2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: 2 days (approx.)
  • Tour code: 225001
Spend two days exploring Loch Ness and Inverness, past and present, on a small-group trip to the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh. As you enjoy scenic drives and historic landmarks, your eyes will pop at the dramatically beautiful landscape. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, this leisurely two-day excursion allows you to have a memorable and personal experience in two of Scotland’s favorite locations.


  • Fully narrated tour
  • Breakfast included
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Receive discounts at selected restaurants, shops and attractions
This two-day trip from Edinburgh to Loch Ness and Inverness will show you the Scottish Highland’s most beautiful scenery. The tour includes views of Ben Nevis and an optional boat ride on eerie Loch Ness, where you can look for the Loch Ness Monster.

You’ll visit Glencoe, a wilderness steeped in grim history, where you can soak up the atmosphere on an afternoon walk. You'll see the stronghold of Urquhart Castle, and spend the night in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands.

The Scottish Highlands are Europe's last great wilderness! This personalized tour is as close as you can get to touring in your own car, with the added benefit of gaining intimate knowledge of Scotland. Traveling in a small group means you can take lots of stops and reach out-of-the-way places, giving you more time out of the van to discover the real Scotland.

See Itinerary section below for details on each day’s activities.

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Central Edinburgh
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Concludes at Waverley Bridge opposite Waverley Train Station at 7:30pm

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2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

2-Day Tour to Loch Ness and Inverness from Edinburgh

  • Breakfast  
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan (maximum 16 people)
  • Discount card offering discounts at local restaurants, shopping and attractions
  • Overnight accommodation with private facilities in either a B&B or 3-to-4-star hotel
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Ticket for boat trip on Loch Ness (April to October only)
  • Entrance fees (discount card offers reductions)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • There are opportunities to take nature walks; it is recommended to bring suitable clothing and footwear. Scotland can be a wet place!
  • First Edinburgh tour operator to be awarded 5-star status by the Scottish Tourist Board
  • Maximum of 2 Adults and 1 Child in one room. Family rooms for 2 adults and 2 children are not available.
  • 1 small suitcase (approx 44 pounds or 20kg) and 1 carry-on bag permitted per person
  • Please indicate preference for twin or double room in the Special Requirement box at time of booking

Caring for the Environment:

The tour operator aims to maintainthe legacy of Scotland's beautiful landscape for future generations to enjoy. The tour is as close as you can get to touring in your own car, but with the added benefit of reducing your carbon footprint by 75% (based on 2 persons traveling the same distance in their own car). The operator's commitment to environmental excellence has been recognized with two Gold awards from the Green Tourism scheme and Keep Edinburgh Clean awards.
Day 1: Edinburgh - Inverness
Depart Edinburgh at 9:30am, stopping at the historic village of Dunkeld, home to a 12th Century Celtic Cathedral, then take a leisurely stroll along the River Tay or explore the wooded grounds of the Hermitage to look for 18th Century follies such as Ossian's Cave. From here you will continue on to the popular holiday town of Pitlochry, where there will be free time to have lunch (own expense) in one of the local restaurants or cafes.

Cross over the geological fault line, which separates the Lowlands from the magnificent Highlands, taking in views of the magnificent Highland scenery and passing the majestic Blair Castle before entering Cairngorm National Park. This is a very beautiful and unique area, being one of the last remaining pockets of native Caledonian Pine Forest left standing. You will stop in the ancient Rothiemurchus Estate to allow you time to fully appreciate the stunning views.

You will then continue your journey north, arriving at Inverness in the early evening. You will be dropped off at your accommodation, and the evening is free for you to explore the captial of the Highlands!

Day 2: Inverness - Edinburgh
After a leisurely breakfast, you will picked up from your Inverness accommodation between 9am and 9:30am and travel towards the famous Loch Ness. There will be stops along the way to take photos of the beautiful surrounding countryside. Upon arrival at the Loch you will have the option to take a boat trip out on the Loch (April to October; price not included) to look for Nessie, The Loch Ness Monster and take in views of Urquhart Castle, or you may stay on dry land to explore the castle's mighty ruins.

You will spend your lunchtime on the southern shore of the loch in the charming village of Fort Augustus. Have lunch (own expense) in this charming village at the south tip of Loch Ness, watching the boats sail by on the Caledonian Canal that links the lochs of the Great Glen. Journey south past Ben Nevis and Fort William to Glencoe. This haunting glen was the scene of a terrible massacre in 1692, where many of the Macdonald Clan died. The tour stops here for you to take in the unique atmosphere of this place.

The return journey to Edinburgh takes you across the wild and remote Rannoch Moor and through the countryside around Stirling, before concluding in Edinburgh at approximately 7:30pm.
Terms and Conditions:
If you cancel at least 15 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 14 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: lizsteer, October 2014

The tour was excellent. Our tour leader/driver was amazing - took us to some amazing places, great driver, gave some great interesting information about the history of the area, most helpful in so many ways. A very enjoyable two days.

Reviewed by: Sandy R, September 2014

Our guide, Alan was unbelievably fantastic!!!! A great storyteller, and managed to sum up most of Scotland's history in two days in a clear and interesting manner!! Can't say enough good things about our guide!! Very much enjoyed the smallness of the group and the places we went to were amazing. We had plenty of photo stops too! It's well worth the money you pay, and as far as we were concerned there is nothing negative to say about the trip at all!! LOVED it all!!

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