Please check in with your driver guide at Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place 15 minutes before departure
Duration9 hours 45 minutes
- Transport in a luxury 16 seat Mercedes Wee Red Bus
- Fully guided services of a Heart of Scotland tour leader
- Entry fees to attractions
- Meals and refreshments
- Maximum group size of 16
- Dunkeld Cathedral and historic village
- Blair Castle and Gardens
- Queen's View - famous Highland viewpoint
- Scenic drive through Highland Perthshire
- The Hermitage woodland and waterfall walk
- Highland cows
- Plenty of photo opportunities
- Cairngorms National Park
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.
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'
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 cows, 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. Admission prices: castle and gardens – adult £10.00, under 17s £7.50; gardens only – adult £6.00, under 17s £4.00.
'Our next stop is the famous Queen's View along Loch Tummel towards Schiehallion mountain'
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 the distant peaks of Glen Coe.
We continue through some of the oldest inhabited areas of prehistoric Scotland on a beautiful drive amidst classic Highland Perthshire scenery. Here in the ‘Heart of Scotland’ there are wonderful photo opportunities as we travel though Tummel Bridge, traverse the mountain shoulder of Schiehallion, drive past Castle Menzies and cross the River Tay via the famous General Wade Bridge into the quaint village of Aberfeldy.
We follow the River Tay, Scotland’s longest, past the Dewar’s whisky distillery to finish our day at The Hermitage. This lovely riverside walk takes us past some 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.