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2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh
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2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

By Rabbie's
Recommended by 98% of travelers
98% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Explore the beauty of The Highlands by going on a 2-day adventure from Edinburgh. Save time organizing car rental, and go on a stress-free small-group tour in a top-of-the-range Mercedes vehicle instead. The tour includes accommodation and breakfast for extra convenience, and stops at two of Scotland’s most popular locations—Inverness and Loch Ness. Enjoy scenic drives through quaint villages, explore towering pine forests, and visit historic castles too.
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Ages 16-99, max of 16 per group
Duration: 2 days
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Tick off multiple highlights of The Highlands, including Inverness
  • No need to plan where to stay—accommodation is included
  • Enjoy a small-group tour for a more personalized experience
  • Option to upgrade and add on a boat trip at Loch Ness (extra charge)

  • Breakfast
  • Overnight en-suite accommodation with breakfast
  • Small-group tour (maximum 16 passengers)
  • Transportation by top of the range 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Driver/guide
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ness
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Admission fees
  • Entry/Admission - Clava Cairns
  • Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle


Start:
  • Bus Station, Edinburgh EH1 3AY, UK
    Please meet your Rabbie's guide inside the Edinburgh Bus Station, Gate J and Gate K, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ (Check in closes 15 minutes prior to departure)
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 225001

    • Most travelers can participate
    • All tours from Edinburgh will depart from inside Edinburgh Bus Station, Gate J and Gate K, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3DQ.
    • Minimum age for travel on this tour is 5 years
    • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. 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) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
    • Please note tour stops and timings are for reference only and depend on the itinerary of the day as well as on group's interests, therefore cannot be guaranteed.
    • There are many options along the route and our itinerary is intentionally flexible so that the guide is able to decide what is best on any given day.
    • Tour may run in reverse for operational reasons.
    • Jacobite Cruise on Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle included in the tour price .
    • *The Loch Ness boat cruise is weather dependent and may be cancelled without notice.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

    • If you cancel within 21 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel at least 22 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

    The tour operator has provided the following answers to customers’ questions.
    What is the departure point for the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
    The tour departs from Edinburgh Bus Station, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH1 3DQ
    Answered Feb 2023
    Is parking available near the departure point for the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
    Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.
    Answered Jun 2021
    How early should I arrive for the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
    Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.
    Answered Jun 2021
    Can I bring luggage with me on the 2-Day Loch Ness and Inverness Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh?
    You may bring up 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.
    Answered Jun 2021

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 225001

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    Day 1
    Edinburgh - Aviemore - Clava...
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    Inverness - Loch Ness - Glencoe...
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      What a great day!
      We had a great day with our lovely & handsome tour guide Gregor. He's a great storyteller and it was very sweet when he got all enthusiastic while telling you stories or pointing things out on the road. There was enough time to take photos and to enjoy things and we had a good amount of stops to use the bathroom or buy something.
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      A great overview for time spent...
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    • V4573DCkatherinem
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      Disappoinment
      Unfortunately., we had to cancel our tour late as my husband unexpectedly came down with COVID a week before the trip was to start. The staff I contacted were nice but the parent company refused to give us even a partial refund. Yet we know that they would NOT have wanted us on the tour, given our situation, which was totally beyond our control. At the same time, they had just sent us a message that a planned part of the tour was likely have to be scrapped, and asked for our understanding. We think understanding should go both ways. We get it that a total refund creates a financial hardship for the company. But they could have been a bit more generous and offered a partial one. We had been excited about this tour for 6 + months! In contrast another tour company we booked - for a tour set to begin a week later - gave us a full refund, recognizing they couldn't endanger other customers. We are sure the tour is a good one. What distinguishes a great tour company from an average one is not how thing go when all proceeds as planned, but how they respond when things don't.
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      A MUST DO
      I went on the 1 Day tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness- and this tour is a MUST DO if you get the chance (or any Rabbie’s tours)!!!! We stopped at so many other locations than just Loch Ness, and were able to see and experience the beauty of the highlands! If you are able to choose a guide, go with Rhys!! He gave us the most educational, picturesque, and fun tour I have ever been on!! My husband and I were able to hear so much about Scottish history, culture, music, folklore, food, language, and see so many historical locations with a local- I couldn’t even put into words how awesome he is and how much knowledge he has!! He also pointed out many filming locations for Harry Potter, Skyfall, and Outlander, which as a book/movie lover I appreciated!! The tour was by far the most fun day of our 17 day trip around Europe, and we truly owe it to Rhys!!! If you are looking for a tour, book with Rabbie’s, I honestly wish we did a longer tour than just 1 day because I did not want it to end!
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    H D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2022
    So many good things to say about this tour.

