Far north of Scotland and more remote
Beyond Inverness you arrive at the Black Isle, which is not actually an island. Its name possibly comes from its mild climate, so it was not covered by snow in winter. Ullapool is one of the prettiest villages on the west coast with wide streets, white-washed houses, street signs in Gaelic and palm trees! Visit a smokehouse to see salmon being smoked. Inverewe Gardens was started in 1862 by Osgood Mackenzie after he was given 12,000 acres of barren land. The microclimate is warmed by the Gulf Stream and it is possible to grow exotic plants at this northern latitude. The gardens are at their best in spring and autumn. John o’Groats is famous as the most northerly tip of the mainland, which is actually at nearby Dunnet Head. Day trips to Orkney leave from the harbour. The Castle of Mey was bought by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother after the death of her husband, King George VI in 1952. It is open to the public during the summer months. Beauly takes its name ‘Beau Lieu’ from the French monks who founded a priory here in 13thc. Dingwall was the birthplace of Macbeth and was originally colonized by Norsemen. Dunrobin Castle has been home to the Earls and Dukes of Sutherland since 13thc. Sir Charles Barry (architect of the Houses of Parliament in London) redesigned the old castle in 1845. It is the home of Clan Sutherland. The Torridon Estate in Wester Ross contains some of the oldest mountains on earth, as Torridon rock is over 600 million years old. The area is still home to red deer, wild cats, wild goats, peregrine falcons and golden eagles. The championship golf course, Royal Dornoch is in this area.
Private Tour Rates 2018/2019
|Car/Sedan||8 per day||up to 3||£625|
|MPV||8 per day||up to 6||£710|
|Large MPV||8 per day||up to 8||£750|