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Inverness: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Inverness: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Join an open-top double-decker bus tour for an insight into the development of the city from the original street between Castle and Kirk, with the oldest building Abertarff House, to the recently completed Highland Archive Center. Inverness has had 5 castles through the centuries with many famous visitors, not all welcome, Macbeth, Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie among them. Plan your day from the top of a double-decker bus, with 360-degree panoramic views of the city. Visit the many churches, including St Andrews Cathedral, one of local architect Dr Alexander Ross’s finest buildings. On the Western outskirts of the city, see Tomnahurich Hill and the Caledonian Canal, hop-off for great panoramic views of Kessock Bridge, The Black Isle and the Inverness Firth out to Fort George. Discover the flight of 5 locks at Muirtown, constructed in 1822 by Thomas Telford to bring the Caledonian Canal to sea level. Finally, pass by the South side of Inverness Castle to see Flora MacDonald’s statue, the 3 Graces, then along General Wades road by Bellfield Park to Holm Mills shopping village. Red Route Tour stops: 1. Bus Station 2. Bridge Street 3. Castle Street 4. Bellfield Park 5. Bishops Road - opposite Cathedral 6. Bught Drive 7. Dochgarroch 8. Telford Street Blue Route Tour stops: 1. Bus Station 2. Old Perth Road - Opposite Filling Station 3. Culloden Battlefield 4. Stadium Road 5. Cromwell Road 6. Bus Station

Northwest Highlands: Private Tour with Hike

2. Northwest Highlands: Private Tour with Hike

If you like wide-open spaces, lonely glens to hike up, and dramatic mountian scenery, this tour has it all. After getting picked up, your guide will explain the course of the day and make any adjustments that you may require. Leaving Inverness and heading northwest over the Black Isle, you will be entertained with stories and legends of the area before stopping off at the beautiful, old Silver Bridge. Follow the Black Water river to the huge Aultguish Dam and onto Wester Ross. At Corrieshalloch Gorge, you’ll take a 30-minute walk and learn about the traces left from the ice age that formed the landscape. Take in the breathtaking views of this spectacular ravine. The fishing village Ullapool is the next stop, where you can take time to wander the streets and have a light refreshment. Then you’ll venture into one of the last wildernesses in Europe. Stop and take in the peculiar yet stunning Stac Pollaidh, Suilven, and An Tealach mountains. After traveling through some of the oldest mountains in the world, you’ll stop at the tiny fishing village of Lochinver for lunch. Depending on the weather, your lunch will be served in the restaurant or on a sandy beach under the shadow of Ardvreck Castle before you head into a lonely glen for your main 2-hour hike of the day: the Bone Caves of Inchnadamph. From here continue on through Sutherland and onto the east coast of Ross and Cromarty where the landscape changes again to flatter and greener farmland. Journey through the beautiful Strath Okyel and onto the Kyle of Sutherland, where a spectacular view awaits. From there you’ll return to Inverness, taking in the old navy port of Invergordon and a curious monument on top of Fyrish Hill.

Scotland: Spirit of the Highlands Tour from Inverness

3. Scotland: Spirit of the Highlands Tour from Inverness

Enjoy this spirit of the Highlands day tour, an 8-hour tour from Inverness City Centre that will take you to some very scenic off the beaten track beauty spots in the Highlands. Enjoy the comfort and hassle-free transport service from your accommodation or cruise ship that will ensure you get the most out of your full-day tour.  Start your tour by marveling at the beauty of the highlands. Hunt for the famous Loch Ness Monster as you travel along the shore of the Loch. Visit Inverness, capital of the Highlands and be swept away by the breathtaking views. Continue on your tour with a visit to Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last ever pitched battle on UK soil. This was a battle between the Jacobite's and the government army in which the Jacobites were defeated in battle. With your guide, you will learn about how this battle had a long-lasting effect on the Highlands. Enjoy a visit to Culloden and the Clava Standing stones. This is a well-preserved Bronze age Cemetery, perfect for any history buffs or fans of the film 'Outlander'. This fantastic day out will give you a taste of the Highlands of Scotland, leaving you wishing to return to Scotland time and time again.

Invergordon: South Shore Tour Excursion

4. Invergordon: South Shore Tour Excursion

Start your day of adventure by arriving via Port of Invergordon in the Scottish Highlands. Once there, you will be met by your friendly driver as you leave the harbour area. After listening to a safety briefing you'll hop into your comfortable vehicle and travel South. First stop, the famous Culloden battlefield where your driver will provide you with an informative narrative about the events that led to this battle. Take your time and feel free to visit the visitor centre or exhibition (entry fee required). Your next stop is the nearby Clava Cairns, a series of mysterious stone circles which are a free attraction to visit. Leaving Clava Cairns the tour heads East on single track roads to Cawdor Village and Cawdor Castle. There is a charge for admission and guided tour by castle staff once inside. When your visit at Cawdor Castle is complete the tour travels back through Inverness to Dores Village which is sited directly on the banks of Loch Ness and the beach there gives direct access to the Loch itself. Head back to Inverness and travel North until you arrive at Beauly Priory. Make the most of the free entrance and enjoy some of the shopping opportunities inside. Continue on your journey to the Glenord Distillery at nearby Muir of Ord where you can indulge in a Whisky sampling experience.Your tour then heads North and back to the Port of Invergordon where the tour ends.

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What people are saying about Inverness

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 40 reviews

Jamie was a spectacular guide for our private tour of northern Scotland! Being of Scottish heritage, I especially enjoyed to stories of the Burns festival and the stories of camaraderie of Scots sporting events. Our tour was truly unique with a spectacular hike to the bone caves during the afternoon. It wouldn’t have been complete without getting rained on. We were lucky to have sun also! Jamie was well informed and knew some great history and stories. He left a lot up to us, and I chose this tour because it seemed like it would very different from the popular ones, and off the beaten path. Both were true and just what we wanted because we love the outdoors, especially being able to be isolated; safely of course! There is no tour like this one, because you get to go just with your own group, in our case just as a couple, and to places that are not on the usual tours! Cheers! Victor Forsyth

Went on this as my little girl loves buses and she always wanting to go on it. As we from here. But was good to learn new things about this town never knew before. We had a great day on bus we done red route. And was lovely day

Fabulous tour in the red route then back to go on the bkue route historic Inverness City fabulous scenery and then a visit to the fabulous Culloden visitor centre and a walk around the historic battle field.

the tour was just right for the time we had available. The audio system could have been a bit better to hear the commentary clearer

The trip was amazing! Me and my family enjoyed it a lot.