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Edinburgh: Glenfinnan, Mallaig, and Glencoe Tour

1. 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 Shiel. From Glenfinnan, travel southwards, stopping for refreshments at the small village of Pitlochry before returning to Edinburgh, where your tour ends.

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4-Day Outlander Trail From Edinburgh

2. 4-Day Outlander Trail From Edinburgh

Leave Edinburgh and begin following the trail of the best-known film locations featured in the Outlander TV Series. Your first stop is the charming village of Culross. You continue to the small town of Falkland to relive the first scenes of the show, where Falkland substitutes for 1940s Inverness. In the early afternoon you stop at the Newtonmore Highland Folk Museum, which houses replicas of 18th century turf-roofed Highland crofts. These were used as a setting in the first episode of the show. You then pass Aviemore, where you may recognise the stunning hilly and wooded area of Tulloch Ghru. You arrive in Inverness later that afternoon, which will be your base for the next two nights.  Day 2 starts by visiting Culloden, which plays an important role in Scottish history and the Outlander books. It’s at the Culloden Battlefield where Claire and Jamie said their tearful goodbyes, before Jamie joined the Jacobite army to fight for the Stuarts. You have the opportunity to explore the visitor center and site, and pay tribute to those who lost their lives at the last battle fought on British soil. You then take a short drive to the ancient standing stones at Clava Cairns. After lunch, head continue to Castle Leod, “home of the Clan MacKenzie”, where you can enjoy a relaxing walk. The castle resembles the way that Diana Gabaldon described Castle Leoch, though she had never heard of this building prior to writing Outlander. A short drive takes you to Beauly, the site of Beauly Priory and the tomb of Lord Lovat in the heart of Clan Fraser lands. Beauly priory is a beautiful 13th-century ruin and where the Lovat Frasers are buried in Diana Gabaldon’s book. In the afternoon, you can sample ‘The Water of Life’ with a whisky distillery tour and tasting. Afterwards, return to Inverness with time to explore the town and enjoy the city for another evening. Day 3 starts with a visit to the majestic Glen Affric. Lochs, mountains and pine forests: this is one of Scotland’s most glorious glens. You then continue along the entire length of Loch Ness and through the Great Glen before heading to Glenfinnan. It stands framed by typically spectacular Highland scenery and bedside a section of the Jacobite Steam Train railway line famously used as the Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter. Your overnight stop is in Fort William underneath the shadow of Britain’s tallest mountain, Ben Nevis. Day 4 begins with a magnificent drive through Glencoe, across the rugged Trossachs area onto Doune Castle. The castle is an extensive ruin that represents Castle Leoch in the TV program. Later, you have a photo stop at Blackness Castle on the banks of the Firth of Forth. This was used as the set for Fort William in the show and appears in many other movies because of its beautiful setting and thickly fortified walls. After your medieval adventure, you'll return to Edinburgh in the early evening.

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Inverness: Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Loch Ness Tour

3. Inverness: Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Loch Ness Tour

See some superb Highland sights on this 1-day excursion from Inverness, and keep an eye out for the Loch Mess monster. Begin your day out from Inverness, by hopping on board the coach and heading for Urquhart Castle. Spend time for refreshments and photos at the Castle, located on the banks of Loch Ness. From Mallaig, travel to Fort Augustus for a refreshing break, and then to Commando Memorial for a photo stop before heading for the beautiful Glenfinnan Viaduct, well known for the Hogwarts Express Harry Potter Train. Enjoy an hour here to soak up the atmosphere, and get your camera ready for a photo of the train when it crosses the bridge. Then, travel westwards on the picturesque Road to the Isles and arrive in the harbour village of Mallaig in time for lunch. Spend time exploring its harbour and beautiful sea views. From Mallaig, travel to Fort Augustus for a refreshment break, and then on to the Falls of Foyers; an impressive waterfall. Your final stop of the day is Dores Beach; located at the north of Loch Ness. Pause here for time to explore its sandy beach and go Nessie hunting, before returning to Inverness.

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From Edinburgh: Day Tour, Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Loch Shiel

4. From Edinburgh: Day Tour, Glenfinnan, Glencoe, Loch Shiel

Depart from Edinburgh with your guide, the tour travels past Stirling and stops for morning refreshments in the bustling Highland town of Callander. Explore the high street filled with tearooms and small shops. Continue north through Rannoch Moor, one of Europe's last wildernesses. Stop to admire the beauty of Glencoe and take time to capture a photo or two. Afterward, recharge at Glencoe Visitor Centre with lunch.  Learn about the everyday life of 17th-century Scottish people in the nearby Turf House, before heading to Glenfinnan, home to both the Glenfinnan Viaduct, or as some may know it, the 'bridge to Hogwarts', and the Glenfinnan Monument. From April - October there's a chance to view the Jacobite Steam Train as it crosses the viaduct, a spectacular experience. At the foot of the monument is Loch Shiel, also featured in the Harry Potter films, as part of the lake of Hogwarts Castle. Stop here to take in this landscape and learn a little about its history too.  Lastly while departing Glenfinnan the tour travels through Fort William and across the country to Pitlochry. Relax for a while in this Victorian town, a great place to enjoy evening refreshments before returning to Edinburgh.

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Glasgow: Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Glencoe Tour

5. Glasgow: Glenfinnan, Mallaig and Glencoe Tour

Enjoy a day tour exploring the Port of Mallaig, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, and reach Glenfinnan Viaduct right on time to see the Jacobite Steam Train (also known as the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express) crossing the tall bridge. Depart Glasgow and travel north, 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 Shiel. From Glenfinnan, travel southwards, stopping for refreshments before reaching Luss for Loch Lomond. Spend time here to enjoy the beautiful lochside views before returning to Glasgow.

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What people are saying about Glenfinnan

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 18 reviews

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!

My wife and I went on the Mallaig and glenfinnan tour. Paul our guide/driver was fantastic, he was knowledgable about the whole area. He made time at the start and during to get to know as many of the passenger as possible. We would definitely recommend to everyone and would definitely use them ourselves again 5/5

Amazing experience. It was about 370 miles travel. But definitely not tiresome. Adrian, or guide and driver was a delight. His way of explaining and telling the things was very interesting. Enough stops for refreshments. Looking to come back again.

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

FABULOUS. I can’t wait to travel to the highlands again.