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Highland Lochs, Glens & Whisky Day Tour

Highlights:
~ Ancient capital of Dunkeld
~ Hermitage waterfalls
~ Pitlochry
~ Queen’s View
~ Loch Tay and Kenmore
~ Dewar's Aberfeldy Distillery

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!

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

 

Departs: 09.00       Returns: 18.30 approx
Adult Prices:  £41 - £48
Discount Prices:  £38 - £45
Departing: Every day (All year)

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

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 as you cross the mountains to majestic Loch Tay sitting beneath dramatic Ben Lawers. Here you will make a stop at the picturesque waterside village of Kenmore. You finish off the day with a visit to Dewar's World of Whisky at Aberfeldy Distillery to discover the secrets of single malt whisky, before returning 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 fees to all Visitor Attractions 
Entrance and tasting fees at the distillery

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

 ** On Sundays from November to March this tour will visit Glenturret Distillery instead.

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!! Unless otherwise notified passengers are restricted to one medium sized suitcase/bag (maximum 15 kilos) and one carry-on bag per person.

Details & Itinerary Customer Reviews Traveller Photos Full Itinerary (English)
We had an amazing day with Grant. This lad was a bard born 400 years too soon. His story telling with music were amazing. We learned loads and had a lot of fun. We saw an amazing view of history with amazing stories. Grant absolutely loves his job and it shows. Thanks for a great day, Boyd and Heather.
Posted by Boyd penner on 25/05/2015


I initially joined the tour simply because I wanted to go to a whisky distillery, but as soon as the tour started, I instantly became a fan of our superb guide, Party Pete. Full of knowledge of various aspects of Scotland, talked in a way thats easy for even a non-native English speaker like me to understand, and was entertaining. I loved all the little episodes he talked about. In my opinion, a tour guide sometimes could be more important that the theme of the tour or where we are going. If I visit Scotland again and have such an opportunity, I would definately choose a tour that is guided by him. Thank you so much for a great day, Pete!
Posted by Madoka Harada on 01/04/2015


Let me just start by saying this tour was one of the highlights of my spring break. Alan was our tour guide and he couldn't have been more fun and informative, we loved him!! He seemed to know everything, and I mean EVERYTHING about where he took us and the history behind it. We were all on the edge of our seats every time he told us a story. I learned more in one day with Alan than I did after a semester in a history class. Basically, Alan was the best. The tour itself was also breath-taking, we went on the Highland Lochs, Glens and Whiskey day tour on March 13th, and I fell in love many times with Scotland's countryside. Thanks Alan!! You're the bomb. (Also seriously, apply for a voice-over job for the history channel)((but don't quit rabbies because we're definitely coming back, and requesting you))
Posted by Natalie Wilson on 17/03/2015


This tour was fantastic. James made it amazing. It set the rest of our vacation up to be one of the best ever. James' expertise and knowledge helped us to understand the history of Scotland in a fun way. We are sure our Scotland vacation would not have been as terrific as it was without James. For the following two weeks, we referenced what James taught us on day 2 of our trip. Highly recommend any tour that James is on as it will make your vacation!
Posted by jen Sauer on 07/11/2014


Daniel was a great chauffeur and tourguide. His knowledge on Scottish history was impressive and told with a lot of enthusiasm!
Posted by Kasper on 04/10/2014


Our guide on the trip was Heather. She was exceptionally nice. Very friendly. Very knowledgeable. I would suggest your tours to anyone with her as the guide. The best tour we had because of her.
Posted by Apoorva on 24/09/2014


James was a very friendly, attentive guide who clearly enjoyed his job. his self-deprecating humour was as entertaining has his anecdotes and knowledge of the attractions/locations where we stopped.
Posted by Sheena on 22/09/2014


The best part was Jan. He was informative, friendly, and really kept things moving. We got a great sense of the country, including the vote today. Very enjoyable.
Posted by Bruce on 19/09/2014


Tour was fantastic! The guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. I liked being able to get out and take some walks and not just ride in a van.
Posted by William on 12/09/2014


Euan was amazing! He was extremely friendly and seemed really passionate about Scotland. He knew a lot about everywhere we went and I highly enjoyed it! I plan on booking through Rabbies again.
Posted by Niki on 08/09/2014


Joe our driver was incredible! His knowledge about Scotland history and information about all of our stops was awesome. He was also very patient and made the whole trip very enjoyable. Also, I made an error in booking my initial travel. James called me the day of my original booking to inquire as to where we were. He was VERY helpful and accommodating and understanding in helping us book another tour on a more convenient day. The people you have at Rabbie's really made the experience wonderful!
Posted by Vickie on 29/08/2014


Paul was absolutley OUTSTANDING! It is hard to believe that such a young man could have such a wealth of historical knowledge and such wide perspectives as he has. We covered so much historical ground...which even led up to a discussion of the current political situation of the 'Yes', 'No" referendum coming up this fall.
Posted by David on 20/08/2014


We loved the whiskytour, it was very interesting to hear how whisky is made. Also we liked the tour around the highlands and the lowlands. If we would ever come back, we would defenitely book a tour at Rabbie's.
Posted by Peter on 18/08/2014


Eric made the day! He made it feel like a friend was taking a group of chums out for a drive. Fun facts and stories, a tune or two and just enough stops on a one-dayer.
Posted by Don on 08/08/2014


Tour was a small group so it was fairly efficient to get on and off the bus.
Posted by James on 07/08/2014


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


Euan was amazing! He was extremely friendly and seemed really passionate about Scotland. He knew a lot about everywhere we went and I highly enjoyed it! I plan on booking through Rabbies again.
Posted by Niki on 08/09/2014


Joe our driver was incredible! His knowledge about Scotland history and information about all of our stops was awesome. He was also very patient and made the whole trip very enjoyable. Also, I made an error in booking my initial travel. James called me the day of my original booking to inquire as to where we were. He was VERY helpful and accommodating and understanding in helping us book another tour on a more convenient day. The people you have at Rabbie's really made the experience wonderful!
Posted by Vickie on 29/08/2014


Paul was absolutley OUTSTANDING! It is hard to believe that such a young man could have such a wealth of historical knowledge and such wide perspectives as he has. We covered so much historical ground...which even led up to a discussion of the current political situation of the 'Yes', 'No" referendum coming up this fall.
Posted by David on 20/08/2014


We loved the whiskytour, it was very interesting to hear how whisky is made. Also we liked the tour around the highlands and the lowlands. If we would ever come back, we would defenitely book a tour at Rabbie's.
Posted by Peter on 18/08/2014


Eric made the day! He made it feel like a friend was taking a group of chums out for a drive. Fun facts and stories, a tune or two and just enough stops on a one-dayer.
Posted by Don on 08/08/2014


Tour was a small group so it was fairly efficient to get on and off the bus.
Posted by James on 07/08/2014


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


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 into the ancient lands of Breadalbane, or the ‘High Country’ surrounding Loch Tay. You will make a stop at the waterside village of Kenmore with a chance to walk along the shores of the loch and enjoy the views to the dramatic bulk of Ben Lawers rising high above the water. 

From here you travel the short distance to 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. From here the tour returns you to the lowlands and Edinburgh. 

Return time - approx. 18.00

** On Sundays from November to March this tour will visit Glenturret Distillery instead.

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