NC500 & Isle of Skye Tour

9 Nights; 10 Days

Accommodations:
Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness (Day 1)
Links House Hotel, Dornoch (Day 2)
Forss House, Thurso (Day 3)
Inver Lodge, Lairg (Day 4 & 5)
Shieldaig Lodge Hotel, Gairloch (Day 6)
Cuillin Hills Hotel, Isle of Skye (Day 7, 8)
Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness (Day 9)

 

Also Includes:
Executive Vehicle and Private Driver Guide.
All Admissions.
Your very own dedicated Travel Co-ordinator (assigned at point of booking).

 

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    Day One

    You will touch down in the beautiful city of Inverness in the midst of the serene Highlands. From the moment you walk through the airport doors, your chauffeur driver will welcome you and drive you straight to the luxurious Ness Walk Hotel. As you step through the doors of this prestigious hotel, you will be transported into a world of refined opulence and impeccable service.

    Accommodation: Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness (1 Night)

    The grandeur of Ness Walk Hotel is immediately apparent with its magnificent Georgian architecture that beautifully blends historic charm with modern indulgence. Walking into the lobby, you’ll be greeted by plush furnishings, intricate chandeliers, and a warm colour palette, creating an ambience that is both inviting and sophisticated.

    The guest rooms at Ness Walk Hotel are a sanctuary of tranquillity and luxury. Each room has been meticulously designed to provide the utmost comfort and elegance. No detail has been overlooked in this fine establishment which you will discover from the plush bedding to the carefully curated artwork adorning the walls

    Dinner: Torrish Restaurant, Ness Walk

    Dinner will be at the Torrish Restaurant where you will undergo a captivating dining experience that seamlessly fuses the rich flavours of Scotland with innovative European cuisine. From the elegant ambience to the artfully crafted dishes, you will indulge in a culinary journey that celebrates local ingredients with impeccable service.

    Day Two

    You will awaken to a nourishing breakfast at Ness Walk Hotel, setting the perfect foundation for an exciting day filled with memorable experiences. The breakfast menu at Torrish Restaurant offers a wide array of delectable options to cater to every palate and preference. From freshly baked pastries and artisan bread to a selection of cereals, granolas, and yoghurts, there is something to satisfy every breakfast craving.

    Rogie Falls

    Your first event of the day will be a visit to the beautiful Rogie Falls, a captivating natural wonder nestled in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The moment you arrive at Rogie Falls, you are greeted by a symphony of sights and sounds that stir the senses.

    Here you will take a leisurely stroll along the well-maintained trails that wind their way through ancient pine forests, offering glimpses of enchanting wildlife and vibrant flora. The forest canopy provides a natural shade, adding to the allure of the surroundings and creating a serene atmosphere.

    As you traverse the trails, the melodic songs of birds and the gentle rustle of leaves accompany your every step. This will be the perfect way to experience the untouched beauty and tranquillity of the Scottish Highlands.

    Glenmorangie Distillery

    Next is a visit to one of the world’s more prestigious distilleries – Glenmorangie. Here you will discover the magic of whisky in a guided tour that gives you an up-close insight into how this golden liquid is created. You will witness the intricate whisky-making process, and savour the flavours with a tasting of their renowned single malts.

    Lunch at Dornoch Castle

    After a few golden drams, you will make the short journey over the Dornoch Firth Bridge to the Royal Burgh of Dornoch. In the heart of this historic town you will find Dornoch Castle Hotel. Built around 1500, this historic castle with be your lunch stop on this day.  Whilst here you may wish to explore their award winning whisky bar.

    Dornoch Cathedral

    You will then visit the awe-inspiring Dornoch Cathedral, an architectural marvel blending Gothic and Romanesque styles. The softly lit interior, adorned with intricate stained glass windows, evokes a profound sense of serenity. As you wander through its hallowed halls, you’ll feel the whispers of history that have shaped this spiritual sanctuary since the 13th century.

    This will be the perfect visit to get an insight into Scotland’s rich heritage whilst experiencing a moment of contemplative tranquillity.

