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From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe, Highlands & Ben Nevis

1. From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe, Highlands & Ben Nevis

Depart Edinburgh on an air-conditioned luxury coach (max 34 seats). Pass Stirling Castle and hear your tour guide tell tales of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce and the bloody battles fought out on these lands. First, arrive at Callander town, nestled at the foot of the Trossachs. Next, drive through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Your Scottish guide will tell you about Rob Roy MacGregor, the infamous Highlander. Follow in the footsteps of James Bond ("Skyfall") and Harry Potter ("Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban") as you travel to the stunning Highland valley of Glencoe. Hear the eerie story of the Clan MacDonald massacre of 1692. Travel through Fort William, home to Ben Nevis, which at 4,409 feet is the highest mountain of the British Isles. Arrive on the south bank of Loch Ness in the charming village of Fort Augustus, where lots of cafes, shops, and restaurants offer a relaxing lunch. Stroll along the banks of the Caledonian Canal, then experience Loch Ness on an optional 1-hour boat cruise. Try to catch a glimpse of "Nessie," the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Admire the impressive Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge with views of the Nevis Range. Enter the Cairngorms National Park and discover "Monarch of the Glen" country. Drive along Loch Laggan before the roads climb above the Grampian Mountains. Travel over the Pass of Drumochter, linking the northern and southern Central Highlands. Experience the majesty of a mountain pass created by glacial activity during successive Ice Ages. Finally, stop briefly in the beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry before heading back to Edinburgh city center, arriving at approximately 8:30 PM.

Edinburgh: Scenic Bike Tour

2. Edinburgh: Scenic Bike Tour

Escape the crowds and busy streets of Edinburgh city center and get panoramic views of the coast and countryside on a 3 to 4-hour guided bike tour. Choose your bicycle for the day and cycle from the Old Town towards the New Scottish Parliament building and Dynamic Earth visitor attraction at the end of the Royal Mile. Pass the royal Palace of Holyroodhouse and get breathtaking views of the ruins of St. Anthony’s Chapel. Next, make your way up the extinct volcano of Arthur’s Seat, and continue on foot from Dunsapie Loch to get magnificent views from the summit. Cycle back down towards Salisbury Crags and get wonderful views of Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. Continue to Duddingston Loch to discover the secret oasis of Dr. Neil’s Garden at Duddingston Manse. Bike back towards the city center on the Innocent Railway Path. Pedal through Meadows Park and the Grassmarket to arrive back in the Old Town.

From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Inverness, and Highlands Day Tour

3. From Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Inverness, and Highlands Day Tour

Embark on a tour of the natural wonders of Scotland, visiting three of its most beautiful places: Loch Ness, Inverness, and the Highlands. Enjoy a day of unparalleled scenery and views. Depart from Edinburgh, and begin your scenic journey through the Scottish Highlands. Head first to Callander, a charming village that is located next to the Trossachs National Park. Continue to the Glen Coe Valley. one of the most beautiful areas in the Highlands, considered part of the National Scenic Area and the place of passage of numerous routes through the area. Admire the views of the valley and its trails. Continue to Fort Augustus, where you can enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore this charming town of 700 inhabitants. Located on the shores of Loch Ness, take your time to snap some fantastic photos from different viewpoints. Finally, visit the capital of the Highland region, the city of Inverness. Take a tour of the city, before heading to the small village of Pitlochry for a coffee. After this, return to Edinburgh.

Edinburgh: Harry Potter Walking Tour

4. Edinburgh: Harry Potter Walking Tour

Experience a little magic on a walking tour of Edinburgh that is perfect for all fans of Harry Potter. Learn all the stories and secrets behind the best selling books by J.K. Rowling in the city where she wrote them. Visit the original sites that provided the inspiration for Hogwarts and the characters who dwelled within its magical walls. Stroll along the High Street to see where Diagon Alley came to life and where Lord Voldemort is buried. See the original Hogwarts School, and look at a virtual school assembly of its characters! Learn how Edinburgh’s own dark history of witches and wizards played a role in inspiring J.K. Rowling along the way. 

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What people are saying about Edinburgh

This was a really fun tour. I have already been to several countries and often toured there. But this was the most fun. This was partly due to the guide Brian. He is a great storyteller and knows how to captivate everyone because of this. Good driver, many and nice photo stops and the places (highlands / Glencoe loch Ness too) of course

Very knowledgable guide (Australian David). I took my daughter who loved it. I’m not a particular fan but I found the tour to be genuinely interesting and engaging. Would definitely recommend to fans and those on the fence such as myself.

This tour was fantastic! Our guide Ryan was so knowledgeable! Even my 12 year old son said he wished he was his history teacher! We learnt so much and got to see such beautiful sights! I’d highly recommend this trip to anyone!

The tour is an amazing experience of everything sctoland have of nature. Tour guide made everything good andfun. Keeping the mood on the bus happy all day and telling amazing stories!

Fun tour. Lots of trivia for the wizard or witch in your family. And a good look at the city from a knowledgeable guide. Worth the money and time.