Loch Ness, Inverness & the Highlands
2 day tour

  • Urquhart Castle
  • Cairngorm tours from Edinburgh
  • Inverness tours from edinburgh
  • Inverness

A two day escape exploring the majesty of Loch Ness, the Caledonian pine forest, and the stunning scenery of the Cairngorms National Park.

Tour map

Highlights

Lochs
Mountains
Distilleries
Nessie
Walks
National Parks

Places you'll explore


Pitlochry - This wonderful little village was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite holiday spots.

Caledonian Pine Forest walk - Walk over mossy paths and under a dark green canopy in a gorgeous forest.

Cairngorms National park - Gaze in awe at Scotland’s most beautifully rounded peaks.

Urquhart Castle - Take a chance to explore a ruined castle overlooking Loch Ness.

Inverness - The ‘Capital of the Highlands’ blends Victorian architecture with a lively modern lifestyle.

Loch Ness - Take a chance to go on an optional boat cruise or wander around the shores of this alluring and eerie loch.

Great Glen - A humongous fault line through the Scottish Highlands; a location that’s as historically important as it is stunning.

Glencoe - Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tale of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.


Your journey


Explore Loch Ness and the Highlands at a laid-back pace on this two day tour.

You learn about Scotland’s native forests on a tranquil walk. You travel through majestic mountains and quaint villages. And you get plenty of time to see if you can find the infamous Loch Ness Monster.

So join this tour, relax and let us show you the best of the Scottish Highlands.


Tour Details

Departs
08.45 - Rabbie's Café Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
Returns
19.00 approx
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • One 15 kilogram bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of a Rabbie's driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation

Itinerary

Day1

  • Clamber through the curves and culture of the Cairngorms National Park
  • Find out about Inverness, 'the Capital of the Highlands'

You leave Edinburgh and head north across the River Forth towards the Highlands.

You make a short stop in one of the quintessential Scottish towns bordering the highland fault line, before crossing into the Cairngorms National Park.

There are numerous options on route including a famous whisky distillery, stunning caledonian forest walks, ancient standing stones, world-changing battlefields, and beautiful lochs. What you do today will be decided by your group and the ever- changing Scottish climate. Ample time for lunch will be given en route.

You then continue north and arrive in Inverness, where you’re dropped off at your accommodation.

The evening is free for you to explore the capital of the Highlands.

Day 2

  • Try to spot the Loch Ness Monster on a boat trip
  • Survey the famous mountains and valleys of Glencoe

After a leisurely breakfast you’re picked up from your accommodation and taken into the surrounding countryside.

You travel to Loch Ness where you have the chance to take a boat trip along the loch or stay on shore and visit the impressive ruins of Urquhart castle overlooking the loch.

Our journey continues south through the Great Glen past Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in UK and Fort William. You stop for lunch along the way before arriving in Glencoe.

The return journey continues over the wild and remote Rannoch Moor and into the lowland scenery around Stirling, before finally reaching our starting point of Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

Best tour!

Lisa and Jack Posted on 14/07/2017

Our tour guide, Gillian, was amazing! She showed us the most beautiful places in Scotland. She is very knowledgable about her country, and taught us so much! Would recommend taking a tour with her, we had an amazing time!! Thank you, Rabbies!

Dont Stop Believin

Christine Macpherson Posted on 09/07/2017

I took the two-day tour with an overnight in Inverness with my 11 year-old child. Being of Scottish descent and having spent my whole life hearing about Scotland, my expectations were very high for the tour, but I was still wowed. From a logistical standpoint, everything went extremely smoothly and there were zero glitches. Our tour guides, Duncan and Ross, were so much fun to travel with. Duncans stories were epic, hilarious, and informative, and really provided context to all we were seeing. Add relevant (and sometimes irreverently irrelevant!) music in, and youve got more than just a tour. If you should happen to see this, Duncan, you really ought to consider writing a book or creating your own podcast, or maybe even making a film of all these great stories. The telling is everything, and youve got real talent. Ross driving was outstanding, safe, and steady, and we appreciated that he played the bagpipes for us during one of the stops. I loved the democratic feel of the trip: we were given options to decide upon as a group as the days proceeded and this gave us a bit of sense of ownership of our experiences. There were also some fun surprises and sites we were not expecting to see along the way--all were great. Lucky for me, this included an impromptu drop-off at my familys clan museum along the way, which had me in tears, and truly made the trip unforgettable for me and my daughter. Our accommodations in Inverness at the Dalmore Guest House were outstanding Ive literally never seen a cleaner room in my life, nor had a more lovely person welcome us and cook our breakfast (Molly, the best). My only complaint is that the tour had to end. When I asked my daughter what her favorite thing about the trip was, I expected her to respond with the name of an attraction or a treat we ate along the way, but her answer was: All the stories Duncan told. Remember, this is from an 11 year-old with a short attention span and a sweet tooth--the stories won out over the fudge shop in Fort William, the ice cream in Pitlochry, and the cupcakes at Loch Morlich, not to mention searching for Nessie and seeing Inverness Castle (after having just performed in Macbeth at school). I doubt youd find a better experience or better deal to be had from any other tour company in Edinburgh. Thanks a million, Rabbies, you definitely know what youre doing!

