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2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

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    What to Expect
    Visit Inverness, Loch Ness and more during this scenic 2-day journey to the Scottish Highlands, departing from Edinburgh in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach. Disembark along the way to explore historical villages and atmospheric castles tucked away in the woods, with an optional boat ride on Loch Ness in search of the mysterious Loch Ness Monster. 

    Spend the night in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, with your choice of a single, twin or double room at a 3-star hotel or bed & breakfast (guesthouse) upon booking.

    Day 1: Edinburgh – Inverness

    Depart Edinburgh and make photo stops at Loch Lubnaig and Callander. Then journey to Glencoe Mountain, a haunting glen that was the scene of a terrible massacre in 1692, where many of the Macdonald Clan died.

    On arrival at Loch Ness, you have the option to take a boat trip out on the loch (April to October; price not included) to look for Nessie the Loch Ness Monster, and take in views of Urquhart Castle, or you may stay on dry land to explore the castle's mighty ruins. More scenic views and a quick photo stop are offered at the inspirational memorial of Commando Monument (Spean Bridge).

    Continue your journey, arriving at Inverness. Enjoy free time to soak up the lively atmosphere and beautiful Victorian architecture before you’re dropped off at your accommodation. The evening is free for you to explore the capital of the Highlands.

    Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Inverness

    Day 2: Inverness – Culloden - Pitlochry – Edinburgh

    After a leisurely breakfast, you are picked up from your Inverness accommodation and travel toward the Culloden Battlefield at Culloden Moor. Experience the Battle of Culloden, admire Jacobite artifacts, and visit the powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite rising. Travel through winding back roads and discover a 4,000-year-old cemetery at Clava Cairns.

    After a possible stop at eight the House of Bruar at Blair Atholl with free time to stroll around or Dalwhinnie Distillery for whisky tasting (own expense).

    From here, continue on to Cairngorm National Park. This unique area is one of the last remaining pockets of native Caledonian pine forest left standing. Gaze in awe at Scotland’s most beautifully rounded peaks en route back to Edinburgh.

    Please note: tour may run in reverse order for operational reasons.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Rabbie's Cafe Bar, 6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK
    Departure Time
    8:45 AM
    2 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Accommodation included: 1 night
    • Overnight en-suite accommodation with breakfast
    • Small-group tour (maximum 16 passengers)
    • Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
    • Driver/guide
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop off
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Admission fees
    • Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Loch Ness
    • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield
    • Entry/Admission - Dalwhinnie Distillery
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Tour may run in reverse for operational reasons.
    • Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years
    • Family rooms are limited and may be available on request. Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available
    • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
    • Please note tour stops and timings are for reference only and depend on the itinerary of the day as well as on group's interests, therefore cannot be guaranteed.
    • There are many options along the route and our itinerary is intentionally flexible so that the guide is able to decide what is best on any given day.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Stops at Culloden, Clava Cairns, House of Bruar, Dalwhinnie are optional, but not guaranteed.
    • 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 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 22 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 21 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 4 days ago

    We absolutely loved this tour. Our guide Charlie was the best. He knew so much about the places we saw, including history and even geology! His dj skills were off the chain. And he made a point of always making sure we had enough toilet...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank Kelly H
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Wow amazing tour guide /driver aka Billy! We all loved him and his sense of humor kindness and knowledge! Give this guy a raise !! He was super helpful to us on bus with insider secrets and tips plus even helping other bus drivers with...More

    Thank Busybeeecotours
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    Me and my friend took a 2 day trip with Jim scott and he was wonderful and helpng thruout. Scotland is a beautiful place and with his explanations and guidance it even became more beautiful! never thought, this trip could be this entertaining! :D I...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    1  Thank RimshaGhaffar
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    It was our first time taking a multi day tour and we chose Rabbie’s. We were lucky to have Charlie to be our tour guide who made it extra special with his vast knowledge and interesting stories, and what made our tour with Charlie extra...More

    Thank 161Hope
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Stevie.D was our guide for this fabulous trip into the Highlands. What can we say but an absolute laugh from start to finish. There were so many highlights, but stopping for lunch at the Clachaig Inn was brilliant, and Stevie took us on even more...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank Getaway288015
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    1 October 2019|
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    Response from Syed_A_Kamal | Reviewed this property |
    I kept my suitcase in Edinburgh train station, it was much secure and easy to access , pick and drop point fir this tour operator is not far from train station , also hotels are kind enough to keep suit case with them
    14 June 2019|
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    Response from jcvdelapaz | Reviewed this property |
    Hello! If you go into their website, they can arrange it for you or they have recommendations as to where you can book accommodation. I didn’t avail of this as I’ve seen it right after I booked our own place. Hope this... More
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