3 DAYS+ TOUR # 51
(51) www.unicorntours.co.uk route # 51

We would be delighted to run this tour as a private, small group tour  (up to 8 people) 

– check prices and our still available days

– low season and other discounts

Spend more time exploring in the northern Highlands and Islands escape the stress, hustle and bustle of civilization and get closer to nature – endless lochs, mountains and glens to discover and experience.

Combine our 3 day North Coast and Northwest Coast (it takes 3/4 of a day for each to drive up and down again, so 1.5 days just to get there and back) and have an amazing, stunning, most spectacular 4-5 day trip combining the best of Scotland’s Northwestern and Northern Highlands:


Day 1:

· Pick up from your home in the Stirling area
· Along the A9 route, via for example Blair Athol distillery/castle, House/Falls of Bruar, Loch Morlich, Carrbridge, depending on route request, time, group, weather, places near Inverness, such as Channonry Point (dolphins), Culloden Moor or Clava Cairns could possibly be included: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clava_cairn

· Black Isle Channonry Point to try to spot the Moray Firth dolphins
· Rogie falls walk
· Corrieshalloch gorge walk
(Stay in the beautiful Ullapool, time for a pint, cosy restaurant or bar)

Day 2:
· The stunning Northwestern Highlands, a geologist’s dream, Coigach, Assynt, Suliven, Inverpolly etc.
· Drive past Ardvreck castle and Loch Assynt to Loch Inver and taking the scenic coastal route with a possible walk to the Old Man of Stoer
· Via Scourie
· Possible option of Kinlochbervie – Sandwood bay beachwalk side trip
· Balnakeil beach – our favourite!!!
· Wild and remote, stunning beach of Durness, Scotland’s northwesterly corner, Smoo Cave
· Drive along the Northcoast Loch Eribol and through the Kyle of Tongue
(Stay in the Tongue or Thurso area)
Day 3:
· Via Altnaharra inland south or if we stay in Thurso, Dunnet bay beach walk, Duncansby cliffs at Scotland’s northeasterly corner walk heading south along the northeast coastline with great coastal views and along Loch Fleet, Dornoch Firth, Cromary Firth, Beauly and Moray Firth
· Depending on weather and group various options to stop, incl. Carrbridge, Loch Morlich, House/Falls of Bruar, Blair Athol Castle/distillery etc.
* Please note optional whisky distillery visit subject to route choice on any of these days


Day 1:
· Pick up from your home in the Stirling area
· Scenic drive through the Trossachs and Loch Lomond nationalpark (various route options, exact route and stops could be determined later subject to group’s preferences and weather conditions on the day) – Rannoch Moor – Glencoe photo stop
· Fort William lunch – (15 minute stop, short walk up to viewpoint above all of the Fort William area, Ben Nevis, Glen Nevis, Loch Eil, Inverlochy Castle, River Lochy and the start of the “Harry Potter” West Highland steam trainline) – (possible drive into Glen Nevis with amazing 1 hour walk at the end of the valley with high cliff faces, waterfalls, stunning scenery).
· Drive through the Great Glen with option to stop at the Spean Bridge woolen mill, the Commando Memorial and then look down into Glen and Loch Garry for a picture postcard view of the outline of Scotland’s map.
· Drive through the spectacular route via the Five Sisters of Kintail to Eilan Donan Castle
· Option of Skye bridge and Plockton detour
(Overnight in an available hostel in the Skye/Kyle of Lochalsh area)

Day 2:
· Drive via dramatic Lochcarron into Scotland’s wild, remote and rocky geological treasure trove of the Torridon area to Loch Maree with a stunning walk
· Beautiful Gairloch beachwalk, great, coastline, views, peninsular, wildlife
· Loch Ewe, stunning Gruinard Bay and a beach walk
· Corrieshalloch Gorge walk
· Rogie Falls walk
(Stay in the Strathpeffer, Beauly, Black Isle, Invernesss area, subject to hostel availability)

Day 3:
· Black Isle Channonry Point visit and try some Moray Firth dolphin spotting
· Return subject to weather and group
· via for example Nairn/Findhorn Bay beach and Glenshee route, etc.
· via for example Carrbridge, Loch Morlich, House/Falls of Bruar, Blair Athol castle/distillery along the A9 route, etc.
* Please note optional whisky distillery visit subject to route choice on any of these days

Photoalbum of some of our recent Scotland Unicorn Tours:
(photos 22, 7 and 5 for the Northern and Northwestern Highlands and we pass through a lot of other regions featured in our photos on route to the North and Northwest.)

Depending on your preferences and interests, the main places that have been agreed and discussed, the overall time we have left after our stops (especially in the winter months with shorter daylight hours), the places listed above are just a few among other nearby options, that we might be travelling through and see, stopping at and/or visiting along the way as on each of our friendly, flexible and personalised tours we maximise and offer you the best tour experience given the conditions on the day (for example if it is pouring down with rain on one side of a mountain range, we believe in offering you the alternative sunny route on the other side of the mountains, etc.)

Subject to availability possible overnight (hostel, bed & breakfast, hotel, camping) options do all exist for your 3 days+ tour. As there are too many possible places to stay at, we can check room availability for your preferred option at the time of your enquiry/booking.
3 days and longer tours (# 42 – # 53), daily departures, incl. during mid-semester, Christmas, New Year, subject to Unicorn Tours being available, check our online calendar for still available “green” dates


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