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5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh provided by Highland Experience Tours

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5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh

5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh
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Tour snapshot
Go with a guide who can navigate and tell local stories
Duration:
5 days
Group size:
32
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
About
Skip the stress of planning and fully relax on your visit to Scotland with this convenient 5-day tour of the country’s highlights. In addition to navigating, your guide provides historical background and local tales about each stop on the itinerary, including Oban, Glencoe, the Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, and the seasonal Jacobite steam train. No need to worry about logistics: Overnight accommodations, breakfast, and transport are included.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Free time to explore certain locations at your own pace
  • Four nights of accommodation and breakfast included
  • Small group size ensures a personalized experience
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Highlights
  • Free time to explore certain locations at your own pace
  • Four nights of accommodation and breakfast included
  • Small group size ensures a personalized experience
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5256ULTIM5
Important information
Inclusions
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • 4 nights of accommodation
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned mini-bus (up to 32 seats)
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ness
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop off at the beginning and end of the tour
  • Entry/Admission - Inveraray Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Kilmartin Glen
  • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield
  • Entry/Admission - Dalwhinnie Distillery
Duration
5 days
Departure details
  • Caffè Nero, 1 Parliament Square, 192 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK Please check in with Highland Experience staff inside/outside Caffe Nero by 8.15am
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Luggage restriction: 1 suitcase 55x40x20cm - 15 kg & 1 backpack/handbag per person
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age 3 years old
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
Inclusions
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • 4 nights of accommodation
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned mini-bus (up to 32 seats)
  • Entry/Admission - Loch Ness
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop off at the beginning and end of the tour
  • Entry/Admission - Inveraray Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Kilmartin Glen
  • Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Culloden Battlefield
  • Entry/Admission - Dalwhinnie Distillery
Departure details
  • Caffè Nero, 1 Parliament Square, 192 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1RF, UK Please check in with Highland Experience staff inside/outside Caffe Nero by 8.15am
Duration
5 days
Return details
  • Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1, UK Please note: During August, and other times when there are events taking place at Edinburgh Castle we will use an alternative end point in Edinburgh's New Town.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Luggage restriction: 1 suitcase 55x40x20cm - 15 kg & 1 backpack/handbag per person
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age 3 years old
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
17 stops
Day 1
On the road
Day 2
Over the sea to Skye
Day 3
The Misty Isle of Skye
Day 4
Back to the mainland
Day 5
End of the trip
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pt-laval
Laval, Canada74 contributions
We did the 5 day Scottish Choice tour with Jamie in June. We were 32 people on the bus. First it should be noted that there is quite a bit of walking on uneven surfaces/stairs which might limit some people. With Highland Experience the driver also acts as the guide which seems to be a tall task (!) but Jamie was fantastic. As he drove he was able to give us lots of information about the areas we were covering (history, food, local economy, terrain, wildlife, etc). This was interspersed with different music selections that were either of Scottish musicians or somehow related to the topic at hand. The bus does not have Wifi.

We were generally touring from 9:15 until about 18:30 with several stops during the day to visit sites, for lunch breaks, bathroom breaks, etc. Lodgings for the group were not all at the same place but were close by to each other – so we made a few stops to let people off/on. Most of the BnBs had stairs to access the rooms so limiting the size of your suitcase is a must! As we drove into the small towns Jamie would point to different places where we could have lunch/supper (however people sitting in the back of the bus had a bit of a hard time to note these different places – photocopies of simple hand-drawn maps or downloads before departure on the tour would have been more convenient). Although we were in popular tourist areas many of these towns had limited access to restaurants/cafés (possibly due in part to lack of personnel since the pandemic?). For suppers reservations were sometimes needed, a point that could have been communicated to us by the company so that we could prepare before departure.

All the sites mentioned in the itinerary were visited as explained on the website - the whiskey distillery stop was just for a quick tasting (a visit of the distillery with explanation of the whiskey making process would have been really interesting). Although the weather was often grey/misty with some rain (it is Scotland after all!), the scenery was still very beautiful and we really enjoyed the tour. Jamie’s love of Scotland and nature mixed with his relaxed manner and humor made a huge positive impact on our visit to the Highlands. We definitely recommend this tour.
