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Notes for Edinburgh & Glasgow Tours:
All tours are full day tours and are guided in English.  Lunches are not included. However you will either stop in small Highland villages, where you can  choose where you eat, or country family establishments where there is a choice to suite all budgets. These places are always chosen for their charm and character to give you the taste of Highland Hospitality.

Visitor Attractions are not included but we have negotiated reductions to some on your behalf. This is where the Rabbie's Discount card, handed out to all passengers, comes in handy. Clothing – because we believe in time off the bus and give you opportunities to take nature walks. We recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear on your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!

Winter Tours – whilst travelling around the Highlands in winter can be the most spectacular time to do so, sometimes the routes we take are altered a little depending on the conditions and tours normally run about half and hour earlier. In winter (November to March) the castles are not open but can be viewed from outside. Tours are operated by Rabbie's Trail Burners who have achieve a gold award in the UK's leading green accreditation scheme, demonstrating their high level commitment to protecting the environment and sustainable tourism practices.
 

There will be no tour departures on the following dates:
 11/13 & 14, 12/25 & 26/14, 1/1 & 2, 3/12/15

Out of Edinburgh

Out of Glasgow

All tours below start from 207 High Street.

 

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands
Daily - (No Tour on 12/24 & 31)
Departs 08.00  Returns 20.00
 
Loch Lomond National Park & Stirling Castle
Daily
Departs 09.15  Returns 18.00
 
Highland Lochs, Glens & Whisky
Daily
Departs 09.00   Returns 19.00
 
West Highland Lochs, & Castles
Daily
Departs 08.30   Returns 18.30
 
St. Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife
Daily
Departs 09.30    Returns 18.00
 
Rosslyn Chapel & the Scottish Borders
Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun - to 3/31/14,
Mon, Tue, Thurs, Sat & Sun - from 4/1/2014
Departs 09.30       Returns 16.15
 
Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Coast & the Borders
Daily
4/1-10/31 - Returns 19:00.
Hadrian's Wall & Scottish Borders
2014 - Saturdays & Sundays
Departs 8:30     Returns 19:00


 

Tours depart from outside the Tourist Information Office at 11 George Square.
 

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond National Park & Whisky tour
Daily
Departs 09.00    Returns 18.00
 
Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands
Daily, no tour on 12/24, 12/31
Departs 08.00  Returns 19.45
 
Oban, Glencoe, West Highland Lochs & Castles
Mon, Tues, Thur, Sat & Sun - to 3/31/2014,
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat - from 4/1/2014
Departs 09.00  Returns 19.00
 
Culzean Castle, Burns Country & the Ayrshire Coast -2014
Thursdays & Sundays
4/1 - 10/31
Departs 09.30  Returns 19.00
 

 

 

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LOCH NESS, GLENCOE & THE HIGHLANDS

Your chance to see “Nessie” and follow a route through some of the most spectacular and haunting Highland scenery.

Your tour passes through magnificent Glencoe, scene of the clan massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells in 1692, and on through Fort William, the beginning of the “Great Glen” and the Caledonian canal, which you follow up to Fort Augustus, nestling on the banks of Loch Ness.

Here you can enjoy your lunch, a boat trip (optional, from Easter) or take a wander along the lochside with spectacular views of the loch.

From here you return south to Edinburgh via “Monarch of the Glen” country, stopping in Pitlochry on the way.

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LOCH LOMOND NATIONAL PARK & STIRLING CASTLE

A day spent in the land of Scots heroes Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace.

You travel to Stirling Castle, where you can visit this imposing stronghold, favourite residence of the Stuart Kings and where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned.

You then continue into the beautiful forested hills of the Trossachs National Park and stop for lunch in Aberfoyle. After lunch you ‘take the high road’ to Loch Lomond and you will travel through the protected lands of Scotland’s first National Park.
The route you take is along the eastern shores, a beautiful sheltered stretch of the loch and the perfect place to enjoy a walk along the ‘bonny banks’. You can enjoy the view of the loch and walk in the footsteps of Scotland’s famous highland folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor.

From here you return to Edinburgh in the late afternoon.

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HIGHLAND LOCHS, GLENS & WHISKY

You travel over the Forth Road Bridge past Perth to Dunkeld and the Hermitage, in Macbeth’s Birnam Wood, for a forest walk amongst spectacular waterfalls and some of the tallest trees in the country.

Then journey north for lunch at Pitlochry before travelling to see the Queen’s View on Loch Tummel.

