This fun and active short tour is ideal for those with a limited amount of time in Scotland, who want to see as much as possible.

Start in either Edinburgh or Glasgow but spend your time in the Highlands getting to know the wonderful scenery. Your guide will tell you all about the beautiful landscape and it’s rich history. Spending as much time off the coach means your guide can walk you around most sites.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bannockburn and Stirling Castle
  • Doune Castle
  • Glen Coe
  • Jacobite Steam Train and Glenfinnan Viaduct
  • Isle of Skye
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Loch Ness
  • Culloden Battlefield
  • Queens View
  • Tour of Rothimurchus estate
  • Hermitage Woodland Walk or Dunkeld Cathedral
  • Forth Bridges

 

OVERNIGHT STAYS

  • 1 night Fort William
  • 1 night Inverness

 

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HOW TO BOOK A GUIDE FOR THIS TOUR

Average 2018 Rates for STGA Guides. More About Guide Rates.

Service Average Rate
English Half Day (up to 4 hrs) £150 – £175
English Full Day (up to 8 hrs) £215 – £270
Language Half Day (up to 4 hrs) £190 – £215
Language Full Day (up to 8 hrs) £275 – £310
Driver Guide Half Day (up to 4 hrs) £320 – £370
Driver Guide Full Day (up to 8 hrs) £460 – £520

 

   Our guides can be booked through our Booking Service, or by contacting the guide directly.

 

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Please contact our Guide Booking Service on bookings@stga.co.uk or phone (+44) 01786 451 953 to discuss your requirements. In addition to guide fees above, please note that the following booking fees apply when using our booking service:

Booking Type Booking Fee
Half Day Tour £13.00
Full Day Tour £20.00
Extended Tour (more than one day) £28.00

We are open 09:00 – 17:00 Monday – Friday.

 

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OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • The average fees quoted above do not include the guide’s meals or accommodation, which you must provide for.
  • The average fees quoted above do not include entrance fees to venues or attractions. Our guides do receive free entry to most venues and attractions in Scotland.
  • Other expenses, such as the guide’s travel expenses to to/from the start/finish location of the tour may apply.
  • We strongly recommend that tour operators using our guides arrange for themselves suitable travel, medical, and cancellation insurance.

 

 

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TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1:  EDINBURGH TO FORT WILLIAM via STIRLING

Find out the true story of Braveheart, discover how the ancient Stuart Monarchs lived and tour through some dramatic scenery as your guide takes you up to the Highlands. Learn about the Clan system, Jacobite rebellions and the landscape that was sculpted from the last ice age.

 

08:30 – Meet your Blue Badge Guide and depart Edinburgh and leave west of the City towards Stirling.

09:40 – Arrive at Bannockburn Battlefield and explore the field and monument with your guide. Learn about the real William Wallace and Robert the Bruce who fought for Scotland’s freedom in the Wars of Independence.

10:20 – Depart Bannockburn with views of Stirling Castle ahead.

10:40 – Arrive Stirling Castle for a visit and tour with your guide. Highlights within the Castle include the Great Hall, Royal Palace, Stirling Heads and much more.
  Stirling Castle – 01786 450 000

12:00 – Depart Stirling Castle and towards the Highlands.

12:30 – Arrive at Doune Castle, made famous for its part in Outlander the TV series and Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Here we will have  chance to take photos and have a short visit with your guide.
 Doune Castle – 01786 841 742

13:00 – Depart Doune Castle and drive to Callander.

13:20 – Arrive in Callander for lunch
Callander is a lovely village in the Highlands and has a great choice of cafes and pubs for lunch.

14:30 – Continue on our tour and drive further into the Highlands. We go close by Rob Roy MacGregors grave and you will hear tales of this famous character in Scottish History and of course his story has been made into a film starring Liam Neeson.

16:00 – Arrive in the Glen Coe and Rannoch Moor area. Explore with your guide and stop for photographs as well as hearing stories about what happened in the Glen in 1692. Explore the Visitor Centre before travelling on to Fort William.
  Glen Coe Visitor Centre – 01855 811 307

18:00 approx – Arrive into Fort William for an overnight stay.
Dinner at leisure or a group dinner

There are good accommodation options here in Fort William for all budgets.

