Loch Ness Tour

Overview Of Loch Ness Tour

Highlights Of Our Loch Ness Tour

Clava Cairns – Culloden Battlefield – Dores Beach – Loch Ness – Great Glen- Waterfalls – Fort Augustus – Urquhart Castle – Beauly – Glen Ord Distillery – Inverness.

Tour Description

You cannot visit Scotland without visiting Loch Ness, capture the spectacular scenery of the Great Glen, snap a picture of Nessie, sample Haggis and relax with a glass of Glen Ord whisky. Our relaxing day tour is ideal to get a sample of what the Scottish Highlands is about …. being one of our most popular tours it is advisable to book well in advance.

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

Clava Cairns

Soak in the atmosphere at this Bronze Age burial site which dates back 3,000 years. Here the Picts believed when the sun shone through the cairns during the winter solstice, their loved ones were guided towards heaven. The large central stone is believed to have special powers. Touching the stone is permitted, however, we advise caution, we want you to stay with us and see Scotland as it is today.

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Culloden Battlefield

Get to grips with the hopelessness of the Jacobite Clans as they positioned themselves against Hanoverian troops on that fateful day of the 16th April 1746. Explore the Culloden Visitor Centre and listen to commentary from both sides of the battle – the whole experience at Culloden will propel you back to 1746 and into the thick of the action.

Loch Ness

Stopping at the village of Dores, you will be stunned by the magnificent Great Glen opening up before you. Here you can see where ‘Nessie Hunter’ – Steve Feltham lived and spent over 24 years watching over the Loch. A picture of Nessie is worth a ‘million dollars’ – it could be you!

Falls of Foyers

Our famous Scottish poet, Robert Burns was so moved he wrote a poem describing the spectacular beauty of this 140ft waterfall as it thundered into Loch Ness.  Depending on rainfall, the falls can be either gushing or a trickle, however, they are still worth a visit. Access to the falls is steep and uneven in places (walking boots/shoes recommended). This route is not suitable for disabled people.

Cameron’s Tea Room

Stop for a refreshment at the award-winning Cameron’s Tea Room. This delightful award-winning tea room serves tea in china cups. You will find it hard to resist their home baked scones dripping with delicious Scottish jam and cream. Highland Cattle usually graze nearby- another photo opportunity and one not to be missed.

Suidhe Viewpoint

Next stop is Suidhe Viewpoint. This route travels alongside one of the many roads built by General Wade in the aftermath of Culloden.  On our way, we will stop at Whitebridge where still exists one of the finest surviving examples of a General Wade Bridge. The viewpoint is without a doubt one of the most breath-taking views in Scotland.

Fort Augustus

Here you can stroll along the banks of the Caledonian canal. The canal was designed by the Victorian engineer Thomas Telford and runs sixty-six miles through the Great Glen. Fort Augustus offers a selection of cafes, shops and restaurants- treat yourself to Fish and Chips or be adventurous – order yourself our National Dish of Haggis.

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Loch Ness tour

John Cobb Memorial

Driving along the northern shoreline of Loch Ness we pass John Cobbs Memorial. John Cobb, the man who attempted a world speed record of 200mph on Loch Ness in September 1952 sadly lost his life in the attempt.

Urquhart Castle

The ruins of Urquhart Castle are a testament to some of the bloodshed spilt throughout Scottish history. During the 14th century, the Outlaw King of Scots Robert the Bruce seized control and thereafter repeated attacks led by The MacDonald Lord of the Isles destroyed the castle and left it in the ruins you see today. The castle is now a popular visitor centre and managed by Historic Scotland.

Drumnadrochit

A favourite location for ‘monster hunters’. If you want to gain a deeper insight into the history of the world-famous Loch then a visit to the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre will explain the many mysteries, and, of course, Nessie.

Beauly

Before your day comes to an end, we take you to visit the ruined Priory at Beauly, a monastic chapel founded in 1230. In addition, a visit to Campbells of Beauly should not be missed, this shop is famous for quality knitwear and tweed garments, and is still in its original décor dating back to 1870.

Muir of Ord Distillery

Our final stop will be a tour of Glen Ord Distillery, where traditions have changed little. Discover how their soft, sweet malt satisfies the palate, and, with a welcome as warm as the whisky, you’ll be sure to leave with a smile on your face. On our return to Inverness, we drive through the fertile land of ‘The Bonnie Black Isle’.

Entry Costs

Culloden Battlefield – Free Access

Culloden Visitor Centre – Entry Fees Adult £11.00 Concessions £9.50

(Open Hours March-October 9 am-6 pm)

Clava Cairns – Free Access

Falls of Foyers – Free Access

Cameron’s Tea Room – Cost of Beverages/Cake approx. £7.00 per person.

Urquhart Castle (Optional) – Entry Fees Adult £9.50 Concessions £7.20

(Open Hours March-Sept 9.30 am-6 pm, last entry 5.15pm)

Loch Ness Exhibition Centre (Optional) – Entry Fees Adult £7.95 Concession £6.95

(Open 9.30 am-5 pm)

Beauly Priory – Free Access

Glen Ord Distillery – Cost of Whisky Tour from £8.00 per person.

(Open 9.15 am-5 pm)