Experience ‘SCOTLAND IN A DAY’ with fascinating historical tales of Heroes and Kings, the jaw-dropping scenery of Glencoe, Ben Nevis and monster spotting at Loch Ness – all washed down with a dram of our beloved Scotch Whisky!
This tour gives you the opportunity to take a whisky distillery tour with whisky-tasting as well as getting a taste of the extraordinary wilderness of the Scottish Highlands!
8:00am departure from Edinburgh. As you pass the fortress that is Stirling Castle, your guide will have you on the edge of your seat, regaling you with tales of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, and the bloody battles fought out on these lands.
Our first stop of the tour will be Deanston Whisky Distillery. Set within an 18th century Cotton Mill on the banks of the River Teith you will learn how traditional Scotch whisky is made. Whilst at Deanston, you have the opportunity to take an optional whisky tour including the taste of a ‘wee dram’ as you anticipate the day ahead.
If whisky is not your thing, you can skip the tour and enjoy breakfast or a coffee at ‘The Coffee Bothy’, the distillery cafe.
As we enter The ‘Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park’ our bus weaves through hills, mountains and Glens. These remote places were once inhabited by Highland Clans, not to mention Scotland’s most famous outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor, whom some consider The Scottish Robin Hood. Look out across the landscape and picture what it was like as you hear the remarkable bloodthirsty stories of betrayal and revenge as told by your guide. If we happen to spot some of our famous ‘Hairy Highland Coos’, we might stop for a selfie.
Continue north through the wilds of Rannoch Moor (setting for the 2012 movie ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’), you arrive in beautiful Glencoe.
Glencoe was also the scene of one of Scotland’s most shocking massacres. As you gaze at the haunting hills, you notice the Glen is eerily silent. In the 17th century one of the worst acts of betrayal occurred here. Your guide will recount the details of this betrayal for you. You can almost feel the sorrow in the mountains of the ‘weeping valley’. Above all though, Glencoe is one of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes. A highlight of any tour to the Scottish Highlands!
The tour then takes you through Fort William and past the spectacular Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the British Isles. The Nevis Range towers over the winding road as you continue your journey to Loch Ness.
“Soon, we’ll be stopping at Fort Augustus,” says your guide. It’s a charming little village on the banks of our most famous Loch.
Desperate for a glimpse of ‘Nessie’? St Columba, an Irish monk, was one of the first people to record a sighting of the Loch’s infamous monster back in the 6th century. If you can’t trust a saint, who can you trust?! 1500 years worth of recorded sightings of “The Water Horse” have made Loch Ness the most famous body of freshwater in the world. Why not see if you can spot ‘Nessie’ up close by taking the optional boat cruise from Fort Augustus? The sonar system on-board scans all 755-feet of the murky-depths, constantly searching for her presence, so you can relax and enjoy the views. Alternatively, you can enjoy a spot of lunch in one of the many cafes, pubs and restaurants in Fort Augustus. Take in the views of Loch Ness with a leisurely stroll along the gorgeous Caledonian Canal which dates back to 1803. You have around 2 hours to enjoy the boat cruise and the enchanting village before heading to the Cairngorm National Park.
Along the route, we’ll stop at the Commando Memorial. In 1942, this setting became the training ground for Britain’s Special Forces. Harsh, unforgiving, and breathtakingly beautiful. A statue of our heroes overlooks the Nevis range. Bring a camera – this is undoubtedly one of our favourite photo-stops in all of Scotland.
Heading south we travel through the Cairngorm National Park where Red squirrels, roe deer, red deer, soaring buzzards, pine martens, golden eagles and osprey can be found. Our final stop of the day is Pitlochry.
As we re-enter Edinburgh from the North, you will be met with views of Scotland’s greatest piece of engineering, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Forth Bridge. This 19th century engineering marvel was at one point the World’s longest cantilever bridge. Today it neighbours the 20th century Forth Road Bridge and the 21st century Queensferry Crossing which opened in 2017. Three spectacular bridges, from three different centuries, span the Firth of Forth connecting our Capital city and the Kingdom of Fife.
By 8:30pm, you arrive back in central Edinburgh.
Deacon’s House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, Postcode: EH1 2PS
Check in for your tour will begin at 7:45am with your Driver Guide at the Bus Stop located outside the Deacon’s House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, and the bus will depart PROMPTLY at 8:00am.
Seats are unreserved and allocated on a first-come, first served basis upon check-in. Therefore, we recommend that you arrive in plenty of time.
We CANNOT wait for guests who are late. It is YOUR responsibility to be at the meeting point by 7:45am at the latest.
The tour will return to Edinburgh at approximately 8:00 – 8:30pm, dropping off at the same location as the Tour Departure Point (unless otherwise specified).
Please note that throughout the Edinburgh International Festival (August), all tours will drop off at Waterloo Place near Waverley Station and NOT Lawnmarket, due to traffic restrictions.
CASH – It is rare that there is an ATM in the villages we visit! So bring enough for the day to pay for things such as food, drink and any optional extras you might want to participate in (£30 per day per person is recommended).
A CAMERA – for pictures of the beautiful scenery, and of course just in case you see Nessie!
WET WEATHER CLOTHING (rainproof) & COMFORTABLE SHOES
At the end of your tour, if you feel your Driver Guide has added to your experience, feel free to tip them whatever you feel their performance was worth to you. Tips/Gratuities aren’t expected, but are of course accepted!
£8 for Adults
£5 for under 18’s (no whisky-tasting)
£14 for Adults/Students
£9.50 for Children
(Exclusive Hairy Coo discount – Book/Pay on the day of tour)
£5 lunch includes
1 x Sandwich (from 4 filling options), 1 x Bottle of mineral water, 1 x piece of Fruit + 1 Bag of Crisps
(Order on the Tour)
Our ‘Easy to Cancel’ Policy means that it is no problem if your plans change. Email your cancellation request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We require AT LEAST 72 hours notice prior to the tour departure to be able to process a full refund. If you cancel your booking within 72 hours of the tour departure, a refund will not be applicable.
No refunds will be issued for any missed tour departures.
This tour has a minimum age of 7 years old. We will not accept bookings with children under the minimum age at time of departure.