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

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

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
  • 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

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

Terrance L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Was the best our guide and driver made the trip especially the side trips that we did

Bianca D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I just loved this tour. Scotland is just beautiful....and if I were to live anywhere else but Canada, surely it would be in Scotland. The guide was funny and extremely knowledgeable. He made the best of everything. I must say...we had unusually great weather.

The B and B where I was lodged was just superbe as well. A short walk from the main district and a lovely hostess.

Thanks so much

Bianca

Walter Frank Y

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.

Richard G

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.

ginger

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.

Chris V

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.

Raj Bangladesh

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 Australia

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.

Conrad P

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.

Andrea D

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.

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