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  • From Inverness: Complete Loch Ness 1-Day Experience

    1. From Inverness: Complete Loch Ness 1-Day Experience

    Depart Inverness and journey to the deep freshwater lake of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, where, on arrival, you will head to the Clansman Hotel for an optional boat trip across the water. Cruise around the loch for stunning views of the surrounding scenery, and get the chance to see Urquhart Castle from a different perspective. Look for the legendary Loch Ness Monster to work up an appetite, and then enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby restaurant. Venture on with a gentle drive to Invermoriston, where you can go on a scenic stroll that showcases flowing rivers, an ancient summerhouse and the ruins of a picturesque stone bridge. Continue to the wee village of Fort Augustus, nestled between Loch Ness and the 60-mile Caledonian Canal. Journet back towards Inverness, stopping for short walks and coffee breaks at the scenic villages of Foyers and Dores before your estimated arrival ...

    Excellent tour. Duncan was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and even played a few tunes! Would recommend

  • From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour

    2. From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour

    After leaving Edinburgh at 9:15 AM you will travel back in time as your driver guides you over the Queensferry Crossing to Culross. This virtually-unchanged 16th century village overlooks the sea and poses as the fictional town of Cranesmuir. You have time to visit Claire’s herb garden, explore the palace, or wander the ancient streets while you imagine what life must have been like 400 years ago. You will journey past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument to Doune Castle, or as it’s called in Outlander, Castle Leoch. This formidable building gives you an insight into the living conditions of a Scottish earl in the 14th century. You can also listen to an excellent audio guide about how this castle was used as a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Your next stop is Linlithgow Palace. Here you have time to enjoy beautiful views to the Forth bridges, have a picnic by...

    It would have made life easier if we had paid £10 more and had tickets pre-purchased for Midhope and Blackness castles. Our guide Barbara was knowledgeable and entertaining and also an excellent driver. I really enjoyed the day.

  • From Inverness: Skye & Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Tour

    3. From Inverness: Skye & Eilean Donan Castle Small-Group Tour

    Travel in style in a Mercedes minicoach and hear about Scotland's turbulent past from your knowledgeable guide. Marvel at the views of the mountains of Wester Ross on the drive to Eilean Donan Castle. Visit the castle before traveling over the bridge to Skye. Head through the mountainous heart of the island before arriving in the harbor town of Portree for lunch. After lunch the drive takes you around the Trotternish Peninsula. The guide will point out landmarks, including the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and Quiraing. Make your way back through majestic Glen Shiel, along the shores of Loch Clunie. The final part of the trip takes you along the banks of mighty Loch Ness.

    This trip was absolutely fantastic and everything you can hope for. Our tour guide Shawna has a huge knowledge as well as a big passion for her job! She did explain everything perfectly, and when you're looking for an unforgettable day out in Scotland... book this tour!

  • Loch Lomond, Kelpies, and Stirling Castle Small-Group Tour

    4. Loch Lomond, Kelpies, and Stirling Castle Small-Group Tour

    Leave Edinburgh and travel through the historic grace of Linlithgowshire. Your guide will help you spot Linlithgow palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. On the way to Loch Lomond you stop at the Kelpies Monument. These two horses’ heads stand as a testament to the horse power that drove the industrial development of Central Scotland. From here you head to the shores of Loch Lomond, which is Scotland’s largest loch and is protected as Scotland’s first National Park. This is the perfect place to enjoy a walk along the ‘bonny banks’ and take in fantastic views of the mountains. This tranquil area was once the home of Scotland’s famous highland folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor. By spending time on the trails by the loch you’ll be walking in the footsteps of one of Scotland’s greatest legends. You then head into the Trossachs or ‘The Highlands in Miniature’, where the Lowlands meet...

    Seeing the Kelpies was brilliant we just wished you had more time there, 35 mins was a bit rushed. Loch lomond was enjoyable, as was Aberfoyle for lunch but again 45 mins to find a cafe and eat lunch wasntvlong enough, 2 hours at the castle was perfect.

  • From Inverness: Glen Affric, Culloden and Clava Cairns Tour

    5. From Inverness: Glen Affric, Culloden and Clava Cairns Tour

    Leaving Inverness in the morning, this full-day tour begins with a trip to the ancient burial site of Clava Cairns. This Bronze-Age graveyard has survived four millennia, and is a great spot to take atmospheric photos. The location was perhaps the inspiration for the Craigh na Dun time portal in the Outlander books. Afterwards, you’ll head to Culloden, one of the most important sites in Scottish history. It was here that a 60-year series of uprisings finally ended in a tumultuous battle in 1745. Explore the visitor center and pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the last ever battle fought on British soil. Continue to Glen Affric and stop to walk among the indigenous Caledonian pine trees. Enjoy views over Loch Affric and the mountains beyond, with your expert guide taking you to the best waterfalls and photo spots. Afterwards, explore the historic ruins of Beauly Priory, a mon...

    I can honestly say that this was the best tour I have ever been on. Paul's knowledge was immense and he was such an approachable guy, willing to answer all questions. He made the day exceptional.

