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Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh

By Viator, July 2014

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The Scottish Highlands are one of Europe's last great wilderness areas. Some come for the sweep of desolate, rugged beauty guaranteed to take your breath away. Others enjoy taking in the history of the castles and the Gaelic traditions that connect the area to its storied past. If Scotland triggers thoughts of tartan and kilts for you, you're dreaming of the Highlands.

Think Highlands and you'll think of wild, windswept hills and cliffs plunging into ice-cold lochs. Take in spectacular views of the mysterious of Scotland's most famous lakes: Loch Ness and Loch Lomond. Explore the area's national parks on foot or by bike along its many dedicated trails and paths. Revel in the romance of historic castles and manors such as Stirling and Dunrobin, breathe in the calm of villages like Pitlochry and Kylesku, or sample some of the world's finest whiskies.

The Highlands fling starts within a just a couple of hours' drive from Edinburgh. The Scottish capital is close enough to make the beauty of the central Highlands accessible to anyone with just a day to spare. The area becomes increasingly spectacular the further north you travel.

In summer, experience the color and energy of the unique Scottish Highlands Games on a day trip from Edinburgh. Dating back more than 900 years, games highlights include Highlands dancing, pipe band displays, tug-of-war, wrestling and, of course, tossing the caber. The Games are held in different regions throughout the year, with the most famous held in Braemar in late summer.

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 973 Reviews

Explore Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands on this 12-hour tour from Edinburgh. Depart from Edinburgh by air-conditioned minivan and travel out into ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.38

3-Day Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands and the Jacobite Steam Train from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 45 Reviews

Experience the Highland beauty of the Isle of Skye on a 3-day excursion from Edinburgh. You'll spend two nights on the Isle of Skye, see legendary Loch Ness ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $510.73

Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 222 Reviews

Travel to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond in style on a small-group tour by Mercedes minivan from Edinburgh. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, you ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.50

Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

4.5 star rating: Recommended 73 Reviews

Go on a fantastic tour from Edinburgh to explore the legendary myths of Loch Ness and enjoy the diverse range of Scottish Highland scenery. Drive through the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.99

West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 242 Reviews

Lochs and castles what could be more Scottish? Take this small-group day trip from Edinburgh to the Scottish west coast and you'll discover the real Scotland! ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.77

Scottish Highlands Day Trip and Edinburgh Military Tattoo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Tour the Scottish Highlands on a day trip from Edinburgh, and then watch the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at night. Capturing the essence of ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $163.63

Whisky and Highland Waterfalls Day Trip from Edinburgh

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy a day of whisky and waterfalls on a day trip from Edinburgh, led by a friendly local guide! After a stop in the stately town of Stirling to see the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.20

7-Day Scotland Tour from Edinburgh: Highlands, Loch Ness, Isle of Skye and 'Jacobite Steam Train'

Enjoy an ultimate 7-day Scotland tour from Edinburgh, and discover the beauty of the Scottish Highlands as well as whisky, wildlife and history aplenty! Ride ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $1,204.93

5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

See it all on a grand five-day tour of the Highlands of Scotland by minivan - from the ancient Cairngorms and vibrant Inverness to the romantic beauty of the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $758.66

2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 114 Reviews

Spend two days exploring Loch Ness and Inverness, past and present, on a small-group trip to the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh. As you enjoy scenic drives ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $214.87

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