Inverness Premier Tours invite you to visit the undiscovered gems of the Highlands. Your local driver and guide will share their insight and local knowledge with you as they escort you on your own private tour from Inverness into the North of the Highlands.
We go off the beaten track, heading north from Inverness to the famous Glenmorangie Distillery, taking in a distillery tour before heading over the firth to the Royal Burgh of Dornoch, visiting the beautiful town and Cathedral. We then head further North to Loch Fleet to see the seals basking before moving onto the magnificent Dunrobin Castle. Finally we take the scenic route through gorgeous unspoiled Scottish countryside back to Inverness, where you will be dropped off at your place of stay.
The Distillery is one of the most well-known in Scotland, its’ name famously derived from the Gaelic Gleann Mor na Sith “the vale of tranquility.”
This quaint town is full of character, filled with unique shops and cafes, and dominated by the castle which dates back to the 1400s.
Dornoch Cathedral, in use since 1239, is a major link to Scotland’s religious past and an important fixture of the town.
Loch Fleet is a changeable tidal basin, and a unique habitat that attracts many species of bird.
Dunrobin is the most northerly great house in the British Isles, and looks like a fairytale castle owing to its French chateau-style.
Look down on beautiful views of Sutherland from Struie Hill, apty named "Millionaire's View."
A Note To Remember:
We want you to have the best experience of the Highlands, which is why our tours are flexible and 100% customisable. All of the locations listed on our tours are intended to be optional, and you can choose whether to add, remove or extend locations based on your own personal preference. Contact us if you have any questions or special tour requests.
Pick Up & Drop Off Information
We want you to get the very best out of your tour, which is why all of our tours are flexible, customisable and tailored to you. We don’t rush you along — instead, we always make sure you get to experience your Highland tour on your own terms.
Your friendly local driver and guide will pick you up from your place of stay in Inverness or from an agreed pick-up point. There will be plenty of time to discuss the tour, route, and attractions prior to departing.
The tour will last approximately 7 hours, after which you will be dropped off at either your pick-up point or a place in Inverness of your choosing.
Full Tour Description
From Inverness we go North, crossing the Moray Firth and Cromarty Firth, passing through spectacular Highland landscapes before we reach the shores of the Dornoch Firth and Glenmorangie Distillery.
The Distillery is one of the most well-known in Scotland, its’ name famously derived from the Gaelic Gleann Mor na Sith “the vale of tranquility.” The distillery has made it’s award-winning single-malt whisky the same way for the past 175 years using techniques passed down by the legendary “Men of Tain,” local craftsmen who have dedicated themselves to the distillery for generations. Glenmorangie boasts the tallest stills in Scotland, kept in a large room dubbed the “Highland Cathedral.”
Our tour will include access to the distillery and its warehouses as we learn from expert guides about the whisky-making process, who will walk you through the early stages of mashing and fermentation to distilling and maturation. Learn more about what makes the distillery’s flagship whisky special before tasting a dram of the oak-bourbon aged Glenmorangie Original, setting you up for the rest of our epic northern tour!
Dornoch & Dornoch Cathedral
After finishing up at Glenmorangie Distillery it’s a short journey over the Dornoch Bridge towards the Royal Burgh of Dornoch, a small town famed for its natural beauty and deep local history.
There are many things to do in Dornoch, including visiting the strikingly beautiful Dornoch Beach, with views over the Moray Firth and beyond. Dornoch Cathedral, in use since 1239, is a major link to Scotland’s religious past and an important fixture of the town. The quaint town centre is full of character, filled with unique shops and cafes, and dominated by the castle which dates back to the 1400s, now converted into a popular hotel.
Many travellers visit Dornoch and the surrounding area every year, attracted by the famous Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Golf lovers may be interested to learn more about the history of course, with evidence of the game being played here as far back as 1616.
From Dornoch we travel a short distance until we reach Loch Fleet, part of a major Scottish nature reserve and an excellent location for those wishing to catch a glimpse of the elusive Scottish wildlife.
Loch Fleet is a changeable tidal basin, and a unique habitat that attracts many species of bird, making it the perfect place to see arctic terns, oystercatchers, ringed plovers, skylarks and even ospreys. At low tide groups of seals can be seen basking on the exposed sand banks, and lucky visitors may even see the occasional otter.
The nearby Balblair Woods are full of mature Scots Pine and rare forest plants, not to mention an abundance of butterflies that feed off the wildflowers carpeting the sand dunes. Loch Fleet is certainly a hidden gem on our tour and not to be missed.
From Loch Fleet we travel a short distance along the coast until we reach Dunrobin Castle and gardens. Dunrobin is the most northerly great house in the British Isles, and looks like a fairytale castle owing to its French chateau-style. The castle has a history that stretches back as far as the 1300s, parts of the building still date back to this time such as the central keep, now only visible from the courtyard; later extensions now completely envelop the original structure.
Visitors may wish to see the castle’s museum, which contains a vast collection of animal trophies once gifted to the Sutherland family who called Dunrobin Castle home. The museum also contains important historical artefacts such as ancient Pictish stones, as well as pieces from further afield such as a temple bell from Tibet. The museum is vast and viewing the collection in its entirety would almost require a tour of its own.
A major attraction of Dunrobin Castle is the falconry demonstrations that take place twice daily during the summer months. Here the castle’s Falconer demonstrates how birds of prey hunt, as well as the ancient art of falconry – using trained birds to catch prey destined for the dinner table. Visitors will see golden eagles and peregrine falcons in action, as well as other species of bird such as eagle owls. If seeing a falconry display is on your “bucket list” then Dunrobin Castle is a must-visit.
As an optional extra during our Dunrobin Castle Tour why not take in the stunning vista of the Kyle of Sutherland? On our way back to Inverness we will pass Struie Hill, where after a short walk you will be rewarded with what the locals call “Millionaire’s View,” surely one of the most spectacular vistas in all of the Highlands and an excellent way to round off your trip.
Terms & Conditions, Cancellations
Terms & Conditions
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Changes By Us
While the company shall do everything reasonably possible to provide your tour itinerary, we reserve the right to make any changes i.e if the vehicle is not available, we will supply a replacement vehicle and tour guide for your party. In the unlikely case of a breakdown, we will endeavour to get you back to your destination.
Changes By You, The Client
If you wish to change any part of your confirmed booking, you must inform us as soon as possible in writing, this should be done by the lead passenger named on the booking form. Whilst we do our best to assist you we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet your request.
Cancellation By Us, Your Tour Provider
We will only cancel a tour due to unavoidable circumstances which are out of our control or which might jeopardize your safety. If we cancel your tour we will notify you as soon as possible and will refund you in full.