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Aberfeldy: 4-Hour Water Rafting on Scotland's River Tay

1. Aberfeldy: 4-Hour Water Rafting on Scotland's River Tay

Feel the excitement of this adrenaline-fuelled white water rafting tour in the heart of one of the most picturesque countries in the world. This River Tay white water rafting tour is the most popular tour in Scotland, and is set on the largest river in the UK (by volume). Flowing through Aberfeldy, to Grandtully where the tour ends. The river continues on its way to Perth and then Dundee. Suitable for everyone aged eight and upwards, each raft is fully and safely led by a trained trip leader, and safety is covered in a comprehensive brief prior to the tour. During the tour, you'll learn and practice safety drills well before the most intense spots, ensuring a fun, safe experience for everyone. From the end of the tour, near Dundee, you will be transported back to Aberfeldy by coach to see the photography included in the ticket price.

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 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 amazing 19th century feat of engineering.

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

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

This 3-day tour takes you on a discovery of the beautiful mountain scenery and fascinating sights of the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Visit numerous glens, lochs and castles in some the most dramatic landscapes in the country, including Eilean Donan Castle, the Fairy Glen, Loch Ness and Glen Coe. You will be transported from Edinburgh through the highlands and the Isle of Skye in a comfortable minicoach. Learn about the long and violent history of the Scottish Highlands with your tour guide, from the bloody massacre of the Macdonalds at Glen Coe to Scotland’s great patriot William Wallace, whose name has resounded through British history for 700 years. Detailed itinerary Day 1 The tour first stops off at the delightful village of Dunkeld where you can explore the ancient cathedral grounds and walk through the mature woodland alongside the mighty River Tay. Continue north to the wild mountain scenery and misty locks of the Pass of Killiecrankie, Cairngorm National Park and Laggan. Admire Scotland’s highest mountain Ben Nevis along the Great Glen to Invergarry before travelling onwards through the stunning Glen Shiel (Five Sisters of Kintail) to Eilean Donan Castle. Enjoy the great views from the Skye Bridge as you drive onto the island under the shadow of the Cuillin Mountains to Portree where you will be dropped off at your accommodation. Please let the tour provider know your preferred accommodation choices when booking. The accommodation is reserved for you and should be paid for on arrival. Day 2 Today is spent touring the Isle of Skye, a flexible itinerary at the discretion of your driver/guide * (see below). Enjoy a half-day scenic drive along the dramatic Trotternish Ridge with its spectacular cliffs and rock formations. Stops can include Lealt Waterfall, Kilt Rock sea cliffs, the Old Man of Storr rock pinnacle and a walk at the Quiraing mountain pass. Another popular stop is the Fairy Glen, a delightful miniature Highland landscape and legendary home of the 'wee people'! The second half of the day explores the stunning southern part of the island which includes well-known sights and some hidden gems discovered over the years. Nestled under the Cuillin mountains is beautiful Glen Brittle. Rugged scenery surrounds you and there are several fantastic options for this section of the tour, including a short walk in the iconic mountain landscape. Another popular excursion is the drive to Neist Point lighthouse for spectacular views to the Western Isles. The 13th century home of the famous Clan McLeod, Dunvegan Castle offers guided tours, a useful wet-weather option because of Skye's famously changeable weather. It's not called the 'Misty Isle' for nothing! * Please note depending on weather and traffic conditions the itinerary is flexible to maximize your time on Skye.   Day 3 After returning to the mainland you drive past the Five Sisters of Kintail before stopping at the world-famous Loch Ness. Enjoy lunch in Fort Augustus at the southerly tip of Loch Ness before continuing on through Fort William to Glencoe. Learn about the bloody history of the famous glen and admire the wild scenery before heading on to Tyndrum for a break. Return through the Lowlands and Stirling to Edinburgh in the evening.

Full-Day Edinburgh Military Tattoo & Scottish Highlands Tour

4. 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.

Perthshire: Splash White Water Rafting & Canyoning Adventure

5. Perthshire: Splash White Water Rafting & Canyoning Adventure

Feel the excitement of experiencing the white water rapids of the River Tay on this full-day adventure. Your afternoon will be filled with the thrills of a canyoning adventure in picturesque Keltyburn Canyon This River Tay white water adventure is the most popular rafting tour in Scotland. The river flows through Aberfeldy and on to Grandtully, where the tour ends. The day’s activities are suitable for participants aged 10 and older. There’s a trained trip leader in charge of each raft, and safety practices are covered during a comprehensive briefing before you head out on the tour. You’ll also learn and practice safety drills on the river well before the most intense spots, ensuring a fun and safe experience for everyone. When your rafting adventure ends near Grandtully you’ll be transported back to Aberfeldy by coach and receive photos of your rafting trip. After a short break to grab a bite to eat you’ll head to Keltyburn Canyon. This is the site for an adrenaline-filled afternoon of sliding, climbing, and jumping down the canyon. The canyoning outing consistently gets great reviews and is becoming an increasingly popular activity.

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What people are saying about River Tay

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 154 reviews

We were a group of 8 people sharing the vus with 3 others ans we had an amazing time. James our guide could not have been kinder, more knowledgeable and more accommodating. He adapted the itinerary to the weather so that we would see everything in the best light possible. He arranged stops whenever someone needed to pee (even when that was right after departure). And he brought us to the most magical places. It is a lot of hours in the bus, but if you set your expectations right before hand, the scenery, the Scottish music, the stories from the guide and the good company more than make up for it. The great thing is that we had terrific weather for this time of the year and for Scotland and we were able to do several walks in the isle of Skye which were so magical. I would definitely book this tour again and recommend it to others!

We did our tour when it was pouring with rain and it was still awesome. Our guide Euan went above and beyond; he gave us Scottish snacks and drinks to try, had lists of Scottish music and food recommendations, and he was a fantastic story teller. Learned heaps from him and had a lot of fun, the places we visited were beautiful. My and my friends are about 20 years old and it wasn't dull or boring at all.

Alan, the guide, was a funny guy! He took us to the most incredible places explaining curiosities and stories of the place and Scotland. Depending on the places, it gave us more or less time to take long walks or some photos. A tour that I would do a thousand times!

Kevin is a great tour guide and knowledgeable. He really knows the history of Scotland and local information.I could enjoy the tour really.

Absolutely amazing! My kids and I had the most magical time.