Loch Ness, Inverness & the Highlands
2 day tour

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 - Rabbies Cafe, 6 Waterloo Place
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, and one carry-on bag per person
Tour inclusions
  • Transported on 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

Itinerary

Day1

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

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

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

Fantastic Tour

Cdr. M. George Posted on 06/05/2016

Simply had to write in to convey how memorable our 2 day tour on 16 and 17 April was. Our tour guide was amazing. His repertoire of information would put any academic to shame. He kept us enthralled throughout the 2 days, never a dull moment. He even sang for us, and pretty impressive singing it was. All in all a trip we would never forget mainly due to the pretty sights and the extra efforts of our tour guide....Kudos to him and your organisation. PS. He does resemble Gerard Butler !!! See pics of him with my wife and friend

Amazing 2 day tour of Lochness and Inverness

Mohsin (Murad RM) Posted on 21/03/2016

I did the two day Lochness and Inverness tour with Rabbies. Our tour guide was Arron (the wee man), he was exceptionally good. He was really funny and kept us entertained. Loved the stories he told us along the way. Learned a lot about the Scottish history along the way. He also played a great selection of music. On the first day we had the perfect sunny weather as we drove towards Inverness, second day we had the gray sky with a lot of snow fall as well, it still was amazing.. The boat trip through Lochness, then to Glencoe!! It was just perfect.. Without feeling rushed there were many stops along the way for pictures. All in all a really good trip with some amazing memories, big thanks to Arron. Between both days the only thing that could have been better was the hostel selection, which was Inverness Student Hotel. If I knew beforehand I would have requested a different accommodation. Arron also informed us all the things Rabbis doing to protect the environment such as self-imposed carbon tax, plating trees. If I am ever is Scotland again, I will definitely book another tour with Rabbies.

Awesome experience in Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland

sayani dutta Posted on 05/10/2015

Had an amazing two day tour of Edinburgh-Inverness. An extra applause to our guide Daniel,who is rich of information and facts. Would love to visit again with friends and families and hopw we get Dan as our tour guide again.

Wonderful Trip

Subha S Posted on 06/04/2015

Me and my husband had an amazing 2 day trip of Scotland with Doug as our driver giude. He was fantastic and had so much knowledge. We would love to bring our friends/family for yet another tour and we hope we get Doug as the driver giude next time as well. You made our easter Doug.. Thanks for that!!

Alan the best guide

Family Wikström Posted on 16/07/2014

We will thank Alan for a great tour to Inverness. We really enjoy it. Alan made it a memory for life. He is the best! Thank you for the trip on June 27-28 2014. We hope you will be our guide next year when we hope to come back for a 5 days trip with Rabbies. Greetings from the stupid swedish family who asked if there was a cash-machine in Inverness.

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 hosts directly. Most accommodation hosts don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.

Due to availability, we may not be able to reserve your first choice of accommodation. When this happens we’ll book your second choice, and If there are any further issues we’ll contact you.


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

Changes to accommodation cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability. A minimum amendment charge of £5.00 will apply, increasing to a maximum of £25.00 depending on the length of your tour.


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. And if you’re unsure, please check with us first.


Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.


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 and what do they cost?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. But during busy periods there can be a walk of up to 30 minutes.


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 rooms in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is between £30.00 - £35.00 per person per night. A single standard is between £35.00 - £60.00 per night.


B&B en/suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost for a room, based on two people sharing, will be between £40.00 – £50.00 per person per night.

The expected cost for a single room will be between *£55.00 - £65.00 per night. If you travel during a busy period, you can expect to pay up to *£75 - £80 per night. Rooms with a view are limited and may be more expensive.

In Ireland B&B's will be around €45 - €55 per person per night.

Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The expected cost of Hotel 3* is between £65.00 - £85.00 per person per night. Hotel 4* is approximately £75.00 - £120.00 per person per night. Please be advised that 4* hotels aren’t available in some smaller rural areas of the Scottish Highlands and islands.

In Ireland, Hotels are around €55 - €65 per person per night.

Hostels

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. Towels aren’t provided, but you can hire towels there. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost is between £15.00- £25.00 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). If you have a preference, please let us know at the time of booking.


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, feel free to call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.


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