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Inverness: Full-Day Fort William and Glencoe Tour

1. Inverness: Full-Day Fort William and Glencoe Tour

Your tour will begin with a Loch Ness photo opportunity. Also known affectionately as "Nessie", you can take your chances spotting the beast out in the brine. Your next stop will be the magnificently-situated Urquhart Castle, on the shore of Loch Ness. Here you can continue to soak up the atmosphere of one of Scotland’s most famous lochs. You will next travel on to Ft. Augustus. Lying on the impressive 60-mile long Caledonian Canal, halfway between Inverness and Fort William, Fort Augustus offers spectacular views down Loch Ness. Your next stop will be the Commando Memorial, which is a Category-A-listed monument in Lochaber, Scotland, dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. You will then move on to the Glenfinnan Viaduct, which is a railway viaduct on the West Highland Line that has been featured in the filming of the second and third Harry Potter books. Afterwards you will visit the Glenfinnan Monument, which is tge famous location where Prince Charles Edward Stuart ("Bonnie Prince Charlie") raised his standard on the shores of Loch Shiel. You will visit the famous Neptune Staircase, with is the longest staircase lock in Britain and comprises of 8 locks on the Caledonian Canal. Afterwards you will visit Old Inverlochy Castle, which is now a ruin. The castle is located on the south bank of the River Lochy at the strategically important entrance to the Great Glen. Moving onward, you will approach Fort William, situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe. It’s known as a gateway to Ben Nevis, the U.K.’s highest peak. You will finally visit the base of the Ben Nevis, which is the highest mountain in the British Isles (standing at 1,345 meters above sea level).

Edinburgh: 2-Day Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands Tour

2. Edinburgh: 2-Day Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands Tour

Feel at home in the Highlands on this tour. The further north, the wilder it gets. On your 2-day tour, you will have have a hell of a good time. This way, you can fully enjoy the scenery, the hospitality of the local people as well as various other activities along the way such as hiking, distillery/ brewery hopping, monster hunting, stuffing your face or whatever takes your fancy. If you can’t look at another castle during the trip, want to skip one attraction to see another or want to stay in one place for longer, it will be completely up to you. On the day of your tour, you will be provided with a list of all the attractions along the way which are often not mentioned in tour guides so that you will have a chance to see something else. This is the only company which does it this way.

Inverness: Private Secret Hike to the Shores of Loch Ness

3. Inverness: Private Secret Hike to the Shores of Loch Ness

Leaving Inverness down the old "Wade" road and along the alternative side of Loch Ness, take in the spectacular views before you explore the magnificent Caledonian pine woods of Foyers. Pass one of the highest waterfalls in Scotland and learn about the national bard, Rabbie Burns, including how he visited these falls before continuing down to the shores of Loch Ness itself. The track you'll take is only really used by locals, so when the loch opens before you you will more than likely be the only one their to enjoy the atmosphere and views. You'll stay for a while, taking in the calmness of this special place before heading back where some local baking will be waiting for you in the Waterfall Cafe. From there it's back up the loch via some more hidden roads, taking in the typical Highland scenery and wildlife before descending back down to the north end of the Loch at Dores Beach. Take another short walk along the pebble beach to reward yourself with a magnificent perspective of the great glen fault that Loch Ness is a part of. Before returning to Inverness, visit the 4,000-year-old burial chambers of Clava, where you can soak in the history and atmosphere of these ancient monuments.

Full-Day Custom Tour: Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands

4. Full-Day Custom Tour: Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands

When in the Highlands you will feel at home. The further north, the wilder it gets. On this tour, you will enjoy the scenery, Highland hospitality and various activities (which you can choose) along the way such as walking, distillery/brewery hopping, monster hunting, stuffing your face or whatever takes your fancy. Do not forget that during the tour you are not led, you lead and the tour is yours! Your tour can be adapted and changed according to your interests. If you can’t look at another castle during the trip, and want to skip one attraction to see another, or want to stay in one place for longer it is completely up to you. On the day of your tour, you will be provided with a list of all attractions along the way which are often not mentioned in tour guides so you have a chance to see something else.

Inverness: Private Local Attractions Tour with Entry Tickets

5. Inverness: Private Local Attractions Tour with Entry Tickets

Embark on a guided private day tour of Inverness and discover notable points of interest in and around the city. Visit Cawdor Castle, Fort George Military Museum, the Culloden Battlefield, and the Clava Cairns (entry not included) and benefit from an entry ticket to the Glenord Distillery. Start with pickup from your accommodation in Inverness and hop into the tour vehicle to start your exploration of the city. Make your first stop at Cawdor Castle and, after admission, take a guided tour of the building with the onsite staff. Continue next to the Fort George Military Museum and Highlander's Museum which you can visit at your own pace. Learn a bit about the various Highland Regiments of the British Army with many displays of military artifacts. Travel to the Culloden Battlefield where your driver will give you a narrative of the events that led to this final confrontation of the Jacobite Rising of 1745. You can also enter the visitor center and the onsite exhibition. Head to the nearby Clava Cairns, a series of mysterious stone circles which date back to the Bronze Age. Head west to the village of Dores and Dores Beach which is situated directly on the banks of Loch Ness. Stop on the banks of the famous loch and see if you can spot Nessy. The tour then heads back towards Inverness and arrives at Glenord Distillery in Muir of Ord. Here, you can enjoy a "wee dram" of whisky with a guided tour, at an extra cost. Alternatively, you can visit Beauly Priory, a ruinous 12th-century church, before being dropped back at your accommodation.

