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Vikings, Highland Clans & The Highlander’s Dram, Whisky Distillery, Outlanders & Fraser’s, 13thc. Monastery, Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness & The Monster, Culloden, Ancient Stone Circle, Inverness and Cawdor Castle
Suggested times: 8-9 hours
The Highland Tour from Invergordon
From Invergordon, The Highland Tour starts by driving along the side of the beautiful Cromarty Firth through the ancient lands of the Ross and Munro clans, to the ancient Viking centre, Dingwall. We soon reach Muir of Ord where we will visit one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland, the Glen Ord distillery to discover how the finest malt whisky is made.
We continue to Beauly and the heart of the Clan Fraser lands. Taken from the French ‘beau lieu’ meaning ‘beautiful place’, you’ll visit the atmospheric ruin of the 13th century monastery with its medieval crypt. There you will also meet one of the oldest trees in Europe!
Climbing up and over the ‘Hen’s Back’ road you’ll have some spectacular views before descending into Glen Mhor, the Great Glen and the pretty village of Drumnadrochit. Quickly followed by a great photo opportunity at Royal Urquhart Castle, perched overlooking Loch Ness, an excellent place to spot the reclusive Nessie, who some say lives in a subterranean cave under the castle!
We retrace our steps back to Drumnadrochit, but then continue north-east along the banks of this massive loch, hearing Celtic folklore and the legend of the monster.
The Clansman Hotel near Drumnadrochit provides a good stop for souvenir shopping, refreshments and a comfort break.
Arriving in Inverness, the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ you’ll spend time at the highest point overlooking the city, the splendid Victorian ‘mock’ Inverness castle.
Alternatively, instead of visiting the Castle, you might use that time to shop which are very close to the castle.
(The 5 hour tour now returns to Invergordon via a mysterious and magical site!)
Leaving Inverness we drive to Moor, with spectacular views over the Moray Firth, passing Culloden Battlefield, one of the most visited and emotive battlefield sites in Scotland. (Visit optional)
Just 5 minutes drive away from Culloden are the mysterious Clava Cairns, 4,000 year-old Chambered Cairns built by the earliest farmers at the same time as Stonehenge. (The 6-hour tour now returns to Invergordon)
The Highland Chief inc. Shakespeare’s Macbeth Tour (8-hours)
If you want to include all of the above in The Highland Tour, plus visiting the best medieval and romantic castle in the north of Scotland, Cawdor Castle, mentioned in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ this is the perfect castle for you. Complete with moat, drawbridge, a dungeon and a range of fine classical rooms and still lived in by the Campbells of Cawdor.
If you include visiting Cawdor Castle, we would go straight there from the ship and then visit Clava Cairns, Culloden, Inverness, Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Beauly Priory, Glen Ord distillery and Dingwall on the route back to the ship, basically doing the above tour in reverse.
7 Advantages (at least) over Coach Tours!
Booking one of our private guided tours from Invergordon:
- Overall much better value per person than coach tours.
- The flexibility of your personal tour – stop where you want and when you want.
- Coach tours generally take people to one or two main attractions –we take you to at least 4!
- Coaches take you on the main roads –we can also take you on smaller more scenic roads.
- You can interact with your friendly guide and ask them lots of questions!
- Eat when you want, where you want – enjoy a picnic in the beautiful countryside.
- Don’t be disappointed when the tour taxis run out at Invergordon –book early to guarantee your special Highland tour!