Day trip

From Inverness: Torridon, Applecross, & Eilean Donan Castle

Day trip

From Inverness: Torridon, Applecross, & Eilean Donan Castle

Activity provider: Rabbie's Small Group Tours

From US$ 62.96 per person


Take a journey through the ancient wilderness of Scotland on a day trip to Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness. Discover postcard-perfect villages, and delve deep into the gory history of a legendary Scottish fortress.

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Duration 11 hours
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  • Discover Scotland's ancient lochs and mountains on a scenic tour west of Inverness
  • Capture the beauty of Eilean Donan Castle, possibly Scotland's most photographed fortress
  • Get views over to the Isle of Skye and the Hebrides
  • Travel along the shores of Loch Ness
Full description
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.
  • Transportation by luxury, air-conditioned, 16-seat Mercedes minicoach
  • Services of an experienced driver/guide
  • Entrance to visitor attractions
  • Meals and refreshments
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Meeting point

Meet at the bus stop next to Inverness Cathedral. Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour departs.

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Important information

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  • The return time to Inverness is approximately 7:30 PM
  • Transportation is by top of the range Mercedes minicoach in a small group of no more than 16 people for a more personalized service, time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back roads and more of an authentic experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life. Time off the bus gives you opportunities to take nature walks, so please bring suitable clothes and footwear
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years
  • You're restricted to 14 kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 49 reviews

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Our tour with James and the other travelers was exceptional. We traveled on single track roads spotting, deer, sheep, coos, and the stag that regularly hangs out in a parking lot. The vistas are breath taking. Our meal at Applecross was delicious also. Many have mentioned the Rest and Be Thankful Road in posts, so glad that James was driving! Eilean Donan Castle is well worth the visit. We had to make a detour because a wreck was blocking the road, so James stopped for us to get photos of Urquat Castle as we detoured.

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April 1, 2023

What a tour! Breathtaking views, a fun and extremely engaging and knowledgeable guide (Helen was INCREDIBLE) and great food. The best tour across the bathrooms of Scotland (internal joke, you'll get why). The van was comfortable and the tour never felt boring for even a second, even though it's almost 12h long!

April 1, 2023

We booked this tour at the last minute and it quickly became the highlight of our entire Scotland trip! Helen was an exceptional guide with interesting knowledge, humor and even played music along the journey that had historical context to the land and places we saw. It gave the journey a special touch!

April 1, 2023

Product ID: 98220