Dunrobin Castle Tour

Overview of Dunrobin Castle Tour

Highlights Of Dunrobin Castle Tour

Black Isle – Balblair Distillery – Dunrobin Castle – Falcon Display – Loch Fleet – Dornoch – Seaboard Villages – Tarbet Discovery Centre 

Tour Description

Your adventure begins from Inverness, driving through the Black Isle into the Heart of Easter Ross. We then drive over ‘The Struie’ to pause at the amazing Millionaires View, so captivating it will take your breath away. Then a visit to Balblair Distillery noted as one of the most scenic distilleries in Scotland, then continue on to Dunrobin Castle, and on our return journey to Inverness, we will call at Dornoch, the Seaboard Villages and The Tarbet Discovery Museum.

Tour Departs 8.30-9.00am. The duration of the tour is determined by the amount of time at each venue – minimum duration of tour 8 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

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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Storehouse of Foulis

Crossing over the Cromarty Causeway we are now in Clan Munro territory. Alongside situated on a promontory is the Storehouse of Foulis which houses a fabulous restaurant, a farm shop stocked with local produce and unique gifts. The centrepiece is the fully restored 18th-century Girnal House and now is a visitor centre giving insight and historical accounts of the Clan Munro.

Fyrish Monument

We now join the road over ‘The Struie’ at its entrance, prominent on the summit of Fyrish Hill is an unusual stone structure, called the Fyrish Monument built in 1782 on the orders of Sir Hector Munro. Sir Hector made his name and fortune as an officer in the British Army while fighting in India, he was both a man of wealth and compassion. The monument serves as a memory to him and of his sympathy to the local people who he employed at a time when they were suffering from poverty and hardship during The Highland  Clearances.

dunrobin castle tour
dunrobin castle tour

Kinrive Hill

This area of Ross-shire was an important anchorage base during both WW2 and in constant threat of attack from enemy aircraft.  On the edge of Kinrive Forest, hidden in the hillside are huge underground storage tanks. They stand forgotten, but during World War 2 they formed the entrance to a vital part of the British government’s defence plan. Here was one of three secret fuel stores constructed near the main naval anchorages in Britain. The huge tanks held 32 million gallons of Furnace Fuel needed for Royal Navy ships and had to be concealed from view incase they were attacked by enemy aircraft. The site is not accessible to the public, other than on guided tours.

Millionaires View / The Struie

Driving over this spectacular and desolate moorland we arrive at viewpoints, both called Millionaires’ View – as you gaze over the Dornoch Firth, this view is nothing short of spectacular and quite simply we cannot find words to describe its  beauty – come with us and be your own judge.

dunrobin castle tour
dunrobin castle tour

Balblair Distillery

Sitting in the heart of the tiny village of Edderton rests the Balblair Distillery. Ever since the first barrels were rolled out, this small but unique distillery has been producing Award Winning bottles of Malt Whisky. If you want you can explore the distillery and find more why, in this unique location – the craft of producing whisky is always at precisely the correct moment.

Dunrobin Castle

Home to the Sutherland family, the castle is built in the style of a French chateau, sometimes described as a Disney fairy castle. Here we will spend a minimum of 2 hours to enable you to tour the castle, stroll the ‘designer style’ gardens, visit the ‘family trophy’ museum, (please note, the museum can be overwhelming, however the trophies on display are a reminder of the way our behaviour was, and not how we view those species today).

Best of all is to be a spectator to a Falcon Display featuring our Scottish Birds of Prey.  The Falcon displays are held twice daily (11.30 am or 14.30 pm) and guests are reminded to be at their seats 20 minutes prior to the display commencing.  Overall a visit here gives you a complete insight into how the worlds of the Highlander and gentry collided and certainly well worth the time to explore.

Loch Fleet

Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve, one of Scotland’s natural delights. Here, you can spot seals and their pups basking at low tide on the sandbanks. A little way from the road is the ruins of Skelbo Castle, once one of the most important castles in Scotland – why? Your guide will tell you it’s history, tell you who owns it today and why its ruins are part of an ongoing legal battle.

Dornoch

Famous for its Cathedral (where Madonna had her son Rocco christened), being a seaside resort with miles of golden sandy beaches, and also a magnet for golfers who play the Royal Dornoch Golf Course. Dornoch is timeless, it is peaceful and steeped in history. It is reputed the last witch to be put to death was burned in a barrel of tar on the outskirts of the town.

dunrobin castle tour
dunrobin castle tour

Seaboard Villages

As we go to our last visit, we will pass through the Seaboard Villages on the Fearn Peninsula.  At Ballintore, a statue of the Mermaid of the North stares out across the Moray Firth. We will also visit the Shandwick Stone, a mysterious Pictish sculpture protected by a glass shelter, erected where it was found by a local farmer.

Tarbat Discovery Centre

The Centre is Scotland‛s only Pictish Monastic National Monument, and unravels some of the mysteries of the Picts, explaining through its award-winning archaeology findings, fascinating details about these enigmatic people and their way of life.

Entry Costs

Balblair Distillery (Optional) – Whisky Tour £10.00 per person.

(Open Apr-Oct 10.00 am to 5 pm)

Dunrobin Castle – Entry Fees Adult £11.50 Concessions £9.50 (includes Falcon Display)

(Open Apr-Sept 10.30 am-4 pm, Falcon Displays daily 11.30 am & 2 pm)

Tarbet Discovery Museum (Optional) – Entry Fee Adult £8.00 Concession £3.00

(Open Apr-May 2 pm-5 pm, June-September 10 am – 5 pm, Closed Sunday).