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Car Tours From Inverness

car on a quiet road south Loch Ness

Without doubt, the best way to see and appreciate the Highlands of Scotland in a limited time is by car. Whether you drive to Inverness or arrive by other means it is still a good idea to hire a car at some point after you arrive. Though there are some very good tour operators based in Inverness, driving yourself gives you independence and freedom to go where you want to go and stop whenever you want.

Overseas visitors soon get used to driving on the left and the roads in the Highlands are very quiet even in high summer and the locals are used to encountering drivers from abroad and happily make allowances. Single track roads are fairly common especially around South Loch Ness and care needs to be exercised when using them but the golden rule to avoid tailbacks of frustrated drivers is to use passing places not just to allow oncoming vehicles to pass but also to allow cars behind you to pass. Follow that rule and you will have a happy motoring experience around the Highlands.

For those planning to do some touring by car we have composed some of the best car tour routes in the Highlands. All of the routes start from Loch Ness or Inverness and may be done in a day by an average driver.

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