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Private Central Highlands Driving Tour

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

From $836.60

per group (up to 7)

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 7 to 8 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Escape the bustle of Edinburgh for a full-day private tour of the central Highlands. See castles, waterfalls, and historic villages as your local guide takes care of the driving. Customize the itinerary according to your personal interests, including a possible stop at a whisky distillery. Get personalized advice on where to eat traditional food. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are included.
  • Explore the central Highlands with a private tour
  • Skip the hassle of a rental car and let your guide do the driving
  • Adjust the itinerary according to your interests
  • Visit a whisky distillery, historic castles, and scenic waterfalls

What's Included

  • All guiding fees and vehicle costs.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Booster seats for up to 2 children.
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for castles/distillery
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

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Departure Time

9:00 AM

Please Note

We will pick up from any Edinburgh hotel, BnB or Port.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Operated by Iconic Tours

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.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Central Highlands Driving Tour?

A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Private Central Highlands Driving Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Central Highlands Driving Tour?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Traveler Tips

I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the Highlands, castles and history of Scotland in your own private van.
37 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Excellent experience
Rebecca_S, Aug 2022
We had an absolutely wonderful experience. Graham, our driver and guide, was a wealth of knowledge of history and culture, as well as quiet and beautiful stops out of the way of crowds and tour buses. He took very good care of us and kept us entertained (even the teenagers) during this full day experience. Communication was also excellent leading up to the tour. I highly recommend this experience. It’s well worth the money if you want to get off the beaten path for a day trip out of Edinburgh.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Dear Rebecca S, Many thanks for taking the time to write a review about your wonderful tour with Graham. We are very happy you enjoyed your time so much and Graham kept everyone captivated with his stories and history whilst he took you away from the usual tourist routes. I hope you can come tour with us again one day. Iconic Tours
Wonderful Scottish highlands tour. What an experience!
Chris_R, Jul 2022
Our guides name was Graham. What a wonderful and kind individual. He took us to areas not often seen by most tour groups. Stopped a local inn to have lunch which was also great. He was more like a family member than a tour guide. Very accommodating and a wealth of Scottish knowledge. Would recommend to anyone planning on booking this adventure.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Chris R, Many thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are very happy to hear you you enjoyed your tour with Graham. He always goes above and beyond and does his utmost to make the tours special for everyone. We hope you can visit us again. Kind regards, Will
Daniela_D, Apr 2022
This was such an amazing tour in the Highlands with Will. We spent the day in the Highlands and had the pleasure to learn so much about the History of Scotland. This was one of the best private tour we have experienced so far. We will definitely select another tour with Will should we visit Scotland again.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Dear Daniela_D, Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review and I am so happy you enjoyed the tour with me so much. It is really nice to her it was one the best private tours you have been on, I love to tell people about all the great things that come from Scotland and I hope to take you to more places here in the future. Best wishes from Edinburgh. Will
Excellent trip
Alexey_Z, Apr 2022
Stuart was a great guide. He shared a lot of insights about the Highlands. It was very nice trip where we have plenty of time to walk around some very beautiful places.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Dear Alexey_Z, we are very happy to year you enjoyed your trip to the Highlands with Stuart so much. He is a great guide who is very passionate about Scotland and he really enjoyed spending the day with you.
Loves this tour! One of the most memorable days with a knowledgeable guide
Leontine_C, Apr 2022
