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Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands Tour with Lunch

1. Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands Tour with Lunch

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Loch Ness from Edinburgh and tour the Scottish Highlands. See the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, keep an eye out for Nessie on a boat cruise and enjoy a picnic lunch. Head north from Edinburgh and pass the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle. Skirt the Trossachs Rob Roy country, and cross the wilds of Rannoch Moor before stopping at dramatic Glencoe; the scene of the infamous 1692 massacre.  Your journey takes you through Fort William. Pass Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, before entering the Great Glen. Arrive at the pretty Highland village of Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness, and enjoy a lovely picnic with freshly made sandwiches, fresh fruit, shortbread, and Scottish mineral water. If you fancy something more substantial, your guide will happily recommend some great local cafes.  Take an optional boat cruise on the loch, go for a scenic hike, or just relax by the Caledonian Canal. If you choose to sail along the waters of Loch Ness, it really is an unforgettable experience. Your boat is eqipped with the latest hi-tech color, sonar, and underwater imaging system, giving you a fascinating view of the underwater terrain and life. You might even see Nessie! You can also relax with a coffee or beer in the on board bar. Having seen the best of the Scottish Highlands, it's time to head back to Edinburgh via shimmering Loch Laggan and the wild and lonely Drumochter Pass. Head south and enter Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers, and mountains. See the spectacular Forth Bridge before arriving back in Edinburgh at around 20:00.

Firth of Forth: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

2. Firth of Forth: Sightseeing Cruise with Cream Tea

The Firth of Forth is simply overflowing with myths, turbulent history, and fascinating marine wildlife. Join this boat tour on a 90-minute cruise onboard a superb vessel. Depart from South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland's bustling capital city of Edinburgh. Take in views of Blackness Castle, the ship that never sails and featured in Outlander and the Outlaw King. There are also views of Limekilns village, mentioned in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Kidnapped'. It was from Limekilns that David Balfour and Alan Breck were carried across the Forth in a rowing boat. You will also see the Three Bridges as you have never seen them before including the UNESCO World Heritage Forth Bridge. For your comfort relax onboard with friends and family in the observation lounge or on the outside decks and listen to the guided commentary while you enjoy your complimentary cream tea. Spot the marine wildlife, during your tour, you will find plenty of opportunities to see a wide variety of marine wildlife including seabirds and seals.

Highland Lochs, Glens, and Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

3. Highland Lochs, Glens, and Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

Enjoy a full-day tour of the Scottish Heartlands departing Edinburgh and traveling in small groups for a more intimate experience. You will take a scenic drive through Perthshire, looking at the lochs and glens of the Highlands. Cross the Forth Road Bridge, passing one of Scotland's great engineering wonders, and continue into the Kingdom of Fife. Pass Loch Leven Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned. You will also pass Perth, before crossing the Highland Boundary Fault line. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, on the banks of the River Tay, visit the cathedral town of Dunkeld and the Hermitage, to take a fantastic woodland walk up to the Black Linn Falls. Stop at the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, and visit the great shops and restaurants, or take a stroll down towards Loch Faskally. See the unmistakable peak of Schiehallion, and beyond to the mountains of Glencoe. Continue alongside Loch Tummel, and head past the spectacular 16th-Century Castle Menzies towards the town of Aberfeldy and Dewars Whisky Distillery. After enjoying a dram of the "water of life", the tour returns to the lowlands and back to Edinburgh at approximately 6:30 PM.

