Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glencoe & Loch Shiel

1 Day Tour from Edinburgh

Overview

Join us on a spectacular day trip from Edinburgh to Glenfinnan, Glencoe & Loch Shiel. At Glencoe you’ll get an insight into how people lived here around the time of the infamous Glencoe massacre of 1692.

At Glenfinnan you'll have time to get up to the best viewpoints to capture the Jacobite Steam Train steaming its way over the 21 iconic arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct. *

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Tour Duration
08:30 - 20:30

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From Edinburgh we’ll pass Stirling Castle, historically and architecturally one of Scotland's most important castles. The Highland town of Callander is where we’ll make our first stop of the day for morning refreshments.

You'll see shimmering lochs and magnificent mountain scenery as we make our way through wild Rannoch Moor to spectacular Glencoe. Filming for the James Bond movie Skyfall took place on this stretch of road, so have your camera ready as we follow 007’s trail.

We'll have time to explore this stunning area which was also used as backdrop scenery in several Harry Potter films. One of Scotland's darkest periods in Scottish history, the Glencoe massacre, took place at Glencoe in 1692. 38 men, women and children of the clan MacDonald were murdered by government forces as they slept.

At the Glencoe Turf House, you 'll be able to see what life must have been like for the 500-600 strong community that lived here in 17th century Glencoe.

At Glenfinnan you'll have ample time to walk up to the best viewpoints to see the Jacobite Steam train (the Hogwarts Express) cross over the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. You'll also get stunning views of Loch Shiel and the Glenfinnan Monument.

Glenfinnan isn’t only famous for its Harry Potter connection, Bonnie Prince Charlie first raised the Jacobite Standard in his fabled but ultimately doomed attempt to re-take the thrones of Scotland, England & Ireland. Learn more at the excellent exhibition in the visitor centre and be sure to visit the monument on the shores of Loch Shiel that marks the spot.

Walk down to the shores of Loch Shiel (Hogwarts Lake aka the Black Lake), we are certain that you'll be safe from any lurking Grindylows.

Our return to Edinburgh will take us through Fort William and if we are lucky enough, we might see the top of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain.

Our final stop is at Pitlochry where we’ll have a short break before we return you to Edinburgh where your Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glencoe & Loch Shiel tour will end.

Please Note:
* The Jacobite Steam Train doesn't operate from 30th Oct 2021 until 4th April 2022. You will still be able see the Glenfinnan Viaduct & visit Glenfinnan Monument.

1 Day Glenfinnan Viaduct Tour from Edinburgh

Departure & Return

Departs Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel) Edinburgh

Check-in 08:15

Departs 08:30

Ends 20:30 (approx).

Returns to Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place (opposite the Apex Hotel) Edinburgh


Late Arrivals

In the event you are late for any reason in arriving at your departure point and as result miss your tour, you will not be entitled to a refund.


Children

We regret that we do not carry children under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.


What’s Included

Transport in a 16-seat mini coach

Coach Air Filtration System as standard

Air Conditioning as standard

Services of an English-speaking driver-guide

  Glenfinnan Monument

  Meals & Refreshments


What to Bring

In Scotland we can get 4 seasons in 1 day, so we suggest bringing suitable clothing for all conditions, including a waterproof jacket and layers of clothing.

Shoes that are suitable for short walks on uneven paths and rough terrain. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and your camera to capture fantastic memories you’ll make on tour with us!

Most attractions & eating establishments we visit accept card payments, however we recommend bringing some cash with you.


Luggage

This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel this tour 48 hours or more prior to departure – you will be refunded 90% of the tour price.

Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to departure – no refund will be due.

Cancellations must be made in writing. For further information please refer to our terms and conditions.


Tour Highlights

Callander, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, see the Jacobite Steam train cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glenfinnan Monument, Loch Shiel (the Black Lake) Fort William, Ben Nevis, and Pitlochry.

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Please have a look at some customer experiences with Discover Scotland Tours.

16/04/22 – Alicja

My trip with you to Glenfinnan was amazing and John the driver was such funny, very kind person and full of knowledge. I have seen even more Scotland than I imagined. I could have seen Scottish cows and I have eaten a whiskey ice cream. I really enjoyed it.


23/03/22 – Dave

I have to say that going on a tour to Glenfinnan viaduct through yourselves at Discover Scotland with my daughter and I was pure bliss. We had a brilliant driver in John,  who was so informative and knew so much about what to look out for. (Ask John about the owl he called out from the tree that fed from his hand.) We had enough stops for photo opportunities to make us happy and enough time to enjoy it all. The scenery going through the Trossachs was enough to put a tear in my eyes and if you get the chance to enjoy a haggis pie from Mhor Bakery I would highly recommend it.  Thank you Discover Scotland , you have given my daughter and I wonderful memories.


21/03/22 – Aryan

Super trip, perfectly drafted tour and guide seems to be aware of intel and history of Scotland which made it more pleasant. Overall 10 on 10.


This tour is brand new for 2022!

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FAQ's

The Jacobite Steam Train is scheduled to operate from April 4th - 28th October 2022. We aim to reach Glenfinnan in time to see the train crossing (subject to the train operating per their timetable). There is a great viewpoint to get photos of the train as it travels across the viaduct.

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