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Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh

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The Scottish Highlands are one of Europe's last great wilderness areas. Some come for the sweep of desolate, rugged beauty guaranteed to take your breath away. Others enjoy taking in the history of the castles and the Gaelic traditions that connect the area to its storied past. If Scotland triggers thoughts of tartan and kilts for you, you're dreaming of the Highlands.

Think Highlands and you'll think of wild, windswept hills and cliffs plunging into ice-cold lochs. Take in spectacular views of the mysterious of Scotland's most famous lakes: Loch Ness and Loch Lomond. Explore the area's national parks on foot or by bike along its many dedicated trails and paths. Revel in the romance of historic castles and manors such as Stirling and Dunrobin, breathe in the calm of villages like Pitlochry and Kylesku, or sample some of the world's finest whiskies.

The Highlands fling starts within a just a couple of hours' drive from Edinburgh. The Scottish capital is close enough to make the beauty of the central Highlands accessible to anyone with just a day to spare. The area becomes increasingly spectacular the further north you travel.

In summer, experience the color and energy of the unique Scottish Highlands Games on a day trip from Edinburgh. Dating back more than 900 years, games highlights include Highlands dancing, pipe band displays, tug-of-war, wrestling and, of course, tossing the caber. The Games are held in different regions throughout the year, with the most famous held in Braemar in late summer.

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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, null
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1564 Reviews

Explore Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands on this 12-hour tour from Edinburgh. Depart from Edinburgh by air-conditioned minivan and travel out into ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.33
West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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West Highland Lochs and Castles Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 443 Reviews

Spend a day experiencing Scotland’s majestic lochs and castles on this day trip to the western Scottish Highlands, whose dramatic scenery will amaze you. ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.14
Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

4.5 star rating: Recommended 161 Reviews

Go on a fantastic tour from Edinburgh to explore the legendary myths of Loch Ness and enjoy the diverse range of Scottish Highland scenery. Drive through the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh Including 'Hogwarts Express' Ride, ... 
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3-Day Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh Including 'Hogwarts Express' Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 130 Reviews

Experience the Highland beauty of the Isle of Skye on a 3-day excursion from Edinburgh. You'll spend two nights on the Isle of Skye, see legendary Loch Ness ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $504.22
2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small Group Tour from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 3-Day Tours
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2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 162 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

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5-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh Including the Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh, Overnight ... 
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5-Day Orkney Islands Tour from Edinburgh Including the Scottish Highlands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

Venture to the far-flung Orkney Islands on a 5-day tour from Edinburgh with 3-star accommodation included, and visit top Highland towns and attractions, too! ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

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Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Multi-day Tours
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Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 368 Reviews

Travel to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond in style on a small-group tour by Mercedes minivan from Edinburgh. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, you ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.66
Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

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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 ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.14
4-Day Tour of the West Highlands and Isle of Skye from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Day Trips
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4-Day Tour of the West Highlands and Isle of Skye from Edinburgh

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Discover the beguiling beauty of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye on this 4-day small-group tour from Edinburgh. Explore Isle of Skye at a relaxed pace for ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $504.22
Whisky and Highland Waterfalls Day Trip from Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Multi-day Tours
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Whisky and Highland Waterfalls Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Enjoy a day of whisky and waterfalls on a day trip from Edinburgh, led by a friendly local guide! After a stop in the stately town of Stirling to see the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.14

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