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Our most recommended Scottish Highlands Walking tours

Stirling: Guided Walking Tour

1. Stirling: Guided Walking Tour

In this 1.5 hour tour, explore the old town of the city with a friendly, fun local guide. Hear tales of the kings and queens who played an important role in Stirling's history as well as how life in the city has developed today. Starting at the VisitScotland iCentre by the Old Town Jail and finishing at Stirling Castle, you'll get a full overview of Stirling's history and modern culture on a family-friendly, leisurely stroll. Explore the star pyramid, dedicated to all who have martyred themselves for civil and religious liberty in Scotland. Pass by the macabre Grave Robber Stones, and learn the long-spanning history of the 14th-century Church of the Holy Rude. On the way, you'll take some time to take in the real flavor of Scotland with a local drink tasting. All the while, pick up local tips and insights for the rest of your time in Stirling.

Inverness: Guided Walking Tour

2. Inverness: Guided Walking Tour

The capital of the highlands and the main shopping, entertainment and travel destination for Northern Scotland, our charming city will take your breath away! Discover Inverness through a local's eyes on our staple 1.5 hour tour, visiting the main sights of Inverness. Our city will be brought to life as you explore how Inverness has developed, our local history and folklore, and our highland culture. From its humble beginnings as a royal city, to Jacobite risings and castle sieges, to modern life in Inverness today (and of course, the Loch Ness monster!), come and discover why Inverness is officially the happiest city in Scotland. Key sights include: Inverness Castle Inverness Cathedral River Ness Old High Church And many more hidden gems!

Stirling: Gin Distillery Tour with Tasting

3. Stirling: Gin Distillery Tour with Tasting

Join a guided tour of Stirling Distillery, home to Stirling Gin, and discover the history of the trendy spirit and the scientific process behind distilling gin. Learn how to make a perfectly crafted Gin & Tonic for you to then taste the iconic drink.  On arrival, you will be served a bespoke welcome cocktail. Start the guided tour with learning from your passionate guide about the history of gin, from its medical uses to today's Scottish gin craze. Walk through the still room to see the copper Portuguese stills as your guide explains the science behind gin distilling. Your guide will then continue the tour by showing you how the bottling, waxing and labelling system works. Once the tour has come to an end you will be shown to the unique tasting tables where you will learn how to create the perfect Gin and Tonic. If option selected, you will also be given two stunning gin liqueurs (Raspberry gin liqueur and Bramble & Mint gin liqueur) and a Battle Strength Gin accompanied by a selection of hand-crafted chocolates especially made to suit the gin. You will then have the opportunity to sit, chat and enjoy your selection of drinks.

Oban: Daily Town Highlights Walking Tour (10:30am)

4. Oban: Daily Town Highlights Walking Tour (10:30am)

On this 1.5 hour tour, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds as you travel back through the centuries to discover the history and culture of Oban. Your local, expert guide will bring the gateway to the Isles to life through tales, traditions and stories. Once hailed by Queen Victoria as 'one of the finest spots she has ever seen', you’ll soon see why. From world famous firework fiascos to distilleries and the iconic McCaigs Tower, the history of Oban is just waiting to be discovered! The tour includes: Oban Distillery SS Breda Shipwreck War and Peace Museum McCaigs Tower And more hidden gems!

Stirling Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour in Spanish

5. Stirling Castle: Skip-the-Line Guided Tour in Spanish

Skip the lines to enter Scotland’s second-most-popular tourist attraction as you learn about the bloody history including stories of the kings, queens, and ghost of this castle. Your tour will begin on the esplanade of the castle as you hear your guide talking about the origins of the castle and its sieges. Stirling grew in relation to Scottish history, as did the castle. This castle however suffered numerous sieges, which is the reason why this stronghold became a stage for crucial moments for Scotland. It was key in the Scottish Wars of Independence of the 14th century, where heroes like William Wallace and Robert the Bruce took part. It served as a royal residence for centuries, and was the favorite for many kings. Your guide will take you inside the castle to visit the royal palace, where kings and queens once lived. This building was the first renaissance palace in Britain, and you will explore the Great Hall where feasts were held to celebrated the baptism of the future king of Scotland. In the 16th century, John Damian was the bird-man of Stirling castle. He wanted to fly to France, but a couple of minor inconveniences deterred him from getting too far. Today, this fortress is full of history, legends, and maybe even some ghosts. In addition, the English chronicler William of Worcester identified Stirling Castle as the home of the Knights of the Round Table of King Arthur.

Inverness: Loch Ness Centre Admission and Guided Tour

6. Inverness: Loch Ness Centre Admission and Guided Tour

Discover the real home of the Loch Ness story In this location, at the old Drumnadrochit Hotel, Mrs Aldie MacKay reported seeing a 'whale-like fish' or 'water beast' in the waters of Loch Ness. Her sighting sparked the birth of a monster media frenzy and created a global legend. Take a walk through 500 million years of history to explore the myths of the loch, delve deep below the surface of its waters to uncover hidden secrets, discover real objects and artefacts throughout the immersive journey and look into scientific research inspired by sightings of the Loch Ness Monster.