From Edinburgh: Speyside Whisky Trail 3-Day Small Group Tour

4. From Edinburgh: Speyside Whisky Trail 3-Day Small Group Tour

A warm welcome awaits you in Speyside, home to more than half of Scotland's malt whiskey distilleries. You’ll have a chance to sample the whiskey and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Cairngorm, Speyside and Royal Deeside. Day 1: Head north through the Kingdom of Fife to Lindores Abbey Distillery. This modern Scottish distillery is built on the site of the first-ever recorded distillery in the country. After lunch in Pitlochry, sample the delights of Scotland's highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, near the source of the River Spey. Once you’ve warmed with this dram of “the gentle spirit”, continue through the Cairngorms National Park before reaching Grantown on Spey - your base for 2 nights. Day 2: Enjoy a whole day exploring Scotland’s most famous whiskey region. After a scenic drive towards the coast, make your first stop of the day at Glen Moray distillery, where you can try whisky matured in a wide selection of casks. Travel back up the Spey River to Craigellachie for a visit to the Speyside Cooperage*, where you see another aspect of the whiskey-making process. After lunch in nearby Aberlour, visit Cardhu Distillery, which is the first distillery pioneered by a woman, Helen Cumming. Today, Cardhu is the most important whisky in Johnnie Walker Black Label. From here, travel back to Grantown on Spey. *Speyside Cooperage is only visited on Monday and Wednesday departures. Day 3: In the morning visit Scotland's highest distillery at Dalwhinnie, set in splendid mountain scenery at the heart of the Cairngorm National Park.  Then, enjoy the majesty of Royal Deeside. Pass by Balmoral Castle, and stop in the village of Braemar in the heart of the National Park. From here, the route south passes over Scotland’s highest mountain pass, through Perthshire, and back to Edinburgh.

Scottish Highlands & Whisky Full-Day Tour from Edinburgh

5. Scottish Highlands & Whisky Full-Day Tour from Edinburgh

Enjoy a fabulous day trip from Edinburgh to experience Scotland’s beautiful countryside just minutes from the capital. Drive to the stunning Highlands, and stop to sample a drop of the national drink to get a complete taste of Scotland. Leaving Edinburgh, the tour makes its way to the ancient capital of Stirling, where the skyline is dominated by its castle on the rock, and the iconic Wallace Monument. Stop to hear of Scotland’s most famous patriot, and his part in the medieval Wars of Independence. Say hello to “Hamish the hairy coo,” before driving through the scenic Trossachs National Park. Heading further into the Highlands, pass the shimmering waters of Loch Earn, before stopping for lunch at The Famous Grouse Experience, one of Scotland’s best known whisky distilleries. Once revived, enjoy a “wee dram” of Scotch whisky and drink the “Water of Life.” Continue to the Hermitage in the heart of Perthshire for a short woodland walk to see the spectacular Black Linn Falls on the River Braan. On the return journey, visit the quaint village of Dunkeld, an area associated with Macbeth, where the stunning cathedral sits on the banks of the River Tay. Pass the iconic Forth Bridge on the way back into Edinburgh, admiring the amazing 19th century feat of engineering.

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

6. Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky Tour from Edinburgh

As you drive north from Edinburgh on this 9-hour excursion you’ll marvel at the engineering miracle of the Forth Railway Bridge. Then, as you travel through Stirlingshire, your guide will bring to life the turbulent times of William Wallace, dramatized in the film Braveheart, and explain his link to the area you're passing through. Your first stop is the city of Stirling, where you'll have ample time to visit the stunning castle (admission not included) or enjoy a walk along the atmospheric, ancient streets that surround it. You'll then have the opportunity to visit one of Scotland's best known distilleries, where you’ll learn how they make their whisky and get a dram of their Highland Single Malt Whisky (optional extra). The tour route takes you past Loch Lubnaig and then through the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, home of the Highland rogue Rob Roy. Stopping at some of the best view points, you’ll be able to take in the view from the An Ceann Mor platform at Inveruglus and then walk the shore of Scotland’s biggest loch at Luss.

From Edinburgh: Private Customizable Highlands Driving Tour

7. From Edinburgh: Private Customizable Highlands Driving Tour

First, get picked up from your hotel in Edinburgh and climb into a private car or minivan to set off on your customizable tour. The route can be changed according to your personal interests and what you would like to see. There will be plenty of opportunities for photo stops throughout the journey. Venture into the Scottish Highlands and be blown away by the scenery, highland cattle, and castles that are older than some countries. Visit the graves of some of the most famous Scots who ever lived, namely Rob Roy McGregor.  Make a stop at the world-famous Deanston Whiskey Distillery, where you will have the option of touring the distillery or enjoying a tasting. Savor a sip of the 18-year-old single malt which comes thoroughly recommended.  If your feeling brave enough, have the chance to try haggis in one of the famous Scottish Gastropubs. Alternatively, have lunch in Deanston Distillery or the villages of Doune or Callander. Spend more time visiting the Scottish countryside or make a stop at Doune Castle - the choice is yours! Finally, return to Edinburgh where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

