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From Edinburgh: 2-Day Scottish Highlands & St. Andrews Tour

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Experience the best of the Scottish Highlands and St. Andrews on this quintessential 2-day guided tour. Experience Loch Ness, the Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glencoe and spend the night in the beautiful town of Inverness.
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Duration 2 days
Starting time 8:15 AM
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  • Admire the unrivaled scenery of eerie Glencoe and the vast beauty of the Cairngorm National Park
  • Visit the world-famous Loch Ness and take an optional "monster-spotting" cruise
  • Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter at the magical Glenfinnan Viaduct
  • Stroll through the pretty streets and ancient architecture of St. Andrews
  • Party the night away in a Highland pub in Inverness
Full description
Take a 2-day adventure out into the Highlands with a charismatic and knowledgeable guide. See the views that inspired countless artists and writers, and visit its most famous attractions, including Loch Ness.

Day 1

Departing from Edinburgh, pass the iconic Forth Bridge as you make your way to St. Andrews. Take time to explore the town’s medieval castle and cathedral, ancient University buildings (where Prince William and Kate met), or wander along the fairways edge of the world-famous Old Course.  

You’ll then venture into the Scottish Highlands with a visit to the peaceful Hermitage nature reserve. Take a short walk through the forest to the Falls of Brann before lunch in Pitlochry. Continue north into the Cairngorm National Park and watch as the rolling mountains turn blue in the summer or white with falling snow in the winter. In the late afternoon, you'll arrive at Clava Cairns, the Neolithic burial chambers that inspired Diana Gabaldon during the writing of her famous Outlander novels.  

Your second-to-last stop today is at Culloden Moor, the site of the last battle fought on British soil in 1746. Your guide will retell the events of the battle and teach you about its significance not only to the Highlands, but also to the Scottish diaspora since. Spend the night in Inverness, a small city packed with restaurants and fun pubs—meet the locals and dance the night away to Highland music in the famous Hootenanny’s Bar with your fellow travelers.  

Day 2

Your second day begins by venturing the entire length of the most famous body of water in the world, Loch Ness. Pass Urquhart Castle on your way to Fort Augustus at the mouth of the Loch, where you’ll have the option of taking a 1-hour boat cruise to search for Nessie.  

Continue West towards the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, recently made famous by the Harry Potter movies. Hike to a viewpoint to get the best photos of this impressive piece of 19th-century engineering and, in the other direction, be treated to views of Loch Shiel and the monument to the Jacobites: one of the finest views in Scotland.  

After lunch, you’ll arrive in Glencoe, the site of the infamous Massacre of 1692. Your guide will share this terribly sad story of betrayal with you. However, the beauty of Glencoe stays with those who visit this place for a very long time.  

Your unforgettable Highland adventure ends with a scenic drive through Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park, passing Stirling Castle and into Edinburgh.
  • Your expert local guide
  • Air-conditioned coach travel
  • City center pickup and drop-off
What’s Not Included
  • Accommodations
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Loch Ness cruise (optional, summer only)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 7 years

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please wait at the bus stop directly outside Deacon's House Cafe, 304 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PS.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Oversize luggage
Know before you go
Your accommodation in Inverness is not included, but upon booking, the company will contact you to confirm your preference, as below:
• Backpackers/Youth Hostel (£25-28 per person per night)
• Bed & Breakfast/Guesthouse Double/Twin Room (£40 to £70 per person per night)
• Bed & Breakfast/Guesthouse Single Room (£40 to £90 per person per night)
• Hotel Double/Twin-Room (£120-200 per person per night) *
• You are also welcome to book your own accommodation in Inverness for the two nights you are on tour and meet up with the tour each morning in the city center. Please discuss this with the operator.

Please note hotel room rates in peak season June-September are at a premium in Inverness/The Highlands

From £115 per person

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Product ID: 284457