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Highlands

Our Guide to The Highlands

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our beautiful scenery, renowned hospitality and iconic attractions such as the mesmerizing Loch Ness and it’s illusive lady, Nessie.

 

So you’ve booked your once in a lifetime holiday to the Highlands, but how do you make sure you don’t miss anything? Well we’re here to share with you our top attractions to visit to make sure your trip is one to remember!

 

  • The Isle of Skye (Linked to Tour) is a hub of rural landscapes and hidden gems, it’s no surprise that visitors can’t get enough of its magic. Make sure to drift off the beaten path to explore all this beautiful island has to offer.

 

  • Cawdor Castle (Linked to Tour) is full of culture and patriotic heritage. The estate covers an impressive 42000 acres, dating from the 14th century, this medieval tower is definitely not one to miss!

 

  • Loch Ness (Link to Tour) – Of course we couldn’t miss out Loch Ness! Approximately 37 miles long with more fresh water than all of the lakes in England and Wales combined! The banks are the perfect location for taking mesmerising photos that last a lifetime!

 

  • Chanonry Point (Link to tour) – Another spectacular sight, with views across the beautiful landscapes of Moray Firth and Fort George. Make sure to take your camera as Chanonry point is considered the best location in Britain for dolphin spotting!

 

  • Clava Cairns (Link to Tour) – A bucket list destination for all Outlander fans! If you haven’t seen the Patriotic series however, with Clava Cairns’ incredible insight into our ancestors, the site is still a must-see for any history lovers!

 

Remember we also provide Bespoke tours for those who are looking for a more personalised experience. Click here (Link to Bespoke Tours) for more information on how you can create your own tour with us!

 

Click here (Link to TripAdvisor) to see what others have to say on our TripAdvisor listing!


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Speyside Whiskey

Speyside Whisky Trail Tour – Because Every Malt Tastes Different

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Scotch whisky – who hasn’t taken a zip of it at least once in their lives?

It’s strong but it’s smooth. Scotch whisky has the perfect blend of booze that kicks but gives you one pleasurable time. People get engrossed with whisky that they need to get a glass at least once a day. And why not when it has a couple of amazing benefits to the body?

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whiskey

It keeps you sexier and protected from diabetes. It reduces stress and the risks of cancer!

So for the true whisky enthusiasts, they even go to Scotland to taste the original Scotch Whisky.

Whiskies in Scotland taste very differently, and even the single malts from different parts of the country are distinctive from one another. So every taste becomes a holy grail searched in a long, exciting trail.

And if you want to experience the unique whisky-tasting that only Scotland offers, the Speyside Whisky Trail is the most popular of them all.

Speyside Whisky Trail – Things to See and Do

Scotch whisky is a national brand worth toasting and going on a whisky trail is definitely worth boasting. If you’d like to take off on a whisky-filled adventure but you don’t know where to drive to, check the IT Tours service and find the vehicle that’ll best suit your number.

The Speyside region has a lot of scenic spots that’ll make your eyes full. You have the Millbuies Country Park to discover, the ruins of Dufus Castle to keep you in awe, and there’s the Spey Bay and Dolphin Center too where you can watch dolphins leaping playfully.

But more than these landscapes, the region is more popular for being densely populated with single malt distilleries.

Distilleries can be an hour to over an hour far from each other and some of the best might not be along the way. There are 49 distilleries in the Speyside region alone and you know that you can’t visit them all in just one day. So a well-planned itinerary can lead you the best distilleries instead.

IT Tours has no fixed itinerary to choose from since the service is rented per hour so you can enjoy every stop without having to hurry. We recommend visiting 2-3 distilleries in a day. But to give you a clue on what you might want to really see in your Speyside Whisky Trail, here’s a sample itinerary of a whisky distillery tour:

  1. GLENLIVET, CARDHU, SPEYSIDE COOPERAGE

You can start your whisky pilgrimage at The Glenlivet Distillery located at the heart of Speyside. Then later, you can drive through the River Spey to Knockando to visit Cardhu Distillery. Then end the day by heading west to Craigellachie and see how single malt is made traditionally at the Speyside Cooperage.

Stop 1 – THE GLENLIVET DISTILLERY

Enjoy a dram drawn straight from the cask at The Glenlivet Distillery in Banffshire. Your guides can give you an insight into the intriguing history of this spectacular single malt too.

Stop 2 – CARDHU DISTILLERY

13 miles from the Glenlivet Distillery, north to Knockandu is the Cardhu Distillery. This is the only malt whisky distillery pioneered by a woman. They offer here a dedicated tasting and nosing session. You can even take home a complimentary whisky glass.

Stop 3 – SPEYSIDE COOPERAGE

9 miles from Cardhu is the so-called heart of the Speyside whisky region. Here, you’ll discover the spectacular Speyside Cooperage. Here, you’ll have the unique opportunity to witness the ancient art of creating whisky barrels using traditional tools and methods. You can even make your own mini-cask.

  1. GLENFIDDICH, GLEN GRANT, STRATHISLA

Another itinerary you can check is the Dufftown distilleries. You can start at the Glenfiddich, drive a little to the Glen Grant and end the tour at the Strathisla Distillery.

Stop 1 – GLENFIDDICH DISTILLERY

Start your trip at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown. This was built by William Grant and his family over a period of 18 months. The first drops of whisky flowed from the stills on Christmas Day of 1887.

Stop 2 – GLEN GRANT DISTILLERY

In Rothes, you will see the Glen Grant Distillery. This is the only Scotch whisky distillery that is named after its founding owners. Apart from the whisky, you can explore the beautiful Victorian Garden. Of course, there will be a private tasting session to find out more about the distinctive dram.

