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2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Overview

Discover the Scottish Highlands on a leisurely 2-day trip from Edinburgh that includes overnight accommodation at a hotel or bed & breakfast. Visit two of Scotland’s most popular spots—Loch Ness and Inverness—during scenic drives among pine forests, dramatic castles and charming villages, with an optional boat ride on Loch Ness. Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach with a small group limited to 16 passengers for a personalized experience with your informative guide.
  • 2-day guided tour, round-trip from Edinburgh to Inverness in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Scenic drive through the Scottish Highlands with optional boat ride on Loch Ness
  • Choice of hotel or B&B/guesthouse accommodation
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people ensures a personalized experience
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Overnight en-suite accommodation with breakfast
Small-group tour (maximum 16 passengers)
Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
Driver/guide
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
Food and drinks, unless specified
Admission fees
Rabbie's Cafe Bar , 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

Rabbie's Cafe Bar, 6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG

8:45 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Visit Inverness, Loch Ness and more during this scenic 2-day journey to the Scottish Highlands, departing from Edinburgh in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach. Disembark along the way to explore historical villages and atmospheric castles tucked away in the woods, with an optional boat ride on Loch Ness in search of the mysterious Loch Ness Monster. 

Spend the night in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, with your choice of a single, twin or double room at a 3-star hotel or bed & breakfast (guesthouse) upon booking.

Day 1: Edinburgh – Inverness

Depart Edinburgh and make photo stops at Loch Lubnaig and Callander. Then journey to Glencoe Mountain, a haunting glen that was the scene of a terrible massacre in 1692, where many of the Macdonald Clan died.

On arrival at Loch Ness, you 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. More scenic views and a quick photo stop are offered at the inspirational memorial of Commando Monument (Spean Bridge).

Continue your journey, arriving at Inverness. Enjoy free time to soak up the lively atmosphere and beautiful Victorian architecture before you’re dropped off at your accommodation. 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 – Culloden - Pitlochry – Edinburgh

After a leisurely breakfast, you are picked up from your Inverness accommodation and travel toward the Culloden Battlefield at Culloden Moor. Experience the Battle of Culloden, admire Jacobite artifacts, and visit the powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite rising. Travel through winding back roads and discover a 4,000-year-old cemetery at Clava Cairns.

After a possible stop at eight the House of Bruar at Blair Atholl with free time to stroll around or Dalwhinnie Distillery for whisky tasting (own expense).

From here, continue on to Cairngorm National Park. This unique area is one of the last remaining pockets of native Caledonian pine forest left standing. Gaze in awe at Scotland’s most beautifully rounded peaks en route back to Edinburgh.

Please note: tour may run in reverse order for operational reasons.
Itinerary
Loch Lubnaig
Enjoy this wonderful landscape and perfect stop for great photos!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Glencoe Mountain
Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tale of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Urquhart Castle
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 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Loch Ness
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 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Commando Monument
Scenic views and quick photo stop at this inspirational memorial.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Inverness Scotland
The ‘Capital of the Highlands’ blends Victorian architecture with a lively modern lifestyle.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in Inverness.
Meals:
  Not Included
Culloden Battlefield
(optional stop depending on the itinerary of the day - not guaranteed) Experience the Battle of Culloden, admire Jacovite artefacts and visit the powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite Rising
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Clava Cairns
(optional stop depending on the itinerary of the day - not guaranteed) Travel through winding back roads and discover a 4,000 year old cemetery.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Dalwhinnie Distillery
(optional stop depending on the itinerary of the day - not guaranteed) Tour and tasting at a Highland Distillery - available if the tour stops there. This can be either Tomatin or Dalwhinnie Distillery but depends on the group's interests.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
The House of Bruar
(optional stop depending on the itinerary of the day - not guaranteed). Opportunity to either walk to a scenic waterfall or passengers can visit the shopping/food area.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Cairngorms National Park
Gaze in awe at Scotland’s most beautifully rounded peaks.
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour may run in reverse for operational reasons.
  • Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years
  • 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.
  • Please note tour stops and timings are for reference only and depend on the itinerary of the day as well as on group's interests, therefore cannot be guaranteed.
  • There are many options along the route and our itinerary is intentionally flexible so that the guide is able to decide what is best on any given day.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Stops at Culloden, Clava Cairns, House of Bruar, Dalwhinnie are optional, but not guaranteed.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Loch Ness by Jacobite cruise – no need to pre-book, you can choose whether you want to join the cruise whilst on your tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Rabbies Trail Burners
You can cancel up to 22 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • If you cancel less than 21 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 21 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 22 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The tour departs from Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is parking available near the departure point for the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
Jun 2021
Q:
How early should I arrive for the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring luggage with me on the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. 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) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for food, optional admission tickets, etc.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are admission fees included in the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of vehicle is used during the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring a wheelchair on the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.
Jun 2021
Q:
Are restrooms available on the bus during the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I bring my small child with me on the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.
Jun 2021
Q:
Where will we be staying during the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:Your tour stays one night in Inverness.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness 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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh.

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star-5
More than Outlander
Carol_M
, Mar 2020
I found this two day adventure even better than I had hoped. For that I thank our driver and guide, Martin. He managed our tour with grace and humor. I learned about, admired and enjoyed The Highlands.
star-5
A Highland wonderland
kenneth_s
, 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.
star-4
Amazing view of North Scotland!
Ester_L
, 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.
star-5
FABULOUS!!!
shaunamendelow
, 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!
star-5
Excellent weekend trip of the highlands
Magnus T
, Nov 2019
I had booked this trip as a birthday present for my girlfriend and we were both very happy with the experience. Our driver Keith was very knowledgable, entertaining and flexible. We saw breathtaking places of raw nature in the highlands and had lunch in cozy little towns along the way that usually offered amazing views as well. Upon arrival in Inverness on Saturday evening we were welcomed by our Bed and Breakfast host, Angela who was incredibly accomodating and sweet. She sorted us out with a cell phone charger adapter for my girlfriend and recommended us a pub to have dinner which we were very happy with. The breakfast was very good and both traditional Scottish and a lighter version with fruits and a crossaint was offered. We were lucky with the weather this weekend and Keith drove us to spots that offered spectacular views on the way down on Sunday.
star-5
I can't believe how amazing this trip was
Clare_B
, 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!
star-4
Nice trip
MinnaM12019
, 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.
star-5
2 day trip to Loch Ness and Inverness from Edinburgh
David_W
, 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.
star-5
Perfectly Paced Trip With Great aleGuide
Roving55046618736
, Sep 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!
star-5
Great overview of the Highlands
Dianegomes
, 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!
1 traveler found this review helpful

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