Scottish Highlands
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Our most recommended Scottish Highlands Walking Tours

  • From John O'Groats: Orkney Islands Day Trip

    1. From John O'Groats: Orkney Islands Day Trip

    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.

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

    2. 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.

  • Edinburgh: Loch Ness and Scottish Highlands Full-Day Tour

    3. Edinburgh: Loch Ness and Scottish Highlands Full-Day Tour

    Head north from Edinburgh and pass the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle. Skirt the Trossachs Rob Roy country, and cross the wilds of Rannoch Moor before stopping at dramatic Glencoe; the scene of the infamous 1692 massacre.  Your journey takes you through Fort William. Pass Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, before entering the Great Glen. Arrive at the pretty Highland village of Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness, and enjoy a lovely picnic with freshly made sandwiches, fresh fruit, shortbread and Scottish mineral water. If you fancy something more substantial, your guide will happily recommend some great local cafes.  Take an optional boat cruise on the loch, go for a scenic hike, or just relax by the Caledonian Canal. If you choose to sail along the waters of Loch Ness, it really is an unforgettable experience. Your boat is eqipped with the latest hi-tech color, sonar,...

    The bus tour was so awesome it bought a lump to my throat in places,thanks to an excellent driver in Dougie for driving us around,and thanks to Scotland for supplying the breathtaking scenery,heartfelt thanks from me and my family.John, clare and thomas.

  • Stirling: Gin Distillery Tour with Tasting

    4. Stirling: Gin Distillery Tour with Tasting

    Join a guided tour of Stirling Distillery, home to Stirling Gin, and discover the history of the trendy spirit and the scientific process behind distilling gin. Learn how to make a perfectly crafted Gin & Tonic for you to then taste the iconic drink.  On arrival, you will be served a bespoke welcome cocktail. Start the guided tour with learning from your passionate guide about the history of gin, from its medical uses to today's Scottish gin craze. Walk through the still room to see the copper Portuguese stills as your guide explains the science behind gin distilling. Your guide will then continue the tour by showing you how the bottling, waxing and labelling system works. Once the tour has come to an end you will be shown to the unique tasting tables where you will learn how to create the perfect Gin and Tonic. If option selected, you will also be given two stunning gin liqueurs (Rasp...

  • Inverness: Guided Walking Tour

    5. Inverness: Guided Walking Tour

    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.

  • 4-Day Outlander Trail From Edinburgh

    6. 4-Day Outlander Trail From Edinburgh

    Leave Edinburgh and begin following the trail of the best-known film locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. Your first stop is the charming village of Culross. You continue to the small town of Falkland to relive the first scenes of the show, where Falkland substitutes for 1940s Inverness. In the early afternoon you stop at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum, which houses replicas of 18th century turf-roofed Highland crofts. These were used as a setting in the first episode of the show. You then pass Aviemore, where you may recognise the stunning hilly and wooded area of Tulloch Ghru. You arrive in Inverness later that afternoon, which will be your base for the next two nights.  Day 2 starts by visiting Culloden, which plays an important role in Scottish history and the Outlander books. It’s at the Culloden Battlefield where Claire and Jamie said their tearful goodbyes, before ...

    Our 4-day tour with Mac (MacKenzie) was incredible! It is an “Outlander” tour, but the depth of Diana Gabaldon’s books came alive with Mac. His knowledge of Scottish history was exceptional. His interlacing of the books’ fictional aspects with actual events was remarkable. For Outlander fans, this was wonderful. But even more importantly, Mac’s history of Scotland, its people, trials, successes, defeats will all remain with us. Aye, we were transported to another time. Much like Claire was, only in our imaginations. Thank you so much Mac.

  • Isle of Skye and Highlands: 3-Day Guided Tour from Edinburgh

    7. Isle of Skye and Highlands: 3-Day Guided Tour from Edinburgh

    Tour the Scottish Highlands and explore the Isle of Skye on a 3-day guided tour from Edinburgh. You’ll see castles, craggy mountains, picturesque towns, and maybe even a monster on this excursion. Stay overnight in B&B accommodation. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: A Spectacular Route North On the way to Skye your route takes you past beautiful Stirling Castle, across the brooding expanse of Rannoch Moor, and through Glen Coe. As you near the coast, you’ll see Eilean Donan Castle (optional tour available), which was featured in the film Highlander. Overnight stay in Inverness. Day 2: A Full Day on Skye You'll have the full day to explore the Isle of Skye. If you like, you can take it nice and easy but still see all the sights. Highlights include the the craggy Cuillin Mountains, the dramatic hills of the Quiraing, and stunning Trot...

