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Full-Day Custom Tour: Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands

1. Full-Day Custom Tour: Loch Ness, Glencoe and Highlands

When in the Highlands you will feel at home. The further north, the wilder it gets. On this tour, you will enjoy the scenery, Highland hospitality and various activities (which you can choose) along the way such as walking, distillery/brewery hopping, monster hunting, stuffing your face or whatever takes your fancy. Do not forget that during the tour you are not led, you lead and the tour is yours! Your tour can be adapted and changed according to your interests. If you can’t look at another castle during the trip, and want to skip one attraction to see another, or want to stay in one place for longer it is completely up to you. On the day of your tour, you will be provided with a list of all attractions along the way which are often not mentioned in tour guides so you have a chance to see something else.

From Edinburgh: Private Customizable Highlands Driving Tour

2. From Edinburgh: Private Customizable Highlands Driving Tour

First, get picked up from your hotel in Edinburgh and climb into a private car or minivan to set off on your customizable tour. The route can be changed according to your personal interests and what you would like to see. There will be plenty of opportunities for photo stops throughout the journey. Venture into the Scottish Highlands and be blown away by the scenery, highland cattle, and castles that are older than some countries. Visit the graves of some of the most famous Scots who ever lived, namely Rob Roy McGregor.  Make a stop at the world-famous Deanston Whiskey Distillery, where you will have the option of touring the distillery or enjoying a tasting. Savor a sip of the 18-year-old single malt which comes thoroughly recommended.  If your feeling brave enough, have the chance to try haggis in one of the famous Scottish Gastropubs. Alternatively, have lunch in Deanston Distillery or the villages of Doune or Callander. Spend more time visiting the Scottish countryside or make a stop at Doune Castle - the choice is yours! Finally, return to Edinburgh where you will be dropped off back at your hotel and the tour concludes.

From Edinburgh: Private Tour of the Highlands & Isle of Skye

3. From Edinburgh: Private Tour of the Highlands & Isle of Skye

Enjoy this private tour with your family, friends, or alone, accompanied by a personal guide. Travel around Scotland’s castles, highlands, and the Island of Skye in the comfort of an automobile. Sip Scotland’s famed whiskey at the Talisker Distillery and discover Loch Ness and its famed Nessie. After departing Edinburgh, take in the unique beauty of highland wildlife and the majestic village of Glencoe. This leg of the trip passes by Stirling and Doune Castles and has plenty of spots for photos and short walks. Enjoy your first night in the coastal city of Oban, Scotland's seafood capital. On the second day, stop by Loch Morar and go to the Island of Skye and spend the night in Portree. Relax and enjoy a dram of whisky in the oldest working distillery on the island: Talisker Distillery. Explore picturesque outdoors sites such as the Fairy Pools, Quiraing, and the Old Man of Storr. On the third day, make your way to the capital of the Highlands: Inverness. Take advantage of this opportunity to visit Eilean Donan and Urquhart Castles and the famous Loch Ness. The route around Inverness is blessed with a number of lakes and glens and has featured in a number of movies. On the final day, make your way back to Edinburgh, traveling across some national parks and stopping at scenic waterfalls. There are plenty of shops to buy authentic Scottish souvenirs and take home a memento with you. PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THAT WE ARE BILINGUALS BUT WE DO NOT HAVE AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF GUIDES/DRIVERS WHO SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE UNFORTUNATELY : (. SO WHEN BOOKING YOUR TOUR PLEASE MAKE A REQUEST REGARDING IF WE HAVE AVAILABLE GUIDES IN YOUR LANGUAGE. IF WE CONFIRM THAT YOUR GUIDE WILL SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE, THEN YOU WILL HAVE A GUIDE WHO SPEAKS YOUR LANGUAGE. WE WILL TRY OUR BEST! CHEERS, THANKS SO MUCH!!!

