Breathtaking scenery and fascinating historical sites await you on the Loch Ness, Inverness and the Highlands 2-Day Tour. To join the tour you should arrive at 11 George Square, Glasgow by 0945h (09:45am), where you will meet your driver/guide and board your mini-bus.
Leaving Glasgow, you will dive straight into the countryside and head for Stirling. You will make a stop at Dunkeld on the lovely River Tay to stretch your legs and enjoy a woodland walk. The route takes you through the awesome Drumochter Pass and past the magnificent peaks of the Cairngorm National Park.
You will stop to visit the historic battlefield of Culloden, where the Jacobites supporting Bonnie Prince Charlie made a last stand against the forces of the House of Hanover. (Admission to the battlefield site is not included in your tour price.) The Jacobite army was overwhelmingly defeated and Prince Charlie’s hopes of restoring the Stuart monarchy were dealt a fatal blow.
Your first day ends at Drumnadrochit, a beautiful welcoming village on the banks of Loch Ness. Here you will spend the night at the 3-star Drumnadrochit Hotel. This comfortable hotel has a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café, and is located close to the Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition Centre and Original Loch Ness Monster Visitor Centre. Additional amenities include gift shops/newsstands and shopping on site.
The hotel's 28 guestrooms have satellite TV, direct-dial phones, and coffee/tea makers. The bathrooms offer shower/tub combinations, makeup/shaving mirrors, and hair dryers. Dinner can be obtained in the hotel restaurant (payable direct).
After a delicious Scottish breakfast (included in your tour price) you will have time to explore Loch Ness. You could train binoculars on the water surface to see if any monsters are about, or take a boat trip over to Urquhart Castle (payable direct) or visit the excellent Loch Ness 2000 Exhibition (also payable direct).
Leaving Loch Ness at about 1030h (10:30am) you will then travel south and take in the majestic sweep of the Great Glen and the stunning heights of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. Then visit Glen Coe and feel the past come to life as your guide tells you about the appalling massacre of the MacDonald Clan.
The route home takes you past the beautiful city of Stirling and you'll be able to see its splendid castle and learn more about the exploits of William Wallace, the Scottish hero brought to life in Mel Gibson’s film ‘Braveheart’.
At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at the starting point.