Whether you are a first-time visitor or a veteran traveller to the Highlands, Inverness Premier Tours invite you on a comprehensive tour of the essential sites around Inverness. Your local driver and guide will share their insight and local knowledge with you as they escort you on your own private journey through some of the most famous sites in Scotland.
From your place of stay in Inverness visit the west of the city, home to the busy Muirtown Locks and entryway to the Caledonian Canal. See Loch Ness, Drumnadrochit and the brooding Urquhart Castle perched above the lochside. Stop by Beauly and it’s Priory, before taking a wee dram at the Glen Ord Distillery. Your guide will then drop you off back in Inverness.
Today the locks remain a busy part of the Caledonian Canal.
60-mile long waterway connecting Fort William on the West Coast to Inverness and the Beauly Firth.
The Loch is perhaps the most famous in the world, not least for the legends surrounding the Loch Ness monster.
There are a number of natural attractions such as waterfalls and forest walks near Drumnadrochit.
Perhaps one of the recognisable sights on the Loch if not the whole of the Scottish Highlands.
Beauly Priory was founded around 1230 by monks of the Valliscaulian order. Visit this pretty, and largely intact abbey.
Glen Ord Distillery
Glen Ord Distillery is known as being one of the few remaining that operate their own maltings on-site.
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 6 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
Muirtown Locks & Caledonian Canal
From your place of stay or designated pick-up point, we will travel to the west of Inverness, and Muirtown Locks, an integral part of the 60-mile long waterway connecting Fort William on the West Coast to Inverness and the Beauly Firth.
The current, mechanised lock gates were installed in 1963, however, the original engineering project that led to their creation dates back to 1808. Today the locks remain a busy part of the Caledonian Canal, especially in the summer months when many boats and small ships use the “boat staircase” to travel upwards and towards Loch Ness.
Following the River Ness we then travel South, past Loch Dochfour until we reach Loch Ness. The Loch is perhaps the most famous in the world, not least for the legends surrounding the Loch Ness monster or “Nessie.” Loch Ness is surrounded by large hills pushed up by the Great Glen Fault, a massive geological fault that spans the width of northern Scotland into Ireland. The sheer depth and size of Loch Ness make it the largest by volume in the British Isles.
You may see a few small boats on the water making the journey from the north tip of the Loch to the south point at Fort Augustus. There are a number of beauty-spots, perfect for taking some shots of the Loch and its surrounding scenery. Be sure to have your camera at the ready just in case you see “something else” in the water!
Drumnadrochit & Urquhart Castle
As we travel further south we reach the village of Drumnadrochit, a very popular area with visitors owing to its proximity to Urquhart Castle. There are a number of natural attractions such as waterfalls and forest walks near Drumnadrochit, as well as popular cafes and restaurants that serve good food to those that make the journey.
From Drumnadrochit, it’s a short journey to Urquhart Castle, perhaps one of the recognisable sights on the Loch if not the whole of the Scottish Highlands. The castle has a turbulent past — starting life as a medieval fortress over 500 years ago, Urquhart castle has been captured and recaptured many times by the Scots and the English, most notably during the Wars of Independence. The last time Government forces garrisoned the castle during the Jacobite Risings they employed explosives to destroy it, preventing the Scots from using it as a defensive position.
Today the ruins of Urquhart Castle paint a brooding silhouette on the landscape of Loch Ness, Grant Tower being the last most recognisable part of the castle perched above the dark waters. There is much to learn and explore about the history of the castle and its surrounding area, a detailed history can be found at the visitor centre where exhibitions, artefacts and expert historical research is made available to those who wish to learn more.
From Urquhart Castle, we travel north towards the town of Beauly and its Priory. The town and Priory get their names from the French for ‘beautiful place,’ and are just as gorgeous as the name suggests. Dating back to 1230, the Priory once hosted a Valliscaulian monastic order, who travelled from France to make Beauly their homes.
Although in ruins today, the Priory still holds a number of intriguing discoveries. Many prominent members of the Mackenzie clan are buried here, and the area is popular with visitors who wish to learn more about their Scottish ancestry. The Priory maintains a very tranquil atmosphere — It is well worth a stop and a step back in time.
Glen Ord Distillery
From Beauly, it’s just a short journey to Muir of Ord and Glen Ord Distillery, set in the picturesque countryside of the Black Isle. The area gets its name from the fertility of the black soil, perfect for growing the barley that goes into Scotland’s most famous export.
Glen Ord Distillery is known as being one of the few remaining that operate their own maltings on-site; even supplying malt to a number of other distilleries.
Stop by for a quick teaser and a taste of the famous Singleton Scotch Whisky, or take your time for a longer tour — just let us know what your preference is.
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.