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  • North West Scotland 2 Day Mini-Coach Tour

    North West Scotland 2 Day Mini-Coach Tour

    Starting from Edinburgh/Glasgow visit some of Scotland's most iconic sights and landscapes over two days.
  • Doune Castle

    Doune Castle

    Famous from Monty Python and many other films!
  • Callander

    Callander

    Gateway to the Highlands as well as being exceptionally pretty in its own right!
  • Killin

    Killin

    The falls of Dochart where the western Highlands drops into Loch Tay over several miles of waterfalls and rapids
  • Rannoch Moor

    Rannoch Moor

    The wild lands of Scotland with striking image of Glencoe in the distance.
  • Glen Coe

    Glen Coe

    One of Scotland's most striking mountain ranges and site for the Campbell Massacre. We will drive along the road.
  • Glenfinnan Viaduct

    Glenfinnan Viaduct

    Famous from the Harry Potter films. Visited on Day 1 of our voyage.
  • Eilean Donan Castle

    Eilean Donan Castle

    The archetypal image of the Scottish castle in stunning scenery. Truly an wow moment. We visit on day 2 of the tour
  • Ben Nevis

    Ben Nevis

    Britains highest mountain with an ascent from sea level. Wow: what a site from the road!
  • Fort Augustus

    Fort Augustus

    Follow the many gates of the Caledonian canal as it drop from Loch Ness to the west coast
  • Loch Ness

    Loch Ness

    Possibly, the world's most famous lake with a mysterious unseen inhabitant
  • Culloden Moor

    Culloden Moor

    We visit the site of Scotland's last battle. Still evokes strong emotion as you realise that it was followed by a change of life across the Highlands.
  • Forth Rail Bridge

    Forth Rail Bridge

    Masterpiece of Victorian Engineering that is still in use today. One of our last great sights on the voyage as we return to Edinburgh.

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2 Day Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & Highlands Tour

Visit the iconic Eilean Donan Castle, see Glencoe & Rannoch and journey down Loch Ness with an overnight stay in Fort William. Departs Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays all year.   


  • Runs three days per week - Wednesday/Friday/Saturday all year
  • Overnight in Fort William
  • Hostel, B&B or Hotel Accommodation available
  • Concession Rates available for children, students & Seniors
  • Takes in all the major sights including Eilean Donan Castle

Stirling Castle, Wallace Monument, Killin, Rannoch Moor, Glencoe, Fort William, Ben Nevis, Glen Garry, Eilean Donan Castle (interior closed in winter), Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Loch Laggan.


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This tour operates on: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Day 1

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Wallace Monument

From Edinburgh we to collect our Glasgow passengers*, then travel via Stirling, catching a glimpse of its famous Castle (1). We visit the Wallace Monument and afterwards pass Doune Castle (2), location for the film 'Monty Python & The Holy Grail'.

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Doune Castle - Outlanders & Monty Python

After lunch, time permitting, your two day tour from Edinburgh makes a brief visit to Rob Roy’s Grave (3) and then to the pretty village of Killin for photos of the waterfalls (4). We continue our journey north via Tyndrum (5) across the atmospheric Rannoch Moor, continuing to Glencoe (6), site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan, for a brief walk and photos.

Glencoe
Glencoe

We then continue to the stunning Glenfinnan Viaduct, (A) made famous by the Harry Potter films, for a photo opportunity (Apr-Oct).

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Glenfinnan Viaduct

Our final stop is the Highland town of Fort William (7), where we check into our accommodation.

Day 2

After breakfast we head north into the Great Glen, a geographical fault line characterised by a chain of impressive lochs, including Loch Ness. We enjoy a photo stop at Glen Garry, before arriving at one of the most iconic castles in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle (8) (interior closed in winter) to explore the castle and its beautiful setting.

Our journey continues with a stop for lunch and views of Loch Ness in the pretty lochside village of Fort Augustus (9). After lunch we start our return journey, enjoying a photo stop to admire Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, at 1,344 metres.

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View of urquhart Castle from Loch Ness

Then we travel via The Hermitage (D), stopping for a gentle forest walk in idyllic Scottish woodland, before crossing the Forth Bridges, back to Edinburgh.

PLEASE NOTE: Luggage is restricted to one piece per person. Please also be advised, most accommodation providers only accept cash payments, and cannot accept debit/credit cards as methods of payment.

*On tours with no pick-ups in Glasgow, the tour will go via Stirling

Loved It!

We took the two days trip to the Highlands. We spent a fair amount of time on the coach but we had a fantastic, driver, Gillian (that we called Merida for her long, beautiful cascade of red hair that immediately recalled us of the heroine of the Disney movie Brave), that entertained us with historical details related to the places we were visiting or passing through, all accompanied by traditional music that made this incredible journey even more magical.

Few tips:
1) let them book the accommodation for you and choose the B&B option. All of their B&B are a short walk away from the center of town (we spent the night in fort William) and with lovely landlords making you feel at home;
2) Enter in Eilean Donan, it is worth it, and you will find nice spots for pictures and selfies
3) when stopping for the whisky taste (written without the e to distinguish it from the Ireland one, according to our fab driver), make sure to have a sip of the sweet Bruadar (and to buy a bottle if you can). It is produced only in the highlands and it is pure heaven for the palate (said by a person that does not drink alcohol :);
Last but not least, enjoy every minute of what this amazing country can offer. I came back totally in love with Scotland, its colours, music, history and its warm, friendly people...

