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Tour 7 - Inverness and the Highlands
2 Day Tour
The Highland Weekender 2 Day Tour

Departs 08.30 - Returns 19.00 on Day 2 Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
time SUMMER: 30th March 2015 to 1st November 2015           tick  
time WINTER: 2nd November 2015 to 31st March 2016           tick  

All tours depart from Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. MAP.

priceAdult price from £79.00 to £99.00 per person
Discount price from £73.00 to £89.00 per person (students, over 60s and 5-17 years)

Accommodation is NOT included in this price - see note below. Read Full Terms of Service for this tour.

Important tour and accommodation information

Tour price does not include accommodation. Choose from hostel (£16 to £20 per person per night), B&B (£35 to £45 per person per night) or hotel (£60+ per person per night). Accommodation is pre-booked in your name and you pay on departure. Named accommodation is not possible at the time of booking. Please note accommodation providers are very busy during the peak season.  We would advise booking early for this tour -  late bookings may restrict the choice and location of your accommodation.

Accommodation choices Your accommodation options explained.

Accommodation choices Maximum 15 kgs per person.

Tour highlights:
  • Doune Castle
  • Glen Coe
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct 
  • Loch Ness
  • Woodland and waterfall walk
  • Urquhart Castle
  • Inverness
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Blair Athol Distillery
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mapEnjoy our popular 2 day escape to the Highlands. Travelling through spectacular scenery, this tour is the perfect way to see Scotland. The itinerary includes stops at Doune Castle, Glen Coe, Glenfinnan Viaduct (April - October only) and Loch Ness. Overnight is in the Highland capital of Inverness followed by visits to Culloden battlefield, prehistoric standing stones, Pitlochry (optional whisky distillery tour) and a riverside walk at Dunkeld. For fans of Outlander and Harry Potter, this tour includes stops at several featured locations.

Day 1

Leaving Edinburgh we pass Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument prior to our first stop at 13th century Doune Castle.  Protecting the gateway to the Highlands and with spectacular views from the medieval tower the castle has recently been seen as Castle Leoch in Outlander, Winterfell in Game of Thrones but is probably most famous for featuring in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Doune Castle

As we continue north the mountains and lochs provide a dramatic backdrop for our journey to Glen Coe, perhaps the most famous of all Scotland’s glens. This narrow valley is where the bloody massacre of the MacDonalds took place in 1692. You may even recognise this part of the Highlands, used as a backdrop for many movies including Skyfall.

Glen Coe
Glen Coe

After lunch we 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.

Glenfinnan Viaduct
Glenfinnan Viaduct

We stop for a photo of Britain’s highest mountain (Ben Nevis) before continuing along the Great Glen to the world's most mysterious lake, Loch Ness.

There will be an opportunity for photos and souvenir shopping in the charming village of Fort Augustus.

We continue along the full length of Loch Ness for a photo of Urquhart Castle...eyes peeled for monsters! 

Loch Ness
The Highland capital, Inverness

Our overnight stay is in the northernmost city of the UK and pretty capital of the Highlands, Inverness.  There are numerous pubs, cafés and restaurants for evening entertainment.

Culloden Battlefield
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 three minutes.

The Wee Red Bus at Ruthven Barracks
The Wee Red Bus at Ruthven Barracks

From there we visit one of Scotland's most evocative and sacred prehistoric sites, the nearby 4000 year old stone circles and burial mounds at Clava Cairns. As we 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 we arrive at the lively Highland town of Pitlochry with an elegant main street packed with shops and restaurants.

Loch Ness
Hermitage woodland and waterfall walk
During our break here there is an option to visit the Blair Athol Distillery (adults £4.50, sorry no children under 8) where you can take a guided tour of the distillery and of course sample the 'water of life' for yourself. Alternatives include a short walk to the famous hydro electric dam and salmon ladder or Black Spout waterfall. Our 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.

As we return to Edinburgh we cross the River Forth and there's a photo opportunity of the Forth Rail Bridge. It amazed the world when it was completed in 1890 and has become an enduring symbol of Scotland’s engineering heritage.

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