Tours around the Highlands of Scotland and the Isle of Skye.

Why not let us book a tour for you during your stay at The Ness Guest House.  We use an Inverness based company, Happy Tours, that has been operating since 2007.

They like to keep their tours small and personal, which allows them to spend more time at the fantastic local attractions and offers them an element of flexibility; this is why they prefer to use 9-seater vehicles. They are passionate about showing our guests the very best of what this fantastic part of the world can offer.

Their guides are committed to providing an unforgettable experience for our guests, helping to create memories and realise dreams. Every one of their guides are passionate about their areas of expertise, and are enthusiastic to inform whilst also providing a fun and relaxed environment, so our guests can get to know them and vice versa.

Please email us with your accommodation booking reference number, the tour name, tour date and number of guests and we'll check the availability of the tour and do the rest!  The tour company will take payment at the time of booking using the payment card details you provide us when booking your stay at The Ness Guest House.

For a private tour to any of these locations please state 'Private Tour' when emailing for tour availability.

See Tour Operator Terms Conditions Policy

 

Highlander Tour

Highlander (Loch Ness) Tour

Let us give you a flavour of the lush hills and glens in and around the world famous and mysterious Loch Ness on our Highlander (Loch Ness) Tour, and experience tasters of our unique culture, history and landscape.

The mystical Loch Ness...

The highlight, of course, is a cruise on Loch Ness; a place full of mystery, where you may just catch a glimpse of one of Scotland's most famous residents – Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster! Marvel over the ruins of the mighty medieval stronghold, Urquhart Castle, a testament to the power of Clan Chiefs and Scottish Kings from a fantastic boat cruise on the world renowned waters of Loch Ness.

A taste of the Highlands...

Travel through the Black Isle and take in the views of the rolling green hills and rich arable land filled with fields of barley so indicative of the east of Scotland, before sampling of some fine single malt whisky at Glen Ord Distillery, where the locally grown barley is used to produce the uisge beatha (meaning “water of life” in the Gaelic - whisky). Next stop is Chanonry Point near Fortrose, where there is a good chance to spot some of the Bottlenose Dolphins that reside in the Moray Firth, one of the largest populations of these majestic and intelligent mammals in Europe, or simply enjoy the stunning views.

Live the history...

Visit the emotive and compelling Culloden Battlefield, and hear the chilling story of the conclusion of the Jacobite cause on the site where the last pitched battle fought on the British mainland took place. Afterwards we take you even further back in time into prehistory and explore the ancient and atmospheric monuments at Clava Cairns.

The North East Highlands of Scotland is rich in folklore, myth, legends and history, which we would love to share with you along the way, so let us help you shape your adventures, create your memories and experience our culture first hand.

Tour Highlights:
Loch Ness Cruise (with views of Urquhart Castle) • Culloden Battlefield • Clava Cairns • Glen Ord Distillery • Chanonry Point (Moray Firth Bottlenose Dolphins)

Tour Prices:

Adult - £75
Child - £65 (Child 6-15 years)
5+ people - Contact for us a quote

Entrance Fees and Lunch NOT included in the price

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Tour Duration: 
8 hours

Meeting Point: Check-in for tour is 8:45am at the Front of the Columba Hotel, 7 Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NF for depart at 9am

 

 

Isle of Skye Tour

Isle of Skye Tour

Join us on our spectacular Isle of Skye Day Tour from Inverness and experience the distinctive landscapes and breath-taking scenery of rugged hills, beautiful glens and numerous glistening waterfalls that the West Highlands and Islands of Scotland has to offer.

Travel along the road to the Isles, and take in some of Scotland’s most beautiful and famous places, including the mysterious Loch Ness (and views of Urquhart Castle), the emotive and atmospheric Glen Shiel where a Jacobite battle was fought against the British Government in 1719, the legendary and dramatic peaks of the Five Sisters of Kintail, and the world famous and extremely photogenic Eilean Donan Castle. Look out for wildlife along the way and perhaps spot some deer, wild goats, an osprey or an eagle! Why not stop and “say hello” to Morag, Mhairi and the rest of the Highland Cows in the gang?

