Three ready-made sample tours
up to 2 passengers
Guest with disabilities, please advise allowing us to adapt
Basic requirement (English or German):
- Pick-up and drop-off point by mutual agreement
- Any entrance fees or tickets are not included in our price
- Booking via Ardgay Bespoke Tours website
- All three itineraries are for a max. 8h day tour including 1h for lunch/comfort breaks: base rate per day £320 (two guides for the price of one).
- Estimated cost of car hire:
Vehicle for up to 5 passengers e.g. Vauxhall Zafira: c. £134
- Compensation for fuel depends on distances from Inverness, including pick-up and drop-off.
1 - Tour of Sutherland / Easter Ross
Dunrobin / Skelbo / Dornoch
- Dunrobin Castle and Gardens with fantastic views over the Moray Firth, fabulous herbaceos borders, falconry depending on times and season, museum of priceless collections
- Drive along the enchanting Skelbo coastline of Loch Fleet, complete with Viking castle ruin, possible sightings of seals, Shetland ponies and Highland cattle.
- Medieval Dornoch: Cathedral, luxury Scottish woollens in the Jail Shop or at Kingcraig, choice of good eateries, hot chocolate to die for, an exciting look round the Historylinks Museum – a lovely welcome wherever you go!
- Followed by two alternatives:
- EITHER walking along the fantastic sandy beach at Dornoch OR
- Visit to Glenmorangie Distillery in Tain – ticket includes tasting
2 - Culloden, Clava, Cawdor
Based on start/finish Inverness
Culloden Visitor Centre – interactive, very evocative tour for Outlander Fans and history buffs interested in the Jacobite history, with option to look down on or walk through parts of Drumossie Moor battlefield (16th April 1746).
Clava Cairns near Drumossie Moor – no Outlander-type time travel, but evocative Bronze Age stone cairns - archaeology in tranquil surroundings.
Depending on where you are based, EITHER:
Cawdor Castle – amazing architecture, fascinating history, extensive gardens, bio-dynamically managed, intriguing sculptures, beautiful woodland, usually birdsong and humming with bees and bumblebees, OR
Walking tour of Old Inverness, famous for its four pedestrian bridges across the river; shopping for tartan, tweed and woollens. For the fleet of foot: climbing 80 plus steps up a tower of Inverness Castle (law courts) to enjoy panoramic views of Ness river winding its way from Loch Ness and the City, and over to the mountains of Ben Wyvis in the north.
3 - Black Isle People and Wildlife
Cromarty / Rosemarkie / Fortrose
- (Optional) Dolphin watching trip (2h) with Ecoventures based in Cromarty, Black Isle
- Eateries, antique shop, ancient church, Hugh Miller’s beautiful little birth house and his geology collection, second-hand book shop Beach walk at Rosemarkie with quick bite of coffee/tea at Rosemarkie Beach Cafe
Option to visit Groam House Museum or Antiques Shop or Crofters’ Café with views of Moray Firth
Look around the stupendous ruins of Fortrose Cathedral, hear about the Brahan Seer’s misfortune, and if we have time, let’s take the shuttle bus up to Chanonry Point to see what’s going on at the dolphin nursery - weather and tides permitting.