most ancient geology and wild scenery along the way. Continue up the renowned Bealach Na Ba ("Pass of the Cattle") and onwards to the isolated village of Applecross, where you will stop for lunch. Get incredible views towards the Isle of Skye and the Hebrides as you make your way towards Eilean Donan Castle, a picture-perfect edifice perched on a junction of 3 gorgeous lakes. After your visit to the castle, travel along the shores of Loch Ness en route to Inverness, where you will be dropped off by approximately 19:30.

Applecross, Loch Carron & Wild Highlands Tour from Inverness

2. Applecross, Loch Carron & Wild Highlands Tour from Inverness

Depart Inverness early in the morning and begin your tour crossing the beautifully scenic Black Isle and stopping in the village of Lochcarron. Enjoy the views across Loch Carron and perhaps pick up a bite to eat, before you continue on to Achintraid. The small village enjoys views over Loch Kishorn and a breathtaking mountain range on the opposite shore. Continue your journey, climbing upwards through dramatic landscape over the Bealach na Ba (Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle). Pause for photos at the summit of the third highest road in Britain at over 2000 feet, so be ready for those breathtaking views across Raasay and the Isle of Skye. Begin your descent to Applecross village, located on a beautiful bay and full of natural wildlife, perfect for nature lovers. Look out for otters, red kites, deer and perhaps pine martens. Stop here and enjoy plenty of time to explore the village. Begin your return journey to Inverness, driving along the banks of Loch Torridon, through the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. This nature reserve is one of the oldest in Britain and is home to plenty of wildlife; you may even spot a golden eagle. Travel on through Shieldaig and Kinlochewe and homeward bound to Inverness.

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What people are saying about Bealach na Bà

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 51 reviews

A great day and a wonderful experience! I really wanted to go to Torridon during my time in Scotland, but unfortunately I would never have passed as many beautiful places as I did on this tour without my own car. Actually, I wanted to explore Scotland on my own and not book a typical tourist tour - but the day with our guide Helen felt more like I was on a road trip with friends: Warm welcome, traditional Scottish music, legends, wisdom, history and a lot of good things Mood. And the scenery was just amazing! For anyone who wants to escape the tourist hustle and bustle (even if it's just for a day), I can really recommend this tour.

Helen, our guide was so knowledgeable and very helpful. I forgot to take my Mac, when I mentioned it to her she immediately said she’s got one spare one and handed it to me. If it wasn’t for Helen, my trip wouldn’t have that enjoyable. And there was another incident, gentlemen lost his hat due to heavy wind, and who went to rescue? HELEN! She’s a massive credit to your company!

Great landscape.... everyone should do this tour....I don't know why it is not so was about to be last moment they sent a guide and driver who haven't done the tour no idea where we are heading...but thanks to good weather and picturesque became enjoyable....but i shall highly recommend this one

We booked this tour at the last minute and it quickly became the highlight of our entire Scotland trip! Helen was an exceptional guide with interesting knowledge, humor and even played music along the journey that had historical context to the land and places we saw. It gave the journey a special touch!

Gail was a phenomenal guide and fantastic driver as well! Especially appreciated the couple of short extra stops — like to see the highland cows by the road.