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Firth of Forth: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

1. Firth of Forth: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

The Firth of Forth is simply overflowing with myths, turbulent history, and fascinating marine wildlife. Join this boat tour on a 90-minute cruise onboard a superb vessel. Depart from South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Take in views of Blackness Castle, the ship that never sails and featured in Outlander and the Outlaw King. There are also views of Limekilns village, mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped'. It was from Limekilns that David Balfour and Alan Breck were carried across the Forth in a rowing boat. You will also see the Three Bridges as you have never seen them before including the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge. For your comfort relax onboard with friends and family in the observation lounge or on the outside decks and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy your complimentary cream tea. Spot the marine wildlife, during your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to see a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds and seals.

Highland Lochs, Glens, and Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

2. Highland Lochs, Glens, and Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Scottish Heartlands departing Edinburgh and traveling in small groups for a more intimate experience. Take a scenic drive through Perthshire, looking at the lochs and glens of the Highlands. Cross the Forth Road Bridge, passing one of Scotland's great engineering wonders, and continue into the Kingdom of Fife. Pass Loch Leven Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. Pass Perth, before crossing the Highland Boundary Fault line. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, on the banks of the River Tay, visit the cathedral town of Dunkeld and the Hermitage, to take a fantastic woodland walk up to the Black Linn Falls. Stop at the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, and visit the great shops and restaurants, or take a stroll down towards Loch Faskally. See the unmistakable peak of Schiehallion, and beyond to the mountains of Glencoe.  Continue alongside Loch Tummel, and head past the spectacular 16th-century Castle Menzies towards the town of Aberfeldy and Dewars Whisky Distillery. After enjoying a dram of the "water of life," return to the lowlands and back to Edinburgh at approximately 6:30 PM.

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

3. Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

As you drive north from Edinburgh on this 9-hour excursion you’ll marvel at the engineering miracle of the Forth Railway Bridge. Then, as you travel through Stirlingshire, your guide will bring to life the turbulent times of William Wallace, dramatized in the film Braveheart, and explain his link to the area you're passing through. Your first stop is the city of Stirling, where you'll have ample time to visit the stunning castle (admission not included) or enjoy a walk along the atmospheric, ancient streets that surround it. You'll then have the opportunity to visit one of Scotland's best known distilleries, where you’ll learn how they make their whisky and get a dram of their Highland Single Malt Whisky (optional extra). The tour route takes you past Loch Lubnaig and then through the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, home of the Highland rogue Rob Roy. Stopping at some of the best view points, you’ll be able to take in the view from the An Ceann Mor platform at Inveruglus and then walk the shore of Scotland’s biggest loch at Luss.

Scottish Highlands & Whisky Full-Day Tour from Edinburgh

4. Scottish Highlands & Whisky Full-Day Tour from Edinburgh

Enjoy a fabulous day trip from Edinburgh to experience Scotland’s beautiful countryside just minutes from the capital. Drive to the stunning Highlands, and stop to sample a drop of the national drink to get a complete taste of Scotland. Leaving Edinburgh, the tour makes its way to the ancient capital of Stirling, where the skyline is dominated by its castle on the rock and the iconic Wallace Monument. Stop to hear of Scotland’s most famous patriot and his part in the medieval Wars of Independence.  Say hello to “Hamish the hairy coo”, before driving through the scenic Trossachs National Park. Heading further into the Highlands, pass the shimmering waters of Loch Earn, before stopping for lunch at The Famous Grouse Experience, one of Scotland’s best-known whisky distilleries. Once revived, enjoy a “wee dram” of Scotch whisky and drink the “Water of Life.” Continue to the Hermitage in the heart of Perthshire for a short woodland walk to see the spectacular Black Linn Falls on the River Braan. On the return journey, visit the quaint village of Dunkeld, an area associated with Macbeth, where the stunning cathedral sits on the banks of the River Tay. Pass the iconic Forth Bridge on the way back into Edinburgh, admiring the fantastic 19th-century feat of engineering.

From Edinburgh: The Whiskies and Gins of East Lothian

5. From Edinburgh: The Whiskies and Gins of East Lothian

Depart from Edinburgh in the morning and travel to NB Distillery. This gin producer launched in 2013 with a mission to develop the perfect gin. Taste it yourself and find out whether they have accomplished their goal. The tour continues up the east coast to North Berwick, one of the most beautiful seaside villages of East Lothian. Browse the artisan shops in the village and enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants. Leave the coastline and arrive at Glenkinchie Distillery, nestled in a peaceful glen. Founded in 1825, the distillery languished in obscurity for over 150 years before becoming an international brand at the end of the 1980s. Find out how the distillery became such a success and sample their Malt Whiskies. From here, it's a short drive back to Edinburgh, through golden wheat and barley fields.

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Stuart B, our Scottish kilted tour guide and driver was great, shared stories, great music, and the way he weaved the sights while traveling on the bus with music and stories of history, myth, and lore was so good and made the time fly, traveling for 9.5 hours seemed to just fly! Dunkeld was one of the first stops and was a lovely walk in rain through woodlands alongside the River Tay, then a short drive to the waterfalls of Hermitage which was a sight to behold! We had lunch in Pitlochry and had a walk around the town and sampled the local Whisky ice cream which felt wrong on a rainy day but still was a memory to treasure. The next stop was The Queens View at Loch Tummel which is a view all should try to see, truly special! The last stop, Dewar's World of Whisky was a great way to end the trip, The distillery was a great experience and the tasting (especially from the cask) was eye-opening. Last but not least, the Glens are so beautiful too!

Unfortunately due to completely our own fault we went to the wrong jetty and we were already a bit late due to being stuck behind a garbage truck in the wee streets of S Queensferry. The girl on duty was fantastic - she tried to call the cream tea boat to ask them to wait for us and when she couldn't reach them she held the boat she was handling, got us on that and ensured we got free tea and coffee (no scones on that cruise but not a big deal at all). We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day. The commentary was informative and interesting and narrated by someone with a great voice! The whole experience was really enjoyable and scenic. The bar was reasonably priced. The youngsters working on the boat were helpful, professional and kind. Highlight for us was seeing the seals. Would definitely do this again and would love to do the longer one where you can get off on the island. This was part of my daughters 18th birthday surprise and we all loved it.

This was such a fun outing, and one that I would usually not book for myself (as a wine/beer type). What a happy surprise! The distillery tours were really interesting and conducted by lively knowledgeable guides who were also generous hosts (Helen, our whiskey guide, had them make a whiskey cocktail specially for me and another participant who also preferred not to drink it straight). For a quick lunch, North Berwick had an adorable high street, which was steps from the sea with gorgeous sweeping views. Guess what, gin is tasty! The gin hosts started us out with a G&T that was bright and crisp. Then they toured and poured more varieties as we sat and relaxed. The trip was made so inviting by Stefan, our guide and driver! It was just me and he was very welcoming. (Also funny, knowledgeable and generous when he could tell we wanted a quick photo stop on the drive home along the water). Perfect day!

Very good trip well worth the money excellent views and a lot of Scottish history learnt

Great day trip. Our guide Stuart Baillie was wonderful.