Tartan Rover is run by Martin Donnelly, a local Scottish guide with many years experience of the Scottish Highlands, mostly gained climbing the mountains that the make the Highlands such a glorious place. I have used this knowledge of the mountains and the roads that lead to them to design two,one day tours showcasing the best of what Scotland has to offer in one scenery packed day.
I'm the owner and driver of Tartan Rover but why choose me as your guide when there are so many other tour companies to choose from?I Know Scotland
I've spent more than 25 years hiking in the Glens and climbing the highest mountains in Scotland from Glenshee to Glencoe, from Torridon to Skye and more.Experience You Can Trust
To get to these mountains I've driven through remote glens, down steep moor tracks, along single track roads, through forests and across rivers, every year summer and winter for years on end from the bottom of Scotland to the top; in fact I think I've gone along most of the roads and tracks of the Scottish Highlands at one time or another - or at least it feels like that! It's this that makes me a knowledgable and experienced guide.Scottish Guide
I've been brought up from childhood on the stories of Scotland from Robert the Bruce and the Scottish Wars of Independence - to Rob Roy Macgregor; From Mary Queen of Scots to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite rebellion. I know the people, geology, environment and the history of Scotland because it’s been part of me since I was old enough to understand it.Owner and Driver
I'm one of the few one day tour companies who is owner, driver and guide. This means you will get someone who is not just an employee. I want you to be as thrilled with Scotland's scenery as I am.Two Tours Created Out of My Knowledge and Experience
I've put together these two, one day tours which I think show some of the Scotland that has excited me for so many years. Both tours last all day and each has its own character but I guarantee no matter what you choose you'll have a day out you won't forget.Tartan Rover One Day Tours.
You can choose from an extensive all day tour to Glencoe and back again;
The Dawn ‘til Dusk Tour - Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am
Or a shorter whisky tour to Royal Deeside;
The Royal Deeside Lochnagar Whisky Distillery Tour – Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from around 10am
In both you’ll be driven through some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery with lots of opportunites to stop for pictures, in a comfortable MPV that carries no more that 7 passengers.The Dawn ‘til Dusk Tour
Starts in Edinburgh and firstly stops at a view point at South Queensferry on the Firth of Forth where you can see the three bridges; the new Queensferry Crossing, the old Forth Road Bridge and the 19th C rail crossing.
From there we drive to the see the Kelpies, two dramatic, awe inspiring 30 metre high horsehead sculptures before moving onto Rob Roy’s Grave passing through the romantic and beautiful Trossachs on the way.
A stop for lunch at Balquidder then we drive to the Falls of Dochart at Killin then through Crianlarich and Tyndrum heading for Rannoch Moor, a vast expanse of lochans and moors and one of the last untouched wildernesses in Europe.
After Rannoch Moor comes the moody and brooding Glencoe considered to be one of the most dramatic locations in Scotland.
Lots of photo opportunites are available.
On the drive back we visit the ancient Kilchurn Castle then back through Callander where you can get out and stretch your legs and get a meal if you require. Its then back to Edinburgh.The Royal Deeside Tour
Every bit as awesome as the Glencoe tour but with its own character and beauty.
Whereas the Glencoe Dawn til Dusk tour features dramatic mountains and moors, Royal Deeside is famous for its deep forests and purple clad mountains enchanting Queen Victoria in the 19th C with its beauty.
Starting in Edinburgh we travel to Pitlochry taking inThe Queen’s View overlooking Loch Tummel named after Queen Victoria who visited the area in 1866. Then its on to Blair Atholl where we visit The House of Bruar, a famous highland shopping experience for a rest stop.
Driving onwards to Braemar now over the Grampian Mountains then onto Lochnagar Distillery where we stop for the Distillery Tour.
Next to the distillery is Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s holiday home in the Highlands where you have some picture opportunities.
We then stop in Braemar, famous for the Highland Games attended every year by the Queen, then climb up to Glenshee before descending to Blairgowrie for another rest stop then travelling through Perth and back to Edinburgh.
Both tours give lots of photo opportunites and I’ll happily stop off anywhere if requested. Go onto my website at www.tartanrover.co.uk to get more details and see some pictures of the places you can visit.Private and Exclusive Use of Tartan Rover Tour Mini-bus
If you would like to be private and have exclusive use of the tour mini-bus for either of the above tours, and your party is less than 7 people, then call me on 07722717913 and I will book that day exclusively for you. If your party consists of 7 people then you can book on my booking site as normal.