How to Visit the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh
The mountains, moorlands, and mist-shrouded lochs of the Scottish Highlands are a photographer’s dream, and there’s plenty to see and do in the region. Scotland’s small size means it’s easy to visit from Edinburgh—read on for our top tour options.
Guided Day Trips
Maximize your time with a guided day tour from Edinburgh and visit several attractions in one day. Drive north through the Cairngorms National Park to Glencoe and Loch Ness; head west to admire Loch Lomond, Stirling Castle, and Trossachs National Park; or enjoy Scotch whisky tastings in Pitlochry. For a more personalized experience, opt for a small-group tour with a maximum of 16 people.
Guided Multi-Day Tours
A multi-day tour means you can travel further afield and see more of the Scottish Highlands. Perhaps take a 2-day tour to Inverness and Loch Ness; explore the West Highlands and cruise out to the Isle of Skye on a 3-, 4-, or 5-day tour; or escape the beaten track on an extended tour to the remote Orkney Islands. Multi-day tours typically include accommodation, ferry transport, meals, and entrance fees.
Things to Know
The Scottish Highlands make up Scotland’s northernmost region, and the capital, Inverness, is set about a 3.5-hour drive north of Edinburgh.
Day tours from Edinburgh typically last between 9 and 12 hours, so prepare for a long trip.
Be sure to bring your camera, comfortable walking shoes, and water and snacks for the journey.
Some tours provide hotel pickup, lunch, and entrance fees.
Day Trip to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park with Optional Stirling Castle Tour from Edinburgh
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