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2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

Heart of Scotland Tours Ltd

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Join this small group tour for a magical two day escape to the Highlands. Traveling through spectacular scenery, this tour is the perfect way to see Scotland and many of her highlights. These include stops at Doune Castle, Glen Coe, Glenfinnan Viaduct (April - October only) and Loch Ness. Overnight is in the bustling Highland capital of Inverness followed by visits to Culloden Battlefield, prehistoric standing stones, Pitlochry (optional whisky distillery tour) and a riverside walk at Dunkeld.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh to Inverness

Pass By: Stirling Castle, Castle Esplanade Upper Castle Hill, Old Town, Stirling FK8 1EJ Scotland
Pass by historic Stirling Castle on its rocky crags.

Pass By: National Wallace Monument, Hillfoots Road Abbey Craig, Stirling FK9 5LF Scotland
The National Wallace Monument was built to honour our great Scottish hero - William Wallace.

Stop At: Doune Castle, Castle Hill, Doune, Stirling FK16 6EA Scotland
Short photo stop at Doune Castle. This medieval castle has recently been seen as Castle Leoch in Outlander and Winterfell in Game of Thrones but is probably most famous for featuring in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Glen Coe, Scotland
Glen Coe is perhaps the most famous of all Scotland’s glens. This narrow valley is where the bloody massacre of the MacDonalds took place in 1692 and has been used as a backdrop for many movies including Skyfall. We will stop nearby for lunch (at own expense).
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan Lodge A830 Rd, Glenfinnan PH37 4LT Scotland
Visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct (Apr-Oct only) which famously features in several Harry Potter movies as the Hogwarts Express train crosses the bridge.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ben Nevis, Fort William Scotland
We stop for a photo of Britain’s highest mountain (Ben Nevis).
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Fort Augustus, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness Region, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
There will be an opportunity for photos and souvenir shopping in the charming village of Fort Augustus.
Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Loch Ness, Scotland
We continue along the full length of Loch Ness - keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster!

Stop At: Urquhart Castle, A82, Drumnadrochit IV63 6XJ Scotland
We will stop at Urquhart Castle for a photo opportunity and to stretch legs before the final leg of the journey to Inverness.
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Inverness, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Our overnight stay is in the northernmost city of the UK and pretty capital of the Highlands, Inverness. There are numerous pubs, cafés and restaurants for evening entertainment.
Duration: 14 hours

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

Day 2: Inverness to Edinburgh

Stop At: Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Culloden Moor IV2 5EU Scotland
After being collected from your accommodation it's only a short drive to Culloden Moor where the Jacobites were finally defeated by government soldiers in 1746, the last battle to be fought on British soil.

You will have time to walk on the battlefield and learn more about this tragic event that killed 700 Highland clansmen in three minutes.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Clava Cairns, Balnuaran of Clava, IV2 5EU Scotland
Visit one of Scotland's most evocative and sacred prehistoric sites, 4000 year old stone circles and burial mounds at Clava Cairns.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cairngorms National Park, PH22 1QH Scotland
As we drive south through the Cairngorms National Park you'll hear about the flora and fauna of this wonderful wilderness which was officially protected in 2003 and is the largest national park in the British Isles. We will also stop for lunch at one of the charming villages within the national park.
Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Ruthven Barracks, Kingussie, Newtonmore Scotland
During your drive through the Cairngorms National Park, you should spot Ruthven Barracks, built in 1719 after the 1715 Jacobite rising.

Stop At: Pitlochry, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
The Highland town of Pitlochry has an elegant main street packed with shops and restaurants. During your break here there is an option to visit the Blair Athol Distillery (own expense) where you can take a guided tour and of course sample the 'water of life' for yourself.
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Stop At: Blair Athol Distillery, Perth Road, Pitlochry PH16 5LY Scotland
During your break in Pitlochry there is an opportunity to visit Blair Atholl Distillery (at your own expense) where you can take a guided tour and of course sample the 'water of life' for yourself.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Hermitage Woodland Walk, Just off A9 at Dunkeld, Dunkeld Scotland
Your final stop is a gentle riverside walk through Big Tree Country at Dunkeld, a beautiful way to finish the tour all seasons of the year.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Forth Road Bridge, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9SF Scotland
Just before returning to Edinburgh your journey takes you over the River Forth. You may make a quick photo stop in South Queensferry to capture the famous Forth Rail Bridge - built in 1890.
Duration: 15 minutes

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

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Accommodation: Please let us know in the Special Requirements box when you check out which type of accommodation you would prefer. Choose from: Hostel - £20 to £30 per person, per night. B&B single or single occupancy of a double room - £50 to £90 per person, per night. B&B en-suite double or twin - £100 to £150 per room, per night (2 sharing). B&B en-suite triple or quad - £150 to £200 per room, per night (3 or 4 sharing). Hotel - £150 to £200+ per room, per night (2 sharing)
  • Small group tour - 13 passengers or less
  • Minimum age is 5 years old
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Operates in all weather conditions (unless it is unsafe to do so), please dress appropriately
  • Please inform us 7 days in advance if you are bringing a service animal
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Inclusions
  • Small-group tour - 13 passengers or less
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes mini coach


Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Attraction Entrance Fees
  • Accommodation: See the Additional Info section below to select your preferred accommodation choice
  • Entry/Admission - Doune Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield
  • Entry/Admission - Blair Athol Distillery


Departure Point
Waterloo Place, Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, UK


Departure Time
8:15 AM

Duration
2 days

Return Details
Returns to original departure point


Voucher Info
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