Highland Experience Day tour from Inverness

This day trip from Inverness combines a scenic drive through the Black Isle, a visit to picturesque Cromarty, Dolphin spotting by the Moray Firth, a visit to a Whisky Distillery and much more. This tour truly has something for everyone! April-October, every day

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Tour Highlights

The Kessock Bridge, Scenic Cromarty Firth Drive, Cromarty, Pirates Graves, Fortrose, Chanonry Point, Dolphin Spotting, Beauly, Glen Convinth, The Official Loch Ness Centre and Loch Ness

We leave Inverness behind and cross the Moray Firth to reach the Black Isle. Enjoy panoramic views as we travel through the Black Isle. Shortly the expanse of the Cromarty Firth will come into view. This deep estuary is almost landlocked and this natural defence made it an important naval base during both World Wars. For nature lovers the Cromarty Firth has one of the largest areas of unspoilt mudflats in the UK making it an important staging post for waders and wildfowl as they migrate south.

Our visit to the sleepy fishing village of Cromarty is like a journey into the past with its quaint fishermen’s cottages, crow-stepped houses and grand sandstone mansions. Once this attractive town was the major port for the North of Scotland, however the industrial revolution meant that this prosperity did not last long. The character of the village has been retained though, thanks to the careful conservation work that has been undertaken here.

After time in Cromarty we will make our way to Rosemarkie and Fortrose, where we will stop at Chanonry Point. The Moray Firth is home to a community of some 130 Bottlenose Dolphins and Chanonry Point is a popular vantage point with fans of these loveable mammals.

Our next stop is in the attractive town of Beauly. The name derives from the French, Beau Lieu (meaning beautiful place) and was so named by the monks that built a priory here in the 13th Century.

Next we make our way to Muir of Ord where, if you wish, you can visit Glen Ord Malt Whisky Distillery * for a behind the scenes tour followed by a tasting of the end product (when the distillery is closed there will be an extended stop in Beauly)

The last visit of the day is to the little village of Drumnadrochit which sits close to the banks of mysterious Loch Ness. Discover more about the loch and it’s famous resident at the fascinating Official Loch Ness Exhibition *.

As we return to Inverness along the banks of Loch Ness keep a careful watch, just in case!

* Admission fees extra.

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• Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes


• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host

The Little Details

  • Minimum Age: Age 3+
  • Min Age: 3 years
  • Tour Vehicle Type: Mini Coach
  • Days of Operation: Every Day
  • Months of Operation: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Duration of Tour: Full Day
  • Departure Point: Inverness
  • Departure Point: Visitor Information Centre Bus Stop, Bridge Street, Inverness, IV2 3BJ
  • Departure Time: Check in: 09:00 hrs Departure: 09:15 hrs
  • Expected return Time: Tour returns at: 17:00 hrs
  • Duration of Tour: Full Day

Rates & Dates

Runs Daily - 30 March to 11 October, 2015

Prices(Per Person)

Adult:   £42.00

Child:   £39.00

Child rates apply from 3-12 years inclusive.
We regret that children under 3 are not carried on this tour.

Booking Notes

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Cancellation Policy:

More than 3 days notice: Full refund less £5 per person administration fee. 3-1 days: No refund. Day of departure: No refund.

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Some Places We Will Visit

  • Fortrose

    On the east shore is Fortrose with its ruined cathedral.

  • Beauly

    Beauly is located on the north bank of River Beauly 10 miles to the west of Inverness in Scotland. The main attraction is Beauly Priory or the Priory Church established in 1230 by John Bisset. This attractive town got its name from the French word “beau lieu” means beautiful place. It is also said that the name came from a comment made by Mary Queen of Scots when she visited here, she was much impressed by the place.

  • Cromarty

    Charming white harled village that is picture postcard pretty and features on many pictures postcards

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