car tours

Discover the past, heritage and stories that are hidden beneath the beautiful landscape of the Northwest Highlands of Scotland. Enjoy the knowledge and expertise of your local private tour guide who will join you in your own car to share all about the area’s history, geology and archaeology with you and to answer all questions. Connect deeply and profoundly with the places you visit and the people who used to live here. We have created unique journeys for you to savour the fascinating scenery and immerse yourself in times gone by, from the earliest settlers who came here thousands of year ago to clan battles, clearances and fishing history. Visualise geological events that shaped this beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands. And we will meet some colourful historic characters on the way, too! Longer stops with easy short walks to relax in nature top the tours off and will leave you with memories lasting a life time!

 

corrieshalloch gorge & lochbroom

clearances, giant trees, emigration, crofting

This tour takes you south of Ullapool to Lael Forest and Corrieshalloch Gorge and back with a detour to Clachan. With superb views over Loch Broom, the Inverlael Forest mountain range with mighty Beinn Dearg and lush green trees along the way, this tour covers the eventful history of the 18th-20th century as well as local geology and prehistory. Your local expert guide will share some of their best stories with you, too! Enjoy a very pleasant walk along Corrieshalloch Gorge and step onto the suspension bridge to admire the dark, rushing waters and tumbling falls of River Droma in the box canyon below you. We will also explore the giant trees at Lael forest garden and learn about Sir John Fowler’s achievements. The illuminating insights and engaging tales presented to you at various stops along the way will paint a vivid picture of the people who lived here and connect you deeply to their stories.

What you need to know: This private tour lasts approx. 3.5 hours and includes an easy short stroll at Lael Forest and an easy 1 hour guided walk through Corrieshalloch Gorge with 40 m descent and 30m ascent, walking shoes recommended, cost £150, your party can consist of max. 8 people in max. 2 cars.

Staying east of Ullapool? We also offer this tour from Corrieshalloch Gorge and back, with lunch at the famous Seafood Shack in Ullapool plus Ullapool’s history as a full day tour. We can also meet you in Strathpeffer. Please contact us to discuss details.

Corrieshalloch Gorge & Lochbroom highlights

Wild Assynt, ardvreck, lochinver

clans, geology, castle, prehistory, Vikings

Venture out into beautiful and wild Assynt to enjoy fantastic views, lovely Ardmair Bay, breathtaking mountain vistas, the scenic ruins of Ardvreck Castle on the shores of Loch Assynt and the picturesque fishing village of Lochinver. Explore archaeological remains and geological features, get insights about life here through the centuries, learn about past events and listen to captivating stories on this fabulous full day tour with a lunch stop at Lochinver Larder where you can try their famous pies. Several stops along the way and short strolls give you time to take in the scenery, take photos, immerse yourself in the past and enjoy tales and folklore. Our expert local guides will take you on a journey through the centuries and paint a vivid picture of the past. Connect with places and people, get real insights and discover history through stories in this remote and wonderful part of the world!

What you need to know: This private tour lasts approx. 6.5 hours and includes short, easy strolls on uneven ground, sturdy footwear recommended, cost £245, your party can consist of max. 8 people in max. 2 cars. Lunch in Lochinver not included in price.

Staying north of Ullapool? We also offer this tour from Lochinver and back, with lunch at the famous Seafood Shack in Ullapool plus Ullapool’s history. Please contact us to discuss details.

wild assynt, ardvreck, lochinver highlights

meeting point

for car tours

We meet in the public Latheron Lane Car Park in Ullapool next to Tesco (Tesco supermarket has its own car park). The post code is IV26 2XB. We will meet next to the charging points for electric vehicles. Our car is a silver Ford Focus with a little Saltire flag in the window. Your tour guide will wait outside the car to welcome you.

The car park is signposted from both directions in North Road. Coming from the south, turn right after the petrol station into North Road, then turn left into Market Street. At the end of the road turn right at the junction into Quay Street, then immediately left into Latheron Lane. The car park is behind Tesco. Coming from the north, stay on the main road (North Road) until you see the car park sign. Turn right into Market Street, then follow the description above.

Info & Frequently asked questions car tours

Please use the contact form on the website or send us an email stating which tour you would like to book and what your preferred date and time would be. It would be great if you could include alternative times, if possible. We will get back to you to confirm your booking and provide you with all the information you need. Please note that we are a small 2 person company and might be guiding tours when you contact us. We will reply as soon as possible.

The guided car tour to Corrieshalloch Gorge and Lochbroom is approx. 3.5 hours and includes a woodland walk along the gorge.

The guided car tour Wild Assynt, Ardvreck, Lochinver is approx. 6.5 hours.

The tours may take a bit longer depending on traffic or other circumstances.

We only accept cash payments at the moment.We are happy to email you an invoice after the tour if you wish.

ATMs/Cash machines with free withdrawals can be found in front of Tesco supermarket, Bank of Scotland (West Argyle St), and Royal Bank of Scotland (Ladysmith St).

Please help us by providing the exact amount of cash if possible. We do have limited change available. Please note that we unfortunately can’t accept £50 notes.

If you stay in Ullapool we are happy to meet you at your accomodation.

We can also meet in Ullapool in the public Latheron Lane Car Park next to Tesco (Tesco supermarket has its own car park).

If you want to do a car tour from Corrieshalloch Gorge, Lochinver, Strathpeffer, Kylsku etc. please contact us to discuss details.

The price for the exclusive car tour Corrieshalloch Gorge and Lochbroom is £ 150 (half day), the private car tour Wild Assynt, Ardvreck, Lochinver is £ 245 (full day), for a party of up to 9 people in one or two cars. Please contact us if your party size is larger.

Tips go directly to your tour guide.

