Highland Lochs and Mountains – The Best of Scotland in a Day
Our signature tour combines all that’s great about Scotland into a classic day trip – a castle, mountains, lochs, photo opportunities, a riverside walk, a battlefield, history, heroes and highland cows. Enjoy lots of time off the bus, perfect for those who want to experience Highland scenery and nature at a relaxing pace.
- Dunkeld Cathedral
- Blair Castle
- Highland cows
- Queen's View - famous Highland viewpoint
- Kenmore and Loch Tay
- The Hermitage woodland and waterfall walk
Our route to the Highlands takes us past Loch Leven and the fair city of Perth before arriving at the picturesque village of Dunkeld.
Here you can stroll through quaint narrow streets and/or visit Dunkeld Cathedral (free of charge). Dedicated to St Columba and beautifully located beside the River Tay, a visit to this historic church is a delightful way to start the day.
We continue to Blair Castle, a famous Highland fortress with a 700 year history incorporating the Jacobite Rebellions, the disaster at Culloden and Mary Queen of Scots. Hear about Queen Victoria’s love affair with the Scottish Highlands and her role in creating the only legally recognised private army in Europe – the Atholl Highlanders.
As well as a fascinating castle tour the beautiful gardens include a herd of highland cattle, red squirrels and St Bride’s Kirk – final resting place of ‘Bonnie’ Dundee, one of Scotland’s great heroes.
Lunch is available in the castle restaurant.
A scenic drive takes us to the beauty spot and battlefield of Killiecrankie Gorge. Here the Jacobite army, commanded by John Graham of Claverhouse (‘Bonnie’ Dundee), used the famous ‘Highland Charge’ to inflict a heavy defeat on the British Redcoat army in 1689.
Our next stop is Queen’s View, the much-admired Highland vista along Loch Tummel towards Schiehallion mountain and the distant peaks of Glen Coe.
We then drive through some of the oldest inhabited areas of prehistoric Scotland to the beautiful loch-side village of Kenmore. Here in the ‘Heart of Scotland’ there are wonderful photo opportunities of the Lawers mountain range, Loch Tay and the famous reconstructed crannog – an Iron Age homestead built on stilts in the water and unique to Scotland.
From Kenmore we follow the River Tay, Scotland’s longest, past the Aberfeldy Malt Distillery to finish our day at The Hermitage.
This lovely riverside walk takes us past one of the tallest trees in Britain to a spectacular waterfall and viewpoint where salmon can often be seen leaping the falls. A lovely way to finish the day.