Boat Trips and Highland Tours

The Quiraing Isle of Skye

Whilst staying at our Inverness Guest House why not consider exploring Inverness and the highlands with the help of a local expert?

On the Water

Local to Inverness there are a variety of operators offering Boat Trips on Loch Ness and wildlife cruises on the Moray Firth. You can enjoy canoe, kayak, windsurfing and paddle board adventures on many lochs, rivers and at sea. We have flat water and white water adventures and all manner of ways to enjoy the great Scottish scenery from the water.

On Land

Inverness is the main tourist hub in the Scottish Highlands and is the starting point for more day tours of the area than anywhere else. Whether you want to visit the Isle of Skye, explore our whisky distilleries, discover the turbulent history of Scotland or simply immerse yourself in our glorious scenery, there is a tour that will fit the bill. From large coach operators to private guides, Inverness has them all.

Why Use a Tour Operator?

There are many tour operators based in and around Inverness. They can help you gain a deeper understanding of the geography and history of this fascinating location. They will take you to places that you may otherwise miss and bring you stories that you may never have otherwise heard.

Even if you have your own car, you will find that a good tour guide will add immeasurably to your enjoyment of the area. Private tours will pick you up directly from Inverglen Guest House in Inverness, and regular scheduled tours pick-up in the city centre just a short stroll from our Inverness B&B.

Inverness is the Perfect Base for Highland Tours

Castles & Attractions

Inverness is a gateway to the highlands with its fabulous scenery and some of the UK’s most iconic animals – and maybe even a monster! It is rich with history as witnessed by magnificent castles, famous battlefields, and ancient stone circles. A visit to Inverness and the Scottish highlands provides a fabulous backdrop to walking the steps of your ancestors.

Tours and boat trips can be taken all year round, and in Summer you are spoilt for choice. Tours to popular locations like Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye take place daily, whilst other locations such as Orkney or Applecross are also easily arranged. As well as scheduled tours you will also find many companies who can design a bespoke tour just for you.

Why not check out our Castles and Attractions page.

Outlander Tours

Clan Mackintosh Stone

Fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books and TV series are well catered for. Various tour companies will take you to some of the locations featured in the book, as well as some associated with both the Fraser and Mackenzie Clans. Outlander tours usually include Culloden battlefield, the Clava Cairns and standing stones, Lallybroch, Castle Leoch and other Mackenzie and Fraser Locations featured in the stories.

Even if you are not an avid fan of Jamie & Claire, the Outlander tours are a great introduction to the area’s breathtaking scenery and fascinating history.

For those seeking the full Outlander experience we particularly recommend Outlander: The Past Lives Experience. They offer a variety of experiences including one of the most comprehensive tour packages available. They will deliver some truly unique experiences.

The main tour operators offering Outlander Tours include:

Isle of Skye Tours

A day tour to Skye is probably the single most popular trip taken by guests staying at Inverglen Guest House. As you would expect there are plenty of tour operators offering a whole variety of experiences.

The Quiraing on the Isle of Skye
The Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Take a look at our dedicated Isle of Skye Page for more details about Skye and for details of some places to visit.

There are many tour operators offering day trips to The Isle of Skye from Inverness. Take a look at the list at the bottom of this page for some suggestions.

Whisky Tours & Food Inspired Trips

Why not seek out Scotland’s unrivaled food and drink products from Stornoway Black Pudding to Arbroath Smokies and from Haggis to Scottish Salmon. And of course, there is the finest Malt Whisky in the world. With such a wealth of natural wonders together with a rich and diverse history and some of the best food and drink the world has to offer it is little wonder that there are so many different ways to enjoy this magical location.

Glenlivet Distillery
Glenlivet Distillery

Of particular interest to many visitors are the specialist Whisky Tours, especially to the wonderful Speyside area with its many iconic distilleries. Famous names like Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, and Macallan, sit alongside lesser-known gems like Benromach, Strathisla, and Cragganmore. With a specialist whisky tour, you can avoid the decision about who does the driving and simply enjoy the many tasting opportunities knowing your driver will see you safely home to our Inverness B&B.

The following tour operators have specialist whisky tours available:

Loch Ness Cruises

The sun is setting over Loch Ness
Sunset at Loch Ness

No visit to Inverness would be complete without a boat trip on Loch Ness. In addition to enjoying a different view of the stunning landscape around Loch Ness, there is the chance to see the iconic Urquhart Castle and possibly even the loch’s most famous resident…Nessie!

Cruise companies operate on Loch Ness from both Inverness and Fort Augustus, as well as from Clansman Harbour and Drumnadrochit.

Loch Ness Cruise Operators

  • Jacobite Cruises – offering a variety of cruises and tours that highlight the spectacular scenery of Loch Ness and its surroundings. Maybe you’ll see the Loch Ness Monster!
  • Cruise Loch Ness –  daily boat trips and cruises throughout the year from Fort Augustus, at the southern end of Loch Ness. Also, RIB trips operating from Dochgarroch, Inverness
  • Loch Ness Cruises – the only cruise operating from Drumnadrochit

Wildlife Cruises

Moray Firth Dolphin
Moray Firth Dolphin

Wildlife watching boat trips are also popular in the Moray Firth. Our most famous marine animal residents are the world’s largest Bottlenose Dolphins. These can be seen all along the coast, but are most often seen around Chanonry Point and Fort George. In addition to our dolphins, you may be lucky enough to spot a whole host of animals including Seals, Porpoise, Basking Sharks, Otters, Ospreys, Herons, and many others.

Wildlife Cruise Operators

Coach & Car Tours of the Scottish Highlands

Fairy Pools
The Fairy Pools

The Scottish Highlands has a rich diversity of landscapes, history and wildlife. No matter what your interests there is a good chance that there is a tour that is just right for you. Scheduled tours offer the best value for money, but for a bespoke personal experience you can’t beat the services of a private tour guide.

Listed below are some of the very best tour operators and guides from in and around the Inverness area. All of these have been used by past guests and come highly recommended.

Guided Cycle Tour of The Waterways of Inverness

Whatever your interests you will be able to find a tour that will excite, entertain and educate.

With such a diversity of things to do, Inverglen Guest House in Inverness is the ideal bed and breakfast for your adventure.

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