Small group Loch Ness Tour *16 Passengers Maximum*
Our journey North begins…
Your small group tour begins taking you past the beautiful city of Stirling
and its stunning castle, which is one of the most important castles, both historically and architecturally, in Scotland. Several Scottish Kings and Queens have been crowned at Stirling, including Mary Queen of Scots. Not far away from here, William Wallace had one of his greatest triumphs at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in September 1297. His exploits were dramatised in the award-winning film Braveheart, starring Mel-Gibson. On this journey you may even catch a glimpse of the Wallace Monument
as we pass by this historic town.
Relive the Glen Coe massacre…
As we head further north we’ll reach Glen Coe
, broodingly beautiful and steeped in history. It is in the centre of an extinct volcano which exploded millions of years ago, leaving the rocky mountainous place we see today. As you stand at the mouth of the glen, with its majestic mountains, hypnotising waterfalls and enchanting lochs, you’ll feel the past come to life as our guide tells you about the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan. The other side of Glen Coe is Rannoch Moor
, one of the last great wildernesses – 50 square miles of peatbog and marsh, and a site of special scientific interest. It is also where part of the James Bond film ‘Skyfall’ was filmed. Along this journey your driver guide will find the perfect spot for a photo stop.
Nessie spotting on the shores of Loch Ness…
Leaving Glen Coe behind, our next stop of the day will be Loch Ness
, justly famous all over the world for its beauty and mystery. Loch Ness is the largest body of water in Britain by volume, incredibly, all lakes and rivers of England and Wales would fit in it. With these dimensions, it’s not surprising that a monster is believed to live in the depth of the Loch. The famous “Nessie”
was first seen by St. Columba in the mid-6thcentury. But it wasn’t until the 1930s that the mysterious creature came to widespread notice when it was seen again by an American couple. Since then there have been thousands of sightings and who knows, maybe you will be the next to spot it? Here we’ll visit the pretty village of Fort Augustus
. You’ll have the option to join a cruise*
for a spot of monster hunting and take in stunning views of Loch Ness as well as journey past Cherry Island and the striking Fort Augustus Abbey. If you’d prefer to keep your feet planted on the ground explore the town or walk part of the 60-mile Caledonian Canal
which links Inverness to Fort William. From here we’ll begin to make our journey south.
A journey through the Cairngorms National Park…
Enjoy the stunning scenery as we travel via the spectacular and unique wilderness of the Cairngorms National Park
, located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands and the location of a quarter of Scotland’s native forests. Catch a glimpse of the highest area in Scotland, home to five out of six of the UK’s highest mountains or possibly even a wildcat. This mountain district is the home to most Scotland’s Wildcats. We may be lucky enough to even see some snow! It’s known that more people come to ski in these mountains than any other ski resort in the UK.
Highland towns and famous bridges…
Continuing south, we’ll head to the geographical centre of Scotland and one of the gateways to the Highlands, Pitlochry, perched on the banks of the River Tummel. Pitlochry
has been a tourist centre since 1860s thanks to Queen Victoria and Sir Walter Scott, who popularised the Highlands that boomed with the railways of the 1870s. From here we’ll then continue our journey south back to Edinburgh’s City Centre where we’ll see the amazing Forth Railway Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as Scotland’s newest bridge, the spectacular Queensferry crossing.