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  • From Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle

    1. From Inverness: Loch Ness Cruise and Urquhart Castle

    Cruise on Loch Ness and visit Urquhart Castle on this coach and boat tour that transports you directly from Inverness city center to the legendary Loch Ness. You’ll learn everything there is to know about the stirring past of these famous shores as you relax on a guided coach tour. After departing from Inverness by coach, you will drive to Loch Ness. Once you arrive, hop on board a boat to cruise across the Loch’s world-famous waters. Keep an eye on the sonars for a blip that could be Nessie! There is a fully stocked bar on board and a selection of Scottish snacks. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are also served, should you require a little warming up. Once you are back on shore, explore the historic ruins of the once mighty stronghold of Urquhart Castle. After you have seen the castle, relax on the coach as you make the return drive to Inverness city center.

    Beautiful way to see Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle. Really interesting tour and alot of fun

  • Loch Ness: Urquhart Castle Round-Trip Cruise

    2. Loch Ness: Urquhart Castle Round-Trip Cruise

    Climb aboard a small cruise boat for a truly inspiring tour of Loch Ness, departing from Clansman Harbour, just south of Inverness, and sailing as far as Urquhart Castle and back. Once on board, you will sail to the heart of Loch Ness, famous around the world for its mysterious - and elusive - monster. A selection of Scottish produce, as well as hot and cold snacks are available to purchase from the bar, if you fancy a wee dram as you cruise. Boats also have free WiFi for your convenience. Soak up the stunning mountain views as you cruise to the remains of Urquhart Castle, the envy of Scotland’s romantic ruins. Once you reach the blunt peninsula of Urquhart Bay, the boat will turn around and sail at back to Clansman Harbour.

    On-time, polite staff, leisurely cruise with informative commentary during the cruise

  • Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

    3. Edinburgh: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands Tour

    Head for the Highlands, whether in search of the Loch Ness Monster or just a scenic day trip from Edinburgh. After pickup from the meeting point, relax on your group’s bus and listen to the guide’s entertaining commentary.

    Your first stop is Kilmahog for an introduction to the famous Highland Cows and a cup of coffee. If you’ve ever asked yourself what a ‘hairy coo’ is, this is a real treat. 

    Next, travel up the road to Glencoe. Enjoy a 10-minute photo stop here as the unforgettable Highland views wow you.

    Lunch is then in Fort William, where your guide can advise you on where’s best to eat. If interested in the mysteries of the kilt, you can even get a ‘wee’ kilt introduction here. Then be whisked to Loch Ness itself.

    Best of all, customize your experience at Loch Ness with perso...

    It was really amazing. The tour guide (Neil) was very accommodating and most importantly, he is very informative about the places that we're going to. It was a smooth sailing tour and would recommend it to my friends as well.

  • Inverness: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

    4. Inverness: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

    Join an open-top double-decker bus tour for an insight into the development of the city from the original street between Castle and Kirk, with the oldest building Abertarff House, to the recently completed Highland Archive Center. Inverness has had 5 castles through the centuries with many famous visitors, not all welcome, Macbeth, Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie among them. Plan your day from the top of a double-decker bus, with 360-degree panoramic views of the city. Visit the many churches, including St Andrews Cathedral, one of local architect Dr Alexander Ross’s finest buildings. On the Western outskirts of the city, see Tomnahurich Hill and the Caledonian Canal, hop-off for great panoramic views of Kessock Bridge, The Black Isle and the Inverness Firth out to Fort George. Discover the flight of 5 locks at Muirtown, constructed in 1822 by Thomas Te...

    Kids enjoyed it although I thought the descriptive audio poor. So many things could have been included. Didn’t even mention Eden Court!! That’s awful. Also the descriptions were not clear and often not at the correct places. Get the drivers to talk as they can inject some fun into the day. We should have been told to ring bell if we wanted to stop. Been on many red buses and don’t think we had to ring the bell. We had a great day nevertheless.

  • From Inverness: Complete Loch Ness 1-Day Experience

    5. From Inverness: Complete Loch Ness 1-Day Experience

    Depart Inverness and journey to the deep freshwater lake of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands, where, on arrival, you will head to the Clansman Hotel for an optional boat trip across the water. Cruise around the loch for stunning views of the surrounding scenery, and get the chance to see Urquhart Castle from a different perspective. Look for the legendary Loch Ness Monster to work up an appetite, and then enjoy a delicious lunch at a nearby restaurant. Venture on with a gentle drive to Invermoriston, where you can go on a scenic stroll that showcases flowing rivers, an ancient summerhouse and the ruins of a picturesque stone bridge. Continue to the wee village of Fort Augustus, nestled between Loch Ness and the 60-mile Caledonian Canal. Journet back towards Inverness, stopping for short walks and coffee breaks at the scenic villages of Foyers and Dores before your estimated arrival ...

    Excellent tour. Duncan was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and even played a few tunes! Would recommend

  • From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour

    6. From Edinburgh: Outlander Adventure Day Tour

    After leaving Edinburgh at 9:15 AM you will travel back in time as your driver guides you over the Queensferry Crossing to Culross. This virtually-unchanged 16th century village overlooks the sea and poses as the fictional town of Cranesmuir. You have time to visit Claire’s herb garden, explore the palace, or wander the ancient streets while you imagine what life must have been like 400 years ago. You will journey past Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument to Doune Castle, or as it’s called in Outlander, Castle Leoch. This formidable building gives you an insight into the living conditions of a Scottish earl in the 14th century. You can also listen to an excellent audio guide about how this castle was used as a filming location for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Your next stop is Linlithgow Palace. Here you have time to enjoy beautiful views to the Forth bridges, have a picnic by...