    I'll start with the practical stuff. Our guide Roger picked us up in a mini-bus type deal which had nice big windows as well as air-con. Also the group we were a part of was a nice small size, for those who don’t like big groups. At the end of day one, he dropped us all outside our hotels for the night (those of us who made arrangements outside of Rabbies) and in the morning he picked us up for the second half of the tour. So no anxiety about finding places or being late for the tour bus. Throughout the two day trip Roger made frequent stops for comfort breaks that were nicely aligned with scenic stops where we could take some great pictures. All the things nervous travellers worry about were taken care of here.

    As for the tour itself, wow. In two days Roger packed in a lot of places and a lot of information, having asked everyone beforehand if there was something we really wanted to see as he would make an effort to show it to us. There's not much to say about the scenery or the magic of the Highlands. It's an awe-inspiring place and you'll never get sick of taking in the sights. What made this tour so great was that Roger, clearly a seasoned guide, was just chock full of information and it wasn't just remembered factoids, it was the kind of knowledge that comes from being deeply invested in a subject. It was clear that we were being shown around by someone who has a deep and abiding love of his country and culture. There was a lot of sentiment between the layers of information (the music playlist that accompanied us on the tour was evidence of this).

    If you've never been to Scotland and don't know where to start, book a tour with Rabbies.

    Thanks Roger!
    Written March 25, 2022
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    Ava L
    London, UK59 contributions
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    I've been to multiple mini tours throughout my life across diff continents and I can confidentely say that our tour guide Jeff was awesome and made our trip x1000times better. Of course the highland scenic views and visit to Loch Ness were truly amazing but Jeff topped up our trip. His great calming voice telling us all the fun facts and history, his choice of background music that he played throughout the drive made us appreciate the view even more. He was proactive by stopping the car and grabbing Peats in the wild to show us what it actually looked like. He was so chill and easygoing and had great sense of humor making us have a relaxing trip but at the same time took us to all the places and was super punctual. There was unexpected event due to road closure and we couldn't go to Glencoe but he handled it so well and we had such a good time as he took us to other nice places and didn't mind not going there.
    Honestly he was the best tour guide I've ever had so thank you Jeff (rabbies tour you guys are lucky to have him as a tour guide)
    Written April 18, 2022
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    David FG
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked the 2 Day Loch Ness, Inverness and Highlands group tour with Rabbie's. First we would like thank Rabbie's for doing this tour with just the two of us despite the last minute cancellations they had. So what it was supposed to be a group tour became a private tour for me and my girlfriend.

    On the other hand we were lucky to have Stefan as a guide and driver of our trip. He is super funny and has a deep knowledge of Scottish culture and history. He knows the best spots to take some pictures, to have lunch/dinner or just when to play the right songs inside the minibus. You notice that he prepares the trip thoughtfully and he never loses his smile. In this way, our experience could not be better: we learned, we visited, we laughed, we steered and we enjoyed in every corner of Scotland we stopped during the Tour.

    We totally recommend it, we will repeat with another tour and with Rabbie's! Many thanks!
    Written May 3, 2021
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    Rose T
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022
    My husband and I went on this 2 day tour in early December 2022. There were 9 of us all together, from different parts of the world, on the 16 seater, very comfortable Mercedes small bus. We really weren't sure what to expect, as we had never booked a tour before, but as soon as we met our driver Stuart B, we knew were in for an amazing ride! Before each stop, Stuart shared stories and Scottish history, and played amazing music. Stops along the way were very interesting and beautiful and we had just the right amount of time to take photos and enjoy the scenery. This tour was the highlight of our short 5 day stay in Scotland and have to say that Stuart really made it an outstanding experience!
    Written December 27, 2022
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    Suneeta
    Wembley, UK1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We fell in love with Edinburgh at first sight. From city to its people, we felt very much welcomed. We wanted to do tours in highlands and thats when rabbies came across. I must say at first we were very skeptical about tour companies as i had bad experiences before. But at last we wanted to give one last try and i must say it was one of the best decision. I would really like to thank rabbies for changing my decision about tour companies.

