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Inverness Sightseeing

Inverness Sightseeing

Eilean Donan Castle and Isle of Skye

We start our day together by driving along the banks of Loch Ness – keep a careful watch, just in case you know who makes an appearance! We’ll stop in the little village of Invermoriston to see the delightful ruined bridge which was designed by Thomas Telford, who constructed the Caledonian Canal. Next we travel through pretty Glen Moriston and Glen Shiel, scene of the 1719 battle, were we will see the “Five Sisters”, a range of five mountains that dominate the surrounding landscape.

We’ll make a stop so that you can visit Eilean Donan Castle (optional), perched on its island at the head of Loch Duich. You will marvel at the views from this most picturesque of castles.

Soon we cross “over the sea to Skye” by way of the road bridge and head for Broadford, where there is a stop for lunch. Next we take the stunningly beautiful road through Glen Suardal. The pretty Red Cuillin Hills provide a pleasant start to our journey. As we reach the little village of Torrin, the bulk of Bla Bhein (Blanven) comes in to view. Considered by many to be Scotland’s prettiest mountain it provides breathtaking views.

The road descends to hug the banks of Loch Slappin and here we stop to enjoy some beach combing. The next part of our journey involves a steep climb over Strathaird to reach the little community of Elgol beyond.

We’ll have an extended stop in Elgol where there are superb views of the Black Cuillin Hills to enjoy. They rise majestically on the opposite banks of Loch Scavaig. If the weather is kind to us there are also stunning seascapes towards Rum and the other Small Isles.

As we cross the Skye Bridge, heading for the mainland, look out for the little island of Eilean Ban. The author, Gavin Maxwell, lived in the lighthouse keepers cottage for a while. He is most famous for writing “Ring of Bright Water” – a book that vividly describedliving with a family of otters.

From Kyle of Lochalsh we continue our journey through picturesque Glen Carron to reach the lonely village of Achnasheen, our final stop of the day. The final part of our journey takes us to Garve then on through the Black Isle. There are fabulous views over the Moray Firth to savour as we reach Inverness by way of the Kessock Bridge.

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Price:
Adult: 57 £
Child (3-12 years old): 53 £

Inverness City Tour

The name Inverness comes from the Scottish Gaelic “Inbhir Nis” meaning the mouth of the River Ness. The Burgh of Inverness was granted a Royal Charter by King David of Scotland in the 12th century and has grown steadily ever since. Inverness is renowned for being the administrative, distribution and cultural centre of Northern Scotland and through the last quarter of the 20th century, was one of the fastest growing towns in Western Europe. This was rewarded by Inverness being granted City status at the millennium. The city offers a warm welcome to a lively place with a modern outlook with plenty of things to do and see.

This popular open top double-decker bus tour gives an insight into the development of the city. The tour will take you from the original street between Castle and Kirk, with the oldest building Abertarff House, to the recently completed Highland Archive Centre. Inverness has had 5 castles through the centuries with many famous visitors, not all welcome, McBeth, 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 which is probably one of Iocal architect Dr Alexander Ross’s finest buildings. On the Western outskirts of the City the tour highlights Tomnahurich Hill and the Caledonian Canal, where you could hop off for a cruise on Loch Ness before taking the higher ground for great panoramic views of Kessock Bridge, The Black Isle and the Inverness Firth out to Fort George. The tour introduces the flight of 5 locks at Muirtown constructed in 1822 by Thomas Telford to bring the Caledonian Canal to sea level. The final section of the tour takes you 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.

Our open-top bus tour of Inverness is the ideal way to discover all that is best about the Capital of the Highlands. There is a departure every hour and you can hop on and off at stops along the route so that you can explore the places of interest that you are hearing about in the commentary. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours. The commentary is provided in English.

What’s included
• Transport by open-top double deck bus
• Recorded commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Everyday

Price:
Adult: 12 £
Child (5-15 years old): 4 £

John O’Groats and the Far North

We leave Inverness behind and head across the Black Isle to the Cromarty Firth. In Golspie, high above the town, is an astonishing statue, 27m (90′) high. This is of the First Duke of Sutherland, whose agents were involved in the most notorious of the Clearances in the Highlands during the 19th Century. We’ll hear more about this sad episode in the history of Scotland as we make our way northwards.

Soon we will be in Caithness. The traditional industry of this remote county was herring fishing and during the 19th Century many picturesque harbours were constructed here to meet the needs of this ever-expanding industry. We will make a stop at one to enjoy a quay-side picnic lunch (weather permitting!).

There will be a stop in John O’Groats for that “I was there” photograph before making our way to stunning Duncansby Head where, after a stroll along the cliff-top path, there are views of the dramatic sea stacks and seascapes to enjoy. uncansby is rich in birdlife including Guillemot, Kittiwakes and, the most famous residents, Puffins (until late July).

After our visit to Duncansby we turn southwards for home. Our journey will take us through Wick and there will be a comfort stop along the way before we make journey’s end in Inverness.

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Tuesdays and Thursdays

Price:
Adult: 57 £
Child (3-12 years old): 53 £

Loch Ness Passion

Your exciting day of discovery starts when you board your luxury coach in Inverness City Centre. Soon the hustle and bustle of the city is left behind and you are touring along the banks of famous Loch Ness. Enjoy the wonderful views as you are introduced to the loch by your local driver/guide.

