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Edinburgh: Glenfinnan, Fort William, and Glencoe Day Tour

1. Edinburgh: Glenfinnan, Fort William, and Glencoe Day Tour

Try a Glenfinnan, Glencoe, and Fort William adventure, beginning in the heart of Edinburgh city center from Royal Mile. Take in the scenery of classic modern Hollywood films. Depart Edinburgh's bustling streets, pass some of its most iconic sights like Edinburgh Castle on your way out, and begin your journey north into the rugged Scottish Highlands. Stop for refreshments at the gateway to the Highlands in Callander before continuing to Glencoe. Drive through the land where James Bonds' Skyfall was filmed. See the backdrop to some scenes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Pause here for photos and to learn all about the history of Glencoe, including the massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692. From the atmospheric Glencoe, travel further along the banks of Loch Linnhe to the Highland town of Fort William, which sits at the foot of Britain's tallest mountain - Ben Nevis. Stop here to stretch your legs and have an early lunch break. Next, continue on to Glenfinnan Viaduct, the location of many Harry Potter scenes, encased by the shores of Loch Shiel. See the location of the Jacobite Steam Train, and of “Black Lake”. Take in the setting for the Triwizard Tournament, and the loch on which Hogwarts sits. Continue on to Glenfinnan Monument, which symbolizes one of the most important events in Scottish history; the 1745 Jacobite uprising. Next, departing Glenfinnan, you’ll begin your return journey to Edinburgh, stopping for refreshments at the small village of Pitlochry.

Edinburgh: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

2. Edinburgh: 3-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Discover Edinburgh’s historical, cultural, and architectural heritage on a small and intimate walking tour guided by one of the most knowledgeable locals possible. Stuart or Richard Usher, of Scotland's famous and historic House of Usher, or historians Dr. Alison Duncan and David Forsyth, will guide you through this beautiful city. You’ll see many of the city’s highlights, including Usher Hall and Edinburgh Castle (exterior). You’ll walk along the Royal Mile, view St. Giles Cathedral (exterior), and visit several of Edinburgh's famous landmarks. Your guide has an extensive knowledge of Edinburgh's history and architecture and the many famous people that the city has produced over the centuries. They will share their knowledge with you in an informative, personable, and enjoyable manner. Have no fear, as it won't all be serious stuff. Visit the Grassmarket, a place of thriving activity where street performers and buskers abound and which is home, since the 1400s, to merchants and street traders. Also, typically, where time allows, you will see Princes Street, Princes Street Gardens, the Scott Monument, George Street, and Charlotte Square.

Full-Day Custom Tour: Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands

3. Full-Day Custom Tour: Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands

When in the Highlands, you will feel at home. The further north, the wilder it gets. On this tour, you will enjoy beautiful scenery. Your driver/tour guide will be making stops for you to get great shots. As we mentioned before, it is a long tour, 330 miles, taking at least 10 hours to complete. We suggest you to do a two-days tour for the Highlands. But if you will not be able to do that. Make the most of your time by buying something to eat on the way during your quick stops. Because if you do spend time indoors in a restaurant or distillery, you would not have much time for enjoying the scenery and all the stops your driver/tour guide could make. You could always contact us and change the itinerary, swapping Loch Ness for a Loch not that far. This way you would have time to visit more attractions and make longer stops. PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT WE ARE BILINGUALS BUT WE DO NOT HAVE AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF GUIDES WHO SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE, UNFORTUNATELY : (. SO, WHEN BOOKING YOUR TOUR, PLEASE MAKE A REQUEST IF WE HAVE AVAILABLE GUIDES IN YOUR LANGUAGE. THANKS SO MUCH!!!

St Andrews, Dunnottar Castle & Falkland Tour in Spanish

4. St Andrews, Dunnottar Castle & Falkland Tour in Spanish

The first stop of your tour is just outside of Edinburgh at the South Queensferry. Here you will see the beautiful and spectacular works of industrial engineering, the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Forth Bridge. Then you will head to your next stop of the tour.  Your second stop of the tour is St. Andrews. This seaside town is known for being the home of golf, but that is not all. See the historic coastline and visit the beach where the mythical scene of Chariots of Fire was filmed. When you arrive your guide will take you on a walking tour of St. Andrews where you will learn about the history and tales of the town. You will then have free time to explore St. Andrews on your own. After exploring St. Andrews continues on to Dunnottar Castle. This castle is situated on a cliff facing the North Sea and is considered by many to be the most beautiful castle in Scotland. Then start heading back towards Edinburgh, stopping at the small village of Falkland along the way. This village is famous for its beauty and for being the perfect setting to represent Inverness in the Outlander series.