Will was great! He’s a travel and history expert! He caters the tour to your interests and the day is paced well. He’s very personable and pleasure to spend the whole day with. The van was clean and roomy, and he follows Covid safe protocols which was very appreciated. We saw beautiful sites where we were the only visitors. We highly recommend his company and would love to come back for a longer tour!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Dear Leontine, many thanks for taking the time to write a review. It was my pleasure to spend the day with you both, I had fun and I am glad you did too. If you ever make it back let's sort out some more tours for you. Best wishes from Scotland, Will
Amazing Views
Sherri_P, Mar 2022
Great guide, scenic views, and more. This is the way to go for families and small groups...or if you just prefer to not be on a crowded bus tour :)
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Dear Sherri_P, many thanks for the review, it is very much appreciated. I am really glad you enjoyed the views and the tour, it was a pleasure to spend the day with you both. Kind regards, Will
Amazing trip to the Highlands
Karen_M, Jan 2022
We absolutely loved our day with Will! From the second he picked us up at our hotel, he captivated us with stories and tales of the history of Scotland. His car was clean and he provided waters and even went to the trouble of memorizing all our names. He is incredibly knowledgeable about Scottish history and was easily able to answer most of our questions regarding all things Scotland, including Scotch Whiskey! Because it was New Years Day and many things were closed, he brought his own stash of whiskey and did a tasting for us all. It was lovely! The Highlands are so beautiful and we were thankful to have the opportunity to have seen them! The places he took us to eat were amazing as well. Overall it was our favorite tour of our entire trip. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Dear Karen, Many thanks taking the time to write such a lovely review, it is very much appreciated. I really enjoyed my day with you all. I am very happy to hear you enjoyed the stories and the history as well as the whisky. The Falls of Dochart Smokehouse is a great local place to eat and I am glad you enjoyed it so much. A great place in beautiful surroundings for your first lunch of the year. I hope you all make it back to Scotland again some day. Kind regards, Will
Amazing trip
Vaibhav_J, Sep 2020
Amazing trip. Moira was very helpful and had loads to talk about the area, history and about the nature. She was awesome and just made our day. Will was also very helpful who kept up posted before the trip and gave good tips to make the maximum out of the trip. Thanks to both you made our trip worth every single penny. Thanks to Viator for providing the tour on your website. Will definitely be looking forward to use more of the things you offer.
Response from Host, Sep 2020
Dear VJ-JPR, many thanks for taking the time to write a review. I am so happy you found my communications useful and I am also delighted you loved your tour with Moira so much. As you found out she is very passionate about Scottish history, culture and nature and it shines through on all of her tours. We hope you can come visit again. Kind regards Will
Had a blast!
mdierker824, Jan 2020
I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the Highlands, castles and history of Scotland in your own private van. Our tour guide Jim was so fun and was very very knowledgeable! We had THE best time! We will definitely come back and use this company again.
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Dear mdierker824, Thanks for the time to write a review for your Central Highlands tour with Jim on January 1st. He had a ball with you all and he was glad to show you the sights, the castles the hills the Loch, the waterfalls and tell you all about the history and the stories as well. We do hope you can come back to visit one day. Thanks Will
Best Tour EVER
jbrans02, Oct 2019
From before the private tour started to drop off, Our tour guide Will made the experience perfect. He tailored it to fit my two friends Diane, Jim and me perfectly. The day started with Will picking us up at the Glass House Hotel in Edinburgh and proceeded to Sterling Castle where Will accompanied us through the castle telling us about the history of the castle including important dates and Kings and Mary Queen of Scotts. From there we drove to the highlands, stopping for lunch at a local café where we had the most perfect burger - Yum! Then on to falls, back to stop at Trossachs to see Highland Bull Hamish and his blond Highland girlfriend Honey. Our final stop was Lock Lomond and then back to the hotel. We would go back to Scotland just to have Will take us on another tour. His knowledge and picture guidance (He was a professional photographer for an international tour magazine) was just perfect. ) Highly Recommend this tour with Will as your guide.
Best guide ever
LUISAV_G, Oct 2019
