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» Highland Lochs, Glens & Whisky Day Tour - Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

'This tour is great for those who enjoy forest walks, waterfalls, dramatic mountain views and learning about the art of making whisky, and you can try it too!.'


A journey through the Celtic heartlands in the central Highlands taking in the waterfalls in Birnam forest, Pitlochry, the Queen’s View and the splendour of Loch Tay, an area steeped in ancient history. You also visit Dewar's World of Whisky at the Aberfeldy distillery for a tour and tasting.

You travel over the Forth Road Bridge past Perth to Dunkeld and the Hermitage in Macbeth’s Birnam Wood for a forest walk amongst spectacular waterfalls and the tallest trees in the country. Then journey north for lunch at Pitlochry before travelling to see the Queen’s View on Loch Tummel.

Your afternoon continues with a visit to Dewar’s World of Whisky, before travelling the length of majestic Loch Tay, beneath the dramatic Ben Lawers, to Killin in romantic Glen Dochart with its impressive waterfalls. From here you journey through Rob Roy country past Stirling Castle on your way back to Edinburgh.


Whisky Tour
Lochs and Glens

Depart central Edinburgh at 09.00 and travel north over the Forth Road Bridge, passing one of Scotland's great engineering wonders - the Forth Rail Bridge. Continuing north into the Kingdom of Fife you pass Loch Leven castle where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567 and forced to abdicate from the throne.

Further on you will also pass Perth, the medieval capital of Scotland, before crossing the Highland Boundary Fault line, and the point where the scenery changes from the rolling farmland of the Lowlands to the forested hills and mountains of the Scottish Highlands. Surrounded by this beautiful scenery and on the banks of the River Tay is the Cathedral town of Dunkeld, your first stop of the day. Dunkeld was for many centuries the capital of the Christian Celtic Church, and its 13th century Cathedral reflects the once great importance of this quaint Highland village. From Dunkeld it's a short drive to the Hermitage, a fantastic woodland walk leading up to the Black Linn Falls where the River Braan cascades into a narrow gorge. Surrounded by some of Scotland's tallest trees and changing spectacularly in appearance throughout the seasons it's a great place at any time of year. You may even have the chance to see the spectacular sight of Salmon attempting to leap up the falls and on towards their spawning grounds.

Leaving the Hermitage you follow the wide valley of the River Tay towards the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry. You will spend around 1 hour here and you can visit the many great shops and restaurants or maybe even take a walk down towards Loch Faskally.

After lunch you take a scenic drive through the mountains of Highland Perthshire, first crossing over the Pass of Killiecrankie before a short stop at the Queen's View overlooking Loch Tummel. On a clear day the view here is stunning, looking over to the unmistakable peak of Schiehallion and beyond to the mountains of Glencoe. Continuing alongside Loch Tummel you then head over the hills and past the spectacular sixteenth century Castle Menzies towards the town of Aberfeldy and Dewars Whisky distillery**, where you can discover the secret of how Scotland's national drink is made. No visit to Scotland is complete without sampling a 'wee dram' and you will get the chance to taste some of the finished product. Known in the Gaelic as Uisge Beatha (or 'water of life') whisky has been produced for centuries in Scotland and the art is now close to perfection. Later you travel West into the ancient lands of Breadalbane, or the ‘High Country’ surrounding Loch Tay and make your way along the loch towards Killin. The small town is situated on the edge of the River Dochart and has the fantastic Falls of Dochart at its heart, flowing under the old bridge and past the ancient burial ground of the Clan MacNab who once dominated the area. After Killin you take a drive over the Braes of Balquhidder, the resting place of Highland outlaw Rob Roy MacGregor before passing Stirling Castle and Linlithgow Palace on your return journey to Edinburgh.


Return time - Approx 7.15pm

Adult Price: £44
Child Price: £41 (3 - 16 yrs)

This tour is great for those who enjoy forest walks, waterfalls, dramatic mountain views and learning about the art of making whisky, and you can try it too

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SCOTTISH DAY TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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~ Ancient capital of Dunkeld
~ Hermitage waterfalls
~ Pitlochry
~ Queen’s View
~ Dewar’s World of Whisky at Aberfeldy Distillery**
~ Loch Tay
~ Killin and Rob Roy country

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This full day tour departs every day from Central Edinburgh 8.30 am - 6pm.
This tour normally ends by 7.15pm
Adult Price: £44
Child Price: £41 (3 - 16 yrs)
 

Why choose these tours

On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people - guaranteed! Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful country. Our itineraries are carefullly planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road.

As we travel in smaller vehicles, we normally use the most scenic routes, where large coach are prohibited from travelling. Additionally, as our group sizes are smaller we are able to more time out of the vehicle. We also employ a the very best driver/guides


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We decided to book this tour at the last minute, and we were delighted with the choice. Duncan, the guide, made the tour really worthwhile with his insights into the history and culture. His presentation on Scottish words and vocabulary was brilliant. On the way back into Edinburgh Duncan gave a brief 'quiz' of the places we had visited and awarded a bottle of whisky to the winner! Really well done. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
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