Best of the Highlands
Best of the Highlands
During this unique tour you will enjoy a leisurely drive through the picturesque countryside of the Highlands with its rolling green hills and charming towns nestled in the valleys. Head to Moray Firth, a triangular inlet of the North Sea that is famous for its 130 resident bottle-nose dolphins. Also on hand are a variety of other wildlife including harbor seals, otters and ospreys. If you're lucky you might get to see the occasional killer whale further out from shore.
You will also visit one of Scotland's many Malt Whiskey Distilleries where you can discover how whiskey is made and how the flavors vary from region to region. The Highland Malts are characteristically heavier and drier than in other regions and may have some salty notes thanks to its proximity to the sea.
No tour of the Highlands would be complete without a cruise up the famous Loch Ness! This loch (lake) has a depth of 755 feet, making it the largest loch by volume in the British Isles. Keep and eye out for Nessie, the legendary Loch Ness Monster!
While on the water pass by Urquhart Castle and discover its role in the Wars of Scottish Independence. This 13th century structure went on to house royalty and then was partially destroyed to prevent its use by opposing forces.
This tour is the perfect introduction to the flavors and sights of the famed Scottish Highlands.
Reviewer: Tim & Cheryl Daniel
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and thoughtful! We loved the small group size. Everyone on the tour was given a goody bag with snacks. Very nice! We also loved the cruise on Loch Ness! Also, when our guide found out it was our 30th anniversary, she gave us a card wishing us a happy anniversary as we left the bus to return to the ship. We had a wonderful time.
Reviewer: John Hargreaves
The driver/guide was great. He wore a kilt and knew the history and geography to the letter. He made our day. Well worth the money.
Reviewer: Jackie Sun
This is another one of my favorite places visited this trip! Love the 50+ shades of green! Love the mountains and the beautiful Loch Ness! Visit to the Glen Ord distillery was a wonderful experience! Our friends wanted to visit again on the way back, but looks like we will have to visit this beautiful place again... We are a large group of 16, luckily we occupied the whole coach! And they gave us each a little lunch bag, that was very sweet! Thank you!
Reviewer: Larry Haatvedt
Our guide, Andrew Ross McDonald, was a delight. Knowledgeable, witty and helpful in every way. And he could sing!!! We stopped for lunch in a small village and had the best soup and sandwich ever. It felt like a private tour too as there were just 4 of us plus Andrew in a small motor coach.
Reviewer: Luis Guajardo
Laura was the best tour guide we had. She is an incredible story teller and entertainer. We were grateful to have her guide us through beautiful landscapes and historical sites. We will recommend her to anyone that wants to see the best of the highlands. We loved her Scottish accent too.