Stop 3 – STRATHISLA DISTILLERY

About 20 minutes-drive from the Glen Grant Distillery is Keith where you’ll see the Strathisla Distillery. This is the oldest operating distillery in the Highlands which dates back to 1786. The tour can give you an insight to the art of blending as the distillery produces a range of Chivas Regal premium blended whiskies and single malt Strathisla 12-Year-Old.

  1. GLEN MORAY, BENROMACH, DALLAS DHU

 

Your third option of Speyside Whisky Trail can begin at the charming town of Elgin. Start at the Glen Moray Distillery, head west to Forres and tour Benromach Distillery, then end the tour with Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery visit.

Stop 1 – GLEN MORAY DISTILLERY

Embark on your first hour of the trail with a visit to Glen Moray Distillery in Elgin, where a warm welcome awaits you. Watch their team craft the single malt or be oriented by their very own Distillery Manager about their process of whisky-making.

Stop 2 – BENROMACH DISTILLERY

20 minutes to Forres, you’ll see the Benromach Distillery which is home to the world’s first fully certified organic single malt. Watch how Benromach create their malts with an Exclusive Manager’s Tour. You can also do hands-on bottling of their whisky.

Stop 3 – DALLAS DHU HISTORIC DISTILLERY

And in just 10 minutes of driving, you can reach the Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery. This is owned by the entrepreneur Alexander Edward. It closed production in 1983 but it’s still fascinating to look at its chequered past.

Take one or two or all of these itineraries with IT Tours and indulge in the world-renowned Scotch whisky and single malt.

Book you tours today with us!


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Sky Bridge

Isle of Skye Day Trip

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Isle os Sky Day Trip

Picturesque Scotland has amazing views to brag about to the world. And the Isle of Skye is one of the reasons why you should place the country in your bucket list.
Isle of Skye is a rural area near Inverness and it can be much busier than the latter during peak seasons. Its rugged landscape and dramatic features gained this place its fame and throughout the years, it has become a favourite Scotland tourist destination.
Isle of Skye is 100 percent nature at its best.
For a perfect tour in this perfect piece of paradise, Inverness Taxis offer the perfect packages. Their fantastic tours and minibus services will get you blown away through the marvellous sights around the Isle of Skye.
The most iconic jewels around the Isle of Skye will make you want to stay in Scotland forever!
So if you are looking for activities to beat the summer heat in UK, book your service with IT Tours and let your driver guide you around this awesome isle.
Here are top five things you can do around Isle of Skye.

1. Be at Your Legendary Best around the Loch Ness.

Loch ness

The tour will first get you to the legendary waters of Loch Ness. The waters of Loch Ness is famed for its Loch Ness Monster which is said to have shown itself to a lot of tourists already.

The elusive Loch Ness monster is named Nessie and should be lurking under the waters while you take amazing snaps of the mysterious waters. Who knows, you might be the next eye witness of the legendary creature.

  1. Feel the Royal Vibes while Hanging Out at The Urquhart Castle
Urquhart Castle tour

Urquhart Castle tour

  1. Learn More About Scottish History at the Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle Flootlit

Feeling the royal treatment yet? Inverness Taxis has got more to come!

After grazing at the Urquhart Castle, the next stop is at the Eilean Donan Castle. It has got to be one of the loveliest views in the highlands.

Here’s a little historical fact: The Eilean Donan Castle was fully restored back to its glory. The castle was originally built as a defence from the Viking attacks. It served as protection for the citizens of Kintail.

The castle sits on a small island where Loch Duich, Loch Alsh and Loch Long meet. You’ll love the view and the smell of the crisp summer breeze when you come here this month.

  1. Refresh Your Soul at the Kyle of Lochalsh

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At the port side of the town of Kyle of Lochalsh is where you should go next.

It is a quaint town that serves as the gatekeeper to the isle. This locality offers the most breathtaking view of the Skye Bridge.

Here is a town where you’d wish time would stop, as life here seems to move slower. It is a very refreshing experience away from all the hustle and bustle of city life.

Ask your It Tour guide to bring you around the shops for your souvenirs. They have the best local fresh Fish and chips and local art you’d love to boast when you go home.

  1. Scream Your Hearts Out at the Skye Bridge

Sky Bridge

Cross the Skye Bridge until you get to the spot where you can scream your hearts out in awe of the marvellous sight at Scotland’s backyard. Thousands of tourists come to Scotland to experience the awe-inspiring sights. The world-class natural views of the Cuillin Mountain Range are another thing you shouldn’t miss.

You can travel through the Quiraing, too, which is a series of landslips and pinnacles with that have formed shapes on the rack face. Challenge yourself as you go to this site and look for the ‘prison’, the ‘table’ and the ‘needle’ shapes if you can.

Then you can wrap magical tour at the Kilt Rock where sea cliffs formed vertical columns and mysterious intruding cuts that make them look like what locals call the Highlanders’ kilt.

There’s so much more to see and you can when you have a fast driver to bring you from one spot to another. Other places you might want to add in your itinerary are:

  • The cascading blue and green waters of Fairy Pools
  • Rocky hill of The Storr
  • The oldest inhabited castle of Scotland – Dunvegan Castle
  • The charming castle ruins of Armadele
  • Skye Museum of Island Life

What are you waiting for? Book your dream travel with the IT Toyrs and experience the Isle of Skye Tour in Scotland at its fullest!


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Tourism awards 2018 Highlands Scotland

Tourism Award

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We were so delighted to have won the award “innovation in Tourism 2018 for the Highlands & Islands”.


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Hotel collection

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Hotel collection service

We can collect at your hotel at the time that suits you!


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Kilted driver

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Kilted tour driver

If you would like to have a kilted tour  driver to make your day extra special, then please ask and we will sort 🙂