Scottish Tours

Scotland Tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and London

Official Sightseeing Tours of Scotland since 1907


  • Duncansby head
  • Fort William and Ben Nevis
  • Loch Lochy
Scottish Wilderness
See, Visit & Explore: Callander, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, The Great Glen, Loch Ness, Inverness, Seal spotting, Golspie, Helmsdale, Duncansby Head, John OíGroats, Beauly, Cromarty, Dolphin spotting, Spey Valley and Scenic Perthshire

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3 day tour from £295

Mondays & Wednesdays
10 April to 25 October, 2017

Bed & Breakfast

Twin/Double/Family room - from £ 295 per person
Children - from £ 220 per child
Single Room - from £ 355 per person

Hotel

Twin/Double/Family room from £ 370 per person
Children from £ 275 per child
Single room from £ 515 per person

Accommodation information

Notes

Child reduction applies to children aged 3 to 15 inclusive on the basis that they stay in a room with 2 adults.

We regret that children under the age of 3 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal Price Range
£295 - £515

Product code: ST 00006

Tour Summary

This superb tour will take you to Scotlandís far north. Discover mysterious Loch Ness, enjoy spotting "cheekyĒ puffins and marvel at the stunning seascapes as we travel through remote Caithness. This tour will take your breath away!

Day 1: Departing from Edinburgh travel through vast Rannoch Moor then stop in awesome Glen Coe. Tour the Great Glen stopping at Loch Ness to visit Urquhart Castle and take a cruise on the loch. Drive to Inverness our home for tonight.

Day 2: Head northwards to soak up stunning coastal scenery and a wealth of wildlife. Visit the amazing Hill o Many Stanes which dates from the Neolithic period. Take a selfie at John OíGroats before enjoying an extended stop at nearby Duncansby Head where you can enjoy some the finest coastal scenery in Britain.

Day 3: Start the day spotting dolphins by the Moray Firth. Spend time in the historic fishing village of Cromarty before visiting Glen Ord Malt Whisky Distillery and later Beauly and its 13th Century Priory. Return to Edinburgh by travelling through the Cairngorm National Park and Highland Perthshire.

Tour features:

  • Visit Glen Coe, Duncansby Head and Urquhart Castle* (*admission fees apply)
  • Overnight accommodation: Inverness (2)
  • Depart from and return to Edinburgh
  • Tour duration: 3 days/2 night
  • EVoucher: No need to print your voucher - just show it on your smartphone and go!
  • Freestyle Mini Tour

