Heart of the Highlands
2 day / 1 night tour
Make the most of your time in the Highlands. This two day tour will let you explore the site of the last battle fought in Britain; go monster spotting by the banks of Loch Ness; tour a malt whisky distillery and enjoy spectacular scenery all the way. A special treat is an overnight stay in Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands.
Price range: £145-£195
Glen Coe - stop in this magnificent valley, known as the “Glen of Weeping” after the infamous massacre in 1692
Loch Ness - tour the banks of this mysterious loch all the way to Inverness
Culloden Moor - see where the Jacobite uprising led by Bonnie Prince Charlie came to a bloody end
Dalwhinnie Distillery - discover how Scotch whisky is produced and enjoy a wee taste too!
Highland Folk Museum - step back in time to discover how life was lived in the Highlands more than a century ago
Movie locations - Skyfall, Loch Ness and Outlander
Guest house accommodation included
Full Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Edinburgh/Glasgow - Fort William - Inverness
Departing from Edinburgh and Glasgow we enter the untamed and ancient landscape of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. We’ll drive the entire length of Loch Lomond, making a stop in the picturesque village of Luss so you can enjoy a stroll along the "bonnie, bonnie banks”. Please note if there are no passengers joining in Glasgow the tour will route via Stirling.
Marvel at the expanse of Rannoch Moor then hear the sad story of Glen Coe as we stop to view the sinister beauty and soak up the atmosphere of Scotland’s most famous glen. It’s a short drive to Fort William, nestling in the shadow of Ben Nevis, where we’ll stop for lunch.
After lunch enjoy a relaxing drive through the spectacular scenery of the Great Glen. We’ll make a stop in the attractive village of Fort Augustus so you can enjoy a stroll along the banks of Loch Ness. Later we’ll drive the 24 mile shoreline of the loch, stopping at the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle for photographs. We arrive in Inverness, our home for tonight, in the early evening.
Day 2 - Inverness - Cairngorm National Park - Edinburgh
We start today with a visit to Culloden Moor, to discover how Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was routed by Government troops in the last battle ever fought on British Soil. Alternatively you can choose to explore the evocative Clava Cairns which are an extensive network of standing stones and burial cairns that date from the Bronze Age and are about 4,000 years old.
Dalwhinnie Malt Whisky Distillery dates from 1897. Here you can experience a behind the scenes tour then enjoy a tasting of an award-winning single malt that the expert distillers have lovingly produced. After a stop for lunch we continue our drive southwards past the ruins of historic Ruthven Barracks.
Our next visit is to the fascinating Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore. In this living museum you’ll get a flavour of how our Highland ancestors lived and worked. Set in beautiful surroundings there’s much to explore including the 1700’s Township (featured in Outlander!) and a working croft. Don’t miss the pinewood which is a recognised hot-spot for red squirrel spotting!
The last part of our journey includes a visit to the charming town of Pitlochry, in the heart of the Perthshire hills then a drive through the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Enjoy amazing views of the iconic Forth Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing as we make our way back into Edinburgh.
If the starting point of your tour was Glasgow the coach will make a stop at Edinburgh Waverley Station. Here you’ll board an express train for the 50 minute journey back to Glasgow. The ticket price is included in the cost of the tour fare.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect on this Signature Multi-day Tour?
For the discerning traveller a Signature Multi-day Tour offers amazing value for money, comfortable accommodation, well-paced sightseeing and luxury travel. All of this combines to create the definitive Scottish experience. Each tour is hosted by a professional driver/guide, who has been chosen for their extensive knowledge as well as their driving skills. And being locals you are sure to get that extra insight. If you should have any problems during your stay, they’ll go out of their way to help. You will want to see as much as possible, but you don’t want to be rushed. Our tours are carefully planned to strike the right balance, and as well as comfortable mini/midicoach travel many feature memorable railway or ferry journeys. Having somewhere pleasant to stay after an exciting day of discovery is an important part of your holiday experience. Comfortable guest house accommodation with en-suite bathrooms, tv and other amenities is included in the price of all tours. On many tours you can choose to upgrade to hotel accommodation, at extra cost, if you wish. A tasty Scottish breakfast is included each morning of your stay. If you’ve got more time to spare a series of extraordinary itineraries has been created by combining one or more shorter tours. Seamless in operation these unique holidays allow you to discover even more of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands. A feature of these tours is that you will travel with a different driver/guide and fellow travellers for each portion of the itinerary.
What options are available on this tour and what is the cost?
To give you maximum flexibility the cost of admission fees and other optional extras are not included in the tour price. This gives you complete freedom to choose as the mood takes you. On this tour there are optional visits to:
Following the links above will give you more information on these attractions including current admission prices. At some locations a special discount is offered to tour participants, your driver/guide will give you more information if this applies. Credit/debit cards are not always accepted so you should plan to have sufficient cash with you should you wish to make any visits.
Tell me what the visit to a whisky distillery will be like?
A visit to a traditional whisky distillery is a feast for all the senses. After a warm welcome you’ll normally have a short audio/visual presentation on the the history of the distillery and the traditional methods used in the distilling process. Next is a tour of the distillery where you you will experience all stages of the whisky making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturation. Your tour will end with a tutored tasting of a malt whisky and the opportunity to buy a souvenir of your visit in the distillery shop.
What type of room should I choose?
There are different bedrooms types to choose from, here is what you can expect: Single room - one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - two people sleeping in two separate beds. Double room - two people sharing one large bed. Family room - three people sharing a room sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person). Please note that a family room can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
How many people will be in the group?
The group size is normally between 16 and 29 passengers.
- 1 nights guest house accommodation
- Location: Inverness (1)
- Scottish/Continental breakfast (1)
- Transportation by luxury air-conditioned mini/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
From Parish Hall Coach Tour Stop
266 George Street
Glasgow G1 1QX
Check-in: 10:00 hrs
Tour Departs: 10:15 hrs
Tour Returns: 20:30 hrs
From The Ensign Ewart
The Royal Mile
Edinburgh EH1 2PE
Check-in: 08:45 hrs
Tour Departs: 09:00 hrs
Tour Returns: 19:30 hrs
Concession discounts apply to adults aged 60 years and above; students and children aged 5 to 15 years inclusive.
We’re really sorry but children aged under 5 years cannot travel on this tour.
Photo-ID may be requested to confirm discount entitlement.
The price of this tour includes guest house accommodation with en-suite bathroom.
If booked in advance you can depart from Glasgow and return to Edinburgh. This facility is available at no extra charge! Please make your selection during the booking process
In order 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.
Rating:14 May 2018
We had a wonderful time on the tour. Marty was an excellent guide; very informative and funny. Would highly recommend it to others and if we are ever in Scotland again, which I hope we are I would booked another tour. Thanks for making our trip to Scotland memorable. Bill and Nancy Van Dyk CanadaWilliam from Newmarket, Canada
Rating:18 Oct 2017
The tour accommodation description was slightly incorrect. It promised an en suite bathroom which I did not get. Although the bathroom was right next door. It also promised a full Scottish breakfast which I was not offered. Also, the bus driver refused to turn the heat on in the van after being asked repeatedly. We were all freezing the whole time.Brittany from Wichita, United States