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Northwest Highlands: Private Tour with Hike

1. Northwest Highlands: Private Tour with Hike

If you like wide-open spaces, lonely glens to hike up, and dramatic mountian scenery, this tour has it all. After getting picked up, your guide will explain the course of the day and make any adjustments that you may require. Leaving Inverness and heading northwest over the Black Isle, you will be entertained with stories and legends of the area before stopping off at the beautiful, old Silver Bridge. Follow the Black Water river to the huge Aultguish Dam and onto Wester Ross. At Corrieshalloch Gorge, you’ll take a 30-minute walk and learn about the traces left from the ice age that formed the landscape. Take in the breathtaking views of this spectacular ravine. The fishing village Ullapool is the next stop, where you can take time to wander the streets and have a light refreshment. Then you’ll venture into one of the last wildernesses in Europe. Stop and take in the peculiar yet stunning Stac Pollaidh, Suilven, and An Tealach mountains. After traveling through some of the oldest mountains in the world, you’ll stop at the tiny fishing village of Lochinver for lunch. Depending on the weather, your lunch will be served in the restaurant or on a sandy beach under the shadow of Ardvreck Castle before you head into a lonely glen for your main 2-hour hike of the day: the Bone Caves of Inchnadamph. From here continue on through Sutherland and onto the east coast of Ross and Cromarty where the landscape changes again to flatter and greener farmland. Journey through the beautiful Strath Okyel and onto the Kyle of Sutherland, where a spectacular view awaits. From there you’ll return to Inverness, taking in the old navy port of Invergordon and a curious monument on top of Fyrish Hill.

From Inverness: Scottish Highlands Small-Group Day Tour

2. From Inverness: Scottish Highlands Small-Group Day Tour

Leave Inverness and travel to the fantastic shores of magical Loch Ness. Stop for a short walk around the lake's shores, take some photos of the fantastic scenery and maybe even catch Nessie the Loch Ness Monster out for an early morning swim, before paying a visit to the magnificently situated Urquhart Castle, on the shores of Loch Ness. Then travel on to Cluanie Dam before arriving at the dramatic Glen Shiel, encircled by steep mountains, where The Battle of Glen Shiel took place on 10 June 1719. Next, head to Eilean Donan Castle which is recognized internationally as one of the most iconic images of Scotland, before traveling over the road bridge to the Isle of Skye. Visit the village of Broadford which is nestled beneath the motherly shape of Ben na Calliach (the hill of the old woman). Enjoy postcard-worthy views of the Red and Black Cuillin with Glen Sligachan between them. Afterward, make a quick stop at Talisker Distillery, the oldest working distillery on the Isle of Skye, to sample their sweet, full-bodied single malt whiskey.  Next, make your way to the Fairy Pools, the highlight of the tour, where fairies live between beautiful rock pools and waterfalls. Enjoy an optional 2.4-kilometer walk along the banks of the rock pools, towards the largest waterfall, or walk further up the path and explore some of the smaller pools which lie ahead. If your feeling adventurous, take a swim in the pools' icy, crystal-clear waters.  Finish your tour with a visit to the island's capital, the fishing village of Portree, situated on the east side of Skye overlooking a sheltered bay, before heading back to Inverness.

Inverness: Private Secret Hike to the Shores of Loch Ness

3. Inverness: Private Secret Hike to the Shores of Loch Ness

Leaving Inverness down the old "Wade" road and along the alternative side of Loch Ness, take in the spectacular views before you explore the magnificent Caledonian pine woods of Foyers. Pass one of the highest waterfalls in Scotland and learn about the national bard, Rabbie Burns, including how he visited these falls before continuing down to the shores of Loch Ness itself. The track you'll take is only really used by locals, so when the loch opens before you you will more than likely be the only one their to enjoy the atmosphere and views. You'll stay for a while, taking in the calmness of this special place before heading back where some local baking will be waiting for you in the Waterfall Cafe. From there it's back up the loch via some more hidden roads, taking in the typical Highland scenery and wildlife before descending back down to the north end of the Loch at Dores Beach. Take another short walk along the pebble beach to reward yourself with a magnificent perspective of the great glen fault that Loch Ness is a part of. Before returning to Inverness, visit the 4,000-year-old burial chambers of Clava, where you can soak in the history and atmosphere of these ancient monuments.

