The Best of the Black Isle
1 day

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Bottlenose dolphins, organically brewed beer, and cute coastal villages: this tour explores the best-kept secrets of northern Scotland.

Tour map

Highlights

Prehistoric Sites
Beaches

Places you'll explore


Black Isle Brewery - Talk to the Highland brewers and taste a delicious home-grown, organic beer.

Cromarty - Scottish writer, Ian Rankin, comes to this town to visit the local arts shop and enjoy the inspirational sea views.

Rosemarkie - Visit this village and explore the picturesque bays of the Moray Coast and a museum full of ancient Pictish relics.

Dolphin Cruise - Join an optional cruise into the Beauly Firth and spot the most northerly pod of bottlenose dolphins.


Your journey


The Black Isle is far more colourful than its name implies.

You see dolphins splashing about in the rich-blue Beauly Firth. You wander through villages lined by golden-yellow sands. And you find Celtic traditions deep within emerald-green forests.

Join this day tour and discover the beautiful palette of the Black Isle. You have a chance to go on a wildlife cruise, the option to taste locally brewed beers, and time to learn the tales of this history-soaked region of Scotland.

It’s perfect for people who enjoy venturing off the beaten track and learning about the different hues of indigenous wildlife, ancient traditions, and local flavours.

Tour Details

Departs
09.45 - Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness, IV1 1LT
Returns
17:45
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 a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions

Itinerary

You leave Inverness behind and head straight for the brewery. Tasting beer before noon may feel improper, but the Black Isle Brewery’s ethical beliefs and home-grown flavours will ensure you feel great about it.

After you’ve soaked up the local flavours, you take the short drive to Rosemarkie. This wonderful wee village offers you a chance to learn about ancient Pictish art and take in fresh sea views.

The journey then takes you to the equally picturesque village of Cromarty. There are plenty of things to do here. You can eat at a local restaurant, go shopping in the delightful arts and crafts shop, or visit the birthplace of the famous geologist, Hugh Millar.

Your next stop is an example of a strange, ancient Celtic tradition. It’s a small well in a forest where people leave offerings for spirits, gods, and wishes. You can leave something yourself, but please make sure it’s biodegradable and doesn’t damage the local environment.

Before heading back to Inverness, you have a chance to go dolphin spotting with ‘Dolphin Spirit’. Their boat is specially designed to limit disruption for the dolphins, the friendly guides tell you incredible facts about the wildlife, and the dolphins are active and use the beautiful firth as a nursery for their calves. It’s an essential Black Isle experience; but if you have other plans, you can skip this option, and we’ll take you back to Inverness earlier.

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