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Loch Ness & The Highlands from Inverness
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icon8 hours 45 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Explore the best of the Scottish Highlands' scenery on this day tour from Inverness. Soak up the views and learn all about Scottish history as you cruise across the mysterious Loch Ness, visit Fort Augustus Abbey and loch-side Urquhart Castle, admire the majestic Falls of Foyers, and wander along Dores Beach.
  • Day tour of the Highlands from Inverness: Ideal for those with limited time
  • Learn all about Scottish history and culture from your guide
  • Visit the most scenic viewpoints for great photo opportunities
  • Group-size of no more than 16 guests means a crowd-free experience
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Live commentary on board
Air-conditioned vehicle
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Margaret Street , Margaret St, Inverness IV1, UK

Bus Station Stance 6

8:45 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 4 years old.
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • The castle & cruise currently need to be pre-booked, details will be provided on the ticket.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Digital translations in English, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian & Mandarin available on request.
  • Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before your tour's departure time.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Timberbush Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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star-3
Nice drive around Loch Ness
MaryEllen_H
, Jun 2022
We were so fortunate to have brilliant blue skies for most of our trip to Scotland, and we really enjoyed exploring Urquhart Castle and cruising Loch Ness. We also enjoyed walking down a long trail to see the cascading Falls of Foyers. A couple things about our trip were concerning, though. When we first boarded the van, a few people had not pre-purchased tickets for the castle and the cruise. Our driver the proceeded to collect their credit cards (for those tickets) and read the complete numbers out loud over her phone, so audibly the whole van could clearly hear. We were appalled! To be fair, we'd had an outstanding guide on a different tour/different company the previous day so the comparison was fresh. But the guide certainly can make or break the experience. Bottom line, we enjoyed the scenery and drive, but we felt the guide was not the best.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! Luckily you got some great weather for your tour, we all know what the Scottish weather can be like. I'm sorry to hear that your experience with your guide on this tour wasn't great and obviously card numbers being audibly read out isn't great, so we will definitely look into this. I'm glad you were still able to enjoy the scenery and the guide however and hopefully we may see you on another tour some day soon as your other experience was so outstanding. All the best, David
star-5
Timberbush highland tour
James_B
, Jun 2022
Malcolm our tour guide was very good. He explained to us the history of inverness and threw in some humor along the way.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi there, James. Thank you for your review. I'm glad you had a great time on tour with Malcolm as your driver-guide. Hopefully we will see you on another tour soon. Best wishes, David
star-5
A Great Day
Amanda_B
, May 2022
Marita was fun and full of stories. It was great to see so much in an 8hr time. A wee bit of sun and a wee bit of rain. Lush green countryside. Peated water. And history. Sadly, no sightings of Nessie.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi there, thank you for your review! Nessie is a shy old girl, I'm sorry you weren't able to spot her! Sounds like you got the typical Scottish weather, a wee bit of everything, but were still able to have a great time and see plenty with Marita as your driver-guide. Hopefully we will see you on another tour soon to show you more of Scotland, and maybe give you another chance at spotting Nessie! Best wishes, David
star-5
Sweet tour guide, lovely scenic, good value tour
Nicole_B
, May 2022
