Inverewe Gardens Tour

Overview of Inverewe Gardens Tour

Highlights Of The Inverewe Gardens Tour

The Road to Ullapool – Waterfalls – Wild Moorland- Corrieshalloch Gorge – Gruinard Island – Inverewe Gardens – Loch Maree – Ben Eighe Nature Reserve – Glen Docherty

Tour Description

Driving from Inverness we leave Easter Ross to a rugged landscape virtually untouched by man. Dramatic views are in every direction and we will stop every so often so you can capture this incredible beauty. On this tour, we visit the tropical Inverewe Gardens before driving back to Inverness through the stunning Ben Eighe Nature Reserve. This tour is ideal for lovers of a remote landscape.

Tour Departs 8.30 – 9.00am. Duration of 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.

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.

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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.

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

Silver Bridge Falls

Following the road, through natural woodland, we arrive for a photo stop at the spectacular waterfalls, where dark peat waterfalls steep and fast over shelf after shelf of flat rocks. Arched over the dramatic foaming river is the 18th century Silver Bridge once an occasional overnight stopping point for Highland Drovers and their cattle as they made their way to markets in the South of Scotland.

Ben Wyvis

There are several Gaelic interpretations of the name Ben Wyvis, including ‘Noble Hill’, ‘Hill of the Spectre’ and ‘Hill of Terror’. Ben Wyvis dominates the landscape and it is said that the chiefs of the Clan Munro chiefs had to present the Crown with a snowball from Ben Wyvis in mid-summer, as payment for rent of the land; an easy request to fulfil as snow lies in the northern corries throughout the year.

Dirrie Moor

This vast barren moorland is home to a number of rare plants, including rare mosses and lichens, a testament to the pure air in the Highlands. The area is a geological treasure, all over the moor are huge boulders left from melting glaciers.

Loch Glascarnoch

Cleared in the late 1940s to build the first hydropower station in Wester Ross. When the waters recede, it is possible to see the roots of the ancient pine trees. Here it is believed the ghostly road to Brigadoon disappears towards the mythical village where time stands still. Legend states the village will reappear for one day every hundred years- that day may be the day you tour with Discover Highlands.

Corrieshalloch Gorge

Our next stopping point is will be Corrieshalloch Gorge, a spectacularly steep-sided gorge with a small suspension hanging over it to give you a breathtaking view of the River Dorma plunging over the Falls of Measach.

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Loch Broom

The Loch of Rain Showers offers commanding views towards Ullapool and is overlooked by Ben More Coigach, it was from her shores in 1773 an emigrant ship called The Hector sailed. On board were 200 evicted crofters, now sailing with hope in their hearts to a new opportunity and life in Canada. It is estimated that more than 100,000 Canadians and Americans are descended from the original Hector settlers.

Destitution Road

Destitution Road Built to provide employment during a time of famine caused by the potato famine of 1843. Those in need were made to work for daily rations of oatmeal and had to pass a ‘Destitution Test’ hence the name of the road. The original road still remains under the 126-mile stretch what is now known as one of the most scenic roads in Wester Ross.

An Teallach

An Teallach With its sheer strength giving power to the landscape An Teallach is one of Scotland’s most challenging and beautiful mountains, and recently voted as one of Scotland’s most scenic mountains.

Dundonnell Deer Forest

An area devoid of human settlement, here you have the opportunity to spot Red Deer grazing nearby. Wild Goats also graze by the roadside believed to be descendants of goats abandoned during the Highland Clearances.

All around us are evidence of the Highland Clearances as we drive past the abandoned crofting settlements of Badcaul and Laide.

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Gruinard Bay / Island

The unusual pink sandy beaches and the dramatic mountainous backdrop make this beautiful spot one of the natural wonders of Scotland. During WW2 Gruinard Island was the site for chemical warfare and the island was contaminated with anthrax. This led to the island being quarantined indefinitely and it wasn’t until Operation Harvest in 1990 threatened to plant contaminated soil in various parts of the UK the British government acted and the island was eventually deemed safe.

Inverewe Gardens

Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the world-famous gardens are one of the most popular gardens in Scotland. Whether you are a garden lover or not, this tropical style garden is perched on one of the most beautiful sheltered spots in the area, a truly relaxing experience. Step back in time and visit Inverewe House which tells the story of Osgood Mackenzie and his daughter Mairi, the creators of the garden.

Continuing your journey, we take the road to through Gairloch and Kinlochewe towards Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve.  With its mountain peaks, ancient pinewoods and soaring eagles, it’s hard to believe a place as beautiful as this exists. Dominating the scene are Beinn Eighe and Slioch, mountains of perfect beauty reflecting craggy peaks across the crystal waters of Loch Maree.

This vast loch has numerous islands, one, in particular, is a legendary place where on certain nights of the year The Queen of the Fairies is said to hold court. Once we drag you away from this magical place, we stop at the famous Glen Docherty viewpoint so you can take in the unbelievable scenery.

The final part of your amazing tour takes you along the Moray Firth through the sleepy villages of Muir of Ord and Beauly.

Entry Costs

Inverewe Gardens – Entry Fees Adult £11.00 Concession £9.50

(Opening Hours 9.30 am-5 pm)