The following four day trips from Ben Wyvis Views are only a sample of the numerous car tours we suggest to our guests. Alternative places to visit include the Isle of Skye, Ben Nevis and Fort William, the Loch Ness trail and many more. They allow the visitor to gain an overall impression of the variety of landscapes and of the natural and human heritage the Highlands of Scotland have to offer. Catering for all tastes and ages these tours offer opportunities to visit museums, whisky distilleries, castles, gardens or to do a bit of shopping, beachcombing, nature trail walking or wildlife watching. The traveller is really spoilt for choice!
THE WHISKY TRAIL
Ben Wyvis Views - Inverness - Clava Cairns (4,000-year-old chambered cairns and standing stones) - Cawdor (castle and gardens) - Elgin (mill and 13th century ruined cathedral) - Craigellachie (Speyside cooperage) - Dufftown (Glenfiddich whisky distillery) - return journey along the Moray Firth or via the Spey valley and the RSPB Loch Garten osprey visitor centre.
BEACH LOVERS AND DOLPHINS
Ben Wyvis Views - Munlochy Bay (this is red kite country with birdwatching for waders, ducks, geese and swans) - Fortrose (cathedral, dolphins) - Rosemarkie Groam House pictish stones museum, shore walks and beach) - Cromarty (NTS Hugh Miller's Cottage, Courthouse and self-guided audio tour of this picturesque former fishing village, dolphin cruises) - Cromarty Firth (dolphins, waders, ducks in winter/spring and baby seals in early summer).
THE WEE MAD ROAD
The road from Achiltibuie north to Lochinver is known locally as the 'wee mad road' Ben Wyvis Views - Beauly (Priory and Beauly Heritage Centre) - Muir of Ord (whisky distillery) - Garve - moorland and hills - Ullapool (picturesque fishing harbour and museum) - moorland, lochs and mountains - Achiltibuie (remote seaside crofting village) - sandy beaches, rocky coves and seals - Lochinver (fishing harbour and pottery) - "The mad wee road" of Scotland, weaving its way between mountain and sea - Kylesku (fjord, Highland fashion) - Inchnadamph (moorland, lochs, deer and mountains) - Elphin - Knockan Geology Park - Ullapool.
GARDENS, HERITAGE AND WALKS
Ben Wyvis Views - Beauly - Muir of Ord - Rogie Falls (salmon leap) Garve (as above) - moorland and mountains - Dundonnell (sea loch) - Inverewe (NTS subtropical gardens) - Gairloch (sandy beaches and local heritage museum) - panoramic views towards the Hebrides - Loch Maree (probably the most beautiful loch in Scotland) - Kinlochewe (lochs and mountains, nature trails, Beinn Eighe Visitor Centre) - Garve - Ben Wyvis Views