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Scottish Highlands from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness, Outlander and Whisky

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Scottish Highlands from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness, Outlander and Whisky

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Celebrate Scotland’s gems with a full-day Highlands and whisky tour from Inverness. Visit the hilly Black Isle peninsula, speckled with prosperous farms, the ancient village of Cromarty and Chanonry Point to watch playful bottlenose dolphins. Honor the historic whisky-producing region with a stop at Glen Ord Distillery for a tour and sample. Cap your day at Loch Ness for a chance to spot the elusive monster, Nessie.
  • Enjoy incredible scenery as you travel along the Black Isle peninsula
  • Visit Cromarty and see bottlenose dolphins at Chanonry Point
  • Explore Beauly at leisure and then tour the Glen Ord Whisky Distillery
  • Walk along the shores of Loch Ness and watch out for Nessie, the legendary Loch Ness monster
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
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IV1 1LT , Inverness IV1 1LT, UK

Inverness Bus Station, Margaret Street, Inverness Tour leaves from Stance 7 at 0915

9:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your full-day excursion sets off from the Inverness in the morning. Meet your guide at the city's Visitor Centre and take a comfortable seat in the van for the short drive over the Beauly Firth to Black Isle. As you travel west, listen as your guide recounts tales of how Black Isle got its name and its past association with witchcraft and dark arts. Take in the quiet countryside as you pass through the isle to Cromarty.

Disembark in the quaint fishing village that once served as an ancient ferry port and still feels that way. Admire the Georgian architecture as you stroll past fishermen’s cottages, small shops and eateries. Next, hop back in the coach for a ride to Chanonry Point, passing other sweet Scottish villages like Rosemarkie and Fortress on the way. 

From narrow Chanonry Point, gaze out at the waters of Moray Firth, home to a remarkable pod of some 130 bottleneck dolphins. Watch the amiable creatures leap and play on the water’s surface, then head into the town of Beauly to explore and grab lunch (own expense). Derived from the French term beau lieu (beautiful place), the charming village is the perfect spot for an afternoon break. 

After lunch, head to the renowned Glen Ord Distillery. Tour the grounds and have a look at the impressive pear-shaped pot stills, each with a capacity of more than 16,000 liters! Learn about the complex production process and enjoy a sample of Glen Ord’s signature 12-year single malt whisky.

From here, make your way back to Inverness, stopping at the mysterious and majestic Loch Ness. Explore Drumnadrochit village, and take in sweeping views of the lake and surrounding hills – and perhaps get a chance sighting of the mythical Loch Ness monster, Nessie. Then relax for the ride back to Inverness, arriving back at your original departure point by early evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The Singleton of Glen Ord Distillery
You can take a tour of the distillery and taste the finished product
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Chanonry Point
This is the ideal spot for some dolphin spotting. This is home ot Bottlenose Dolphins, Britain's most northerly colony
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Loch Ness
We will drive along the banks of Loch Ness for a photo stop
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Beauly
Lunch stop will be at the charming little town of Beauly. You can visit the ruined Priory
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Clava Cairns
Find the stones that Claire stepped through on her journey back in time.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Highland Experience Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Scottish Highlands from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness, Outlander and Whisky?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Scottish Highlands from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness, Outlander and Whisky?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Scottish Highlands from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness, Outlander and Whisky?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Scottish Highlands from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness, Outlander and Whisky?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "I strongly recommend that others include this tour in their plans!" See review
  • "A couple of stops, including Loch Ness, were pretty basic, but it was a perfect one day tour as far as overall ground covered and the total hours (7) was not exhausting." See review

