Private tour

Inverness: Alternative Loch Ness Tour

Activity provider: Secret Highlands

Inverness: Alternative Loch Ness Tour

Activity provider: Secret Highlands

From US$ 180.55 per person

Discover Loch Ness and so much more. Uncover the myths, legends, and history while surrounded in stunning landscapes. Explore ancient Caledonian Pine and Douglas Fir forests, spectacular waterfalls.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Please wait just outside the main entrance of your accommodation.
Private group


  • Take in the magnificant Loch Ness before exploring the road-less-traveled into a hidden glen
  • Wonder at an ancient burial chamber which dates back 4,000 years
  • Marvel as you watch the water cascade down 46 metres of waterfalls
  • Enjoy two forest walks
  • Slow down and enjoy the Highlands at a Highland pace
Full description
Leaving from Inverness, you will travel south on the A82 along the banks of the world-famous Loch Ness. Throughout your journey you will learn about this mysterious loch and all it's history. You will make a short stop for some photos, where you overlook the loch and onward to Urquhart Castle in the distance. You'll then travel on to the busy village of Drumnadrochit before turning inland and onto quieter roads. Your next stop at the ancient Corrimony Cairn allows you to guess at an ancient population that lived in these parts, uncovering some clues to their beliefs. It will then be on to the end of the road to discover what many consider to be the most "bonnie" glen in Scotland: Glen Affric. There you will take for a short walk to discover the great view, before taking an optional hike around the River Affric before heading back down the road and over to the magnificent Plodda Falls and impressive Douglas Firs. You'll explore the area through the forest before slowing things down so you can really experience the true Highlands, before returning to the picturesque village of Tomich for a lunch break. After you are watered and fed, you will progress onward following the river down Strath Glass and to the pretty village of Beauly, before returning to Inverness.
  • Luxury 8 Seat Mercedes V Class with double sunroof
  • Light snacks and bottled water
  • Pickup and drop-off from Inverness
  • Lunch at the Old Post Office in Tomich
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People over 264 lbs (120 kg)

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes
  • Jacket
  • Rain gear

Know before you go

  •  It is recommended that waterproof clothing and sturdy walking footwear is worn
  • A degree of fitness is required for the second walk, which descends to the bottom of the waterfalls
  • This tour is not recommended for people with limited mobility
  • This tour will take place regardless of the weather
  • Both hikes require a degree of fitness as there are ascents of between 40 and 100 meters
Customer reviews

Overall rating

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based on 2 reviews

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Skip the giant tour-bus and the mad rush up and down highways trying to cover as much distance as possible. This tour takes a quieter, more local, and more personal approach that for me was just perfect. Jamie's tour feels just like visiting a friend in the Highlands who wants to take you to their favourite local places. You take the small, local roads that wind through this beautiful part of the world and feel like you can truly see what it's like to live there. The walks on offer are incredibly peaceful and scenic. I visited in early Spring with snow still on the ground and it was just gorgeous, but I'd imagine every season would bring it's own charm. Highly recommended!

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March 18, 2020

October 6, 2021

Product ID: 360630