    Accommodation: Links House Hotel, Dornoch (1 Night)

    You will then be escorted to the beautiful Links House where you will reside for the night. This fine establishment is a haven of refined sophistication where world-class hospitality, exquisite accommodations, and stunning natural surroundings converge.

    This stunning Georgian mansion seamlessly blends traditional charm with modern luxury, making you feel right at home as soon as you walk through the front door.

    Dinner: Mara Restaurant, Links House

    Dinner will be at the phenomenal Links House-Mara where exquisite flavours and coastal chic ambience converge. From fresh Scottish seafood to perfectly prepared meats, each dish celebrates the region’s bounty. You will also be spoilt for choice from their exquisite wine and selection of drinks that will allow you to wind down in total comfort.

    Day Three

    After a hearty breakfast, you will be chauffeured to your visit trip of the day – a visit to Dunrobin Castle.

    Dunrobin Castle

    Dunrobin Castle is an enchanting fortress that’s nestled amidst the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. This historic site has fairytale-like architecture with opulent interiors and captivating falconry displays.

    Its impeccably manicured gardens, vibrant flower beds and fragrant blooms offer a serene retreat in breathtaking natural beauty. This remarkable destination will not only fill your camera album with stunning photos but also create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

    Brora Beach

    Located on the North Coast of Scotland, you will experience the untamed beauty of Brora Beach. With its vast stretch of golden sand, rugged dunes, and breathtaking coastal views, it’s a haven for nature lovers and beachcombers. Take a leisurely stroll, breathe in the fresh sea air, and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of this coastal gem.

    Coastal Tasting Room – Clynelish Distillery

    Nestled in the heart of the Highlands, this charming haven is a place for you to savour the finest whisky flavours of the region while basking in the captivating coastal ambience. Immerse yourself in the world of whisky craftsmanship as you savour a curated selection of single malts, expertly paired with each dish.

    The knowledgeable staff guide guests through the tasting experience, offering insights into the unique characteristics and tasting notes of each whisky, allowing you to truly appreciate the artistry behind Scotland’s national drink.

    Duncansby Head Lighthouse

    Perched dramatically atop the windswept cliffs of Duncansby Head is Duncansby Head Lighthouse. A visit to this iconic Scottish landmark promises awe-inspiring coastal vistas, where the tumultuous North Sea crashes against rugged cliffs. You will explore the rugged paths that lead to the lighthouse, capturing breathtaking panoramic views along the way.

    John O’Groats Signpost

    Next, you will head to the northernmost point of mainland Britain and discover the iconic John O’Groats Signpost. Standing proudly at the edge of the rugged coast, the signpost has become a symbol of adventure and exploration. – the signpost was created in 1964 to mark ‘Journey’s End.’

    Here you will marvel at the breathtaking coastal scenery that surrounds you and capture the perfect photo as you stand next to the signpost.

    Accommodation: Forss House Hotel, Thurso (1 Night)

    After your day of excursions, you will be chauffeured to the luxurious Forss House where you will stay for the night. This charming country house hotel offers a serene retreat, where historic elegance meets contemporary comfort. Immerse yourself in the cosy ambience of individually designed rooms, indulge in exquisite cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients, and unwind in the idyllic surroundings of landscaped gardens and a private river.

    Dinner: Forss House

    Forss House will spoil you with an award-winning restaurant where you will wind down and embark on a fantastic culinary experience. Forss House takes pride in creating culinary masterpieces using the finest seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers.

    They offer a menu that celebrates the flavours of the Highlands, with each dish thoughtfully designed to showcase the natural bounty of the region. From succulent seafood delicacies to hearty game dishes, every plate at Forss House is a celebration of authentic flavours and culinary expertise.

    Day Four

    After appeasing your appetite with a hearty breakfast, you will be escorted to your first trip of the day, Sangobeg Beach.

    Sangobeg Beach

    Embark on a scenic adventure to Sangobeg Beach, a hidden gem nestled along the enchanting North Coast 500 route. As you arrive, be prepared to be captivated by the untouched beauty of this secluded beach.