Stirling: Private Old Town & Castle Walking Tour

7. Stirling: Private Old Town & Castle Walking Tour

Join us for a completely unique Stirling private experience; immerse yourself in the old town of Stirling and Stirling Castle on this 3 hour tour with a local, expert guide. If you're looking to maximise your time in Stirling by discovering the town and castle, you're in the right place. You'll spend the first 90 minutes walking through Stirling's old town with your guide. Walk in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce whilst you hear the tales of battles, kings and queens who shaped Stirling, and Scotland into the place it is today. Learn about executions, marketplaces and grave robbers as well as modern life in this bustling city. After the walk, enjoy discovering Stirling Castle with your local guide. Highlights in Stirling Castle include the Great Hall, the Royal Apartments and Stirling Heads. Your tickets are included in the price, just show up and enjoy!

Stirling: Old Town Walking Tour with Gin Tasting

8. Stirling: Old Town Walking Tour with Gin Tasting

Enjoy an exciting way to explore Stirling with a wee guided walk followed by a premium gin tasting with your local guide in Stirling Distillery, Stirling's only distillery. Please note: you can also choose a Scottish whisky flight if you'd prefer! You'll spend the first part of the tour on a walking tour with your small group and guide, discovering the history and culture of Stirling. Walk in the footsteps of Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce whilst you hear the tales of battles, kings and queens who shaped Stirling, and Scotland into the place it is today. Learn about executions, marketplaces and grave robbers as well as modern life in this bustling city. After the walking tour, relax with the guide and enjoy a bespoke gin tasting in Stirling Distillery, a family-owned distillery with hand-crafted gin (the nettles in the gin come from their summer foraging expeditions!). Enjoy 3 gins in a flight, including their classic G&T, a pink gin, and a premium gin liqueur. There is also the option to choose a whisky flight of three full drams of Scottish whiskies instead of the gin, you can let the guide know on the day. Everything is included in the price, just show up and enjoy!

Stirling: Historical Walking Tour in Spanish

9. Stirling: Historical Walking Tour in Spanish

Experience Stirling's medieval wall on this day tour. Scotland has had 11 fortified cities in its history, one of which was Stirling. You’ll walk along majestic streets, such as King Street, where you’ll talk about famous poets as well as the city's most relevant buildings. You'll also go up to the highest part of the city, where the old medieval market was located as well as the place where public executions were held. In the 19th century, Stirling owned the worst jail in all of Great Britain. It was a wet and nasty place that was crammed with prisoners consisting of men, women, and children. They ranged in age from minor offenders to adults, and included murderers as well as people awaiting their trial and debtors. On the other hand, the church of Holy Rude in Stirling hosted King James VI's coronation, who was the son of Mary Stuart. This church alongside Westminster Abbey is the only church still in use to have seen such events in Great Britain. Your local guide will take you through the streets of this wonderful town, where you will encounter King Street, the medieval wall, Mercat Cross, the Old Jail, the Tollbooth, the John Cowane Hospital, the Old Cemetery, Pyramid Star, and the Holy Rude Church, among others.

Inverness: Private Dark Side Walking Tour

10. Inverness: Private Dark Side Walking Tour

Join your guide on a journey through the brutal history of the Highland Capital. You’ll learn about beheadings and worse on this 90 minute exploration of the dark past of these now peaceful streets. Ghost sightings not guaranteed, but stories of lost spirits and souls will make you take a second look at this charming city that has seen earthquakes, floods and fires bring devastation long before it became the universally popular destination it is today. Learn about a knight in shining armour and standing stones we can only hope do not fall over, visit the graves of important figures and find hard evidence of their gruesome habits. Your guide will keep you safe as we follow a trail of bones – ideally in the evening, although we will alternate accommodate timing requests where possible. Key sights include: - Inverness Castle & Sieges - Old High Cemetery - Blackfriar's Graveyard - Bell Tower & the Loch Ness Monster - Tomnahurich Cemetery - Cavell Gardens & more!

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4.7 / 5

based on 34 reviews

The gin experience was great fun, well organised and very informative. Lovely friendly staff. Good value for money. Nice little retail area where there are a selection of the guns tasted on sale. A really fantastic selection of guns in the tasting.

Welcoming and well informed staff on hand to explain all about Stirling Gin. The tour and tasting was at a leisurely pace - a very good experience

We had so much fun with guide tour Beth, she is so friendly and knowledgeable and answered all of our annoying questions

Our guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoyed our tour of Inverness!

This gin tasting tour was amazing would definitely recommend