Edinburgh Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

5. Edinburgh Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Solve riddles on your smartphone as you explore some of the main tourist sights in Edinburg on this self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour in one. Join with friends or family and learn about the city as you go. To get started, simply download the tour app (instructions received via email after booking) and head over to the starting point at the Scott Monument. Choose to start the activity at any time. Use the map to navigate to each location as you complete challenges and pause at any time to take a break or do some sightseeing. As you explore, learn insider information about the city and attractions. Start your tour at the imposing Scott Monument! Visit the Royal Scottish Academy with its dreamlike architecture. Photograph Edinburgh Castle in its imposing form and marvel at the dreamy The Hub. The Grassmarket will amaze you, it is one of the busiest places in Edinburgh. Then Greyfriars Kirkyard awaits, don't forget to take pictures, famous for the story of Greyfriars faithful dog Bobby! St Giles' Cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent architecture. Admire Canongate Kirk, which is said to be miraculous and has a huge history. Learn about the Burns Monument built for the country's greatest artist and national symbol, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Calton Hill, a spot that is always busy and enchanting, with amazing views.

Edinburgh's Hidden Treasures Black Taxi Tour

6. Edinburgh's Hidden Treasures Black Taxi Tour

Explore Edinburgh in an iconic London taxi with a qualified tour guide. This is a family-friendly tour, with lots of photo stops, all in the comfort of your own private tour vehicle. From a Queen's castle to a witches well, this tour has something for everyone to see. From the moment you settle back into the taxi your guide is there to show and explain Edinburgh to you. See (exterior only) and learn about the history of Edinburgh Castle, visit the site of public executions and hear the chilling story of Burke and Hare, the famous murderers known as grave robbers. Listen to stories about Half Hangit Maggie Dickson and the Greyfriars Bobby, The Grand Old Duke of York. Follow in the footsteps of the rich and famous and also learn about the history of Scotch whiskey.

From Edinburgh: Private Customizable Highlands Driving Tour

7. From Edinburgh: Private Customizable Highlands Driving Tour

First, get picked up from your hotel in Edinburgh and climb into a private car or minivan to set off on your customizable tour. The route can be changed according to your personal interests and what you would like to see. There will be plenty of opportunities for photo stops throughout the journey. Venture into the Scottish Highlands and be blown away by the scenery, highland cattle, and castles that are older than some countries. Visit the graves of some of the most famous Scots who ever lived, namely Rob Roy McGregor.  Make a stop at the world-famous Deanston Whiskey Distillery, where you will have the option of touring the distillery or enjoying a tasting. Savor a sip of the 18-year-old single malt which comes thoroughly recommended.  If your feeling brave enough, have the chance to try haggis in one of the famous Scottish Gastropubs. Alternatively, have lunch in Deanston Distillery or the villages of Doune or Callander. Spend more time visiting the Scottish countryside or make a stop at Doune Castle - the choice is yours! Finally, return to Edinburgh where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

Edinburgh: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

8. Edinburgh: City Introduction in-App Guide & Audio

Walk through a beautiful route of the city, discover hidden gems and visit 10+ of the most important attractions and spots. Learn some introductory information about each place and interesting stories about the city in general. Download the ‘World City Trail ‘app from the store and login. Read the instructions and head to the starting location. Unlock photos of the exterior and the interior of the location. Listen or read some information regarding the attraction and continue walking to the next checkpoint. Note what you liked and did not like and create your bucket list for the next days! Start your walk any time, without a schedule. Pause it for lunch, have a drink, visit an attraction of your choice, and continue later or even another day. With the maps feature, you will never get lost. Start your tour at the imposing Scott Monument! Visit the Royal Scottish Academy with its dreamlike architecture. Photograph Edinburgh Castle in its imposing form and marvel at the dreamy The Hub. The Grassmarket will amaze you, it is one of the busiest places in Edinburgh. Then Greyfriars Kirkyard awaits, don't forget to take pictures, famous for the story of Greyfriars faithful dog Bobby! St Giles' Cathedral will leave you speechless with its magnificent architecture. Admire Canongate Kirk, which is said to be miraculous and has a huge history. Learn about the Burns Monument built for the country's greatest artist and national symbol, while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be Calton Hill(where the tour ends), a spot that is always busy and enchanting, with amazing views.

