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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.

$59.08 Cultural & Theme Tours

Three Monuments MTB Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Fyrish Monument, Evanton, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandSuperb views over the Cromarty Firth and Black Isle. If the weather is favourable this is an ideal lunch spot!Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Black Rock Gorge, Evanton, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandHere we'll cross over this spectacular 36m deep gorge into Evanton Wood. Hear the legend of the Lady of Balconie and her connection with the gorge.Duration: 5 minutes

$371.36 Cultural & Theme Tours

3-Day Orkney Explorer - Small Group Tour from Inverness

ItineraryDay 1: Inverness - Gills Bay - St. Margaret's HopeStop At: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Golspie, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandShort photo stop - please note the path leading to the front of the castle is quite steep, not suitable for everyone.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Dunbeath HarbourBeautiful view to the sea and a very scenic landscape. Short comfort stop.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: The Italian Chapel, St. Mary's, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandVisit the Italian Chapel, a beautiful Roman Catholic chapel in Lamb Holm which was constructed by Italians during the Second World War.Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Kirkwall, Orkney.Day 2: Today is your chance to explore the modern and ancient wonders of this fantastic islandStop At: Maeshowe, Stenness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandThe monumental chambered tomb of Maeshowe is simply the finest Neolithic building in NW Europe. Built around 5,000 years ago, it is a masterpiece of Neolithic design and stonework construction, not least for its use of massive individual stones.Viking crusaders broke into the cairn in the 12th century and carved graffiti runes on the walls of the main chamber. Maeshowe is part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site, along with Skara Brae, the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Stromness Marina, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandExplore the quaint alleyways and absorb the atmosphere in this 18th century settlement, which boasts an array of shops and cafes, as well as Stromness Museum and the acclaimed Pier Arts Centre.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Skara Brae, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandLong before Stonehenge or even the Egyptian pyramids were built, Skara Brae was a thriving village. Step back 5,000 years in time to explore the best-preserved Neolithic settlement in Western Europe.Duration: 1 hour 15 minutesStop At: Ring of Brodgar, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandOne of the finest stone circles in the world.Dating back from 2,500 to 2,000 BC, the stone ring was built in a true circle, 104 metres wide and originally contained sixty megaliths; today only twenty-seven of these stones remain.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandStep back in time over 5000 years at what may be the earliest henge monument in the British Isles. The enormous Stones of Stenness are all that remains of a great stone circle on an ancient ceremonial site.Duration: 10 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight in Kirkwall, Orkney.Day 3: Kirkwall - InvernessStop At: Kirkwall Marina, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandFree time in Kirkwall town centre - visitors can wander around the town, visits local shops or St. Magnus Cathedral.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: John O' Groats, Airor, Knoydart Peninsula, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis Highland village combines dramatic, unspoilt scenery and fascinating wildlife.Just 11 miles from Dunnet Head, the mostly northerly point of mainland Britain, the small coastal village of John o’ Groats is the starting point for many embarking on the famous 'End to End' journey to Land's End in England, some 876 miles away.Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$891.27 Shore Excursions

Shore Excursion - Invergordon - Loch Ness and Cawdor Castle

Meet and greet at the pier gates 08:00-08:30amWe will set off towards Loch Ness ahead of the ships own tours.We start by driving through the Black Isle countryside to the scenic village of Beauly for a photo stop at the ruins of the 12th century Beauly Priory. Just a 10-15 minute stop.Back on the road again through the highland countryside as we climb through Glen Convinth, before the steep descent toward Drumnadrochit and Loch NessYou can visit Urquhart Castle ruins on foot, on the banks of Loch Ness, or we can offer a cruise on Loch Ness and see Urquhart Castle from the waters of the Loch, rather than joining the hundreds of others from the ship on dry land. (if you would like to take the cruise, please let us know in advance so we can book seats for you. Tickets are not included in our fare).After either of the above we have a quick rest stop at the Clansman Hotel for a visit to the gift shop, a refreshment or just the restrooms.From here we will drive up the side of Loch Ness to Inverness, and after a Panoramic tour, we head east 10 miles to Cawdor Castle.Cawdor Castle, magical name, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. A superb fairy-tale Castle, and just what every visitor is looking for Scottish history that you can touch and see and sense for yourself. Cawdor Castle is not another cold monument, but a splendid house and the home of the Cawdor family to this day.The group can have lunch in the Castle restaurant, and then wander round the castle and formal gardens at your leisure before returning to the vehicle at an agreed time, to start our journey back to the shipOn route we pay a visit to Clava Cairns, prehistoric burial grounds which are worth seeing and it’s on route to our last photo stop, Culloden MoorCulloden Moor is the site of the last battle on Scottish soil. The Jacobite rebellion of 1745 ended here on 16th April 1746, with the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite's.After all this, its time to head back to the port, so you can re-join the ship.

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