Invergordon: South Shore Tour Excursion

6. Invergordon: South Shore Tour Excursion

Start your day of adventure by arriving via Port of Invergordon in the Scottish Highlands. Once there, you will be met by your friendly driver as you leave the harbour area. After listening to a safety briefing you'll hop into your comfortable vehicle and travel South. First stop, the famous Culloden battlefield where your driver will provide you with an informative narrative about the events that led to this battle. Take your time and feel free to visit the visitor centre or exhibition (entry fee required). Your next stop is the nearby Clava Cairns, a series of mysterious stone circles which are a free attraction to visit. Leaving Clava Cairns the tour heads East on single track roads to Cawdor Village and Cawdor Castle. There is a charge for admission and guided tour by castle staff once inside. When your visit at Cawdor Castle is complete the tour travels back through Inverness to Dores Village which is sited directly on the banks of Loch Ness and the beach there gives direct access to the Loch itself. Head back to Inverness and travel North until you arrive at Beauly Priory. Make the most of the free entrance and enjoy some of the shopping opportunities inside. Continue on your journey to the Glenord Distillery at nearby Muir of Ord where you can indulge in a Whisky sampling experience.Your tour then heads North and back to the Port of Invergordon where the tour ends.

Inverness: Alternative Loch Ness Tour

7. Inverness: Alternative Loch Ness Tour

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.

From Edinburgh: Private Tour of the Highlands & Isle of Skye

8. From Edinburgh: Private Tour of the Highlands & Isle of Skye

Enjoy this private tour with your family, friends, or alone, accompanied by a personal guide. Travel around Scotland’s castles, highlands, and the Island of Skye in the comfort of an automobile. Sip Scotland’s famed whiskey at the Talisker Distillery and discover Loch Ness and its famed Nessie. After departing Edinburgh, take in the unique beauty of highland wildlife and the majestic village of Glencoe. This leg of the trip passes by Stirling and Doune Castles and has plenty of spots for photos and short walks. Enjoy your first night in the coastal city of Oban, Scotland's seafood capital. On the second day, stop by Loch Morar and go to the Island of Skye and spend the night in Portree. Relax and enjoy a dram of whisky in the oldest working distillery on the island: Talisker Distillery. Explore picturesque outdoors sites such as the Fairy Pools, Quiraing, and the Old Man of Storr. On the third day, make your way to the capital of the Highlands: Inverness. Take advantage of this opportunity to visit Eilean Donan and Urquhart Castles and the famous Loch Ness. The route around Inverness is blessed with a number of lakes and glens and has featured in a number of movies. On the final day, make your way back to Edinburgh, traveling across some national parks and stopping at scenic waterfalls. There are plenty of shops to buy authentic Scottish souvenirs and take home a memento with you. PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT WE ARE BILINGUALS BUT WE DO NOT HAVE AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF GUIDES/DRIVERS WHO SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE UNFORTUNATELY : (. SO WHEN BOOKING YOUR TOUR PLEASE MAKE A REQUEST REGARDING IF WE HAVE AVAILABLE GUIDES IN YOUR LANGUAGE. IF WE CONFIRM THAT YOUR GUIDE WILL SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE, THEN YOU WILL HAVE A GUIDE WHO SPEAKS YOUR LANGUAGE. WE WILL TRY OUR BEST! CHEERS, THANKS SO MUCH!!!

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What people are saying about Loch Ness

Even before the tour started we were sure that it was going to be brilliant. Jamie contacted us beforehand to hear of our interests in order to tailor the day, and even suggested other routes we could try out on the other days. On the day we were picked up from our hotel, and the whole day was amazing. Jamie is very easy going and fun and he had the full attention of our (otherwise occasionally) sully teens. They were so impressed! He is a mine of knowledge, and weaved facts, mythology and the love of Scotland into a lovely hike, which indeed was out of the beaten path of tourists, so we really could appreciate the beauty of Loch Ness and surroundings. A great highlight was the visit to Clava Cairns, it was so spectacular and again Jamie was a great source of knowledge able to put the whole site into context with the greater history for us. A huge applause from us - and we will surely book again next time we are in Scotland! Thank you!

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!

An amazing day. We got to see so many beautiful views of Scotland's landscape, no pictures can capture the beauty. The guide was very nice and took us through the landscape and its history. A very good day that we will carry with us for a long time.

Great custom Tour with a very knowledgeable and friendly guide!