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Wild West Highlands

Torridon, Achnasheen, UK
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Duration

11 Hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

7 people

Languages

English, Gàidhlig

This day tour from Inverness explores one of the most beautiful and remotest parts of The Highlands. Departing ‘The Capital of the Highlands’ we’ll travel to the west coast. Stunning mountain landscapes open up to sea vistas across to the Isle of Rassay and Skye. We explore Eilean Donan Castle, possibly the most photographed castle in Scotland.

Rogie Falls
Our first (or last) stop of the day is a quick walk to the beautiful Rogie Falls, a series of waterfalls on the Black Water near Loch Garve. A recent addition is a suspension bridge which affords great photos of this area of outstanding natural beauty.

North Coast 500 Route
We follow the route west along the famous North Coast 500 towards the west coast. The NC500 has become one of Europe’s most famous driving routes and it’s not unusual to see exotic cars travelling along its route. The scenery becomes increasingly dramatic as we travel along the glen towards Loch Torridon.

Loch Torridon & Wester Ross
The road skirts along this dramatic sea loch and there is an opportunity to stop to stretch our legs and take in the landscape. We’ll call into the waterfront village of Shieldaig where you can pick up refreshments if required.

Applecross Peninsula
Driving to Applecross is an adventure on its own and the road is definitely unsuitable for larger vehicles (our tour vans come into their own here). “Bealach na Ba” (Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle) is a twisting hairpin pass that is impassable in winter. We climb up the 626m 2,052 ft / pass and stop at the view point which has stunning views across the desolate landscape for miles around. Then back down the road for lunch at the Bealach Cafe which has amazing food and service.

Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan is arguably the most magnificently located castle in Scotland, situated on a small island in Loch Duich. Named after Celtic saint Donan of Eigg who may have held a church on the island, this rocky outcrop has been occupied since the mid 1200s. Eilean Donan was destroyed in 1719 by government forces who had heard about an arsenal of weapons being stored at the castle for use against them. Three frigates were swiftly deployed to remove the threat and the castle was destroyed. 200 years later, the castle was purchased by Lt Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap and renovated in 1912 and that is the castle we explore today.

Loch Cluanie
After we leave Eilean Donan we travel east past Loch Cluanie. This unique landscape is more lunar than Scottish and we’ll have the opportunity to stop for photos before descending into the Great Glen geological fault line.

The Great Glen
We arrive at The Great Glen, a geological fault line that is carved through the highlands and therefore makes a natural route from Fort William in the South West to Inverness 62 miles to the North East. We’ll travel the length of Loch Ness, the UK’s largest body of water by volume. We might even catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster!

Urquhart Castle Viewpoint
We’ll stop briefly at Urquhart Castle viewpoint to take in the views of this impressive ruin and the view over Loch Ness. Urquhart has a turbulent history and is ruined as part of the ‘oppression of the highlands’. Your guide will give you the context before we start the final leg of our journey back to Inverness.

If you would like another tour with Sgùrr Tours at anytime during your visit or in the future we will give you a 10% Discount on your next tour and also a 10% Discount for any shop items sold on our online shop. 🙂 

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kinlochewe
  • Torridon
  • Bealach na Bà`
  • Plockton
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Battle of Glen Shiel 1719 Battle Site
  • Invermorriston Falls
  • Lochness
  • Urqhart Castle Photostop

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 3 Adults 3 3 16.666
2 4 Adults 4 4 25
3 5 Adults 5 5 30
4 6 Adults 6 6 33.333
5 7 Adults 7 7 35.714
Bulk discount children
# Discount group From children To children Value
1 2 Children 2 2 25
2 3 Children 3 3 33.33
3 4 Children 4 4 37.50

  • Hotel Pickup/Drop Off
  • On Board Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Cold Drinks
  • Self controlled Air Conditioning for passengers
  • Food and Drink at Restaurants/Cafe's
  • Attraction Entrance fee's
  • Gratuities (optional)

Full Day (+11 Hours)

English
Gàidhlig

Tour's Location

Torridon, Achnasheen, UK

What is your cancellation Policy?
Full refund is given for up to 2 days before your Tour. Any later than this your ticket is non-refundable. Please see our Cancellation Policy Page for details.

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Bimal Mehta

11/08/2022

This was a very different and special private tour!

This was a very different and special private tour that we (four persons) took from Inverness. The tour is given by an excellent photographer Ryan Mackenzie-Raymond. He took us to some unbelievable locations that provided very beautiful views to be photographed. These were breath-taking views and not on regular tour routes. Ryan is a very knowledgeable person. He provided a lot of details on each place and places on the way in terms of the Scottish life, history and culture. He is also a very kind person. He allowed us to use his tripod, lenses and filters - all quite expensive equipment. He also gave some interesting suggestions on photographing landscapes. I strongly and wholeheartedly recommend Ryan’s tours to all those who want to explore the known and unknown locations in highlands.
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Lucy Suhenda

08/08/2022

Best tour we ever booked!

My husband and I booked a private tour of the Wild West Highland and spent a day with Ryan. It was one of the best tours we ever booked, beautiful landscape and fantastic guide. Ryan was friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Aside from tourist spots, he took us to a number of “hidden gems”. The itinerary was wonderfully planned and all the events were perfectly paced. On top of being able to enjoy the fantastic landscape, we also learned a lot about the history of Scotland ( the clans, names, tartan etc) and could feel the Scottish pride in their country up close. Ryan is also a professional photographer. I was fascinated by the pictures he had shown us of Scotland’s scenery and landscape he had taken during his tours throughout the different seasons. He took wonderful pictures of us during the trip, which we greatly appreciated. Immortalised in those pictures are the wondrous memories of this voyage. Thank you Ryan for introducing us to Scotland and we wish you everlasting success in your new business.
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