Highland Castles Tour inc. Urquhart and Eilean Donan Castle

Highland Castles Tour inc. Urquhart and Eilean Donan Castle

from Inverness
Highland Castles Tour inc. Urquhart and Eilean Donan Castle from Inverness

Explore three of the best sites in the Scottish Highlands - Eilean Donan Castle, Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness - along with stunning and dramatic scenery!

Our tour begins at Inverness where we journey along the banks of Loch Ness to explore the medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle, once one of Scotland's largest castles. Here you discover its ancient past from the Wars of Independence and English invaders to raiding Highland clans (the Macdonald Lords of the Isles) and its eventual demise after the first Jacobite uprising.

Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness

Turning west we journey through Glen Moriston on the way to Loch Cluanie and Glen Shiel. We then take a short detour up Mam Ratagan for a breath-taking view of the Highlands and a wonderful panorama of Loch Duich overlooked by the Five Sisters of Kintail.

At Eilean Donan Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Macrae, we explore the castle’s ancient and historic past as well as savouring the wonderful Highland views around the castle. Leaving Eilean Donan Castle we take a detour across to Dornie for a beautiful castle panorama view. Finally, we head up past Carrbrae for a last glimpse of the castle with the Isle of Skye in the distance before our return to Inverness.

Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness Five Sisters of Kintail from Mam Ratagan Eilean Donan Castle Eilean Donan Castle

This tour is a great way to experience a wonderful combination of ancient Highland history, heritage and culture with stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes. Along with all the photo and viewpoint stops, we have around 1½ - 2 hours at both Eilean Donan Castle and Urquhart Castle.

Highlights of a Highland Castles Tour

I can promise our tour will include all the wonderful views shown above... but maybe not the weather - we are the land of four seasons in one day!

Tour Option - Visit Culloden Battlefield
Explore Culloden Battlefield and the dramatic history of Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) and the final Jacobite uprising. With this option we have an earlier start at 8am and add an additonal two hours on to the tour. Please note that this option is only available April to mid-October. Tour surcharge - £70 per tour.

Private Tour Price (per tour)

May to September:    £400

October to April:        £360 **

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 9am
Return Inverness
(approx. 9 hours)

This tour is not available in January as Eilean Donan Castle is closed.

Tours are exclusively for your private group only (up to 3 persons) and prices are per tour. We only offer private tours and do not combine individuals or separate groups - if your group size is less than 3 the advertised tour price still applies. Prices include all taxes and a driver/guide (John Alasdair Macdonald) but exclude entrance fees and meals.

** Off Season Touring
The Highlands are renowned for changeable weather, even over the summer months. However, from October to April, poor weather conditions are more common and daylight hours are reduced (particularly from late-October to early-March). For tours during these months, we may return to Inverness in darkness. The itinerary may be changed at short notice to adapt to weather conditions, and on very rare occasions tours may be cancelled due to severe weather.