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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 by minivan with a small group limited to 16 passengers for a personalized experience with your informative guide.


  • 2-day trip from Edinburgh to Loch Ness and Inverness
  • Scenic drive through the Scottish Highlands
  • Visit and take an optional boat ride on spooky Loch Ness
  • Explore Inverness, capital of the Highlands
  • Choice of hotel or B&B/guesthouse accommodation
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people ensures privileged, personalized attention
  • Professional, knowledgeable and entertaining driver/guide

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What You Can Expect

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

Glen Affric, Scotland

You’ll visit Inverness, Loch Ness and more during this scenic 2-day journey to the Scottish Highlands, departing from Edinburgh by comfortable minivan. Disembark along the way to explore historical villages and atmospheric castles tucked away in the woods, with an optional boat ride on Loch Ness in search of the mysterious Loch Ness Monster. 
Spend the night in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, with your choice of a single, twin or double room at a 3-star hotel or bed & breakfast (guesthouse) upon booking.
This small-group tour means you can reach out-of-the-way places, allowing you more time to discover genuine Scotland, with the added benefit of gaining intimate knowledge of the Scotland Highlands from a knowledgeable guide.
See Itinerary section below for details on each day’s activities.

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Day 1: Edinburgh – Inverness
Depart Edinburgh in the morning and take a leisurely stroll along the River Tay or explore the wooded grounds of the Hermitage to look for 18th-century follies such as Ossian's Cave. From here you will continue on to the popular holiday town of Pitlochry, where there will be free time to have lunch (own expense) in one of the local restaurants or cafes.

Cross over the geological fault line, which separates the Lowlands from the Highlands, taking in views of the magnificent Highland scenery and passing the majestic Blair Castle before entering Cairngorm National Park. This unique area is one of the last remaining pockets of native Caledonian pine forest left standing. Your guide will stop in the ancient Rothiemurchus Estate to allow you time to fully appreciate the stunning views.

Continue your journey north, arriving at Inverness in the early evening. You will be dropped off at your accommodation, and the evening is free for you to explore the capital of the Highlands.
Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Inverness

Day 2: Inverness – Edinburgh
After a leisurely breakfast, you will picked up from your Inverness accommodation and travel toward the famous Loch Ness. There will be stops along the way to take photos of the beautiful surrounding countryside. Upon arrival you will have the option to take a boat trip out on the loch (April to October; price not included) to look for Nessie the Loch Ness Monster, and take in views of Urquhart Castle, or you may stay on dry land to explore the castle's mighty ruins.

Journey south past Ben Nevis and Fort William to Glencoe. This haunting glen was the scene of a terrible massacre in 1692, where many of the Macdonald Clan died. The tour stops here for you to take in the unique atmosphere of this place.

The return journey to Edinburgh takes you across the wild and remote Rannoch Moor and through the countryside around Stirling, before concluding in Edinburgh in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Vinita D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This is a very well organized trip.
We were given exact instructions about meeting place and time. Our driver cum guide was Paul. He was very knowledgeable and good company. This trip is highly recommended especially for first time visitors to Scotland and for those that are there for a short time.

Klara P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was so amazing! Heather was a fantastic guide. Her story about Queen Mary was very entertaining - ask her about it if she does not tell it by herself. The places we went to where so beautiful - especially Glencore. I highly recommend this tour and cross your fingres that Heather will be your guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Doug,as was an excellent guide and driver. The sites were amazing. We hope to visit again and will use.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour exceeded all of our expectations! Our driver/tour guide Paul was amazing! He catered aspects of the tour to what people wanted on our bus Culloden battlefield and Whiskey tastings for example. There was so much history and beautiful nature. Our B and B in Inverness did not disappoint either. I am so glad that we took a two day, rather than a one day tour. We hope to plan another trip with Rabbies tour company again, this time with a longer excursion, including the Isle of Skye. Cannot recommend this tour enough!

Vafa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Lovely trip with the best tour guide, Jan! I and #39;ve already missed the highlands. It was just like a dream!

Janice S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour. Guide and driver, Graham was fantastic

Neda D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I am so happy I took the tour. It was truely amazing. Couldnt ask for a better way to visit the Scottish highlands. Our driver and tour guide and #34; Jan and #34; was so incredibly professional, knowledgable and funny. He gave us a lot of information everywehere he took us. The scenary was brearthtaking. Loved it

Maureen K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Audrey was knowable, friendly and funny. The group gelled quickly and we saw amazing sights. Great way to see the Scotish highlands!

Donna H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour was exceptional because of the tour guide, Gill. She was very friendly, gave lots of detailed history about the two day journey and most on the tour was very friendly. Would certainly recommend this tour and look forward to doing another in the future with your company.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent Tour, Gill our tour guide was great, very informative and just right for a 1 night, 2 day tour.

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