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

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Best of the Scottish Highlands Tour from Inverness: Black Isle, Loch Ness and Scotch Whisky
from USD $59.72
Venture through Scotland’s Highlands on a full-day trip from Inverness with an expert guide. Traveling by luxury minibus, 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, as well as, walk along the banks of Loch Ness to seek out Nessie – a must-do activity in the Highlands!
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In Brief

Highland Council, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
8 hours
Fully narrated tour
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Get up-close to native wildlife
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Glen Ord Distillery Inverness, Muir of Ord IV6 7UJ Scotland

You can take a tour of the distillery and taste the finished product

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Chanonry Point, Chanonry Ness, Fortrose IV10 8SD Scotland

This is the ideal spot for some dolphin spotting. This is home ot Bottlenose Dolphins, Britain's most northerly colony

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Loch Ness, Scotland

We will drive along the banks of Loch Ness for a photo stop

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Beauly, Beauly, Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Lunch stop will be at the charming little town of Beauly. You can visit the ruined Priory

Duration: 1 hour


  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Driver/guide


  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages - Admission to the distillery is not included
  • Entry/Admission - Glen Ord Distillery

Departure Time

9:15 AM

Departure Point

Inverness IV1 1LT, UK

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.79 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

We were privileged to have our tour guide, Vicky, to ourselves as we were the only group who booked the trip that particular day. We absolutely loved her sense of humor, her stories, and her conversation. We got to see and do so much in one day that it was amazing. Each stop was timed well, and in spite of large crowds at Loch Ness, we were able to enjoy ourselves immensely at each stop. I strongly recommend that others include this tour in their plans!
• Submitted 19 Aug 2019
Sinclair and Katherine were an amazing guide and driver. They were professional, knowledgeable and accommodating; They went out of their way to show us the sites, choose a charming restaurant for lunch and even recommended books to read. A sincere thanks to both of them for making our visit so special.
• Submitted 29 Jul 2019
We had a lovely phase of warm weather in Inverness and the surrounding area. Victoria was a funny and informative guide, sharing info on the local history. The village and coastal stops around the Black Isle were picturesque, especially towards the end. A couple of stops, including Loch Ness, were pretty basic, but it was a perfect one day tour as far as overall ground covered and the total hours (7) was not exhausting.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
Great scenic views of Loch Ness, but no Nessie lurking about. Our driver was great and there were only 3 of us on the small motor coach. Glen Ord is a very nice distillery, and the tour guide was spot on. Lunch and scenic views of Cromarty - great! The view of the wild dolphins didn't go as planned - guess the dolphins didn't read the calendar.
• Submitted 07 Nov 2018
Great tour and awesome views of the highlands. I love this tour and have seldom seen sights as beautiful as the highlands in Scotland. Amazing tour and highly recommend it.
• Submitted 01 Nov 2018
Our tour guide, Vicky, took care to make sure we were able to do everything we wanted! We saw highland cows, dolphins, and I could swear I even saw Nessie. ;). The town where we stopped for lunch was fantastically picturesque and we spent just enough time there. The whiskey distillery was informative and fun. Overall it was a worry-free day packed with memorable experiences. We had a hard time knowing what to wear, so just in case you are finding yourself thinking the same thing I would recommend sneakers, jeans, and to bring along a light jacket. Don’t wear fancy shoes because you will walk along a beach and on grating ( at the distillery).
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
Off we went with our guide Allison in a roomy van. Allison was fantastic, she knew our 10 names in the first 5 minutes and I enjoyed her good-natured banter and her wealth of knowledge. First to Loch Ness where we heard the legend but the monster was on an extended vacation presumably. After the whiskey tour which had been pre-arranged, we had lunch in the quaint village of Cromarty where some of us had Cullen Skink soup which sounds like it's made from lizards but actually a delicious smoked fish. We got our feet wet along the coast as we looked for dolphins. They must have been on vacation too but the Highland cattle were not and no one complained we were having such a good time. Back to Inverness where we received recommendations from Allison for dinner and entertainment ideas. I'd do this all again, and hope to sometime soon.
• Submitted 23 Nov 2017
We loved our tour! Our guide was wonderful - very informative and a lot of fun!
• Submitted 18 Sep 2017
A lovely drive through the countryside with a very experienced driver/guide. Information provided on the history of villages we passed through and of some of the myths and legends that abound throughout Scotland. The tour departed on time and the bus was clean and comfortable. If you are wanting to see some beautiful country this is a tour for you. The Whisky tour was very informative and gave me new insight on the process of making the delectable drop
• Submitted 13 Aug 2017
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!
• Submitted 17 Oct 2016
This trip was fantastic. The tour guide was very knowledgeable.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2016
I had the best time, Alison driver/tourguide was amazing. Wonderful experience
• Submitted 16 Jun 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!
• Submitted 08 May 2016
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.
• Submitted 20 Oct 2015
The trip was wonderful. Alison, our tour guide, was exceptional. Very knowledgable and loads of fun. We all had a great time.
• Submitted 09 Sep 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
• Submitted 24 May 2015
Only 3 passengers on the bus so driver adopted a flexible itinerary, which suited us all.
• Submitted 15 Oct 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.
• Submitted 30 Jun 2014
Very good tour guide and fun experience. Will recommend to Anyone.
• Submitted 12 Sep 2013
It was a great trip! Our tour guide was very willing to help us see some great country! Great time!
• Submitted 15 Oct 2017
It is worth of for those who enjoy countriside views, want to see life out of capitals and spend comfortably a day during their stay in Inverness. Nice Black Island sites and really rural atmosphere of villages to enjoy some coffee, sandwich or beer in local pubs. Whisky tour in Glen Ord only basic level, however, enough for most of not deeply interested in, finished with tasting. All tour related information given during the day were practical and interesting. Satisfied at all, but would recommend to tour guides, in general, to take better care of their pronounced english as also not native english speaking visitors can appear on their board from time to time. Thanks for nice day.
• Submitted 15 Sep 2017
Enjoyed the lovely scenery and our guide, Julien, despite a mostly rainy day. We only stopped for a short time to take in the view of Loch Ness but I think I prefer that to the place we passed by - what seemed like a more commercial Nessie visitor's center. Julien, kept up a commentary through the day telling us interesting facts as well as local lore of the places we visited. The distillery tour was great and I felt there was ample time spent there about 45 min. Sally was our good humored distillery guide. I'm not a scotch drinker but this was an interesting tour and I can better appreciate what goes into making this libation! Footwear tip: don't wear thin/ spiky heels as part of it is walking on grating. Stopped in Beauly for a visit to the ruin of what was once an abbey. Julien's commentary did not seem rehearsed and I felt that he was sharing his knowledge with us rather than talking at us. It was like traveling around with a friend! We did not see dolphins near Cromarty but had a very nice lunch on our own and a brief walk on the beach there. By then the sun was peeking out. Again, Julien's stories were entertaining and personable. I would like to go back and spend a little more time in some of these places! Logistically speaking the pick up and drop off point bus station in Inverness was convenient and we left in a timely manner and got back earlier than I had expected. One thing I would encourage is to engage the tour participants with each other - maybe some ice breakers as we begin the tour. The people on the tour were pretty quiet and we didn't interact much with each other. Maybe all of us happened to be introverts that day? Overall a good day - wet but well spent! Thank you, Julien!
• Submitted 15 Aug 2017
There were only 4 of us on the tour. It was terrific. Thanks, Ian !
• Submitted 11 Jul 2016
Nice !
• Submitted 01 Jul 2016

In Brief

Highland Council, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
8 hours
Fully narrated tour
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Get up-close to native wildlife