The Lothians and Highland Tour

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Indulge yourself with our unique Lothians and Highland Tour and experience for yourself the rugged beauty of our beautiful Highland landscape.

As the poet Robert Burns had it:

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a chasing a deer

Highlands Tour Schedule

Day 1

Our Scotland expert and professional historian, Dr Alison Duncan, picks you up from your hotel at 9:30 am. Then, you’re whisked off in our Mercedes. Then, you’re whisked off in our Mercedes. If there are more than three in your party we provide a prestige MPV with lots of room for luggage. If there are more than eight people in your party, please get in touch with us first, using our contact page and we can give you a quote.

Sit back in glorious comfort as Alison plays you Scottish music to get you into the mood as you drive to your first attraction.

You’re taken to the magnificent Rosslyn Chapel which was founded in 1446. Rosslyn Chapel has stood on its exposed site for well over 550 years – a tribute to the skills and craftsmanship of its original builders.

This chapel has been the subject of theories concerning a connection with the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail, and Freemasonry. It was prominently featured in this role in Dan Brown’s bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code (2003) and its 2006 film adaptation.

Then, you’re driven to Norton House, for a delicious lunch. Norton is a fabulous country hotel that used to be one of the family homes of Stuart Usher (the founder of Edinburgh Guided Tour).

Suitably refreshed, it’s off to the beautiful Linlithgow Palace, one of the principal residences of the Scottish monarchs in the past, and the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots. You can walk the steps to the top of the towers and enjoy stunning views including the nearby loch often brimming with wildfowl.

After Linlithgow it’s off to Culross, a marvellously atmospheric and historic fishing village on the opposite side of the Forth. Endlessly photogenic. It was used for locations in the TV series Outlander. You may also like to take coffee/cake there.

After Culross it’s back to the car and you’re whisked to the Highlands and the village of Killin through the glorious Trossachs national park.

You stay the night at the Killin Hotel near Loch Tay, a wonderful countryside hotel that has that authentic Scottish feel and provides a lovely evening meal.

Day 2

The next morning, after breakfast, visit Killin Falls; a renowned beauty spot and a lovely place to take photos.

Then, it’s off to Fort William through the Pass of Glencoe with stunning vistas and a journey that is redolent with Scottish history.

At Fort William, you’re taken up the mountains in the Ben Nevis range gondola…. panoramic views and splendid photographic opportunities.

After a stop for lunch it is then back through Glencoe and a visit to the Glencoe folk museum. A quirky, little museum which shows the past working lives of Highland Scots.

Then it’s on to Stirling to visit Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland, both historically and architecturally.

Finally, it’s back to your hotel in Edinburgh, fulfilled after a magical two days. This is a magical multi-day tour of Scotland and the Highlands from Edinburgh

Prices per head start at £329 for a party of seven people. The price includes the cost of your guide for the two full days (the historian Dr Alison Duncan), your travel costs, your hotel costs, and the cost of all admissions.
You can pay the full amount now or just pay  a 10% deposit and we will invoice you for the remainder one month before the tour.

Book your tour today. It will make a life-long impression on you.

Rated "Excellent" by 545+ Travellers!

Great Experience in Edinburgh

"As a first time visitor to Edinburgh I thought I knew a little about Scottish history. I was wrong. Stuart Usher’s 3-hour walking tour was a treasure trove of history, local color, and entertainment. It was a thoroughly enjoyable 3 hours that flew by. I would definitely recommend this tour."

– Jeanne G. via TripAdvisor
Superb. A must.

"Simply put if you are making your first visit to Edinburgh, as my wife and I did in early August, this is an absolute must. We had already spent several days in Edinburgh before our tour but it opened up our eyes to many hidden surprises and insights. We then spent the next several days delving deeper into areas initially introduced to us by this tour."

– Steve S. via TripAdvisor
A brilliant adventure

"What a wonderful way to orientate yourself around this magical city and learn of its deep, rich history. Richard was incredibly engaging, knowledgeable and so personable, (remembering everyone’s names). His sarcasm and quick wittedness was gold. Highly recommend this small scale, very manageable walk."

– 509Fiona via TripAdvisor
Best walking tour ever

"Despite torrential rain our three hour walking tour was fantastic. Stuart took us to places most tourists would miss. He also gave us hints of things we could do ourselves. If you only do one walking tour this is the one to do."

– CEC939 via TripAdvisor
Fascinating and Amusing

"We did a private tour which was led but Stuart Usher. Stuart made the history of the city come alive with fascinating stories and amusing anecdotes. It was a 4 hour tour but the time passed quickly and the tour was well paced. Highly recommended."

– pointyendpreferred via TripAdvisor