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Highland Lochs, Glens & Whisky Day Tour

Highlights:
~ Ancient capital of Dunkeld
~ Hermitage waterfalls
~ Pitlochry
~ Queen’s View
~ Dewar's World of Whisky at Aberfeldy Distillery
~ Loch Tay
~ Killin and Rob Roy country

A journey through the Celtic heartlands in the central Highlands taking in the waterfalls in Birnam forest, Pitlochry, the Queen’s View and the splendour of Loch Tay, an area steeped in ancient history. You also visit a whisky distillery for a tour and tasting.

This tour is great for those who enjoy forest walks, waterfalls, dramatic mountain views and learning about the art of making whisky, and you can try it too!

** From 15th June to 13th July due to annual maintenance there will be no whisky production at the distillery. However the lovely people at Dewar's are giving us an enhanced tour, a cask tasting and a reduced price instead! On somes dates there will be no access to Dewar's and we will visit Blair Athol Distillery instead.

Please phone us if the date you want to travel is unavailable to book online.

 

Departs: 09.00       Returns: 19.15 approx
Adult Prices:  £41 - £48
Discount Prices:  £38 - £45
Departing: Every day (All year)


 
 
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Explore the History, Legends and Magical Tales of the Celtic and Scottish Heartlands.

You travel over the Forth Road Bridge past Perth to Dunkeld and the Hermitage in Macbeth’s Birnam Wood for a forest walk amongst spectacular waterfalls and the tallest trees in the country. Then journey north for lunch at Pitlochry before travelling to see the Queen’s View on Loch Tummel.

Your afternoon continues with a visit to Dewar's World of Whisky at Aberfeldy Distillery, before travelling the length of majestic Loch Tay, beneath the dramatic Ben Lawers, to Killin in romantic Glen Dochart with its impressive waterfalls. From here you journey through Rob Roy country past Stirling Castle on your way back to Edinburgh.

Departure Point
Rabbie's Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.

Return to Waterloo Place

Inclusions 
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour. 
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life. 

Air Conditioning as standard. 
Services of a professional Rabbie's driver/guide

Exclusions 
Lunch and refreshments. 
**Entrance fee to the distillery

** Please note that due to safety legislation open-toed or high-heeled shoes are not permitted within the Whisky Distillery.  

 

Discount Price 
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)

 Important Information  
Because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!!

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
This was just perfect! Thanks a lot to Shelby!!! Very interesting and entertaining! The only problem was that... some people in the group just don't understand that there are other people on the tour and don't care very much to come in time and keep quiet when they are on the bus... But you can't do much about it, unfortunately )
Posted by Olga on 27/06/2014


The driver / coach told us many interesting stories and he was funny too! The wonderful scenery - wow!
Posted by Carola on 24/05/2014


Our guide, Al was so passionate and shared with us so many stories, he definitely made our day! The tour was really instructive: history, economics, political, cultural... every subject was covered in depth. We really enjoyed our tour and was, by far, one of the best we took since our guide was so great. Thank you for a very nice day!
Posted by Kathleen on 23/05/2014


Eric was a wonderful tour guide -- pleasant, knowledgeable and accommodating. My daughter and I enjoyed the tour very much, and Eric was a big part of that.
Posted by Marnie on 12/05/2014


As soon as I stepped on the bus, Gus informed me that we would be visiting the MacNab (my surname) burial grounds. His attention to detail and genuine interest made the trip much more personal.
Posted by Laura on 06/03/2014


The soundtrack provided by our guide, Keith, made the experience even more delightful - it was amazing how the songs just matched the sceneries perfectly!!
Posted by Tanya on 21/01/2014


Our guide was Mac Dalrymple and he was the best guide in my life. The trip was amazing. We went cross beautiful scottish highland, listening folk music and many and many stories Mac told us. And he is very good narrator. Every stop we made was something special. Mac made this trip unforgettable. Thank you Mac!
Posted by barbara on 02/01/2014


Al! He was so knowledgable, friendly and hilarious. He really made the trip an amazing one.
Posted by Olivia on 30/12/2013


I wanted to thank to our guide Mac D. Thank you so much, my friends/family and I had one of the best tours we have ever been to. The past Saturday was filled with tons of nice views, narratives, historical facts and music. Thank you very much.
Posted by Alechandro on 27/11/2013


Thanks for a lot to our guide Emily! Great driver and story teller. It was an amazing trip where we got to learn a lot about Scottish history and where we discover pretty villages and great landscape. We will definitely recommend this tour further...
Posted by Benedicte Humbertclaude on 05/10/2013


The small group of 16 people is really a good idea because it makes the trip funnier and easier about the timetable. Mike explained us everything that came up in front of our eyes and gave us Scots legends, jokes and music. Very good driver/guide.
Posted by Emanuele on 12/08/2013


Not too surprisingly, I loved the Aberfeldy Distillery ;) But I also must say the scenery was breathtaking. The Queen's View was amazing. I also must say that Martin's enthusiasm was very contagious and his great storytelling made this a very enjoyable overall experience.
Posted by Jan on 30/07/2013


The landscape was so gorgeous and when Sahra told her stories it was really funny and exciting. It seemed like she really enjoyed her job.
Posted by Elisabeth on 17/07/2013


I initially thought the distillery would be the best part but I now have to extol the scenery. Scotland is more beautiful than I had imagined and I enjoy nature photography. Great views and tableaux.
Posted by Earl on 10/07/2013


We are very pleased with the tour and Mike was extraordinary in his way of telling us about scotlands history. We were impressed about his knowledge!!
Posted by Anna on 23/06/2013


Our guide was very passionate and made the tour feel very much like a friend from Scotland was showing us around to all the best spots instead of a crowded very impersonal tour.
Posted by Clynton on 10/06/2013


