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Cairngorms National Park Tours

Cairngorms National Park
A wild landscape of granite mountains, heather-covered moors and gentle glens covering 1,500 square miles of the Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms National Park was named one of the world’s “Last Great Places” by National Geographic.

Formed 40 million years before the last ice age, the Cairngorms are especially popular among mountain bikers, snowboarders, sea kayakers and hikers. They’re also a hit with the Scottish Queen: she spends every summer there at Balmoral Castle and Estate.

More than 50 of the Cairngorms’ mountains reach over 2,953 feet, and the national park boasts five of the United Kingdom’s six highest mountain summits. Those looking for a challenge can hike up the summit of Cairngorm’s namesake mountain, while the more leisurely crowd can take the much-used mountain railway to the top. Once up there, remember that it’s a Scottish tradition to take a “wee nip” of whisky. Cheers!

The national park is home to 25 percent of the UK’s native woodland, which is vital for endangered birds like the Capercaillies and Scottish Crossbills who breed only in Scotland’s Caledonian Forest. The primeval-looking region contains dozens of rare animals and birds, including 50 reindeer that were reintroduced to the Cairngorms by a Swedish herdsman in the 1950s. Look out for wild cats, pine martens, red squirrels and ospreys, too.

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There are regular bus and rail connections from Scotland’s major cities to Aviemore, a busy resort town in the heart of the Cairngorms. Inverness is just half an hour to the north by bus or car, while Edinburgh and Glasgow are about a 2.5-hour drive away. Aviemore is open all year-round, but visitors should check for road closures due to snow in winter.
Address: Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore, Glasgow, Scotland
Hours: Open all year-round, but visitors should check for road closures due to snow in winter.
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Cairngorms National Park and Speyside Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from InvernessDay Trips

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Cairngorms National Park and Speyside Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Inverness

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Spend the day exploring Scottish scenery and whisky on a full-day tour from Inverness to Cairngorms National Park and the Glenfiddich Distillery. Join an experienced guide for a trip through the park’s scenic highlights, then learn the secrets of Scottish distilling at a family-owned distillery that makes the best-selling single malt whisky on earth. This tour includes round-trip transport from Inverness in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach and is limited to sixteen people for a personal experience.
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Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour from AberdeenCultural Tours

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Dunnottar Castle and Royal Deeside Small-Group Tour from Aberdeen

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Combine the majestic heights of Royal Deeside with the epic cliff-top site of Dunnottar Castle. For almost 150 years, the British royal family have travelled to the River Dee for their holidays.With almost unlimited cash and resources, why do they always come here?We think there’s an easy answer.This area encapsulates everything everyone loves about Scotland. You find grand castles enclosed by pine forests. You look up at the highest plateau in Britain in the Cairngorms National Park. And there’s enough nearby distilleries to satisfy any royal event.So, who wouldn’t want to escape to the fresh air of this location?On this tour, we combine her Majesty’s favourite holiday spot with a trip to Dunnottar Castle, one of the most historically important and visually arresting sights in Scotland.Hop aboard this tour, see an epic castle, and discover whether you have the same taste as the royals.
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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

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

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Take a personalized tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness on this day trip to the Scottish Highlands. See wooded lochs and tucked-away villages as you journey through spectacular scenery en route to Glencoe and Fort Augustus. Enjoy an optional boat tour in search of the Loch Ness Monster and traverse the picturesque Cairngorms National Park. Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach with a small group limited to 16 passengers.
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Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish HighlandsDay Trips

Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

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This full-day Scottish Highlands tour takes you on a scenic drive from Edinburgh to the fabled Loch Ness. The journey travels by coach across Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe and through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus, where you’re treated to a locally made picnic lunch. Take an optional boat ride on the legendary loch in search of ‘Nessie’ before the return trip over the Drumochter Pass and through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire, with views of the UNESCO-listed Forth Bridge.
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Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from EdinburghDay Trips

Loch Ness and the Highlands Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Uncover the mysteries of Loch Ness on an exciting day-trip from Edinburgh. Set out north along Scotland's West Coast to experience one of the country's most iconic lochs, best known for the fabled 'monster' said to reside deep within its waters. En route, pass some incredible sights, including the ruins of Linlithgow Palace, Ben Nevis―Britain's tallest mountain―and dramatic Highlands landscapes recognizable from films like 'Skyfall.' Your guide regales you with stories about the area, making for an exciting, informative―and if you're lucky, truly legendary―trip.
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Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from EdinburghDay Trips

Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Discover the dramatic beauty, history and mystery of Scotland on this full-day trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, wind through the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Cairngorms National Park and the mysterious Loch Ness – fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie! Spot the famous Stirling Castle on route and hear about legendary warfare like the battles of William Wallace and the massacre of Glen Coe in the 17th century.
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Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from EdinburghCultural Tours

Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Explore the stunning Scottish Highlands on a full-day excursion that includes Glencoe and Loch Ness. Set own from Edinburgh aboard a comfortable coach bus to experience some of the area's top sights and attractions. Tour Deanston Distillery and sample its whisky, learn the fascinating history of Glencoe—a village made modernly famous as a setting for James Bond and Harry Potter films—and opt to take a boat cruise upon iconic Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the famous 'Nessie' as you go.
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Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Day Tour from AberdeenDay Trips

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Speyside Whisky Trail Small-Group Day Tour from Aberdeen

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Whisky distilleries abound in Scotland and deciding where to go can be tricky, while driving between distilleries takes tastings off the table. That’s not a problem on this intimate small-group tour, as your driver-guide transports you to two specially selected distilleries in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach. There, learn about the history and production of whisky, before sampling for yourself.
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Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands TourMulti-day Tours

Isle of Skye and Scottish Highlands Tour

Niall McOwan is an experienced Scottish tour guide. Raised in the mountains and glens of Scotland and inspired by his father, renowned Scottish author and historian Dr. Rennie McOwan, Niall feels passionately about his role as a bespoke guide. Directly descended from legendary Highland stalker Donald Ross, Chief Stalker to the Duke of Portland, Niall aims to give clients the best possible experience whether it be heritage related , historical, cultural or perhaps a mixture of all three – the best that Scotland has to offer .Niall ‘. . . showing visitors my native Scotland is quite simply the perfect job’.Niall will ensure you have a truly memorable and bespoke private tour tailored to suit your needs , interests and time frame. .
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2 Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct & St Andrews TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

2 Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct & St Andrews Tour

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Experience the BEST of the Scottish Highlands on this quintessential 2-day tour - an awesome overnight escape with one of Scotland's highest rated tour companies! Admire the unrivaled scenery of eerie Glencoe, stroll through the pretty streets and across the Old Course at the Home of Golf in St Andrews, tuck into the BEST Highland fayre and whisky in Inverness, be spellbound by the magical Glenfinnan Viaduct and monster-hunt on the mighty Loch Ness! A whirlwind 2-day trip - with a bumper itinerary - that will introduce you to the spectacular scenery and culture of the Scottish Highlands and have you desperate to explore more… This tour is perfect for those short on time, but still dreaming of an overnight escape to the romantic Scottish Highlands with departures on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small-Group Tour from EdinburghCultural Tours

5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Escape the city to experience wild, small-town Scotland on this 5-day tour of the Highlands and the Isle of Skye from Edinburgh. Aboard a luxury minivan, enjoy the scenery of Cairngorms National Park, Achmelvich Bay and the mysterious Loch Ness. Visit famous sites like the Old Man of Storr and Eilean Donan Castle, hear bloody histories like the massacre of Glen Coe, and admire the dramatic beauty of the Quiraing mountain pass. Four nights in 3- or 4-star lodging and daily breakfasts included.
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Loch Ness and Glencoe Day Trip from Edinburgh Including LunchDay Trips

Loch Ness and Glencoe Day Trip from Edinburgh Including Lunch

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Explore the dramatic glens, glittering lochs and historic castles of the Scottish Highlands on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Admire some of the Highlands’ most famous vistas including Glencoe and Ben Nevis, and pass landmarks like Stirling Castle and Dunkfeld Cathedral. Tuck into a 3-course lunch of traditional Scottish cuisine in Fort Augustus, accompanied by a dram of Scottish whisky, then enjoy free time to explore Loch Ness, home to the legendary Loch Ness Monster.
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2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from EdinburghMulti-day Tours

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

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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 in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach with a small group limited to 16 passengers for a personalized experience with your informative guide.
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2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from EdinburghCultural Tours

2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience the enchantment of the Scottish Highlands on a small-group, 2-day trip from Edinburgh. As you travel through spectacular scenery, visit historical highlights like Doune Castle and witness the natural splendor of Loch Ness and Glen Coe. Delve into the history of Culloden battlefield, take a riverside stroll at Dunkeld and recognize Glenfinnan Viaduct, famed for its role in the ‘Harry Potter’ films. B&B or hostel accommodation is reserved but not included in the price. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
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Culloden Battelfield and Cairngorm Mountain RangeCultural Tours

Culloden Battelfield and Cairngorm Mountain Range

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Based in the Beautiful City of Inverness, we at Highland Tours 4 You, offer you the opportunity to join us on one of our prearranged tours taking in some of the magical sights and experiences available in this fascinating area. We currently offer One Day tours showcasing some of the most breath-taking scenery and stunning landscapes that the Highlands have to offer. Our 8 seater vehicle offers you that personal experience that we strive to give all our customers.If there is anywhere not shown that you would like to visit or if you would prefer a Private Tour just give us a call and we will do everything in our power to help meet your needs. Perhaps you fancy a Distillery Tour, a Golf Club Tour, Cocktail Tour, Island Hop, the list is endless, just let us know what you fancy, we are here to help.We offer a very convenience city centre riverside Pick Up Point.
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Culloden Battlefield and Cairngorm Mountain RangeCultural Tours

