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.
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.
“We had the best time! Breathtaking views, a comfortable ride and nice accomodation.”
- Gabrielle_20, travelled April 2019
“Exceeded expectations, extremely professional tour guiding skills. Great locations to see the majestic beauty of Scottish highlands.”
- E+K.P, travelled April 2019
“The sights were breathtaking. Gorgeous country. The bus itself was very comfortable and the ride was very easy. ”
- Yoav F, travelled September 2019
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-£25, 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
Wallace Monument, Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle will be closed on the following dates:
Nov: 2nd, 4th, 7th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 30th
Dec: 1st, 9th, 16th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st
Feb: 17th, 28th
We're sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Tel: +44 (0) 131 226 6066
Our tours depart 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.
No, accommodation is not included in the tour price as we like to let you choose the type of accommodation you want, depending on budget.
The two day 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 on arrival to the accommodation provider. 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:
All hotels require credit card details in order to secure a booking. If you wish us to reserve a hotel room on your behalf, we will contact you for your budget and credit card information.
Please note a single supplement may apply. The above accommodation rates are valid until March 2020.
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.
Single supplements may be charged, especially in high season. Please contact our Reservations Team for more information.
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.
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.
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.
No, optional extras are not included in the two day 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 are as follows:
From April 2019
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 do not accept credit cards, entrance fees are payable in cash only.
No, you don't need to worry about pre-booking any of the optional extras.
All of the attractions 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.
Yes, all of our tours are in English.
Your two day tour from Edinburgh will be taken by an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly English-speaking Driver-Guide. If you require a written translation of your tour, simply 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:
You can also view and download translations by clicking here.
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!
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.
You can check for yourself! The castle have a live webcam here: http://www.eileandonancastle.com/webcam/