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  • Location:Inverness, United Kingdom
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Best of the Scottish Highlands Tour from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness and Scotch Whisky

Venture through Scotland’s Highlands on a full-day trip from Inverness with an expert guide. Traveling by luxury minivan, you’ll explore the area known as the Black Isle, home to incredibly barren yet beautiful scenery. Visit the sleepy fishing village of Cromarty, see bottlenose dolphins at Chanonry Point, and sample whisky at the Glen Ord Whisky Distillery in Beauly. Before returning to Inverness, you’ll walk along the banks of Loch Ness to seek out Nessie – a must-do activity in the Highlands!


  • Full-day trip to the Scottish Highlands from Inverness
  • Enjoy incredible scenery as you travel along the Black Isle peninsula
  • Visit Cromarty and see bottlenose dolphins at Chanonry Point
  • Explore Beauly at leisure and then tour the Glen Ord Whisky Distillery
  • Walk along the shores of Loch Ness and watch out for Nessie, the legendary Loch Ness monster!

What You Can Expect

Best of the Scottish Highlands Tour from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness and Scotch Whisky

Dolphin Spotting in the Moray Firth

Depart Inverness by minivan and travel with your guide to the heart of Scotland’s dramatic Highlands. Heading west, you’ll venture along a stunning stretch of the Highlands known as the Black Isle, an area of land that’s actually a peninsula and named for its association with the dark arts during medieval times. Hear tales like this and more from your friendly guide as you journey deep into the Black Isle’s beautifully barren countryside.

First stop of the day is in Cromarty, a picturesque village where time feels like it’s truly standing still. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour around its quaint streets, seeing cute fisherman’s cottages and houses with typical Scottish crow-stepped gables.

Continue traveling by minivan through the pretty villages of Rosemarkie and Fortrose, and then stop for a walk along a ridge known as Chanonry Point. Jutting out into the sea at Moray Firth, the ridge is widely acknowledged as the best place in Britain for see dolphins – home to a community of some 130 bottleneck dolphins.

After dolphin spotting to your heart’s content, your tour continues to the nearby town of Beauly for lunch (own expense) and a look around. The name of the town comes from the French beau lieu meaning ‘beautiful place,’ and you’ll find it to be just that while you explore its charming streets at leisure.

The town is home to the legendary Glen Ord Whisky Distillery, and you’ll visit this next with your guide. While touring the cellars and distillery itself, you’ll see the whisky workers creating their flagship product – a 12-year-old single malt whisky – and you’ll be given a wee dram to sample before leaving.

On the way back to Inverness, there’s one last – and very important – stop at the banks of Loch Ness to try and catch a sight of the fabled Loch Ness monster. As you stroll through the village of Drumnadrochit and around the gorgeous shores of this famous loch (lake) surrounded by flora and fauna, you’ll soon realize that there’s more to Loch Ness than just a monster!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The trip was wonderful. Alison, our tour guide, was exceptional. Very knowledgable and loads of fun. We all had a great time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Had great tour with small group. Allison did great job and adapted to suit the group to make tour even more enjoyable. A couple of extras added to the experience. Dolphins had the day of but this did not detract from the trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Only 3 passengers on the bus so driver adopted a flexible itinerary, which suited us all.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Malcolm was a kind, patient and excellent host. Interesting commentary on the local areas covered. It was fantastic fun seeing the seals and dolphins at the Black Isle and the visit to the distillery was fun too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

Very good tour guide and fun experience. Will recommend to Anyone.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

This was an interesting tour. The guide was knowledgeable and the sites were worthwhile

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

The best part of our tour was our guide, Alison, who was witty, knowledgeable, and caring about the people on her tour. Plus, we received glimmers of sunshine for the first time, an omen that followed us to London the following day. Great trip. Would recommend it for anyone who has never been to Inverness before.
It's a four star rating.
Robert and Tobi O'Brien

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

We did not know the town was at least 45 minutes from the dock and we missed our tour.. called but was told they could not wait for us

3 star rating: Worth doing September 2013

Beautiful countryside and with just one day we did see alot. However there was little commentary provided from our driver or helpful hints as to what exactly we were seeing. At several of the stops we were told to walk around a bit and be back in 45 minutes. Learned on our own.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2013

The only reason I give this tour one star is because the tour of the Scotch Whisky Distillery was very, very good. Nice tour guide and very informative, I learned a lot of interesting things about making whisky.
However we saw not even a hint of any bottlenose dolphins at Chanonry Point.
The sleepy village of Cromarty was so sleepy nothing was open so we waisted time just walking around doing nothing until the van was ready to move on.
We did not go near the banks of Lock Ness, instead was taken to a nomey grabing building with a lock ness display we had to pay extra to see and a gift shop, but no where within sight or walking distance to Loch Ness or Urquhart Castle. The driver/tour guide was very nice, when I complained he pulled the van over to the side of the road so I could see Lock Ness from a distance and take a picture.
I do not recomment this tour. It was a very big disappointment.

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