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Soak up the spirit of Scotland with a full-day trip through the Highlands and an evening viewing of the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Wind through the Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, then visit a local whisky distillery for a tour and tasting. Head back to Edinburgh for guaranteed entrance to the Military Tattoo –  an exciting light show and military performance on Edinburgh Castle’s esplanade.

Highlights

  • Combined Highlands day trip and ticket to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo
  • Enjoy a scenic drive through Trossachs National Park to the Highlands
  • Learn all about Scotch whisky on a whisky distillery tour and enjoy a sample, too
  • Explore the Hermitage pleasure grounds, and walk through the woodlands to Ossian’s Cave
  • Gaze in awe at the tattoo’s performers at the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle
  • Book for a Saturday to include entrance to a firework display after the tattoo

What You Can Expect

Scottish Highlands Day Trip and Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo after a day trip to the Scottish Highlands

Meet your guide early in central Edinburgh, where you'll embark by minibus on a scenic drive to the ancient capital of Stirling. Enjoy spectacular morning views as the sun lights up Stirling Castle, former residence of Scottish royals including Mary, Queen of Scots. Snap some photos and learn about the site’s colorful history, then continue to the William Wallace monument to hear more about this legendary character.  

As your coach travels through the Highlands, admire unspoiled geological wonders like Loch Earn and Loch Lomond. Your expert guide will narrate the journey through Trossachs National Park and offer tall tales like that of Scottish folk hero Rob Roy. Stop next at The Famous Grouse, Scotland’s oldest working whisky distillery. Enjoy lunch, take an optional distillery tour and sample a dram of whisky straight from the cask (own expense)!

Your trip continues to the Hermitage, a natural wonderland where you’ll stroll through fir-lined paths along the River Braan to Ossian’s Hall and the majestic Black Linn Falls. After your nature walk, head back to Edinburgh, passing the stunning Dunkeld Cathedral and Forth Bridge on the way.

You’ll arrive back to town with several hours to relax before the evening entertainment. Grab some dinner (own expense) and make your way to Edinburgh Castle. As you enter the illuminated esplanade, take your seat amongst the thousands of eager viewers that flock to the capital annually for the 1.5-hour Edinburgh Military Tattoo. With diverse performances ranging from Her Majesty’s Royal Marines to Zulu warriors and steel drummers, the tattoo is a true international celebration. Revel in the sights, sounds – and fireworks on Saturday!

Customer Reviews

Wanderer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wow! What can I say? So much more than I expected. Great tour and the Tattoo was a once in a lifetime experience. Don't hesitate, just go!

Irene D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The military Tattoo was fantastic. Lots of fun. The Day trip was very nice too. Joe is quite knowledgeable. Got his highland perspective on places. Loved going to the Wallace monument, and the whisky tour. His generous gift was much appreciated.

P. Susan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

A wonderful experience with a very entertaining and knowledgeable guide. Our seats for the breathtaking Tattoo performances were perfect.

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was professional and Andy did a great job not just driving but also delivering an interesting commentary. He clearly enjoyed his work and shared his love of Scotland with us. Tattoo was great experience with good seats and the distillery tour was informative too with stops at some great places. My only downside was the chaotic nature of the queue in the morning at 70 High Street. Staff should come outside the shop to organise people, as it wasn't at all clear from the website or emails that customers had to go inside the shop at 0830 to checkin / receive tickets even though I had my 'online ticket'. Maybe sort communications out for other trips ? Overall good value and recommended. Thank you !

karenwm99

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Jamie Ross, driver/guide, was exceptional. Not only knowledgable but calmly confident and well organised. Even when one of the tour group was 'lost'.... he was calm and decent. We had great weather which showcased the Highlands beautifully. The visit to the distillery was excellent and the Tattoo was everything we could have wished for.

Fred F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

The high point of my trip! A very knowledgeable driver/guide with stories to spare. The Edinburgh Tattoo seats were excellent. One day was not enough to take it all in. Next time I'm taking a multi-day tour.

Don M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Great tour. Excellent guide. Thoroughly recommend it!

S C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Tony was a great tour guide, informative and always added a joke or two. Tour of the Famous Grouse was great, the whole tour was really interesting. The Tattoo was one of the highlights of our trip, excellent position in the stand and great to catch up again with people on the day tour.

Nora Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The tour was nice, but everyone with kids under 5 be careful! On the site they put children 5 - 15 but what they mean isn't that kids under 5 go free, they mean they can't go at all! Had some panic in the morning of the tour! the festival was fantastic, we all loved it... Whisky tour was amazing too

SHy.Texte

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The value of this day tour which includes the Military Tattoo in the evening is fantastic. Tony, our tour guide, was full of amazing stories and really gave us insights into Scottish history. The visit to the Whisky distillery was very interesting, as were the other stops on the way (Wallace monument, Dunkeld). Even though we were running a bit late, this still left us plenty of time to have dinner at a pub on the Royal Mile before queuing for the Tattoo. Entering the show ground was amazingly well organized as are the seating arrangements. Our seats were great, in fact there seem to be no seats with poor visibility. The whole show was spectacular, including the illumination of the castle and the fireworks at the end of the evening – in other words: Don't miss it!!

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