Culloden Battlefield and Cairngorm Mountain Range

Based in the Beautiful City of Inverness, we at Highland Tours 4 You, offer you the opportunity to join us on one of our prearranged tours taking in some of the magical sights and experiences available in this fascinating area. We currently offer One Day tours showcasing some of the most breath-taking scenery and stunning landscapes that the Highlands have to offer. Our 8 seater vehicle offers you that personal experience that we strive to give all our customers.If there is anywhere not shown that you would like to visit or if you would prefer a Private Tour just give us a call and we will do everything in our power to help meet your needs. Perhaps you fancy a Distillery Tour, a Golf Club Tour, Cocktail Tour, Island Hop, the list is endless, just let us know what you fancy, we are here to help.We offer a very convenience city centre riverside Pick Up Point.
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Tailored Tours of NE ScotlandCultural Tours

Tailored Tours of NE Scotland

All tours are designed and tailored to the needs and preferences of my customers. The tours are small private groups, which makes for a much more personal experience.
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Loch Ness Luxury Private Tour with Scottish DriverPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Loch Ness Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

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Avoid crowded tours and explore some of the highlights of the Scottish Highlands at your own pace (no waiting for other passengers) on this private guided tour from Edinburgh. Traveling in a comfortable Wi-Fi-equipped Mercedes Benz, take in such sights as the UNESCO-listed Forth Rail Bridge and the Cairngorms National Park, and make stops in the charming village of Pitlochry and Highland capital Inverness en route to the famed Loch Ness.
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The Whisky Tour. Private Tour4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

The Whisky Tour. Private Tour

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This is a fantastically fun tour of some of the best bits of the Speyside Way. The two distilleries we are visiting are both outstanding and unique in their own way. The Mash Tun serves up the most delicious food and their whisky collection is one of the best in the country. This is a very relaxed day, enjoying the Whisky Trail in all its glory at a comfortable pace. Great music on board - and always the best 'craic'.
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Luxury Whisky Experience at The Macallan DistilleryDay Trips

Luxury Whisky Experience at The Macallan Distillery

Your Luxury Private Tour to The Macallan Whisky Distillery in the Speyside region of Scotland includes Door to Door service along with an experienced Local Scottish Driver and Luxury vehicle, allowing you to enjoy the stunning Scottish scenery and importantly a dram or two of our famous Scottish Whisky. With no waiting for other passengers it is your tour your way, we can customise the tour to suit and create your very own experience.With Door to Door service from Glasgow, complimentary Scottish Breakfast Rolls and Hot Drinks while en-route to the distillery. Your Distillery Tour is included, The Macallan Heritage Experience offers you a 2 Hour tour through the distillery and the journey from Cask to Glass, also included a tutored tasting in the iconic Cave Privee. You will also receive your own Macallan Copita Glass as a souvenier to take home from your experience.
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Luxury Whisky Experience at The Macallan Distillery

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Your Luxury Private Tour to The Macallan Whisky Distillery in the Speyside region of Scotland includes Door to Door service along with an experienced Local Scottish Driver and Luxury vehicle, allowing you to enjoy the stunning Scottish scenery and importantly a dram or two of our famous Scottish Whisky. With no waiting for other passengers it is your tour your way, we can customise the tour to suit and create your very own experience.With Door to Door service from Edinburgh, complimentary Scottish Breakfast Rolls and Hot Drinks while en-route to the distillery. Your Distillery Tour is included, The Macallan Heritage Experience offers you a 2 Hour tour through the distillery and the journey from Cask to Glass, also included a tutored tasting in the iconic Cave Privee. You will also receive your own Macallan Copita Glass as a souvenier to take home from your experience.
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Loch Ness Luxury Private Tour with Scottish DriverPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Loch Ness Luxury Private Tour with Scottish Driver

Discover the legends and the beauty of Loch Ness during this full-day private tour from Glasgow. Board your private vehicle fit for a maximum of six passengers and create your itinerary for the day. Drive through the Scottish Highlands, visit the village of Pitlochry favored by Queen Victoria, and explore the city of Inverness before heading to Loch Ness for a boat trip to search for the Loch Ness monster.
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South Highlands from InvernessCultural Tours

South Highlands from Inverness

A fabulous round trip from Inverness, taking in some spectacular scenery and a variety of stops along the way.
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3-day Private Tour: Glasgow, Lochs and GlensHistorical & Heritage Tours

3-day Private Tour: Glasgow, Lochs and Glens

Our Glasgow, Lochs & Glens tour is private and completely tailor-made to your interests and needs.From exciting metropolis filled with culture and art to stunning natural spots full of beauty and history: this tour has it all! Set out on an unforgettable journey with Brambling Bus and cross out all the points from your Scottish wish list!If you wish to tell us about any particular thing you'd like to see on your visit, don't hesitate to contact us. Otherwise, see you in Scotland for an amazing adventure!
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