By far Chris is the best guide we have ever had in any city of the world. His knowledge, passion for his work and kindness are invaluable. Will recommend him to anyone, young or old. Amazing guide. We loved him
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Dear Mariaa.., Many thanks for your wonderful review for your tour with Chris. He loved meeting you all and we are very happy his passion, enthusiasm and knowledge impressed you all.
Great Tour and lifetime memory
Jay_H, Sep 2019
Took the private day tour with my wife and Chris was our tour guide. Logistics were perfect down to every detail and truly enjoyed every stop, every historical discussion, and 9 hours of seeing Scotland! Both my wife and I highly recommend.
Response from Host, Sep 2019
Dear jayharf, thank you for taking the time to write a review of your tour with Chris. We are glad you thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the day and we hope you can come back again. Many thanks again.
Wonderful day out in the Highlands
Lynne_B, Jul 2019
We absolutely loved our day. Our guide, Chris, was great. It felt more like a day out with friends as opposed to just a tour guide driving you to stops. Couldn't recommend more highly.
Response from Host, Jul 2019
Dear Ibb70, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review Chris loved meeting you all and showing you the best of the Highlands from a local point of view. We hope you manage to come and explore more some day. Will
Extraordinary experience!!
Roni_M, Jan 2019
Chris provided us with a “once in a lifetime” day-trip. We planned this Highlands Tour as a holiday gift to ourselves. Chris gave us a detailed, thorough and exciting history of Scotland. What a truly wonderful day.
Breathtaking scenery and adventure await!
Kelly_W, Oct 2018
We felt very fortunate to have Will as our guide to see and experience this tour of the central highlands. He was very helpful beforehand in suggesting the newish Bannockburn Experience. This interactive activity enabled all of our family of 4 to learn the background and actors in the Battle of Bannockburn and then to participate in a digital re-enactments of the Battle, with different family members on opposite sides. Prior to that we stopped at the foot of the hill below Stirling Castle and Will took a nice family picture for us.From there it was on to Callendar and a stop at Mohr Bread for scrumptious fare that included meat pies, bridies, macaroni and cheese pies, apple turnovers and eclairs! From there we made our way to the gravesite of Rob Roy (with a stop by a loch for some trick panoramic photography!). On then to an adventurous climb for a stunning view over Loch Voil at the MacLaren Clan gathering spot. For those not up to the climb, there was a comfy seat and friendly company to be had at a local pub.Will is a veritable treasure trove of historical information. We appreciated learning whilst taking in the beauty of the area. Knowing I was keen to see a Highland “coo”, we made a quick stop to do so and lastly before dropping us off at Scran and Scallie for dinner, Will took us by Dean Village for more photos and to tell us about that area. It was a wonderful day with good fun had by all and we highly recommend this tour! (Cheers, Will!)
I prefer off the beaten path...
DAVID M, Sep 2018
I prefer off the beaten path experiences and sites. From the outset, Will was communicative, responsive, and really heard what I had to say. On a couple of our stops, I am confident in saying I was the only tourist there. Great conversation, terrific sites, It went exactly as I was hoping. Very highly recommended.
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Our favorite tour of our 3 week...
Carla_S, Aug 2018
Our favorite tour of our 3 week holiday. We chose the eastern highlands because we wanted to see St Andrews. Chris was a perfect guide mixing humor, history and hidden gems of each area. St. Andrews was beautiful, as well as the surrounding area. We had a mix of driving and walking. We had the best and freshest fish and chips in Scotland. A great day. Thanks again Chris.
Our tour guide, Moira, took our...
DAN C, Mar 2018
Our tour guide, Moira, took our requests and put together a customized tour. She planned the day perfectly, found a terrific pub for lunch, was interesting and knowledgeable. A real highlight in our vacation. Worth every penny!
We absolutely loved our tour with...
ackingsley13, Nov 2017
We absolutely loved our tour with Will!!!!! He took us to a great local eatery for lunch and was beyond flexible. It really felt like we were just hanging out with a local. He was beyond personable and quite knowledgeable!!!
This tour was OUTSTANDING and worth...
Lisa R, Nov 2017
This tour was OUTSTANDING and worth every penny! Will was so entertaining, knowledgeable, and just a pleasure to get to know during our day together. He peppered the day with little known sites, fun facts and surprised us with a few Game of Thrones and Outlander locations! When in Scotland again...and we will be...I will certainly be contacting Will!


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