- 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
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Bank of River Tay, Near ...Photo by: Raj
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Loch Ness Castle RuinsPhoto by: Clarence F
Coastline at Elie in FifePhoto by: Michael E H
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Photo opportunity at GlencoePhoto by: Jesper Juel R
Glen AffricPhoto by: Rebecca C
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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.
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.
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.
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.
I can highly recommend this trip.Our tour guide, Douglas was excellent. His knowledge of Scottish history was amazing and he was extremely professional.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TIONG CHIN T TC
I was very impressed with our tour Guide who is so professional, his khowledge on Scothish history, and North Scotland geographic really impressed me the most.
I being touring so many countries, so far He is one of the best guide I ever encounter.
Tan Tiong Chin
Beautiful scenery, a very knowledgeable guide. I loved the tour.