5 star rating: Highly Recommended 105 Reviews

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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  10 hours (approx.)
Fancy sampling a wee dram o' whisky and exploring the rugged landscape of the Scottish Highlands? Combine the two on a small-group day trip from Edinburgh, and discover the real taste of Scotland! You’ll see the area’s beautiful scenery, full of lochs and glens, and sample Scotland’s favorite beverage. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, this special full-day tour allows you to have a memorable and personal experience.

Highlights

  • Small-group tour of the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh
  • Experience the lochs, glens and whisky of the Highlands
  • Enjoy a lunch stop in Pitlochry and a drive around Loch Tay
  • Visit a whisky distillery or salmon dam (own expense)
  • See Glencoe and Loch Tummel from the Queen's View
  • Maximum tour group of 16 passengers ensures a more personalized experience
  • Shopping and dining discount card

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What You Can Expect

Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group  Day Trip from Edinburgh

Hermitage, Scotland

Your day trip from Edinburgh to the Scottish Highlands takes you across the famous Forth Road Bridge , giving you a great view of the spectacular nearby Forth Rail Bridge, one of the longest cantilever bridges in the world.

After you cross the Highland boundary faultline,the scenery changes from the rolling farmland of the Lowlands to the forested hills and mountains of the Scottish Highlands. This thick forest is the very same mentioned in Shakespeare's Macbeth as "Birnam Wood." One part of the wood is especially beautiful –the Hermitage – and this is where you will take a walk. Here, surrounded by thick forest, the River Braan crashes over spectacular waterfalls . This is a migratory route for salmon, and they can often be seen trying to leap the falls.

Follow the wide valley of the River Tay , the longest river in Scotland with the greatest flow of water of any river in Britain. Stop in Pitlochry for lunch (own expense), and take the opportunity to visit a whisky distillery or the dam where salmon leap in summer.

Continue to Killiecrankie and the Queen's View, where on a clear day the view stretches from Loch Tummel to Schiehallion and beyond to the hills of Glencoe. Next you'll head along the shores of Loch Tay, in the shadow of Ben Lawers. At the head of the loch is Killin, with the wonderful falls of Dochart in the heart of the town.

After a short stop, continue over the Braes of Balquhidder, the final resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor.

The Scottish Highlands are Europe's last great wilderness! Traveling in a small group means you can take lots of stops and reach out-of-the-way places, giving you more time out the van to discover the real Scotland.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

David was a pleasant, knowledgeable guide and good driver, and the actual tour was great, which is why I gave it 5 stars. However, the check-in process was a bit of a pain - tickets were bought online well in advance but still had to check in within 24 hrs before the actual trip, and then again on the day of the tour on site. I understand from your perspective why, but it was a bit of a pain for tourists coming in from another country who had to interrupt activities/plans to concern ourselves with that, pay international cell phone rates to make the phone call, and then get transportation to the shared office in the money exchange place on High Street where the remote office is because the call wasn't made during office hours. That said, the tour was worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We really enjoyed the day. David was a great guide, so pleasant and knowledgeable. The trip was the perfect length. The sights were lovely.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was relaxing, informative and entertaining. It was an excellent balance of sightseeing from the van and stopping to walk and explore a variety of venues from nature, history and of course, the distillery. A lot was packed into a single day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was a wonderful and tast trip. From the beautiful scenery to of course the whiskey tasting - a wonderful experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

David was excellent. Perfect amount of knowledge, story telling and willingness to let us just soak in the scene. Would defintely recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was great and our guides were very knowledgeable about Scotland and the areas we visited. The pace of the tour was great, did not feel rushed and was able to enjoy the scenery. The tour bus was clean and comfortable and made traveling very enjoyable. Highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Jamie was an excellent guide. Perfect background stories, very guiding. The tour itself is a perfect roundtrip in order to get an impression of the Lowlands/Highlands. The combination of nature, old towns and whisky is perfect. We enjoyed it very much. Tip: always decide for the cask tasting!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Definitely recommend! Jane was a great guide and really took the time to ensure we enjoyed our trip. This area of Scotland is very beautiful and had me wanting to go back immediately. Also enjoyed how this was a small group tour, I think there were 10 of us total.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was a great tour! The guide was incredibly knowledgable and fun. The scenery was beautiful and it was a wonderful day. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Grant was wonderful! It was an action-packed tour that gave a great overview of the highlands, lochs, and a whiskey distillery. Definitely recommend!

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