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Fantastic Day Tours by Car from Inverness

Whether you are looking for a sound base to tour the Highlands, or just to "to get away from it all", Royal Highland Hotel Inverness offers a warm welcome and authentic Highland hospitality for the duration of your stay.

Scenic extravaganzas and sensational big county touring of the Highlands of Scotland awaits you. Read on to find out more, but let us whet your appetite a little for now.

Drive to Fort William and let the striking scenery of the Great Glen unfold ahead of you –first Loch Ness, then Loch Oich finally Loch Lochy, then Ben Nevis.. Visit the attractive village of Fort Augustus.  Stop at Urquhart Castle - visit the castle and perhaps enjoy a cruise on the loch.

Take a full day excursion to the beautiful island of Skye. Make a photo-stop at Eilean Donan Castle, perched on its island at the head of Loch Duich. Marvel at the views when you stop at this most picturesque of castles. Soon you’ll cross "over the sea to Skye" and visiting the beautiful gardens of the Clan Donald Centre before enjoying the dramatic scenery of the famed Cuillin Mountains. Leave some time for some ‘beach combing’ before returning to Inverness.

Take an excursion to nearby Culloden Moor where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s dreams came to a bloody end. Carry on south for a spectacular drive south through the Highlands. From the Spey Valley and the Cairngorm Mountains, travel through Glen Garry to the pretty Victorian resort of Pitlochry. Haver a break there then travel back to Dalwhinnie and take the Laggan Road through Monarch of the Glen Country to Spean Bridge, and homeward bound via Loch Ness.

  • Cairngorms


    The Cairngorms National Park officially opened on the 1st of September 2003. It is Scotland's second national park, and the U.K's largest at 3800 square kilometres (1400 square miles). It stretches from Grantown on Spey to the heads of the Angus Glens, from Ballater to Dalwhinnie and Drumochter including much of the Laggan area in the southwest and a large area of the Glen Livet estate and the Strathdon/Glen Buchat area. Home to 46 Munros (mountains over 3000 feet high) and some of Scotland’s cleanest rivers. 

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  • Monarch Country

    Monarch Country

    The TV series ‘Monarch of the Glen’ has shown just what a beautiful part of Scotland this is. Many of the scenes are filmed in the area around us. The area's diversity of landscape and magnificent scenery ranges from the high plateau of the Cairngorms at over four thousand feet in height on the one side, to the wild and remote Monadhliath mountains on the other and along the great sweep of the line of the River Spey through moorland and forest in the south to wider agricultural landscapes in the north east.

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  • Black Isle

    Black Isle

    The Black Isle is not an island but is, in fact, a peninsula, in the Scottish Highlands. It is about 23 miles long by about 9 miles wide at its broadest point and is more or less oval in shape. Situated just to the north of Inverness with Dingwall to the west, it can be reached via the A9 from the south or north, or the A832 from the west. It is attached to the mainland at the heads of the Cromarty and Beauly Firths, and the description 'Black' is no more correct than 'Isle'. 

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  • Caithness


    Caithness and Sutherland together form the most northerly counties on mainland Britain. Their combined area of 764,094 hectares is nearly half the size of Wales, and with a population about that of an average English town (less than 40,000) – the sense of freedom and space is both refreshing and inspiring. Each county has its own distinctly individual character and beauty, fashioned by their respective cultural influences and landscapes. 

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  • Skye and Lochalsh

    Skye and Lochalsh

    Lochalsh really is the Highlands of Scotland, lands of the clans and castles, home to the salmon and the stag, hills of heather and the lochs to the sea beyond. A place where the Gaelic is still spoken and the people are friendly. There are Ceilidhs with real music and food prepared fresh from the earth and sea. Where the roads, devoid of traffic wend their way through remote mountain glens to places few have seen. Lochalsh! Wild and wonderful.

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  • Moray Coast

    Moray Coast

    Great dolphin watching in Scotland
    The Moray Firth is a very special place - home to one of only three resident bottlenose dolphin populations in the United Kingdom. There are thought to be approximately 130 dolphins living in this part of Scotland and they can be seen in the Moray Firth all year round. However, during the winter months, the population is spread out over a wider area - so your best chance of seeing dolphins is from about May to September.

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  • Grampians