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Best of the Black Isle: Day Tour from Inverness

4.3 / 5

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Best of the Black Isle: Day Tour from Inverness

From US$ 56.03 per person

Bottlenose dolphins, organically brewed beer and cute coastal villages: this 1-day tour from Inverness explores the best-kept secrets of northern Scotland. Travel in comfort on a luxury, small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people.

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Duration 1 day
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  • Meet the brewers at Black Isle Brewery and taste delicious home-grown, organic beer
  • Explore the towns of Cromarty and Rosemarkie on the Moray coast
  • Take to the waters and go dolphin-spotting while cruising the Beauly Firth
Full description
Depart Inverness at 9:45 AM and head straight for the brewery. Tasting beer before noon is a great novelty, and the Black Isle Brewery’s ethical beliefs and home-grown flavors make for a great experience. After this enjoyable tipple, take the short drive to Rosemarkie. Explore this wonderful village, learn about ancient Pictish art and take in fresh sea views. The journey then winds onward to the equally picturesque village of Cromarty. There are plenty of things to do here: eat at a local restaurant, discover locally made gifts in the delightful arts and crafts shop, or visit the birthplace of the famous geologist, Hugh Millar. Your next stop is a strange place shrouded in ancient Celtic tradition - a small well in a forest where people leave offerings for spirits and wishes. Present something for the fickle Celtic gods, but please make sure it’s biodegradable and doesn’t damage the local environment! Before heading back to Inverness, take the chance to go dolphin spotting aboard the "Dolphin Spirit". The boat is specially designed to limit disruption for the dolphins, who use the Beauly Firth as a nursery for their calves. It’s an essential Black Isle experience, but if you have other plans, you can skip this option and head back to Inverness earlier. After the boat cruise, return to Inverness for approximately 5:45 PM.
  • Transportation in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Storytelling from a professional driver-guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food and drinks
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Stance 7, Inverness Bus Station, Margaret Street, Inverness, IV11LT

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Waterproof clothing and comfortable shoes are recommended
  • The Black Isle Brewery is not accepting visitors at the moment. Your driver guide will give you more time at the other beautiful locations of the Black Isle.
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years
  • You're restricted to 14 kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

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Quite a gentle trip. Excellent views and pretty towns

October 17, 2019

The driver/guide was the nicest guy I've ever met however, he did not have much to say. You can do more walking than on other similar trips which is a plus.

August 26, 2019


No visit to the sacred well. A poor evocation of pict art (the two reasons that made me book the excursion). The guide was very nice but the absence of one of the places disappoints me.

July 1, 2019

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