- 2-day trip from Edinburgh to Loch Ness and Inverness
- Scenic drive through the Scottish Highlands
- Visit and take an optional boat ride on spooky Loch Ness
- Explore Inverness, capital of the Highlands
- Discount card to use at local restaurants, shops and attractions
- Choice of hotel or B&B/guesthouse accommodation
- Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people ensures privileged, personalized attention
- Professional, knowledgeable and entertaining driver/guide
Recent Photos of This Tour
Sunset at Loch NessPhoto by: Rebecca C
Loch Ness Castle RuinsPhoto by: Clarence F
Coastline at Elie in FifePhoto by: Michael E H
Typical scottishPhoto by: ocellets
Photo opportunity at GlencoePhoto by: Jesper Juel R
Glen AffricPhoto by: Rebecca C
Beautiful sceneryPhoto by: chrisav
Cyprus, 08 2011
sctl10Photo by: Phyllis D
sctl11Photo by: Phyllis D
What You Can Expect
You’ll visit Glencoe, a wilderness steeped in grim history, where you can soak up the atmosphere on an afternoon walk. You'll see the stronghold of Urquhart Castle, and spend the night in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands.
The Scottish Highlands are Europe's last great wilderness! This personalized tour is as close as you can get to touring in your own car, with the added benefit of gaining intimate knowledge of Scotland. Traveling in a small group means you can take lots of stops and reach out-of-the-way places, giving you more time out of the van to discover the real Scotland.
See Itinerary section below for details on each day’s activities.
Depart Edinburgh at 9:30am, stopping at the historic village of Dunkeld, home to a 12th Century Celtic Cathedral, then take a leisurely stroll along the River Tay or explore the wooded grounds of the Hermitage to look for 18th Century follies such as Ossian's Cave. From here you will continue on to the popular holiday town of Pitlochry, where there will be free time to have lunch (own expense) in one of the local restaurants or cafes.
Cross over the geological fault line, which separates the Lowlands from the magnificent Highlands, taking in views of the magnificent Highland scenery and passing the majestic Blair Castle before entering Cairngorm National Park. This is a very beautiful and unique area, being one of the last remaining pockets of native Caledonian Pine Forest left standing. You will stop in the ancient Rothiemurchus Estate to allow you time to fully appreciate the stunning views.
You will then continue your journey north, arriving at Inverness in the early evening. You will be dropped off at your accommodation, and the evening is free for you to explore the captial of the Highlands!
Day 2: Inverness - Edinburgh
After a leisurely breakfast, you will picked up from your Inverness accommodation between 9am and 9:30am and travel towards the famous Loch Ness. There will be stops along the way to take photos of the beautiful surrounding countryside. Upon arrival at the Loch you will have the option to take a boat trip out on the Loch (April to October; price not included) to look for Nessie, The Loch Ness Monster and take in views of Urquhart Castle, or you may stay on dry land to explore the castle's mighty ruins.
You will spend your lunchtime on the southern shore of the loch in the charming village of Fort Augustus. Have lunch (own expense) in this charming village at the south tip of Loch Ness, watching the boats sail by on the Caledonian Canal that links the lochs of the Great Glen. Journey south past Ben Nevis and Fort William to Glencoe. This haunting glen was the scene of a terrible massacre in 1692, where many of the Macdonald Clan died. The tour stops here for you to take in the unique atmosphere of this place.
The return journey to Edinburgh takes you across the wild and remote Rannoch Moor and through the countryside around Stirling, before concluding in Edinburgh at approximately 7:30pm.
Our guide, Alan was unbelievably fantastic!!!! A great storyteller, and managed to sum up most of Scotland's history in two days in a clear and interesting manner!! Can't say enough good things about our guide!! Very much enjoyed the smallness of the group and the places we went to were amazing. We had plenty of photo stops too! It's well worth the money you pay, and as far as we were concerned there is nothing negative to say about the trip at all!! LOVED it all!!
Fabulous, fabulous tour guide Audrey who made the tour extra special with her wealth of knowledge and entertaining stories.