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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.

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Best of the Black Isle Small-Group Day Trip from Inverness

You leave Inverness at 09:45am and head straight for the brewery. Tasting beer before noon is a great wee novelty, and the Black Isle Brewery’s ethical beliefs and home-grown flavours are fantastic to learn about.After you’ve soaked up the local flavours, you take the short drive to Rosemarkie. This wonderful wee village offers you a chance to learn about ancient Pictish art and take in fresh sea views.The journey then takes you to the equally picturesque village of Cromarty. There are plenty of things to do here. You can eat at a local restaurant, go shopping in the delightful arts and crafts shop, or visit the birthplace of the famous geologist, Hugh Millar.Your next stop is an example of a strange, ancient Celtic tradition. It’s a small well in a forest where people leave offerings for spirits, gods, and wishes. You can leave something yourself, but please make sure it’s biodegradable and doesn’t damage the local environment. Before heading back to Inverness, you have a chance to go dolphin spotting with ‘Dolphin Spirit’. Their boat is specially designed to limit disruption for the dolphins, the friendly guides tell you incredible facts about the wildlife, and the dolphins are active and use the beautiful firth as a nursery for their calves. It’s an essential Black Isle experience; but if you have other plans, you can skip this option, and we’ll take you back to Inverness earlier. After the boat cruise, you will return to Inverness at approximately 5:45pm.

$523.03 Cultural & Theme Tours

The Black Isle

The Bonnie Black Isle is, on a bright summer’s day, not black. Nor, on any other day is it an island. “Bonnie” (Scots for “beautiful”) however, it assuredly is and it affords the visitor many beautiful views, seascapes, wildlife and places of interest. The “Isle” is in fact a peninsula strategically lying between the broad expanses of two Firths, Moray and Cromarty.Manageable in a morning is a trip to Cromarty, there looking across the narrows, the Suttors of Cromarty and Northwards to the seaboard villages of Easter Ross. Invergordon, still visited by the “High Seas Fleet”, is one of the best natural deepwater anchorages in Europe and the scene of the only ever recorded mutiny in the British Royal Navy. At Cromarty there is an opportunity to visit the ancient Courthouse and the home of world famous geologist Hugh Miller.Chanory Point at Fortrose is probably the best viewpoint to catch a glimpse of the Moray Firth’s colony of Bottlenosed Dolphins if they are to oblige us, as they often do. This is also the historic scene of the ignominious end of Kenneth MacKenzie, the Gaelic Seer who made the mistake of offending the wife of the Earl of Seaforth (Clan MacKenzie) with one of his prophecies. The fact that it came true being no mitigation!Fortrose Cathedral dates from the 13th century, though it was extended and altered in the 14th and 15th centuries. Charles I tried to encourage repairs in 1626 as part of his attempts to restructure the Church of Scotland on the same lines as the Anglican or English church. Stone was reputedly looted from here by Oliver Cromwell to build his citadel fort in Inverness.The Priory at Beauly is associated with many prominent luminaries, none more so than Mary, Queen of Scots.Learn today the significance of a “Clootie Well” and visit one nearby. Note: Only a distant relative of a “Clootie Dumpling”.

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Invergordon port tour to Dunrobin castle

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Struie Hill ViewpointKnown as millionaires view looking over the dornoch firth this is our first stop on this tour for photos and scenery Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Falls of Shin, Lairg, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThe falls of shin are very popular for watching the salmon jumpThey become more active between the middle of June to August If you have a good trigger finger you could catch a great pictureTo walk down to the falls is free Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Golspie, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe aim to get you here between 11 to 11.30 hopefully in time to watch the falconary show spending at least a hour to 90 mins here you will have time to walk the spectacular gardens have a bit to eat and take this spectacular place all in home to the Sutherland family of golspie admissions is separate we advise booking this before you travel to avoid any waiting to get inDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThe last stop on this tour you can stop here for a tour or just a tasting of the Glenmorangie whisky the signet tour is recommended and we advise you to book before you travel to avoid been disappointed Duration: 1 hour

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Cawdor Urquhart and Dunrobin castles

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandStarting your day at cawdor castle home of lady cawdor and made famous by William Shakespeare who wrote the final version of The Tragedie of Macbeth during the spring of 1606. Holinshed’s narrative of witches, prophesy, treason, execution and murder were topics that fascinated King James VI of Scotland (and by then James I of England) to the point of obsession. Shakespeare didn’t miss this opportunity, putting the finishing touches to the script. Completing it in time for a special royal performance at Hampton Court that same summer. Entertaining the King and his brother-in-law, Christian IV, King of Denmark. Although often associated with Cawdor Castle, the murder of Duncan takes place in Inverness Castle. The truth is, Cawdor Castle was not built until the late 14th century, making it impossible for King Duncan to have lost any blood or indeed Lady Macbeth much sleep in this particular house.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandOnce one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart saw great conflict during its 500 years as a medieval fortress. Control of the castle passed back and forth between the Scots and English during the Wars of Independence. The power struggles continued, as the Lords of the Isles regularly raided both castle and glen up until the 1500s.The last of the government troops garrisoned here during the Jacobite Risings blew up the castle when they left. Urquhart’s iconic ruins remain, offering glimpses into medieval times and the lives of its noble residents.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Golspie, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandDunrobin Castle is a stately home in Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland, and the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland. It is located 1 mile north of Golspie, and approximately 5 miles south of Brora, overlooking the Dornoch FirthDuration: 1 hourStop At: Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis stop is optional at no extra cost You could call in for a taste of the glenmorangie whiskyDuration: 30 minutes

$254.98 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Highland discovery whisky tour from Invergordon or Inverness

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Tomatin Distillery Visitor Centre, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis is your first stop on the tour You will be taken on the legacy tour and have a taste of the famous tomatin whisky est time 1 hour 30 mins Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Glen Ord Distillery, Muir of Ord, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis is your second stop at glen ord singleton distillery we will spend a short time here having a taste the first round is on us. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: The Glenmorangie Distillery CoYour 3rd stop here at glenmorangie distillery you will be taken on the signet tour and then have time at the bar for more Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: The Dalmore Distillery, Alness, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis stop is only if we still have time to call in but if we do first round is on us this would be for a taste only Duration: 30 minutes