Enjoy a leisurely driving tour through Scotland’s western Highlands, a rugged landscape of moors and lochs, stopping every so often to capture its stunning beauty in photos.
Depart from the pier, and as you drive out of the lovely fishing village of Ullapool, the landscape soon becomes even more rugged and undeveloped. In this area of the western Highlands, red-sandstone peaks rise above the moors and hundreds of lochs. The views in every direction are dramatic and almost impossibly beautiful. You may even notice unexpected subtropical and temperate plants flourishing in the harsh environs, the happy consequence of warm ocean currents from the North Atlantic Drift.
Continuing on, you’ll drive through the heather and grass moorland of Inverpolly National Nature Reserve, a prime wildlife area full of red deer, wildcats, eagles and peregrine falcons. In time, you’ll stop for photos at the ruins of Ardvreck Castle, which the MacLeod family built on the shore of Loch Assynt in the late 1500s.
Following the shoreline, you will pass Ben More Assynt, the county’s highest peak, eventually arriving in Lochinver. This tranquil little village, where the River Inver flows into the loch, is one of the prettiest in the wilds of the Highlands. Being surrounded by a maze of small lakes known as “lochans,” Lochniver is a renowned fishing area. After having the opportunity to stroll about for a bit, you will rejoin your coach and drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour is mostly panoramic in nature with limited optional walking at any stops made. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Warm, layered clothing and water-proof outerwear; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.