Tour code: 225001
Discover the Scottish Highlands on a leisurely 2-day trip from Edinburgh that includes overnight accommodation at a hotel or bed & breakfast. Visit two of Scotland’s most popular spots — Loch Ness and Inverness — during scenic drives among pine forests, dramatic castles and charming villages, with an optional boat ride on Loch Ness. Travel by minivan with a small group limited to 16 passengers for a personalized experience with your informative guide.

Highlights

  • 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
  • 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

You’ll visit Inverness, Loch Ness and more during this scenic 2-day journey to the Scottish Highlands, departing from Edinburgh by comfortable minivan. Disembark along the way to explore historical villages and atmospheric castles tucked away in the woods, with an optional boat ride on Loch Ness in search of the mysterious Loch Ness Monster. 
Spend the night in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, with your choice of a single, twin or double room at a 3-star hotel or bed & breakfast (guesthouse) upon booking.
This small-group tour means you can reach out-of-the-way places, allowing you more time to discover genuine Scotland, with the added benefit of gaining intimate knowledge of the Scotland Highlands from a knowledgeable guide.
See Itinerary section below for details on each day’s activities.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh – Inverness
Depart Edinburgh in the morning and 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 Highlands, taking in views of the magnificent Highland scenery and passing the majestic Blair Castle before entering Cairngorm National Park. This unique area is one of the last remaining pockets of native Caledonian pine forest left standing. Your guide will stop in the ancient Rothiemurchus Estate to allow you time to fully appreciate the stunning views.

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 capital of the Highlands.
Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Inverness

Day 2: Inverness – Edinburgh
After a leisurely breakfast, you will picked up from your Inverness accommodation and travel toward the famous Loch Ness. There will be stops along the way to take photos of the beautiful surrounding countryside. Upon arrival 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.

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 in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Janice S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour. Guide and driver, Graham was fantastic

Neda D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I am so happy I took the tour. It was truely amazing. Couldnt ask for a better way to visit the Scottish highlands. Our driver and tour guide and #34; Jan and #34; was so incredibly professional, knowledgable and funny. He gave us a lot of information everywehere he took us. The scenary was brearthtaking. Loved it

Maureen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Audrey was knowable, friendly and funny. The group gelled quickly and we saw amazing sights. Great way to see the Scotish highlands!

Donna H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour was exceptional because of the tour guide, Gill. She was very friendly, gave lots of detailed history about the two day journey and most on the tour was very friendly. Would certainly recommend this tour and look forward to doing another in the future with your company.

nige

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent Tour, Gill our tour guide was great, very informative and just right for a 1 night, 2 day tour.

Sarahmeyer30

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Fantastic!

Ashley B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My tour was amazing! My tour guide Ewan really made a great trip even better! He was fantastic and I appreciated having such a knowledgable, nice and energetic fellow showing me around! I couldn and #39;t have asked for a better trip and I would recommend Rabbies and specifically Ewan to anyone!!

Meng S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

it was a wonderful and enjoyable trip, the view of highland was amazing, and the tour guide was excellent. worth to do!

kistler96

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the area and the history and we appreciated his viewpoint and knowledge of Scottish history and culture. He also pointed out interesting places such as those used for familiar movies. The bus was comfortable and the small group was just right.

Carl J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Tour guide, Graeme, was extremely knowledgeable about history, culture, you name it. It felt like we were taking a mini college course. Good sense of humor as well. Well worth the money.

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