    With its pristine golden sands, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and dramatic cliffs, Sangobeg Beach offers a picturesque escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here you can take a leisurely stroll along the shore, breathe in the fresh sea air, and let the soothing sounds of crashing waves serenade you.

    Smoo Cave Boat Trip

    Next, you will embark on a boat trip to the beautiful Smoo Cave that’s guided by knowledgeable and passionate boatmen. Feel the thrill as you navigate through the narrow passageways, illuminated by the soft glow of your boat’s lanterns.

    Here you will learn about the cave’s fascinating geology and intriguing history, as your guides share captivating tales and legends.

    Meet & Eat – Cafe & Restaurant

    After your boat trip, it will be time to recuperate and fill your appetite at the Meet & Eat – Cafe & Restaurant. Step into a warm and inviting ambience that reflects the true essence of Highland hospitality.

    As you peruse the menu, you’ll discover a tantalizing array of dishes, each crafted with care using locally sourced ingredients. From succulent seafood delicacies to hearty Scottish classics, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

    Balnakeil Beach

    Located near the charming village of Durness is the beautiful Balnakeil Beach where its golden sands, towering sand dunes and turquoise waters will give you a chance to wind down in tranquillity.

    Balnakeil Beach is a haven for nature lovers, offering opportunities for beachcombing, birdwatching, or simply basking in the serenity of the surroundings. With its unspoiled charm and captivating views, a visit to Balnakeil Beach promises an unforgettable coastal experience that will leave you with cherished memories.

    Kylesku Bridge

    Next, you will experience an architectural masterpiece that spans the stunning Loch a’ Chairn Bhain in the Scottish Highlands. The bridge, with its elegant design and graceful curves, provides a breathtaking vantage point to take in the dramatic scenery.

    Marvel at the crystal-clear waters, the majestic mountains, and the rugged coastline that characterize this remote and unspoiled part of Scotland. Whether you’re a photography enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a moment of serenity, a visit to the Kylesku Bridge promises a soul-stirring experience that showcases the raw beauty of the Highlands.

    Accommodation: Inver Lodge Hotel, Loch Inver, Lairg (2 Nights)

    You will then be chauffeured to the beautiful Inver Lodge Hotel where you will stay for the next two nights. Immerse yourself in the welcoming atmosphere of the hotel, where you can unwind in the cosy lounge, delight in exquisite culinary experiences at the renowned restaurant, and pamper yourself with rejuvenating spa treatments.

    Let the hotel’s inviting ambience envelop you as you indulge in moments of relaxation, culinary delights, and blissful self-care.

    Dinner: Inver Lodge Hotel

    You will then embark on a remarkable dining experience characterized by exceptional service, carefully curated menus, and a stunning setting. With a focus on showcasing the best of Scottish ingredients, the talented chefs at the Inver Lodge Hotel craft delicious dishes that celebrate the flavours of the region as you wind down from an eventful day of adventure.

    Day Five

    After a filling breakfast, you will then be escorted to your first trip of the day – Handa Island Ferry.

    Handa Island Ferry

    You will be taken on a ferry to the enchanting Handa Island. As you approach the island, be prepared to be captivated by its untouched natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Upon disembarking, take a leisurely stroll along the rugged trails, admiring the breathtaking sea cliffs and panoramic views.

    Lunch at Shorehouse Seafood Restaurant

    Nestled along the shores of Tarbet is the legendary Shorehouse Seafood Restaurant. Here you will experience a delightful ambience as you savor the freshest seafood, sourced directly from the surrounding waters.

    The talented chefs skillfully prepare each plate, allowing the natural flavours to shine through. Complemented by a carefully curated wine selection, the dining experience at the Shorehouse Seafood Restaurant promises to be a true delight.

    Clachtoll Beach

    Clachtoll Beach truly is a hidden gem located on the dramatic coastline of Scotland. Feel the soft sand beneath your feet as you take a leisurely stroll along the beach, listening to the soothing sounds of the crashing waves. Admire the panoramic views of the rugged cliffs and the azure waters stretching out into the horizon.

