The wild and rugged landscapes of the Highlands blend with the coastal beauty of Mull on this tour that heads west and back again.
Great Glen - A grand fault line through the Scottish Highlands; it’s a location that’s as geologically important as it is beautiful.
Cairngorms National Park - Examine the landscapes of an area that boasts four out of five of the UK’s highest mountains.
Loch Ness - It contains more water than all the lakes of England and Wales combined; but is it also home to the monster?
Urquhart Castle – This iconic castle sits in ruins on the beautiful banks of Loch Ness.
Fort William - A Highland town that lies in the shadow of Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis.
Tobermory - A colourful coastal town that’s as quaint as it is fascinating.
Mull - Roads wind past secluded beaches, grand mountains, and peaceful wildlife on this stunning island.
Glenfinnan - See both the famous viaduct that featured in Harry Potter films and a legendary view of a loch.
Glencoe - The ‘weeping glen’ is the location of famous beauty and a tragic massacre.
Highland Perthshire - This beautiful region is famous for pine-clad slopes and salmon-packed rivers.
This trip is packed with Scotland’s celebrated sights.
You explore Loch Ness, where an infamous monster has lured journalists and myth-busters for decades. You visit the Isle of Mull, an island that’s packed with wildlife, cosy villages, and mountains. And you journey through the blockbuster landscapes of Glencoe and the Cairngorms National Park.
But don’t worry, because you’re not only ticking off the country’s well-known beauties. Your driver-guide will also take you far off the beaten track along winding back roads as they immerse you in the local tales of the regions you visit.
Join this tour and discover the bountiful legends and landscapes of Scotland.
Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
You leave Aberdeen and head through the Cairngorms National Park.
The scenery in this area is beautiful, and you stop for photo opportunities and a refreshment break at Tomintoul.
Your journey continues towards Inverness. Around this area, your driver-guide will pick a place for you to enjoy a local lunch.
Don’t relax too much after your meal, because now it’s time for the monster hunting. You travel alongside Loch Ness to Urquhart Castle. Here you disembark and have the time to scale the ruined ramparts, investigate a huge catapult, and learn about the ancient communities who lived on the banks of Loch Ness.
You then travel a short distance to Fort William; your home for the next two nights, and a place boasting awe-inspiring views of Britain’s tallest mountain.
You start the day by travelling south to the Corran Ferry. This may be the shortest boat trip you ever take; it lasts only five minutes, and it looks like you could swim across the water.
Once back on dry land, you’re treated to the beautiful Morvern Peninsula, one of Scotland’s best kept secrets.
You travel through classic west Highland Scottish vistas to your next ferry of the day. This one takes you over the Sound of Mull to Fishnish.
From this point, you travel to Tobermory. You have time here to take the perfect photo of this colourful, archetypal Scottish port town and sample some of the local cuisine for lunch.
The rest of your time on Mull is spent travelling around the beautiful beaches, waterfalls, and landscapes. Your driver-guide will ensure you make the most of your time here.
After you’ve had your fill of this fine island, you travel back to Fort William and arrive back in time for dinner.
The start of your day is packed with some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes.
You first travel from Fort William to Glenfinnan. This area boasts a beautiful memorial that stands as a testament to the beginning of the Jacobite Rising in 1745. In the same location, you can see the Jacobite Steam Train bridge that featured in the Harry Potter movies.
You then travel to Glencoe. This valley is famous for being one of the most stunning landscapes in Scotland. As you travel through the sharp inclines, your guide will tell you the treacherous tale that has become notorious throughout the nation.
Then you travel to Tyndrum. This little Highland village lies at the southern end of the eerily beautiful Rannoch Moor. You have time here to walk around and grab a bite to eat.
As you venture east, you take in the two of Scotland’s most iconic locations of scenic beauty; the Trossachs National Park and Highland Perthshire.
You arrive back in Aberdeen in the evening.
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You stay two nights in Fort William.
Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.
Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.
Plans can change, so we let you alter your accommodation choices for free within the first 48 hours of booking. After this time, amendments aren't guaranteed and carry a surcharge. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.
You may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation for each separate accommodation booked. If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.
We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.
B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard
The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is £35 - £40 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single standard room is £40 - £60 per night.
B&B En suite
The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £45 - £60 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single en suite is £60 - £80 per night.
Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £70 - £85 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single is £85 - £130 per night.
A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost based on dorm beds is £19 - £27 per person per night.
Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).
The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.
We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.
Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.
If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.
We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.
It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.
Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.
Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.
We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.
We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.
You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.
We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.
We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.
You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.
Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.
We advise you take out travel insurance.
You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.
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