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star-5
MUST DO THIS!
pkrueger2015
, Aug 2019
We were privileged to have our tour guide, Vicky, to ourselves as we were the only group who booked the trip that particular day. We absolutely loved her sense of humor, her stories, and her conversation. We got to see and do so much in one day that it was amazing. Each stop was timed well, and in spite of large crowds at Loch Ness, we were able to enjoy ourselves immensely at each stop. I strongly recommend that others include this tour in their plans!
star-5
Black Isle Tour
Barbara_S
, Jul 2019
Sinclair and Katherine were an amazing guide and driver. They were professional, knowledgeable and accommodating; They went out of their way to show us the sites, choose a charming restaurant for lunch and even recommended books to read. A sincere thanks to both of them for making our visit so special.
star-5
Black Isle day tour
Lisa_P
, Jun 2019
Vicky was our driver and tour guild. She was the best, wish was had more days, to take more of her tours. Anyone wanting a nice day tour - completely recommend this!!
star-5
Nice Day Out on Black Isle in the Highlands
jmC3903TA
, May 2019
We had a lovely phase of warm weather in Inverness and the surrounding area. Victoria was a funny and informative guide, sharing info on the local history. The village and coastal stops around the Black Isle were picturesque, especially towards the end. A couple of stops, including Loch Ness, were pretty basic, but it was a perfect one day tour as far as overall ground covered and the total hours (7) was not exhausting.
star-3
Good basic tour
chiragm819
, Apr 2019
The tour cover the basic higlands, loch ness, whiskey visit (not the greatest name we known) the black isle and some beautiful sites of the cromarty village but sadly no dolphin were spotted. They claim to have 250 dolphins but none was seen that was the disappointment part of the tour.
star-5
Loch Ness and Glen Ord
Gary_S
, Nov 2018
Great scenic views of Loch Ness, but no Nessie lurking about. Our driver was great and there were only 3 of us on the small motor coach. Glen Ord is a very nice distillery, and the tour guide was spot on. Lunch and scenic views of Cromarty - great! The view of the wild dolphins didn't go as planned - guess the dolphins didn't read the calendar.
star-5
Great tour and awesome views of the...
David H
, Nov 2018
Great tour and awesome views of the highlands. I love this tour and have seldom seen sights as beautiful as the highlands in Scotland. Amazing tour and highly recommend it.
star-4
Best of the Scottish Highlands Tour from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness and Scotch Whisky
Joseph_R
, Jul 2018
I had a great time sightseeing with the group. Kevin's information and insight was excellent. I enjoyed the tour of the distillery, but landmarks and nature were #1.
star-5
Fun-filled day in the highlands
Sarah C
, Jul 2018
Our tour guide, Vicky, took care to make sure we were able to do everything we wanted! We saw highland cows, dolphins, and I could swear I even saw Nessie. ;). The town where we stopped for lunch was fantastically picturesque and we spent just enough time there. The whiskey distillery was informative and fun. Overall it was a worry-free day packed with memorable experiences. We had a hard time knowing what to wear, so just in case you are finding yourself thinking the same thing I would recommend sneakers, jeans, and to bring along a light jacket. Don’t wear fancy shoes because you will walk along a beach and on grating ( at the distillery).
star-5
Off we went with our guide Allison...
frederick h
, Nov 2017
Off we went with our guide Allison in a roomy van. Allison was fantastic, she knew our 10 names in the first 5 minutes and I enjoyed her good-natured banter and her wealth of knowledge. First to Loch Ness where we heard the legend but the monster was on an extended vacation presumably. After the whiskey tour which had been pre-arranged, we had lunch in the quaint village of Cromarty where some of us had Cullen Skink soup which sounds like it's made from lizards but actually a delicious smoked fish. We got our feet wet along the coast as we looked for dolphins. They must have been on vacation too but the Highland cattle were not and no one complained we were having such a good time. Back to Inverness where we received recommendations from Allison for dinner and entertainment ideas. I'd do this all again, and hope to sometime soon.
star-4
It was a great trip! Our tour guide...
Jennifer_C
, Oct 2017
It was a great trip! Our tour guide was very willing to help us see some great country! Great time!
star-5
We loved our tour! Our guide was...
Elizabeth R
, Sep 2017
We loved our tour! Our guide was wonderful - very informative and a lot of fun!
star-4
It is worth of for those who enjoy...
Marian D
, Sep 2017
It is worth of for those who enjoy countriside views, want to see life out of capitals and spend comfortably a day during their stay in Inverness. Nice Black Island sites and really rural atmosphere of villages to enjoy some coffee, sandwich or beer in local pubs. Whisky tour in Glen Ord only basic level, however, enough for most of not deeply interested in, finished with tasting. All tour related information given during the day were practical and interesting. Satisfied at all, but would recommend to tour guides, in general, to take better care of their pronounced english as also not native english speaking visitors can appear on their board from time to time. Thanks for nice day.
star-4
Enjoyed the lovely scenery and our...
Jillian K
, Aug 2017
Enjoyed the lovely scenery and our guide, Julien, despite a mostly rainy day. We only stopped for a short time to take in the view of Loch Ness but I think I prefer that to the place we passed by - what seemed like a more commercial Nessie visitor's center. Julien, kept up a commentary through the day telling us interesting facts as well as local lore of the places we visited. The distillery tour was great and I felt there was ample time spent there about 45 min. Sally was our good humored distillery guide. I'm not a scotch drinker but this was an interesting tour and I can better appreciate what goes into making this libation! Footwear tip: don't wear thin/ spiky heels as part of it is walking on grating. Stopped in Beauly for a visit to the ruin of what was once an abbey. Julien's commentary did not seem rehearsed and I felt that he was sharing his knowledge with us rather than talking at us. It was like traveling around with a friend! We did not see dolphins near Cromarty but had a very nice lunch on our own and a brief walk on the beach there. By then the sun was peeking out. Again, Julien's stories were entertaining and personable. I would like to go back and spend a little more time in some of these places! Logistically speaking the pick up and drop off point bus station in Inverness was convenient and we left in a timely manner and got back earlier than I had expected. One thing I would encourage is to engage the tour participants with each other - maybe some ice breakers as we begin the tour. The people on the tour were pretty quiet and we didn't interact much with each other. Maybe all of us happened to be introverts that day? Overall a good day - wet but well spent! Thank you, Julien!
star-5
A lovely drive through the...
kym b
, Aug 2017
A lovely drive through the countryside with a very experienced driver/guide. Information provided on the history of villages we passed through and of some of the myths and legends that abound throughout Scotland. The tour departed on time and the bus was clean and comfortable. If you are wanting to see some beautiful country this is a tour for you. The Whisky tour was very informative and gave me new insight on the process of making the delectable drop
star-5
Could really recommend it! Perfect for...
Franka
, Aug 2017
Could really recommend it! Perfect for become more familiar with other tourists.
star-5
We had a fantastic tour guide...
JonineD_F
, Oct 2016
We had a fantastic tour guide Duncan, who was extremely knowledgeable and gave the best stories of the area. He even played music during the tour. It was exceptional. My in-laws said that this was the best tour they had ever had in their lives, so we know it was memorable. Highly recommend!
star-5
This trip was fantastic. The tour guide...
Ina V
, Aug 2016
This trip was fantastic. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.
star-3
We enjoyed the trip overall, but...
Swinder J
, Jul 2016
We enjoyed the trip overall, but felt that it was a bit too long for the different experiences included. Our guide was nice and if you have a whole day to spend in a van soaking up some great views, it was ideal.
star-4
There were only 4 of us on the tour...
Anita P
, Jul 2016
There were only 4 of us on the tour. It was terrific. Thanks, Ian !

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