2-Day Loch Ness And Inverness Small-Group Tour From Edinburgh

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  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:45 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Rabbie's Cafe Bar, 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 22 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 21 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Spend two days exploring Loch ness and Inverness, past and present, on a small-group trip to the Scottish highlands from Edinburgh. As you enjoy scenic drives and historic landmarks, your eyes will pop at the dramatically beautiful landscape. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, this leisurely two-day excursion allows you to have a memorable and personal experience in two of Scotlands favorite locations.

Highlights

Fully narrated tour

Breakfast included

Multi-Day Trip

Receive discounts at selected restaurants, shops and attractions

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh-united-kingdom">Edinburgh - Fort Augustus - Inverness

Stop At: Loch lubnaig, Callander, Loch lomond and the trossachs national park, Scotland
Enjoy this wonderful landscape and perfect stop for great photos!
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Glencoe Mountain, Ballachulish, Glencoe, Scottish highlands, Scotland
Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tale of one of Scotlands most famous landscapes.
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Loch ness, Scottish highlands, Scotland
Take a chance to explore a ruined castle overlooking Loch ness.Take a chance to explore a ruined castle overlooking Loch ness.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Loch ness, Loch ness, Scottish highlands, Scotland
Take a chance to go on an optional boat cruise (April - October) or wander around the shores of this alluring and eerie loch.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Commando Monument, Spean Bridge, Lochaber, Scottish highlands, Scotland
Scenic views and quick photo stop at this inspirational memorial.
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Inverness Cathedral, Inverness, Scottish highlands, Scotland
The Capital of the Highlands blends Victorian architecture with a lively modern lifestyle.
Duration: 5 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight in Inverness.

Day 2: Inverness - Culloden - Pitlochry - Edinburgh

Stop At: Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Scottish highlands, Scotland
Experience the Battle of Culloden, admire Jacovite artefacts and visit the powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite Rising
Duration: 35 minutes

Stop At: Clava cairns, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Travel through winding back roads and discover a 4,000 year old cemetery.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Dalwhinnie Distillery, Dalwhinnie, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
(optional stop depending on the itinerary of the day - not guaranteed)
Tour and tasting (with chocolate and free whisky glass)

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: House of Bruar at Blair Atholl, Blair Atholl, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
Opportunity to either walk to a scenic waterfall or passengers can visit the shopping/food area.
Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore and the Cairngorms, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Gaze in awe at Scotlands most beautifully rounded peaks.

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Itinerary:

Day 1: EdinburghInverness
Depart Edinburgh in the morning and take a leisurely stroll along the River Tay or explore the wooded grounds of the Hermitage to look for 18th-century follies such as Ossian's Cave. From here you will continue on to the popular holiday town of Pitlochry, where there will be free time to have lunch (own expense) in one of the local restaurants or cafes.

Cross over the geological fault line, which separates the Lowlands from the Highlands, taking in views of the magnificent Highland scenery and passing the majestic Blair Castle before entering Cairngorm National Park. This unique area is one of the last remaining pockets of native Caledonian pine forest left standing. Your guide will stop in the ancient Rothiemurchus Estate to allow you time to fully appreciate the stunning views.

Continue your journey north, arriving at Inverness in the early evening. You will be dropped off at your accommodation, and the evening is free for you to explore the capital of the Highlands.
Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Inverness

Day 2: Inverness Edinburgh
After a leisurely breakfast, you will picked up from your Inverness accommodation and travel toward the famous Loch Ness. There will be stops along the way to take photos of the beautiful surrounding countryside. Upon arrival you will have the option to take a boat trip out on the loch (April to October; price not included) to look for Nessie the Loch Ness Monster, and take in views of Urquhart Castle, or you may stay on dry land to explore the castle's mighty ruins.

Journey south past Ben Nevis and Fort William to Glencoe. This haunting glen was the scene of a terrible massacre in 1692, where many of the Macdonald Clan died. The tour stops here for you to take in the unique atmosphere of this place.

The return journey to Edinburgh takes you across the wild and remote Rannoch Moor and through the countryside around Stirling, before concluding in Edinburgh in the evening.

