Savour the elegance of Dunrobin Castle and the rich flavour of whisky as you discover the south stretch of the famous North Coast 500.
Dunrobin Castle - 189 rooms, stunning gardens, and falconry; this castle is called the Jewel in the Crown of the Highlands
Dornoch- Stroll through this small historic town and enjoy its stunning scenery
Glen Ord Distillery* - Learn about the ‘water of life' at the home of Singleton, where the welcome is as warm as the whisky
Beauly - The beauty of this small village stunned Mary Queen of Scots and gave it its name.
Is it a French château? Is it a naval hospital? Is it a falcon breeding ground?
No, it’s Dunrobin Castle.
This elegant structure contrasts the rough and rocky natural Highland surroundings. Its 189 rooms are full of luxuries, legends, and controversy.
Join this tour and explore this unique wonder of the Highlands, sample one of the finest regional whiskies in Scotland, and delve into the history of the southern stretch of the North Coast 500.
Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
This morning, you travel from the ‘Capital of the Highlands and across the Black Isle to Dunrobin Castle.
The lush gardens are inspired by the Palace of Versailles; the 189 rooms boast museums, ancient wardrobes, and clan artefacts; and the architecture looks beautiful from every angle. You have plenty of time to roam the grounds and soak up the history of this optional attraction.
Your lunch stop is in Dornoch. This famous Highland town is popular with golfers and is the home of an impressive cathedral.
You journey further south to Glen Ord distillery*. Here, you have a chance to sample Singleton single malt whisky and see how these traditional distillers turn water into Scotland’s national drink.
On your way back to Inverness, you stop at Beauly Priory to take a few photos of the monastic site and stretch your legs.
You arrive in Inverness in the early evening.
*Glen Ord will be having their annual silent season between Sept 10th and Oct 9th (inclusive). Unfortunately, you will not be able to access their production area, but you'll still get a tasting experience, a tour of the warehouse and a video experience.
**Itinerary and distillery visits are subject to change.
*** Please note: for tours departing from 1st April 2023 the distillery may change
The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.
We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.
Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.
If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.
We have a cancellation period of 48 hours for our one day tours, 15 days for two to nine day tours, and 21 days for 10+ day tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.
Your tour will always follow the itinerary as closely as possible. While there are ongoing coronavirus restrictions throughout the UK and Ireland, itineraries are more likely to change than usual as opening hours and capacities at many visitor attractions are reduced and subject to change. Your driver-guide will keep you up to up to date on the road, and we'll try to get in touch about any large changes prior to your departure.
Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.
Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.
We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.
We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.
You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.
We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.
We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.
You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.
Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.
We advise you take out travel insurance.
You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.
Travel the local way on small group tours of 16 people or fewer
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