Glen Affric & Highland Villages
1 day tour

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Enjoy a true Highland adventure as you explore ‘Scotland’s most beautiful glen’ and learn the secrets of Beauly Priory.

Tour map

Highlights

Places you explore


Strathpeffer Village - Explore the leafy avenues and indiosyncratic architecture of this lovely little Victorian spa town.

Glen Affric - Ancient pines, shimmering lochs, and steep mountains abound in ‘Scotland’s most beautiful glen’.

River Walk - Get close to Scotland's ancient wilderness on a gentle walk along a river.

Beauly Priory - Visit this tucked away priory and learn about the monks of the Highlands.

Loch Ness - Travel along the stunning shores of Scotland's most legendary loch.


Your journey


7,000 years ago, Scotland was covered in rainforests.

But climatic conditions and human activity transformed the country into a mix of mighty castles, bare mountains, and reputable cities.

Yet there’s a place that’s almost unchanged. A small region that hid away and conserved the ancient wilderness.

They call it Glen Affric.

145 square kilometres of forest canopies, rivers, stags, and snow-crested mountains.

And on this tour, you take the single-track lanes through a Caledonian pine forest to one of the best walks in the region.

But that’s not all, you also get a chance learn about the ruined monastic site at Beauly Priory and experience Highland life in the Victorian village of Strathpeffer.

Join this day-tour and explore one of Scotland’s most untouched landscapes.


Tour Details

Starts
Check-in closes at 23:45 (tour departs at ) - ,
Finishes (approx.)
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Luggage
You're restricted to kg (0lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

You venture out of the ‘Capital of the Highlands’ and travel north-west to Strathpeffer Village.

In the 1800s, a doctor said this area’s sulphurous waters had healing properties. You’re unable to test the waters yourself, but you have time to enjoy the splendid architecture and tea-shops of this unusual Highland spa town.

You arrive in Beauly in the afternoon. Here, you have the chance to stretch your legs and explore the historic ruins of Beauly Priory. 13th-century French monks called this religious site 'beau lieu', which means 'beautiful place'. You can decide how beautiful it is for yourself while you pick a spot to have lunch before heading into Glen Affric.

You ramble along Glen Affric's winding roads and stop off for walks amongst the indigenous Caledonian pine trees. The paths here are gentle; however, they’re on uneven and rocky paths. You get the chance to enjoy views over Loch Affric and the mountains beyond, and your driver-guide ensures you go to best waterfalls and photo spots throughout the afternoon.

Your final journey takes you along the shores of Loch Ness and back to the centre of Inverness for the early evening.


FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

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.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

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.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

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.

Can Itineraries change?

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.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

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.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

Do you take children on your tours?

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.

How much time do I get off the bus?

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.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

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.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

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.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

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.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance.

What is ABTOT?

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.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com , or check out our full FAQs .

4 reasons to choose Rabbie's

Travel the local way on small group tours of 16 people or fewer

You'll have a guaranteed experience, or your money back

Guaranteed departures: We’ll never cancel your tour because of minimum numbers

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