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Experience the enchantment of the Scottish Highlands on a small-group, 2-day trip from Edinburgh. As you travel through spectacular scenery, visit historical highlights like Doune Castle and witness the natural splendor of Loch Ness and Glen Coe. Delve into the history of Culloden battlefield, take a riverside stroll at Dunkeld and recognize Glenfinnan Viaduct, famed for its role in the ‘Harry Potter’ films. B&B or hostel accommodation is reserved but not included in the price. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
  • Listen to the legend of the mythical creature that resides in Loch Ness
  • Accommodation in a B&B, hotel or hostel is reserved but not included in the price
  • Visit historical landmarks like Doune Castle and Culloden Battlefield
  • Admire the natural beauty of Glen Coe and Dunkeld's riverside
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Small-group tour - 16 passengers or less
Live commentary on board
Local guide
Driver/guide
Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes mini coach
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Attraction Entrance Fees
Accommodation: See the Additional Info section below to select your preferred accommodation choice

Departure Point

Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh, UK

This tour departs from (and returns to) Bus Stand ZE, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3BQ. Please arrive no later than 08.15

Departure Time

8:15 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your 2-day tour begins with a morning pickup from Edinburgh city center. Settle into the mini-coach for the journey that takes you past Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument on the way to Doune Castle. Make a photo stop at the 13th-century castle, which has appeared in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," "Outlander," and "Game of Thrones."

Continue to the haunting valley of Glen Coe, setting of the infamous massacre of the Clan MacDonald in 1692. After a lunch break  (own expense) head for the Glenfinnan Viaduct (April through October only), which starred in the 'Harry Potter' movies and overlooks the site where the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion began.

Make a photo stop at Ben Nevis, Britain's tallest mountain, before winding through the Great Glen to the infamous Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Afterward, head for your overnight accommodation in Inverness.

Day 2: Rejoin your guide in the morning and travel to Culloden where the Jacobites were finally defeated by British government soldiers in 1746, in the last battle fought on British soil.

Next, visit the Clava Cairns, one of Scotland's most evocative prehistoric sites, before traveling south through Cairngorms National Park. 

After lunch (own expense) in one of the park's charming villages inside the national park, visit the town of Pitlochry. You have free time here to explore and the option to visit the Blair Athol Distillery (own expense) where you can take a guided tour and sample the whisky.

Your final stop is Dunkeld for a gentle riverside walk. Your tour concludes back at the original departure point.
Itinerary
Stirling Castle
Pass by historic Stirling Castle on its rocky crags.
Admission Ticket Free
National Wallace Monument
The National Wallace Monument was built to honour our great Scottish hero - William Wallace.
Admission Ticket Free
Doune Castle
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
Admission Ticket Not Included
Glen Coe
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 
Admission Ticket Free
Glenfinnan Viaduct
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
Admission Ticket Free
Ben Nevis
We stop for a photo of Britain’s highest mountain (Ben Nevis).
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Fort Augustus
There will be an opportunity for photos and souvenir shopping in the charming village of Fort Augustus.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Loch Ness
We continue along the full length of Loch Ness - keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster!
Urquhart Castle
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
Admission Ticket Not Included
Inverness
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 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
Culloden Battlefield
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
Admission Ticket Not Included
Clava Cairns
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
Admission Ticket Free
Cairngorms National Park
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 
Admission Ticket Free
Ruthven Barracks
During your drive through the Cairngorms National Park, you should spot Ruthven Barracks, built in 1719 after the 1715 Jacobite rising.
Pitlochry
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
Admission Ticket Free
Blair Athol Distillery
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 
Admission Ticket Not Included
The Hermitage Woodland Walk
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
Admission Ticket Free
Forth Road Bridge
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
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Heart of Scotland Tours Ltd

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers.

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Great Highlands Tour
jdelaney2019
, Oct 2019
My wife and I decided to book a highlands tour when we were visiting Edinburgh. There are many offerings by different companies and it it hard to tell them apart from the web materials. We chose this tour based on a very good experience my brother and I had with the same company earlier in 2019. The highlands tour was excellent. The driver/guide, Keith, was fabulous and did everything possible to enhance the experience for everyone on the tour. The scenery was spectacular and there was enough to do despite the distance that needed to be driven. The sites visited were all worthwhile and allowed the telling of a variety of Scottish stories that put everything in context. We were very glad we took the tour.
star-5
Great tour!
Z6643ENlindas
, Oct 2019
My husband and I took the two-day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour on 10/3-4/2019 and really enjoyed the tour. Our guide, Eddie Boyle, was a really good guy - great sense of humor and very knowledgeable as well as being a great driver too. There were 13 people on our tour and I think everyone had a wonderful time learning about Scotland and its history. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Perfect 2-day tour!
NinaWellhausen
, Aug 2019
Thank you so much Euan for this great trip! It was the perfect route, in only 2 days we got to see so much. He was a very funny and flexible driver and guide and gave us many opportunities to take pictures. Also the times for the visits and breaks were perfectly timed. Can highly recommend this tour. Thank you!
star-5
Great introduction to the Highlands!
Robin S
, Oct 2018
We very much enjoyed our 2 day tour to the Highlands. Even though it rained continuously the first day, our terrific tour guide kept our spirits and interest up with it seemed unending information on what we were seeing. The pace was good with frequent stops and very organized.
star-5
Great trip
christinbrandon
, Sep 2018
Lovely scenery. George was a fun and knowledgeable guide. Would definitely book with The Wee Red Bus again.
star-5
You wont be disappointed!
Darlene H
, Jun 2018
This was exactly what we were hoping for! This tour took the guesswork out of the planning. It offered 2 days of seamless sightseeing. Our guide, Euan, was knowledgeable and easy going. Wonderful time!
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It was an amazing tour, it totally...
Fernanda C
, Apr 2018
It was an amazing tour, it totally cost every pound. Paul the guide was very relaxed and really leave us enjoy every place and always asked the whole group if we wanted to spend more or less time in each place. About the tour, it was what I really expected, saw many beautiful and interesting things and also learned a lot about it. Totally recommended tour! I would tell my friends for sure.
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This tour was just great! Our...
Laura B
, Dec 2017
This tour was just great! Our driver/tour guide Andy was funny and full of so much knowledge. The stops were beautiful and Andy added in some extra stops because the weather was great. The B and B was lovely and reasonably priced. It was far nicer than some of the hotels I've stayed in on my trip.
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Tour was wonderful. Alan our tour...
Joan B
, Oct 2017
Tour was wonderful. Alan our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the history and all the places we went. I loved how passionate he was about his country. I would recommend him as your guide. He made our trip great even though we had lots of rain.
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Very interesting tour with Allen...
twindle
, Oct 2017
Very interesting tour with Allen, our driver and tour guide, being a great story teller. Stops at Culloden, Doune Castle and the Clava Cairns were noteworthy. Allen actually noticed that I had a wee bit of a mobility issue although did not require any special assistance and parked the van at handicapped spots a few times for added convenience. Thanks, Allen. Scotland is such a beautiful country, 2 days were hardly enough to skim the surface but Allen did his best to give us a very good sense of the place, its history, people and above all its heart and soul. Great experience.

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