Your afternoon continues with a visit to Dewar’s Whisky Distillery, before travelling the length of majestic Loch Tay, beneath the dramatic Ben Lawers to Killin in romantic Glen Dochart, an area abundant with ancient history.

From here you journey through Rob Roy country past Stirling Castle on your way back to Edinburgh.

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WEST HIGHLAND LOCHS & CASTLES

You travel by Stirling and on to Doune Castle, set of Monty Python’s “Holy Grail”, for a photo stop.

From here you continue north into the Highlands with an afternoon stop by Kilchurn Castle, magnificently situated at the head of Loch Awe.

Turning south you visit the white-washed 18th Century town of Inveraray, home to the Duke of Argyll’s castle, before continuing over the spectacular “Rest and be Thankful” pass to Loch Lomond, stopping at the conservation village of Luss, set on its “bonny, bonny banks”.

From here you return to Edinburgh, stopping briefly under Stirling castle.

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ST. ANDREWS & THE FISHING VILLAGES OF FIFE

This tour takes you to South Queensferry to view the “8th Wonder of the World”.

Then travel into the medieval Kingdom of Fife, following the coastal route through the pretty fishing villages in the East Neuk of Fife (including stopping in Anstruther). This gives you approx 3 hours to enjoy the historic city of St. Andrews. You can visit its cathedral, castle and University, shop at leisure and take a walk along its beautiful white sandy beach next to the Old Course, the home of golf.

You then travel westwards through the heart of Fife, stopping in the historic village of Falkland, home to James V’s historic Renaissance Palace.

From here you return home to Edinburgh.

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ROSSLYN CHAPEL & THE SCOTTISH BORDERS

Uncover the myths and legends around the Da Vinci Code, the Knights Templar and the heart of Robert the Bruce.
Your tour takes you south to the world famous Scott’s View, with stunning views over the Tweed Valley and the Eildon Hills.

From here you travel to Melrose exploring the great Border Abbey of Melrose, burial place of Robert the Bruce’ heart. This is also your lunch stop.

From here you will make your way to the stunning 15th Century Rosslyn Chapel, immortalised in Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” where you can find out more about the myths and legends surrounding the whereabouts of the “Holy Grail”. From here you return to Edinburgh.

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STIRLING CASTLE, LOCH LOMOND & WHISKY TOUR

You travel first to Stirling Castle where you can visit this imposing stronghold, the favourite residence of the Stuart kings and where Mary Queen of Scots was crowned.

You then continue into the beautiful forest-covered mountains of the Trossachs and stop for lunch in heart of the National Park. This area, on the southern edge of the Highlands was home to Rob Roy MacGregor, the famous Scottish outlaw.

From here a short drive takes you to the “bonny, bonny banks” of Loch Lomond. At Loch Lomond you can visit the National Park Centre or walk along part of the West Highland Way to a hilltop viewpoint with spectacular views of the loch.

Afterwards visit the malt whisky distillery of Glengoyne for a tour and dram before returning to Glasgow.

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LOCH NESS, GLENCOE & THE HIGHLANDS

Your tour passes through the remote beauty of Rannoch Moor and magnificent Glencoe, scene of the clan massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells in 1692.

Then through Fort William to the beginning of the “Great Glen” and the Caledonian Canal, which you follow up to Fort Augustus, nestling on the banks of Loch Ness. Here you can enjoy your lunch, before travelling the full length of Loch Ness to Inverness.

Along the way you will have the opportunity to take a 5 star Jacobite boat cruise on Scotland’s most famous loch, giving you a chance to search for the legendary monster, popularly known as “Nessie” and enjoy the views to the ancient stronghold of Urquhart Castle. From here you return south to Glasgow via “Monarch of the Glen” country and the Cairngorms National Park, stopping in Pitlochry and passing Stirling Castle on the way before your return journey to Glasgow.

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OBAN, GLENCOE, WEST HIGHLAND LOCHS & CASTLES

You travel north into the Highlands, and over the “Rest and be Thankful” pass to the white-washed 18th century town of Inveraray, home to the Duke of Argyll’s Castle.

Following a visit to Inveraray, you continue to the iconic Kilchurn Castle*, magnificently situated at the head of Loch Awe and surrounded by towering mountains.

After lunch in the fishing port of Oban, famous as the Gateway to the Isles, you will continue along the stunning west coast through Appin, passing the impregnable Castle Stalker, before spending the afternoon in the majestic beauty of Glencoe, one of the Scots’ favorite mountain regions.

Then its onwards across the wild Rannoch Moor heading south, stopping at Loch Lomond on the way before your return journey to Glasgow.

