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Edinburgh: Isle of Skye and Highlands 3-Day Sightseeing Tour

1. Edinburgh: Isle of Skye and Highlands 3-Day Sightseeing Tour

Day 1 Departing from Edinburgh, you will travel west to Glasgow, and then into the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. On the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond sits your first stop, the charming village of Luss. Take in views of lochs, waterfalls, and Munros on your way to Rannoch Moor and Glencoe. There will be time for lunch there. Your Highland road trip then continues through Fort William and onward to the spectacular views of Glenfinnan and Loch Shiel. Departing Glenfinnan, your tour will travel north and over the bridge to Skye. You will stay overnight either in the village of Kyleakin or Broadford. Day 2 With a full day to explore the amazing Isle of Skye, your driver-guide will ensure you see the best of the island whatever the weather. You cannot miss Skye’s mountain range, the Black Cuillins. The clear, cool waters of the Fairy Pools lie near their foot in Glenbrittle. You will have time to hike to the pools and take photos of the scenery too. Your lunch stop will be in Skye’s main town of Portree, before travelling to the spectacular geological wonders of the Trotternish Peninsula. Visit the Quiraing, an iconic geological landslip. Then continue to a photo stop at the magnificent Mealt waterfall and Kilt Rock, a spectacular 90-meter-tall column of basalt that appears to resemble Scotland's national tartan dress. On your return, your tour will also stop for photos at the Old Man of Storr, a pinnacle of rock created by a massive ancient landslide. Day 3 Your final day will start with a photo stop at Eilean Donan, Scotland’s most iconic fortress. You will then go off the beaten track to visit Glenelg viewpoint for amazing views over towards Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Next, drive to Fort Augustus at the southern tip of Loch Ness, where there will be time for lunch and a stroll beside one of the world’s great waterways. Or you might like to hop on a one-hour ‘monster-spotting’ cruise. Then it’s back to dry land and a road trip through the Grampian Mountains. You will have the opportunity to visit a whisky distillery for a dram, if you have not already visited a distillery on Skye. Your final refreshment stop will be in the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry. Your tour will return to Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh via the Queensferry Crossing. As you cross, look left for a great view of Scotland’s most famous structure, the Forth Bridge. The Forth Bridge has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site, placing it on a par with the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal.

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Edinburgh: 20-Mile Cycling Loop Tour

2. Edinburgh: 20-Mile Cycling Loop Tour

Your meeting for this experience will be at the Bridgend Farmhouse, 10 minutes by car from The Royal Mile. From there, you'll start your ride out towards the Union Canal. You soon drop down to the Water of Leith and onto Dean Village. From there, continue your route to the Port of Leith for refreshments. Portobello Beach is a long promenade with an uninterrupted cycle path. Later, you complete your circle by going through the Innocent Tunnel and back to the Meadows. This is a 20-mile round-trip, throughout which you are invited to take it slow to ensure you have enough time to take photos and observe your surroundings.

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Edinburgh: Isle of Skye & Highlands 3-Day Spanish Tour

3. Edinburgh: Isle of Skye & Highlands 3-Day Spanish Tour

Discover everything the beautiful, wild Scottish Highlands has to offer on a 3-day tour with an expert Spanish guide. Capture the stunning views of the famous Loch Ness, explore the Isle of Skye, and stroll around the medieval Inverness castle. Day 1: Meet your group in the morning, hop onto the van and head into the Highlands to Pitlochry, home to one of Scotland's oldest and most beautiful distilleries - Blair Athol Distillery. Explore the 37 kilometer long Loch Ness with a fascinating history. Learn some anecdotes of the lake and gaze at Urquhart Castle, the 13th-century castle which sits on the shore of Loch Ness. Visit Inverness, known as the capital of the Highlands, and enjoy the panoramic views from Inverness castle. Day 2: Stroll around Portree in your free time, trek along the well-known Man of Storr trail and contemplate the view at the stunning waterfall, Lealt Falls. See Kilt Rock, a section of sea cliffs 55 meters in height with an incredible waterfall. Finally, head to the famous Neist lighthouse a short walk along a cliff path. Featured on the cover of numerous magazines and postcards, the lighthouse is only five minutes away from the parking lot. Day 3: Visit Fort Augustus and learn about the Caledonian Canal lock system. From here, explore the majestic and deep valley of Glen Coe. Admire the beautiful scenery and narrow stone bridge in Killin, followed by a walk to see the monument of national hero, William Wallace. Lastly, see The Kelpies, two giant, Scottish folklore horse sculptures, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Scotland, in recent years. Take the opportunity to explore the River Carron before returning back to Edinburgh on the van.