Over the sea...to the Isle of Skye

Cross over the beautifully designed Skye Bridge, which opened in 1995, to take in some of the most breath-taking scenery and landscapes that has gained the Isle of Skye it’s notoriety all over the world. Enjoy travelling through the Cuillin Mountain Range and take in the dramatic and ever changing backdrop so heavily influenced by the unpredictability of the weather (so warm and waterproof clothing/foorwear is a good idea just in case!). Visit the picturesque harbour town of Portree, and perhaps enjoy some wonderfully fresh seafood for lunch or stroll along the 19th century pier designed by one of Scotland’s most renowned Civil Engineers, Thomas Telford. After lunch, we continue on to gaze upon where volcanic activity has left mesmerising natural landmarks such as the impressive Old Man of Storr, the phenomenal views at the Quiraing and, to complete the “bucket list”, the distinctive pillars and beautiful waterfall at Kilt Rock, with views across to the Torridon hills on the mainland.

The Isle of Skye provides an air of romance and mystery that makes it truly unforgettable, so let us help you to shape your memories. This is our most popular tour by far, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Tour Highlights:
Loch Ness (with a view of Urquhart Castle) • Glen Shiel • Five Sisters of Kintail • Kyle of Lochalsh • Eilean Donan Castle • Cuillin Mountains • Portree • Old Man of Storr • Kilt Rock • Quiraing

Tour Prices:
Adult - £70
Child - £60  (Child 6-15 years)
5+ people - Contact for us a quote

Lunch NOT included in the price

Daily

Tour Duration: 
10 hours

Meeting Point: Check-in for tour is 8:30am prompt at the Front of the Columba Hotel, 7 Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NF for departure.

 

 

Outlander Highlands Tour

Outlander Highlands Tour

Relive Jamie and Claire’s adventures and visit some of the sites throughout the Highlands connected to or featured in the smash International book and TV series, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander.

Imagine being a member of Jamie and Claire’s clan and travel through the real “Lallybroch” to explore some of the lands that were held by the powerful Mackenzie clan, one of the most influential families in the Highlands, and the Frasers of Lovat (and Jamie’s clan in the Outlander franchise) on our fantastic Outlander Highlands Tour.

Are you ready...?

“Je suis prest”, the motto of the Clan Fraser of Lovat means “I am ready”, so are you ready to visit the astonishing and atmospheric Wardlaw Mausoleum, the historic burial place of the clan chiefs of the Frasers of Lovat and where it is alleged that Simon “The Fox” Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat (and Jamie’s grandfather in the Outlander franchise) is interred?

Are you ready to explore the mysterious and ancient prehistoric stone circles and burial cairns at Clava, and imagine stepping through the split stone and travelling back in time to 1743? Are you ready to become immersed in the emotive air that Culloden Battlefield provides, and visit the Clan Fraser grave marker; just one of a number of memorials to the Clans that fell during the battle in April 1746?

Are you ready to admire the breath-taking native landscape of Tulloch Ghru, an area of natural Caledonian Forest with stunning views towards the Cairngorm Mountain Range, and where scenes for the first TV series were filmed? Are you ready to truly step back in time at the fantastic Highland Folk Museum, where there is an extremely impressive and authentic reconstruction of an 18th century village? The Museum’s reconstruction is so authentic that it was also used as the set location for filming the first season of the Outlander TV series – two Outlander locations in one day!

Finally, are you ready to visit the imposing ruins of Ruthven Barracks, where Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlies) sent word to the Jacobite support that had congregated there in the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Culloden that the uprising was over, and that every man should “seek his own safety in the best way he can”?

If you are ready, book now to avoid disappointment, because this is an incredibly popular tour, and unmissable for the Outlander fan!

