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

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Inverness-Shire, United Kingdom

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icon11 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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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

Inverness Bus Station, Margaret St, Inverness IV1 1LT, UK

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 that Eilean Donan Castle will be closed from 31st December till 1st February 2019. It will also be closed on 2nd,5th,16th and 23rd February. During that time you will still stop for photos of the exterior but the visitor centre and castle will be closed.
Duration: 30 minutes
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
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Maximum of 8 passengers travelling together.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to Covid19 restrictions, the visit to Eilean Donan Castle will be a photo stop only, no internal tours of the castle are available at this time.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Torridon, Applecross and Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness.

Traveler Tips


  • "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." See review

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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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...
Alexandra Maria 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!
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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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