2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Very Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Join this very small group tour (average group size of around 12 passengers) for a magical two day escape to the Highlands. Traveling through spectacular scenery, this tour is the perfect way to see Scotland and many of her highlights. These include stops at Doune Castle, Glen Coe, Glenfinnan Viaduct (April - October only) and Loch Ness. Overnight is in the bustling Highland capital of Inverness followed by visits to Culloden Battlefield, prehistoric standing stones, Pitlochry (optional whisky distillery tour) and a riverside walk at Dunkeld.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Heart of Scotland Tours Ltd

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Day 1 Edinburgh to Inverness

Stop At: Stirling Castle

Pass by historic Stirling Castle on its rocky crags.

Stop At: National Wallace Monument

The National Wallace Monument was built to honour our great Scottish hero - William Wallace.

Stop At: Doune Castle

Short photo stop at Doune Castle. This medieval castle has recently been seen as Castle Leoch in Outlander and Winterfell in Game of Thrones but is probably most famous for featuring in the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Glen Coe

Glen Coe is perhaps the most famous of all Scotland’s glens. This narrow valley is where the bloody massacre of the MacDonalds took place in 1692 and has been used as a backdrop for many movies including Skyfall. We will stop nearby for lunch (at own expense).

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Glenfinnan Viaduct

Visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct (Apr-Oct only) which famously features in several Harry Potter movies as the Hogwarts Express train crosses the bridge.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ben Nevis

We stop for a photo of Britain’s highest mountain (Ben Nevis).

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Fort Augustus

There will be an opportunity for photos and souvenir shopping in the charming village of Fort Augustus.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Loch Ness

We continue along the full length of Loch Ness - keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of the Loch Ness Monster!

Stop At: Urquhart Castle

We will stop at Urquhart Castle for a photo opportunity and to stretch legs before the final leg of the journey to Inverness.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Inverness

Our overnight stay is in the northernmost city of the UK and pretty capital of the Highlands, Inverness. There are numerous pubs, cafés and restaurants for evening entertainment.

Duration: 14 hour

Day 2 Inverness to Edinburgh

Stop At: Culloden Battlefield

After being collected from your accommodation it's only a short drive to Culloden Moor where the Jacobites were finally defeated by government soldiers in 1746, the last battle to be fought on British soil. You will have time to walk on the battlefield and learn more about this tragic event that killed 700 Highland clansmen in three minutes.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Clava Cairns

Visit one of Scotland's most evocative and sacred prehistoric sites, 4000 year old stone circles and burial mounds at Clava Cairns.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cairngorms National Park

As we drive south through the Cairngorms National Park you'll hear about the flora and fauna of this wonderful wilderness which was officially protected in 2003 and is the largest national park in the British Isles. We will also stop for lunch at one of the charming villages within the national park.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ruthven Barracks

During your drive through the Cairngorms National Park, you should spot Ruthven Barracks, built in 1719 after the 1715 Jacobite rising.

Stop At: Pitlochry

The Highland town of Pitlochry has an elegant main street packed with shops and restaurants. During your break here there is an option to visit the Blair Athol Distillery (own expense) where you can take a guided tour and of course sample the 'water of life' for yourself.

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Stop At: Blair Athol Distillery

During your break in Pitlochry there is an opportunity to visit Blair Atholl Distillery (at your own expense) where you can take a guided tour and of course sample the 'water of life' for yourself.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Hermitage Woodland Walk

Your final stop is a gentle riverside walk through Big Tree Country at Dunkeld, a beautiful way to finish the tour all seasons of the year.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Forth Road Bridge

Just before returning to Edinburgh your journey takes you over the River Forth. You may make a quick photo stop in South Queensferry to capture the famous Forth Rail Bridge - built in 1890.

Duration: 15 minutes
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