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Experience your destination with peace of mind. Learn what steps operators are taking to keep you safe and search for activities with increased health and safety measures. Before you go, check local regulations for the latest information.

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While Edinburgh may have the touristic edge, Glasgow is fast catching up with the Scottish capital. And thanks to its convenient central location, Scotland’s biggest city makes an excellent jumping-off point for day tours. From misty lochs to rugged valleys, here are our top picks for day trips from Glasgow.

Scottish Highlands — about 16 miles (26 km) away
With its gorgeous glens, majestic peaks, brooding lochs, bluebell woods, and wave-battered cliffs, the Highlands are Scotland at its most dramatic. The region, delineated by the Highland Boundary fault, begins just a 30-minute drive or so from Glasgow and extends all the way to Scotland’s northern tip. Most organized day tours follow routes up the Central and West Highland regions, incorporating Oban, the breathtakingly beautiful valley of Glencoe, the National Heritage Site of Rannoch Moor, and the historic city of Stirling.

Loch Lomond — 33 miles (53 km) away
Though it’s just a 30-minute drive north of Glasgow, peaceful Loch Lomond—part of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park—feels a world away. Stroll or cycle around its tranquil shores, or venture out on the water by kayak or on a boat cruise. Tours from Glasgow to Loch Lomond include round-trip transportation as well as stops at historic sites such as Kilchurn Castle, Castle Stalker, and Stirling Castle. For whisky enthusiasts, optional Scotch tastings are available. 

Ayrshire — 43 miles (69 km) away
Take a day trip south of Glasgow to discover Ayrshire, a less-visited region rich in literary heritage. See the village of Alloway, the birthplace of the famous Scottish bard Robert Burns. Explore the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and view the Alloway Auld Kirk (the setting for Burns’ poem Tam o’ Shanter). Nearby are the splendid clifftop Culzean Castle and Culzean Country Park, a scenic spot for an afternoon ramble.

Loch Ness — 157 miles (253 km) away
A few hours’ drive north of Glasgow sits one of Scotland’s most famous natural wonders: Loch Ness. The blue-black waters of this vast loch are said to be the lurking ground for a mysterious aquatic creature, affectionately known as Nessie. Take a boat ride out on the water and explore the evocative lakeside ruins of the 16th-century Urquhart Castle.
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from GlasgowDay Trips

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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Experience rugged and mythical Scotland on this full-day trip from Glasgow. In a small group, explore the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park and the famous Loch Ness—fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie. Visit historic battle sites like Glencoe, Fort Augustus, and Stirling Castle, where legendary hero William Wallace commanded an infamous fight against the British. Along the way, enjoy free time for optional cruises or tours.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.89
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$57.89

Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from GlasgowDay Trips

Oban, Glencoe, Highlands Lochs & Castles Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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What could be more quintessentially Scottish than lochs and castles? Travel through the photo-worthy West Highlands, visit the haunting glen of Glencoe and stop at Loch Lomond on this day trip from Glasgow by Mercedes minivan. Numbers are limited to 16 passengers to ensure a more personalized experience with an informative guide, who offers insightful commentary at Kilchurn Castle, Inveraray town, Castle Stalker and more.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.75
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Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles from GlasgowDay Trips

Oban, Glencoe & West Highland Castles from Glasgow

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Marvel at the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands on this Oban, Glen Coe and West Highland castles day trip from Glasgow. Visit the 18th-century town of Inveraray with a guide and learn of Scotland’s ancient history. Enjoy fine views over Loch Fyne on your journey to Kilchurn Castle and Loch Awe, then visit Oban — gateway to the Western Isles. Admire 15th-century Castle Stalker on route through Glen Coe, and travel across Rannoch Moor to Loch Lomond. Stroll along the shoreline for panoramic lake views, then return to Glasgow.
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  • 9 hours 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.03
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Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from GlasgowDay Trips

Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow

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Explore Loch Ness, Glen Coe and the Highlands on this day trip from Glasgow. Visit Loch Lomond with a guide and enjoy spectacular views over the Scottish Highlands. Travel into Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe — widely considered to be Scotland’s most beautiful glen. Pass beneath Ben Nevis on route through the Great Glen. Take in Fort Augustus and Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness, and enjoy an optional cruise or castle visit. Journey onward to Inverness — the Highlands’ iconic capital — then return via the Grampian Mountains to Glasgow.
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  • 12 hours 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.47
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Outlander Adventure Small-Group Day Tour from GlasgowDay Trips

Outlander Adventure Small-Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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Outlander locations are widely spread around Scotland but this guided tour allows you to visit many without the hassle of driving or puzzling over train and bus timetables. See castles and ancient villages made famous by the Outlander series and discover why the real locations are as exciting as the show itself.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.75
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Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from GlasgowDay Trips

Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle and the Kelpies from Glasgow

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Explore the beautiful Trossachs National Park on this Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle tour from Glasgow. Head into the Scottish Highlands with a guide and enjoy an optional cruise on peaceful Loch Lomond. Alternatively, explore the village of Luss at your leisure. Then, travel through the Trossachs National Park to Aberfoyle — where Rob Roy MacGregor made his name. Visit Stirling Castle (own expense), widely considered among Scotland’s most important fortresses, and gain insight into Scotland’s rich history. Admire fine views from the castle walls, then return to Glasgow.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.89
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Culzean Castle, Burns Country & the Ayrshire Coast Small-Group Tour from GlasgowDay Trips

Culzean Castle, Burns Country & the Ayrshire Coast Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

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Leave behind the bustle of Glasgow for a full-day trip to Scotland’s wind-swept Ayrshire Coast. Fans of Robert Burns can revel in the scenic tour through his homeland, soaking up images of the Scottish castles, quaint fishing villages, and enchanting wooded areas that inspired the artist’s poems and songs. Stop to wander the trails of Culzean Country Park and spend the afternoon exploring Burns’ hometown of Alloway.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.18
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Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from GlasgowDay Trips

Oban and the West Highlands Day Trip from Glasgow

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Enjoy the wonders of northwest Scotland on a full-day trip through the West Highlands and Oban from Glasgow. With a friendly guide, see some of the world’s most stunning scenery from the rolling hills of coastal Oban to the moors and forests of Trossachs National Park. See landmarks like Kilchurn Castle, visit the villages of Luss and Inveraray, and hear tales of famous Scots such as Robert the Bruce.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$58.39
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$58.39
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The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience from GlasgowDay Trips

The Outlander, Palaces & Jacobites Experience from Glasgow

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Leave Glasgow behind and feel like you are spending the day with the Frasers in the 17th century. Visit various locations used for filming scenes in the Outlander series and learn where fact and fiction meet and diverge. Stops include Doune Castle (Castle Leoch), Culross (Claire’s herb garden), Mercat Cross (Cranesmuir), Blackness Castle (Fort William) and several others. There will also be stops at important landmarks of interest to fans of Scottish history.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.18
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GREENOCK (GLASGOW) SHORE EXCURSION: Scotland Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip TourDay Trips

GREENOCK (GLASGOW) SHORE EXCURSION: Scotland Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip Tour

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Sightseeing tours the way they should be! Enjoy a real Scotland Adventure BusyBus style where your driver guide will show you sights off the beaten track with real passion and delight. After all, they enjoy their tour almost as much as you will!
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$80.97
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$80.97

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from GlasgowDay Trips

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky Trail Small Group Day Tour from Glasgow

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Discover Scotland’s dramatic landscape and even more dramatic history on this full-day tour from Glasgow. In a small group, wind through the Scottish Highlands to Stirling Castle, former home of Mary, Queen of Scots. Hear about legendary battles that took place there, then continue on to Doune Castle and Trossachs National Park. Stroll around Loch Lomond and take an optional whisky tour of Glengoyne Distillery.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.89
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Outlander Day Tour from Glasgow or EdinburghDay Trips

