Highlights – Lochs, Castles, Rugged Mountains & Whisky
This tour focuses on the most beautiful and varied landscapes of the Highlands.
We leave Inverness and head north over the Beauly Firth towards the dramatic landscapes of the northern Highlands. Nestled on the outskirts of Muir of Ord, Glen Ord Distillery is one of the Highland’s hidden treasures producing liquid gold all year round. With a welcome as warm as the whisky, you’ll be sure to leave satisfied after experiencing the world-famous Scottish hospitality at this 5* visitor attraction.
We’ll stop for views and photos before arriving at the exceptionally beautiful viewpoint for Loch Maree. This will then lead us towards the Loch and Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve Visitor Centre for a short break.
From here, we take the single-track road through one of Scotland’s National Nature Reserves. Learn about the woodland regeneration in the area and may give you a chance to get a view over the area and enjoy a close look at the native pine trees.
Now travelling through the majestic landscape and dramatic geology of the Torridon mountains. As we reach the west coast, the road ascends and gives you incredible views across the Torridon Range, down over the Loch, and out to sea.
In scenically situated town of Sheildaig, Covered with rocky outcrops, seaweed, scrub and Caledonian Pine trees, the scenic Shieldaig Island is managed by the National Trust for Scotland. It is believed the trees were planted to provide poles to dry the nets of the local fishermen and catches are still landed there today.
Applecross, a winding coast road from Shielding, to the north on Loch Torridon, with great views all the way; and the Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle). The road is one of the highest in Britain, reaching 2,053 ft, and heads into the clouds on Alpine hairpin bends, then drops down to the quiet street, from where there are incredible views out across the bay to Raasay and Skye.
You take the shorter but even more dramatic road out of Applecross, the famous Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle), and if the weather allows, you stop for viewpoints at the top and bottom of this dramatic road.
At Loch Duich, we find Eilean Donan Castle without doubt, a Scottish icon and certainly one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Highlands. When you first set eyes on it, it is easy to understand why so many people flock to its stout doors year after year. Strategically located on its own little island, overlooking the Isle of Skye, at the point where three great sea-lochs meet, and surrounded by the majestic splendour of the forested mountains of Kintail, Eilean Donan’s setting is truly breath-taking.
The journey back to Inverness passes the Five Sisters of Kintail Mountain range, historic Glenshiel, Loch Ness, and the Great Glen.
Tours are exclusively for your private group only (up to 5 passengers) and prices are per tour. We only offer private tours and do not combine individuals or separate groups – if your group size is less than 3 the advertised tour price still applies. Prices include all taxes and a driver/guide but exclude entrance fees and meals.