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Scenic Loch Ness

Scenic tours around Loch Ness

This tour sweeps around our majestic Loch Ness- first starting from Inverness to visit Clava Cairns an exceptionally well-preserved group of burial cairns dating back 4000 years. Then we head to Culloden Battlefield and walk where the last and shortest battle was fought on British Soil, here you will be able to see the graves of the fallen from that time. Then we either take the South or North route around Loch Ness both will give you the opportunity to discover our natural landscape and capture magnificent scenery.

SOUTH SIDE TOUR

Heading towards the small village of Dores, we will stop here so you can experience the sheer expanse of Loch Ness flanked on either side mysterious Bens (Scots for Mountains). Travelling south along the shoreline we arrive at the Falls of Foyers, a smoking waterfall that thunders 165 ft. down the rocks before escaping into Loch Ness. We advise a level of fitness should you wish to take the walk down to the falls as it is quite steep. Depending on your preferences and time we could have a short break at an “Award Winning Tea Room” serving home baked Scottish Scones where you will be able to see close up our traditional breed of Highland Cows and you can visit Bracken the pet deer.

Onward now to Suidhe Viewpoint, at a height of 1,200 ft. above sea level we offer another photo opportunity where you can capture this stunning landscape nestled above peat clad heather moors.

NORTH SIDE TOUR

Again we travel along the shoreline of Loch Ness through the village of Drumnadrochit , a chance to photo “Nessie”, before heading towards the ruins of Urquhart Castle, the second most visited castle in Scotland enveloped in 800 years of Scottish History, and famous for its part in The Wars of Independence. Close to here is the memorial to Sir John Cobb, who was killed on the loch in 1952 while attempting to break the world water speed record in his Speedboat Crusader.

Either tour takes us the entire length of the loch, (some 22 miles) before arriving at Fort Augustus. This picturesque village was the site of one of the three Forts built in the aftermath of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. In the centre of the village runs a series of Canal Locks, part of the Caledonian Canal, built by the famous Victorian engineer Thomas Telford to allow a safe and quick waterway from the east to the west coast of Scotland.

Returning to Inverness we travel the same route to Fort Augustus and reverse our journey (whatever your choice) to allow you to have a full scenic tour of the Great Glen region.

Your personal guide is Elizabeth Mackay whose roots are strongly bonded in the Highlands. She has a wealth of knowledge and along with passed down family stories you will take lots of memories back home with you.

The hand of welcome will always be waiting for you when you book one of our tours.

 

Tour Reviews

December 7, 2016

A NOSTALGIC RETURN VISIT.

After my husband passed away earlier this year I felt the need for a nostalgic trip to the Highlands to visit places we had enjoyed together. How lucky I was to chance upon Elizabeth as my tour guide. She was the perfect companion for a miserable old widow. The first place she took me to was, of course Loch Ness. We drove the 22 miles round the Loch on a bright sunny spring day, and, it was entrancing. As well as the stunning scenery there was Elizabeth’s fascinating commentary about places of interest, historical knowledge, snippets of local gossip and anecdotes. What is more I was not frightened of the narrow roads or steep hills because she drove so well. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding day with lovely home made cake and coffee at a family run tea room. On my second trip Elizabeth took me north of Inverness over the Moray Firth and across The Black Isle with a discussion about local place names, all very interesting. Going across the Cromarty Firth she told me all about the wildlife which sometimes, and we were lucky enough to see seals basking on the shore. It quite took me out of myself. We had a delicious lunch at a very popular restaurant, that had at one time been an old granary mill with lots of historical information and exhibits. Returning a different route across country Elizabeth told me really interesting stories about the folklore of the area. I can genuinely say, that, if you want to learn about the Highlands as well as sight seeing, Elizabeth is the guide for you.

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