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Applecross, Torridon and Eilean Donan Castle

Do mountains make you weak in the knees? Does the sight of an eagle satisfy your soul? Then look no further because this is the tour for you. Keep an eye out for fantastic beasts and fairies as you travel through the ancient wilderness of Scotland.

On this tour, you’ll rub your eyes in disbelief at the postcard-perfect villages, delve deep into the gory history of Eilean Donan Castle, and catch a glimpse of some of Europe’s most spectacular landscapes.




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Tour Highlights

  • Loch Maree - Thousands of years ago, druids believed this beautiful Loch had the power to cure lunacy
  • Torridon - Enter this village and be amazed at the mountainous splendour on the community’s doorstep
  • Shieldaig - A serious contender for the award of Scotland’s most outrageously picturesque village
  • Applecross - Tight hairpin bend, and winding mountain trails. The roads may seem a little mad but the views are completely worth it
  • Eilean Donan Castle - An iconic and gorgeous 13th century castle that once warded off Viking invasions
  • Loch Ness - This loch holds more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined. But does it hide the Loch Ness monster
Torridon
33°
mostly cloudy
89% humidity
wind: 4mph SW
H 33 • L 25
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Sun
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Mon
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Tue
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Tour Schedule

Highlands

This tour focuses on the most beautiful and varied landscapes of the Highlands.  You leave Inverness and head north over the Beauly Firth towards the dramatic landscapes of the northern highlands. You may stop for views and photos before arriving at the exceptionally beautiful viewpoint for Loch Maree. You head down towards the Loch to Beinn Eighe Nature Reserve Visitor Centre for a short break.

From here, you take the single-track road through one of Scotland’s National Nature Reserves. Your driver-guide tells you about the woodland regeneration in the area and may give you a chance to get a view over the area and enjoy a close look at the native pine trees.

Torridon

You now travel through the imperious landscape and dramatic geology of the Torridon mountains. As you reach the west coast, the road ascends and gives you incredible views across the Torridon Range, down over the Loch, and out to sea. In scenically situated town of Sheildaig, you have refreshment before taking on one of the most beautifully twisting roads in Scotland. This road may be the most photographed road on the famous North Coast 500 route.

Applecross

In Applecross, you have space reserved at a local food pub. There are simple options such as sandwiches and soup, and classics like Haddock and Chips, Fish Pie and scallops and langoustines. There’s plenty of time for a relaxing lunch and maybe a little walk along the waterfront. You take the shorter but even more dramatic road out of Applecross, the famous Bealach nam Ba (Pass of the Cattle), and if the weather allows, you stop for viewpoints at the top and bottom of this dramatic road.

Eilean Donan Castle

At Loch Duich, you find Eilean Donan Castle situated on a small island accessed by bridge. You can visit the castle or simply enjoy the view from the visitor centre, which has a café, shop, and toilets. The journey back to Inverness passes the Five Sisters of Kintail Mountain range, historic Glensheil, Loch Ness, and the Great Glen. You arrive in Inverness in the early evening.



Important Information

  • Discounts for students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don’t carry children under 5 years old).
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes.
  • You’re unable to visit the interior of Eilean Donan Castle until March 2018 (but believe us, it looks more incredible from the outside).

Tour Inclusions

  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach.
  • Air conditioning as standard.
  • The stories and services of a driver-guide.

Departure Information

  • Departs 08.30 – Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness, IV1 1LT.
  • Returns 19.30.


FAQ’s

Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?

Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay).  This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.

Are there toilets on the coaches?

Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.

Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?

Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no.  Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop.  There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them.  Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this.  Here is a store finder link.

Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?

Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.

What clothes should I wear?

It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out.  It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella.  There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible.  It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.

If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?

It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours.  However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.

There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.

These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.

Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?

No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.

Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?

Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports.  There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.

Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?

Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.



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Why stop there?


The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

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