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Black Isle, Loch Ness and Scotch Whisky Tour from Inverness

Depart Inverness by minivan and travel with your guide to the heart of Scotland’s dramatic Highlands. The first stop of the day is at the banks of Loch Ness to try and catch a sight of the fabled Loch Ness monster. As you stroll through the village of Drumnadrochit and around the gorgeous shores of this famous loch (lake) surrounded by flora and fauna, you’ll soon realize that there’s more to Loch Ness than just a monster! Next you’ll head to the nearby town of Beauly for lunch (own expense) and to have a look around. The name of the town comes from the French beau lieu meaning ‘beautiful place,’ and you’ll find it to be just that while you explore its charming streets at leisure. The town is home to the legendary Glen Ord Whisky Distillery, and you’ll visit this next with your guide. While touring the cellars and distillery itself, you’ll see the whisky workers creating their flagship product – a 12-year-old single malt whisky – and you’ll be given a wee dram to sample before leaving. Our next stop of the day is in Cromarty, a picturesque village where time feels like it’s truly standing still. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour around its quaint streets, seeing cute fisherman’s cottages and houses with typical Scottish crow-stepped gables. Heading west, you’ll venture along a stunning stretch of the Highlands known as the Black Isle, an area of land that’s actually a peninsula and named for its association with the dark arts during medieval times. Hear tales like this and more from your friendly guide as you journey deep into the Black Isle’s beautifully barren countryside. Continue traveling by minivan through the pretty villages of Rosemarkie and Fortrose, and then stop for a walk along a ridge known as Chanonry Point. Jutting out into the sea at Moray Firth, the ridge is widely acknowledged as the best place in Britain for see dolphins – home to a community of some 130 bottleneck dolphins. After dolphin spotting to your heart’s content, your tour continues back to Inverness.

$530.75 Day Trips & Excursions

Outlander Experience in the Scottish Highlands from Inverness

Truth they say, is stranger than fiction. This bespoke tour for fans of Diana Diana Gabaldon’s widely acclaimed and hugely successful series of books, will bring alive, for devotees of the story, the actuality of life in the troubled times portrayed in the series. Our tour will be a tapestry, weaving between the romance of Diana’s fact based fiction and the real Highland Story.We will begin our adventure from Inverness and travel to The Rings of Standing Stones and the Chambered Burial Cairns at Clava, known in the Outlander series as Creag na Dun. The stones have been standing in their position for over 3000 years.Like Claire, we step back to 1700’s with a visit to Culloden Battlefield and the excellent Visitor Centre there. The tragic event Claire foresaw which took place on 16th April 1746 was the last ever pitched battle fought on British soil. This changed the Highland way of life and ended the clan system forever.We will follow the Monadhliath Mountains, stop and point out the the hillside location which contains the secret site of the now overgrown Fraser Cave. Here is the place where the real James Fraser, the 9th of Foyers, reportedly hid for 7 years from the Redcoats. This southern route we follow circles Loch Ness until we arrive at Fort Augustus a thriving and beautiful village, an important link in the Diana Gabaldonian Canal. No trace today of the fortification built on the site of the present day Abbey. This was one three Hanoverian Forts built in the aftermath of the 1745 rebellion. The setting of Urquhart Castle, will propel you back to the times of the Wars of Independence – another historic time in Scottish History.Next, the market town of Beauly. We stop at The Priory where some members of the Lovat Frasers are buried.  Then on to Castle Leoch – The Clan Mackenzie  stronghold. (Please note it is only at certain times of the year Castle Leod is open to the public).Then it’s on to Strathpeffer, a village built in the 1870’s in the style of Victorian architecture and famous for the healing properties of its spa waters, and we take another ancient symbol of Highland culture, The Eagle Stone, believed to be from the 6th century, and possibly used by the Picts as part of their marriage ceremony.Driving back we may have the opportunity  to visit the Wardlaw Mausoleum, final resting place of the ‘Red Fox’ (Jamie’s grandfather in the book). Here you can visit the secret underground grave containing the headless body of the 11th Lord Lovat.  Witness in Inverness the fairly modern Castle, (its predecessor burnt by the Jacobite Army) This one built in the 1830’s is nowadays home to the Sheriff Courthouse,  and the imposing statue of Flora MacDonald looking westward to Skye in the hope that her beleaguered Prince has made it “over the sea.”