Inclusions

Accommodation included: 1 night

Overnight accommodation with private facilities in either a B&B or 3-star hotel

Small-group tour (maximum 16 passengers)

Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach

Driver/guide

Exclusions

Gratuities

Hotel pickup and drop off

Food and drinks, unless specified

Admission fees

Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle

Entry/Admission - Loch Ness

Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield

Entry/Admission - Dalwhinnie Distillery

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Children are not permitted to travel alone. Child rate applies only when sharing with at least 1 paying adult

Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years

Please note: you will be required to choose between either a 3-star bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel at time of booking

Booking three or more people? We can accommodate up to 8 guests in a group, please add each required room to your basket separately

When booking three or more people, efforts will be made to book a combination of suitable rooms (double/twin/family). Preferences should be noted upon booking in the Special Requirements section

Family rooms are limited and may be available on request. Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available

Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

Most travelers can participate

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Traveler Reviews

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  • 26-Feb-2020

    One of the best tours I’ve been on.
    James our tour guide was awesome. Very knowledgeable and approachable, an asset to the company. Being a very small group, James went out of his way to show us as much around his beautiful country as he could fit in.
    The highlands are absolutely stunning, and with the recent snow, made it all the more beautiful.
    Can’t wait to come back in summer now.

  • 09-Dec-2019

    As Outlander brought the city of Inverness and I picked this trip to see that famous city! And I was blown away with everything else on this trip. Going over the mountians and some small hiking trips was wonderful. While it was dark when we got to Inverness I can say I was there. But the way back was the highlight! Loch Ness was beautiful! The boat ride was perfect. Glencoe was beyond humbling. Our guide was extremely educated and stopped multipule times for pictures and bathrooms. Can't recommend enough.

  • 13-Nov-2019

    This was hands-down one of the best small tours I have taken! Steven is great! He is passionate about what he does, and it shows! Great sense of humor, super knowledgeable about Scotland history, and US pop culture! The highlands were stunning, as were all our other stops along the way. We were always kept in the loop about everything we were seeing and doing, and I was very pleased with the chosen lodging!

    I highly recommend this tour, and especially our guide Steven!

  • 11-Nov-2019

    We only had 4 days in Scotland and wanted to see as much as we could. It was a bit of a sacrifice to do an over night trip and lose time that could have been spent in Edinburgh. And it was 100% worth it. I kept looking out of the window at the scenery that passed in complete disbelief at the beauty. Fiona was our guide and she was kind, funny and took great care of us!

  • 21-Oct-2019

    Trip was good with good accommodation and comfortable vehicle. Nice views and enough photo stops along the way. Maybe guided city tour in Inverness would be something to consider.

  • 07-Oct-2019

    Stevie was our Driver. We had a wonderful two day trip to Loch Ness. He told us interesting stories about the areas as we drove and played fantastic music to go along with the stories. We stopped along the way at the Kelpies structures, beautiful waterfalls, many photo opportunities , pub lunches , shopping and whiskey tasting. Our accommodations in Inverness were very comfortable and located within walking distance to everything in town.

  • 01-Oct-2019

    We saw so much in two days! The trip was a perfect balance of driving and stops. The van was comfy and clean with large windows. Our guide, William Drummond, was the heart and soul of the tour. He provided a knowledgeable, amusing tale of Scottish history as we drove that provided a context for all that we saw. thank you, William!

  • 09-Sep-2019

    The trip was long but well worth it! Charlie our guide was very knowledgeable about Scottish history and pointed out great spots! He also had great music to go along with the places we saw!

    Would definitely recommend this trip!

  • 23-Aug-2019

    We had a wonderful time in this tour. Charlie, our driver was great. He was very experienced. Took us to amazing places. I will definitely recommend him and this tour

  • 11-Jul-2019

    I felt that this was an excellent excursion. In addition to cruising on Lock Ness and seeing Inverness, we made a number of stops along the way that both broke up the drive and gave us a better appreciation for the Scottish highlands. For example, we did a whisky distillery tour, saw the sites of several famous battles in the history of Scotland (e.g., Culloden), stopped to take pictures of the highlands, and ate in a few pubs along the way. Overall, great trip. Many of the trip expenses, such as the cruise on Loch Ness, were not included in the tour price, but we were told this when booking, so there we no surprises.

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