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Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands Tour with Lunch

1. Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands Tour with Lunch

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Loch Ness from Edinburgh and tour the Scottish Highlands. See the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, keep an eye out for Nessie on a boat cruise and enjoy a picnic lunch. Head north from Edinburgh and pass the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle. Skirt the Trossachs Rob Roy country, and cross the wilds of Rannoch Moor before stopping at dramatic Glencoe; the scene of the infamous 1692 massacre.  Your journey takes you through Fort William. Pass Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, before entering the Great Glen. Arrive at the pretty Highland village of Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness, and enjoy a lovely picnic with freshly made sandwiches, shortbread, and chips. If you fancy something more substantial, your guide will happily recommend some great local cafes.  Take an optional boat cruise on the loch, go for a scenic hike, or just relax by the Caledonian Canal. If you choose to sail along the waters of Loch Ness, it really is an unforgettable experience. Your boat is equipped with the latest hi-tech color, sonar, and underwater imaging system, giving you a fascinating view of the underwater terrain and life. You might even see Nessie! You can also relax with a coffee or beer in the onboard bar. Having seen the best of the Scottish Highlands, it's time to head back to Edinburgh via shimmering Loch Laggan and the wild and lonely Drumochter Pass. Head south and enter Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers, and mountains. See the spectacular Forth Bridge before arriving back in Edinburgh at around 20:00.

Scottish Highlands & Whisky Full-Day Tour from Edinburgh

2. 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 majestic Kelpies of Falkirk, the world's largest equine structures.  Heading further into the Highlands, pass the shimmering waters of Loch Earn, before stopping for lunch at the Glenturret, 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.

Full-Day Edinburgh Military Tattoo & Scottish Highlands Tour

3. Full-Day Edinburgh Military Tattoo & Scottish Highlands Tour

Storytelling is one of the best and most important parts of Scottish and Irish culture. Here in Scotland, it brings the scenery, sites, and their characters alive for a tour that you won’t soon forget. You will experience the moving and incredible Edinburgh Military Tattoo, sample local whiskey, and see breathtaking scenery along the way. Scotland’s Highlands are beautiful and green, the land of forests, mountains, rivers, and glens. From Edinburgh, the tour goes through Stirling. Take in the views of the castle and learn the history behind the Wallace Monument. Continue to the Trossachs National Park, former home to the infamous cattle thief Rob Roy MacGregor. Characters and scenes come alive in your imagination as you take in the park and surrounding area. The tour follows the shoreline of Loch Earn on the way to a local whisky distillery. Here, you'll take a guided tour that will give you an insight into how ‘uisce beatha’ (the ‘water of life') is made, as well as going on a journey to discover the history behind one of Scotland’s most iconic exports. Explore the peaceful Hermitage, stretch your legs and take a woodland walk to Black Linn Falls on the River Braan. See Dunkeld and the spectacular cathedral on the banks of the River Tay. Return south past the Forth Bridge, to Edinburgh. There will be time to return to your hotel or explore the city a while before the evening event: the Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle.

From Edinburgh: 3-Day Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye Tour

4. From Edinburgh: 3-Day Scottish Highlands & Isle of Skye Tour

Discover the Highlands and the magical Isle of Skye with its outstanding natural beauty, Viking history, and ancient myths and legends. This is a journey packed with many of Scotland’s most iconic sights and scenery, all conducted by an expert local guide. Day 1: Edinburgh to Portree You will leave Edinburgh at 8:00 AM, enjoying stunning views of the Forth Bridge. Enter the Highlands through Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers, and mountains. You will visit the quaint village of Dunkeld, with its historic cathedral on the banks of the River Tay. Then continue further north into the Highlands and enter the Great Glen. At Fort Augustus, there is time to explore the shores of Loch Ness and a chance to spot Nessie. After you take in the spectacular Eilean Donan Castle, the journey continues to the famous Isle of Skye. You will spend the night in Portree on the Isle of Skye, known as the winged isle. Day 2: Isle of Skye You will spend the day exploring the dramatic Isle of Skye with its amazing scenery. You will discover the many myths and legends that surround the beautiful island. Hear tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape from the mainland against the backdrop of the jagged Cuillin Mountains. Highlights include the mysterious rock formation of the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock with its cascading waterfall, and Dunvegan's impressive castle. Stay overnight in Portree. Day 3: Portree to Edinburgh On the final day you will head south via the Skye Bridge and through the stunning glens. Pass the Commando Memorial with views of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. You will see eerie Glencoe and the wilds of Rannoch Moor, before arriving in Rob Roy country where you will hear about the rogue turned hero. Crossing back into the lowlands, you will arrive in Edinburgh in the early evening.

Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours & Firth of Forth Cruise

5. Edinburgh: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours & Firth of Forth Cruise

City Sightseeing Edinburgh See all the main attractions with CitySightseeing Edinburgh. There’s multi-language commentary in 9 languages and a special Horrible Histories commentary for your children, narrated by Terry Deary himself. Edinburgh Tour Explore Edinburgh's city center taking in the spectacular buildings including Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament, and the architecture of the Georgian New Town with a live guide in English. Majestic Tour The Majestic Tour heads north of Edinburgh's City Centre towards the port of Leith with highlights including Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, The Royal Yacht Britannia, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Majestic Tour features a multi-lingual commentary in 10 languages.  Firth of Forth Bus and Boat Trip Board your bus at Waterloo Place - in the heart of Edinburgh for a tour to South Queensferry with English commentary via headphones, followed by a boat tour aboard one of Forth Boat Tours fleet of vessels. Enjoy superb views of Edinburgh and Fife’s coastlines as well as the iconic Three Bridges, the Forth Road Bridge, The Forth Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing. Get your camera out and look for puffins and seals along the way.

Discover Historic South Queensferry: A Self-Guided Tour

6. Discover Historic South Queensferry: A Self-Guided Tour

Queensferry is one of Scotland’s most ancient crossing points, and is steeped in historic tales from its rich and colourful past. This picturesque town is nestled between Scotland’s iconic bridges – Forth Bridge, Forth Road Bridge, and Queensferry Crossing. The tour starts in front of the Forth Bridge Memorial in the shadows of the iconic Forth railway bridge and UNESCO site. From there, you’ll walk through this ancient Royal Burgh town and hear stories of air raids, mysterious parades, and witchcraft. You’l follow in the footsteps of past visitors, from Robert Louis Stevenson and Alfred Hitchcock, to King Olav of Norway. I’ll tell you about its royal roots and a local lord with high ambitions. With its 15th century medieval Priory, 17th century dwellings, and 19th century harbour you will be surprised at what hidden tales await you! En route to the Binks, Queensferry’s ancient crossing point where the tour ends, you’ll have a chance to: • Stand in the shadow of the mighty Forth Bridge, which in 1890 was the largest steel structure on earth • Take in the Forth Road Bridge, once the longest suspension road bridge in Europe – and, coincidentally, the fourth longest in the world • Gaze up at Queensferry Crossing, the bridge with three rather unusual records under its belt • See Hawes Inn, a 17th-century inn under Forth Bridge that was frequented by Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson • Spot Inchgarvie Island that was first fortified over a 1,000 years ago • Find out if Black Castle – which isn’t actually a castle – is black because of a sinister point in its history • Hear the history of the old tolbooth, which has served as a customs office, court, council chamber, and even a jail • Learn about Samuel Wilson, once one of the wealthiest men in Queensferry, while standing outside his former home, Plewlands House • Pass by the Priory of St. Mary of Mount Carmel, the UK’s oldest Carmelite church still in operation today • Discover what a Binks is and why it’s so important to the town’s history

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We had a great day in the Highlands. Our tour guide / driver was very knowledgeable and outgoing, he shared interesting tips about sightseeing in Scotland and Edinburgh and we used them even after the trip. The trip itself was fairly well organised, although the stops are rather short and there isn’t much time for shopping or ordering food. I was a bit disappointed with the Loch Ness cruise, so I’d rather skip it and spend the time roaming around Fort Augustus and getting fish and chips. The lunch provided was tasty, but more of a snack than actual meal. It helps you save time if you get on the cruise, though. Remember that hot food is not allowed to take on the boat. The best part of the trip we’re the views and the photo stop near Glencoe.

The trip was absolutely amazing . The driver was super engaging, the Scottish music with its stunning views made it the perfect trip which anyone should not miss (regardless of rain).

the tour was excellent. it was informative and interesting and our guide was awesome!

Very complete experience. Lovely landscapes, you learn about the history of Scotland.

I’ve done this tour 2 x already and I still find it good