Amazing 2 Day Tour

I did the 2 day tour to Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness and the North West Highlands and can only highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see more of Scotland than just Edinburgh. Our tour guide Gregor was absolutely fantastic and made the whole trip very enjoyable. I was a bit afraid that we would spend most of the time on the bus but on the contrary, everytime I though 'That looks beautiful, I want to get off the bus and take some pictures' Gregor stopped and gave us some time to do exactly that. I would say this tour really gives you a good overview about the Scottish history and a chance to see the most famous parts of its landscape.

An Excellent Excursion

We chose the two day trip around the Western Highlands and Eilean Donan. We reached the bus at the Royal Mile and our driver/host, Alan. The bus had very comfortable seats (despite its deceptive small size), all accompanied with USB and micro-USB sockets for our phones and whatnot and was a very comfortable ride in general.

The bus made several stops on all major landmarks, however on some of them the 1-hour max stay was a bit restricting (going up and down the Wallace monument for instance could not come without some sweat in order to make it on time back to the bus), but it is understandable since a trip day has these many hours and quite a few stops.

The hotel room booked for us at Fort William (what a wonderful place) was excellent, we couldn't have wished for anything better than that.

All our greets go to Alan, our driver guide. He was extremely kind all the way, very friendly and helpful, and was kind enough to drop us just outside the door of our respective hotels / B&Bs. His knowledge about all things Scottish is more than impressive, and his ability to remember dates is truly uncanny. When asked if he has studied History or anything relevant, his reply was simply "no, everything I know I've researched on my own. I'm just a bus driver, I just happen to like my job very much". Hail to you sir, you are a gentleman and a scholar.

Great way to see Scotland - Anon - London November 2015

I really glad that my husband and I went on this . We had the best 2 days to Eilean Donan Castle, Loch ness & the north west Highlands. I loved so much I can't stop thinking about it. Our tour was small only 5 of us which for us was great.

Eilean Donan Tour - Joff December 2015

Craig the driver with an outstanding knowledge of the history of Scotland did a fantastic job. We had a small group and we're shown so much over the two days! Bus was very good, we had to change the route somewhat due to a castle being closed although we were shown other things along the way. Worth the price

Best Trip Ever - Alyssa Feb 2016

One of the best trips I've ever taken! The guides are so Nice and extremely knowledgeable

Inclusions

PLEASE NOTE: Prices shown are for transport and driver-guide only.

Exclusions

OPTIONAL EXTRAS: Wallace Monument, Eilean Donan Castle entry (March-October)

Overnight stay in Fort William. The tour price does not include accommodation but we reserve it for you. Approximate costs per person per night:

  • Youth Hostel: £17-£19,
  • Bed& Breakfast: £32-£48,
  • Hotel: £60 +.

The Little Details

  • Minimum Age: Age 5+
  • Min Age: 5 years
  • Tour Vehicle Type: Mini Coach
  • Months of Operation: All Year
  • Duration of Tour: 2 days
  • Departure Point: Edinburgh
  • Departure Point: Green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE
  • Departure Time: Departs: 09:00 Please check-in 15 minutes earlier
  • Expected return Time: Approx 19:30 hrs on day 2
  • Duration of Tour: 2 days

Rates & Dates

DaysType
  Standard Tour Ticket Discount Tour Ticket
Summer Rates - Wed, Friday Saturday £99 £95
Winter Rates - Wednesday, Friday, Saturday £82.00 £78.00

The discount price is available to seniors (60+), students (please bring your student card), and children aged 5 to 16. please note children under 5 are not accepted on this tour.

Booking Notes

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  • Prices are quoted per person per tour
  • PLEASE NOTE: Prices shown are for transport and driver-guide only.
  • Reduced Discount prices are offered to persons over the age of 60, students and children under the age of 16. Please note we cannot carry children under 5 years old on any tour.
  • This tour only operates on certain days of the week. If insufficient number of people are booked on the tour we will contact you to cancel the tour or offer you an alternative.
  • Any booking is subject to our Booking Terms.

Some Places We Will Visit

  • Stirling

    As you'd expect with such a strategically important town, Stirling has a long and fascinating history and is packed with major historical sights.

  • Killin

    Killin is a picturesque village lying in the heart of the Scottish Highlands in the ancient district of Breadalbane. The village lies at the western tip of Loch Tay.

  • Rannoch Moor

    50 square miles of boggy and peaty moorland that separates the southern highland line from the Glencoe Massif. An SSSI and one of Britain's few wild uninhabited places.

  • Fort William

    Fort William is the gateway to the Western Highlands and one of the country's main tourist centres. It stands at the head of Loch Linnhe, with the snow-topped mass of Ben Nevis towering behind.

  • Glencoe

    Dramatic landscape with a dramatic history. Few who visit the glen are unmoved by its majesty and power.

  • Laggan

    Laggan is approximately 7 miles along the road to Fort William and is situated in the Central Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by the Monadhliath and Grampian mountain ranges. "Monarch of the Glen" was filmed entirely on location in the area.

  • Fort Augustus

    At the more scenic southern end of Loch Ness stands the village of Fort Augustus, originally set up as a garrison after the Jacobite rebellion of 1715, and headquarters of General Wade's campaign to pacify the Highlands. Today Fort Augustus is a busy little place; full of monster-hunting tourists and boats using the flight of five locks to enter or leave Loch Ness on their journey along the Caledonian Canal.

Castle Visited

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