 

DAY 2:  FORT WILLIAM TO INVERNESS (via SKYE)

This is an action packed day which starts with a train ride along one of the World’s most scenic rail journeys then go ‘Over the Sea to Skye’. We get to explore a little bit of the Island learning of the Islands folklore before going back via the bridge to the mainland and venturing up the Great Glen to Inverness.

 

09:00 – Depart with your guide on a short tour of Glen Nevis and Old Inverlochy Castle

09:50 – Check into Fort William Train Station and take the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig going over the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Get the cameras ready as you go across this 21 arch viaduct famously used in the Harry Potter movies.
Train departs at 10:15 and arrives into Mallaig at 12:25 where you will meet the coach.
*times and running of train and ferry subject to weather conditions and changes.
  Jacobite Steam Train – 08448 504 685

12:30 – Have lunch in Mallaig before taking the ferry over to Skye

13:30 – Ferry crossing to Skye
  Caledonian MacBrayne – 0800 066 5000

14:10 – Arrive at Armadale, Skye and explore the southern part of the Island before going back over the bridge to the mainland.
Depending on time and weather your guide can recommend a route and where to spend time on Skye.

16:00 – Stop at Eilean Donan Castle for view point and photographs – View point is at Dornie which has a coffee shop and facilities.

16:30 – Continue through Glen Shiel and Glen Moriston and on a good weather day fantastic views of the Five Sisters of Kintail.

17:30 – Arrive in Loch Ness area and tour up the west side of the Loch stopping for views on the way to Inverness.

Approx 18:30 – Arrive into Inverness

Overnight Inverness.

Dinner at leisure or group dinner.

Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands has a wide range of accommodation to choose from.

 

DAY 3:  INVERNESS TO EDINBURGH

09:00 – Depart with your guide to Culloden Moor.

09:30 – Arrive Culloden Moor for a guided walk around the Battlefield.
Culloden in 1746 was the site of the last battle fought on British soil and one that changed the course of history.

10:30 – Depart Culloden Moor and travel south into the Cairngorm National Park.

11:20 – Arrive at Rothiemurchus Estate for a guided tour with a Ranger from the estate.

Look out for Highland Cattle, Deer and other wildlife. The tour lasts around an hour and takes in spectacular scenery.
  Rothiemurchus Estate – 01479 812 345

12:30 – Lunch in Aviemore.

13:20 – Depart Aviemore and tour southwards into Perthshire.
Drive through rolling hillsides and learn stories of the Clans that lived in this area.

14:40 – Arrive at Queens View for a great view point.
Named after Robert the Bruces wife Isabella but many think it is Queen Victoria who visited here in the 19th Century.

15:10 – Depart Queens View and travel down to the picturesque town of Pitlochry.

15:30 – Arrive Pitlochry for a chance to explore on your own the many shops and cafes that line the Main street.

16:20 – Depart Pitlochry and travel south stopping just before we leave the Highland line at the Hermitage Woodland Walk (alternative if weather bad – Dunkeld)

16:50 – Arrive Hermitage and take this lovely walk between some of the tallest trees in Scotland, many of which were brought over from North America.

17:30 – Depart Hermitage and travel south back to Edinburgh with a photo stop at the Forth Bridges.

Approx 19:00 – Arrive back into Edinburgh.

 

This tour is best suited to groups that are ok getting around on foot. There is much to see and do on this route there is flexibility in adding an extra day to incorporate more of Skye and having an overnight on the Island.

It is also worth noting that this trip would only be suitable in the late spring/summer months (April till September) due to daylight hours and the running of the Jacobite Steam Train.

This tour is suited for a start and/or finish from either Edinburgh or Glasgow.

 

 

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HOTEL SUGGESTIONS

FORT WILLIAM

Nevis Bank Inn
Alexandra Hotel
Best Western Imperial
Premier Inn Fort William

 

INVERNESS

Best Western River Ness – 3 star – good location
Premier Inn – 3 star – also on River Ness
Kingsmills – 4 star option with pool just a 15 minute walk to city centre
Rocpool – More boutique option
There are also many other options just outside Inverness

 

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