Attadale Gardens Tour

Overview Of Attadale Gardens Tour

Highlights Attadale Gardens Tour

Wester Ross Coastal Trail – Garve – Strathcarron – Attadale Gardens – Plockton- Kyle of Lochalsh – Skye Bridge – Eilean Donan Castle

Tour Description

Offering dramatic scenery in every direction, we drive through a rugged and compelling landscape virtually untouched by man. In approx. 90 minutes we stop and enjoy some free time exploring the charming and secluded Attadale Gardens, arguably one of the most beautiful gardens in Wester Ross. Continuing with your day we will visit the picture postcard villages of Plockton & Kyle of Lochalsh. Here you can take a stroll and explore unique craft shops or taste some of the freshest seafood available anywhere.  Lastly, we will visit Eilean Donan Castle, perched on its own island, you can immediately see why this is one of the most photographed castles in Scotland. Our return journey will drive through the mountainous Glen Sheil bypassing The Cluanie Dam, then follow the northern shoreline of Loch Ness before arriving back at Inverness.

This tour is perfect for those who want to lose themselves in stunning scenery, be at one with nature and surround yourself with history.

Tour Departs 8.30-9.00am. The duration of the tour is determined by the amount of time at each venue – minimum duration of the tour 10 hours (extra hours charged pro rata).

During your tour, your guide will be pleased to recommend options for lunch or shopping excursions if required.

Exclusions – Entry to Visitor Centres/Distilleries/Meals/Gratuities.

Rate £50.00 per hour (includes Guide & Transport).  Maximum No of People per car – 3 persons.

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The Tour In Detail

Black Isle/Kessock Bridge

Opened 1982 the landmark Kessock Bridge is to some extent responsible for the growth of Inverness. The bridge spans the Moray Firth, shaped like a triangle is the largest sea inlet in Scotland, and also home to the largest school of bottlenose dolphins in the UK. The Kessock Bridge takes travellers to the Black Isle which was one of the earliest areas to suffer during The Highland Clearances. It was then settled by lowland shepherds and farmers and today is a  rich fertile farming area famed for growing superior root vegetables and barley. Arriving at the Tore roundabout we take the exit road towards Ullapool.

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Brahan Estate

The estate was the home of the powerful Seaforths, Chiefs of the Clan Mackenzie. The Mackenzies were supporters if Bonnie Prince Charlie and after their defeat at The Battle of Culloden were the first clan to swear an allegiance to the British Crown. Nowadays the estate is more famous for its connections with The Brahan Seer, a man of foresight who foretold many prophecies which have come to pass, including the demise of the Seaforth Mackenzies.

Contin

Is the point where the fertile farmlands of Easter Ross give way to the rugged splendour of Wester Ross. Sitting on the edge of Torrachility Forest it is a popular walking destination. The village is connected to The Battle of the Pairc, a feud which took place between Macdonalds and the Mackenzies around 1485. The Macdonalds arrived one Sunday and burned down the church together with a congregation of Mackenzies who were worshipping at the time.  Revenge was swift and after the battle, the surviving Macdonalds were drowned in the River Conon.

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Garve

The village is named after the nearby Loch Garve. It is situated in a quiet and peaceful area of great natural beauty, especially when the bright yellow gorse is in bloom. Surrounded by bleak moorland and impressive peaks, Garve is known as the Gateway to Wester Ross and here we take the road through Strathcarron. Few would argue this spectacular and mesmerizing drive through wild empty glens is a landscape difficult to grow tired off. There are plenty of stopover places where we can pause and let you capture the sheer beauty of this wide-open space; your only interruption may be some sheep grazing nearby.

The road follows alongside The Kyle Railway line, classed as one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Arriving at the tiny settlement of Achnasheen we cross the watershed into Glen Carron and follow the glacial Achnasheen Terraces towards Attadale.

Attadale Gardens

After being ravished by storms these gardens have been lovingly restored, a remarkable accomplishment by their current owner Nicky MacPherson. The gardens are inspirational, dotted with water gardens, fascinating sculptures, fern collections and Japanese gardens. With its stunning backdrop provided by The Cullins of Skye, Attadale Gardens are arguably one of the most beautiful gardens in Scotland.

Loch Carron

Once we leave Attadale Gardens we take the Strome Ferry bypass which rides high above Loch Carron. At the height of the pass, we stop to  capture a view so dramatic it will take your breath away. This spectacular viewpoint sweeps the length of Loch Carron, overlooking the Strome narrows. Across the narrows is the ruins of Strome Castle and in the distance whitewashed cottages of Lochcarron.

Plockton

With Loch Carron as a backdrop, this picturesque village is known as the Jewel of the Highlands. Its white painted cottages are strung out like pearls along the seafront gardens, with stunning views, palm trees, small yachts bobbing on crystal waters, a place where Highland Cattle roam free, not to mention the selection of individual shops and restaurants it is, without doubt, a definite place to visit. If you want to spend more time here you can join Calum, a ‘local celebrity’ who offers daily wildlife cruises with a difference, if you don’t see seals, your trip is free.

Kyle of Lochalsh

Gateway to the Isle of Skye, stopping here we go to the fishing pier, ahead are commanding views of the Skye Bridge and Eilean Ban (The White Island) Nearby we can visit theKyle of Lochalsh Victorian Railway Museum. The museum set up by volunteers and includes memorabilia which provides a fascinating history into Highland life of times gone by.

Eilean Donan Castle

Is, without a doubt probably one of the most recognized and most photographed castles in Scotland. Perched on its own island at the point where three sea-lochs meet, it’s wonderful setting will leave you spellbound.  The first castle was built on the island to protect the area from Viking raiders and throughout the centuries suffered at the hands of many a bloody battle. The castle lay in ruins for a number of years until Lt Col John Macrae-Gilstrap who reconstructed it as his family home. The castle offers guided tours daily and has a superb restaurant and selection of gift shops.

Glen Shiel/Kintail

Driving close to the mountains we head back to Inverness through Glen Shiel famed for The Five Sisters of Kintail, a classic and iconic mountain range favoured by Munro baggers. If we are lucky we may catch glimpses of wild mountain goats who are known to graze along the roadside. As we drive back, enjoy the stillness and isolation of one of the last pockets of your tour, and reflect on what was a day out to remember.

Entry Costs

Attadale Gardens – Entry Fees adult £8.00 Concession £6.00

(Open April-Oct daily 10.30 am -5 pm)

Calum’s Seal Trips -Entry Fees £12.00 (one hour trip)

usually, 10.30 am, 12.00 pm, 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm but times can vary

Kyle Railway Museum – Entry Fees Admission £3.00

(Open Apr-Oct 10.00 am- 5 pm Closed Sunday)

Eilean Donan Castle – Entry Fees adult £10.00 Concession £9.00

(Open Apr-Sept 10.00 am-5 pm)