This two-day tour begins by departing Inverness and heading north, making our way to Rogie Falls
, our first stop of the day. It is a short walk to this impressive series of waterfalls on the Black Water. From here, we’ll continue west to Lochcarron, a stunning village in Wester Ross -undoubtedly one of the gems of the North-Western Highlands of Scotland and is believed to be the longest village in Scotland at 2 miles long.
Over the pass…
Your journey to the west continues with a dramatic climb over the Bealach nam Ba
(the Pass of the Cattle, in Gaelic). The Pass is the third highest road in Britain and climbs to over 2,000 feet! We’ll stop at the summit for breathtaking views across to Raasay and the Isle of Skye
before commencing the descent to Applecross
, our lunch stop for the day.
Time in Applecross…
Down the pass and we arrive into Applecross
, a beautiful village situated on a sweeping bay, named by locals as simply ‘The Street’. At Applecross wildlife abounds, so nature lovers can look out for red deer, pine martens (one of the rarest of British mammals) and otters. Here you can spend time enjoying the spectacular seascape, grabbing a bite to eat or finding out more about the history of the Highlands at the local heritage centre, which was first opened in 2003.
Britain’s first National Nature Reserve…
Leaving Applecross behind, we will make our way along the banks of Loch Torridon to Shieldaig
. Take a few moments to take in the views and stretch your legs before we head to our final stop and our resting spot for the evening. Continuing along from Shieldaig, we’ll travel through the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve
. This is Britain’s first National Nature Reserve and home to ancient pinewoods and soaring golden eagles.
Onwards to Ullapool…
Sit back, relax and enjoy the views as we travel onwards to Kinlochewe and Achnasheen
, before finally arriving into Ullapool for a peaceful evening. This pretty port rests on the shores of Loch Broom and is the largest settlement in the Highlands. A stunning destination to call a gateway to the Western Isles. Sample some of the freshest seafood around at this fishing before enjoying a relaxing night in this outdoor paradise.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your accommodation, before our journey continues. On this day, we'll head further north and then east to the Falls of Shin*
, our tour runs at the perfect time of year to spot salmon jumping, you can watch as they make the tricky journey upstream. Every year throughout the summer season, the salmon return and swim up the Dornoch Firth to reach the River Shin where they were spawned.
We'll then visit Dunrobin Castle*
, the most northernly and largest in the northern Highlands. With 189 rooms, you can imagine its’ great size. Here, you have the opportunity to tour the castle and gardens or even watch a falconry show! Dating back to the early 1300’s, Dunrobin Castle is one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses.
Our final stop of the day before heading home, is Glenmorangie*
for a whisky tour and tasting. Opened by William Matheson in 1843, this distillery is home to Scotland's tallest stills, specially designed for a smoother more complex whisky. The tall copper necks ensure that only the finest vapours rise to the top. Leaving this fantastic distillery behind, we’ll continue our journey south back to Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands.