You will experience some of the must see highlights of Scotland, including the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, Ben Nevis, both the Cairngorm and Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Parks plus a Whisky Distillery!
You’ll visit famous filming locations (from ‘Outlander’, ‘Harry Potter’, ‘James Bond’ & more!) such as the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, Doune Castle, Culloden Battlefield, and Clava Cairns.
During your unforgettable tour, you will spend two nights in the capital of the Highlands, beautiful Inverness. A selection of accommodation options are available.
8.30am – Departing Edinburgh, we travel past Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary ‘Queen of Scots’, towards the historic city of Stirling where you’ll catch a glimpse of Stirling Castle and The Wallace Monument (weather permitting!). Your guide will introduce you to our nation’s violent history with tales of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce as we make our way towards Doune Castle.
The 14th century Doune Castle has been a filming location on ‘Outlander ‘(Castle Leoch), ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ and ‘Game of Thrones’. Inside, you’ll witness one of the best preserved medieval Great Halls in Scotland.
Enjoy your first taste of the Highlands as we drive along the banks of picturesque Loch Lubnaig within the rugged ‘Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park‘. Admire the scenery as your tour guide explains the fascinating tribal ‘Clan’ history of the Highlands, as you hear about the most famous Highlander of them all, ‘Rob Roy MacGregor’.
After a short lunch, you will follow in the footsteps of James Bond (‘Skyfall’) and Harry Potter (‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’), as you discover the beautiful and haunting ‘Glencoe’, the most magnificent and famous valley in Scotland. The spectacular scenery will stay with you forever. Your guide will recount the tale of the infamous ‘Massacre of Glencoe’ that took place here in February 1692.
You’ll then watch the Hogwarts Express (Jacobite Steam Train) crossing the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct. This stunning viewpoint also marks the spot where Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) raised his standard prior to the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. Go to the top of the monument for the best views of the Glen, as your guide introduces you to the dramatic story of the ‘Young Pretender’ and how his actions changed the course of European history forever.
We travel through the Great Glen towards the Southern banks of Loch Ness and the charming village of Fort Augustus. Get your cameras ready to get some pictures of the infamous ‘Nessie’ Monster! We drive the entire length of Loch Ness, stopping to take in the views of Urquhart Castle, before arriving in Inverness where you’ll stay for 2 nights.
You will arrive in Inverness at approximately 6:30pm. The evening is then your own to explore the city or meet up with your fellow travellers and enjoy a meal in a local restaurant or traditional Highland pub. Inverness has a huge variety of establishments to choose from, whether you’d like to try our national dish of Haggis, Neeps & Tatties, washed down with a wee dram of Scotch Whisky or a Local Organic Beer (try the Black Isle Brewery Bar!). During peak season, it is advisable to book a table ahead if you’re a larger group. After dinner, head to the world famous Hootenanny bar which has traditional Scottish musicians playing every night.
If local beer and whisky aren’t your scene, you can enjoy an evening stroll along the banks of the famous River Ness, where you’ll find Inverness Castle and Inverness Cathedral.
The magical Isle of Skye! Today is all about exploring this breathtaking landscape, known by the Norse Vikings as the ‘Winged Isle’ or by Scots, romantically, as ‘The Misty Isle’. It was recently voted the 4th best island in the world to visit by National Geographic Magazine! We believe the Isle of Skye is THE BEST island in the World, and we’re sure you’ll agree once you’ve experienced it on our tour.
Departing Inverness you will cross the Kessock Bridge over the Moray Firth (…look out for Dolphins!) and begin our journey to Skye via The Black Isle. Travelling through some of the most remote areas of mainland Britain, you will marvel at the spectacular scenery of Achnasheen and Loch Carron* (summer only).
We stop at the Kyle of Lochalsh for morning coffee and a photograph opportunity of the famous Skye Bridge, with views of Skye’s Cuillin Mountain range providing a beautiful backdrop. Opened in 1995, this bridge has a remarkable history.
The Sligachan River flows majestically from the Black Cuillin Mountains, a truly magical location for your guide to introduce you to the local folklore of the island’s Fairies and Giants!
Enjoy lunch in the picturesque harbour town of Portree, the largest settlement on Skye. There are numerous cosy pubs, restaurants and bakeries for you to try seafood and other local dishes. Enjoy fish and chips by the harbour as the fishing boats deliver their latest catch!
We explore the dramatic Trotternish Peninsula, with iconic rock formations which have made this area the perfect backdrop for recent movies such as ‘BFG’, ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Stardust’. Highlights will include the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, The Quiraing and Uig.
Having explored Skye, we head back towards the mainland, arriving at Eilean Donan Castle, which is thought to be the most beautiful castle in Scotland! Built upon a rocky island at the head of three Sea Lochs (similar to Fjords), you will be impressed by this breathtaking Scottish landmark and the beautiful mountains and glistening waters that surround it. Your guide will show you the best spot to get that ‘picture-perfect’ photograph! Our journey continues to Glen Shiel, past the Five Sisters of Kintail before arriving back in Inverness at approximately 7:00/7:30 pm, just in time for dinner.
You depart Inverness to begin your journey south. On this day you’ll visit the site of one of the most important battles in Scotland’s history, some bronze-age standing-stones, experience a working Scotch Whisky Distillery, and journey through the stunning Cairngorms National Park.
Your guide will take you to the fields of Culloden Moor, where you will hear the story of the infamous battle which took place here in 1746, the very last battle to be fought on British soil. This marked the end of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s hopes of becoming King. Walking on one of the most sombre sites in the country where many thousands of Highlanders died, for many Scots, this is where “the old Scotland died”. The battle changed Scotland, Britain and Europe forever.
After Culloden you’ll arrive at Clava Cairns where Diana Gabaldon found inspiration for ‘Craig Na Dun’ in the Outlander series. These fascinating Bronze-Age Standing-Stones and burial chambers are thought to be over 4,000 years old! Walk between the stones and hear about who built this intriguing place, and why.
You’ll then have the opportunity to experience Highland life in the 18th century and visit authentic Highland black houses at the ‘Highland Folk Museum’ (free entry) in Newtonmore. You’ll see the simple homes people lived in 300 years ago, the clothes they wore and how they conducted their daily lives. The folk museum also has an on-site cafe where you can have lunch during our 90-minute visit. Also used as a filming location for ‘Outlander’, this place gives you a unique insight into the lives and struggles of the Highland people (summer only).
After lunch, we travel to the Dalwhinnie Whisky Distillery, set almost 1151ft above sea-level in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. This picturesque distillery, sitting amidst beautiful surroundings, produces one of the classic single-malt whiskies of Scotland. You’ll have the option of taking a tour around this working distillery, followed by a whisky-tasting experience.
The final stop on our 3-day adventure is in the Highland village of Dunkeld, which sits on the longest river in Scotland, the River Tay. You’ll take a short walk to the town’s beautiful Dunkeld Cathedral. This cathedral, with a history stretching back over 1200 years, provides a final chance for photographs before we depart for Edinburgh, arriving back in the city-centre around 6.00pm.
*Between the months of September-April we travel to and from the Isle of Skye via Loch Ness and Glenshiel, not Achnasheen and Loch Carron.
**The Highland Folk Museum is closed between late October and early April and as such will not be included in the tour. As an alternative, we lunch in Aviemore and visit Ruthven Barracks.
Deacon’s House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, Postcode: EH1 2PS
Check in for your tour will begin at 8:15am with your Driver Guide at the Bus Stop located outside the Deacon’s House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, and the bus will depart PROMPTLY at 8:30am.
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 8:15am at the latest.
The tour will return to Edinburgh on Day 3 at approximately 6:00pm, dropping off at the same location as the Tour Departure Point on the morning of Day 1 (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 for things such as food and drink and for 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 3-day 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!
£6 for Adults/Over 16’s
£3.60 for under 16’s
£9 for Adults & Students
Our ‘Easy to Cancel’ Policy means it is no problem when your plans change. Email your cancellation request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We require AT LEAST 7 days notice prior to the departure to be able to process a full refund.
If you cancel your booking within 7 days of the tour departure, a refund will only be issued if your booking/seats are resold. If you have asked us to book accommodation on your behalf, then you may still be liable for any costs that we incur as a result of the late cancellation.
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.