Inverness: Full-Day Fort William and Glencoe Tour

4. Inverness: Full-Day Fort William and Glencoe Tour

Your tour will begin with a Loch Ness photo opportunity. Also known affectionately as "Nessie", you can take your chances spotting the beast out in the brine. Your next stop will be the magnificently-situated Urquhart Castle, on the shore of Loch Ness. Here you can continue to soak up the atmosphere of one of Scotland’s most famous lochs. You will next travel on to Ft. Augustus. Lying on the impressive 60-mile long Caledonian Canal, halfway between Inverness and Fort William, Fort Augustus offers spectacular views down Loch Ness. Your next stop will be the Commando Memorial, which is a Category-A-listed monument in Lochaber, Scotland, dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. You will then move on to the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line that has been featured in the filming of the second and third Harry Potter books. Afterwards you will visit the Glenfinnan Monument, which is tge famous location where Prince Charles Edward Stuart ("Bonnie Prince Charlie") raised his standard on the shores of Loch Shiel. You will visit the famous Neptune Staircase, with is the longest staircase lock in Britain and comprises of 8 locks on the Caledonian Canal. Afterwards you will visit Old Inverlochy Castle, which is now a ruin. The castle is located on the south bank of the River Lochy at the strategically important entrance to the Great Glen. Moving onward, you will approach Fort William, situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe. It’s known as a gateway to Ben Nevis, the U.K.’s highest peak. You will finally visit the base of the Ben Nevis, which is the highest mountain in the British Isles (standing at 1,345 meters above sea level).

Inverness: Alternative Loch Ness Tour

5. Inverness: Alternative Loch Ness Tour

Leaving from Inverness, you will travel south on the A82 along the banks of the world-famous Loch Ness. Throughout your journey you will learn about this mysterious loch and all it's history. You will make a short stop for some photos, where you overlook the loch and onward to Urquhart Castle in the distance. You'll then travel on to the busy village of Drumnadrochit before turning inland and onto quieter roads. Your next stop at the ancient Corrimony Cairn allows you to guess at an ancient population that lived in these parts, uncovering some clues to their beliefs. It will then be on to the end of the road to discover what many consider to be the most "bonnie" glen in Scotland: Glen Affric. There you will take for a short walk to discover the great view, before taking an optional hike around the River Affric before heading back down the road and over to the magnificent Plodda Falls and impressive Douglas Firs. You'll explore the area through the forest before slowing things down so you can really experience the true Highlands, before returning to the picturesque village of Tomich for a lunch break. After you are watered and fed, you will progress onward following the river down Strath Glass and to the pretty village of Beauly, before returning to Inverness.

From Inverness: Private Northern Scottish Highlands Tour

6. From Inverness: Private Northern Scottish Highlands Tour

Embark on a private day trip to the Northern Scottish Highlands departing from Inverness. Visit historic and scenic landmarks such as Struie Viewpoint, Dunrobin Castle, and the Loch Fleet Nature Reserve with a flexible itinerary to suit your interests. Start with pickup from your hotel or other accommodation in or around Inverness. Hop into the vehicle and travel north across the Black Isle to Struie Viewpoint where a brief photo stop is made. Spot a number of natural landmarks including the Kyle of Sutherland along Dornoch Firth. Travel further and pass through the villages of Ardgay and Bonar Bridge to the next stop at Achany and Falls of Shin Waterfall where migrating salmon can often be seen jumping the falls as they migrate further upstream. Pass through the village of Lairg and onwards to Dunrobin Castle. Upon entry to the Castle, explore the beautiful gardens, the fascinating museum, and the magnificent falconry display. Next, you may take an optional visit to Clynelish Distillery and, if desired, taste some whisky samples and browse in the shop on site. Set off southward with a drive along the shores of Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve with a photo stop. Stop in the medieval town of Dornoch where you can browse the many shops for bespoke, locally-crafted items. Golfing enthusiasts can also visit the pro shop at the world-famous Royal Dornoch Golf Course. After some time in Dornoch, travel back towards Inverness.

Invergordon: South Shore Tour Excursion

7. Invergordon: South Shore Tour Excursion

Start your day of adventure by arriving via Port of Invergordon in the Scottish Highlands. Once there, you will be met by your friendly driver as you leave the harbour area. After listening to a safety briefing you'll hop into your comfortable vehicle and travel South. First stop, the famous Culloden battlefield where your driver will provide you with an informative narrative about the events that led to this battle. Take your time and feel free to visit the visitor centre or exhibition (entry fee required). Your next stop is the nearby Clava Cairns, a series of mysterious stone circles which are a free attraction to visit. Leaving Clava Cairns the tour heads East on single track roads to Cawdor Village and Cawdor Castle. There is a charge for admission and guided tour by castle staff once inside. When your visit at Cawdor Castle is complete the tour travels back through Inverness to Dores Village which is sited directly on the banks of Loch Ness and the beach there gives direct access to the Loch itself. Head back to Inverness and travel North until you arrive at Beauly Priory. Make the most of the free entrance and enjoy some of the shopping opportunities inside. Continue on your journey to the Glenord Distillery at nearby Muir of Ord where you can indulge in a Whisky sampling experience.Your tour then heads North and back to the Port of Invergordon where the tour ends.

