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Scottish Highlands Tours

Experience the place which is home to an underwater monster, mighty mountains, and a throng of larger-than-life, straight-talking locals. As John Muir once said, the mountains are calling, and I must go; nowhere is the draw of the landscape felt so strongly than in the breathtakingly beautiful Scottish Highlands. Castles, craggy peaks, beach hideaways and lakes dot every turn of the windy roads here. The region’s stark, unending beauty and rich history take travelers on a journey they’ll never want to end. Keep your camera handy as a trip to this epic region will have you constantly snapping away!
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Our tips for Scottish Highlands

  • Take your time. There’s plenty to see and do in the Scottish Highlands. Ideally, a trip to the highlands should be a few days long, allowing you to do the historic and beautiful landscape justice.
  • Have a history lesson. Uncover the region’s turbulent past at the site of the Glencoe Massacre or at the Glenfinnan Monument - a tribute to the Jacobite uprisings. Plus find time to visit the Highland Archive Centre to research your Scottish roots.
  • Take five on-set. Netflix addicts will rejoice in visiting the real-life locations that inspired the wonderful book series turned hit TV show, Outlander, in Aberdeen on their trips. Many tours are ideal for James Bond fans with visits to Glen Coe bringing to life the scenes from the Skyfall film.

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The rugged terrain of the Scottish Highlands has witnessed numerous ancient battles as a part of its rich history of clan warfare. The Highland Games, celebrated annually throughout the region, pay tribute to this history. Apart from its historical significance, the Scottish Highlands is renowned for its rich and diverse wildlife, including iconic species such as red deer, golden eagles, red squirrels, and otters.

The Scottish Highlands is also famous for its whisky-making tradition, with several of Scotland's renowned distilleries situated in the region. Whisky enthusiasts can explore the distilleries through tours and relish the local drams.

The Scottish Highlands boasts a vibrant history and culture that encompasses its unique language, customs, and traditions. While only a small percentage of the population still speaks Gaelic, it remains an integral part of the region's heritage. Additionally, the Scottish Highlands is home to a plethora of world-famous attractions, such as the scenic Loch Ness, the majestic Eilean Donan Castle, the haunting Glencoe, and the breathtaking Cairngorms National Park.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What is the best time to take the Scottish Highlands tour from Edinburgh?

    Prone to rain and blistering cold winds bound to make your eyes water, the Scottish Highlands are best experienced in the milder summer months. Long evenings drape the mountains in balmy sunlight, lending particular magic to the summer nights here.

    For more affordable packages though, head here in September, just before the deep chill of winter fully kicks in.

  • Q: How long does the Scottish Highlands tour from Edinburgh last?

    The tour options vary in duration and can be selected based on your personal preference and choice of package. Most tours take 10-12 hours to complete with some tours extending for 5 days.

  • Q: Is it necessary to book a Scottish Highlands tour in advance?

    Yes, it is recommended to book the Scottish Highlands tour ahead of time to avoid any last-minute disappointment and peak pricing. This is especially true during the peak tourist season.

  • Q: What are some of the highlights of a Scottish Highlands tour from Edinburgh?

    Some of the must-visit attractions during the Scottish Highlands tour include Loch Ness, Glencoe, Melrose Rosslyn Chapel, Isle of Skye, West Highlands, and more.

  • Q: What should I wear on a Scottish Highlands tour?

    The weather tends to be unpredictable in the Scottish Highlands. So, make sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes as there is a lot of walking involved.

  • Q: Is transportation included in a Scottish Highlands tour from Edinburgh?

    Most of the Scottish Highlands tours from Edinburgh include to and fro transportation. The Magical Highlands Tour include transport via Jacobite steam train to see various filming locations up and close. Haggis Adventures tour involves transportation in an air-conditioned coach.

  • Q: Is the tour suitable for children?

    Yes, most of the tours are ideal for families with children. However, it is recommended to go through the tour details or check with the tour operator for age restrictions before booking the tour.

  • Q: Will there be opportunities for photos and sightseeing?

    Yes, the Scottish Highlands tour from Edinburgh offers plenty of photo opportunities and scenic locations along the way.

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