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

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.

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

Hazel W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Our tour guide was amazing! We visited two distilleries for whisky tastings after our group took a vote. We stopped in lots of spots to take pictures, all of which were absolutely amazing! My mom and I had such an amazing time and highly recommend!

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We loved this tour! Driver had the right mix of commentary music and quiet time. Bed and Breakfast experience was great! Highly recommend this tour!

Beth Anne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Good tour--great tour guide. Had a great time and really loved the mini hike out at the end. Good accommodations and a very, very well worth-it tour price. Would recommend.

Christina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

I have been on many tours over the years and this was by far one of the best! Mackenzie was an AMAZING tour guide. He was not just knowledgable of the highland way of life, he is a highlander himself. Not only did we do the activities listed, but based on the interests of the group, he took us to some additional stops. Having a small bus with less people was much more enjoyable than a large coach trip and allowed for the flexibility that our trip had. Scotland is known for unpredictable weather but we managed to get some sunshine in as well. I could not have asked for a better trip and will most definitely return for a longer one in the future.

Doug J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great way to see the highlands

Doug J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great way to see the highlands

Anwar Kamal S Saudi Arabia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent. Well paced. A real value of money. Watching Scotland's beautiful landscape in a comfortable van, having a great storyteller and driver who is smartly synchronizing with great history info and soothing Scottish songs.Pardon me to forget the name, but our driver was exceptionally good. Thanks to you Man.
It will be unfair to talk about my accommodation in Glem Mhor Hotel Inverness. It had a great location, one of the most memorable place to remember. I wish I would stay more there.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Catty es una excelente guía ! Los paisajes son hermosos, el tour al lago tiene suficiente tiempo para explorar el Castillo, se conocen lugares muy lindos y la historia de Escocia.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

I cannot rave enough about this tour. Our guide MacKenzie was exceptional. His passion for Scotland, his storytelling skills and his bagpipe exhibition on the banks of a Scottish loch all melded into a magical experience. The tour was jam packed full of information and stops, but we never felt overwhelmed. Mac gave us plenty of options and encouraged us to participate in the tour rather than be passive observers. The B and B we stayed in at Innervess was very cozy, and the next day we visited Loch Ness and much of the Highlands. If I could have stayed out on that trip for another 3 or 4 days, it would have been worth it!! If you have time for one excursion, this is the one to take. The tour group Rabbies was exceptional, and MacKenzie set the standard VERY high for tour guides in my book!

Bernadette A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017


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