Inverness: Private Local Attractions Tour with Entry Tickets

8. Inverness: Private Local Attractions Tour with Entry Tickets

Embark on a guided private day tour of Inverness and discover notable points of interest in and around the city. Visit Cawdor Castle, Fort George Military Museum, the Culloden Battlefield, and the Clava Cairns (entry not included) and benefit from an entry ticket to the Glenord Distillery. Start with pickup from your accommodation in Inverness and hop into the tour vehicle to start your exploration of the city. Make your first stop at Cawdor Castle and, after admission, take a guided tour of the building with the onsite staff. Continue next to the Fort George Military Museum and Highlander's Museum which you can visit at your own pace. Learn a bit about the various Highland Regiments of the British Army with many displays of military artifacts. Travel to the Culloden Battlefield where your driver will give you a narrative of the events that led to this final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising of 1745. You can also enter the visitor center and the onsite exhibition. Head to the nearby Clava Cairns, a series of mysterious stone circles which date back to the Bronze Age. Head west to the village of Dores and Dores Beach which is situated directly on the banks of Loch Ness. Stop on the banks of the famous loch and see if you can spot Nessy. The tour then heads back towards Inverness and arrives at Glenord Distillery in Muir of Ord. Here, you can enjoy a "wee dram" of whisky with a guided tour, at an extra cost. Alternatively, you can visit Beauly Priory, a ruinous 12th-century church, before being dropped back at your accommodation.

Inverness: Craigs Speyside Highland Private Whisky Tour

9. Inverness: Craigs Speyside Highland Private Whisky Tour

Be immersed in the stunning Scottish Highland scenery and discover world-famous scotch whisky distilleries on a private customizable tour from Inverness. Following a pickup from your hotel, take the A9 trunk route and head North on what is possibly one of the most beautiful trunk routes anywhere in the UK. Driving through Cairngorm National Park you'll be conveyed onto the Speyside Whisky area where you can visit the distilleries of your choice from Balvenie, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Cragganmore, Glenlivet, Cardhu, Glenfarclas, Benriach, Aberlour, Glenmoray, and Benromach. Decide if you'd like to tour the working part of the distillery, take a tutored whisky tasting, or simply visit the shop and visitor center to browse and perhaps purchase. Spend as little or as much time as you want each distillery or make unscheduled stops at any other attraction as you wish during the experience. Although not a distillery, Speyside Cooperage provides a popular tour showing how they make barrels for the Whisky industry.

From Edinburgh: Private Tour of the Highlands & Isle of Skye

10. From Edinburgh: Private Tour of the Highlands & Isle of Skye

Enjoy this private tour with your family, friends, or alone, accompanied by a personal guide. Travel around Scotland’s castles, highlands, and the Island of Skye in the comfort of an automobile. Sip Scotland’s famed whiskey at the Talisker Distillery and discover Loch Ness and its famed Nessie. After departing Edinburgh, take in the unique beauty of highland wildlife and the majestic village of Glencoe. This leg of the trip passes by Stirling and Doune Castles and has plenty of spots for photos and short walks. Enjoy your first night in the coastal city of Oban, Scotland's seafood capital. On the second day, stop by Loch Morar and go to the Island of Skye and spend the night in Portree. Relax and enjoy a dram of whisky in the oldest working distillery on the island: Talisker Distillery. Explore picturesque outdoors sites such as the Fairy Pools, Quiraing, and the Old Man of Storr. On the third day, make your way to the capital of the Highlands: Inverness. Take advantage of this opportunity to visit Eilean Donan and Urquhart Castles and the famous Loch Ness. The route around Inverness is blessed with a number of lakes and glens and has featured in a number of movies. On the final day, make your way back to Edinburgh, traveling across some national parks and stopping at scenic waterfalls. There are plenty of shops to buy authentic Scottish souvenirs and take home a memento with you. PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT WE ARE BILINGUALS BUT WE DO NOT HAVE AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF GUIDES/DRIVERS WHO SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE UNFORTUNATELY : (. SO WHEN BOOKING YOUR TOUR PLEASE MAKE A REQUEST REGARDING IF WE HAVE AVAILABLE GUIDES IN YOUR LANGUAGE. IF WE CONFIRM THAT YOUR GUIDE WILL SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE, THEN YOU WILL HAVE A GUIDE WHO SPEAKS YOUR LANGUAGE. WE WILL TRY OUR BEST! CHEERS, THANKS SO MUCH!!!

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What people are saying about Inverness

Exceptional guide (Rafael from Mad Goat), and with a lot of knowledge of the places and roads. Possibility to explore Scotland from a different perspective It was really worth it. In addition to the traditional tourist spots, we know a lot about the history of the country, and other very interesting places that a traditional tour would not offer us. I recommend!

We had an absolutely fantastic time on this tour. It was interesting and personable and something that I'll remember for the rest of my life. I would definitely recommend, and would be delighted to work with Jamie again, should we ever return.

This was a delightful experience. We saw so much, and William was a very accommodating and knowledgeable guide. I would certainly recommend this to anyone looking to get the most out of day trip to the Highlands.

We had a fantastic tour with our guide Billy. We visited many stunning places and took millions of incredible pictures. Highly recommend everyone who wants to see the beauties of Scotland.

Craig is a great guide, giving us good wine tasting, lunch, and local visitor site suggestions. Fun to ride with, interesting man. We highly recommend him.