    This secluded paradise offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, allowing you to connect with nature and revel in its splendour.

    Achmelvich

    Tucked away in the captivating landscape of Lochinver, Achmelvich unveils a scenery so picturesque it belongs on a postcard. It’s a secluded beach that possesses golden sands, crisp sea air and crystal-clear turquoise waters that gently lap the shore, creating a mesmerizing contrast against the surrounding rugged cliffs.

    With its unspoiled beauty and tranquillity, a visit to Achmelvich promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

    Return to Inver Lodge Hotel

    After an eventful day of adventure, you will then be escorted back to the Inver Lodge Hotel where you relax and reflect on today’s adventures before dinner.

    Dinner: Inver Lodge Hotel

    Dinner will be served at the Inver Lodge Hotel where you will once again embark on a culinary experience with exceptional service by the waiters. Here you will relax and enjoy a quiet evening with your loved ones.

    Day Six

    After a luxurious breakfast at the Inver Lodge Hotel, you will then be escorted to your first trip of the day – Ardvreck Castle.

    Ardvreck Castle

    Your first stop of the day will be a visit to the historical Ardvreck Castle. As you approach, you’ll be captivated by the imposing ruins standing amidst breathtaking natural surroundings. Step back in time as you explore the castle’s weathered walls and learn about its intriguing history, steeped in tales of clan rivalries and Highland heritage.

    Bones Caves

    The Bones Caves is a fascinating geological site near Ullapool where it is surrounded by breathtaking Highland scenery, with majestic mountains and picturesque valleys painting the backdrop. Make sure to take in the panoramic views from the caves’ entrance and allow the beauty of the surrounding landscape to captivate your senses.

    Ullapool

    Next, you will visit the charming village of Ullapool. As you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the picturesque harbour, lined with colourful fishing boats and surrounded by rolling hills. Make sure to troll along the quaint streets, filled with cosy cafes, traditional pubs, and boutique shops that offer local crafts and treasures.

    Lunch at the Seafood Shack

    Next, it will be time to appease your appetite. Feast your eyes on an array of mouthwatering options, from succulent fish and chips to mouthwatering seafood platters. Enjoy each bite as you discover the exquisite flavours and textures of the locally sourced ingredients. With a focus on sustainability and quality, the Seafood Shack offers a true taste of the region’s coastal treasures.

    Inverewe Gardens

    After lunch, it will be time to stretch your legs in the midst of the beautiful Inverewe Gardens. Be prepared to be enchanted by its lush landscapes and vibrant displays of plants from around the world. Here you will wander through the stunning garden trails, where a tapestry of colours and fragrances will surround you.

    This promises a delightful escape into a world of natural beauty and botanical wonders.

    Drive through Gairloch

    Next, you will embark on a journey along the winding roads of Gairloch where you will be treated to panoramic views of rugged mountains, sparkling lochs, and the vast expanse of the North Atlantic Ocean.

    Here you will enjoy the tranquillity of the open road as you meander through this remote and untouched corner of Scotland. With each mile, you’ll be captivated by the raw beauty and serenity that Gairloch has to offer.

    Accommodation: Shieldaig Lodge Hotel, Gairloch (1 Night)

    You will then stay at Shieldaig Lodge, a historic country house that’s surrounded by tranquil woodlands and overlooks the picturesque Loch Gairloch. The staff here will welcome you with open arms and make sure that all of your needs are met to ensure that you can wind down in relaxation and comfort.

    Dinner: Loch View Restaurant, Shieldaig Lodge

    Dinner will be at the prestigious Shieldaig Lodge-Loch View where you can savour delicious cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. The lodge’s restaurant offers an elegant ambience and a menu that highlights the best of Scottish cuisine, including seafood, meats, and seasonal produce. Pair your meal with a selection of carefully chosen wines and spirits.

    Day Seven

    Once you awaken and have filled your appetite with a hearty appetite, your chauffeur will escort you to your first trip of the day – a drive through Torridon.

