Torridon, Applecross & Eilean Donan Castle
1 day tour

  • Torridon
  • Bein Eighe Ridge
  • Loch Maree
  • Beine Eighe National Nature Reserve

Do mountains make you weak in the knees? Does the sight of an eagle satisfy your soul? Then look no further. Because this is the tour for you.

Tour map

Places you'll explore


Loch Maree - Thousands of years ago, druids believed this beautiful Loch had the power to cure lunacy.

Torridon - Enter this village and be amazed at the mountainous splendour on the community’s doorstep.

Shieldaig - A serious contender for the award of Scotland’s most outrageously picturesque village.

Applecross - Tight hairpin bend, and winding mountain trails. The roads may seem a little mad but the views are completely worth it.

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?


Your journey


Keep an eye out for fantastic beasts and faeries as you travel through the ancient wilderness of Scotland.

On this tour, you'll rub your eyes in disbelief at the postcard-perfect villages, delve deep into the gory history of Eilean Donan Castle, and catch a glimpse of some of Europe's most spectacular landscapes.


Tour Details

Departs
08.30 - Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness, IV1 1LT
Returns
19.30
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

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 nam Ba (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 Glensheil, Loch Ness, and the Great Glen.

You arrive in Inverness in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

A wonderful trip to the West Scottish Highlands!

Josephine Liu Posted on 25/07/2017

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!

My most amazing day in Scotland so far

Balazs Posted on 10/07/2017

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!

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