A Scottish Highlands Tour from Edinburgh
I was traveling with a group of friends, after meeting up in London, and before heading to Ireland (where we were concluding our holiday) we decided to head up to Edinburgh for a couple days. From London, it took us a little over 4 hours to reach the capital of Scotland.
I really wanted to see more of Scotland, as I had previously been to Edinburgh for work so I talked my friends into joining me on a tour of the highlands on our second day in Edinburgh. Instead of renting a car on our own, we decided to take a day trip tour offered by Timberbush Tours (www.timberbush-tours.co.uk) to Loch Ness, Glencoe, & The Highlands.
The departure point was outside a pub on the Royal Mile, leaving promptly at 8am. Our guide/driver provided commentary at times as we drove to our first destination. A pit-stop really, but it was fun to see the unique Highland cattle nearby.
Our drive then took us through Rannoch Moor (recognizable from the movie Skyfall), which was stunning and then on to Glencoe. There were a few breaks along the way to take photos and stretch our legs.
Glencoe was beautiful, and the sun came through the rain clouds just in time for our stop.
We stopped for lunch near Fort William. There were a few dining choices, keep in mind your lunch is not included with the tour.
Our next destination was Loch Ness. After arriving at the famous lake, we could choose to wander around Urquhart Castle or take a boat cruise on the lake. Thinking our chances of spotting the Loch Ness monster were greater on the water, we opted to take the boat cruise. That price is also not included since it is optional.
After our sail, we met back up with our guide and started the drive back towards Edinburgh. We stopped in the town of Pitlochry for some snacks along the way.
It was a lovely overview of the Highlands, and a nice way to get out in the country while taking the stress of driving and navigating on our own.