-Discover the Highlands from Inverness
Loch Ness Tour From Inverness
Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness
The Ness Islands
St Andrews Cathedral
Whether you are looking for 1 day tours from Inverness or simply trying to take in as many of the beautiful sights as possible on your Highland adventure, our Loch Ness tour from Inverness is sure to captivate like no other. Our friendly local guide will pick you up from your place of stay and take you on a tour to remember around some of the most famous, historic and culturally significant sites anywhere in Scotland.
From Inverness we will travel to Loch Ness, home of the romantic and brooding Urquhart Castle (as well as a certain legendary monster!) The tour then turns towards the historic Beauly Priory, before arriving at the Glen Ord Distillery, one of the last remaining single malt scotch whisky distilleries on the Black Isle. Take in the historic and dramatic Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns, before heading for nearby Cawdor Castle. Round off your tour in Inverness with St. Andrew’s Cathedral and Ness Islands, before being dropped off at your place of stay.
You should know...
For all our booking options, you are booking the whole vehicle, no single seat booking is available, this also means a more private and custom tour experience for a reasonable price
Inverness to Loch Ness
From your place of stay in Inverness we will travel towards Loch Ness, with plenty of opportunities for photos at some of the most beautiful vantage points the loch has to offer.
Urquhart Castle and onwards to Beauly Priory
From there we move towards the famous Urquhart Castle and its visitor centre. The castle is a truly romantic ruin, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the loch, and surrounded on all sides by waters over 600-feet deep, where the legendary Loch Ness Monster is said to make her home. Take your time wandering the historic ruins and learn more about its amazing history, before the tour picks up again, this time towards Beauly Priory, a beautiful ancient monastery that now lies in ruins but retains an air of reverence and mystery.
Glen Ord Distillery
From Beauly Priory it’s a short journey to Glen Ord Distillery, a traditional distillery that boasts its own maltings and uses barley and water sourced from the local environment. Learn about the traditional distilling processes refined over hundreds of years before our tours picks up again, this time east towards Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre.
Culloden famously played host to the bloody Battle of Culloden, the outcome of which had ramifications far outside the local area and is intensively documented at the visitor centre. Get up close and personal with the history of the battle with artefacts, re-enactments and talks by local historians, before heading the short distance to Clava Cairns, an ancient bronze-age cemetery.
This deeply sacred place within the landscape of the Highlands is steeped in history, with the first usage of the site thought to date back over 4000 years. Set within a beautiful forested area, there is evidence that ancient peoples returned here again and again; there are even the ruins of a medieval chapel here. The Clava Cairns serves as the inspiration for the fictitious Craigh na Dun standing stones in the book and TV series Outlander, in fact, the famous “cleft stone” that transports the main character Claire back in time can be found here.
From Clava Cairns, it is just a short drive towards Cawdor Castle. Take some time to wander the beautiful walled gardens and natural woodlands while taking in the castle’s extensive history dating back as far as 1180. The castle is a popular destination and a must-see, not least for its connection to the Shakespeare play Macbeth.
St Andrews Cathedral
The tour then turns back towards Inverness, to St. Andrew’s Cathedral, a beautiful cathedral church dating back to 1869 located near the centre of the city. The Anglican Cathedral is the most northerly in the UK, and is an excellent example of local architecture and the Gothic style. Take some time to admire the beautiful stained glass windows and intricately carved stonework.
The Ness Islands
Finally we will take some time to relax in the tranquil surrounds of Ness Islands, a group of wooded islands close to the centre of Inverness connected by suspension bridges. Here you can reflect on your adventure before being dropped off back at your place of stay.
Complimentary with your tour
Alongside a guaranteed wonderful day out, a modern & comfortable tour bus and a knowledgable tour guide to take you around the Highlands of Scotland, these extra items all come as complimentary with this tour
Water & Snacks
With any tour you book, we will provide bottles of water and snacks for the journey
Meeting Point & Flexibility
Our tours are never rushed, and we pick you up and drop you off at your place of stay in Inverness
At Historic & Scenic tours we know that day tours should be about seeing and experiencing as much as possible while still making time to fully absorb the sights and sounds around you.
Our tours are always flexible, and we will work with you to make sure you experience your Highland adventure on your own terms.
Pick Up Time
We will pick you up from your hotel or place of stay in Inverness
Drop Off Time
And we will drop you off directly back at your hotel or place of stay
For a full refund, cancel at least 72 hours prior to the start date.
If the booking will be cancelled after this period, no refund will be made.