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Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & The North West Highlands

Departure point:
Edinburgh
Duration:
2 Day tour
Time:
From: 9am - 7:30pm

Accommodation needed for this tour

We offer a free accommodation booking service, however you are more than welcome to book your own accommodation if you wish. Please select your requirements below:

Our two day Eilean Donan tour from Edinburgh enjoys two days in the North West Highlands: Experience a dramatic landscape rich in history and natural beauty and enjoy an overnight stay in the Highland town of Fort William.

See some of Scotland's most famous film locations

Day 1

From Edinburgh our Eilean Donan tour will head west to collect our Glasgow passengers*, then via Stirling, catching a glimpse of its majestic Castle. We visit the Wallace Monument, the towering stone testimonial to the Scottish legend William Wallace, and afterwards pass Doune Castle, location for the film, "Monty Python & The Holy Grail".

After lunch, time permitting, your two day Eilean Donan tour from Edinburgh makes a brief visit to Rob Roy’s Grave and then to the pretty village of Killin for photos. We continue our journey north via Tyndrum across the atmospheric Rannoch Moor, continuing to Glencoe, site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald Clan, for a brief walk and photos. We then continue to the stunning Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by the Harry Potter films, for a photo opportunity (Apr-Oct).

Our final stop on the first day of our Eilean Donan tour is the Highland town of Fort William, where we check into our accommodation.

Day 2

After breakfast the Eilean Donan tour will head north into the Great Glen, a geographical fault line characterised by a chain of impressive lochs, including Loch Ness. We enjoy a photo stop at Glen Garry, before arriving at one of the most iconic castles in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle (interior closed in winter) to explore the castle and its beautiful setting.

Our journey continues with a stop for lunch and views of Loch Ness in the pretty lochside village of Fort Augustus. After lunch our Eilean Donan tour will begin its return journey, enjoying a photo stop to admire Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain, at 1,344 metres.

Then we travel via The Hermitage, stopping for a gentle forest walk in idyllic Scottish woodland, before crossing the Forth Bridges, back to Edinburgh where your two day Eilean Donan tour will end.

Overnight stay in Fort William:

The price of our two day Eilean Donan tour from Edinburgh does not include accommodation but we reserve it for you. Approximate costs are per person per night: Youth Hostel: £18-£28, Bed & Breakfast: £40-£65, Hotel: £75+. Single supplement may apply. Please be advised, most accommodation providers only accept cash payments, and will not accept debit/credit cards as methods of payment.

Please note:
Luggage is restricted to one piece per person on the Eilean Donan tour. *On tours with no pick-ups in Glasgow, the tour will go via Stirling

Eilean Donan Castle will be closed on the following dates:
Feb: 17th, 28th
We're sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Tour Overview

Duration2 days
Total Distance411 miles
Pick upOutside Green Ensign Ewart Pub, Edinburgh at 9am
Group sizeUp to 29
AvailabilityAll year round
Minimum ageTravellers need to be at least 5 years-old

A couple of things To know

Included
  • Digital translations
  • Knowledgeable Driver-Guide
  • Luxury Modern air-conditioned coach
Not Included
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance to attractions
  • Food and Drink
Amazing highlands tour
“Had an amazing time in this 2 day tour visiting loch ness, highlands, Inverness and a distillery amongst others. The driver was Jim, and he was superb! Very knowledgeable and friendly towards everyone and ensuring the whole tour was having a fantastic time”

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the departure point?

Your tour departs from outside the green Ensign Ewart pub, at 521-523 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PE.

You can view our new departure point via the following link: http://goo.gl/maps/pxVLl

You can also find us by Edinburgh Public Transport

Check-in opens 15 minutes prior to the stated departure time and closes 5 minutes prior to the stated departure time. We recommend that all passengers arrive in this window as tours must depart on schedule.

Our multi-day tours will return to Edinburgh Waverley Station which is about a 15 minute walk from our original departure point.

Is the accommodation included in the price?

No, accommodation is not included in the tour price, as we prefer to let you choose the type of accommodation you want, depending on your budget.