$78.29 Cultural & Theme Tours

Tour 2) Bus tours for cruise ships docking at Invergordon, Scottish Highlands

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Clava Cairns, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandHeading first to Culloden to visit the Clava Cairns where Claire stepped through the time continuum to meet Jamie Fraser from Outlander fame. These prehistoric cairns date back 4,000 years. Craigh na Dun stone circle is based on Clava Cairns in Diana Gabaldon's book, Outlander.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Culloden Viaduct, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandAfter a half hour visit at Clava Cairns, we will pop around the corner to see the famous Culloden or Nairn viaduct, designed by Murdoch Paterson and opened as a railway crossing in 1898. It is a spectacle to behold – there will be photo opportunities.Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandAround 11.40am we travel past the Culloden Battlefield, where the Jacobites lost many a soul in the 1946 uprising. This was the last battle to be fought on British soil. Pass By: Inverness Castle, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandJourneying onwards through the city of Inverness we will pass the historic town hall and the Inverness Castle. There will be photo opportunities for the castle and Inverness Cathedral.Pass By: Loch Ness, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandGoing over the River Ness onto Loch Ness, where you need to be ready to spot our legend, Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Enjoy the comfortable ride to Uquhart Castle, which takes just around 30 minutes , searching for a sighting of Nessie herself. The last famous recorded sighting of her was a few decades ago, but we live in hope she will be photographed again soon. The scenery is second to none, so have your cameras ready. In recent months there has been footage circulated online of video recordings of an animal similar to Nessie playing in Loch Ness.Stop At: Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandArriving at the famous Urquhart Castle, around 12.30pm you will have the opportunity to be shown around the battlements, see a short film of the castle’s history, purchase memorabilia or simply relax. There is a small hill to navigate after you visit the ruins, so please bear this in mind for the less able. There will be no push put on your ability though, so a slow walk up is an option. You will have a good hour and a half to look around. We will not hurry you. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Beauly Priory, Beauly, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe will leave the castle around 2-2.30pm to journey via a scenic route to Beauly to visit the historic priory, now a ruin, built in 1230 by a little-known French order of monks. It is also the location where Claire of Outlander fame, is supposed to have met Mairi. It is the true site of the burial ground for the chiefs of Clan Fraser of which the fictional character from Outlander, Jamie Fraser is related. The small town centre of Beauly also contains many lovely shops containing gifts, artworks, pottery and nice little cafes. Duration: 45 minutes

$72.98 Cultural & Theme Tours

Alternative Loch Ness Tour by Secret Highlands

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Loch Ness, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandOur first stop will be overlooking the magnificent Loch Ness and the ruins of Urquhart Castle. We will stop herre for about 10 - 15 mins for some photos and to learn about some of the amazing facts and legends that the loch is renowned for.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, Cannich, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe then turn inland and on to what many people consider to be Scotland's most beautiful glen - Glen Affric is home to some of Scotland's original and ancient Pines, (known as granny Pines) as well as Red and Roe Deer, Ospreys, Squirrels and and a whole host of animal life. We will stay here for about 1 hour to allow you to take in the breathtaking scenery and take in one of the short walks along the river.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Plodda Falls, Tomich, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe will head back down the single track road and across to the other side of the glen to take in Plodda falls - Scotland's 2nd tallest waterfalls, it is a short walk to the bottom, where, if you are feeling adventurous, you can jump in to the plunge pool for a swim!Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, Cannich, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandYou'll have worked up an apetite by now, so we will stop off at the Coach House Cafe in the sleep village of Tomich for a bite to eat.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Beauly Priory, Beauly, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandOur next stop will be in Beauly where you will be able to explore this pretty village and it's ruined priory, one of only 3 that we were built in Scotland.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Bad Girls Bakery CafeOur last stop of the day will be for some tea and cake! At Bad Girl Bakery, you're sure to find something you like, with all their freshly baked cakes to choose from!Duration: 45 minutes