    It would have made life easier if we had paid £10 more and had tickets pre-purchased for Midhope and Blackness castles. Our guide Barbara was knowledgeable and entertaining and also an excellent driver. I really enjoyed the day.

  • From Glasgow: Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glencoe & Mallaig Tour

    7. From Glasgow: Glenfinnan Viaduct, Glencoe & Mallaig Tour

    Leaving Glasgow, travel to Tarbet on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond. Here, take in the beautiful loch views. Following the full length of Loch Lomond, continue on to Rannoch Moor. Passing Buachaille Etive Mor which featured in James Bond’s Skyfall, continue through the famous Glencoe Valley with its spectacular views. At Fort William, join the romantic ‘Road to the Isles’ to Mallaig. Pass Loch Eilt which you may recognize as the location in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" where Hagrid skimmed stones. Dumbledore’s final resting place was also shot at Eilean na Moine nearby. It is then time to dip your toes in the sand during a photo stop at the Silver Sands of Morar.  Take a 90-minute lunch stop at Mallaig (not included), where you can try local fish and chips. Then, continue to Glenfinnan and enjoy 1 hour to explore at your own pace. Take in the unmissable views with the majesti...

    It was a good, wonderful to see Glencoe, Mallaig and Glenfinnan. It was a shame the weather didn't improve through the day, however that's the Highlands for you.

  • Edinburgh: Glenfinnan, Mallaig, and Glencoe Tour

    8. Edinburgh: Glenfinnan, Mallaig, and Glencoe Tour

    Depart Edinburgh and travel northwest, stopping for a coffee and refreshments at a small highland village. Traveling onwards, reach Glencoe, known to many as the location for the Massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692. Take photos of this beautiful area whilst you learn about its turbulent past. After Glencoe, travel further north to Fort William. Stop for refreshments and perhaps a bite to eat before journeying down the Road to the Isles. Learn about the history of the area as you approach Mallaig, where you will spend time enjoying lunch and its sea views. From Mallaig, travel eastwards to the main attraction, Glenfinnan. Arrive right on time to see the Jacobite Steam Train (also known as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter Films) cross the bridge. Not only will you enjoy this iconic view, but the site is also known as the setting for many Harry Potter scenes, including Loch Shi...

    This experience was just brilliant and I am so happy I decided to book this tour!! At first a full day of travelling around the Highlands seemed a bit daunting but it was so informative and entertaining, that time flew by! In the future, I would love to book a longer tour with Timberbush Tours. Our guide was the incredibly knowledgeable Andrew T. Andrew was fantastic guide (and also a very smooth driver) and his stories gave the tour a personal touch. We learned so much and I genuinely feel like my trip to Scotland was enriched by this experience. Thank you Andrew T, we can’t wait to return!

  • From Inverness: Loch Ness and The Highlands Tour

    9. From Inverness: Loch Ness and The Highlands Tour

    Leave Inverness in the morning and follow the beautiful Caledonian Canal to its source at Loch Ness. The loch is home to the famous Loch Ness monster, affectionately known as Nessie. You'll spend most of the morning at Loch Ness, allowing plenty of time to look for Nessie. Choose to take a 5-star cruise across the loch to Urquhart Castle. If you’d rather see the loch from the shore, then stay on board the bus and your driver will take you to Urquhart Castle. Explore the ruins of the castle, enjoy the visitor center, and soak up the atmosphere of Scotland’s most famous Loch. Your tour continues to Invermoriston, where you'll pause to take photos of the bridge and Columbus Well. Afterwards, journey to Fort Augustus, the furthermost point of your full-day Highlands tour. Fort Augustus is a small town of only 650 people and a perfect spot to watch boats passing through the Caledonian Canal ...

    The driver was very informative and took the time and effort to make the trip enjoyable

  • Aberfeldy: 4-Hour Water Rafting on Scotland's River Tay

    10. Aberfeldy: 4-Hour Water Rafting on Scotland's River Tay

    Feel the excitement of this adrenaline-fuelled white water rafting tour in the heart of one of the most picturesque countries in the world. This River Tay white water rafting tour is the most popular tour in Scotland, and is set on the largest river in the UK (by volume). Flowing through Aberfeldy, to Grandtully where the tour ends. The river continues on its way to Perth and then Dundee. Suitable for everyone aged eight and upwards, each raft is fully and safely led by a trained trip leader, and safety is covered in a comprehensive brief prior to the tour. During the tour, you'll learn and practice safety drills well before the most intense spots, ensuring a fun, safe experience for everyone. From the end of the tour, near Dundee, you will be transported back to Aberfeldy by coach to see the photography included in the ticket price.

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What people are saying about Scottish Highlands

Do it! Honestly I booked this tour under duress. My son wanted to look for Nessie (eye roll) and I didn't want to spend all that time on the bus. But the hours on the bus passed very quickly. Stuart, our tour guide and driver, was a very erudite and entertaining host. He talked about films, music, books and history and geography in a very interesting and low key way. And of course we get to get off the bus to see a very beautiful part of the world. I really recommend it.

Was on this tour on Saturday, 25 September…… absolutely brilliant. Our guide regaled us with beautiful stories about the history of Scotland, the story of Robert the Bruce…. Absolutely captivating. The bus was super comfy, and the driver absolutely brilliant. Excellent value for money. Our tour guide was Andrew G and the Driver Jim D. Very well done guys!!!!!!!

Amazing never done a tour would definitely do again…. thank you for a lovely day …: this. Makes your holiday even more special and you get so much history about the place thank you

I had fun with the tour.Andrew,our tour guide was a great storyteller.He made the long trip so much fun. Overall,it was a good value for money.

Andrew J and Jim were amazing, very funny they made the experience enjoyable!!