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From Edinburgh: 2-Day Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & Highlands

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40 reviews

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours

From Edinburgh: 2-Day Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & Highlands

Activity provider: Timberbush Tours
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From US$ 97.10 per person

Likely to sell out

Enjoy two days in the North West Highlands; experience a dramatic, beautiful landscape rich in history and stay overnight in the Highland town of Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Duration 2 days
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Live tour guide
English
Small group available

Experience

Highlights
  • See Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's most photographed castles
  • Try and spot Nessie on mysterious Loch Ness
  • Enjoy a night in Fort William, a beautiful seaside town at the foot of Ben Nevis
  • See the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the famous bridge the Hogwarts Express passes over
Full description
This tour departs from Edinburgh day 1, first heading west to collect Glasgow passengers. Journey via Stirling, catching a glimpse of its majestic Castle. Visit the Wallace Monument, the towering stone testimonial to the Scottish legend William Wallace. Afterwards pass Doune Castle, location for the film, Monty Python & The Holy Grail. After lunch, time permitting, a brief stop at Rob Roy’s Grave and then onwards to the pretty village of Killin for photos. The journey continues north via Tyndrum across the atmospheric Rannoch Moor. Next stop is Glencoe, a site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan, for a brief walk and photos. Continue to the stunning Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films, yet another photo opportunity (Apr-Oct). The final stop for the first day is the Highland town of Fort William, where you can check into your chosen accommodation. Day 2 begins by going north into the Great Glen, a geographical fault line characterised by a chain of impressive lochs, including Loch Ness. Enjoy a photo stop at Glen Garry, before arriving at one of the most iconic castles in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle (interior closed in winter) to explore the castle and its beautiful setting. The journey continues with a stop for lunch and views of Loch Ness in the pretty lochside village of Fort Augustus. After lunch begins the return journey, enjoying a photo stop to admire Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, at 1,344 meters. Travel via The Hermitage, stopping for a gentle forest walk in idyllic Scottish woodland, before crossing the Forth Bridges, back to Edinburgh where your tour will end. 
Includes
  • Accommodation (if option selected)
  • Travel on a modern, comfortable coach.
  • Live commentary from your expert driver-guide.
  • Meals and drinks
  • Entry to attractions
Not suitable for
  • Children under 4 years

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Meeting point

Outside Ensign Ewart, the Royal Mile There is currently a shortage of taxis and private hire cabs in Edinburgh, which may make it harder to get to the departure point if you're thinking of using a taxi. It is strongly recommended that you allow for more time to reach the departure point in the morning and look into public transport options as a backup.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • You can choose to book your own accommodation, or you can choose between single room and double or twin room accommodation included in the tour price.
  • One night's accommodation roughly costs £20 to £28 per person in a youth hostel, £45 to £70 per person in a B&B, and over £75 per person in a hotel.
  • Tours require a minimum of 6 passengers to run
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 40 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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Jim was great - perfect balance of knowledge and humor. The weather was incredible and the sights really came alive. Suggest pre-booking or going early start on dinner in Fort Williams as the restaurant staffs are limited. Even though we were with 8 other people in the van, we were really on our own at the stops and felt like it was a private tour to explore on our own.

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July 10, 2022

The guide's kindness and meticulous itinerary were good. Theft cannot be reached in winter. If you go in winter, it will be a better trip if you have the steel-like skin to break through the rain and take photos and the courage to endure the car shaking in the wind.

January 17, 2020

An excellent tour!! the beautiful places to visit, full of history, landscapes, excellent transportation, the best driver/guide Marty, good attention, humor, I enjoyed it from start to finish. Although I did not choose the accommodation option, they still took me and picked me up at the accommodation I chose in Fort William. Although it is tiring to be on top of a vehicle all day, no matter how much you get off to visit places, I would like to do that tour again, it is worth 100% of what was paid, apart from the road, seeing mountains and spectacular landscapes listening to music Scottish tradition is indescribable. I recommend it 100%

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September 23, 2019

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