Written June 21, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you so much for your positive and constructive feedback! We're delighted to hear you had a great time travelling with us! We do hope to welcome you on another tour soon. Kind regards, Maria
Written July 23, 2022
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Tobias H
1 contribution
I went on the 5 day tour and I absolutely loved it! Barry did a great job with funny facts, historical stories and always being blunt with us if some points on the itinerary wouldn’t be the greatest and offered us alternatives. So I deducted one star because of the organisation of the tour by the office. Some accommodations didn’t work out, once for me, several other times for other guests. Barry still figured it out but the confusion and the fear that everything would be alright at the end of the day was always present. Also: Covid measures were announced in information mails beforehand but have never been applied…
But ending on a good note: Got to see some stunning world class scenery.
Written June 5, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you so much for your feedback! We're glad you had a pleasant experience on your tour and we're always looking for ways to make our trips more enjoyable for our passengers so your response is greatly appreciated. Best wishes, Maria
Written August 13, 2022
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Byron R
1 contribution
The trip was everything I hoped for and much more.
Our driver/guide Jamie Stewart was excellent and went out of his way to make us feel welcome, informed and cared for
We were fortunate to have great weather the entire 5 days. It allowed us to do everything on the itinerary and more.
The scenery is beautiful. The history is fascinating and Jamie explained it all very clearly
Our accommodations each night were also top notch
I would do the trip again and highly recommend the experience
Written April 30, 2022
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Grazyna M
Chatham, UK3 contributions
This was a wonderful tour. If you want to see the best highlights of Scotland in a limited time, do this tour. Very good value for money. We went to gorgeous places; you will have good memories to keep for many years. What a beautiful country! So full of history, culture, taste delights and amazing landscapes. Transport was good, we were a small group in a Mercedes Sprinter, comfortable and lots of space. Our driver Barry was one of the highlights of the tour! He took us to some wonderful off the beaten tourist track places on Skye and in the Highlands, listened to us and took special requests to stop at a few points of interest. Barry had the right balance of speaking as a guide at the right time and allowing periods of silence to enable everyone to absorb the atmospheric scenery. Good sense of Glaswegian humour! Some of the stories he told us were hilarious! Very entertaining, good mix of serious and funny tales. I would recommend this great tour to anyone interested in some of the best that Scotland has to offer.
Written April 25, 2022
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3 contributions
Despite the inevitable rough Scottish weather, this trip was one of the best I’ve ever taken. A lot of that was due to our fantastic guide, Jamie Stewart, who went beyond being a guide and turned out to be someone whose personality, knowledge, charisma, and interpretive gifts touched all of us profoundly. I think it’s safe to say that neither I know any of the 30 – odd other passengers on this tour will ever forget him.
Written May 21, 2022
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Hi there, Thanks for your positive review! We are glad you enjoyed your trip with our guide Jamie! We do hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, Maria
Written August 13, 2022
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Rachel H
Washington DC, DC8 contributions
The days were full and packed of great scenery & information. Our tour guide, Jamie, really made the tour with his sense of humor and thorough knowledge of Scottish history and lifestyle. His driving, music and guiding was impeccable. I was shocked with the small streets and terrain that we were able to see and enjoy. We would definitely recommend this tour. Our 63 year old mother was able to manage the hikes and sites.
Written June 25, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your tour with us. We're delighted to hear you had a great time travelling with Jamie! We do hope to welcome you on another tour soon. Kind regards, Maria
Written July 23, 2022
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Dorothy S
Vancouver Island, Canada23 contributions
This is quite a fast paced tour but you get to see alot of the highlights of the country. But, what made this tour really great was our tour guide Jamie. He is such a genuine and warm guy who made sure each person was having great time. He even granted a special request & drove a couple of us back to the Old Man of Storr one evening so we can do more hiking. I also loved his animated storytelling mixed with his awesome playlist of traditional & contemporary Scottish/other music. All of the accomodations were also top notch B&Bs whose hosts made you really fell welcomed and at home. So worth it!
