Embracing the initial route of the Skye Tour, this journey takes you along the beautiful north-western shores of Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle and then west through spectacular scenery of mountain, mist, woodland and heather moor.
13th century-built Eilean Donan Castle*, by the little village of Dornie, captivates and enthrals with a heart of rich history to explore at a stunning setting.
The return route winds north and there is scope to visit the quaint, often balmy village of Plockton with it’s palm tree-lined seafront or to traverse the famous Bealach na Ba single track road over to the pretty Applecross peninsula. The cleverly-engineered Bealach attracts thousands of cyclists and motorists annually as it boasts the steepest ascent of any road in the UK.
Heading back east through classic Highland countryside, Rogie Falls near the Ross-shire village of Contin offer a series of white-foamed waterfalls, crossed by several memorable forest walks. A day of fresh air and mental stimulation can then be capped off perfectly with a tour of Glen Ord Distillery* and a wee taste of Scotland’s amber nectar.
*Admission fees for exhibitions is extra.