    Drive through Torridon

    A drive-through Torridon offers a fantastic photo opportunity for you to share with friends and family. As you navigate the winding roads, you’ll be treated to awe-inspiring views of majestic mountains, sparkling lochs, and rugged landscapes.

    The drive through Torridon offers a remarkable opportunity to witness the raw beauty of nature and immerse yourself in the dramatic landscapes that make this region so renowned.

    Drive through Applecross

    You will then be treated to another photo opportunity with a drive through Applecross – a captivating peninsula nestled in the Scottish Highlands. Here you will be enchanted by the panoramic vistas of rugged mountains, pristine beaches, and the sparkling waters of the Inner Sound.

    Visit Plockton

    Next, you will visit Plockton – a beautiful and cute village that’s nestled along the shores of Loch Carron. Here you will take a leisurely stroll through the village, exploring its quaint streets and picturesque harbour. You will then admire the well-tended gardens and vibrant flower displays that add to the village’s beauty.

    Seal Cruise

    Next, you will have an unforgettable adventure aboard the ‘Sula Bheag’ with skipper Calum and his crew, be prepared to encounter a rich diversity of marine wildlife, including seals, dolphins, and seabirds. The knowledgeable crew will provide fascinating insights into the local ecosystem and share captivating stories about the region’s history and folklore.

    Travel Over the Isle of Skye Bridge

    Travelling over the Skye Bridge is a remarkable experience that connects the Scottish mainland to the stunning Isle of Skye. As you cross the bridge, you’ll be greeted by breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, including the iconic Cuillin mountains and the sparkling waters of the Inner Sound. Make sure to get your cameras out here to capture some of the most stunning landscapes in Scotland.

    Accommodation: Cuillin Hills Hotel, Portree, Isle of Skye (2 Nights)

    The charming Cuillin Hills Hotel offers a cosy and welcoming atmosphere for your overnight stay – perfect to wind down after a big day of adventure. Here you can relax in the comfortable rooms that are adorned with traditional Scottish touches, and soak in the breathtaking views of the Cuillin Mountains or Loch Portree.

    Dinner: Cuillin Hills Hotel

    You will dine at the Cuillin Hills Hotel in a restaurant that will spoil you with an exquisite culinary experience accompanied by splendid views of Skye. The restaurant takes pride in serving locally sourced Scottish produce along with an extensive selection of seafood dishes.

    Here you will conclude a thrilling day of adventure by savouring a delectable meal while reflecting on the day’s incredible experiences.

    Day Eight

    After a hearty breakfast, your chauffeur will escort you to the first activity of the day – a visit to the town of Portree, right next to your hotel, where you can explore the local shops.

    Portree

    Nestled on the eastern side of the island is the beautiful and quaint town of Portree. Portree boasts a setting that seems plucked from a storybook. As you arrive, your eyes will be drawn to the colourful harbour, where a row of vibrant houses creates a striking visual spectacle against the backdrop of rolling hills and majestic cliffs.

    Prepare to be enchanted by the captivating views that will force you to reach into your pocket for the camera on your phone.

    Fairy Pools

    A visit to the Isle of Skye would not be complete without seeing the Fairy Pools. These pools are renowned for their crystal-clear, turquoise waters and stunning surroundings and get their name from local folklore, which tells tales of fairies and mythical creatures that are said to inhabit the area. These are the pools of serenity that will leave an experience that will live long in the memory.

    Dunvegan Castle

    Next, you will visit the historic Dunvegan Castle. This famous landmark offers an extraordinary journey into the rich history and captivating beauty of one of Scotland’s most iconic castles.

    As you approach the castle, its impressive stature and stunning setting on the shores of Loch Dunvegan will leave you awestruck. With origins dating back over 800 years, this ancient stronghold has been home to the MacLeod Clan, one of Scotland’s oldest and most renowned clans.

    Lunch at The Ferry Inn

    With so much activity, it will be time to relax and recuperate with a luxurious meal at The Ferry Inn. Situated in the village of Uig, overlooking Uig Bay and the ferry terminal, The Ferry Inn will offer you a warm welcome to visitors seeking comfort, delicious cuisine, and a relaxing atmosphere.