From Edinburgh: The Whiskies and Gins of East Lothian

8. From Edinburgh: The Whiskies and Gins of East Lothian

Depart from Edinburgh in the morning and travel to NB Distillery. This gin producer launched in 2013 with a mission to develop the perfect gin. Taste it yourself and find out whether they have accomplished their goal. The tour continues up the east coast to North Berwick, one of the most beautiful seaside villages of East Lothian. Browse the artisan shops in the village and enjoy lunch in one of the local restaurants. Leave the coastline and arrive at Glenkinchie Distillery, nestled in a peaceful glen. Founded in 1825, the distillery languished in obscurity for over 150 years before becoming an international brand at the end of the 1980s. Find out how the distillery became such a success and sample their Malt Whiskies. From here, it's a short drive back to Edinburgh, through golden wheat and barley fields.

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness Day Tour with Afternoon Tea

9. From Edinburgh: Loch Ness Day Tour with Afternoon Tea

Drive through the Trossachs National Park, Rob Roy country. Cross the wilds of Rannoch Moor before stopping at dramatic Glencoe, site of the infamous massacre in 1692. The journey takes you through Fort William and majestic Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest peak before arriving at the banks of Loch Ness. At the award-winning Lovat Hotel, you’ll be treated to a delicious ‘Taste of Scotland’ Afternoon Tea; a menu designed around some of the local produce. After lunch, you can go ‘Nessie hunting’ on a short walk to the shoreline or just relax by the Caledonian Canal. On your journey back, travel east along the banks of shimmering Loch Laggan and witness more stunning Highland scenery. The next step of the journey takes you over the Drumochter Pass through the Cairngorms National Park and on to Perthshire, a land of forests, rivers and mountains.

Scotland: 2-Days, 1-Night Fort William & Inverness Get Away

10. Scotland: 2-Days, 1-Night Fort William & Inverness Get Away

FIRST DAY - Departing from our meeting point, the first stop will be at the William Wallace Monument from where his famous battle will be explained without leaving any detail out. - After this, a break for coffee while admiring the beauty of the Falls of Dochart. - On the way to Fort William for lunch, enjoy the amazing Rannoch Moor and the most famous valley in Scotland: GlenCoe. - Next stop, Fort Augustus. Take a picture of sign of the most famous lake in the world and discover the Caledonian Canal. - On to Urquhart Castle, known as the humble abode of Nessie. - Inverness will be the last stop of the day. SECOND DAY - After a good night of rest and an energetic Scottish breakfast, the next stop will be Blair Athol distillery: the guide will explain everything about whisky. - Following the distillery, the next bit will be an encounter with the Scottish nature: a small walk along River Braan in The Hermitage Forest to finally discover some falls. - Lunch today will be in Dunkeld, a historic town which was the capital of Scotland in IX century. - After this, the next stop will be St Andrews, the most famous town in Scotland for its history, culture and golf. - Before arriving in Edinburgh, a short stopped will be made to admire the Forth Bridge, built in 1890.

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What people are saying about Fife

The 5 stars review is for the guide Callum and the driver (I would say Jade, but I can't remember her name anymore). Full of knowledge, entertaining and well driven. Otherwise, it would have been a 3 to 4 stars review, as you spend way more time on the coach, than visiting the sites. I know it can't be helped, due to the distance to cover, but what would, will be, if the driver legal's breaks were taken at more scenic locations. Toilets on the bus would be nice too, for older men with bladder issues ‍♀️ N.B. : Do yourself a favour, get those Loch Ness tickets, it's cold on the loch but worth it, you get a really nice view and you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee or a cheeky whisky. If you want pictures without reflection on the coach, put your lense directly against the glass.

I LOVED this tour. Rich was our guide and he was fantastic, he had a bunch of wonderful stories about the highlands to share. The natural beauty of Scotland is really worth seeing- I highly recommend this as an activity. I didn’t choose the boat tour option and I still had a lovely lovely time walking around and seeing some of the shops. Each of the stops we took on the tour was worth while, at our last stop I bought some ice cream!

Stephen is a true professional as a guide and driver. He showed above expected assistance to my wife on and off the bus. He made great recommendations on what each location provided. Would use him again without hesitation.

We enjoyed this tour very much. Everything was well organized and clearly communicated. We loved the guide telling historical stories, which made the trip more interesting!

Great experience and the drive/guide was superb - extremely knowledgeable