Loch Ness, Inverness & the Highlands

2 Day Tour from Edinburgh

Overview

Escape from it all and discover the beauty of Loch Ness, Inverness & the Highlands on this 2-day tour from Edinburgh.

Enjoy easy walks through the forest to a magical waterfall and along the banks of the Caledonian Canal.

 Take an optional cruise on mysterious Loch Ness to try and spot Nessie, the mythical Loch Ness monster. Explore the ruins of Urquhart castle which dates back to the 13th century.

Step back in time and see first hand how people in the Highlands lived from the 1700’s at the open air Highland Folk Museum.*

 

Prices from £115.00per person

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Tour Duration
2 Days – 1 Night

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Day 1

Leaving Edinburgh on our tour of Loch Ness, Inverness & the Highlands we’ll travel across the Forth Road Bridge.  Here, you’ll be able to see one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks, the Forth Bridge. Built in 1890, this impressive bridge is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is still one of the world’s longest cantilever bridges.

Our first stop of the day is in the historic town of Dunkeld, it’s history dating from around 730AD. We can enjoy a leisurely walk through the beautiful Hermitage forest which is suitable for all fitness levels. Tall Douglas firs fill the forest, along with the roaring waterfall known as the Black Linn.

Continuing north our next stop is at the Highland Folk Museum. Step back in time and discover how people lived and worked in the Scottish highlands from the 1700’s up until the 1950’s. The folk museum also appeared in the ‘Rent’ episode in the Outlander tv series.

The highland folk museum is open Apr-Oct only. Out with these months we’ll visit Ruthven Barracks instead.

The Cairngorms National Park is the UK’s largest National Park and is home to many rare and endangered species of wildlife. The beauty of this wilderness with its magnificent forests, rivers and wild mountains is where we’ll have lunch.

Weather permitting, we can have a picnic on the sandy beach of Loch Morlich. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of the park’s Reindeer herd, brought to Scotland in the 1960s.

A few miles south of Inverness lie the 4000 year old Prehistoric Burial Cairns of Clava. These beautifully preserved burial cairns reportedly inspired Diana Gabaldon’s Craigh Na Dun from Outlander. We arrive early evening at Inverness where you have free time to enjoy the capital of the Highlands.

Day 2

Heading south we’ll travel the length of the Caledonian Canal along the Great Glen from Inverness to Fort William. Sixty miles of outstanding beauty best describes the Caledonian Canal.

You can take a cruise on the Caledonian Canal to Loch Ness followed by a visit to the ruins of Urquhart Castle. This castle stands on the edge of the deepest part of Loch Ness and is where most sightings of the Loch Ness monster have taken place.

We’ll stop for lunch in the picturesque village of Banavie. Here you can take an easy walk along the banks of the Caledonian Canal. Enjoy the stunning views of the Nevis mountain range, and where you’ll also find the famous Neptune’s staircase. This impressive flight of locks raises the canal by 19m (62ft) over a quarter of a mile.

Next it’s spectacular Glencoe, scene of one of the most shameful episodes in Scottish history – the Glencoe Massacre. Movies such as James Bond’s Skyfall, Rob Roy, and the first episode of Outlander have featured Glencoe. Filming for the third Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, took place here in May and June 2003.

We’ll have the opportunity to stop here, stretch your legs and take in the breath-taking majesty of the Glen.

Our journey continues over the wild and desolate wilderness of Rannoch Moor to Callander. We’ll take a short break in this pretty little Highland town before returning to Edinburgh.

Learn more about Loch Ness here.

2 Day Loch Ness, Inverness & the Highlands Tour from Edinburgh Tour Highlights

Day 1
Dunkeld, The Hermitage, The Highland Folk Museum (Apr-Oct), Cairngorms National Park, The Clava Cairns. and Inverness.

Day 2 
Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Caledonian Canal,  Neptunes Staircase, Glencoe, Rannoch Moor and Callander.


Departure & Return

Departs/Returns: Bus Stance opposite Howie’s Restaurant, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3B

Tour Check-in 08:15 | Tour Departs 08:30 | Tour Ends 19:00


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

  Accommodation

  Entry to Visitor Attractions

  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.


Cancellation Policy

If you cancel this tour 15 day or more prior to departure – you will be refunded 90% of the tour price.

Cancellations made less than 15 days prior to departure – no refund will be due.

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

FAQs

This tour stays overnight in the city of Inverness. Known as the capital of the Highlands, Inverness has many accommodation establishments, shops & restaurants.

Your tour excludes accommodation. During the tour booking process you will be asked if you are booking your own accommodation or whether you wish us to reserve this on your behalf?

Booking my own accommodation

If booking your own accommodation this should be in the city centre of Inverness where most of our customers will be staying. If you are unsure if the accommodation you are looking at is centrally located, please check with us first at bookings@discoverscotlandtours.com

Please contact us to let us know the name of the accommodation you have reserved.

I want Discover Scotland Tours to book my accommodation

We’ll reserve your accommodation and let you know the name of where you are staying. You pay the accommodation provider directly.

Some accommodation providers don’t accept credit cards and only take cash. We will inform you of this when we confirm your named accommodation.

Accommodation Guide Price

We provide a guide price as each establishment has their own pricing structure. We allocate accommodation on a first come first served basis. An exact cost will be confirmed once you have booked and we can confirm what is available.

All B&B’s we book on your behalf have private bathroom facilities. Most rooms are en-suite while others have a private bathroom outside the bedroom.

B&B
Double/twin room: £120.00 – £150.00 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.

B&B
Single occupancy: £105.00 – £130.00 per room per night

Hostel
We do not reserve hostel accommodation but we can provide guidance on where passengers may wish to book. There is an option to request information on hostels at the time of booking.

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.

If you require to store luggage while on tour you may choose  to use luggage facilities. You’ll find these in both Glasgow and Edinburgh Train Stations and Edinburgh Bus Station.

Yes in Inverness, your Tour Leader will drop you off each evening and collect you at a agreed time each morning.

If you opt to book your own accommodation outside our normal pick up/drop off area then a nearby pick up/drop off location will be agreed while on tour.

Above all, please ensure you are ready in plenty of time each morning.

In the Scottish Highlands many businesses do not accept card; particularly in rural areas where mobile signals are not very strong. Your driver will also take cash payment for any optional extras. Therefore, it is best to bring cash with you.

There are cash machines on route should you require to take out money while on tour.

Seats are chosen on a first come first serve basis, we are unable to take requests for specific seats. Our mini coaches all have panoramic windows so the beautiful Scottish landscape can always be enjoyed, no matter where you sit.

If you suffer from motion sickness, then you may be affected by the roads in Scotland. They can be twisty and narrow. It’s best to come prepared with a travel sickness preventative, whether that be medicinal, wristbands or another option, to ensure it doesn’t impact your overall enjoyment of the tour.

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