This tour takes you on a journey through the twists and turns of an exceptionally mountainous part of the North Coast 500.
Loch Maree - Thousands of years ago, druids believed this beautiful Loch had the power to cure lunacy.
Torridon Hills - These are arguably the most dramatic and spectacular mountains in Scotland.
Shieldaig - This may be Scotland's most outrageously picturesque village.
Applecross - There's an ancient chapel here and a famous pub that serves delicious seafood.
Eilean Donan Castle* - An iconic and gorgeous 13th-century castle that once warded off Viking invasions.
Loch Ness - This loch holds more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined. But does it hide the Loch Ness monster?
Let Scotland’s finest mountains take your breath away. Ramble over the highest road pass. And discover the history of the wildest part of the Highlands.
On this tour, you'll rub your eyes in disbelief at the postcard-perfect villages, delve deep into the gory past of Eilean Donan Castle, and catch a glimpse of some of Europe's most spectacular landscapes.
Join this tour if you want something that’s epic and off the beaten path.
Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
This tour focuses on the most beautiful and varied landscapes of the Highlands.
You leave Inverness and head north over the Beauly Firth towards the dramatic landscapes of the northern Highlands. You may stop for views and photos before arriving at the exceptionally beautiful viewpoint for Loch Maree.
You head down towards the Loch to Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve Visitor Centre for a short break.
From here, you take the single-track road through one of Scotland’s National Nature Reserves. Your driver-guide tells you about the woodland regeneration in the area and may give you a chance to get a view over the area and enjoy a close look at the native pine trees.
You now travel through the imperious landscape and dramatic geology of the Torridon mountains. As you reach the west coast, the road ascends and gives you incredible views across the Torridon Range, down over the Loch, and out to sea.
In scenically situated town of Sheildaig, you have a refreshment before taking on one of the most beautifully twisting roads in Scotland. This road may be the most photographed road on the famous North Coast 500 route.
In Applecross, you have space reserved at a local food pub. There are simple options such as sandwiches and soup, and classics like Haddock and Chips, Fish Pie and scallops and langoustines. There’s plenty of time for a relaxing lunch and maybe a little walk along the waterfront.
You take the shorter but even more dramatic road out of Applecross, the famous Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle), and if the weather allows, you stop for viewpoints at the top and bottom of this dramatic road.
At Loch Duich, you find Eilean Donan Castle* situated on a small island accessed by bridge. You can visit the castle or simply enjoy the view from the visitor centre, which has a café, shop, and toilets.
The journey back to Inverness passes the Five Sisters of Kintail Mountain range, historic Glenshiel, Loch Ness, and the Great Glen.
You arrive in Inverness in the early evening.
*Please note that Eilean Donan Castle will be closed from 31st December till 1st February 2019. It will also be closed on 2nd,5th,16th and 23rd February. During that time you will still stop for photos of the exterior but the visitor centre and castle will be closed.
What a day. In one day we have seen so many nice things, heard so many interesting information about this fantastic country, and experienced so much, while -- and wed really like to stress this -- still having a very relaxed day. The mix of views, stops and visits, and especially the timing of those, made it such a nice day. Above all, our excellent driver, host, guide, encyclopedia and entertainer, Emily, ensured this day was awesome for everyone on the trip. Plenty of time for tea, for enjoying the views, for lunch, for taking photos, for experiencing the midges, for bathroom breaks, for visiting places. Words cannot do justice enough, so we added plenty of pictures.
I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to visit Torridon Appleross, was lucky enough to have glorious weather on the day. Originally my plan was to visit the ever so popular Isle of Skye which is widely advertised on online booking tours as well as tourist information centres around Inverness. I didnt wish to be sitting on a jam packed tour bus for sure! Although I am sure Isle of Skye is as beautiful as in photos and from hearing other people. This tour has amazed me and exceeded my expectations, besides going on a perfect day where its usually quite gloomy in Scotland, managed to see spectacular views of the mountains, the cute hairy highland cooks and the West Scottish Highlands which left me speechless! The tour guide Helen did an amazing job driving us around the scenic highlands and playing traditional Scottish music as well as Scottish history and culture whilst being entertaining. I am glad there was only 5 of us in the tour with a small van which usually fits a group of 16. As there were only a small number of us,we had plenty of time to stop and take many photos! Even survived driving Britains most dangerous road too I would definitely select Rabbies tour again! So what are you waiting for? Go book this tour! Certainly wont be disappointing!
As I did and reviewed the fantastic Isle of Skye day tour two days ago, I had to register another account to be able to review this UNBELIEVABLY amazing tour. I picked this tour because I had never heard about these places before, so I had thought that these are less known, less tourist-invaded places. Also googled it, and the scenery was breathtaking. Also, Helen told me on the Skye trip that this trip would be HUGE. On Friday I had an amazing day on Skye with Rabbies and this tour on Sunday was equally fantastic, exceeded all my expectations. Just like on Skye, we had a lucky day with no rain, sunshine and rare horizons at every viewpoint. I can not choose between these two trips as they both were equally great, but definitely the Torridon, Applecross was my most amazing day in Scotland so far. Our driver guide Emily and the group made the whole day even bigger and better. Emilys passion for Scotlands history, geology, geography, nature, etc.is fascinating and so moving. Her enthusiasm for Scottish nature and wildlife is huge! I love about Rabbies (amongst other things) that their guides are intellectual people. They are not those type of tour guides you can meet unfortunately at so many companies, who just learnt by heart some wikipedia articles and thats all. The tour guides at Rabbies are different in many ways, including they know the whole context of every cultural, historical, geographical information, so you can ask whatever you want from them, they can answer it. The tour crosses the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen in Scotland: beautiful sea lochs and fresh water lochs, huge and strong mountains, green forests, blue rivers. We had a very clear day so we could not only see Skye, but the Outer Hebrides. Also, we saw a lot of things in the nature that of course, no tour can guarantee, but the whole journey was like a Highland Safari, crossing beautiful scenery, visiting a beautiful Scots Pine forest, seeing beautiful highland animals. We had a great lunch together at a pub in Applecross, talked through the day, enjoyed the beauty that this less-populated, less known area can provide. At the end of the day we had a wee bit more than an hour to spend at the beautiful Eilean Donan Castle (you can either visit it or take a walk around the loch shore), then headed back to Inverness. I recommend from the bottom of my heart to everyone who loves Scotland to take this tour. If you already had visited Skye and you had loved it or if you could not book a Skye tour, choose this tour (it1s even more breathtaking than Skye). You wont be disappointed!
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 three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer 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.
It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.
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 can click here for excellent rates.
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.
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