Without a doubt, Audrey was supreme. She made the trip and tour the highlight of our 10 day stay.
Posted by David Palenshus on 26/04/2013


Well the weather wasn`t so good, but when our guide played the bagpipes in front of the waterfalls, that was great !
Posted by Claus Rief on 25/03/2013


Shellby was amazing and we loved her historical facts and stories - it was the best tour we had ever been on. Thank you so very much Shellby - you made it!!!!
Posted by Jane Redhead on 25/03/2013


The soundtrack provided by our guide, Keith, made the experience even more delightful - it was amazing how the songs just matched the sceneries perfectly!!
Posted by Tanya on 21/01/2014


Al! He was so knowledgable, friendly and hilarious. He really made the trip an amazing one.
Posted by Olivia on 30/12/2013


The small group of 16 people is really a good idea because it makes the trip funnier and easier about the timetable. Mike explained us everything that came up in front of our eyes and gave us Scots legends, jokes and music. Very good driver/guide.
Posted by Emanuele on 12/08/2013


Not too surprisingly, I loved the Aberfeldy Distillery ;) But I also must say the scenery was breathtaking. The Queen's View was amazing. I also must say that Martin's enthusiasm was very contagious and his great storytelling made this a very enjoyable overall experience.
Posted by Jan on 30/07/2013


The landscape was so gorgeous and when Sahra told her stories it was really funny and exciting. It seemed like she really enjoyed her job.
Posted by Elisabeth on 17/07/2013


I initially thought the distillery would be the best part but I now have to extol the scenery. Scotland is more beautiful than I had imagined and I enjoy nature photography. Great views and tableaux.
Posted by Earl on 10/07/2013


We are very pleased with the tour and Mike was extraordinary in his way of telling us about scotlands history. We were impressed about his knowledge!!
Posted by Anna on 23/06/2013


Our guide was very passionate and made the tour feel very much like a friend from Scotland was showing us around to all the best spots instead of a crowded very impersonal tour.
Posted by Clynton on 10/06/2013


Without a doubt, Audrey was supreme. She made the trip and tour the highlight of our 10 day stay.
Posted by David Palenshus on 26/04/2013


Well the weather wasn`t so good, but when our guide played the bagpipes in front of the waterfalls, that was great !
Posted by Claus Rief on 25/03/2013


Shellby was amazing and we loved her historical facts and stories - it was the best tour we had ever been on. Thank you so very much Shellby - you made it!!!!
Posted by Jane Redhead on 25/03/2013


I have been on lots of press trips with journalist all around the world but Allan was by far the best guide I have ever had on a tour!! He's brilliant! His knowledge about the history of Scotland is incredible... Besides this he is a very talented storyteller.. He is blessed with a very good voice and is very interesting to listen to. He made our trip a blast!
Posted by Esther Rosenhart on 21/03/2013


Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)

 

Depart Edinburgh at 09.00 and travel north over the Forth Road Bridge, passing one of Scotland's great engineering wonders - the Forth Rail Bridge. Continuing north into the Kingdom of Fife you pass Loch Leven castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567 and forced to abdicate from the throne.

Further on you will also pass Perth, the medieval capital of Scotland, before crossing the Highland Boundary Fault line, and the point where the scenery changes from the rolling farmland of the Lowlands to the forested hills and mountains of the Scottish Highlands. Surrounded by this beautiful scenery and on the banks of the River Tay is the Cathedral town of Dunkeld, your first stop of the day. Dunkeld was for many centuries the capital of the Christian Celtic Church, and its 13th century Cathedral reflects the once great importance of this quaint Highland village. From Dunkeld it's a short drive to the Hermitage, a fantastic woodland walk leading up to the Black Linn Falls where the River Braan cascades into a narrow gorge. Surrounded by some of Scotland's tallest trees and changing spectacularly in appearance throughout the seasons it's a great place at any time of year. You may even have the chance to see the spectacular sight of Salmon attempting to leap up the falls and on towards their spawning grounds.

Leaving the Hermitage you follow the wide valley of the River Tay towards the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry. You will spend around 1 hour here and you can visit the many great shops and restaurants or maybe even take a walk down towards Loch Faskally.

After lunch you take a scenic drive through the mountains of Highland Perthshire, first crossing over the Pass of Killiecrankie before a short stop at the Queen's View overlooking Loch Tummel. On a clear day the view here is stunning, looking over to the unmistakable peak of Schiehallion and beyond to the mountains of Glencoe. Continuing alongside Loch Tummel you then head over the hills and past the spectacular sixteenth century Castle Menzies towards the town of Aberfeldy and Dewars Whisky distillery, where you can discover the secret of how Scotland's national drink is made. No visit to Scotland is complete without sampling a 'wee dram' and you will get the chance to taste some of the finished product. Known in the Gaelic as Uisge Beatha (or 'water of life') whisky has been produced for centuries in Scotland and the art is now close to perfection. Later you travel West into the ancient lands of Breadalbane, or the ‘High Country’ surrounding Loch Tay and make your way along the loch towards Killin. The small town is situated on the edge of the River Dochart and has the fantastic Falls of Dochart at its heart, flowing under the old bridge and past the ancient burial ground of the Clan MacNab who once dominated the area. After Killin you take a drive over the Braes of Balquhidder, the resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor before passing Stirling Castle and Linlithgow Palace on your return journey to Edinburgh.

Return time - approx. 19.15

Photography Credits: Visit Britain, Visit Scotland, Britainonview, Mike Hasted, Luke Sheppard, Ingrid Rasmussen, Pawel Libera, Tony Pleavin, Craig Easton, David Angel, Martin Brent, Bob Berry, Paul Watts