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Celebrate Scotland’s gems with an 8-hour Highlands and whisky tour from Inverness. Visit the hilly Black Isle peninsula, speckled with prosperous farms, the ancient village of Cromarty and Chanonry Point to watch playful bottlenose dolphins. Honor the historic whisky-producing region with a stop at Glen Ord Distillery for a tour and sample. Cap your day at Loch Ness for a chance to spot the elusive monster, Nessie!


  • 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

Your 8-hour excursion sets off from the Inverness in the morning. Meet your guide at the city's Visitor Centre and take a comfortable seat in the van for the short drive over the Beauly Firth to Black Isle. As you travel west, listen as your guide recounts tales of how Black Isle got its name – from its signature black soil to its past association with witchcraft and dark arts. Take in the quiet countryside as you pass through the isle to Cromarty.

Disembark in the quaint fishing village that once served as an ancient ferry port – and still feels that way! Admire the Georgian architecture as you stroll past fishermen’s cottages, small shops and eateries. Next, hop back in the coach for a ride to Chanonry Point, passing other sweet Scottish villages like Rosemarkie and Fortress on the way. 

From narrow Chanonry Point, gaze out at the waters of Moray Firth, home to a remarkable pod of some 130 bottleneck dolphins. Watch the amiable creatures leap and play on the water’s surface, then head into the town of Beauly to explore and grab lunch (own expense). Derived from the French term beau lieu (beautiful place), the charming village is the perfect spot for an afternoon break. 

After lunch, head to the renowned Glen Ord Distillery. Tour the grounds and have a look at the impressive pear-shaped pot stills, each with a capacity of more than 16,000 liters! Learn about the complex production process and enjoy a sample of Glen Ord’s signature 12-year single malt whisky.

From here, make your way back to Inverness, stopping at the mysterious and majestic Loch Ness. Explore Drumnadrochit village, and take in sweeping views of the lake and surrounding hills – and perhaps get a chance sighting of the mythical Loch Ness monster, Nessie! Then relax for the ride back to Inverness, arriving at the starting point by early evening.

Customer Reviews

Jonine F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a fantastic tour guide Duncan, who was extremely knowledgeable and gave the best stories of the area. He even played music during the tour. It was exceptional. My in-laws said that this was the best tour they had ever had in their lives, so we know it was memorable. Highly recommend!

Ina V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This trip was fantastic. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.

Michelle N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I had the best time, Alison driver/tourguide was amazing. Wonderful experience

Diane R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was just what we were looking for -- a nice wander through the Black Isles with an experienced and informative guide. Gary not only knew lots of interesting facts and stories, but he gave us tips about what to look for in each of the places where we stopped. His enthusiasm was infectious. Another great Viator tour!

Joseph Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the true country of the Scottish Highlands. Our coach driver was the greatest. He was very informative on the history and was very thoughtful and accommodating to everyone. Would recommend this tour to anyone. Very long day but worth every hour of it. Five Star tour and driver was great with resteraunt recommends.

Hilary M

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.

Ronald W

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

John C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

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

Andrew C

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.

Wilbur W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

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

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