Yes, we do! We offer a 10% discount on your 2nd or any additional tours within a week.

There is no overlap in content on any of our tours except for some general facts.

The tour is only suited for cars and very small campervans due to limited parking space at our stops.

To keep the group size small and due to the limited parking space at our stops we can only take a max. of 2 cars on the advertised car tours. Should you be a larger group, please contact us, and we can do a bespoke tour according to your interests.

No. We will only drive on standard roads and park in designated parking areas. Please note, for the Corrieshalloch Gorge and Lochbroom tour we will drive along a single-track road for a short distance that is easy to navigate.

We stop for max. 15 minutes at the stops along the route. If you have problems standing for longer times, you can stay seated in your car and our guides will sit or stand next to you while they talk.

Car tours include shorter walks, let us know if you don’t want to do these and we will alter the tour to suit your needs.

Unfortuantely no. We are really sorry, but we don’t have a passenger car / vehicle.

Our village tours start right at the centre of the village and the 2 hours Ullapool Explorer Tour is especially scenic. You could also consider renting a taxi for the day for a tour into Assynt or Corrieshalloch Gorge.

Yes! We love to engage with our customers and are happy to answer all questions you have as best as we can.

Car tour Corrieshalloch Gorge & Lochbroom: Toilets are available at Corrieshalloch Gorge (from spring 2023). There are also public toilets in Ullapool in West Argyle Street.

Car tour Wild Assynt, Ardvreck, Lochinver: Public toilets are at Lochinver and Knockan Crag. There are also public toilets in Ullapool in West Argyle Street.

We recommend comfortable shoes and clothing according to the weather. Ullapool’s weather changes quickly, but as you made it all the way up here we are sure you have noticed already!

The car tour Corrieshalloch Gorge and Lochbroom will cover 27.5 miles (40 km) there and back, the car tour Wild Assynt, Ardvreck, Lochinver Ardsouth 40 miles ( km) there and back.

The tours have been designed to minimise driving time and maximise the time you have to listen to the stories of your tour guide. We will stop often on each tour. And as the drives are very scenic you won’t get bored while driving!

Petrol is available in Ullapool (petrol station at entrance of village if coming from south) and Lochinver (opposite Spar supermarket). Further afield petrol is available in Dingwall and Inverness.

Yes. We can do both tours the other way round including a historic walk in Ullapool and a bite to eat at the famous Seafood Shack in Ullapool. Please contact us for further details and prices.

Bespoke tours are available as well, please get in touch.

Your party can consist of max. 10 people in max. 2 cars. For larger groups, please contact us for prices and alternative arrangements due to limited parking space.

Yes, we offer village tours through Ullapool as well as private walking tours. Pease check the respective sections on this website for details. Please contact us for any bespoke tours. We are available for all different kinds of tours, on foot, by car etc. in Ullapool, Lochbroom, the Highlands and Scotland depending on availability.

Yes! Both tour guides are fully vaccinated (including a booster jab in 2023). We also carry hand sanitizer and clean our materials we show round after each use.

If you want to be 100% safe, we recommend you ask us to drive in our own car for the tour and follow us. Outside at stops, walks etc. the infection risk is close to zero.

No, unfortunately not. We only accept cash payment. ATMs/Cash machines can be found at Tesco, Bank of Scotland (West Argyle St), and Royal Bank of Scotland (Ladysmith St) in Ullapool. Please help us by providing the exact amount of cash, if possible. We do have limited change available. Please note that we unfortunately can’t accept £ 50 notes.

Some children will enjoy our car tours, others might not. We feel you as the parents or the caretakers are the best judge of that. Please make sure to supervise children closely to keep them safe.

No! You will hear unique information tailored to the respective car tour. We offer a £ 10 discount when you book both car tours.

There is also no overlap with the village walking tour through Ullapool or our nature and history walking tours except for a few basic facts.

Well behaved dogs are welcome. Please keep your dog on a lead once outside the car as some of the stops are close to passing traffic. Please note that you are obliged to keep your dog on a lead at Lael Forest Garden and at Knockan Crag Nature Reserve.

We will only drive on standard roads on the car tour north.

On the car tour south, we will travel along a single-track road for a short distance that is easy to navigate.

Refreshments are available at Corrieshalloch Gorge during the opening times of the nature scot vistor centre (from spring 2023).

In Lochinver where we stop at lunch there is also a small supermarket.

In Ullapool you can get everything you need from tesco supermarket and the petrol station has a wide range of snacks and drinks on offer.

Please note: Drinking water for refilling water bottles is mostly not available in public toilets.

Yes, we can offer you private tours in German. Please contact us for further information.

Yes. Private tours will provide you with the best customer experience. Your guide can really take care of you and tailor the tour to your interests. We want you to be able to deeply connect with places and people.

Ullapool Tours can cancel a car or walking tour at any time. Of course, we will cancel tours only when absolutely necessary due to abysmal weather, illness, etc., or circumstances not in our control.

Ullapool Tours can alter tours at any time if necessary for safety reasons or other unforeseen circumstances.

Ullapool Tours accepts no liability for personal injury, any loss of property or damage to your car during the duration of the tour.

If you require special assistance, please make sure to contact us in advance.

We advise appropriate footwear/clothing according to the weather and terrain (and maybe a walking pole for Knockan Crag, Assynt Castle, see above).

All minors under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please keep younger children under close supervision for safety reasons.

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times during a tour when outside.

Abusive behaviour to staff will not be tolerated.

We advise to be at the meeting point 5 minutes prior to the tour. Unless notified otherwise, the guide will leave the meeting point 15 minutes after the starting time if you don’t show up.

No photos, videos or audios taken on the tour permitted for commercial use.

Payment is in cash only. No £ 50 notes accepted. No cheques accepted.