For those looking to experience the best of Scotland’s scenery, history and whisky in an easy day trip from Edinburgh, this suggested tour itinerary fits the bill. Venture through rugged scenery with highland peaks and stunning lochs, see over 3000 years of history and stop at Glenturret Distillery to learn how we make whisky
This tour is ‘off the beaten track’ and includes roads that are simply not passable by tour buses.
Each one of our private tours is conducted in our premium Mercedes Benz minivans, ensuring your comfort as we venture along the small cobbled streets around Edinburgh and narrow back roads of the highlands.
Your knowledgable kilt-wearing driver & guide will tell you the stories and show you the sights on this tour. We offer flexibility and your time inside and outside the vehicle is up to you.
KEY SIGHTS ON THIS TOUR…
South Queensferry & Forth Bridges
Upon departure from your accommodation or meeting point we leave Edinburgh and cross the Forth bridges at Queensferry. The famous cantilever designed Forth Rail Bridge, opened in 1890 can be seen spanning the river next to the 1964 road bridge, now superseded by the 2017 Queensferry Crossing.
The Glenturret Distillery
Scotland’s oldest continuously producing distillery, The Glenturret is nestled into a picturesque glen near Crieff. Learn how the masters create ‘the water of life’ on this hosted tour. Explore the ingredients and see the brew in motion, followed by a sample or two of your favourite dram.
We then venture north through The Sma’ Glen, Glenalmond and Glen Quaich through some impressive scenery with a stop to take in the highland air. We then drive towards Loch Tay.
The Scottish Crannog Centre is a unique living history museum on Loch Tay. These iron age roundhouses were prevalent throughout Scotland between around 3000BC and 1600AD. There was a particular concentration of Crannogs on Loch Tay, with 20 or more dotted around the 28 mile shoreline. We learn about the Crannog and the Pictish way of life from the shoreside.
The picture postcard village of Kenmore is nestled into the Tay valley at the mouth of the River Tay. The village boasts a long beach on the loch and riverside setting for a stroll before lunch at one of the local restaurants.
After lunch we take the north shore road through Killin and down Glenogle into The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs national park. We stop at Balquhidder to visit the grave of rogue come hero Rob Roy MacGregor. Rob Roy was a herdsman who was betrayed by one of his staff who had stollen money entrusted to him. The result was seizure of land which lead to a bloody feud and the eventual death of his father, Clan Chief and his mother from ill health. The clan had already come under increasing oppression by British military forces during the Jacobite uprisings in the 1700’s and Rob was imprisoned before later being pardoned. Rob’s story epitomises the period and was made into a film in 1995.
Standing on a picturesque site above the River Teith, Doune Castle was built around a central courtyard. You enter through a gatehouse almost 100 feet tall, and above the entrance, the Lord’s Hall has been restored with timber panelling and a minstrels’ gallery. There are extensive living quarters, a great hall and large kitchen. Doune has been used in many TV and film productions including Game of Thrones, Outlander and Monty Python.
Along the way
SUGGESTED TOUR ROUTE…
Each tour we operate is unique and designed to your requirements. Here is an example of this tours route, but we can add in and remove anything you want
- Distance Instructions
- Distance 171.92 miles
- Time 4 h 49 min
- Speed 36 mph
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RECENT CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS
The guide, Alexander, is one outstanding tour guide. He is very intelligent and eager to show the best part of Scotland with his pride.
Yojiro U, September 2020
You will be able to see the highlights of Edinburgh in a day and it’s excellent way of travelling especially now because of COVID-19. He was very knowledgable and had good sense of humour.
Sukhjit D, August 2020
Brilliant day ! Very friendly, full of knowledge! Best way in my opinion to do a tour !!
Harry S, August 2020
Although our trip was quite short we packed so much into the time we had. We will definitely do another tour on our next trip to Edinburgh.