Your journey through the majestic Scottish Highlands departs from central Glasgow in the morning. Meet your friendly guide and settle in for the northbound ride toward Inverness. Along the way, visit medieval landmarks like Dunkeld Hermitage and Rothiemurchus Estate. Wind through Cairngorms National Park, catching lovely views of dense woodland and waterfalls rushing through craggy ravines. You’ll arrive at your accommodation in Inverness with a free evening to explore town and have dinner (own expense).
Start the next day with breakfast before visiting the mythical Loch Ness and the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Purchase an optional cruise on the loch (and try to catch a glance of the famed water monster, Nessie!). Then continue your coach tour, passing spectacular sites like Ben Nevis – Scotland’s highest mountain – and Glencoe as you make your way back to Glasgow.
Please see the Itinerary below for details on each day of the tour.
Day 1: Glasgow – Dunkeld – Cairngorms National Park – Inverness
Leave Glasgow in the morning and travel to the historical village of Dunkeld, home to a 12th-century Celtic cathedral, and then take a leisurely stroll along the River Tay. Alternatively, explore the wooded grounds of the Dunkeld Hermitage (a decorative garden building) to look for 18th-century follies such as Ossian's Cave. From Dunkeld, continue to the holiday town of Pitlochry in time for lunch (own expense).
Cross over Highland Boundary Fault, a geological fault line that separates Scotland’s lowlands from the Highlands, taking in views of the magnificent scenery along the way. Look out for Blair Castle as you enter Cairngorms National Park, and then ogle the pine trees and wide, open countryside that typifies the parkland. Have your camera ready for a stop at Rothiemurchus Estate inside the national park, and capture incredible panoramas of its raw Scottish beauty.
Continue your journey north, and arrive in Inverness around early evening. Check in to your accommodation, and then enjoy a full evening of free time to explore the capital of the Highlands.
Overnight: 3-star guesthouse or hotel in Inverness
Day 2: Inverness – Loch Ness – Fort Augustus – Glencoe – Glasgow (B)
After a leisurely breakfast, and then leave Inverness to visit Loch Ness, Scotland’s most famous body of water. On arrival, choose to stay on dry land and explore the banks of the loch by foot, or enjoy a Loch Ness cruise instead (own expense; April to October only). Simply hop aboard the comfortable sightseeing boat, and cruise around the loch while looking out for Nessie – the legendary Loch Ness monster.
Whether you choose to sightsee from land or water, both options include the chance to see Urquhart Castle, a ruined medieval stronghold that dominates the landscape from the banks of the loch.
Meet back up with your guide, and travel to the southern shores of Loch Ness to the charming village of Fort Augustus. Stop for lunch (own expense), and watch the boats cruise along the Caledonian Canal that links the lochs of the Great Glen. Later in the afternoon, resume your journey south past Ben Nevis and Fort William to the haunting battlefield at Glencoe, where members of the Macdonald clan were brutally massacred in the 17th century. Take in the atmosphere and hear the history on a walk around, and then continue traveling through Rannoch Moor to Glasgow.
Your 2-day tour ends at the starting point in central Glasgow in the early evening.