$870.89 Cultural & Theme Tours

Elegant Outlander and Distillery Tour Private Luxury Tour for 6 Persons

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis aspect of the tour provides a visit to Urquhart Castle and includes entrance for 6 persons.. This is a self guided visit with an opportunity for refreshment and shopping - keep your eye out for the water horse !Duration: 1 hourStop At: Beauly Priory, Beauly, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandA short guided tour of the Priory which is located in the village of Beauly, near the seat of the Lovat Castle Frasers . An opportunity to take a comfort break and enjoy some quality shoppingDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Glen Ord Distillery, Muir of Ord, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandVisit the Glenord Distillery and take the tour which includes a sample of the golden nectar ! Also discount available to use in the distillery shop - Admission for 6 persons included - this is apparently the home of Scotlands oldest distillery !Duration: 1 hour 15 minutesStop At: Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandA visit to the museum/visitors centre is followed by a walk out onto the battlefield with a visit to the memorial and clan graves. Duration: 1 hour 10 minutesStop At: Wardlaw Mausoleum, Kirkhill, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandVisit the Church and church yard and sub-floor mausoleum where some of the more important Frasers are interred - Great twist to this story ! No admission but trustees involved with restoring the building are glad to receive voluntary donations.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Clava Cairns, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandVisit and walk around this 3000 year years old site , There are a number of reports indicating that this site provided Diane Gabaldon with the inspiration for her books.Just remember dont rub any of the standing stones !Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Clootie Well, Munlochy, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandVisit the well and try out its healing powersDuration: 30 minutes

$504.21 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Select South Private Tour from Invergordon Cruise Port

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Highland-Excursions, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis tour is your tour and we will do it entirely at your pace and see the things you want to see, so we can rush round and see more or chill out and take a more relaxed view of some key attractions. The following attractions are around my South Tour route and how many attractions we get to see will depend largely on the pace we do things - regardless of how you do it, its going to be great ! Meals can be factored in if required and we can mix and match attractions as you wish. Basically the vehicle and driver are at your disposal for the allocated time with the potential to extend this on the day. Lets do it your way !Duration: 1 minuteStop At: Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis Castle is still used as a dwelling by its owner and the ticket includes access to the house and gardens. There is also a nice coffee shop/cafeteria. and gift shop. This attraction can be selected along with as many of the other attractions as we can fit in during your time ashoreDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis location is a war grave and marks the last battle in Scotland and one which changed the way of life in the Highlands forever. The battlefield and memorials are free to visit. There is a museum and visitor centre which charges an entrance fee. This attraction can be selected along with as many of the other attractions as we can fit in during your time ashoreDuration: 40 minutesStop At: Clava Cairns, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandVisit the Clava Cairns, an set of ancient stone circles said to have inspired Diane Gabaldons Outlander Novels. This attraction can be selected along with as many of the other attractions as we can fit in during your time ashoreDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandTravel from Inverness along the side of Loch Ness to ruinous Urquhart Castle where you can get close to the Castle and Loch Ness. This attraction can be selected along with as many of the other attractions as we can fit in during your time ashoreDuration: 1 hourStop At: Beauly Priory, Beauly, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandVisit the ruinous 13th Century Priory with its ancient trees and ancient graves. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Wardlaw Mausoleum, Kirkhill, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandVisit the burial Place of the "Lovat Frasers" (old Fox in Outlander) and visit the Mausoleum under the floor. Admission is free however their is a collection box for donations which go towards refurbishment and preservation workDuration: 20 minutesStop At: Glen Ord Distillery, Muir of Ord, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandDistillery said to be the oldest in Scotland. A tasting visit or visit to the shop can be taken without booking but if a distillery tour is required (lasting about 50 minutes) advance booking is fairly essential . Tours and tastings are charged at the distillery or by advance booking.This attraction can be selected along with as many of the other attractions as we can fit in during your time ashoreDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Clootie Well, Munlochy, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis is an ancient healing well and could be best described as a very odd and unusual attraction - perhaps it will cure all you ills !This attraction can be selected along with as many of the other attractions as we can fit in during your time ashoreDuration: 10 minutesStop At: The Dalmore Distillery, Alness, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis Whisky Distillery is very close to Invergordon Cruise Port and perhaps if we had time on the way back to the ship you might want to nip in for a wee taste ! Tours are also possible - advance booking essential. Tours and tastings chargeable at the distillery or by advance booking.This attraction can be selected along with as many of the other attractions as we can fit in during your time ashoreDuration: 30 minutes