Approx. 10 hoursStart time
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.
The tour ends at Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh
This Scotland tour takes you on a journey through the Celtic heartlands in the central Highlands. Admire the spectacular surroundings and marvel at the changing landscapes. Enjoy the best of Scotland’s natural attractions as you see the rolling farmland of the Lowlands give way to the forested hills and mountains of the Scottish Highlands. Be enchanted by the mysterious beauty of the Hermitage or marvel at the waterfalls in Birnam forest.
Taste some of the famous whisky of Scotland and understand why they are famous the world over.
You will be picked up and taken to the tour destinations in an air conditioned Mercedes minibus accompanied by a guide.
Depart Edinburgh and travel north over the Forth Road Bridge, passing one of Scotland's great engineering wonders - the Forth Rail Bridge. Continue north into the Kingdom of Fife and pass the Loch Leven Castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567 and forced to abdicate from the throne.
Further on drive past Perth, the medieval capital of Scotland, before crossing the Highland Boundary Fault line. This is the point where the landscape changes from the rolling farmland of the Lowlands to the forested hills and mountains of the Scottish Highlands.
On the banks of the River Tay is the Cathedral town of Dunkeld, the first stop of the day. Dunkeld was for many centuries the capital of the Christian Celtic Church and its 13th century cathedral reflects the once great importance of this quaint Highland village.
Drive to the Hermitage and enjoy a fantastic woodland walk leading up to the Black Linn Falls where the River Braan cascades into a narrow gorge. Surrounded by some of Scotland's tallest trees and changing spectacularly in appearance throughout the seasons, the Hermitage is a great place at any time of year.
After lunch, enjoy a scenic drive through the mountains of Highland Perthshire, first crossing over the Pass of Killicrankie before a short stop at the Queen's View overlooking Loch Tummel. On a clear day the view here is stunning and you can see the unmistakable peak of Schiehallion and beyond to the mountains of Glencoe.
Continuing alongside Loch Tummel you then head over the hills and past the spectacular sixteenth century Castle Menzies towards the town of Aberfeldy and Dewars Whisky distillery*, where you can discover the secret of how Scotland's national drink is made. No visit to Scotland is complete without sampling a 'wee dram' and you will get the chance to taste some of the finished product. Known in the Gaelic as Uisge Beatha (or 'water of life') whisky has been produced for centuries in Scotland and the art is now close to perfection.
Travel to Loch Tay and then continue to the loch towards Killin. The small town is situated on the edge of the River Dochart. Admire the view of the fantastic Falls of Dochart flowing under the old bridge and past the ancient burial ground of the Clan MacNab.
Drive to Braes of Balquhidder, the resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor and then across to Callander for a short stop.
After this stop you will return to Edinburgh. The tour ends at Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh.
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to confirm the departure details.
Dewars World Of Whisky is closed every Sunday Nov - April and additionally from. The tour will divert to visit Glenturret Distillery during this period.
It was a great day the tour guide David was very informative. Would recommend to friends visiting Edinbrough. We seen some amazing views and country side....Allan Smith
James was very knowledgable and a great driver. This was the best tour and I highly recommend this tour!...Ms Lora L Jacobs
The Guide (Jonathan) was excellent and well-prepared with lots of humour, insightful information and anecdotes. The tour was nicely presented and well put together. Distillery...Juha Joki