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

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

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 and historic landmarks, your eyes will pop at the dramatically beautiful landscape. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, this leisurely two-day excursion allows you to have a memorable and personal experience in two of Scotland’s favorite locations.


  • 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

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What You Can Expect

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

Glen Affric, Scotland

This two-day trip from Edinburgh to Loch Ness and Inverness will show you the Scottish Highland’s most beautiful scenery. The tour includes views of Ben Nevis and an optional boat ride on eerie Loch Ness, where you can look for the Loch Ness Monster.

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.

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Day 1: Edinburgh - Inverness
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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We greatly enjoyed our two day tour of Scotland with our delightful driver and guide, Gordon. He was
very attentive, respectful and knowledgeable. We would recommend Rabbies Tours to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is the 2nd time we have submitted a review. The tour was very well organized. Accommodations and timing quite satisfactory. Our tour guide, Pete, was exceptional. He was very educational, knowledgeable, and entertaining as well. Also, he made every member of the tour feel very comfortable and special. If in Edinburgh again, we would certainly re-book with that agency and that tour guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

An enjoyable 2 day trip to Inverness. Joe, our guide, was amazing. He was very laid back and always had a smile on his face. He was informative, interesting and funny. On the 2nd day, he gave us the option to visit a castle or go on several short hikes - we chose the short hikes - it was beautiful! Inverness it a great town and the Bed and Breakfast we stayed in was clean and roomy. Staff was friendly and the breakfast was good. I highly recommend this trip to see this part of Scotland.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Outstanding! Our Rabbie's guide, Pete M., was knowledgable, entertaining and enthusiastic. While the highlight of the tour was the boat tour of Loch Ness and visit to Urquard castle, our many other stops throughout the Highlands provided an appreciation of the history, natural wonder, and beauty of the region. Among the highlights: scotch tasting at Dalwhinnie distillery, the beauty of Glen Coe and Ben Nevis, and the Highland Folk museum. We even had time to stop at Doune Castle, used in the Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie. Even The weather was perfect! My overnight accommodation in Inverness was at the Craigmonie Hotel, a comfortable and welcoming place. A minor complaint-I wish I could have had a choice of hotel options as I would have preferred to be In the town center. My travel companions that booked directly through the local tour company had more specific options. I cannot emphasize how great Pete was as our guide--I would certainly request his services on a future tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was very relaxing and pleasant. Our guide/Driver Dunken was really informative and friendly. We learnt a lot about Scottish history. Accommodation at Inverness was very cosy and homely. Great tour package overall. We enjoyed the trip and definitely gonna recommend it to others. Only thing that bothered me that we didn't get any discount in local restaurants.

Anne R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

I can highly recommend this trip.Our tour guide, Douglas was excellent. His knowledge of Scottish history was amazing and he was extremely professional.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great way to catch a glimpse of the Highlands. The scenery is breath taking and worth the trip. The overnight accommodations at Glen Mohr were perfect especially the location. Our tour guide Doug was very knowledgable and fun which made the two day trip even more enjoyable. I would recommend this trip to anyone having limited time and not wanting to drive but waning to see this part of Scotland. The small group van is a definite plus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Steve B. our guide/driver from Rabbie's was awesome and very knowledgeable. This was an excellent tour experience. The history and stories were great and interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A great experience made even better by a great guide, Arron! Managed to fit a lot into two days without feeling rushed or tired. Inverness and Loch Ness are beautiful, and the scenery out the bus window is to die for! Highly recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent experience! The weather was a little harsh with cold rainy days, however, the guide was outstanding and very knowlegeable. We would definitely recommend this tour.

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