A great tour that runs daily from April to October. This wonderful excursion combines a scenic drive through the Black Isle, a visit to Loch Ness and the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre, a visit to picturesque Cromarty, time to go Dolphin spotting by the Moray Firth, the chance to visit a Malt Whisky Distillery and much more. This tour truly has something for everyone!
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.*
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!
* When the Distillery is closed there will be an extended stop in Beauly.
• Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
• Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
• Gratuity to your tour host
• Transport by luxury air-conditioned minicoach
• Services of an experienced tour host
• Service charges and taxes
Min Age3 years
Tour Vehicle TypeMini Coach
Departure PointPlatform 1, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret Street, Inverness, IV1 1LT
Departure TimeCheck in: 09:00 hrs Departure: 09:15 hrs
Expected return TimeTour returns at: 17:00 hrs
Duration of TourFull Day
Months of OperationApril, May, June, July, August, September, October
Rates & Dates
7th April to 13th October 2014
Child rates apply from 3-12 years inclusive.
We regret that children under 3 are not carried on this tour.
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