Outlander Day Tour from Glasgow or Edinburgh

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See the Scotland of the hit television series 'Outlander' on this full-day tour through the countryside. With a driver-guide, you'll visit sites used for Lallybroch (Midhope Castle), Fort William (Blackness Castle), Crainsmuir (Culross), and Castle Leoch (Doune Castle). When booking, select pickup from Glasgow or just outside Edinburgh.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$102.93
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Speyside Whisky Experience by Whisky Trails: Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet Day Trips

Speyside Whisky Experience by Whisky Trails: Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet

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Whether you are a whisky aficionado or a complete novice, this Whisky Trail has something for everyone. You will be picked up from where you are staying and transported in comfort, safety, and style to Speyside. This is a private tour and only your group will participate. If you book between April and October you will visit the big three Speyside distilleries, namely The Macallan, Glenlivet, and Glenfiddich. The agenda is flexible so depending on whether you have chosen to book a tour at one of the distilleries, we will agree the timing for your day before setting off together. PLEASE NOTE: the Glenlivet Distillery closes from November to March and therefore an alternative distillery will be agreed with you if you decide to book during these months. At the end of the Whisky Trail, we will head back to your starting point or another location by prior arrangement. NOTE: Depending on your starting location, the round trip from your location to Speyside could be as much as seven hours.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$411.67
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The Whisky Distillery Trifecta - Macallan - Glenfiddich - GlenlivetDay Trips

The Whisky Distillery Trifecta - Macallan - Glenfiddich - Glenlivet

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The first tour to take you to three top distilleries in one day! +Bespoke pickup+ Whiskywheels tours specialise in the wonderful whisky that Scotland has to offer. This Whisky Trifecta tour - Macallan, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. Macallan The jewel in the crown of Speyside. Not to be missed. Macallan is the most sought-after whisky for whisky collectors, here you'll find a huge range of Macallan Scotch whisky to buy and also take part in the fantastic three pillars tour. Glenfiddich Visit the family owned distillery to see what a truly world class family run business can achieve. Glenfiddich is the world's best-selling single-malt whisky and also the most awarded at the International Spirits Challenge. Glenlivet The tour and tasting at Glenlivet takes you back in time to how whisky was first made in Speyside. (please note - we may have to substitute distilleries due to Christmas period opening hours. Contact for details for booking between 8/11-10/01)
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$588.68
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$588.68
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Highlights of Scotland Luxury Private Tour with Scottish DriverDay Trips

Highlights of Scotland Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

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Avoid the hassle of organizing car rental in Scotland, and opt for a more luxurious and stress-free alternative—a bespoke luxury excursion with a chauffeur. No need to waste time going to sights that don’t interest you—customize the itinerary based on your interests, or ask for expert advice on the ideal custom route. Potential itineraries including the Highlands and National Parks, a Whisky Distillery tour, the Scottish Lochs, or Castles and Palaces such as Stirling Castle.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$812.35
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Ultimate Full Day Lake District Tour by Rail & Minivan: 10 Lakes 4 Mountain PassDay Trips

Ultimate Full Day Lake District Tour by Rail & Minivan: 10 Lakes 4 Mountain Pass

This tour takes you to: • Lake Windermere • Kirkstone Inn • Kirkstone Pass • Brothers Water • Patterdale • Glenridding • Ullswater • Lake Cruise on Ullswater. • Castlerigg stone circle • Lakeside at Keswick • Surprise View • Ashness Bridge • Honister Mine • Honister Pass • Buttermere • Crummock Water  • Moss Force waterfall • Thirlmere • Dunmail Raise • Grasmere • Rydal Water
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  • 8 hours
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$167.55
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Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Oban and Inveraray Day Trip from GlasgowDay Trips

Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Oban and Inveraray Day Trip from Glasgow

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Leave the city behind and discover some of the gems in Scotland’s crown on this Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Oban and Inveraray day trip from Glasgow. Visit Inveraray and the conservation village of Luss with your guide, and enjoy panoramic views over Loch Lomond’s tranquil waters. Travel deep into the Highlands and take in top attractions including Loch Awe and Kilchurn Castle. Gain insight into the Wars of Scottish Independence, explore the Victorian seaside town of Oban and gaze over the isles of Mull and Kerrera from McCaig's Tower.
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  • 8 hours 27 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.76
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$79.76

