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From Inverness: Torridon, Applecross, & Eilean Donan Castle

1. From Inverness: Torridon, Applecross, & Eilean Donan Castle

Depart Inverness at 08:30 and travel west towards Kinlochewe and the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. Marvel at the imposing form of Beinn Eighe Ridge as it gives way to the world-famous Loch Maree, home to the majestic Golden Eagle. Next, head down through Torridon towards Shieldaig, passing some of Europe’s most ancient geology and wild scenery along the way. Continue up the renowned Bealach Na Ba ("Pass of the Cattle") and onwards to the isolated village of Applecross, where you will stop for lunch. Get incredible views towards the Isle of Skye and the Hebrides as you make your way towards Eilean Donan Castle, a picture-perfect edifice perched on a junction of 3 gorgeous lakes. After your visit to the castle, travel along the shores of Loch Ness en route to Inverness, where you will be dropped off by approximately 19:30.

Applecross, Loch Carron & Wild Highlands Tour from Inverness

2. Applecross, Loch Carron & Wild Highlands Tour from Inverness

Depart Inverness early in the morning and begin your tour crossing the beautifully scenic Black Isle and stopping in the village of Lochcarron. Enjoy the views across Loch Carron and perhaps pick up a bite to eat, before you continue on to Achintraid. The small village enjoys views over Loch Kishorn and a breathtaking mountain range on the opposite shore. Continue your journey, climbing upwards through dramatic landscape over the Bealach na Ba (Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle). Pause for photos at the summit of the third highest road in Britain at over 2000 feet, so be ready for those breathtaking views across Raasay and the Isle of Skye. Begin your descent to Applecross village, located on a beautiful bay and full of natural wildlife, perfect for nature lovers. Look out for otters, red kites, deer and perhaps pine martens. Stop here and enjoy plenty of time to explore the village. Begin your return journey to Inverness, driving along the banks of Loch Torridon, through the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve. This nature reserve is one of the oldest in Britain and is home to plenty of wildlife; you may even spot a golden eagle. Travel on through Shieldaig and Kinlochewe and homeward bound to Inverness.

Inverness: Day Tour to Glenelg, Plockton, and Applecross

3. Inverness: Day Tour to Glenelg, Plockton, and Applecross

Partake in a search for the Loch Ness Monster, known affectionately as "Nessie". You will stop for a short walk down to the shores of Loch Ness, where you can take some photos of the fantastic scenery and maybe even catch the monster out for an early morning swim. Next, you will venture onto the magnificently situated Urquhart Castle, on the shore of Loch Ness. Traveling on, you will heard to Cluanie Dam, where in 1957 the glen of Cluanie was flooded as part of the North Scotland Hydro-Electric Board's Glenmoriston project, to generate hydro electricity onto the dramatic Glen Shiel. Following this, you will visit the pictish brochs at Glenelg, along with the Bernera Barracks Fort. You will then venture forth to Eilean Donan Castle, which is recognized as one of the most iconic Scottish images all over the world. The picturesque village of Plockton will be your next stop, which sits on a sheltered bay with stunning views overlooking Loch Carron. Often referred to as the “Jewel of the Highlands”, it offers everything breathtaking scenery and landscapes, secluded bays, coral beaches, islands, panoramic views, and the possibility of seeing an array of marine life at close quarters. Your tour will then encounter Lochcarron, pretty village of white-washed cottages, before advancing towards Applecross. Next on your tour, you will head onward to Torridon, which boasts a dramatic and desolate setting beneath the mountains, on the shore of Upper Loch Torridon in Wester Ross. You will finally pass through the picturesque village of Garve, which is situated along the Black Water River and lies five miles northwest of Contin.

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What people are saying about Applecross

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 40 reviews

the journey was well planned. We stopped at all places where there were a special view, a beauty spot or historical point. It was confortable, our lunch was booked in a lovely place, the atmosphere was very friendly. We did a 200 miles circle arriving back by lochness to have a view of Urquhart castle, but no sight of Nessie !!!! Our driver/guide was full of local knowledge which made the trip even more interesting, she was fun and entertaining. Her journey was well constructed with history, mythological or fairy stories and scottish music !!Her personnality made the trip certainly special And despite a miserable weather , drizzle and cold we all enjoyed the trip very much , and forgot about the weather. This is Scotland after all, and the clouds added a mystical feeling to the spectacular sceneries'

A great day and a wonderful experience! I really wanted to go to Torridon during my time in Scotland, but unfortunately I would never have passed as many beautiful places as I did on this tour without my own car. Actually, I wanted to explore Scotland on my own and not book a typical tourist tour - but the day with our guide Helen felt more like I was on a road trip with friends: Warm welcome, traditional Scottish music, legends, wisdom, history and a lot of good things Mood. And the scenery was just amazing! For anyone who wants to escape the tourist hustle and bustle (even if it's just for a day), I can really recommend this tour.

Great landscape.... everyone should do this tour....I don't know why it is not so popular....it was about to be cancelled....at last moment they sent a guide and driver who haven't done the tour before...so no idea where we are heading...but thanks to good weather and picturesque landscape....it became enjoyable....but i shall highly recommend this one

Un tour increíble en el mes de Junio. Duncan es el mejor guia que nos pudo haber tocado, sabe todo sobre historia, naturaleza, mitos. y hace que el camino sea muy agradable.

Gail was a phenomenal guide and fantastic driver as well! Especially appreciated the couple of short extra stops — like to see the highland cows by the road.