2 Days - Highlands & Loch Ness

On our 2 Days Highlands and Loch Ness Tour is a fantastic tour to sample the Scotland scenery.

we take you into highland Perthshire and a walk to The Hermitage at Dunkeld and its beautifullly scenic waterfall before stopping at the victorian Town of Pitlochry. Journeying on, we make a stop at Blair Castle or why not visit Edradour Distillery, one of the smallest whisky distilleries in Scotland. As we continue north, we enter the Cairngorm National Park as we make our way to the Culloden Battlefield, site of the last pitch battle between Scottish and English forces and the demise of Prince Charles Edward Stewart’s Jacobite rebellion. A short distance later and we visit the Clava Cairns and 3000 year old standing stones. 

After an overnight stay in Inverness, we travel south through the Great Glen. Our first stop is Urquhart Castle, one of Scotlands largest medieval fortresses on the banks of Loch Ness. Continuing through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus and where the Caledonian Canal meets Loch Ness. Having seen the northern end of the Canal, we make our way south, stopping at the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge. Back at sea-level, we stop for views of Ben Nevis at “Neptune’s Staircase” in Corpach before heading to the eerie Glencoe, where we stop for lunch.

Moving on, we travel through Glencoe and over the ancient Rannoch Moor as we journey to Glen Falloch and onwards to the bonnie Banks of loch Lomond. We stop at the conservation village of Luss, with great views over the loch to Ben Lomond, one of Scotland’s tallest mountains.

It is now time to travel to your hotel.

 

what to expect

DAY 1  – The Hermitage – Pitlochry – Blair Castle – Culloden – Inverness

We then make our way from the Central Lowlands of Scotland and quickly see a terrain change into “big tree” Perthshire. Where better to experience this than a stop at The Hermitage in Dunkeld, created by the 3rd Duke of Atholl in the 18th century. As we stroll along we come to Ossian’s Hall overlooking a beautiful waterfall.

Our next stop is the Victorian town of Pitlochry, where we will stop of lunch and possibly browse in the shops.

As we continue north towards Inverness, we visit Blair Castle.  The home of the Atholl family for 700years.

Still travelling north, we leave the big trees behind and enter the Cairngorm National Park. We head for Culloden Battlefield, the site of the last stance of the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion and the last pitched battle on British soil. It also have a very modern and informative visitor centre.

A short distance away and we arrive at the 5000 year old Clava Cairns burial ground with its standing stones.

From here we have a short drive to your hotel in Inverness.

DAY 2 – Loch Ness – Glencoe – Loch Lomond

No visit to Inverness would be complete without a visit to Loch Ness, so our first stop is Urquhart Castle, sitting on a headland on the banks of the loch.

It is now time to take the scenic route through the Great Glen as we make our way towards Fort William. We will a stop at “Neptunes Staircase”, the southern end of the Caledonian Canal, which connects the west coast at Banavie with the east coast at Inverness. It is also the ideal place to get a great view of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.

As we pass through the Town of Fort William, we shortly arrive at Glencoe! The “Glen of the Weeping” is hauntingly stunning. Its place in Scottish history is made famous when in 1692 the Clan Campbell accepted the hospitality of the Clan MacDonald only to murder them as the slept.

We now journey over Rannoch Moor and descend into Tyndrum, on our way towards Loch Lomond and Trossach National Park.

Loch Lomond is the largest lake (Lochs in Scotland) on the British Mainland, with stunning scenery. We will stop at the conservation village of Luss and enjoy views over the loch with Ben Lomond as a backdrop on the other side of the loch.

As we leave Luss we can enjoy the scenery as we journey to your hotel in Glasgow or Edinburgh.