The tour price includes the services of a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced Driver-Guide and transportation on one of our luxury modern air-conditioned coaches.

All accommodation is payable to the accommodation provider directly on arrival. Please note that many Bed and Breakfasts do not have card machines and do require guests to pay in cash.

Accommodation rates do vary between providers and seasons. For this reason we are only able to give you an estimated rate until a booking has been made.

Estimated rates are as follows:

  • Youth Hostel: £18.00 - £25.00 per person per night
  • B&B: £40.00 - £65.00 per person per night
  • Hotel: From £75.00+ per person per night

All hotels require credit card information in order to secure a booking. If you wish us to reserve a hotel room for you, we will contact you for your budget and credit card details.

Please note a single supplement may apply. The above accommodation rates are valid until March 2020.

Will I be charged extra for a single room?

Single supplements may be charged, especially during high season. Please contact our Reservations Team for more information.

What is the difference between a Hostel, B&B and Hotel?

Hostels are budget accommodation. Many hostels have kitchen facilities where customers can prepare their own food.

B&B's are privately owned Guesthouses. Guests are given breakfast (continental or full, depending on the B&B) but cannot prepare their own food.

Hotels are the most expensive choice of accommodation. Rooms come with a full breakfast (unless stated) and guests are unable to prepare their own food.

What is the difference between ensuite, standard, twin and double rooms?

Double means one double bed which sleeps two.

Twin means two single beds, where you share a room but not a bed.

Ensuite rooms have a private bathroom/toilet/shower within the room.

Standard rooms have communal facilities that are shared with other guests.

Can I book my own accommodation?

Yes, you are free to make your own arrangements if you wish. Simply advise us at the time of booking that you will be reserving your own accommodation, and inform us at your earliest convenience of the name and address of the Guesthouse once it has been booked.

We kindly ask that your accommodation provider is located in central Fort William, otherwise your Driver-Guide will be unable to drop you off and collect you.

How much luggage can I bring?

Luggage is restricted to one medium sized suitcase per person.

For guidance: a medium sized suitcase is considered 60-69cm high and roughly 45cm in width.

Are the optional extras included?

No, optional extras are not included in the tour price.

This is to allow our guests the freedom to choose which attractions they would like to visit on the day.

Optional extras on this tour (From April 2019) are as follows:

  • Eilean Donan Castle: £8.00 adults, £7.00 concessions, £4.50 children
  • National Wallace Monument: £9.45 adults, £7.65 concessions, £5.85 children

We have negotiated a discounted rate for the above attractions which are visited whilst on tour.

The above rates are valid from April 2019. Please note some attractions may not accept credit cards and are only payable in cash.

Do I need to pre-book the optional extras?

No, you don't need to worry about pre-booking any of the optional extras.

All the optional extras can be booked on the day and your Driver-Guide will advise you of how to book. We negotiate discounted rates for you, ensuring you'll always get a great deal at Scotland's top visitor attractions.

Please note that many visitor attractions and accommodation providers may not accept card payments, so please ensure you have plenty of cash with you on the day. If you have any questions about this please contact our Reservations Team on +44 (0)131 226 6066 - open 7am-10pm daily.

Is the tour in English?

Yes, all of our tours are in English.


Your tour will be taken by an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking Driver-Guide.
If you require a written translation of your tour, just let us know at the time of booking and we'll arrange one for you.

Written translations are available for this tour in the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

You can also view and download translations by clicking here.

What should I bring with me?

As you’ll be spending two days on and off the coach with the opportunity for walks, we recommend bringing warm and/or waterproof clothing, comfortable walking shoes and some sun-block or a hat for sunny days.

And don’t forget your camera to capture all of the lovely scenery and wildlife you’ll encounter on your tour!

Can children travel on this tour?

We welcome children over 5 years old on our tours, and children aged between 5-16yrs are eligible for the concessionary rate.

We regret we are not able to carry children under the age of 5.

What's the weather like at Eilean Donan Castle?

You can check for yourself! The castle have a live webcam you can view here.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, don't worry! Just because it's not here, doesn't mean we can't do it. Have a look at our private tour page or contact us directly, and we will make it happen!