    Here you will be treated to an array of exquisite Scottish cuisine with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. The bar offers a wide selection of Scottish whiskies, local craft beers, and a range of spirits and wines, ensuring there’s something to suit every preference.

    Kilt Rock

    Next, you will visit the legendary Kilt Rock, a magnificent geological formation that graces the scenic landscape of the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Here you will gaze out over the dramatic cliffs, where cascading waterfalls plunge into the depths of the sea, their misty spray creating an ethereal atmosphere. These are special views that you will never forget.

    Old Man Storr

    After Kilt Rock, you will need to prepare yourself as you embark on a thrilling hike to Old Man Storr. The highlight of the hike is the awe-inspiring Old Man of Storr itself. This towering rock formation, standing at approximately 50 meters (160 feet) tall, is a sight to behold. Carved by the forces of nature over thousands of years, the Old Man appears like a sentinel, watching over the surrounding landscape with an air of ancient wisdom.

    Dinner: Scorrybreac Restaurant, Portree

    You will then finish the day with a memorable dining experience that’s accompanied by breathtaking Loch Portree views. With a focus on showcasing the finest Scottish Highland ingredients, the talented culinary team crafts innovative and seasonally inspired dishes. The charming interior, warm hospitality, and rustic elegance make Scorrybreac a gastronomic haven for those seeking a remarkable culinary journey.

    Day Nine

    Once you have filled your appetite with a filling breakfast, you will be escorted to Eilean Donan Castle.

    Eilean Donan Castle

    You will see Eilean Donan Castle on most Scottish postcards and for good reason. It provides truly unique panoramic views of Loch Duich and the surrounding mountains, making it one of the most iconic castles in Scotland.

    You will be able to explore its well-preserved interiors, from the Great Hall to the cosy bedrooms, and discover captivating exhibits that delve into the castle’s past.

    Loch Ness

    Next, you will embark on a journey into Scottish folklore, where you will visit the legendary Loch Ness. This visit promises captivating landscapes, a legendary monster, and a sense of intrigue that will ignite your imagination. Make sure to have your camera ready for ‘Nessie,’ the legendary Loch Ness monster.

    Private Loch Ness Boat Tour

    Your experience of Loch Ness will go one step further by hopping aboard a private boat to sail through its waters. As your cruise sets sail, your knowledgeable guides will educate you on the legends and folklore surrounding Loch Ness and of course, Nessie.

    Be prepared to be mesmerized by the breathtaking beauty of Loch Ness as you cruise along its serene waters

    Urquhart Castle

    After your cruise, you will arrive back on land and visit the historic Urquhart Castle. With its dramatic ruins, stunning views, and rich heritage, Urquhart Castle offers an immersive experience that will ignite your imagination and deepen your understanding of Scotland’s past.

    Arrive in Inverness

    Next, you will visit the Highland city, Inverness, where you will discover the rich history and charm of this ancient city as you explore its captivating landmarks and cultural treasures. Take a walk through the city and enjoy some of the remaining moments of your final day in Scotland.

    Accommodation: Ness Walk Hotel, Inverness (1 Night)

    On your final night, you will immerse yourself in an unforgettable blend of luxury, tranquillity, and attentive service at the Ness Walk. From the elegant accommodations to the delectable dining experiences and rejuvenating spa treatments, every moment spent here is designed to create cherished memories.

    Dinner: Torrish Restaurant, Ness Walk

    You will once again dine at the Torrish – Ness Walk and top off your adventures with a luxurious meal whilst you reflect on the many unforgettable memories that you will cherish from this trip.

    Day Ten - Transfer To Inverness Airport

    Concluding your tour with a lavish breakfast, your private chauffeur driver will accompany you to the airport, marking the end of our journey together. We sincerely hope that your time with Private Tours Scotland has been filled with enchantment and memorable moments, and we extend our best wishes for a safe and pleasant flight back home. Farewell, and may the magic of your experience linger in your heart.