Scottish Tours

Scotland Tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and London

Official Sightseeing Tours of Scotland since 1907

  • Cairngorm National Park
  • Sligachan Isle Skye
  • Inverness
Scenic Scotland
See, Visit & Explore: Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, The Great Glen, Loch Ness, Inverness, Glen Carron, Isle of Skye, Cuillin Hills, Portree, Eilean Donan Castle, Glen Shiel, Cawdor Castle, Cairngorm National Park, Glenlivet Malt Whisky Distillery, Royal Deeside, Crathie Kirk, The Lecht, Beauly, Cromarty, Dolphin spotting, Spey Valley and Scenic Perthshire

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4 day tour from £425

Wednesdays and Thursdays
08 May to 26 September, 2019

Bed & Breakfast

Twin/Double/Family room - from 425 per person
Children - from 405 per child
Single Room - from 590 per person


Twin/Double/Family room from 525 per person
Children from 505 per child
Single room from 830 per person

Accommodation information


Child reduction applies to children aged 3 to 15 inclusive.

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

Seasonal Price Range
425 - 880

Product code: ST 02096

Tour Summary

A mix of stunning scenery, intriguing history, Royal connections and fairytale castles makes this tour the perfect introduction to the delights of the Highlands.

Day 1: From Edinburgh travel to Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe. Travel through the Great Glen then stop at Loch Ness to visit Urquhart Castle and take a cruise on the loch. Stay in Inverness for 3 nights.

Day 2: Today visit Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye. Spend time in colourful Portree.

Day 3: Visit mysterious Clava Cairns and historic Cawdor Castle then tour through the Grampian Mountains. Visit Royal Lochnagar Malt Whisky Distillery and explore Royal Deeside.

Day 4: Spend time in Beauly then explore historic Cromarty before dolphin-spotting by the Moray Firth. Return to Edinburgh by travelling through the Cairngorm National Park and Highland Perthshire.

Tour features:

  • Visit Isle of Skye, Royal Deeside and Eilean Donan Castle* (*admission fees apply)
  • Overnight accommodation: Inverness (3)
  • Depart from and return to Edinburgh
  • Tour duration: 4 days/3 nights
  • 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 - Glen Coe -  Inverness
From Edinburgh we will make our way to Rannoch Moor a wilderness that extends over 50 sq miles. Next we'll enter brooding Glen Coe and stop in the heart of the Glen so that you can enjoy our spectacular surroundings. Next we cross the Ballachulish Bridge and drive  to Fort William which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis.
The majestic beauty of the Great Glen is next Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and finally Loch Ness will provide wonderful views at every turn. We'll drive the entire length of Loch Ness stopping so you can visit Urquhart Castle and take a monster spotting cruise *. Our tour is based in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, for the next three nights.
Overnight: Inverness (3 nights)
Day Two
Isle of Skye Excursion
Leaving Inverness behind we make our way to Garve then on through Strath Bran to the remote village of Achnasheen. From there we strike out through picturesque Glen Carron, stopping to enjoy the panoramic views over Loch Carron.
 We cross "over the sea to Skye and follow the picturesque coastal route, enjoying the wonderful vista over the sea lochs to the Isle of Scalpay. There are grand views of the mighty Cuillin Hills too as we make our way to Portree, the islands main town. Well make a stop here so you can discover the town on your own and enjoy time for lunch. The colourful houses that surround the harbour make a wonderful backdrop for an "I was there selfie!
Returning to the mainland we stop to visit fairytale Eilean Donan Castle set on its little island on Loch Duich. There is time to explore this iconic castle before our return journey continues through Glen Shiel, where the Five Sisters of Kintail will come into view. These soaring peaks are each over 3,000 feet (914 m) high!
The final part of our journey takes us through Glen Moriston to the timeless beauty of Loch Ness and onwards to Inverness.
Overnight: Inverness
Day Three
Cairngorm National Park and Royal Deeside Excursion
From Inverness we make the short journey to visit Clava Cairns, one of Scotlands most evocative prehistoric sites the exceptional remains of an ancient cemetery, which dates back about 4,000 years.
 Next it is on to fairy-tale Cawdor Castle*, a family home for over 600 years. Cawdor was made famous by William Shakespeare in his "Scottish Play (Macbeth) and dates from the 14th Century.
Well make a stop for lunch in Tomintoul, an attractive 18th century planned village. After a relaxing break we travel along the Lecht road that crosses the spectacular Grampian Mountains. Look out for lonely Corgarff Castle, which was once a noble residence but later became an army base for hunting whisky smugglers.
Prince Albert bought the Balmoral Estate in 1852 and ever since this part of Scotland has been known as Royal Deeside. Well make a stop at little Crathie Kirk, where the Royal Family worship when staying at nearby Balmoral Castle.
This area of Scotland is famous for the production of Whisky so no visit would be complete without a visit to a whisky distillery*. Well stop at famous Royal Lochnagar Distillery where after hearing how "the water of life is produced during our guided tour of the whisky stills we can sample a "wee dram in the tasting room.
If time permits well visit the pleasant little town of Ballater, once famous for its health-giving waters and now bristling with "By Royal Appointment crests above the shops that overlook the town square.
Our return to Inverness will take us by way of Grantown on Spey then through picturesque Speyside to the charming village of Carrbridge.
Overnight: Inverness
Day Four