The Robert Burns Shore Experience - Private day tour (1 to 8 People)Day Trips

The Robert Burns Shore Experience - Private day tour (1 to 8 People)

Come with us and enjoy this unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son, Robert Burns. Experience the famous sites in Alloway where Burns lived and was inspired to write his most famous work.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$571.18
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The Brontes, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre Day Tour by Rail and MinivanDay Trips

The Brontes, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre Day Tour by Rail and Minivan

Enjoy a comfortable journey by train to Oxenholme on the edge of the Lake District. Traveling by train is much more pleasant than doing this part of the journey by bus! You then meet our guide and step aboard our minivan for the tour. This tour takes you to: • Drive through the beautiful Yorkshire countryside • Visit the Bronte Parsonage Museum & Graveyard • Guided walk around Haworth, unchanged since the Brontes lived there • Visit romantic gothic ruins of Wycoller Hall, “Ferndean Manor” of Jane Eyre
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
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The Inveraray Shore Experience - Private day tour (1 to 8 People)Day Trips

The Inveraray Shore Experience - Private day tour (1 to 8 People)

Journey through the Scottish countryside and discover our rugged glens, brilliant mountain scenery and historic Scottish castles. We will visit the famous Inveraray castle which is the seat of the Campbell clan, and then take a short walk over to the 19th century jail where you will experience what real life was like for real men, women and children who were tried and locked up.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$571.18
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$571.18
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The Braveheart Experience - Private 1 day tour (1 to 8 People)Day Trips

The Braveheart Experience - Private 1 day tour (1 to 8 People)

Braveheart fans can take a deep dive into Scotland’s struggle for independence—led by William Wallace and Robert the Bruce—with this exclusive tour that touches on the most significant landmarks and battlegrounds dating from these 13th- and 14th-century wars. Set off from Glasgow with your driver and guide to visit the National Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle, ending with a stop at the Bannockburn Visitor Centre on the site of the decisive Bannockburn Battle.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$571.18
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Outlander Day TourDay Trips

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Outlander Day Tour

This tour will allow individuals to walk in the steps of Jamie and Claire at some of the infamous locations listed. Your experienced driver drove crew and extras of Outlander during filming and his name is also in the credits of a couple of the episodes in Season 2.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.63
$102.93
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A Photographic Tour of the West Coast of ScotlandDay Trips

A Photographic Tour of the West Coast of Scotland

Spice up your Instagram content and give your portfolio some much-needed epicness. Capture the Highlands with a professional photographer (IG @bryanmillarwalker) and learn the techniques used to get amazing shots of the incredible landscapes of Scotland. Whether you bring your Hasselblad or iPhone 6, this one on one tour is about taking the time to experience the landscape, the castles and lochs, and learning everything you need to know about shooting and editing. From camera basics and composition to editing and even the ins and outs of Instagram and posting on social media, you'll spend the day going over it all while capturing the likes of Kilchurn Castle and the wonderous Glencoe. In case that's not enough, Bryan will personally be capturing your trip with candid photos along the way, all professionally edited and sent directly to you to look back on your trip.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$539.45
Price varies by group size
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$539.45
Price varies by group size

Beatrix Potter & Lake District full day, all inclusive tour by rail and minivanDay Trips

Beatrix Potter & Lake District full day, all inclusive tour by rail and minivan

You get to see: • Wray Castle where Beatrix spent her 16th birthday and first discovered the Lake District where she was to later make her home. • Hill Top, the house which Beatrix bought from the money she made from the publication of Peter Rabbit. • Esthwaite Water where Beatrix fished from her boat. • Hawkshead village • Beatrix Potter Gallery to see the original illustrations by Beatrix, including the famous copy she made of the Peter Rabbit letter. • Tarn Hows bought by Beatrix  and regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the Lake District. • Yewdale Valley where Beatrix owned farms and land including Yew Tree Farm used in the film Miss Potter. • Armitt Library & Museum to see Beatrix's stunningly detailed mycology illustrations and other artefacts
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  • 12 hours 1 minute
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