Tour Highlights:

Wardlaw Mausoleum • Clava Cairns • Culloden Battlefield • Tulloch Ghru • Highland Folk Museum • Ruthven Barracks

Tour Prices:
Adult - £70
Child - £60 (Child 6-15 years)
5+ people - Contact for us a quote

Lunch NOT included in the price

Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Tour Duration: 
8 hours

Meeting Point: Check-in for tour is 8:45am at the Front of the Columba Hotel, 7 Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NF for depart at 9am

 

 

Speyside Whisky Tour

Speyside Whisky Tour

Scotland is renowned for Whisky Galore!

Scotland is known all over the globe for the production of the finest single malt whisky. Each single malt boasts its unique taste and characteristics that has been influenced by the wonderful natural spring water so abundant throughout the country, and the production methods that have been guarded so well by each and every distillery to create the subtle differences and intricate flavours that differentiates one malt whisky from the next. So why not let us do the driving, and visit some of Scotland’s best known distilleries to enjoy a dram (or two) of the uisge beatha (meaning “water of life” in the Scots Gaelic), whilst learning some of the magical secrets that turns those three basic ingredients, barley, water and yeast, into the finest Scotch single malt whisky.

Speyside: The home of the single malt...

Speyside is the home of single malt whisky, and boasts the greatest concentration of distilleries in Scotland. The abundance of pure spring water coupled with the fertile lands within the region makes it rich in the natural ingredients needed to begin the magic of creating a single malt whisky.

First, we visit to Glen Moray Distillery in Elgin, which has been producing malt whisky since 1897 and has recently launched their Elgin Heritage range, which comprises of a 12, 15 and 18 year old single malt, to wet your whistle with a tasting. We then travel through the glorious and lush Spey Valley countryside to catch an insight into how the distillation process creates one of the “world’s most awarded single malt whiskies” on a tour at Glenfiddich Distillery, with a dram or two (or three) of the finished product afterwards.

After some lunch, we visit the world renowned Aberlour Whisky Shop before concluding at Glenfarclas Distillery to enjoy the ambiance of the distillery’s beautiful and unique “ship’s room”. So, why not sit back, relax, and partake in the finest of Scotland’s “amber nectar”, while we become the “designated driver”. Book now to avoid disappointment!

Tour Highlights:
Glen Moray Distillery • Glenfiddich Distillery • Aberlour Distillery Shop • Glenfarclas Distillery

Tour Prices:
1-4 persons - £360, 5-6 persons - £480, 7-8 persons - £560
9+ people: Contact for us a quote

Entrance Fees and Lunch NOT included in the price

Monday and Friday

Tour Duration: 
7.5 hours

Meeting Point: Check-in for tour is 8:45am at the Front of the Columba Hotel, 7 Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NF for depart at 9am

Other distilleries are available on request, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Highland distilleries include:
Glen Ord Distillery • Glenmorangie Distillery • Dalmore Distillery • Tomatin Distillery • Black Isle Brewery

 


Tour Operator Terms and Conditions Policy

  • Full refund less 10% will be given for a tour booking if cancelled 7 days prior to the tour departure date. A 50% refund will be given if a tour booking is cancelled between 6 and 3 days (72 hours) prior to the tour departure date. 
  • All tours cancelled outwith the designated time frames are non-refundable.
  • Whereas every effort will be made to complete our scheduled itineraries, the company reserves the right to make changes to the tour under exceptional circumstances at the discretion of our guides, for example, road closures or adverse weather conditions etc.
  • All tour itineraries are subject to change at any time to reflect site/attraction opening hours, especially during October to April when some sites are closed over the off season/winter period, or have restricted opening times.
  • We are unable to accommodate children under the age of 6 years due to child seat requirements.
  • Children's prices apply for those between 6 years and 15 years of age where available. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • We cannot accept responsibility for those who have mobility issues and have not advised us of their requirements prior to the date of tour commencement.