VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION – All group tours depart from Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3BQ (opposite Howie’s Restaurant).
Please check in with your driver guide at Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place 15 minutes before departure
Duration9 hours 30 minutes
Prices & Booking Terms
- FREE cancellation/rebooking up to 24 hours before departure
- Luggage allowance of up to 15 kg (33 lbs)
- Transport in a luxury Mercedes Wee Red Bus
- Fully guided services of a Heart of Scotland tour leader
- Entry fees to attractions
- Meals and refreshments
- Average group size of around 12
- Forth Bridges
- Dunkeld Cathedral
- Blair Castle and Gardens - 20% special discount
- Queen's View - famous Highland viewpoint
- Highland cows ('hairy coos')
- The Hermitage woodland and waterfall walk
- Lots of time off the bus and photo stops
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
According to TripAdvisor travelers as of February 2024
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 to our first stop at the famous Forth Bridges 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 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.
Here you can take advantage of our 20% discount (no pre-booking required). Admission prices: castle and gardens – adult £14.00, under 17s £9.50; gardens only – adult £8.00, under 17s £5.00.
'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 return to the charming Highland village of Pitlochry with its elegant main street packed with shops and restaurants. During our break here options include a late lunch, souvenir shopping or a short stroll to the famous hydro electric dam and salmon ladder.
We continue to the Hermitage woodland walk. This lovely riverside stroll 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.
We finish the day at Taste of Perthshire for a face-to-face meeting with their hairy Highlands cows – everyone’s favourite photo stop. A great way to finish the day!