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CULZEAN CASTLE, BURNS COUNTRY & THE AYRSHIRE COAST - 2014

Departing from Glasgow you quickly climb into the Renfrewshire Hills where the first stop of the day will give you a glimpse into the future at Europe’s largest windfarm – big enough to supply clean energy to over 180,000 homes. From here the road south into Ayrshire is quick and easy passing through rich farming country with many small towns and villages.

On arrival at Culzean Country Park you will have the choice of visiting the castle and gardens or just the gardens and woodland walks. An entry fee is payable on arrival. (Please note there is no free option at this stop). The castle dates from the late 18th Century – a peaceful time in Scottish history so it is less of a defensive castle and more like a great country house with fine furniture and beautiful Robert Adam architecture. Sitting right on the edge of the cliffs looking out over the Firth of Clyde the views are superb and the surrounding gardens are beautiful. For those who like walking there are miles of tracks and footpaths through the grounds – taking in the Swan Pond, deer park, and walled gardens as well as rocky coves and sandy beaches. This will also be your lunch stop.

After lunch you will follow the coastline to the tiny fishing village of Dunure with its ancient ruined castle and dark history. Continuing on, the road leads down into the outskirts of the market town of Ayr. This is the countryside of Robert Burn’s, Scotland’s national poet. You will see many places mentioned in his poems and songs –from Auld Kirk Alloway to the “Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon”. The recently redeveloped visitor centre will tell you all you need to know about this remarkable man. Born a poor farmer’s son but now famous as the writer of “Auld Lang Syne”, a song known and sung in friendship throughout the world.

There are also riverside walks and the Auld Brig (old bridge) to explore as well as the haunted ruins of the old church.

From here we return to Glasgow for approx. 18.00.

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ALNWICK CASTLE, NORTHUMBERLAND COAST & THE BORDERS

A day spent in the Borderlands of Scotland and England. Our tour follows the ancient Roman Dere Street that connected Scottish Caledonia with Roman Britannia through the Scottish Borders.

Stopping in the Borders town of Kelso, you can explore this handsome town with what is thought to be Scotland’s largest market square. You will also see the ruins of Kelso Abbey, one of the reminders of the many ancient conflicts between Scotland and England.

Continuing South you will cross the border and travel to imposing Alnwick Castle, one of the great castles of Northumberland that has stood for nearly a millenium. Originally built to protect the north of England from Scottish border reivers and invaders, more recently Alnwick Castle and its perfectly manicured gardens have found fame as one of the settings for the fictional Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter movie series.

After almost 3 hours to explore Alnwick Castle you travel north along the Northumberland Coast, one of the UK’s most outstanding area’s of natural beauty. Stopping along the way to admire some of the area’s best known landmarks including the ancient gateway town of Berwick Upon Tweed, a strategic walled town at the estuary of the River Tweed, that has swung between Scottish and English control over many centuries.

Continuing north along the rugged coast of Berwickshire and East Lothian you will return to Edinburgh approx. 19.00..

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HADRIAN'S WALL & SCOTTISH BORDERS - 2014

New Tour!

Departing 08.30 from Edinburgh you travel South on old Roman Dere Street that linked the supply ports on the South of England with the ancient City of York, and North past Hadrian’s Wall to the Roman settlements in Central Scotland. Your first stop on this tour will be in the Border town of Jedburgh, a historic Burgh that lies only 12 miles north of the Scotland- England Border.

On arrival in Jedburgh you will have time to take a short walk through the narrow streets that lead to the remains of the Augustinian Abbey. The Abbey has been a great symbol of power during its 900 year history.

Continuing south you make a brief stop at scenic Carter Bar on the edge of the Cheviot Hills. This crossing point between Scotland and England runs close to the ancient Roman Road and has formed the Border between the two countries for the past 700 years.

The tour continues through the magnificent forests of Northumberland National Park before turning west towards the remains of Hadrian’s Wall. You follow the road taking you along the south side of the wall, stopping at Steel Rigg where you come face to face with large sections of the walls remains. You will have time to walk along the wall and experience the isolation that Roman foot soldier’s would have experienced as they guarded their empire from the barbarians to the North.

We continue our journey West along the wall towards the village of Lanercost, the Western gateway to Hadrian’s Wall. After pausing for lunch you travel a short distance to Birdoswald, one of the best preserved of the 16 Roman Forts along the length of Hadrian’s Wall. You will have time to explore this fascinating site and further sections of the wall before you turn north for the return journey. Travelling through the Galloway hills, you stop in the Victorian Spa town of Moffat before continuing through the Southern Uplands and Scottish Borders.

Return to Edinburgh for approx. 19.00.

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