Dont Stop Believin

Christine Macpherson Posted on 09/07/2017

I took the two-day tour with an overnight in Inverness with my 11 year-old child. Being of Scottish descent and having spent my whole life hearing about Scotland, my expectations were very high for the tour, but I was still wowed. From a logistical standpoint, everything went extremely smoothly and there were zero glitches. Our tour guides, Duncan and Ross, were so much fun to travel with. Duncans stories were epic, hilarious, and informative, and really provided context to all we were seeing. Add relevant (and sometimes irreverently irrelevant!) music in, and youve got more than just a tour. If you should happen to see this, Duncan, you really ought to consider writing a book or creating your own podcast, or maybe even making a film of all these great stories. The telling is everything, and youve got real talent. Ross driving was outstanding, safe, and steady, and we appreciated that he played the bagpipes for us during one of the stops. I loved the democratic feel of the trip: we were given options to decide upon as a group as the days proceeded and this gave us a bit of sense of ownership of our experiences. There were also some fun surprises and sites we were not expecting to see along the way--all were great. Lucky for me, this included an impromptu drop-off at my familys clan museum along the way, which had me in tears, and truly made the trip unforgettable for me and my daughter. Our accommodations in Inverness at the Dalmore Guest House were outstanding Ive literally never seen a cleaner room in my life, nor had a more lovely person welcome us and cook our breakfast (Molly, the best). My only complaint is that the tour had to end. When I asked my daughter what her favorite thing about the trip was, I expected her to respond with the name of an attraction or a treat we ate along the way, but her answer was: All the stories Duncan told. Remember, this is from an 11 year-old with a short attention span and a sweet tooth--the stories won out over the fudge shop in Fort William, the ice cream in Pitlochry, and the cupcakes at Loch Morlich, not to mention searching for Nessie and seeing Inverness Castle (after having just performed in Macbeth at school). I doubt we could have had a better experience or better deal to be had from any other tour company in Edinburgh. Thanks a million, Rabbies, you definitely know what youre doing!

Highlands Trip Tour Guide Adam Earn Highest Marks

Melissa Pisarski Posted on 20/06/2017

Ill admit: I was a bit apprehensive at first. When we first set off toward the Highlands, we were informed that some of the things we anticipated doing would be unavailable to us. I started to fret that we would not get the full experience, but was quickly reassured by how calm and affable our tour guide, Adam, remained throughout the whole thing. Adam was flexible and accommodating all along our route, making sure we had plenty of things to do, views to see, and stories to hear. He had back-up plans and alternative activities at each stop to best serve everyone in our group. The 16 of us that were all in the van for the trip became very close with each other over the weekend, exploring together and sharing the photos we had taken. From Highland cows, to the Loch Ness monster, we were fortunate to see so many natural wonders and to hear about the history that shaped the lands we traversed. We could not have possibly asked for a better weekend in the Highlands, nor could we have ever expected having a tour guide as capable and charismatic as Adam. I think we all agreed that once we had gotten off the bus upon returning to Edinburgh, we wanted to hop right back on and go again!

Great experience in the highlands with Gillian

Hysan Posted on 04/06/2017

We were on a two-day tour to the highlands, Inverness and Loch Ness and we had a great time. As city folks coming all the way from tropical Hong Kong, this trip is truly an eye opener. Gillian was knowledgeable and friendly (and is a whisky fan too!) She shared with us the history, culture, stories, folk music local to the Scotsand. On both days we made several stops along the way that were previously unplanned for photos, see the hairy coo, step on bouncy peat ground etc. I felt like I had made the most out of the trip.

Tania Iskandar Posted on 18/01/2017

Our 2 day tour with Liam and Jodie

Gal, Irit and Abi Posted on 27/10/2016

This trip was definitely the highlight of our time is Scotland this year! We got an extra stop in Culloden - we really wanted to visit there and it was not a planned stop in that tour. Liam and Jodie were kind, professional, and very pleasent. Whenever we come again we want to travel only with them! P.S - Loved the place we stayed for the night in Inverness - the Dalmore guest house. Comfiest beds weve ever slept in!

Don Osullivan Posted on 17/08/2016

The 4day tour with my husbands relations from New Zealand on 4th of July this year with our tour guide , Keith , was the best tour we have ever been on ! Amazing trip , Keith was so knowledgeable and helpful , made it lots of fun !

15-16 July 2016

Natalia Posted on 20/07/2016

Great time in Highland with the wonderful guide Catty! It was my first time in Highland but (thanks to Catty and fantastic Highlands landscapes) not the last, I hope. Thanks for everything! You are the best guide ever: helpful, full of stories, kind. And excellent driver also! Thanks for a amazing trip. Natalia.

great experience

sarang Posted on 10/05/2016

i travelled with my wife on the 20th and 21st. it was a fantastic experience especially because of our driver/guide dave. He is extremely knowledgable and witty and was really keen on showing us the different sites. also full credit to rabbies to have a tour for just 4 people (we were accompanied by a lovely italian couple) inspite of taking us in a 16 seater

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

Your tour stays one night in Inverness.


How does the accommodation work?

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.


I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

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.


What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. An amendment charge will apply.


I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

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 can find a selection of hotels at hotels.rabbies.com.


What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation. And occasionally you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.


What are the accommodation types?

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.


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.


B&B En/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price.

Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price.

Hostels

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.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

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.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

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.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

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.

What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

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.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

Do you take children on your tours?

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.

How much time do I get off the bus?

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.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

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.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

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.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

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.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance. You can click here for excellent rates.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com, or check out our full FAQs.

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