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2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

By: Rabbie's
  • 2-day trip from Edinburgh to Loch Ness and Inverness
  • Scenic drive through the Scottish Highlands
  • Visit and take an optional boat ride on spooky Loch Ness
2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
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Discover the Scottish Highlands on a leisurely 2-day trip from Edinburgh that includes overnight accommodation at a hotel or bed & breakfast. Visit two of Scotland’s most popular spots — Loch Ness and Inverness — during scenic drives among pine forests, dramatic castles and charming villages, with an optional boat ride on Loch Ness. Travel by minivan with a small group limited to 16 passengers for a personalized experience with your informative guide.
What to Expect
You’ll visit Inverness, Loch Ness and more during this scenic 2-day journey to the Scottish Highlands, departing from Edinburgh by comfortable minivan. Disembark along the way to explore historical villages and atmospheric castles tucked away in the woods, with an optional boat ride on Loch Ness in search of the mysterious Loch Ness Monster. 

Spend the night in Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands, with your choice of a single, twin or double room at a 3-star hotel or bed & breakfast (guesthouse) upon booking.

This small-group tour means you can reach out-of-the-way places, allowing you more time to discover genuine Scotland, with the added benefit of gaining intimate knowledge of the Scotland Highlands from a knowledgeable guide.

Day 1: Edinburgh – Inverness
Depart Edinburgh in the morning and take a leisurely stroll along the River Tay or explore the wooded grounds of the Hermitage to look for 18th-century follies such as Ossian's Cave. From here you will continue on to the popular holiday town of Pitlochry, where there will be free time to have lunch (own expense) in one of the local restaurants or cafes. 

Cross over the geological fault line, which separates the Lowlands from the Highlands, taking in views of the magnificent Highland scenery and passing the majestic Blair Castle before entering Cairngorm National Park. This unique area is one of the last remaining pockets of native Caledonian pine forest left standing. Your guide will stop in the ancient Rothiemurchus Estate to allow you time to fully appreciate the stunning views. 

Continue your journey north, arriving at Inverness in the early evening. You will be dropped off at your accommodation, and the evening is free for you to explore the capital of the Highlands.
Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in Inverness

Day 2: Inverness – Edinburgh 
After a leisurely breakfast, you will picked up from your Inverness accommodation and travel toward the famous Loch Ness. There will be stops along the way to take photos of the beautiful surrounding countryside. Upon arrival you will have the option to take a boat trip out on the loch (April to October; price not included) to look for Nessie the Loch Ness Monster, and take in views of Urquhart Castle, or you may stay on dry land to explore the castle's mighty ruins.

Journey south past Ben Nevis and Fort William to Glencoe. This haunting glen was the scene of a terrible massacre in 1692, where many of the Macdonald Clan died. The tour stops here for you to take in the unique atmosphere of this place. 

The return journey to Edinburgh takes you across the wild and remote Rannoch Moor and through the countryside around Stirling, before concluding in Edinburgh in the evening.
Reviews (243)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
We needed a different guide

After reading some other reviews, I realized that our guide was the most disappointing part of the tour. James did not give much commentary and regularly spoke only to those sitting at the front. He placed too much emphasis on Hollywood people and movies. There...More

Thank 161Johnson
Passport810120, Public Relations Manager at Rabbie's, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi there, We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed. We always include peer training for Guides who are learning new routes, but this should never impact on the passenger experience. We're very sorry to hear that you feel you did not get the full...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Amy was amazing!

We just came back from the 2-day Loch Ness and Inverness tour with Amy. What a fantastic trip! Amy is so knowledgeable and provides a wealth of information and history along the way. She was very attentive to our needs and wants and made every...More

Thank Denise T
Reviewed 1 week ago
2 days tour with Adam(7-8 Oct 2018

I took 2 day tour with rabbies on 7-8 October 2018.It a very good experience for my life.Every thing is exellent,comfortable van, very professional, frieadly and very kind guide(Adam), I woud like to say special thanks to the guide of rabbies tour that made me...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great guide, Awesome Tour!

Craig was our guide and driver for this tour. He was very knowledgeable about the history and little nuggets of details regarding all the places we visited. More importantly, he was very humourous and has a great personality. He kept us entertained throughout the bus...More

Thank Joy K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Sight seeing

Gavin was our amazing tour guide that made sure he made everyone on this tour happy. He catered to each individual person and had all the people interacting and becoming friends. Gavin showed us the best sights and experience! We will have to visit Scotland...More

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Δεσποινα Α
15 August 2018|
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Response from Visitman | Reviewed this property |
My departure time was 8.45am from Rabbies cafe in Waterloo Street in Edinburgh, although you would need to be there 15 minutes earlier. It included one overnight stop in Inverness, and arrived back at approx 7.30pm the... More
10 July 2018|
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Response from Happyfeet701 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! They stop at Doune Castle and the Clava Cairns (which was the inspiration for Outlander!)
Amanda A
3 July 2018|
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Response from Ernest F | Reviewed this property |
I only know the hotel. It is nice - a bit old and drab - but I have the sense it is one of the best in Inverness. I did not see the guest room I imagine it may, e.g., involve a shared bathroom. But I don't really know. I... More