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Inverness and Highlands Small Group 2-Day Tour

Product ID: 25839
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This exciting 2-day tour from Edinburgh takes you on a discovery of the very best of the Scottish Highlands. Admire the beautiful mountain scenery on your journey to the famous sights in the region, including Glencoe, Loch Ness, and Urquhart Castle.
About this activity
Duration 2 days
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live guide
English
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit beautiful Doune Castle
  • Check out Glenfinnan viaduct, monument and Loch Shiel
  • Enjoy the pubs, cafes, and restaurants in Inverness
  • Explore the dramatic Culloden Moor
  • Visit Pitlochry, a lively Highland town
Full description
Enjoy a 2-day tour encompassing the very best of the Scottish Highlands. Admire spectacular mountain scenery as you are transported in a comfortable mini-coach from Edinburgh to the Highlands, where you will discover the magic and charm of this beautiful region.

Admire Doune Castle, Glenfinnan Viaduct (the 'Harry Potter' bridge), Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis, explore the magical Loch Ness, visit Britain’s northernmost city Inverness, and discover Scotland’s violent history at Glencoe.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1

Leaving Edinburgh the tour passes Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument before a first stop at Doune Castle. Protecting the gateway to the Highlands and with spectacular views from the medieval tower, the castle has recently been seen as Winterfell in the TV series Game of Thrones, but is probably most famous for featuring in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

As you continue north the mountains and lochs provide a dramatic backdrop for the journey to Glen Coe. After lunch visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct (Apr-Oct only) which famously features in several Harry Potter movies as the Hogwarts Express train crosses the bridge. Historically this stunning viewpoint also marks the spot where Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) landed on mainland Scotland and raised his standard prior to the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion.

As we travel along the Great Glen admire Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, and then along the banks of Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle. Stay overnight in Inverness, the northernmost city of the United Kingdom and the pretty capital of the Highlands.

The tour provider will contact you for your preferred accommodation choices once you have booked. The accommodation is reserved for you and should be paid for on arrival. 

Day 2

After being collected from your accommodation it's only a short drive to Culloden Moor where the Jacobites were finally defeated by government soldiers in 1746, the last battle to be fought on British soil. You will have time to walk on the battlefield and learn more about this tragic event that killed 700 Highland clansmen in 3 minutes.

From there, visit one of Scotland's most evocative and sacred prehistoric sites, the nearby 4,000-year-old stone circles and burial mounds at Clava Cairns. As you drive south through the Cairngorms National Park, you'll hear about the flora and fauna of this wonderful wilderness which was officially protected in 2003 and is the largest national park in the British Isles.

After lunch in one of the charming villages inside the national park, arrive at the lively Highland town of Pitlochry.

During your break here there is an option to visit the Blair Athol Distillery (sorry, no children under 8). Alternatives include a short walk to the famous hydro electric dam and salmon ladder, or Black Spout waterfall.

Your final stop is a gentle riverside walk through Big Tree Country at Dunkeld, a beautiful way to finish the tour all seasons of the year. Return to Edinburgh by the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.
Includes
  • Guided tour in English
  • Transportation by comfortable Mercedes mini-coach
  • Group tour (maximum 16 passengers)
  • Live commentary on board
What’s Not Included
  • Accommodation
  • Food and drinks
  • Entrance Fees
  • Gratuities (optional)

When you get there

Meeting point

Bus Stop ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3BQ

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Know before you go
Please note, children under 5 years of age are not allowed on this tour
In the event of a tour being canceled by the tour operator, clients will be promptly informed and offered:
• A transfer to a substitute tour or an alternative tour
• A full refund

The cost of your accommodation is not included and you should budget for 1 night accommodation in Inverness. Please let us know your preferred accommodation choice at the time of booking:
• Hostel (£18 to £26 per person per night)
• En-suite B&B double/twin (£45 to £60 per person per night)
• B&B single (£40 to £80 per person per night)
• Hotel single/twin/double/family (£80+ per person per night)
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.7 / 5
based on 35 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.7/5
Organization
4.6/5
Value for money
4.6/5
Safety
4.8/5

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Heart of Scotland Tours

Product ID: 25839