Capital of the Highlands, Inverness is an excellent touring base with good road, rail and air connections.

If you stay in the city you can do a great variety of Day trips, with cruises, minibus tours and walking tours on offer.

Canny Tours offer full day tours by 16-seater Mercedes mini-bus throughout the spring and summer months.

The Loch Ness and Eilean Donan tour includes Culloden Battlefield, Dores, Foyers, Fort Augustus, Glen Garry, Glen Shiel, Eilean Donan Castle, Invermoriston.

The Glen Affric and The Black Isle tour includes Fortrose, Beauly and Glen Affric.
Tours depart Inverness 9.30 am and return approx 6.30 pm. Tel: 01349 854411.

or, Take a tour to Skye; it involves an early start but the scenery and the photo opportunities make up for it.

There are several tours leaving from the Inverness Tourist Information Center. One of them leaves at 9.30 a.m. Travelling along Loch Ness through Glen Shiel to Skye with stops at Eilean Donan Castle, Armadale and Sleat before returning to Inverness.

Scottish Highlands  

Picture: The "Five Sisters" seen from the pass of Mam Ratagan (Scotland)