Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Loch Ness Discovery - 1 day tour
Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Loch Ness Adventure
One day tour
Enjoy a scenic drive through the Great Glen, then along the picturesque “Road to the Isles” to reach the historic fishing port of Mallaig. After a break for lunch, see the famous Jacobite Steam Train crossing the magnificent Glenfinnan Viaduct, then return to Inverness along the banks of mysterious Loch Ness.
Urquhart Castle - soak up the views of this historic fortress overlooking Loch Ness
Commando Memorial - see the poignant monument with Ben Nevis as a backdrop
Mallaig - enjoy free time to explore this historic fishing port
Glenfinnan - have your camera ready to snap the Jacobite Steam Train crossing the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct
Falls of Foyers - view the cascading waterfall that inspired Robert Burns
Dores - take a stroll along the beach for spectacular views of Loch Ness
Movie locations - Loch Ness, Harry Potter and The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes
Full Tour Itinerary
From Inverness head along the banks of Loch Ness, stopping to take in the view of Urquhart Castle, which stands guard over the deepest part of the loch.
The journey continues through the Great Glen to Spean Bridge, where we stop to visit the emotive Commando Memorial, which has a magnificent setting with the towering peaks of Ben Nevis and Aonach Mor as a backdrop.
Next, we join the “Road to the Isles”, famed for its spectacular scenery, to reach the village of Glenfinnan. Here we’ll take a walk to find the best spot to watch the Jacobite Steam Train crossing the 21 arches of the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct, known as the Harry Potter bridge to fans of the bespectacled wizard.
Our journey continues along the banks of Loch Eilt and Loch Nan Uamh, where Bonnie Prince Charlie sailed for France after the 1745 Jacobite Uprising, never to return to Scotland again.
At the end of the road, we find the attractive fishing port of Mallaig, where there is time to explore and maybe enjoy a freshly landed seafood lunch.
Our return journey to Inverness will take us to Fort Augustus, where we stop for refreshments, before taking the road less travelled along the eastern banks of Loch Ness.
There’s a stop so you can take a stroll to view the Falls of Foyers, which plummet 43 m (140 ft) into the gorge below. The last visit of the day will be to the village of Dores, where the views of Loch Ness from the beach are simply jaw-dropping.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Day Tour?
Travelling on a Signature one-day tour is a great way to discover the best of Scotland from your city centre base of Edinburgh, Glasgow or Inverness.
During your day of discovery we’ll introduce you to many aspects of our country: spectacular scenery, history, folklore, nature and much, much more.
Luxury travel is provided by air-conditioned mini or midi coaches and each tour is led by an experienced driver/guide who will provide a live commentary in English.
There are stops planned at the key sights as well as for meals and comfort breaks.
Will I see the Jacobite Stream Train?
The Jacobite Steam Train operates from 1 May to 29 September 2023. During these dates, the tour is scheduled to allow passengers to watch the real Hogwarts Express cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. Outwith these dates the tour will still make a stop so you can view the viaduct, but there will be no viewing of the train.
The Jacobite Steam Train is run by an independent train operating company. Despite careful planning, unforeseen circumstances mean it's not possible to guarantee that the tour will arrive at Glenfinnan in time to observe the train.
Do you offer a hotel pick-up service on this tour?
We know that you will want to start your tour straight away rather than spending valuable time travelling around hotels.
By offering a single centrally located departure point we can get you to Scotland’s best scenery as quickly as possible .
Will there be stops for meals and are they included in the price of the tour?
Meals are not included in the tour price, but we will make stops where you can get refreshments and something to eat.
If you wish, you can bring a packed lunch or pick up lunch items at a previous stop.
Vegetarian food is widely available.
I’ve missed my tour because I was late, can I get a refund?
We’re sorry but refunds or credits won’t be issued if you miss your tour because you are not at the departure point on time.
In fairness to all our passengers coaches will not wait if you are late.
- Transport by luxury air-conditioned midicoach
- Live commentary in English
- Services of an experienced driver/guide
- Service charges and taxes
- Admission charges
- Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
- Gratuity to your driver/guide
Inverness, IV1 1NW
Check-in: 07:15 hrs
Tour Departs: 07:30 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 4 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 4 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
Book by paying a 20% deposit. Make date changes or get a full refund with 48 hours notice before travel. Click here for more information.
To give you maximum flexibility, admission fees are not included in the cost of this tour.
Please see the FAQ section for more information on this tour.