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Best of the Scottish Highlands Tour from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness and Scotch Whisky

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    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.
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    Departure Point
    1 Margaret St, Inverness IV1 1LS, UK
    Departure Time
    9:15 AM
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Driver/guide
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • Alcoholic Beverages - Admission to the distillery is not included
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    This was indeed a heavenly experience for me...mind-blowing landscapes, majestic mountains and lochs, incredible flora and fauna and what not... A must visit place for nature lovers.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Richa S
    Reviewed 8 August 2019 via mobile

    If you're lucky enough to have Connor as your guide, you'll have a fantastic time. Very knowledgeable, friendly and fun. One of the best days I have experienced here in Scotland!

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Johnmnusa
    Reviewed 17 June 2019 via mobile

    Sinclair was our guide for the day and he was wonderful. The tour was not st all what I expected and I am so glad. We had a small van with 7 people rather than the huge bus I was dreading. Sinclair is local and...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Goose66109
    Reviewed 6 May 2019 via mobile

    Victoria was a fun and laid back tour guide. I loved the small group size. Would definitely recommend this tour.

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Discover531743
    Reviewed 30 April 2019 via mobile

    We were scheduled to go on the Black Isle, Loch Ness and Scotch Whisky tour however it was just me and my significant other on this particular day. Our tour guide, Richie found out that neither of us really drink whisky and from there we...More

    Thank kellykimmyers
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    The bus held 16 people plus the driver/guide.
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