It was a lovely tour. Timverbush communicated and accommodated for my travel sickness and arrange me a good accessible seat at front for my mobility issue. Luckily my hip wasn't as painful but it nice to know I had easy access to fresh air and can get on and off bus more easily with my hip issue. There were a few complications on the tour. I pre-booked ticket and I had to wait to get a booking code for the castle. When I pre-booked I got a QR code but this isn't scanable at the castle. This was due to the fact it is a Timberbushs QR code. So it was annoying that ate into my free time at castle. Luckily I sorted the issue using my initiative and went to see the castle. The tour guide obviously tried to be helpful to rectify this issue but I kind took matters into my own hands as time was of the escience. May I suggest Timberbush send customer in future the code needed for the booking desk of the castle. Maybe it due to fact I only pre-booked the day before over phone? Turns out I could have booked on the day and things would have worked out better for me. However, I didn't want to miss out on doing the tours. I wasn't sure how busy these items are, hence panicked and pre-booked once saw it on the booking info notes. It was also a bit annoying the castle it self didn't have the two queue of prebook and paid entry tickets but maybe due to the time of entry and staffing that caused this issue. The bus made an irritating buzzing noise through the tour. The guide tried her best to minimise it. But it was fairly annoying but luckily didn't ruin the tour to much. Overal it was amazing and highly recommend Timberbush as both your I have been on have been great. The tour guide was funny, chatty and kind. 👍👍
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi there, Nicole. Thank you for your review! I'm happy to hear that you've been on a tour with us before, and both of them have been great! I'm sorry to hear there was a bit of a mix up with QR codes and getting into the castle, but I'm glad it was sorted eventually - I totally understand what you mean about buying early and not wanting to miss out. I'm really happy that despite this and the noise on the coach, you were still able to have a brilliant time and hopefully we will see you on another tour soon to show you more of Scotland! Best wishes, David
star-5
James&tasha trip isle of skyee
James_M
, Dec 2021
Full experience was amazing me and my girl friend went to the tour threw the night lands threw to isle of Skye tour guide RAY was amazing couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide , he had so many stories about our Scottish history , we really really enjoyed it and will be booking again next year , James and Natasha from Glasgow
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hello, James & Tasha: Thanks very much for taking the time to write us a review - we greatly appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed your tour to Skye with Ray and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2022! Happy holidays and have a safe and healthy new year!
star-5
Better than you could dream! Lovely relaxing and beautiful!
Leonie_L
, Aug 2021
Our driver and guide Malcolm brought us to lots of beautiful viewpoints of lake Lochness, the Urquart castle, waterfalls, boatride (was fun and educational!), Scottish villages and animals. Even walked with us to the top of the highest mountain. He knew a lot of the ancient and current stories and flora and fauna of Scotland. He mase sure we were allright and safe throughout the day. I had a lot of fun and was totally relaxed at the end of the day!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Leonie! Thank you for your review, it's wonderful to hear you enjoyed your day with Malcolm! I'll pass on your kind words to him, he'll be delighted! All the best, Amy
star-5
I recommend
Maggie_S
, Aug 2021
Malcolm our tour guide showed us so much during that tour! His stories were very interesting, full of historical facts and new discoveries. Sharing his knowledge with us he translated names of places from gaelic what not everyone in Scotland can do! He was also very caring guide.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Maggie, Lovely to hear you enjoyed your tour with us! I will pass on your kind comments to Malcolm, your Driver-Guide, he'll be delighted! All the best, Amy
star-5
Excellent value
Carole_J
, Jul 2021
I absolutely loved it! Our driver and tour guide Malcolm was very interesting and helpful with continuous commentary for most of the day. He was polite and professional and I can highly recommend Timberbush
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for your review, Carole! Great to hear you enjoyed Malcolm's commentary, I'll pass on your kind words to him. All the best, Amy
star-5
Awesome tour of the Highlands and Loch Ness
Raynessa_P
, May 2021
Had an amazing day tour to see Loch Ness and the Highlands. Our guide Chris really went above and beyond to make this tour memorable! He told us lots of stories, and knows his history, I was very impressed! He took us to places not on the itinerary to get the most beautiful pictures! We even went on an unexpected hike to to the most amazing spot in all of the highlands! I really enjoyed this tour and Recommend booking with Timber Bush, you will not be disappointed! Thanks again Chris 😊