Edinburgh: Outlander Locations Tour

4. Edinburgh: Outlander Locations Tour

The Outlander television series first aired in 2014 as an adaptation of the 7 historical multi-genre novels by Diana Gabaldon. The literary locations are situated in the Scottish highlands, while the filming locations dramatized in the TV series can be reached as part of a day tour from either Edinburgh or Glasgow. Visit Jamie and Claire's homeland on the Outlander Tour and get the chance to see iconic sites from the first series courtesy of your very own expert. As part of the Outlander Tour, guests will also hear readings from Outlander at certain locations. Your local guide, a fan of both the books and TV series and a former member of the Scottish BAFTA, will discuss information from the Outlander TV series, show you how the books and reality differ and recall incredible tales of legend and local history that could come right out of the books. Your first destination of the day will be the Highland village of Cranesmuir. In reality this is a picturesque 6th-century village on the Firth of Forth, featured on screen as the home of Geillis Duncan and her husband Arthur. In the same village, find the beautiful herb garden where Claire's garden was filmed. From here, head to the 13th-century castle in central Scotland used for Castle Leoch, home to Colum MacKenzie and the central point for the whole of Clan MacKenzie. This beautiful location was damaged during the Jacobite Rebellion. See the Railway Station, where Claire and Frank alighted from the train and Captain Jack Randall’s Stronghold. Finally its off to the 15th-century castle featured on screen as Lallybroch — Jamie Fraser's childhood home. As this is a private property, this tour is a great way to access the beautiful location, which was also used for the scene where Jamie is arrested. Your Outlander tour finishes back at your hotel/pick up point in Glasgow or Edinburgh in the early evening.

Private Scottish Lowlands Countryside Tour

5. Private Scottish Lowlands Countryside Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation by your knowledgeable local guide. Drive to Trossachs National Park to take in some of the most breathtaking views in Scotland. See the famous Loch Venachar backed by low, rugged mountains and plenty of sheep. Stop in at the picturesque village of Callander and indulge your fantasies of Scottish countryside life.  Drive on to Blackness Castle, recently featured in the Mary Queen of Scots movie, or Linlithgow Palace, Queen Mary's actual birthplace. Check out Doune Castle (featured in Game of Thrones, Outlander, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail) or visit Stirling Castle, the historic site of the Battle of Banockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated King Edward's army. From there, it's a quick journey to the impressive monument built in memory of Sir William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish hero. Last but not least, a stop at Deanston Distillery to sample the world-famous 18-year-old single malt is not to be missed. Let your guide know what interests you most and be sure to get the most out of your time in Scotland. 

Outlander Private Tour - Shore Excursion From Edinburgh

6. Outlander Private Tour - Shore Excursion From Edinburgh

Whether you're a highlander or a sassenach, this tour has something for every fan of the show and books. Your guide cannot wait to show you the locations and inspiration for the Outlander world that Diana Gabaldon created. On your travels you will take in the Duke of Sandringham's home, the French home that Claire and Jamie occupied. You will visit Castle Leoch, the Grand Palace of Versailles, the train station where Claire and Frank said their goodbyes, the prison headquarters of Captain "Black Jack" Randal,l as well as the many breathtaking landscapes as you travel from site to site. This will be an adventure you will never forget as you too will be transported back to the 1740s just as Claire was. You may even be lucky enough to actually watch the Outlander show being filmed. The outlander tour contains filming locations from season 1, 2, and 3, and also from the books Dragonfly in Amber and Voyager. This is full day tour and will last up to 8 hours depending on traffic. This will allow you plenty of time for photographs and to visit the filming locations (where access is permitted).

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What people are saying about Stirling

Immediately upon meeting our guide Kevin, we knew it was going to be a great day. He was very energetic and enthusiastic about showing us his beautiful country. While the scenery was breathtaking, it was Kevin that made sure we were able to take in all the day had to offer, and it was far beyond our expectations. Kevin was informative, accommodating and a great driver to boot. We highly recommend that you book a tour with Kevin.

Exceptional guide (Rafael from Mad Goat), and with a lot of knowledge of the places and roads. Possibility to explore Scotland from a different perspective It was really worth it. In addition to the traditional tourist spots, we know a lot about the history of the country, and other very interesting places that a traditional tour would not offer us. I recommend!

Excellent personalized tour with a great guide who knows the history of Scotland inside out. This visit allows you to see most of the highlands, to stop when you want and to visit without the inconvenience of groups. A full day is necessary, a must in Scotland.

Very nice and careful guide. He made a very interesting tour possible, took care of our wellbeing and gave us a great deal of information about Scotland. It was a lot of fun to travel with him. Gladly again. Thanks Kevin!

Rafaello, our guide, was the consummate host. He considered our every need while touring the beautiful Scottish countryside, and his suggestions for detours led to enjoyable adventures. We thoroughly enjoyed our day.