Shortened itinerary NOVEMBER - FEBRUARY; due to limited daylight
You are collected from your Inverness hotel, B&B, the airport or station and we head along the side of Loch Ness stopping at various view points, perhaps to photograph Urquhart Castle or the Telford bridge at Invermoriston.
We design the tour based on your requirements and flex the itinerary depending on the length of time you spend at each beauty spot or heritage location.
So, if you spend a long time at Eilean Donan Castle, we will change the itinerary to make up for it. You will miss something, but won't know what. You'd need a week to see everything on this route. If you make short stops we'll add in additional features you were not even expecting. That is what personal guiding is all about - you and what you find interesting and enjoyable.
After Invermoriston we take a stunning drive towards the romantic Isle of Skye. En route is some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery including the renowned Five Sisters of Kintail which you can see in the photograph above.
Eventually we arrive at one of Scotland's most photographed castles. Eilean Donan Castle where time is provided for a visit. Note that the castle is closed in the winter. Here you have an option to visit the castle, but bear in mind it was only constructed in the 20th century, so if you have already visited or plan to visit real medieval or historic castles then you might want to just stop for snapshots of this one. The monochrome image shows the castle at the beginning of the 1900's. Again talk to your guide about options if you do or don't enter it.
Now we climb out of this glen, across to Loch Carron and follow a lovely quiet route to Tornapress where we take the famous, exhilarating and spectacular Bealach na Ba (real old name Bealach nam Bo) - a road so amazing it has its own name and is, by far and away, the most extraordinary road in Great Britain, let alone Scotland.
Once you have traversed this route (images below) you might want a wee break and at Applecross itself you can experience the world famous fish lunches in Judith Fish's renowned restaurant at the Applecross Inn.
Lunch complete we take the coastal route passing houses abandoned during the Highland Clearances and wind our way to Loch Shieldaig. Along the way are craft workshops and antique dealers tucked away in simple croft homes.
As you witness ever changing scenery we finally rejoin a more sensible sized road at Upper Loch Torridon and on towards Kinlochewe and through sweeping hills as we head east, perhaps with a burning sunset at our rear to photograph.
On to Achnasheen and alongside pretty Loch Luichart, also Loch Garve and through countryside similar to Perthshire, beautifully wooded scenery to Contin.
From here we take side roads through to Muir of Ord, Beauly with its 13th Century Priory and alongside the Beauly Firth back into Inverness with lovely views of the Black Isle across the sea.
It should be noted that in poor weather we may recommend alternative routes and will discuss this with you on the day. Also, during the winter, early spring and late autumn, daylight may curtail some aspects of the end of the tour.
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Price: £365 for guide and vehicle - check top of calendar for how many passengers each guide can carry.