Highland Inclusive Palace Hotel Inverness

Highland Inclusive Palace Hotel Inverness

Enjoy Scottish hospitality at its best on this winter break


Enjoy Scottish hospitality at its best on this winter break


Inverness was granted its city status in 2000. It is the prosperous hub of the Highlands, with an enviable location on the banks of the River Ness at the head of the Great Glen, making it an ideal base for exploring.

The thriving city of Inverness is crowned by a pink crenellated castle, and lavishly decorated with flowers. There are plenty of shops, places to eat and drink, peaceful areas close to the centre for relaxing. Chill out by the river at lovely Ness Islands; shop for something tartan to take home; and by night, go out on the town. The city itself is small, compact and easy to get around.


Loch Ness,  is a large, deep, freshwater loch extending for approximately 23 miles southwest of Inverness. Its surface is 52 ft above sea level. Loch Ness is best known for alleged sightings of the cryptozoological Loch Ness Monster, also known affectionately as "Nessie". It is connected at the southern end by the River Oich and a section of the Caledonian Canal to Loch Oich. At the northern end there is the Bona Narrows which opens out into Loch Dochfour, which feeds the River Ness and a further section of canal to Inverness. Its water visibility is exceptionally low due to a high peat content in the surrounding soil.

Loch Ness is the second largest Scottish loch after Loch Lomond, but due to its great depth, it is the largest by volume. Its deepest point is 755 ft, making it the second deepest loch in Scotland after Loch Morar. It contains more fresh water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined and is the largest body of water on the Great Glen Fault, which runs from Inverness in the north to Fort William in the south.



Cromarty lies on the southern shore of the mouth of Cromarty Firth The name Cromarty variously derives from the Gaelic crom (crooked), and from bati (bay), or from àrd (height), meaning either the "crooked bay", or the "bend between the heights" (referring to the high rocks, or Sutors, which guard the entrance to the Firth)

The town grew around its port, formerly used by ferries, to export locally-grown hemp fibre, and by trawler trawling for herrings. The port was a British naval base during the First World War. Cromarty has many Georgian merchant houses and Georgian and Victorian fisherman's cottages in the local vernacular style.



The Battle of Culloden  was the final confrontation of the 1745 Jacobite Rising. On 16 April 1746, the Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart fought loyalist troops commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. The loyalist victory at Culloden decisively halted the Jacobite intent to overthrow the House of Hanover and restore the House of Stuart to the British throne; Charles Stuart never mounted any further attempts to challenge Hanoverian power in Britain. The conflict was the last pitched battle fought on British soil.

Day 1

A morning departure as we head north to Inverness and the Palace Hotel, time to check into our rooms and relax before a drinks reception to welcome you to the Palace. Dinner is served with complimentary wine. Free bar 7pm - 10pm.


Day 2

Following breakfast we travel through the historic villages of Beauly and Drumnadrochit to Fort Augustus at the southern end of Loch Ness. From here we follow the western shore of the whole length of the Loch as we look for the famous 'monster'. Dinner in the hotel, complimentary bar 7pm - 10pm. Traditional Scottish entertainment tonight.

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Day 3

Morning at leisure to explore Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. After lunch in the hotel we head over the mysterious Dark Isle calling at Cromarty, this charming and unique place is one of the best preserved historic towns in the Highlands. Dinner and complimentary bar in the hotel.

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Day 4

Today we head to Culloden and the new award winning visitor centre. The site has been restored to as close as possible to that seen by the forces on that fateful day in April 1746, with over 1,200 dead in just one hour Culloden was a short but bloody battle. From here we head into the highlands and Grantown-on-Spey before returning to Inverness and a final dinner with entertainment. Complimentary bar 7pm - 10pm.

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Day 5

After breakfast we bid farewell to our hosts at the Palace hotel and make the return journey home to Cumbria.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Best Western Palace Hotel & Spa


Overlooking Inverness Castle, Best Western Palace Hotel & Spa is a stylish city-centre hotel with a leisure club and spa. By the River Ness, the hotel has a Green Tourism Silver Badge and offers free Wi-Fi, a Brasserie and a Starbucks coffee lounge.

Each room at this independently owned hotel has a TV, radio, free tea and coffee and ironing facilities. All rooms also feature a private bathroom with a power shower and hairdryer.

Guests have free use of the Palace Leisure Club & Spa’s indoor pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub. Beauty treatments are available in Charisma spa, and there is a modern on-site gym.

Informal lunch and evening dining is provided in the Brasserie Restaurant, with a large hot and cold breakfast buffet also provided. Afternoon Tea is served in the lounge, along with Starbucks coffee.

The new Eight on the River restaurant has been designed to offer relaxed dining making the most of the views with the recent addition of a light filled extension it is very roomy.

The Palace is just a 5-minute walk from riverside restaurants and bars. World famous Loch Ness is just a 10-minute drive from the hotel.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
High Hesket Palmerstons Furniture Store
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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