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Loch Ness, Highlands and Whisky Distillery Day Tour from Edinburgh

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    Pass By: Stirling Castle, Castle Esplanade Upper Castle Hill, Old Town, Stirling FK8 1EJ Scotland

    As you pass the fortress that is Stirling Castle, your guide will have you on the edge of your seat, regaling you with tales of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, and the bloody battles fought out on these lands.

    Stop At: Deanston Distillery & Visitor Centre, Deanston Distillery Near Doune, Stirling FK16 6AG Scotland

    Our first stop of the tour will be Deanston Whisky Distillery. Set within an 18th century Cotton Mill on the banks of the River Teith you will learn how traditional Scotch whisky is made. Whilst at Deanston, you have the opportunity to take an optional whisky tour including the taste of a ‘wee dram’ as you anticipate the day ahead.

    If whisky is not your thing, you can skip the tour and enjoy breakfast or a coffee at ‘The Coffee Bothy’, the distillery cafe.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Loch Lomond, Stirling Scotland

    As we enter The ‘Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park’ our bus weaves through hills, mountains and Glens. These remote places were once inhabited by Highland Clans, not to mention Scotland’s most famous outlaw, Rob Roy MacGregor, whom some consider The Scottish Robin Hood. Look out across the landscape and picture what it was like as you hear the remarkable bloodthirsty stories of betrayal and revenge as told by your guide. If we happen to spot some of our famous ‘Hairy Highland Coos’, we might stop for a selfie.

    Stop At: Glencoe Lochan, Glencoe Village Scotland

    Glencoe was also the scene of one of Scotland’s most shocking massacres. As you gaze at the haunting hills, you notice the Glen is eerily silent. In the 17th century one of the worst acts of betrayal occurred here. Your guide will recount the details of this betrayal for you. You can almost feel the sorrow in the mountains of the ‘weeping valley’. Above all though, Glencoe is one of Scotland’s most beautiful landscapes. A highlight of any tour to the Scottish Highlands!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: Ben Nevis, Fort William Scotland

    The tour then takes you through Fort William and past the spectacular Ben Nevis, the tallest mountain in the British Isles. The Nevis Range towers over the winding road as you continue your journey to Loch Ness.

    Stop At: Fort Augustus Abbey, Fort Augustus Scotland

    Desperate for a glimpse of ‘Nessie’? St Columba, an Irish monk, was one of the first people to record a sighting of the Loch’s infamous monster back in the 6th century. If you can’t trust a saint, who can you trust?! 1500 years worth of recorded sightings of “The Water Horse” have made Loch Ness the most famous body of freshwater in the world. Why not see if you can spot ‘Nessie’ up close by taking the optional boat cruise from Fort Augustus? The sonar system on-board scans all 755-feet of the murky-depths, constantly searching for her presence, so you can relax and enjoy the views. Alternatively, you can enjoy a spot of lunch in one of the many cafes, pubs and restaurants in Fort Augustus. Take in the views of Loch Ness with a leisurely stroll along the gorgeous Caledonian Canal which dates back to 1803. You have around 2 hours to enjoy the boat cruise and the enchanting village before heading to the Cairngorm National Park.

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Commando Monument, Spean Bridge PH34 4EG Scotland

    Along the route, we’ll stop at the Commando Memorial. In 1942, this setting became the training ground for Britain’s Special Forces. Harsh, unforgiving, and breathtakingly beautiful. A statue of our heroes overlooks the Nevis range. Bring a camera – this is undoubtedly one of our favourite photo-stops in all of Scotland.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: Cairngorms National Park, PH22 1QH Scotland

    Heading south we travel through the Cairngorm National Park where Red squirrels, roe deer, red deer, soaring buzzards, pine martens, golden eagles and osprey can be found. Our final stop of the day is Pitlochry

    Stop At: Atholl Rd, Pitlochry PH16 5BH, UK

    Pitlochry is situated in the heart of the stunning scenery of Highland Perthshire. The town sits below Beinn Bhracaigh (Ben Vrackie), the speckled mountain and beside the River Tummel, in some of the most magnificent scenery in Scotland. With a backdrop of surrounding hills and beautiful woodlands, it is wonderful walking country.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Pass By: Forth Bridge, North Queensferry KY11 1HP Scotland

    As we re-enter Edinburgh from the North, you will be met with views of Scotland’s greatest piece of engineering, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Forth Bridge. This 19th century engineering marvel was at one point the World’s longest cantilever bridge. Today it neighbours the 20th century Forth Road Bridge and the 21st century Queensferry Crossing which opened in 2017. Three spectacular bridges, from three different centuries, span the Firth of Forth connecting our Capital city and the Kingdom of Fife.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Deacon's House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PS, UK
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Local guide
    • Pick-up and drop-off from designated meeting points
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
    • The optional whisky distillery tour costs £8 per adult, £5 for children under 18 no whisky tasting
    • Optional boat cruise on Loch Ness costs £14 per adult, £9.50 for children under 16
    • Entry/Admission - Deanston Distillery & Visitor Centre
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age to travel is 7 years old (Under NO circumstances will children under 7 years old be permitted to travel on our tours/vehicles)
    • There are opportunities to take short nature walks, it is recommended to bring suitable clothing and footwear.
    • This tour in an air-conditioned mini-coach, hosted by a local Scottish guide, rated 5-stars by the official Scottish Tourist Board
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • If a service animal to required please contact us to discuss options for how we can best accommodate your needs.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I had a wonderful chance to spend a day on the Scottish Highlands on the orange bus! The atmosphere was very easy and cool. Our driver Michael was a friendly host and gave an excellent overview of scenery and told funny stories along the way. If you have one day for Highlands,
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    Amazing experience that can only be experienced and hard to describe, Loch Ness, Highlands and all other quick stops we did during the tour were so beautiful. I'm glad I went on this tour, as Scotland is so much more than Edinburgh(which itself is another beauty). Loch Ness was
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    Colin was exceptional. We loved the scenery and everything we saw, but honestly this tour was made because Colin was our guide. From the history and folklore, to the games, the jokes, and just colin being collin, we can't stop quoting him and thinking how great he was. Honestly
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    My Aunt had booked us on this bus tour as a surprise. I was skeptical at first as I don't like bus tours ! To my utter surprise I totally enjoyed the whole trip!! Thoroughly enjoyed scenic Scotland , the breathtaking wilderness , lochs and water falls! The best part of this tour
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    This was a great trip with lots of exciting places in one day. The drive was comfortable, with plenty of stops in various places. I don't usually like those tours as they often portray a fake reality, tailored to the lowest common denominator of what is popular with tourists,
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    • Duration: 12h
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    • Languages Offered: English
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