    Me and husband toured with rabbies from Edinburgh on 22.06.21 and Graham was our tour guide. He was so knowledgeable, friendly and went out of his way to make our experience very memorable. Through out the journey, he told us about Scotland history and also played Scottish music. Me and my husband enjoyed the bagpipe music so much that we have been listening every morning these days. And all this credit goes to you graham. We wouldn’t have asked for anyone than you. Because of graham and his hospitality, my sisters have planned to visit Scotland and they promised us to tour with rabbies only.

    Once again thank you graham for going extra mile to enhance our trip. Also i wanted to tell rabbies that you have a gem (Graham) with you so never let him go.

    Regards,
    Sagar & Sunita (Couple from last seat)
    Written June 26, 2021
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    LaLaina D
    Chattanooga, TN13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2021
    Rabbie's took me on a 1-Day Highlands tour 3 yrs ago and when I decided to bring my family to experience Scotland, we booked the 2-Day Highlands tour. Dom was a FABULOUS tour guide. He was full of history knowledge and enthusiastic (even though I know it had to be the umpteenth time he's done this tour). I've been on 4 tours with Rabbie's-Edinburgh and every guide was excellent. If you take this tour, I HIGHLY recommend making your own arrangements for Best Western Palace Hotel and Spa. Make sure you book a river view. The view we had of Inverness Castle at night was picturesque, not to mention the water pressure in the shower was outstanding to decompress from a long day of traveling. You won't regret it! If this is your first time in the UK/Scotland, etc... the public restrooms are usually 50 pence to use so make sure you have pocket change. If Rabbie's is ever in an area I'm visiting, I'm definitely signing up for whatever they offer!
    Written December 5, 2021
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    Sarah
    Brampton, Canada10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our guide was Doug and he made sure we had an amazing time! This is for sure a great way to see the Highlands in a short time and when you aren’t keen on driving around there. The bus is comfortable, the tour guides are great, and you feel like you’re having a great experience whether you’re stopped somewhere or you’re just rumbling along on the bus. Doug was giving us great tidbits of facts and playing relevant music to make it all very atmospheric too! My roommate and I stayed at the Braeside B&B in Inverness for the overnight part and that was an adorable and very comfortable stay with an amazing breakfast in the morning. Definitely recommend this trip!
    Written September 17, 2022
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    Brian M
    Fort Lauderdale, FL31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We knew we had to see Inverness and the Highlands to complete our Scotland visit. We were so happy that we chose Robbys for our tour. The small group bus and the talents of our driver and tour leader Peter, just call me Pete, made for a memorable trip and overcome an incredibly rainy 2nd day. We were apprehensive about so much time in the bus but the stops were very well spaced out and lasted a leisurely interval. We both enjoyed Pete”s repartee and his drive time playlists.
    Written July 26, 2022
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    Priyanka
    London, UK38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We travelled via rabbies tour for our trip to lochnees and Inverness, and it was our first time in Scotland. I could not even think of any other way to explore Scotland for the first time other than rabbies tour. Our tour guide and driver was Bruce M and he really made our Experience memorable.
    He was kind of RJ for our mini flight cum bus group. He was playing music, telling us different stories along our way. Also, he was helping to take group pictures while we were stopping to see different views.
    Written December 30, 2022
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    Ogechukwu O
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2021 • Friends
    Right from the start of the journey I felt completely relaxed and comfortable with the way Gab drives. Absolutely was I immersed in the storytelling and above all I got to know more about Scotland than I previously had planned to. I totally would recommend Rabbie's tours. They're just amazing at what they do - they bring their experiences and passion to do the job. Just amazing.
    Written September 18, 2021
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