The Highland Glens tour begins at Inverness where we follow the ancient geological fault line that cuts through the Highlands - the Great Glen - along the banks of Loch Ness down past Urquhart Castle. After a short stop for photos near Loch Ness, we continue along Ness-side to Invermoriston and then Fort Augustus where we take take time to admire the Caledonian Canal and explore the village. Leaving Fort Augustus we travel to Spean Bridge where its Commando Memorial has one of the most magnificent views of the peaks of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor.
After a lunch stop at Fort William we journey along the 'Road to the Isles' - a stunning drive through some of the Highlands most beautiful scenery. On the way we explore the Jacobite story and ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ with a visit to the Glenfinnan Jacobite monument situated at the mouth of Glen Shiel - one of the most impressive viewpoints in the Highlands.
Here you can visit the monument and exhibition and if you don’t mind a short hike up a small hill track I can promise you a great view of the Glenfinnan viaduct - now made even more famous by ‘Harry Potter’ films. Depending on the time of day we might even catch the Jacobite steam train crossing the viaduct.
Highlights of Jacobite steam train crossing Glenfinnan viaduct
Our return journey takes up back up the Great Glen towards Inverness, but not before we explore the ruins of the historic ruins of Inverlochy Castle, a wonderful hidden gem of a castle that’s nearly 800 years old.
Visit the stunning ruins of Urquhart Castle by Loch Ness. Once one of Scotland’s greatest fortresses, the ruins of Urquhart Castle still impress centuries after its glory years. From Robert the Bruce to the Jacobites, from English invasions to the ‘raiding’ Macdonald Lords of the Isles, this mighty castle was directly involved in many of the events that shaped the history of Scotland.
This option is available from April to September to extend the tour and add in a visit to Urquhart Castle for 1 hour - additional charge of £25 per tour. This would extend the tour to approx. 10 hours.