Loch Ness, Inverness & the Highlands 2 Day Tour

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    Rabbie's

    We relieve you of your travel worries. Our friendly guides ensure you don’t miss-out on the fascinating facts. Our carefully-crafted routes take you to both the classic sights and lesser-known locations and our business model reduces your journey’s environmental impact.

    • 2 Days
    • Group Tour
    • Scotland

    Explore Loch Ness and the Highlands at a laid-back pace on this two day tour.

    You learn about Scotland’s native forests on a tranquil walk. You travel through majestic mountains and quaint villages. And you get plenty of time to see if you can find the infamous Loch Ness Monster.

    So join this tour, relax and let us show you the best of the Scottish Highlands.

    Tour Details

    • StartsCheck-in closes at 08.30 (tour departs at 08:45) - Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EG
    • Finishes (approx.)19:00
    • LuggageYou’re restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items
    • DiscountsStudents, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
    • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes

    Accommodation

    Where does this tour stay overnight?

    Your tour stays one night in Inverness.

    How does the accommodation work?

    Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.

    I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

    Once you’ve booked your tour, we’ll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. You’ll pay your accommodation directly. Most don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.

    What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

    Plans can change, so we let you alter your accommodation choices for free within the first 48 hours of booking. After this time, amendments aren’t guaranteed and carry a surcharge. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

    I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

    You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.

    What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

    You may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation for each separate accommodation booked. If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.

    What are the accommodation types?

    We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. The prices below are for guidance only.

    B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

    The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is £35 – £40 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single standard room is £40 – £60 per night.

    B&B En suite

    The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £45 – £60 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single en suite is £60 – £80 per night.

    Hotels

    Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £70 – £85 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single is £85 – £130 per night.

    Hostels

    A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost based on dorm beds is £19 – £27 per person per night.

    Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).

    Places you explore

    • PitlochryThis wonderful little village was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite holiday spots
    • Caledonian Pine Forest walkWalk over mossy paths and under a dark green canopy in a gorgeous forest
    • Cairngorms National ParkGaze in awe at Scotland’s most beautifully rounded peaks
    • Urquhart CastleTake a chance to explore a ruined castle overlooking Loch Ness
    • InvernessThe ‘Capital of the Highlands’ blends Victorian architecture with a lively modern lifestyle
    • Loch NessTake a chance to go on an optional boat cruise (April - October) or wander around the shores of this alluring and eerie loch
    • Great GlenA humongous fault line through the Scottish Highlands; a location that’s as historically important as it is stunning
    • GlencoeBe moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tale of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes

    Price Includes

    • Transportation by a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
    • Air conditioning as standard
    • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide

    Price Excludes

    • Entry fees to visitor attractions
    • Tour accommodation

    FAQs

    Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

    The UK and Ireland’s historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What’s more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

    Is there parking close to the departure point?

    We don’t recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

    When should I get to the departure point?

    Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can’t wait for you if you’re late.

    What happens if I’m late or miss the tour?

    If you’re late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

    What are your cancellation policies?

    We have a cancellation period of three days for our one day tours, and 21 days for longer tours. If cancelled outside this period, we’ll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

    What is a guaranteed departure?

    It’s simple: you book, you go. This means we’ll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.

    Can I pre-book a specific seat?

    Due to logistical reasons, we’re unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you’ll always get a good view.

    Are there toilets on the bus?

    Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you’ll have regular comfort breaks.

    How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

    We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

    Do you take children on your tours?

    We regret we don’t carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

    You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

    How much time do I get off the bus?

    We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

    Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

    We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

    Do we need to bring our own lunch?

    You don’t need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

    Should I tip the driver-guide?

    Let’s be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it’s up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

    What about travel insurance?

    We advise you take out travel insurance.

    What is ABTOT?

    You’re protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you’ve paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.

    I have more questions, who can help me?

    If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email [email protected] , or check out our full FAQs .

    Itinerary

    Day 1Inverness

    • Clamber through the curves and culture of the Cairngorms National Park
    • Find out about Inverness, ‘the Capital of the Highlands’

    You leave Edinburgh and head north across the River Forth towards the Highlands.

    You make a short stop in one of the quintessential Scottish towns bordering the highland fault line, before crossing into the Cairngorms National Park.

    There are numerous options on route including a famous whisky distillery, stunning caledonian forest walks, ancient standing stones, world-changing battlefields, and beautiful lochs. What you do today will be decided by your group and the ever- changing Scottish climate. Ample time for lunch will be given en route.

    You then continue north and arrive in Inverness, where you’re dropped off at your accommodation.

    The evening is free for you to explore the capital of the Highlands.

    Day 2Loch Ness

    • Try to spot the Loch Ness Monster on a boat trip (April – October)
    • Survey the famous mountains and valleys of Glencoe

    After a leisurely breakfast you’re picked up from your accommodation and taken into the surrounding countryside.

    You travel to Loch Ness where you have the chance to take a boat trip along the loch or stay on shore and visit the impressive ruins of Urquhart castle overlooking the loch.

    Our journey continues south through the Great Glen past Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in UK and Fort William. You stop for lunch along the way before arriving in Glencoe.

    The return journey continues over the wild and remote Rannoch Moor and into the lowland scenery around Stirling, before finally reaching our starting point of Edinburgh.

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