We will collect you from your Inverness hotel, the station or airport and we depart Inverness along the northern road, seeing Urquhart Castle and Fort Augustus Abbey en route. All places mentioned can be visited, but this tour is very much an either/or tour. If you spend a lot of time at, say, Urquhart Castle, then you will have to reduce the time spent on other parts of the tour. Urquhart Castle, for instance, is a good photo stop on this tour, but a visit is better organised as part of one of our Loch Ness Tours.
The giant valley which splits Scotland in two is called the Great Glen and we are travelling most of its length today.
This tour is also a good tour for those who would like to end their day on the west coast of Scotland as this would extend the number of places visited too.
As well as travelling the length of Loch Ness we pass through the village of Fort Augustus, named after the infamous William Augustus Cumberland who defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden in 1746 and then committed some awful war crimes upon the Highland people. Next we view Loch Oich, crisscross the Caledonian Canal at various points and then see the stunning Loch Lochy ... also reputed to have a monster called Lizzy! Further on our westward journey we see the famous Commando War Memorial set in isolated splendour.
Time for a coffee and an optional woollen mill visit at Spean Bridge. For those interested in ice age features we may be able to fit in an excursion to visit the parallel roads of Glen Roy.
As we approach Fort William we could briefly visit the medieval Inverlochy Castle. From Fort William we branch northwest taking the pretty "Road to the Isles". Here we'll see the Glenfinnan monument which marks the raising of the '45 standard by Charles Edward Stuart, but for those interested in the real story it is more interesting to see the actual spot which also provides the most stunning views of the Harry Potter viaduct.
For those who just enjoy sightseeing, there could be time for a hurried look at Loch Morar, Britain's deepest loch and, another loch supposed to host a monster, called Morag! Again, depending on your interests we could head on to Mallaig. Note that the Mallaig and Loch Morar extensions to this tour may need to be curtailed during a major series of upgrades to the "Road To The Isles" over the next few months.
On the return to Inverness, depending on time available, we may be able to take some back-roads. Alternatively we can take you on to your west coast accommodation if this is a one-way tour.
A brilliant day for those wishing to see as much as possible during their Highland visit.
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Price: £325 for guide and vehicle - check top of calendar for how many passengers each guide can carry.