From Edinburgh: Loch Ness & Highlands Full-Day Trip
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- Duration: 12 hours
From US$ 68.83
From US$ 72.96
Start the tour by boarding the ferry at John O'Groats. Take the 40-minute ferry crossing, keeping a lookout for marine wildlife including puffins and orcas on the way. When you arrive on Orkney, board a luxury coach which will be waiting for you to begin your tour of the island. As you set off, enjoy the commentary from a local guide. First, see the Churchill Barriers built during the First World War. Stop in Kirkwall which is Orkney's capital city and discover St Magnus Cathedral, shops, the museum, and the scenic harbor. Continue along the northern coast of Scapa Flow and admire the beautiful views of the Hoy hills. Then, arrive in Stromness, one of Britain's most picturesque towns. Stroll through the winding street, visit the museum, and find plenty of places to eat lunch. Next, set off for the neolithic village of Skara Brae, established in around 2,500 BC and which has been hidde...
This tour is good value, the bus driver/tour guide was very friendly, helpful and informative. The Orkney Islands have an interesting history, the Neolithic Villge was spectacular.
Day 1: Explore Orkney’s ancient capital, Kirkwall After an early start leaving Inverness at 08:00, travel north through the Black Isle, past the imposing Dunrobin Castle, before crossing the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Isles. Stay in Kirkwall, the modern day capital of Orkney for 2 nights. Here, you can visit Kirkwall's magnificent Viking cathedral and its historic winding streets. Day 2: Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings as you travel through Orkney Today is your chance to explore the modern and ancient wonders of this fantastic island; a land of contrasts, where fertile green pastures are fringed by shores of golden sands washed by waters of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Highlights include a visit to Skara Brae, the mystical prehistoric stone circle at Brodgar, the standing stones of Stenness and Maeshowe...
waited 60 years to see it, Helen was super, really had lots of local knowledge, accomadations execellent, just had a great time thank you, ET
Embark on a family-friendly leisurely stroll as you explore the history and modern culture of Inverness. Learn about how the city has grown from its humble beginnings into officially the happiest city in Scotland. Beginning at the tourist information centre, your guide will take you through the tales of the town as you discover the city. See key sights including Inverness Castle and Cathedral, the River Ness, Old High Church, Balnain House, and many more hidden gems.
very helpful and knowledable guide. Walk was easy and pleasant and a good way to get familiar with the city and what it has to offer. Knowing the history of the city from the guide is always very helpful and having sights pointed out that sometimes you miss.
When in the Highlands you will feel at home. The further north, the wilder it gets. On this tour, you will enjoy the scenery, Highland hospitality and various activities (which you can choose) along the way such as walking, distillery/brewery hopping, monster hunting, stuffing your face or whatever takes your fancy. Do not forget that during the tour you are not led, you lead and the tour is yours! Your tour can be adapted and changed according to your interests. If you can’t look at another castle during the trip, and want to skip one attraction to see another, or want to stay in one place for longer it is completely up to you. On the day of your tour, you will be provided with a list of all attractions along the way which are often not mentioned in tour guides so you have a chance to see something else.
After meeting your guide in Edinburgh, you will head west until you reach Glasgow, Scotland's largest city. Admire the magnificent cathedral and enjoy a relaxing panoramic tour of the city's main landmarks, including Market Cross, Glasgow Green and the People's Palace. As you travel, learn about Glasgow's industrial past from your guide and understand more about why Glaswegians are most certainly among the quirkiest people in this world. After spending some free time in Glasgow, you will set off again through the magnificent Trossachs National Park. Sit back, relax and take in the stunning natural scenery. Stopping at Loch Lomond, you will have the chance to stretch your legs and enjoy a gentle stroll along its banks, or take to the waters with a boat tour. In Stirling you can visit the Castle, which is one of Scotland’s most historically significant fortresses, sitting high on volcani...
The tour was very enjoyable and interesting! Especially our guide Garry was great and funny and the mixture between stories, facts and jokes was very nice. Also, we very much enjoyed being only a little group of five people.
The tour will depart from Edinburgh at 07:45 and return to the original departure point at approximately 20:00. Following the river Tay Perthshire, you will stop in the county of Perthshire to have your first coffee, to buy some souvenirs and if you are lucky, to spot the well-known Highland cattle. On your journey to Inverness, you will see the mouth of the river Ness, the Moray Firth, the Cathedral of Saint Andrews, its castle and the university. On this stop, have the possibility to have lunch. After Inverness, you will head to Urquhart Castle, one of the gems of the Highlands with its superb views of Loch Ness. It is also the place from where more sightings of Nessie have been reported. Before undertaking the trip back to Edinburgh, you will visit the Commando Memorial, a monument dedicated to the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. This stop will give yo...
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Loved the tour was a wonderful way to see Scotland's beauty. And as for our guide “Queen Kelly of Scott's hands down to knowledge and passion for her job and country . She really kept us up to date and full of excitement about what was next . Totally recommend this tour to anyone that want a whole day out to see and experience Scotland's AMAZINGNESS .
The driver and tour guide Neil was full of information some rather a bit gruesome but fun all the same. This is a lovely tour, a great day out, as an anxious single traveller it was perfect to explore in a safe way. Loved the Kelpies, and Stirling castle, the cruise on Loch Lomond was relaxing and enchanting
We had such a great time with John and the group. The journey through the highlands was fantastic. John told us very funny jokes and anecdotes. We recommend you the best bus, The Hairy Cow! Oulalaaaa! The two French girls
Rory your a legend, absolutely loved this tour! Great history lessons fantastic views and funny jokes. Would definitely book again next year with this company.
Very nice day, lots to see and regukar stops. Jim our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.