Scotland’s ONLY 1-Day Tour where you can visit both Loch Ness AND a Whisky-Distillery! This 1-Day Tour departs central Edinburgh EVERY DAY, all year-round.
Departing from Edinburgh, travel in comfort across the dramatic Highlands in one of our Air Conditioned Mini-coaches. You can relax watching the views from your window, while our Local Guides entertain you with their stories, and Scotland’s history.
Our Company is owned and run by experienced Scottish Tour Guides, and has been showing thousands of people Scotland’s favourite sites since 2010.
8.00 AM: Departing from Edinburgh’s Lawnmarket, we travel up the Forth Valley towards the historic city of Stirling, where you’ll catch a glimpse of Stirling Castle andThe Wallace Monument (weather permitting!). Be inspired by tales from your guide of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce. We make our way North, before arriving in the village of Deanston.
9.00 AM: We arrive at the Deanston Whisky Distillery, located on the banks of the beautiful River Teith. You’ll have the option of taking an intriguing 45 minute tour around this working distillery, originally a cotton mill built in 1785, and converted to produce whisky in 1966. You will experience the whisky-making process from beginning to end, and learn why Scotch is such a world-renowned spirit. The tour finishes with a short whisky-tasting, a ‘wee dram’ to give you energy for the day ahead. There will be time to get breakfast, if you choose to do so, in the distillery cafe, before we depart at 10.15AM.
10.30 AM: We weave our way towards the Highlands, crossing the boundary into the ‘Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park’. Admire the scenery as your tour guide explains the remarkable tribal ‘Clan’ history of the Highlands, and you hear about the most famous Highlander of them all, ‘Rob Roy MacGregor’.
12.15 PM: Follow in the footsteps of James Bond (Skyfall) and Harry Potter (Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban), as you discover the beautiful and haunting ‘Glencoe’, the most magnificent and famous valley in Scotland. The spectacular scenery will stay with you forever. Your guide will recount the tale of the infamous ‘Massacre of Glencoe’ that took place here in 1692, a tragic story of murder and intrigue, politics and tribal-hatred. We’ll spend around 15 minutes here where you can go for a short stroll, take some photos, and soak up the eerie atmosphere.
1.00 PM: We travel through Fort William, home to the largest mountain in the British Isles, standing at 4,409 feet, ‘Ben Nevis’ (The Venomous Mountain). Passing Ben Nevis to the West, we’ll join the Great Glen, Scotland’s longest valley at 62 miles long, which takes us all the way North to LOCH NESS, via some more stunning scenery.
2.00 PM: We arrive on the Southern banks of Loch Ness, in the charming village of Fort Augustus. There are lots of cafes, shops and restaurants here for you to have a relaxing lunch, and stroll along the banks of Loch Ness and the Caledonian Canal.Experience the majesty of Loch Ness on a relaxing, hour-long optional Boat Cruise, where you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Nessie herself! We depart Fort Augustus at 3.15pm, after a break at Loch Ness of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
4.30PM: We visit the impressive ‘Commando Memorial’ at Spean Bridge, and indulge in the breath-taking views of the Nevis Range, a sight that will delight keen photographers. Here you will hear the tales of the Special Forces trained just a few miles away, at Achnacarry, battalions formed at the request of Winston Churchill himself, in 1942, at the height of World War 2.
5.00 PM: Entering the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, ‘Monarch of the Glen’ country, we drive along Loch Laggan, before stopping at the ‘Pattack Falls’. A short walk here takes us to pretty waterfalls, tumbling through a rocky gorge, as the river makes it way through our beautiful native forest. Look out for wild berries through Spring and Summer.
5.30 PM: We make our way over the ‘Pass of Drumochter’, a mountain pass created by glacial-action during successive Ice Ages, and links the Northern and Southern Central Highlands. From here, we make the short journey to the town of Pitlochry.
6.15 PM: We make a stop in beautiful Victorian town of Pitlochry. After Queen Victoria herself visited here in 1842, and remarked upon the beauty of the area, this caused great interest and has been a popular tourist destination ever since. You can grab a coffee or a quick bite to eat here, and stroll around this beautiful town, as we stop here for no longer than 30 minutes, departing around 6.15pm. We make our way back towards Edinburgh, and cross the famous ‘Firth of Forth’ as we travel South . Get a fabulous view of the iconic Forth Bridge, before we make our way back to the city.
8.30 PM: You’ll arrive back in Edinburgh City Centre. Please note that the arrival time is approximate, although we are rarely much later than this.
With thousands of online 5 star reviews we, The Hairy Coo, are a tour company that you can always rely on to provide exceptional service, who you can put your trust in to make your Scottish getaway the most fun, exciting, freeing experience; full of stories of our rich history, folklore, myths and legends. With decades of experience amongst our Driver Guides you are in safe hands and can bet you will have an experience you’ll never forget. We are proud to say The Hairy Coo is an independant and local business with an international reach to share with the world the very best of Scotland.
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