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Edinburgh White Water Rafting and Whisky Tasting

4. Edinburgh White Water Rafting and Whisky Tasting

You will be collected from Edinburgh city center at 08:00 by minibus, and drive north over the Forth Road Bridge where you can see the magnificent three bridges of Scotland. You will then continue north past Perth and into Highland Perthshire,  arriving at Splash White Water Rafting in the town of Aberfeldy at 09:30, ready to go rafting on the River Tay. After a kit brief from your guides, you'll get kitted up with all equipment required and then walk 200 meters to the river to get a safety brief. Then it's onto the rafts for the start of a 6-mile rafting trip which flows through some of the best Highland scenery in Scotland, and is a mix of flat fast moving water and bouncy rapids of various sizes. This rafting trip is graded 1-3; (rivers are graded 1-5 for white water rafting). The River Tay being in the middle grades makes it an excellent introduction trip to white water rafting. The last section of the trip flowing through the small village of Grandtully is where all the main rapids are, and all the skills you learned on the way down the river will be put to the test. At the end of the rafting trip at 12:30, you'll be transferred back to Aberfeldy to the base where you can get changed into dry clothes. Then it's time to walk the 300 meters to the  neighboring Dewar's Distillery, where you'll have a short guided tour of this excellent visitor experience and Highland Whisky Distillery. There is an excellent cafe onsite, or you may decide to walk the short distance into the town of Aberfeldy to visit some of the many cafes and shops available. At 15:00 it's time to meet back at the Splash Rafting base to get on the bus and head back to Edinburgh, where you'll arrive between 16L30 and 17:00.

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Edinburgh River Tay Half-Day Rafting Adventure

5. Edinburgh River Tay Half-Day Rafting Adventure

Starting from the base in Aberfeldy, your half-day rafting trip includes all equipment, transport on and off the river, experienced raft guides on each raft, a trip leader on each trip and an operations manager on dry land.  Free professional photography with every trip is also included so everyone leaves with lots of photos of their whitewater rafting adventure. A thrilling half-day experience for all ages and sizes, rafting on River Tay offers you the perfect conditions to get your feet wet and learn rafting skills from your expert guides. River Tay keeps first-time rafters and seasoned rafters on their toes; Rapids such as 'Zoom Flume' and 'The Washing Machine' will offer your first set of exciting rapid challenges, before the grand finale: 'The Grandtully Rapid.' This is the longest rapid on the river and provides one or two surprises for the unwary rafter!

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What people are saying about Edinburgh

We had a great trip with Discover Scotland Tours. Cliff was an excellent guide - friendly and knowledgeable, and ever accommodating to the group's needs. The scenery was amazing! We stopped at a nice variety of places - some of the classic well-known spots and some a little more off the tourist trail. Overall I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone.

I had a great time. Our tour guide was Michael and he was superb. I loved how passionate and patient he was when I asked too many questions about history. I had the best time and learned a lot about Scotland. I will come back and I highly recommend this company. Even better if you get Michael. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Absolutely amazing trip! I am glad that I didn't drive down as I could relax while our guide John drove us down and told us interesting stories related to the history of the places we were visiting. I would definitely recommend this if you have not been here before.

Highly recommended! Nick, overall lovely guy, is a great driver and excellent guide. His historical/local anecdotes, illustrative tea towels and thematic music added great value to the trip.

We had a great experience. Our tour guide/driver is very nice.