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Day One
Edinburgh to Inverness (2 nights)
We start the day by making our way to remote Rannoch Moor and then into dramatic Glen Coe. Weíll make a photo-stop here so you can soak up the beauty of this special place. Historic Fort William sits on the banks of Loch Linnhe and in the shadow of Ben Nevis- Britainís tallest mountain. Next we tour through the Great Glen, with itís wonderful loch-side views, all the way to Loch Ness. Weíll make a stop so you can visit Urquhart Castle and take a short cruise on Loch Ness * - keep a close watch in case "you know whoĒ makes an appearance! Shortly we will arrive in Inverness, our home for the next two nights.
Overnight: Inverness
Day Two
The Far North beckons
We leave Inverness and head across the Black Isle to the Cromarty Firth where, depending on tide conditions, we may see our first seals. We will make a stop in the town of Golspie. High above the town is an astonishing statue, 27m (90') high. This is of the First Duke of Sutherland, whose agents were involved in the most notorious of the Clearances in the Highlands during the 19th century. Weíll hear more about this sad episode in the history of Scotland as we head through Caithness. There will be a stop in John OíGroatsfor that "I was thereĒ photograph before making our way to stunning Duncansby Head where, after a stroll along the cliff-top path, there are views of the dramatic sea stacks and seascapes to enjoy. Duncansby is rich in birdlife including Guillemot, Kittiwakes and, the most famous residents, Puffins (until late July).
Overnight: Inverness
Day Three
Inverness to Edinburgh
This morning there is an excursion through the Black Isle to the picturesque village of Cromarty. Later we'll stop at Chanonry Point to (hopefully) view the dolphins who live in the Moray Firth before making a stop in the pleasant town of Beauly. On certain departures youíll also have the opportunity of visiting the nearby Glen Ord Malt Whisky Distillery * to see how Scotlandís national drink is lovingly produced. Later we join our motorcoach for a spectacular drive through the Highlands. From the Spey Valley and the Cairngorm National Park we will descend through the Pass of Drumochter then enjoy scenic views as we make our way through Glen Garry. The tumbling River Tay will be our guide as we make our way towards Perth. The last part of our journey together will take us through the Kingdom of Fife then onwards to Edinburgh.
* Admission Fees
Urquhart Castle/Loch Ness Cruise    £14.00 Adult      £12.00 Child
Glen Ord Malt Whisky Distillery              £ 0.00 Adult      £ 0.00 Child
This information is given for guidance only and prices are subject to change without notice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I experience on this Freestyle Mini Tour?
These tours are ideal if you are an independent spirit. Instead of spending your entire tour with the same group youíll join a different party of fellow passengers each day to explore different aspects of the Highlands. The Freestyle touring concept is particularly popular in Canada, New Zealand and Australia as it offers the ideal blend of structured sightseeing and relaxing free time. All Freestyle Mini Tours are based in Inverness, which is an excellent base offering good quality accommodation, great shopping plus a wide choice of dining opportunities and evening diversions. On the journeys between Edinburgh and Inverness youíll travel in a large motorcoach (seating around 50 passengers) allowing you to relax and enjoy the journey in comfort. Once you are based in Inverness you will travel on an excursion each day which will be led by a local driver/guide in an air-conditioned mini or midicoach (seating between 16 and 29 passengers). An entertaining and informative commentary will be provided throughout. On your arrival in Inverness youíll be taken directly to your accommodation. Each morning youíll be picked up from your lodgings by the tour coach. After a day of discovery youíll be dropped in Inverness City Centre where you can get something to eat before returning to your accommodation. If you are a free spirit that likes to get behind the tourist veneer then a Freestyle mini-tour is just for you.

What kind of accommodation do you use?
We offer lodgings that have been specially selected to enhance your touring experience. You can choose between Guesthouse/B&B or Hotel accommodation:
Guesthouse and B&B
The guesthouses and B&Bís are family run and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee making facilities and other facilities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided. Some guesthouses and B&Bís offer enhanced facilities such as a residentís lounge where you can relax with other guests. Our guesthouses are a 10/15 minute walk from Inverness City Centre.
Hotel
We select comfortable hotels that are city centre located. They are a minimum of 3 stars with bedrooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, tea and coffee making facilities and other amenities. All have restaurants offering a selection of Scottish and international dishes as well as comfortable bars where you can relax and un-wind.
What type of room should I choose?
Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect whether you choose guesthouse/B&B or hotel accommodation:
Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed.
Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate beds
Double room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed
Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).You should note that a family room (particularly when using hotel accommodation) can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
All our accommodation, whether you choose Guest House/B&B or Hotel, features en-suite facilities (the toilet and shower are located in your bedroom for your exclusive use.

How much luggage can I bring?
There are no restrictions on the amount of luggage that you can bring on this tour.
What meals are included?
A full Scottish breakfast is included from day 2 onwards. This hearty meal consists of fruit juice; a choice of cereal; bakery basket; cooked items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and, maybe, a taste of haggis! plus tea or coffee. Vegetarian and lighter Continental options are always available. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price. During the touring day there will be a stop where you can enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant.
Will I see puffins?
late April to late July. We recommend bringing binoculars with you as they can be difficult to spot as for much of the time they are in burrows where they lay their egg.
How do I pay for the admission fees?
Your driver/guide will advise you of the arrangements for each attraction. Itís not possible to pre-pay the admission fees and, generally, credit/debit cards are not accepted so itís a good idea to have sufficient cash to cover these charges.
What features will the coach have?
All the coaches used on a Freestyle Mini Tour are equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable reclining seats, large picture windows and seat belts.

What's Included

  • 2 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (day 2)
  • ē Excursions as detailed in itinerary
  • Live commentary in English
  • Transportation by luxury touring coach or midicoach
  • Services of an experienced guide and/or driver/guide
  • Service charges and taxes

  • Not Included
  • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to your tour host
  • Departure information

    Check in: 07:45 hrs
    Departure: 08:00 hrs
    From 87 High Street/Royal Mile
    Edinburgh EH1 1SG
    Tour returns at: 20:30 hrs


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