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Our most recommended Inverness Shore Excursions

Inverness: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Inverness: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Join an open-top double-decker bus tour for an insight into the development of the city from the original street between Castle and Kirk, with the oldest building Abertarff House, to the recently completed Highland Archive Center. Inverness has had 5 castles through the centuries with many famous visitors, not all welcome, Macbeth, Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie among them. Plan your day from the top of a double-decker bus, with 360-degree panoramic views of the city. Visit the many churches, including St Andrews Cathedral, one of local architect Dr Alexander Ross’s finest buildings. On the Western outskirts of the city, see Tomnahurich Hill and the Caledonian Canal, hop-off for great panoramic views of Kessock Bridge, The Black Isle and the Inverness Firth out to Fort George. Discover the flight of 5 locks at Muirtown, constructed in 1822 by Thomas Telford to bring the Caledonian Canal to sea level. Finally, pass by the South side of Inverness Castle to see Flora MacDonald’s statue, the 3 Graces, then along General Wades road by Bellfield Park to Holm Mills shopping village. Red Route Tour stops: 1. Bus Station 2. Bridge Street 3. Castle Street 4. Bellfield Park 5. Bishops Road - opposite Cathedral 6. Bught Drive 7. Dochgarroch 8. Telford Street Blue Route Tour stops: 1. Bus Station 2. Old Perth Road - Opposite Filling Station 3. Culloden Battlefield 4. Stadium Road 5. Cromwell Road 6. Bus Station

Invergordon: Highlands Guided Tour with Cawdor Castle Ticket

2. Invergordon: Highlands Guided Tour with Cawdor Castle Ticket

Our tour starts at Invergordon Cruise port where you are assured a warm Highland welcome from your tour guide. Our first stop is a visit to Cawdor Castle, which dates back to 1454. Here you can a self-guided audio tour of the castle then explore the wonderful gardens. Our next stop is Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last ever battle on British soil. Your guide will recount the events of this tragic day and bring the history of the field to life. We then go back in time 4000 years to explore the magical Clava Cairns. Your guide will explain the significance of the standing stones and stone burial chambers. Next on the agenda is Loch Ness, home of the legendary monster. We stop at one of the best viewpoints of the Loch, which is also home to Nessie Hunter Steve Feltham. Our final stop of the day is Inverness, the capital city of the Highlands. Depending on the length of tour we will have either a photo stop of 20 mins, or a slightly longer stop to take in a little more of the city.

Northwest Highlands: Private Tour with Hike

3. 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.

Scotland: Spirit of the Highlands Tour from Inverness

4. Scotland: Spirit of the Highlands Tour from Inverness

Enjoy this spirit of the Highlands day tour, an 8-hour tour from Inverness City Centre that will take you to some very scenic off the beaten track beauty spots in the Highlands. Enjoy the comfort and hassle-free transport service from your accommodation or cruise ship that will ensure you get the most out of your full-day tour.  Start your tour by marveling at the beauty of the highlands. Hunt for the famous Loch Ness Monster as you travel along the shore of the Loch. Visit Inverness, capital of the Highlands and be swept away by the breathtaking views. Continue on your tour with a visit to Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last ever pitched battle on UK soil. This was a battle between the Jacobite's and the government army in which the Jacobites were defeated in battle. With your guide, you will learn about how this battle had a long-lasting effect on the Highlands. Enjoy a visit to Culloden and the Clava Standing stones. This is a well-preserved Bronze age Cemetery, perfect for any history buffs or fans of the film 'Outlander'. This fantastic day out will give you a taste of the Highlands of Scotland, leaving you wishing to return to Scotland time and time again.

Invergordon: South Shore Tour Excursion

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Inverness

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 40 reviews

I picked this up at Inverness bus station but there are other stops you can start at. I bought red ticket but as I had more time I bought the blue in addition. You can pay the driver directly. Very interesting to see the sites. I had a half a day to spare so I stopped for and hour at both River Ness and the battle fields. Worth doing it there were even locals on it enjoying the sites!

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 fantastic way to see the city and the surroundings. We started with the Blue tour and then bought the Red tour a couple of hours afterwards Both tours complemented each other

very educational, and a lot of history, if you like learning history this is the tour for you

Enjoyable bus tour of Inverness with friendly bus drivers.