Edinburgh Private Tour

9. Edinburgh Private Tour

This eight-hour tour will include all of the most popular and main tourist attractions that Edinburgh has to offer, including some spots you will not find in any guide or tourist book. This tour is extremely popular with visitors who have plenty of time and want to see what Edinburgh and the Lothian's has to offer. You will take in Leith Links, The Scottish Parliament, The Palace of Holyrood House, St Giles, The Royal Mile and of course Edinburgh Castle. You will also be driven around Arthur Seat and the Crags for some of the most breathtaking views the city has to offer. Discover mystery and intrigue at the world famous Rosslyn Chapel. Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code put Rosslyn Chapel on the map, and visitors like you come from all over the world to see where the Da Vinci Code was filmed. This beautiful and mysterious building is known for its cryptic carvings and captivating legends about the Holy Grail, the Knights Templar, and Freemasonry.

Edinburgh: City Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

10. Edinburgh: City Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

Discover Edinburgh’s historical, cultural, and architectural heritage on a small and intimate walking tour guided by one of the most knowledgeable locals possible. Stuart or Richard Usher, of Scotland's famous and historic House of Usher, or professional historians Dr Alison Duncan and David Forsyth, will guide you through this beautiful city. You’ll see many of the city’s highlights, including Usher Hall and Edinburgh Castle (exterior). You’ll walk along the Royal Mile, view St. Giles Cathedral (exterior), and visit several of Edinburgh's famous landmarks. Your guide has an extensive knowledge of Edinburgh's history and architecture and the many famous people that the city has produced over the centuries. They will share their knowledge with you in an informative, personable, and enjoyable manner. Have no fear, as it won't all be serious stuff. You will visit the Grassmarket, a place of thriving activity where street performers and buskers abound and home, since the 1400s, to merchants and street traders. Discover John Knox's House & Scottish Storytelling Centre Also, you will see Princes Street, Princes Street Gardens, the Scott Monument, George Street and St Andrews Square. As an added perk, customize the tour to your liking and you can be met at your city-centre hotel and finish the tour at a destination of your choice.

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4.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

We really enjoyed our day trip. We had some amazing views - we were also lucky enough to see snow in the hylands - which was beautiful. My favourite part was visiting one of the scenes of Harry Potter (The dark lake and the train structure.) The only downside was the jacobite train does not operate during the winter season. But it was still beautiful and nostalgic. Kenny was our guide - he kept is informed of history and interesting facts with a funny sense of humor. Would definatly recommend!

Absolutely fantastic walking tour, which I highly recommended. Dr Alison Duncan is an absolute font of knowledge on the history and evolution of both Edinburgh and Scotland in general. Her explanation of the geography (volcanic plugs, path of glaciers) gave wonderful context. Alison was not only knowledgeable but also bubbling with enthusiasm that was absolutely contagious! Alison, as promised, both Madeline & I each had a dram (a Dalwhinie and a Talasker) and raised them in your honour.

Had a wonderful day on our Glenfinnan, Fort William, and Glencoe Day Tour. The early start and long day were well worth it for the amazing views. Our tour guide and driver, Brian, was great fun and extremely knowledgeable about Scottish history and the places we were visiting and passing along the way. A few dad jokes in there as well to keep us entertained! Thoroughly recommended!

How we enjoyed our day trip with tour guide Kenny. We were lucky with the weather and got to see a lot of beautiful things. Go home with fantastic photos. Everything was neatly arranged and Kenny knew a lot to tell, had humor and was involved. Would definitely recommend this tour. The day flew by way too quickly. Thank you Kenny!

Very good way to see the Highlands especially during winter. Our guide was super knowledgable. Beautiful scenery!