The Best of Scotland in a Day Minicoach Tour from Edinburgh

Now in its 14th year, this tour combines all that’s great about Scotland into a short day out – a castle, mountains, lochs, photo opportunities, a riverside walk, a battlefield, history, heroes and highland cows.  Enjoy lots of time off the bus as part of a guaranteed small group (maximum 16 passengers), perfect for those who want to experience Highland scenery and nature at a relaxing pace. Departs Tuesdays and Fridays from March to October.

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Highlights: Dunkeld Cathedral, Blair Castle, Queen's View - famous Highland viewpoint, Kenmore and Loch Tay, The Hermitage woodland and waterfall walk


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Our route to the Highlands takes us past Loch Leven and the fair city of Perth before arriving at the picturesque village of Dunkeld. Here you can stroll through quaint narrow streets and/or visit Dunkeld Cathedral (free of charge).  Dedicated to St Columba and beautifully located beside the River Tay, a visit to this historic church is a delightful way to start the day.

We continue to Blair Castle, a famous Highland fortress with a 700 year history incorporating the Jacobite Rebellions, the disaster at Culloden and Mary Queen of Scots. Hear about Queen Victoria’s love affair with the Scottish Highlands and her role in creating the only legally recognised private army in Europe - the Atholl Highlanders.

As well as a fascinating castle tour the beautiful gardens include a herd of highland cattle, red squirrels and St Bride’s Kirk - final resting place of ‘Bonnie’ Dundee, one of Scotland’s great heroes.

Lunch is available in the castle restaurant.  Admission prices: castle and gardens - adult £9.90, discount £8.40; gardens only - £5.45.

A scenic drive takes us to the beauty spot and battlefield of Killiecrankie Gorge.

Here the Jacobite army, commanded by John Graham of Claverhouse (‘Bonnie’ Dundee), used the famous ‘Highland Charge’ to inflict a heavy defeat on the British Redcoat army in 1689. Our next stop is Queen’s View, the much-admired Highland vista along Loch Tummel towards Schiehallion mountain and the distant peaks of Glen Coe.We then drive through some of the oldest inhabited areas of prehistoric Scotland to the beautiful loch-side village of Kenmore.

Here in the ‘Heart of Scotland’ there are wonderful photo opportunities of the Lawers mountain range, Loch Tay and the famous reconstructed crannog – an Iron Age homestead built on stilts in the water and unique to Scotland.

From Kenmore we follow the River Tay, Scotland’s longest, past the Aberfeldy Malt Distillery to finish our day at The Hermitage. This lovely riverside walk takes us past one of the tallest trees in Britain to a spectacular waterfall and viewpoint where salmon can often be seen leaping the falls. A lovely way to finish the day.


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Towns Visited on the Tour:

Kenmore, Dunkeld, Aberfeldy

Castle Visited

Blair Castle


Lunch, refreshments and entry to visitor attractions are not included.

Min Age

5 years

Tour Vehicle Type

Mini Coach

Departure Point

All tours depart from Bus Stand ZE (previously Bus Stand E),Waterloo Place, Edinburgh

Departure Time

Check in: 08:45 hrs Departs 09:00 hrs

Expected return Time


Duration of Tour

Full Day

Months of Operation

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Rates & Dates

Ticket Price (Per Person )
Season Type
  Standard Tour Ticket Concession Tour Ticket
March to October
£40.00 £37.00

Departs Tuesdays and Fridays from 1st April 2014 to 31st October 2014.

Booking Notes

  • Prices are quoted per person per tour
  • PLEASE NOTE: Prices shown are for transport and driver-guide only.
  • Concession prices are offered to persons over the age of 60, students and children under the age of 12
  • This tour only operates on certain days of the week 
  • Any booking is subject to our Booking Terms.