    It is a great way to see the highlands wuthout worrying for that parking space or stressing with your satnav. Murray, our driver/guide, took us to some amazing places not usually seen in the guidebooks. You'll love this tour.

  • Outer Hebrides & Isle of Skye: 6-Day Guided Tour

    8. Outer Hebrides & Isle of Skye: 6-Day Guided Tour

    Head to the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Skye on a 6-day excursion to experience pre-historic sites, remote sandy beaches, stunning seascapes, dramatic landscapes, and picturesque villages. Travel in comfort with a small group, enjoying personalized attention and accommodation in guesthouses and B&Bs. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 Travel north into the Scottish highlands, stopping at the historic village of Dunkeld for a short walk through the forest to some waterfalls. Continue north through the Grampian Mountains to the Spey Valley, where you’ll have lunch. In the afternoon you’ll see world-famous Loch Ness and stop in Inverness. Visit the impressive waterfalls at Corrieshalloch Gorge before arriving in the fishing port of Ullapool for your overnight stay. Day 2 Catch the morning ferry for a 2-hour sail along Loch Broom, past the Summe...

    While the tour does not travel to all parts of the Outer Hebrides, it does hit significant highlights of that area, as well as on the Isle of Skye. Matthew the driver/guide was well informed and had great social skills in dealing with the diversity of people in our group. The arrangement of accommodation for a single person was well done and the quality of rooms/food etc was excellent.

  • Isle of Skye & The Highlands: 3-Day Guided Tour from Glasgow

    9. Isle of Skye & The Highlands: 3-Day Guided Tour from Glasgow

    Escape the bustle of daily life and get back to nature on a 3-day tour of the Scottish Highlands and Isle of Skye, with bed and breakfast accommodations on Skye. Hear of clan massacres, visit monuments associated with Scotland’s struggle against the English, and see location sites of the blockbuster movie “Highlander.” Day 1: Departing Glasgow take a spectacular route north towards Stirling Castle, crossing the brooding expanse of Rannoch Moor, and on through Glen Coe. Stop at Eilean Donan Castle, where “Highlander” was filmed. Overnight stay in Inverness. Day 2: Enjoy a day excursion to the Isle of Skye. Explore the craggy Cuillin Mountains, dramatic hills of Quiraing, and beautiful Trotternish Peninsula. Look for seals, peeking out of the waves as you walk along the coast, or spot stags silhouetted on hillsides.  Day 3: Follow the ...

    I took this tour on my own, to explore some more of the beauty of Scotland. Our guide, Steven, told us great stories about the places we drove through and visited. The Isle of Skye is a beautiful place to explore, as is the rest of the highlands. The tour visits some of the amazing highlights of the area; our tour guide gave us options to choose from at certain points of the trip. All in all, I had a very pleasant, beautiful, and memorable 3 days.

  • Stirling: Historical Walking Tour in Spanish

    10. Stirling: Historical Walking Tour in Spanish

    Experience Stirling's medieval wall on this day tour. Scotland has had 11 fortified cities in its history, one of which was Stirling. You’ll walk along majestic streets, such as King Street, where you’ll talk about famous poets as well as the city's most relevant buildings. You'll also go up to the highest part of the city, where the old medieval market was located as well as the place where public executions were held. In the 19th century, Stirling owned the worst jail in all of Great Britain. It was a wet and nasty place that was crammed with prisoners consisting of men, women, and children. They ranged in age from minor offenders to adults, and included murderers as well as people awaiting their trial and debtors. On the other hand, the church of Holy Rude in Stirling hosted King James VI's coronation, who was the son of Mary Stuart. This church alongside Westminster Abbey is the on...

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What people are saying about Scottish Highlands

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 34 reviews

Our 4-day tour with Mac (MacKenzie) was incredible! It is an “Outlander” tour, but the depth of Diana Gabaldon’s books came alive with Mac. His knowledge of Scottish history was exceptional. His interlacing of the books’ fictional aspects with actual events was remarkable. For Outlander fans, this was wonderful. But even more importantly, Mac’s history of Scotland, its people, trials, successes, defeats will all remain with us. Aye, we were transported to another time. Much like Claire was, only in our imaginations. Thank you so much Mac.

A very well organised trip , in a comfortable coach and with a very well informed driver, passionate about his home island, who kept us passengers engaged with his facts, figures and explanations. We visited the key places expected with good time slots to get a flavour of the history and life of the island. The boat trip across can be a little rough, but our day it was perfect. Possible sighting of cetacea was not to be for us sadly.

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.

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.

Great crossing on the ferry,then the bus trip took us around the islands with the driver being a very good driver as well as tour guide, all in all a very enjoyable day.