Discover the birthplace of the Queen of Scots
Visit Loch Ness & try to find its monster
Enjoy the amazing view of Loch Laggan
Get up close with the highland cows
Privately guided by your own local host
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Hotel pick-up and drop off
Food & drinks
Know Before You Book
This private tour can not be booked for more than 4 people
What you can expect
The Scottish Highlands are part of a historic region of Scotland you should definitely visit while in Edinburgh, especially Loch Ness. The dramatic landscape of ancient rocks, deep valleys and sapphire blue lochs will enchant you on a scenic private full-day day trip.
For 13-hours, you'll see the best the Scottish Highlands have to offer plus the famous Loch as your local host recount fascinating tales. From the royal court of Linlithgow Palace to the battles of independence that took place at Stirling Castle. Get to know the tragic massacre of Clan MacDonald and hear about the life of Scotland's famous son, Rob Roy.
Besides the fascinating yet turbulent history, you will get to enjoy the mesmerising landscape of the Highlands and admire the nature that surrounds you. With many pit stops for breaks and photo-taking, you can truly capture the essence of the Highlands. See the indigenous hairy cows, wander through quaint towns unravaged by time and explore villages that offer a peek to how locals live.
Take in the beauty of the glens and the tranquility of the lochs, admire castles and cathedrals with architecture you can only find in Scotland. And for a truly Scottish experience, go with your local host to the full of stories, Loch Ness. And who knows, maybe you can be one of the lucky ones that can spot the mythical and elusive monster, “Nessie.”
This is the plan:
Guest pick-up:You will be picked up anywhere in Edinburgh. Your local host will contact you regarding the exact pick-up point.
Stop 1: Historical Palace -Find out where Mary, Queen of Scots, was born
Stop 2: Impressive Castle -See one of the largest castles in Scotland
Stop 3: Photogenic Cow -Cosy up to the hairy highland cows
Stop 4: Folk Hero's Resting Place -Pass through a quaint village rich in dramatic tales, one of which belongs to Rob Roy
Stop 5: Dramatic Valley -Take in the lush beauty of a glen, which unfortunately was also a massacre site
Stop 6: Finding Nessie -Make your way to the enigmatic Loch Ness and hear the legends behind this place
Stop 7: Optional Cruise -Got on a cruise to enjoy the view from the water. Make the choice once you are there
Stop 8: Unique Cathedral -Explore a highland village that is home to a cathedral of mixed architecture
Ending: Drive Back Sights -Cross an iconic Scottish bridge renowned as a modern wonder with a unique design on your way back to Edinburgh