Inverness - Cromarty - Edinburgh

After breakfast we make our way through Glen Convinth to reach Beauly. The monks who built a priory here in the 13th Century called it Beau Lieu or beautiful place. You'll soon discover why! On certain departures youll also have the opportunity of visiting the nearby Glen Ord Malt Whisky Distillery * to see how Scotlands national drink is lovingly produced.

Our tour continues through the Black Isle where we will enjoy scenic views over the Cromarty Firth as we travel to the little fishing village of Cromarty. Our next stop is at Chanonry Point, a popular vantage point to spot the community of dolphins that live in the Moray Firth. On the outskirts of Inverness join your motorcoach for our tour south.

Our route southwards will take us into the spectacular Cairngorm National Park then through the dramatic scenery of the Drumochter Pass and onwards to Glen Garry. Look out for imposing Blair Castle, home to the Dukes of Atholl before we continue our journey through the rolling Perthshire countryside, known as "Big Tree Country". From Perth its homeward bound through the ancient Kingdom of Fife to journey's end in Edinburgh.

The order in which excursions are operated may vary.

* Admission Fees

Urquhart Castle/Loch Ness Cruise ticket - £18.50 Adult £13.00 Child
Eilean Donan Castle - £7.00 Adult £3.50 Child
Cawdor Castle - £11.50 Adult £7.00 Child
Royal Lochnagar Malt whisky distillery - £8.00 Adult
Glen Ord Malt whisky distillery - £6.00 Adult

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 youll 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 youll 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 youll be taken directly to your accommodation. Each morning youll be picked up from your lodgings by the tour coach. After a day of discovery youll 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&Bs 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&Bs offer enhanced facilities such as a residents lounge where you can relax with other guests. Our guesthouses are a 10/15 minute walk from Inverness City Centre,
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.
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.
Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?
Seating on this tour is on a first come, first served basis and cannot be pre-booked. If you are travelling as part of a group please make sure that all members of the party arrive at the departure point together.
How do I pay for the admission fees?
Your driver/guide will advise you of the arrangements for each attraction. Its not possible to pre-pay the admission fees and, generally, credit/debit cards are not accepted so its a good idea to have sufficient cash to cover these charges.

What's Included

  • 3 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 - 4)
  • Live commentary in English.
  • Excursions as detailed in itinerary
  • 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
Departs: 08:00
from 87 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG
Returns: 20:30

The name of the local tour operator and full departure information will appear on your tour voucher/confirmation.

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