Best Of The Scottish Highlands Tour From Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness And Scotch Whisky - Glasgow

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Venture through Scotlands Highlands on a full-day trip from Inverness with an expert guide. Traveling by luxury minivan, youll explore the area known as the Black Isle, home to incredibly barren yet beautiful scenery. Visit the sleepy fishing village of Cromarty, see bottlenose dolphins at Chanonry Point, and sample whisky at the Glen Ord Whisky Distillery in Beauly. Before returning to Inverness, youll walk along the banks of Loch Ness to seek out Nessie a must-do activity in the Highlands!


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Get up-close to native wildlife

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Depart Inverness by minivan and travel with your guide to the heart of Scotlands dramatic Highlands. Heading west, youll venture along a stunning stretch of the Highlands known as the Black Isle, an area of land thats actually a peninsula and named for its association with the dark arts during medieval times. Hear tales like this and more from your friendly guide as you journey deep into the Black Isles beautifully barren countryside.

First stop of the day is in Cromarty, a picturesque village where time feels like its truly standing still. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour around its quaint streets, seeing cute fishermans cottages and houses with typical Scottish crow-stepped gables.

Continue traveling by minivan through the pretty villages of Rosemarkie and Fortrose, and then stop for a walk along a ridge known as Chanonry Point. Jutting out into the sea at Moray Firth, the ridge is widely acknowledged as the best place in Britain for see dolphins home to a community of some 130 bottleneck dolphins.

After dolphin spotting to your hearts content, your tour continues to the nearby town of Beauly for lunch (own expense) and a look around. The name of the town comes from the French beau lieu meaning beautiful place, and youll find it to be just that while you explore its charming streets at leisure.

The town is home to the legendary Glen Ord Whisky Distillery, and youll visit this next with your guide. While touring the cellars and distillery itself, youll see the whisky workers creating their flagship product a 12-year-old single malt whisky and youll be given a wee dram to sample before leaving.

On the way back to Inverness, theres one last and very important stop at the banks of Loch Ness to try and catch a sight of the fabled Loch Ness monster. As you stroll through the village of Drumnadrochit and around the gorgeous shores of this famous loch (lake) surrounded by flora and fauna, youll soon realize that theres more to Loch Ness than just a monster!

Inclusions for Best Of The Scottish Highlands Tour From Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness And Scotch Whisky

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Driver/guide

Exclusions for Best Of The Scottish Highlands Tour From Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness And Scotch Whisky

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Entrance fees

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Off we went with our guide Allison in a roomy van. Allison was fantastic, she knew our 10 names in the first 5 minutes and I enjoyed her good-natured banter and her wealth of knowledge. First to Loch Ness where we heard the legend but the monster was on an extended vacation presumably. After the whiskey tour which had been pre-arranged, we had lunch in the quaint village of Cromarty where some of us had Cullen Skink soup which sounds like it's made from lizards but actually a delicious smoked fish. We got our feet wet along the coast as we looked for dolphins. They must have been on vacation too but the Highland cattle were not and no one complained we were having such a good time. Back to Inverness where we received recommendations from Allison for dinner and entertainment ideas. I'd do this all again, and hope to sometime soon.

  • It was a great trip! Our tour guide was very willing to help us see some great country! Great time!

  • We loved our tour! Our guide was wonderful - very informative and a lot of fun!

  • It is worth of for those who enjoy countriside views, want to see life out of capitals and spend comfortably a day during their stay in Inverness. Nice Black Island sites and really rural atmosphere of villages to enjoy some coffee, sandwich or beer in local pubs. Whisky tour in Glen Ord only basic level, however, enough for most of not deeply interested in, finished with tasting. All tour related information given during the day were practical and interesting. Satisfied at all, but would recommend to tour guides, in general, to take better care of their pronounced english as also not native english speaking visitors can appear on their board from time to time. Thanks for nice day.

  • Enjoyed the lovely scenery and our guide, Julien, despite a mostly rainy day. We only stopped for a short time to take in the view of Loch Ness but I think I prefer that to the place we passed by - what seemed like a more commercial Nessie visitor's center. Julien, kept up a commentary through the day telling us interesting facts as well as local lore of the places we visited. The distillery tour was great and I felt there was ample time spent there about 45 min. Sally was our good humored distillery guide. I'm not a scotch drinker but this was an interesting tour and I can better appreciate what goes into making this libation! Footwear tip: don't wear thin/ spiky heels as part of it is walking on grating. Stopped in Beauly for a visit to the ruin of what was once an abbey. Julien's commentary did not seem rehearsed and I felt that he was sharing his knowledge with us rather than talking at us. It was like traveling around with a friend! We did not see dolphins near Cromarty but had a very nice lunch on our own and a brief walk on the beach there. By then the sun was peeking out. Again, Julien's stories were entertaining and personable. I would like to go back and spend a little more time in some of these places! Logistically speaking the pick up and drop off point bus station in Inverness was convenient and we left in a timely manner and got back earlier than I had expected. One thing I would encourage is to engage the tour participants with each other - maybe some ice breakers as we begin the tour. The people on the tour were pretty quiet and we didn't interact much with each other. Maybe all of us happened to be introverts that day? Overall a good day - wet but well spent! Thank you, Julien!

  • A lovely drive through the countryside with a very experienced driver/guide. Information provided on the history of villages we passed through and of some of the myths and legends that abound throughout Scotland.

    The tour departed on time and the bus was clean and comfortable.

    If you are wanting to see some beautiful country this is a tour for you.

    The Whisky tour was very informative and gave me new insight on the process of making the delectable drop

  • We had a fantastic tour guide Duncan, who was extremely knowledgeable and gave the best stories of the area. He even played music during the tour. It was exceptional. My in-laws said that this was the best tour they had ever had in their lives, so we know it was memorable. Highly recommend!

  • This trip was fantastic. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.

  • We enjoyed the trip overall, but felt that it was a bit too long for the different experiences included. Our guide was nice and if you have a whole day to spend in a van soaking up some great views, it was ideal.

  • There were only 4 of us on the tour. It was terrific. Thanks, Ian !

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