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hi Raynessa, Thanks again for leaving a 5* review for your tour to Loch Ness with Chris! It's great to hear you enjoyed your day exploring Nessie - I hope you got her on camera! All the best, Amy
star-5
Day tour of Loch Ness
Philip_B
, Sep 2020
An excellent tour. We felt very safe with all the covid measures, guests and driver wore masks at all times and hand sanitizer available whenever we got back on the bus. The tour was excellent, we were only in Inverness for a day and wanted to see the area and learn a little of it's history. We chose to do the 2 additional tours Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness boat trip and we were glad we did. Ryan our driver /guide was both knowledgeable and informative, mixing facts about places with his own experiences. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Hello Janice, Thank you for this glowing review of your trip around the Highlands! It is great to hear that you had a brilliant day and enjoyed seeing what Scotland has to offer. We hope to see you on another tour in the future. Kind Regards, Anna
star-5
Loch Ness & Highlands
Ben_L
, Aug 2020
Great tour, very informative. Such lovely scenes. Would recommend. Special thanks to our tour leader/driver Chris.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thanks for the review, Ben! Great to hear you had a lovely day with Chris. All the best, Amy
star-5
Excellent Loch Ness Tour
Matt_E
, Aug 2020
Loved it. Very well planned route with sufficient time in each place to explore. The boat ride was fantastic. It should be standard rather than an option. Our guide was very well organized, friendly and knowledgeable about the places that we visited. I have already booked 2 further tours with you this week and will book your Orkney tour for May 2021. I have also recommended to friends.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Hi Matt, Thank you for your review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your day with us and look forward to seeing you again soon! All the best, Amy
star-4
Great tour
Amaya_Z
, Feb 2020
Our tour was great!!! We had a great guide...Cris, if I remember... 19th of february. We were a group of 6 and only myself understood English... which I let Cris know at the begining of the tour to let him know if he sees that we are talking it was because I was translating. When we were out of the bus he was always very attent i letting me know things to fill my friends in on what was going on.... very very nice of him... He called us THE BASQUE TEAM jaja. It was a great tour!!!!
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star-5
Loch Ness tour
ellenkitty
, Oct 2019
Our tour guide Chris was excellent from the beginning of the trip he was very informative and gracious! He allowed us plenty of time to take pictures and was quite knowledgeable about the history of the area. He even added his own personal touch by telling us humorous stories about the region and people
star-5
Perfect
AnneB4596
, Oct 2019
The guide was awesome, funny. A lot of knowledge. She had taken care of everyone. It was a marvelous sunny day. Anne from France
star-5
Our day with Ryan Raymond (Timberbush Tours)
roy c
, Oct 2019
There was only the two of us on this tour. We were met promptly at the meeting point by Ryan complete with his tartan kilt. Right from the start we hit it off with Ryan. He was courteous,knowledgeable and funny. The tour lasted from 0845 to 1730 hrs and included a cruise on Loch Ness and Urquhart castle (extra costs) also visits to various sites all around the loch finishing back in Inverness. Can't praise Ryan enough for such a great day. We would recommend him to anybody. Jenny and Roy
star-5
Loch Ness and Highland Tour Review
Susan K
, Oct 2019
Neil was a wonderful tour guide and driver. He was very thoughtful of the group and their needs. The boat on the Loch was new, smooth, and comfortable. Neil was knowledgeable of the area and it’s history. We didn’t see Nessie.....maybe next time.
star-5
Great time
Pamela_H
, Sep 2019
We had a great time on the Loch Ness tour the driver was full of information and very helpful to all on the bus he took us to some lovely places that we wouldn't have seen otherwise thanks
star-5
pure happiness
silvia p
, Jun 2019
we loved it it was so beautiful and the driver was so wonderful and told us so much about everything on the boot we felt so good there was so much to see lochness is a beautiful place where you must go
star-5
Imponentes paisajes
Susana_F
, Apr 2022
El castillo de Urqhart, y el lago Ness desde el punto más alto. Los campos tan verdes y las ovejas con sus bebés!!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hi there, Susana. Thank you for your review! It seems like you got to see some great things on your Loch Ness & The Highlands tour! Hopefully we will see you on another tour one day to show you even more of Scotland! Best wishes, David

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