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

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  • 10 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Experience Scotland's rugged countryside on a Highlands and whisky tour from Edinburgh. In a small-group, visit Scotland’s hilly Lowlands and forested Highlands, where you can 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.
  • Travel to the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Experience the lochs, glens, and whisky of the Highlands
  • See Glencoe and Loch Tummel from the Queen's View
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience

What's Included

  • Professional driver/guide
  • Top of the range Mercedes mini-coach
  • Small Group Tour (16 people max)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fees (Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery)

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Rabbie's Cafe Bar
    6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

    6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Your full-day excursion sets off from Edinburgh in the morning. Meet your guide in the city center and take a comfortable seat in a top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach. 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, for a 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, enjoy 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 tasting the 'water of life' at Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery (or Glenturret Distillery if Dewar's is closed). The day finishes with a visit to Dunkeld Cathedral and the scenic areas of Dunkeld, Perth, and Kinross. After a day of sightseeing, relax for the ride back to Edinburgh, arriving at Waterloo Place in the evening.

Rabbie's Cafe Bar

Meet here for boarding 15 mins before the published departure time.

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

The Hermitage Woodland Walk

Venture through dense woodland and enjoy gushing views of a gorgeous waterfall.

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Min. age 5 years old. We do not accept children under the age of 5 years.
  • In order to retain the integrity of the tour and try to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience, we do cap bookings from any one party to 8 passengers.
  • Check-in closes 15 minutes prior to departure.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Starting from November, Dewar's distillery is closed on Sundays throughout the winter. On these days you will be visiting Glenturret distillery instead.
  • Dewars Aberfeldy Distillery - We reserve tickets for you. If you want to visit this attraction, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:What is the departure point for the Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?

A:The tour departs from Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

Jun 2021

Q:Is parking available near the departure point for the Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?

A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.

Jun 2021

Q:How early should I arrive for the Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?

A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring luggage with me on the Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?

A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

Jun 2021

Q:What should I bring with me on the Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?

A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for lunch, optional admission tickets, etc.

Jun 2021

Q:Are admission fees included in the Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?

A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.

Jun 2021

Q:What type of vehicle is used during the Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?

A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring a wheelchair on the Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?

A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available on the bus during the Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?

A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my small child with me on the Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour?

A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.

Jun 2021

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Traveler Tips

If you have a full day to spend in the Highlands, you must take this trip.
I would highly recommend this trip if you want a relaxing day trip around the highlands!
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Brilliant. It makes you want to explore Scotland further!
Anneliese_H, Aug 2022
We thought we had booked the 3 hour tour but we’d obviously hit a wrong button! It was an amazing full day of amazing scenery, history, music and whisky tasting. Stuart B, our guide, was The Best!!
Wonderful day tour from Edinburgh.
Susan_M, Aug 2022
My husband and I had an excellent time on this tour and would highly recommend it. Our tour guide, Duncan, was extremely knowledgeable about the area and Scottish history. Duncan is funny and passionate about his job which made this tour super enjoyable. It was a great way to see the Highlands and get out of Edinburgh for the day.
Duncan was amazing!
Ashley_T, Aug 2022
Our tour guide, Duncan, was amazing and made the entire tour so great! Each stop was great and he gave his own local expertise and advice.
Excellent tour and tour guide
Stuart_R, Aug 2022
Carrie was a phenomenal tour guide, giving us excellent information about the history of everywhere we stopped, and was full of fascinating information during the journey. Very entertaining, and a credit to the company and country.
Fabulous trip
Robert_M, Jul 2022
Great time. Guide was extremely informative and pleasant. Highly recommend. Accommodations were excellent and comfortable. The places that we stopped were best of the best.
Absolutely Fabulous Trip to the Highlands!
Eric_R, Jul 2022
Great trip with a lot of great sites and views from all over the Highlands. Iain was a fabulous guide with great stories and great music along the way. Only suggestion would be to spend a little less time at the Hermitage and a little more time in Pitlochry for lunch. Otherwise a fabulous trip.
Great trip
NITIN_S, Jul 2022
Jim was great .. both behind the wheels and as the guide . It was a fun tour with Jim’s stories and beautiful highlands .
Highland lochs, Glens and whisky tour
Amuda_V, Jul 2022
Our tour guide Jordi was very friendly and knowledgeable about Scotland’s history and shared some amazing stories. The gorgeous sunny weather was a bonus and the most memorable part of our trip was the waterfalls and Queens view. Will definitely recommend this to friends and family .
A lot of fun
Abram_M, Jul 2022
It was nice having Andrew narrate history and modern culture throughout. It was a lot of fun. A great mix of relaxing going and playing!
England trip.
Ronald_C, Jul 2022
Took our son and his wife on the tour. Wonderful to see the villagers, distillery, and countryside. Very comfortable and no comparison to having to drive ourselves. Great addition to our trip.
Beautiful views, walks, and delicious whiskey
Matthew_F, Jul 2022
Greaem and his knowledge of the history of Scotland and the Highlands made the experience a very memorable one. The Queen's View was extraordinary and getting to taste whiskey that is not sold was exciting and delicious.
Iain did a great job,...
John_K, Jul 2022
Iain did a great job, knew the best places for photo opportunities and did great job on telling the history of the area. Could turn music down a couple notches, particularly after the whisky tasting. Otherwise great.
My wife and I booked this...
anna_t, Jul 2022
My wife and I booked this tour to see the outskirts of Edinburgh, Barbara our tour guide was great, lots of information and beautiful locations.
Great way to be introduced to the Highlands
Stacy_K, Jun 2022
We loved the small group format, which meant we weren't moving around in a massive group. The guide was very informed, and what she didn't know, she found out while we were on stops. I would use them again for a trip further into the Highlands.
Highlands and Dewars Distillery.
Alicia_D, May 2022
We loved the Distillery tour at Dewar’s Aberfeldy. Duncan our guide/driver was knowledgeable and was keen to share his stories with us. It was a great day.
Great tour guide
scottwernery, May 2022
Duncan was amazing, made the experience. First had experience and countless great stories. Highly recommend.
great tour guide
LenaMaria_K, May 2022
great tour guide Carry, extremely open minded and she shared so many good stories with us. good music selection between the stories and Carry even thought us some Scottish songs.
Harsh_K, May 2022
Very nice trip. Our driver and guide Duncan was superb. He kept us entertained. Worth every peening and time we spent . Highly recommended
A lovely day out in the countryside
Milan_R, May 2022
Fiona was a brilliant guide, friendly, relaxed, funny and entertaining. We also appreciated that she grew up in the area she took us through so was able to share amusing personal anecdotes. The trip itself was a lovely day out with some cute towns and beautiful scenery. We totally enjoyed it.
Tanya our nurse was...
Kim_B, May 2022
Tanya our nurse was amazing. So efficient and helpful. The location was clean and easy to get to. Would highly recommend
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