  • Speyside Whisky & Moray Firth Tour from Inverness

    6. Speyside Whisky & Moray Firth Tour from Inverness

    Depart Inverness at 9:15 AM and head to the first distillery of the day. At Glen Moray Distillery, opt to join a tour and discover the different areas of whisky production and sample the golden-hued spirit itself. Next, move on to Elgin, where you can eat lunch, explore the ruins of a cathedral and look for whiskey gifts at a world-famous whiskey shop. After lunch, head off to Strathisla Distillery, the spiritual home of the world-famous Chivas Regal. Since 1786, this distillery has been producing Scotland's national beverage. You may take an extensive tour including a tasting of their delicious whiskies. On your final leg of the journey to Inverness, have a photo stop at Speyside Cooperage, one of the largest concentrations of whiskey casks. Finally, return to Inverness at approximately 6:45 PM.

    Had a great time, Paul was an excellent guide with plenty of information and humour, the tour was great!

  • West Highlands Lochs & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

    7. West Highlands Lochs & Castles Tour from Edinburgh

    Enjoy a small group tour of Scotland’s Western Highlands, and explore some of its most atmospheric lochs and castles. Traveling in a comfortable 16-seat Mercedes minibus, you will depart Edinburgh and head west past Stirling Castle. The first stop will be Doune Castle, built for Robert Stewart, the Duke of Albany, over 600 years ago. You might recognize it from the famous comedy film, Monty Python and The Holy Grail. Continue to Callander, where you will pause for a coffee, before leaving the rolling farms for the wild mountains and forests of the Highlands. Visit Loch Luibnaig, and continue over the Braes of Balquhidder, final resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor. Made famous by Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy was a sort-of Highland Robin Hood, who stole from the rich, but never quite got round to giving it to the poor! From Balquhidder, the tour winds its way throug...

    Great day trip. Loved every minute. I did 4 trips with Rabbies over a two week visit to Edinburgh and Inverness and had no complaints. Lovely, knowledgeable and eager to please guides. Highly recommend Rabbies. Thanks Rabbies, love you work. From female solo traveller. March 2020

  • Discovering Malt Whisky: Day-Tour from Edinburgh

    8. Discovering Malt Whisky: Day-Tour from Edinburgh

    Departing Edinburgh at 9:30 AM, your tour takes you west past Stirling to Glengoyne distillery. Here you will be introduced to the simple but magical process of turning barley, water, and yeast into whisky. From here, you take a scenic drive to the shores of Loch Lomond for a tasty pub lunch and the chance to sample some local beer. After lunch it is recommended to take a short walk to the viewpoint overlooking the loch before heading towards the second distillery of the day. Deanston Distillery is a converted cotton mill on the banks of the River Teith has many interesting features and produces some unique whisky flavours. After a relaxed afternoon visit here you return to Edinburgh with the stories and flavors of single malt whisky fresh in your mind. You will return to Edinburgh at approximately 6:15 PM.

    really nice day tour, two whiskey distilleries and a lovely lunch stop. Check the prices for tastings to avoid surprises, it will add to your bill. 1x 16£ and1x 8.50£ pp. Buying whisky at the distillery will give a 5£ discount. The lunch stop is short, so better order quickly. Tour gives a nice first impression of the highlands. We arrived 1 h earlier back in Edinburgh then originally planned, so we could have had plenty of time for a longer stroll at Loch Lomond to explore. Or maybe another place to visit.

  • From Inverness: 3-Day Orkney Explorer

    9. From Inverness: 3-Day Orkney Explorer

    Day 1Explore 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

  • Rosslyn Chapel & Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

    10. Rosslyn Chapel & Scottish Borders Tour from Edinburgh

    Discover the myths and legends surrounding the Holy Grail and Rosslyn Chapel on this small-group tour! You'll also visit the beautiful Borders village of Melrose with its historic abbey. Departing at 9:45 AM, your tour takes you south to the world-famous Scott’s View, with stunning views over the Tweed Valley and the Eildon Hills. You will also get the opportunity to visit the original Wallace Monument. From here you travel to Melrose, including the chance to explore its great Border Abbey, founded by the Cistercians in the 12th Century. The Cistercian monks had very close connections with the Knights Templar and Melrose Abbey is the burial place of Robert the Bruce's heart, brought back from the crusades in Moorish Spain. Following lunch in Melrose, you will make your way to the stunning 15th-century Rosslyn Chapel, immortalized in Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code”. Here, you can find out ...

    It was a fantastic tour. There were only two passengers but the tour still went ahead. Our guide Jim is amazing and personalized the tour for us really nicely. Got to go to all the historic places in Scottish borders as described in the information at the time of booking. ( Entrance to Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel have to be paid for separately)

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Do it! Honestly I booked this tour under duress. My son wanted to look for Nessie (eye roll) and I didn't want to spend all that time on the bus. But the hours on the bus passed very quickly. Stuart, our tour guide and driver, was a very erudite and entertaining host. He talked about films, music, books and history and geography in a very interesting and low key way. And of course we get to get off the bus to see a very beautiful part of the world. I really recommend it.

Amazing never done a tour would definitely do again…. thank you for a lovely day …: this. Makes your holiday even more special and you get so much history about the place thank you

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.

I had fun with the tour.Andrew,our tour guide was a great storyteller.He made the long trip so much fun. Overall,it was a good value for money.

Andrew J and Jim were amazing, very funny they made the experience enjoyable!!