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Car Tours From Inverness

car on a quiet road south Loch Ness

Exploring the Scottish Highlands by car is one of the best ways to discover this beautiful region, particularly if you’re limited on time. Taking a Scotland road trip allows you to explore at your own leisure, whatever the weather. Here, in Inverness and Loch Ness, there are many car tours that will take you on a journey through Scotland’s history, heritage and natural beauty. You’ll find dramatic vistas as you navigate your way along the quiet roads, passing mountainous peaks and shimmering lochs.

As many of the roads are single tracks, remember to use passing places to allow oncoming and cars behind you pass to avoid tailbacks. And remember, just like any road trip, be prepared and pack essentials like water, food and warm clothing in case of an emergency. Whether you’re bringing your own vehicle, or hiring a car, touring Scotland by car allows you to explore at your own pace and comfort. And here in the Scottish Highlands, you’ll be treated to some magnificent natural sights along the way.

A Scotland Road Trip

A driving tour of Scotland’s Highlands will lead you through some dramatic natural landscapes. One fantastic day tour is the Glen Coe route. Start from Inverness and drive 85 miles to the magnificent Glen Coe. Along the way, you’ll pass through quaint villages and sights including the beautiful Loch Lochy. Then, when you reach Glen Coe, why not stop off in the village and visit the Glen Coe and North Lorn folk museum. Finally, stop off at the foot of the glen for a photograph of this magnificent mountain. Or, take the Dornoch car tour and enjoy a trip to the seaside, where you might see bottlenose dolphins and seals playing in the sea.

One of the best drives in Scotland is the Loch Ness Circuit which starts and finishes in Inverness. Here, you can circumnavigate this spectacular loch which is 600ft deep and almost 22 miles in length. And you might even spot the famous Loch Ness Monster. Also, it’s worth stopping off at one of the nearby local villages like Drumnadrochit, or visiting attractions such as Urquhart Castle.

Castles and History

Scotland is bursting with history and heritage, and wherever you go, there’s sure to be an ancient castle or site nearby. Here in Inverness and Loch Ness, the region is home to an array of historical sites. You’ll find forts and battlefields that date back centuries and offer insight into Scotland’s past. In Inverness, there are five heritage sites that can be enjoyed in the one-day Culloden car tour. Here, you’ll visit Culloden Battlefield, Clava Cairns, the Nairn Viaduct, Cawdor Castle and Fort George.

Whisky Distilleries and Islands

A road trip around Scotland would not be complete without visiting one of the country’s famous whisky distilleries. While you might not be able to sample much of the local tipple while driving, you can purchase a bottle or two for another time. And with the Tomatin Distillery car tour, you’ll also visit castles and forts. Here, you’ll discover how whisky is produced and you can take a guided tour of Tomatin Distillery. Then, you can continue and visit the nearby Clava cairns, Cawdor Castle and Fort George. Or, if you fancy driving a little further afield, the Skye route is the perfect day out for all the family. On this route, you’ll pass ever-changing landscapes, from forests and hills, to lochs and gushing rivers. Then, on the island of Skye you can explore local towns and villages like Portree, or stop off at sites like Old Man of Storr.


A Scotland road trip will take you on an adventure through history, culture and nature. From longer trips like the famous north coast 500 route, or a short drive on the outskirts of Inverness, you’ll be in for a treat. So, pack up the car, and get ready to explore our beautiful region where there’s a surprise around every corner.

Car Tour Glencoe

This tour is a self drive out and back tour from Loch Ness to Glencoe passing through some of the very best scenery in Scotland. The route is uncomplicated and makes a comfortable relaxed day out.


Car Tour Skye

Tour Skye by Car in a Day Out from Loch Ness

A self drive car tour of the Isle of Skye from Loch Ness. A circular tour which can be done in a day out from Loch Ness.


Car Tour Culloden

This 1 day car tour from Loch Ness takes in some of the most iconic historic sites in the Highlands. A heritage tour that is packed with interest from start to finish, guaranteed to fascinate all age groups.


Car Tour Loch Ness Circuit

Our one day Loch Ness Circuit suggested itinerary will give you a taster of all that the area has to offer.


Car Tour Dornoch

A drive to Dornoch from Inverness makes a wonderful day out and provides the opportunity to experience the very best of the east coast to the north of Inverness.


Car Tour Tomatin Distillery +

This tour is interesting at any time of year, it visits Tomatin Distillery then on to ancient Clava Cairns and on to historic Fort George or Cawdor Castle.


Car Tour - South Loch Ness Escape

South Loch Ness is the large, sparsely populated area bordered by Loch Ness on one side and the Monadhliath Mountains on the other. This one day car tour will show you the ‘lesser known, less travelled’ side of Loch Ness.


South Loch Ness Road
Loch Ness from Dores