We will collect you in our 8 seater Mercedes Minicoach, and set off towards Loch Ness ahead of the ships own tours.
We start by driving through the Black Isle countryside to the scenic village of Beauly for a photo stop at the ruins of the 12th century Beauly Priory. Just a 10-15 minute stop.
Back on the road again through the highland countryside as we climb through Glen Convinth, before the steep descent toward Drumnadrochit and Loch Ness.
You can visit Urquhart Castle ruins on foot, or we can offer a cruise on Loch Ness, and see Urquhart Castle from the waters of the Loch (if you would like to take the cruise, please let us know in advance so we can book seats for you. Tickets are not included in our fare).
After either of the above we have a quick rest stop at the Clansman Hotel for a visit to the gift shop, a refreshment or just the restrooms.
From here we will drive up the side of Loch Ness to Inverness, and after a panoramic tour of Inverness, we head east 14 miles to Cawdor, and either a lunch stop at the lovely Cawdor Tavern or straight to Cawdor Castle.
Cawdor Castle, magical name, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. A superb fairy-tale Castle, and just what every visitor is looking for Scottish history that you can touch and see and sense for yourself.
Cawdor Castle is not another cold monument, but a splendid house and the home of the Cawdor family to this day.
The group can have lunch in the Castle restaurant, and then wander round the castle and formal gardens at your leisure before returning to the vehicle, so we can make our last two stops
We have two short stops before heading to the ship. Clava Cairns are Bronze Age burial sites that sit peacefully in the valley along side a river. A photo stop you wont get on cruise ship tours.
Lastly we will make another photo stop, this time at Culloden Moor. This is the site of the last battle on UK soil, 16th April 1746, and the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite’s. From here we will return to the ship in plenty of time for its departure time