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Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

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Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Experience the scenic highlights of the Scottish Highlands on a full-day trip from Inverness to Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Loch Maree, Applecross, and the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle, which stands at the confluence of three lochs. Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach with a small group that’s limited to sixteen people, and learn about Highland history, culture, and wildlife along the way.
  • Full-day tour of the Scottish Highlands from Inverness
  • Visit Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve
  • Watch for golden eagles at Loch Maree
  • Explore a historic castle on a tidal island
  • Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
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Driver/guide
Transport by 16-seat air-conditioned Mercedes minicoach
Small-group tour (maximum 16 passengers)
Entrance fees
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Margaret St, Inverness IV1 1LT, UK

Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness, IV1 1LT

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet a driver at a central location in Inverness, then board a top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach for the trip to Kinlochewe and the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, the oldest national nature reserve in Britain.

Upon arrival, take in the stark line of Beinn Eighe Ridge, then continue to Loch Maree, an island-dotted freshwater loch that’s home to a population of golden eagles. Follow a dramatic route to the villages of Torridon and Shieldaig, with spectacular views from the coach.

Take a break for lunch in Applecross—this tour doesn’t include meals, but the guide can help you find the perfect place to eat. Following your lunch break, meet back up with the guide for the trip to Eilean Donan Castle, passing views of the Isle of Skye and the Inner Hebrides. Enjoy ample time to explore the picturesque castle, whose dramatic history includes clan fighting, executions, and a series of Jacobite Risings (castle entrance fees own expense, roughly £7.50).

This full-day tour concludes with the return trip to Inverness, and drop-off at the original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Eilean Donan Castle
An iconic and gorgeous 13th-century castle that once warded off Viking invasions. Please note Eilean Donan Castle is closed to the public on the following dates: 3rd, 5th, 6th, 13th, 19th, 25th November 2021 & 3rd December 2021.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
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?
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Applecross
There's an ancient chapel here and a famous pub that serves delicious seafood.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Maximum of 8 passengers travelling together.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Eilean Donan Castle – We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note Eilean Donan Castle is closed to the public on the following dates: 3rd, 5th, 6th, 13th, 19th, 25th November 2021 & 3rd December 2021.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour departs from the Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for food, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Should I bring my own lunch during the Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour?
A:There is no need to bring lunch. The group will make a lunch stop where you can purchase a meal suitable to your taste and budget.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness.

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star-5
Absolutely awesome
Robert_M
, Oct 2021
Our driver, Kevin, was excellent. He stopped quite often to allow us to take pictures and was very informative, one of the best.
star-5
Amazing guided tour with Rabbies....
Rajender_J
, Jul 2021
we loved the trip ...we were a family of 4 with 5 year and 12 year...Willie was a great guide....I highly recommended this tour...top of the mountain...visit and waterfall are key highlights..
star-4
Torridon & Applecross
Ben_L
, Aug 2020
Lovely tour of some of the highlands, seeing all of the hills with the mist rising was amazing. Tour guide was very informative and kept pointing out things. Luckily he managed to point out a Hairy Coo in the ditch which we were able to stop and take photos, making our holiday complete. I did feel that the stop at Eileen Donan castle was pointless, though a pretty building, isn’t a castle and we couldn’t go inside. The stop for lunch at Applecross felt forced. We had brought packed lunches but felt we had to eat there as there was no other place to eat our own food, so wasted our money.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Many thanks for your feedback, we're glad you enjoyed the tour overall. Our passengers usually have free time for lunch but in some locations where there are limited options, we do reserve space to make sure that there is lunch available for everyone who wants it. This is always mentioned in the itinerary and it's not a problem at all to opt out. We're sorry you felt obligated. Best Wishes, Aimee
star-5
weekend trip
NICOLE_J
, Mar 2020
What a great trip cannot wait to return for another trip in the summer Our driver-tour guide was first class Pleae say a great thank you to our guide
star-5
The only thing missing from this day...
Glenn O
, Mar 2018
The only thing missing from this day trip was if we had seen Nessie the Loch Ness monster. It started as a foggy dreary day for us but as the day went along the weather just got better and better. The snow covered peaks of the Torridon Mountains were spectacular. Having lunch in Applecross was superb. Local scallops, langoustine and salmon were so fresh and cooked to perfection. We saw sheeps galore just hanging out on the side of road and I can never forget seeing the Highland cows up close and personal. Seeing Eilean Donan up close was breathtaking. Actually the whole day was full of absolutely spectacular scenery. Our tour guide was the lovely Emelie. She had the best personality, very informative, one heck of a driver and great sense of humour too. We recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see and learn about what the highlands are all about especially if you had a guide like Emelie who will take you through to an unforgettable day.
star-5
The tour was breathtaking !! Helen...
Elizha B
, Nov 2017
The tour was breathtaking !! Helen was so sweet and very knowledgeable . Couldn’t have asked for a better day and trip to see Scotland
star-5
This tour was absolutely wonderful...
Treasa P
, Oct 2017
This tour was absolutely wonderful. It is a primarily scenic tour that takes place on a Sunday which is perfect because so many things are closed on Sunday, but you can't close nature. The Torridon Hills are bucket list worthly beautiful. The lunch stop is at a lovely pub type restaurant with very good food and a nice selection of Scottish beer. Tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly.
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It was amazing! The views on this...
AlexandraMaria_G
, Sep 2017
It was amazing! The views on this tour are just breathtaking. We had Emily as tour guide, she told us stories, talked-about the history of the places we visited, she is a human encyclopedia . For lunch break we stopped at Applecross Inn, to my surprise they have vegan food. Good job Rabbie's!
star-5
This tour exceeded my expectations...
josephinelouiseliu
, Jul 2017
This tour exceeded my expectations, originally I was going to book the popular Isle of Skye but decided on this tour to Torridon and Applecross instead as I wanted to go somewhere different. The mountains and scenic drive left me speechless, you really do have to go and see it yourself! Since this tour wasn't very popular, there were only 5 of us on the tour which I am glad as our brilliant tour guide for the day Helen who kept us entertained by playing traditional Scottish music and telling us all about the Scottish history and culture left us stop and take pictures for longer and admire the views. Stopped at a quaint village at Applecross to have lunch, the seafood is supposed to be very good as there is a salmon farm not too far. I had a vegetable linguine which was delicious! At the Apple Inn restaurant they also cater for vegetarians so no need to be concerned. I was lucky enough to have glorious weather for the entire day, although it started off with being cloudy. It was a long day well spent indeed and survived driving along Britain's most dangerous road with breathtaking views! Rabbie's tour was better than I thought and a really reliable tour company too! So instead of going to the popular and overated tour to isle of Skye, why not this tour? It is excellent and won't leave you disappointed! We even got to stop over and get a glimpse of Isle of Skye too!

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