Inverness Premier Tours invite you to experience truly wild Highland countryside. 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 to the West Coast.
From your place of stay in Inverness, we will travel north-west through gorgeous Highland moor and woodland until we reach Loch Maree, the Queen of the Highland lochs. From there we move west through unspoiled Scottish countryside towards Gairloch and the Inverewe Gardens. Our path then turns towards the picturesque Aultbea and Corrieshalloch Gorge before finally heading back south towards Inverness.
Loch Maree, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful Highland lochs.
The village of Gairloch is a beautiful coastal settlement, surrounded by both sandy beaches and rugged, rocky terrain.
a botanical garden and quite a surprising sight on the otherwise stark Atlantic coast.
Achnasheen’s name means “field of the storms” in Gaelic, and it’s easy to see why when you travel through the high, rugged terrain.
This unusual and remote settlement benefits from the Gulf Stream that passes by and shelter from the westerly wind, affording it a milder climate than that of similar villages nearby.
The gorge is one of the most spectacular in Scotland, a deep glacial trough through which the River Droma cuts a path.
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
We start our journey by moving north-west from Inverness towards Loch Maree, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful Highland lochs. This area is an important nature reserve and home to some of the last remnants of the ancient Caledonian Forest – some of the pine trees here are over 350 years old. Golden eagles are often seen soaring above the loch and nearby Beinn Eighe, while the peat-black waters offer the ideal habitat for otters who can often be seen swimming here.
The loch is known for its many forested islands, including Isle Maol Rubha, regarded as a holy place for thousands of years, where the remnants of a chapel, cemetery, healing well and sacred tree can be found. In the past, it was believed that the waters of the loch could cure the sick and insane, who were ritualistically plunged into the water three times in hopes of a cure.
Nowadays the loch and surrounding area is a draw for those who wish to experience an ancient, scenic Highland landscape the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else.
From Corrieshalloch we loop around Sgurr Mor, coming to the village of Achnasheen, opening into the broad and wild valley of the River Bran. Achnasheen’s name means “field of the storms” in Gaelic, and it’s easy to see why when you travel through the high, rugged terrain. The village stands at a crossroads between north and south and was an important stop for those making the journey to Inverness from the West Coast in the time of cattle droving. Now the village is home to just 28 people, but still attracts many travellers looking to experience the wild North of Scotland.
The village of Gairloch is a beautiful coastal settlement, surrounded by both sandy beaches and rugged, rocky terrain. A favourite stop for travellers who venture into the west, the village offers a little bit of everything, from stunning views and scenery, history in the form of Gairloch Museum, good food and a range of small shops. This is an excellent place to stop and take stock of the journey so far with a coffee or bite to eat.
North of Gairloch is the village of Poolewe and Inverewe Garden, a botanical garden and quite a surprising sight on the otherwise stark Atlantic coast. Unusual and exotic plants hug the remote stretch — a project that has been ongoing since the 19th century. Huge California redwood trees stretch towards the sky, while red squirrels, deer, seals and sea eagles make the occasional appearance here.
Spend some time admiring the unique flowers, visit the small museum at the garden’s centre or take in an exhibition at the Sawyer Gallery — an opportunity to experience the art and creativity that flows from this special gem on our tour.
A little further north lies the village of Aultbea, on the northern shore of Loch Ewe. This community takes a scattered and disjointed form, with small white houses littering the hillsides in a seemingly random pattern. This unusual and remote settlement benefits from the Gulf Stream that passes by and shelter from the westerly wind, affording it a milder climate than that of similar villages nearby. Although a small settlement, Aultbea hosts a NATO base — large ships sometimes refuel here before moving onto northern expeditions.
From Aultbea, we take a dramatic and scenic coastal route until we reach Corrieshalloch Gorge National Nature Reserve. The name Corrieshalloch translates to “ugly hollow,” but this could not be further from the truth. The gorge is one of the most spectacular in Scotland, a deep glacial trough through which the River Droma cuts a path. The Falls of Measach, a 150-foot-high waterfall, make a striking scene among the wild trees and plants, many of which are rare and only grow thanks to the unique climate of the gorge.
Corrieshalloch Gorge is a unique and important conservation area and offers a step back in time to a habitat that existed all over the Highlands before grazing and agriculture changed the landscape. The area is known to be a haven for woodland birds and rare insects — see if you can spot the wildlife from the Victorian suspension bridge that spans the gorge.
From Corrieshalloch we then turn back south-east towards Inverness, where your friendly guide will drop you off at your place of stay or at a location you nominate.
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.