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

1. 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 Trotternish Peninsula. You might see seals out in the waves as you walk along the coast, or a stag standing on a hillside. Return to Inverness for your overnight stay. Day 3: Monster Spotting on Loch Ness Drive along the banks of Loch Ness where you can take a boat tour to Urquhart Castle or do a bit of monster hunting from the shore. As you head back to Edinburgh, your route will take you through Inverness, the Cairngorms, and Pitlochry. At the Culloden battlefield, the site of the defeat of the Jacobites, there is the option of taking a tour. Continue on through the stunning Cairngorm Mountains and stop to explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry.

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Stirling: Gin Distillery Tour with Tasting

2. 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 (Raspberry gin liqueur and Bramble & Mint gin liqueur) and a Battle Strength Gin accompanied by a selection of hand-crafted chocolates especially made to suit the gin. You will then have the opportunity to sit, chat and enjoy your selection of drinks.

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4-Day Outlander Trail From Edinburgh

3. 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 Jamie joined the Jacobite army to fight for the Stuarts. You have the opportunity to explore the visitor center and site, and pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the last battle fought on British soil. You then take a short drive to the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns. After lunch, head continue to Castle Leod, “home of the Clan MacKenzie”, where you can enjoy a relaxing walk. The castle resembles the way that Diana Gabaldon described Castle Leoch, though she had never heard of this building prior to writing Outlander. A short drive takes you to Beauly, the site of Beauly Priory and the tomb of Lord Lovat in the heart of Clan Fraser lands. Beauly priory is a beautiful 13th-century ruin and where the Lovat Frasers are buried in Diana Gabaldon’s book. In the afternoon, you can sample ‘The Water of Life’ with a whisky distillery tour and tasting. Afterwards, return to Inverness with time to explore the town and enjoy the city for another evening. Day 3 starts with a visit to the majestic Glen Affric. Lochs, mountains and pine forests: this is one of Scotland’s most glorious glens. You then continue along the entire length of Loch Ness and through the Great Glen before heading to Glenfinnan. It stands framed by typically spectacular Highland scenery and bedside a section of the Jacobite Steam Train railway line famously used as the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter. Your overnight stop is in Fort William underneath the shadow of Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. Day 4 begins with a magnificent drive through Glencoe, across the rugged Trossachs area onto Doune Castle. The castle is an extensive ruin that represents Castle Leoch in the TV program. Later, you have a photo stop at Blackness Castle on the banks of the Firth of Forth. This was used as the set for Fort William in the show and appears in many other movies because of its beautiful setting and thickly fortified walls. After your medieval adventure, you'll return to Edinburgh in the early evening.

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

4. 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 banks of Loch Ness where you can take a boat tour to Urquhart Castle or do a bit of monster hunting from the shore. The route back to Glasgow takes you past the battlefield of Culloden, site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. You will also drive through the Cairngorm Mountains, home of Britain’s highest mountain, and see the picturesque Victorian town of Pitlochry. Glasgow passengers will return to Edinburgh where they are issued with train tickets to Glasgow

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From Edinburgh: Heart of Scotland Full-Day Tour in Spanish

5. From Edinburgh: Heart of Scotland Full-Day Tour in Spanish

Explore the wonders of Scottish nature, culture, and history on a full-day tour from Edinburgh with a Spanish-speaking guide. Discover the Hermitage Forest, see the Queen's favorite viewpoint, visit a whisky distillery, and learn about Scotland's national hero, William Wallace. After meeting in Edinburgh, make your way to the Hermitage Forest and take a walk along the River Braan to a stunning waterfall. After a pleasant stroll, head to a whisky distillery in the beautiful town of Pitlochry and learn about the whisky-making process. Continue to the Queen's Viewpoint in the Tay Forest Park, and see Lake Tummel, “The Mountain of Fairies” and much more.  Make your next stop at Doune Castle, built for the first Duke of Albany and used as a location in the Game of Thrones and Overlander series. Then discover Stirling, the most important city in Scottish history. Marvel at the castle from Abbey Craig Hill, see the battlefield where the Scots defeated the English, and visit the National Wallace Monument tower as you learn the story of William Wallace from your guide. Finally, pay a visit to the Kelpies to admire the impressive 30-meter high sculptures that represent the shape-changing aquatic spirits of Scottish legend. Afterwards, return to Edinburgh where your tour concludes back at the original meeting point.

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Stirling: Guided Walking Tour

6. Stirling: Guided Walking Tour

In this 1.5 hour tour, explore the old town of the city with a friendly, fun local guide. Hear tales of the kings and queens who played an important role in Stirling's history as well as how life in the city has developed today. Starting at the VisitScotland iCentre by the Old Town Jail and finishing at Stirling Castle, you'll get a full overview of Stirling's history and modern culture on a family-friendly, leisurely stroll. Explore the star pyramid, dedicated to all who have martyred themselves for civil and religious liberty in Scotland. Pass by the macabre Grave Robber Stones, and learn the long-spanning history of the 14th-century Church of the Holy Rude. On the way, you'll take some time to take in the real flavor of Scotland with a local drink tasting. All the while, pick up local tips and insights for the rest of your time in Stirling.

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Stirling: Historical Walking Tour in Spanish

7. 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 only church still in use to have seen such events in Great Britain. Your local guide will take you through the streets of this wonderful town, where you will encounter King Street, the medieval wall, Mercat Cross, the Old Jail, the Tollbooth, the John Cowane Hospital, the Old Cemetery, Pyramid Star, and the Holy Rude Church, among others.

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What people are saying about Stirling

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Jayne was our tour guide and she was fantastic so much information and knowledge everything you wanted to know and more she was so interesting to listen to and told us everything you wanted to know about the history of Stirling. Every section of the tour was explained in so much detail explaining what happened in market place torcher, hanging ect,and symbols above houses what they ment and who lived where from churches to the grave yard which I found so fascinating and interesting. The information on the battle at Stirling bridge and William Wallace and so much more plus information on Robert the Bruce which was so interesting to so much that when we got home had to watch Brave heart. But Jayne herself was such a lovely lady I could of listened to her all day the time just flew by she just captures the essence of Stirling and her knowledge is Stirling is unbelievable. So just wanted to thank her very much for making out trip to Stirling fantastic thank you very much fantastic employee

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.

Excellent value for money tour and very informative. Asked lots of questions and nothing was too much trouble

Queen Kelly of Scotland was amazing! Great stories and flexible with the stops. Really made the trip special.

It was amazing. The nature is breathtaking and the tour guide was so friendly. We enjoyed it.