Loch Ness is the largest Scottish loch by volume, indeed experts say that it contains more freshwater than all the lakes of England and Wales combined! Find out more about the loch and it’s most famous resident when we stop to visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre in the pleasant village of Drumnadrochit.

Next we make the short journey into bonnie Glen Urquhart, famous for its native woodlands and the wide variety of wildlife that they support. During our visit to the Glen we’ll step back to the Bronze Age when we stop to explore Corrimony Cairn, a passage grave that is surrounded by 11 standing stones.

Urquhart Castle is a magnificent castle that dates from the 14th Century and was one of a chain of garrisons that controlled the Great Glen. Nowadays it’s a popular place with “Nessie” spotters who scan the waters of the loch that are deeper here than the North Sea! We’ll have a relaxed visit to Urquhart Castle where there is plenty time for you to enjoy the fascinating audio-visual presentation and explore the castle for yourself.

After your castle visit join your cruise boat at Urquhart Castle for an enjoyable 90 minute cruise of Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal. With breathtaking turns at every turn this is a real highlight. Keep a close watch and have your camera ready. Just in case!

On arrival in Inverness there is a complimentary coach transfer back to Inverness City Centre.

Availability:
Everyday

Price:
Adult: 51 £
Child (0-15 years old): 36 £

Loch Ness Temptation

From the centre of Inverness you will travel by luxury mini-coach along the banks of the Caledonian Canal to the Bona Narrows. It was here that St Columba is said to have come face to face with “Nessie” in 565AD!

Soon the canal broadens to become Loch Ness and we meander our way enjoying wonderful views at every turn. At the Clansman Visitor Centre a cruiser awaits to take us for a 30 minute cruise on Loch Ness. Here we will sail the deepest waters of the loch which is where Nessie has been seen the most – was that a wave or a fin?

Urquhart Castle is strategically located on a rocky promontory sticking out into the deepest part of Loch Ness. Whoever held this castle controlled the Great Glen and as such it changed hands on numerous occasions. The MacDonalds and the Grants held Urquhart as did the English for a period. It was deliberately blown up in 1691 and today the atmospheric ruins are ours to discover. There are great views over Urquhart Bay to savour and you can learn more about the castle at the award-winning audio-visual presentation.

All too soon it’s time to board your coach from the return journey to Inverness.

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• 30 minute cruise on Loch Ness
• Admission to Urquhart Castle
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Everyday

Price:
Adult: 30 £
Child (0-15 years old): 25 £

Scenic Applecross

Our journey commences with a drive across the Black Isle to Garve and the village of Achnasheen beyond. Our first stop will be in the pleasant village of Lochcarron, which sits on Loch Carron. We’ll take a detour to Ardarroch wherethere are good views over Loch Kishorn to the mountains on the opposite shore. Next we make the dramatic climb over the Bealach nam Ba, which means the Pass of the Cattle, in Gaelic. The Pass is the third highest road in Britain and climbs to over 2,000 feet! We stop at the summit for breathtaking views across to Raasay and the Isle of Skye (weather permitting!) before commencing our descent to Applecross Village.

On our arrival in Applecross we can spend some quality time enjoying the spectacular seascapes or discovering the sad tale of the highland clearances at the local heritage centre. In this area wildlife abounds—nature lovers look out for red deer, pine marten (one of the rarest of British mammals) and otters.

From Applecross we will make our way along the banks of Loch Torridon to Shieldaig where we will make a further stop before travelling through the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve to Kinlochewe. From Achnasheen we will retrace our outward journey to Inverness.

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Mondays

Price:
Adult: 49 £
Child (3-12 years old): 45 £

The Highland Experience

We leave Inverness behind and cross the Moray Firth to reach the Black Isle. Enjoy panoramic views as we travel through the Black Isle. Shortly the expanse of the Cromarty Firth will come into view. This deep estuary is almost landlocked and this natural defence made it an important naval base during both World Wars. For nature lovers the Cromarty Firth has one of the largest areas of unspoilt mudflats in the UK making it an important staging post for waders and wildfowl as they migrate south.

Our visit to the sleepy fishing village of Cromarty is like a journey into the past with its quaint fishermen’s cottages, crow-stepped houses and grand sandstone mansions. Once this attractive town was the major port for the North of Scotland, however the industrial revolution meant that this prosperity did not last long. The character of the village has been retained though, thanks to the careful conservation work that has been undertaken here.

After time in Cromarty we will make our way to Rosemarkie and Fortrose, where we will stop at Chanonry Point. The Moray Firth is home to a community of some 130 Bottlenose Dolphins and Chanonry Point is a popular vantage point with fans of these loveable mammals.

Our next stop is in the attractive town of Beauly. The name derives from the French, Beau Lieu (meaning beautiful place) and was so named by the monks that built a priory here in the 13th Century.

Next we make our way to Muir of Ord where, if you wish, you can visit Glen Ord Malt Whisky Distillery * for a behind the scenes tour followed by a tasting of the end product (when the distillery is closed there will be an extended stop in Beauly)

The last visit of the day is to the little village of Drumnadrochit which sits close to the banks of mysterious Loch Ness. Discover more about the loch and it’s famous resident at the fascinating Official Loch Ness Exhibition *.

As we return to Inverness along the banks of Loch Ness keep a careful watch, just in case!

* Admission fees extra.

What’s included
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
• Live commentary in English
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes

What’s NOT included
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

Availability:
Everyday

Price:
Adult: 49 £
Child (3-12 years old): 45 £

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