The one that started it all – Scotland’s ONLY free highland tour
This tour is where it all began for The Hairy Coo back in 2010.
The ethos for the Free Highland Tour has never changed; everyone, regardless of their background, should have a chance to explore a bit of the Scottish Highlands when visiting our country. Everyone should get a chance to learn some of our unique histories, admire our scenery, take photographs to make your friends jealous and meet some real-life hairy coos.
On our Free Highlands Tour, led by one of our gloriously knowledgeable and experienced Driver Guides, you’ll take in sights including the Unesco listed Forth Bridge, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National park, the magnificent Loch Katrine and the quaint highland settlement of Aberfoyle.
We are convinced that you, like the thousands of other travellers before you, will love your day with us. This is why we do not charge a penny, a nickel, a cent or a dime to reserve a spot on board.
The obvious question you’re probably asking is, “What’s the catch?”
We want our guests to pay what they think the tour was worth to them at the end of their day with us. When doing so, we would ask that you are thoughtful and honest in what you choose to tip. The sole reason this tour has continued to run for ten years is due to the incredible donations our passengers have made – and it often barely makes enough to cover the operational costs. It’s there for people who wouldn’t normally have been able to visit the Highlands and so we ask that if you can afford a regular ticket price, that you donate in line with the industry standard of £40.00-£50.00.
You can also rest assured that while your donation is primarily for running costs, that your driver-guide will also be receiving a portion of the money you give.
If you had a great day (which you will!) We’d hope most people would donate the equivalent sum of cash, or whatever they can afford to their heroic driver-guide as they leave the bus.
Departs all year
Departs at 8:45am
Returns at 6:00pm
Due to the fact this tour is reliant on donations given at the end of the day, we must ensure it departs with everyone who had made a booking is onboard. The Free Highland Tour only runs if it meets a minimum capacity and so we really must deter guests from failing to show up without giving the necessary notice required.
Passengers who book this tour and fail to show up without the necessary notice are subject to a charge of £25.00 per person using the card details provided during booking. You will be notified of this pending charge prior to the funds being withdrawn from your account.
If on the day of departure, only some of your party join the tour and others do not, you will be checked in as partial attendance and the £25.00 penalty will still be enforced for every missing guest. This will be charged to the card you used when making your groups reservation.
Sir Walter Scott’s inspiration for his famous ‘Lady of the Lake’ poem
Filming location for Monty Python, Outlander and Game of Thrones
One of the only loch’s in Scotland referred to as a lake. ‘Why’, you ask….
A monument erected for one of Scotland’s bravest independence rebels
Forth Bridge - UNESCO World Heritage Site
William Wallace Monument
Lake of Menteith
Arrive back in Edinburgh
Optional Extras – prices subject to change
(Doune Castle £9)
Watch out cola!
Scotland’s highest selling fizzy drink is our own bright orange concoction – Irn Bru.
Our driver guides are Scotland obsessed.
Their knowledge of Scotland will entertain and excite you throughout your tour.
They’ll share their passion for the place they call their home, leaving you with a piece of Scotland in your hearts forever.
YOUR TOUR DEPARTURE
We’ll pick you up first thing in the morning to begin your trip at the city centre meeting point, Deacon’s House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PS.
Check-in for your tour will start at 8:30 AM. Seats are unreserved so we recommend you arrive early if you have a preference of where you would like to sit.
Departure will promptly be at 8:45 AM. We’re unable to wait for guests who are late due to the time restraints of the jam packed itinerary we have planned.
We aim to get you back to Edinburgh’s Lawnmarket at around 6:00 PM.
A day with Brian A fantastic trip with beatiful landscapes and an awesome driver guide ! That was the day with Hairy Coo in the Highlands !
I day distillery and highland tour Scott our driver was excellent and very informative made the trip enjoyable with his great jokes and brilliant music selection.
Amazing trip! Scott, Scott, Scott, our guide was fantastic! He completed my history of Scotland! Funny, a lot of energy, good vibes, amazing trip! Thank you, Scott!
Best Tours in Scotland Amazing tour! The bus was very clean, the tour guide was funny and knowledgeable and he kept us on track without feeling too rushed at our stops.
Fabulous experience Stephen was the absolute best tour guide. It was an amazing day of traveling the highlands and we will never forget it.