• Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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Experience Scotland's rugged countryside on a 10-hour Highlands and whisky tour from Edinburgh. In a small-group, visit Scotland’s hilly Lowlands and forested Highlands, where you’ll spot waterfalls and migrating salmon in the River Braan. Stop in quaint towns for refreshments and optional whisky tastings, and soak up the stunning landscape — a mosaic of verdant glens, loch and rivers. Along the way, learn the often dark history of this wild region.

Highlights

  • Small-group tour of the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh
  • Experience the lochs, glens and whisky of the Highlands
  • Enjoy a lunch stop in Pitlochry and a drive around Loch Tay
  • Visit a whisky distillery or salmon dam (own expense)
  • See Glencoe and Loch Tummel from the Queen's View
  • Maximum tour group of 16 passengers ensures a more personalized experience
  • Shopping and dining discount card

What You Can Expect

Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Hermitage, Scotland

Your full-day excursion sets off from Edinburgh in the morning. Meet your guide in the city center and take a comfortable seat in the van. Enjoy morning views of the city as you cross the Forth Road Bridge, one of the world's longest cantilever bridges.

Cruise through the Lowlands into the Highlands, where farmland gives way to mountains and thick forests, the setting for many historic tales such as ‘Birnam Wood’ in Macbeth. Your first stop is the Hermitage, a natural wonderland where you’ll stroll through fir-lined paths along the River Braan.

After your nature walk, climb back in the coach for a drive through the River Tay valley. Admire the winding river — the longest in Scotland — as you make your way to the charming town of Pitlochry. Here, you’ll have some free time to explore this popular vacation destination. Admire the architecture as you stroll past small shops and eateries, then grab lunch (own expense) and pop into a local whisky distillery. 

Next, enjoy natural vistas at Killiecrankie and Queen’s View, where you can often see beyond Loch Tummel and Schiehallion to Glencoe, a glen that boasts high mountain peaks and a legendary history. Continue to Loch Tay, Loch Killin and the dramatic Braes of Balquhidder, where 18th Scottish patriot and outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor is buried. After a day of sightseeing, relax for the ride back to Edinburgh, arriving at Waterloo Place in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Kelsey E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Excellent day trip! Great views, good whiskey, and a charming guide.

Irma L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Definitely worth it! Driving through the scenic area and getting historical information from our driver Stephan was great. Every destination was unique and amazing in its own way.

peglyngul

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Our driver Robby was very interesting and knew a lot of the Scottish history making it very enjoyable. A wonderful sense of humour. The scenery was very diverse and also saw the first dusting of snow on the munroes. The autumn colours are beautiful.

Mary L G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was great as well. Faergus was our guide. Not only was he he full of interesting information, the love for his country and the telling of the stories was wonderful. There was a local young woman on the trip, so I think thats saying a lot about the tour company Rabbies. I saw her another day but she was going on a different tour than I was.

Cindy L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Beautiful countryside!! Tour was great! Need to go back to Edinburgh!

Nancy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Really enjoyed this tour. Our tour guide, David, was great. I would recommend this tour!

Janelle J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

The highlands are beautiful and the distillery was very interesting.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was a great tour to visit some of the beautiful places in the lower end of the Highlands. Although the stops were not long we got to stop in many spots and walk around on our own. Our tour guide was David and he was great at telling us a bit of Scotland's history in between our stops. The Dewar's Aberfeldy Whisky distillery was a highlight for us. It was very informative and our tour guide Richard was awesome! This is not included in the price of the tour but they do offer a discount for groups, so it's cheaper that if you were to go on your own. Overall, we had a great time!

Melissa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This tour is wonderful, especially for someone who doesn't have much time in Scotland. You drive through parts of Edinburgh to the beautiful Highlands, and have a great whiskey tour. Eric and Feargal were fantastic guides. They were animated and provided useful information throughout the tour!

Laura U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Had a brilliant time with my boyfriend! Our tour guide was McKenzie and he was great, really funny and told us all about the local history of where we were passing. As well as doing a bit of singing and playing the bag pipes too

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