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Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh

Highlights
  • Full-day tour of the Scottish Highlands, from Edinburgh
  • Explore the spectacular and scenic Scottish Highlands via comfortable coach
  • Sample whisky and tour a working distillery, see the setting for James Bond and Harry Potter films and experience the legendary Loch Ness on an hour-long boat excursion
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Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh
From US$63.11
Overview

Explore the stunning Scottish Highlands on a full-day excursion that includes Glencoe and Loch Ness. Set own from Edinburgh aboard a comfortable coach bus to experience some of the area's top sights and attractions. See Mary Queen of Scots' birthplace, tour Deanston Distillery and sample its whisky, learn the fascinating history of Glencoe—a village made modernly famous as a setting for James Bond and Harry Potter films—and take a boat cruise upon iconic Loch Ness, keeping an eye out for the famous 'Nessie' as you go.

What to Expect
In the early morning, get picked by your local Scottish guide up at a designated meeting point in Edinburgh. Climb aboard the comfortable, air-conditioned mini-coach and head out of the city and into the countryside. On the way to Deanston Distillery, pass by Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. Take an optional tasting tour of the working whisky distillery or have breakfast in the distillery cafe (both at own expense).

Head into the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park at approximately 10:30am, where your guide will tell you the story of Rob Roy MacGregor, the most infamous Highlander to have ever lived. Then, follow in the footsteps of James Bond in "Skyfall" and "Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban" when the tour travels to the haunting Glencoe. Learn the tales of this Highland valley and the Clan MacDonald massacre which took place there in 1692. After, travel through Fort William, home to Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, standing at 4,409 feet (1,343 meters).

Around 1:30pm, arrive on the southern banks of Loch Ness at the charming village of Fort Augustus. Have a relaxing lunch at one of the village's many restaurants and cafes (at own expense), and stroll along the banks of the Caledonian Canal. Experience the majesty of Loch Ness on an hour-long cruise (at own expense, from 2-3pm), where you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Nessie herself. After, visit the impressive Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge, and take in in the breathtaking views of the Nevis Range, a sight that will delight keen photographers.

Entering the beautiful Cairngorms National Park in late afternoon, drive along Loch Laggan before stopping at the Pattack Falls. A short walk here takes you to scenic waterfalls tumbling through a rocky gorge, as the river makes it way through the native forest. Look out for wild berries through spring and summer.

Then, make your way over the Pass of Drumochter, a mountain pass created by glacial flow during successive ice ages, which links the Northern and Southern Central Highlands. Stop in the town of Pitlochry, a popular Victorian tourist destination before heading back to Edinburgh's city center, arriving by approximately 8pm.
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Reviews (64)
1 - 5 of 21 reviews
Reviewed 20 September 2018
Wet but so much fun!

2018/09/19 What a fun ride with the Hairy Coo tour group led by Stephen! Enjoyable, informative and humorous. So many stories, some gruesome, some so funny, but all entertaining. Stephen, budy, hope you got your voice back! Nice music selection, I learned so much about...More

Date of experience: September 2018
4  Thank HaRa-Sightsee815109
Reviewed 19 September 2018
Whats in a Loch?

I never knew that Loch means "inland body of water". We decided to do a tour since we both wanted to go to Loch Ness. We picked the right one! Our driver and guide was John, and he was a driving history buff! He gave...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank candelariasj
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile
Surprisingly fun bus ride!

If you’re looking for a tour that is quiet and let’s you just take in the scenery...then move along because this isn’t for you! If you like to sling back your whiskey while you hear Scottish tails that seem to be a screenplay for game...More

1  Thank Heather J
Reviewed 10 September 2018
Great day trip

I had the pleasure of being with the Hairy Coo tour group led by Stephen. Although the trip was long, it was made enjoyable by our fantastic tour guide. He kept us regaled throughout the trip with a carefully thought out playlist of music and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Zeldy1234
Reviewed 7 September 2018
The bus was memorable. The scenery devine and the whiskey not bad.

We boarded the Hairy Coo (the name of the bus) in Edinbergh. It was a beautiful drive through the Scottish Highlands to Loch Ness. The distillery tour was amazing.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Mary S
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