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Inverness, Loch Ness and Scottish Highlands - 2 Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Key Highlights

  • See the best of Inverness, Glen coe, Loch Ness and Scottish Highlands on this 2 day tour from Edinburgh
  • Explore Inverness and the Glorious Glen Affric, one of the only remaining areas of Calcedonian pine in Scotland
  • Chose between B&B guest house or hotel accommodation
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  • Travel in a luxury, top of the range, 16 seater Mercedes minibus
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  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily
    01 Nov - 31 Mar: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

    Duration

    2 Days / 1 Night

    Start time

    8:45am

    Meeting Point

    The tour departs from 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3EG.
    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at Waverley Bridge in Edinburgh

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    Escape the rigors of the city and rejuvenate in the scenic surroundings of the Northern Highlands of Scotland in this two day tour. Be enchanted by the beauty of the Scottish countryside as you drive by some of nature’s greatest scenic attractions. Explore Glencoe, the hauntingly beautiful glen and let the mysterious Loch Ness cast its spell. Admire the dramatic gorges surrounded by the mighty Caledonian pine forest and marvel at the architecture of castles standing proud against the skyline.

    This tour of Scotland provides you the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate in the majesty of the Celtic wilderness.

    Itinerary

    Day 1:

    You will be picked up and taken to the tour destinations in an air conditioned Mercedes minibus.

    Depart Edinburgh and head west towards Stirling, passing Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. Also, pass Doune Castle (set of Monty Python's "Holy Grail") before stopping in the small town of Callander for refreshment.

    Cross over the fault line into the magnificent Highlands and admire the splendour of Loch Luibnaig, Loch Earn, Glen Ogle and Glen Dochart. Travel north over the wild and remote Rannoch Moor and reach Glencoe. This haunting glen was the scene of a great massacre in 1692 where many of the Clan Macdonald were slaughtered. Stop in this imposing mountain pass and take a walk to enjoy the spectacular views.

    Continue north and up the Great Glen to the mysterious beauty of Loch Ness, travelling the whole 23 miles of the famous Loch. You have plenty of time to try and spot Nessie.

    Arrive at Inverness at approx 1930h (7:30pm). The evening is free for you to explore the capital of the Highlands at leisure. Spend the night in bed and breakfast accommodation. You will stay in a superior guest house with private facilities or a 3/4 star hotel.

    Day 2:

    After a pick up from your accommodation in Inverness, head west towards the glorious Glen Affric. This is a stunning area where the River Affric flows down through a dramatic gorge, surrounded on all sides by the beautiful Caledonian pine forest. One of the only remaining areas of Caledonian pine in Scotland, this has now been made into a nature reserve. Spend some time here and enjoy a walk through the forest, alongside the River Affric.

    From Glen Affric, drive towards the east to Drumnadrochit. Stop here for taking photos of the Urquhart Castle with its mighty ruins overlooking Loch Ness.

    Spend the lunchtime on the southern shore of the Loch in the charming village of Fort Augustus. The Caledonian canal which links the lochs of the Great Glen dominates the town and makes a great place to relax and watch the boats sail by.

    Travel south towards Loch Laggan and into the Cairngorms National Park, a mountainous area of wild land, forests lochs and glens. Continue south past Blair Castle, stopping in the lovely town of Pitlochry before returning to Edinburgh, past Perth and over the Forth Road Bridge.

    You will reach Edinburgh around 1930h (7:30pm). The tour ends at Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Breakfast
    • All bridge crossings
    • Services of a driver/guide
    • Discount card for money off restaurants, attractions and shopping
    • Transportation by top-of the range, 16-seat Mercedes minibus with air ventilation
    • 1 night accommodation in Inverness staying in either superior guest houses with private facilities or 3/4 star hotels

    Exclusions

    • Lunch, dinner and refreshments
    • Entrances to all visitor attractions
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

    Discount rate applies to children aged 5-15yrs, based on 2 children sharing a room with parents in a twin room.

    Rooms are available on Single or Twin Sharing basis for 1 or 2 people. Bookings for 2 people (or multiples of 2) will be allocated double/twin rooms. Should you have 1, 3 or 5 people in your party you will also be allocated a single room. Should you wish for a different room combination please call us for help with the booking.

    Additional info

    As much time as possible is spent off the coach. Please bring suitable footwear and clothing.The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.Please provide a number where you can be contacted in Edinburgh when booking.
  • Reviews
    • Great way to see the countryside and learn about Scotland from an informative, engaging guide....

      Stewart Brown
    • Amazing tour

      My husband and I enjoyed the tour from the beginning to end. Our guide, Joe, was very friendly, fun and his knowledge shared was fantastic. The stay at Molly's Guesthouse in...

      MRS ANA LUCIA TAVELA
    • Fantastic Tour

      Heather was very informative and easy going the bus & hotel were very comfortable, would do it again!...

      Lisa I Breen
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