Written May 28, 2022
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Hi there, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your tour with us. We are delighted to hear you had an amazing time with Jamie. We would love to see you again soon! Best wishes, Maria
Written August 13, 2022
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Vickiten76
4 contributions
We waited two years after our original booking to take this trip due to Covid restrictions. We originally chose this company because it was the only one that let children younger than 5 go on the tour. We stuck with them during a couple of Covid induced re-bookings and they were always easy to work with. The 5-Day Best of Scotland tour was outstanding. The guide, Rory, was friendly, funny, and accommodating. He had a wealth of knowledge about Scotland’s history and other stories. The accommodations booked by the company were centrally located and met our needs. Overall a great experience with this company and a fantastic tour. We would definitely use this company again.
Written April 24, 2022
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BROOKEB
London, UK10 contributions
Friends
Words fail to describe how good this tour was. 5 days with one of the funniest and intelligent guys I've ever met on any tour I've ever done.
Barry was was the perfect guide showing us places not normally covered on this tour and backed with fantastic stories with the right mix of history humour music and facts.
The sights are unbelievable the accommodation was brilliant and the weather was great.
The other passengers were fantastic and we all had a ball.
This was the trip of a lifetime for me and I am so glad I chose this company to explore Scotland with.
I would have no hesitation in recommending anyone to take a tour with this company hopefully you get Barry as your guide x
Written April 18, 2022
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Scrapper200
Jamaica, IA16 contributions
What a beautiful adventure! Every turn of the van revealed another jaw-dropping view. We had the best guide…Jamie, who did an amazing job of showing us the usual tourist sites and some of his favorite, little-known spots. He made frequent stops for photos, food, and toilet needs. Lodging booked by the company was very satisfactory every night, no complaints. The star of the week was definitely the many sites we visited and our Tour Guide, Jamie!
Written April 30, 2022
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theodorab434
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Edinburgblackcabtours
My best friend and I had a great time touring Scotland w/Edinburgblackcabtours. Steve, Kevan and Stephan are all am
Chanah S
Chanah S
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Stunning and green Highland Scotland
Best part of this tour was the stunning scenery of the Highlands. A really nice intro to the area. Our driver guide
Jared N
Jared N
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Absolutely wonderful
Scenic, beautiful and relaxing trip to see sights I’d only ever seen on television. The guide was knowledgeable and
judybryant
judybryant
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Wonderful tour
Jamie was the best guide I’ve ever had on any company’s tour. The Outlander tour had lots of history that Jamie was
cindie0301
cindie0301
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Must Do!!
Great experience visiting Glen Coe, Loch Ness, and the Highlands. Maj was informative and entertaining while provid
wc0x
wc0x
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Great tour at reasonable price.
Our tour guide, Rob Hall, was the best guide we ever had on any tour. Very knowledgeable with a great and humorous
shaun c
shaun c
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Just what we were looking for!
On our 3-week trip to Scotland and Ireland we are mostly visiting cities but also wanted to get up to the Highland
miskvk
miskvk
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Good value one day tour
Our tour was on a small bus (I think you can call it a mini van, but I am not sure) which was small and narrow, the
TimsCheapFlights
TimsCheapFlights
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Great day trip for those with limited time to see the Highlands
Our time in Scotland was short, but we wanted to explore the Highlands at least a bit instead of just staying put i
anaclaracastilho
anaclaracastilho
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Outlander, highlands and Jamie!
We were a small group of 5. Our guide was Jamie (yes, really), and he was great. He knew a lot about both the show
haleyLaBouane
haleyLaBouane
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Amazing - worth every penny
The day was lovely Steven B was our tour guide and he was fantastic all the recommendations he gave were great. Hig
CPR1232014
CPR1232014
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Amazing full day excursion to Loch Ness
An amazing full day excursion from Edinburgh to the highlands and Loch Ness. Our tour guide and driver, Brian, made
Culture301703
Culture301703
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A must do if visiting Edinburgh for a few days
A fantastic day trip to the beautiful highlands of Scotland. Highly recommended if you are staying in Edinburgh for
jeffmK2902JW
jeffmK2902JW
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Great tour and tour guide (Maj!)
We saw incredible things. Well worth it and a great way to see the Highlands and Loch Ness. Our tour guide Maj was
morganmF8151ZI
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3 day Highlands and Isle of Skye tour is a must.
I had an amazing time Exploring the Highlands and Isle of Skye. Once inc a lifetime experience. Alex our guide was
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