Setting off from the pier, you'll be treated to a wonderful cross-section of typical Highland scenery, viewing rugged hills and moors, curving coastlines, wooded river valleys and farmland. Scottish traditions and spirit abound here, and this leisurely panoramic drive gives you a glimpse of the beautiful countryside that lies north of Invergordon - an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The first part of your journey travels through gentle farmland backed by rolling green hills before the road turns off to climb up over the moors with marvelous panoramas of the distant mountains. A photo stop is made at the Struie viewpoint, known as `million dollar view` - a name which speaks for itself.
Your tour continues on via the typical Highland town of Spinningdale towards the coast. Here, you will visit the small town of Dornoch, where mellow stone houses stand in broad, tree-lined streets. Full of character, Dornoch retains its old world dignity, despite its popularity as a holiday resort. Free time is given here for you to explore on your own and you may choose to visit the craft center and town jail. The restored jail gives a graphic example of what it would have been like to be imprisoned in the last century. The craft center contains a fine selection of locally manufactured articles for sale. Alternatively, you may wish to visit the cathedral which dates from 1224 when the town became a bishopric. It may well be the coziest cathedral in the country, small and cross-shaped with colorful windows that illuminate its warm, mellow walls.
Continuing on, imagine the smell of malted barley in the air as you pass the Glenmorangie Whisky Distillery and enter the Royal Burgh of Tain, a small thriving town with ancient history and attractive red sandstone architecture. Then it's on through low-lying fruitful farmland, dotted with relics of the Pictish people that once lived here, to the windswept Easter Ross seaboard where you find the fishing villages of Balintore and Shandwick en route back to Invergordon.
Please note: This tour can include up to 1 1/2 hours of walking, mainly at the guest's discretion. The gravel path to reach Shin Falls is on an incline and guests should use caution. The tour is considered suitable for wheelchair guests who can make their way on and off the coach. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Guests should be prepared for the possibility of rain. The order of sites visited may vary.