While exploring the Highlands in a day is practically impossible, we’ve designed this full day excursion from Edinburgh to give you a flavor for the stunning landscape north of the Scottish capital, its natural wonders as well as a castle and some delicious food.
Scottish Highlands In A Day Excursion
Our day begins bright and early at your hotel. Your expert guide and your driver will pick you up and you’ll start heading on a scenic drive out the city. We'll pass sites such as the Forth Bridge: a railway bridge which was completed over 125 years ago and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We’ll continue East to Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and exquisite example of Scottish Renaissance. We’ll visit the palace and gain unique insights into the domestic life of Scottish royalty while admiring the splendid remains of what was once a pleasure palace and a stopping point between Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle.
Beautiful Castles and Stunning Landscapes
Our journey will continue North-East to Stirling Castle, home of James IV and James V. Here, we’ll hear stories and intrigue of the Stewart Court while admiring the Royal Palace and the Great Hall, the largest ever built in Scotland. Completed in 1503, the Great Hall was used as a venue for courtly celebrations and important occasions.
At this point, we’ll break for lunch (at own expense). We’ll pick a restaurant or pub and feast on local delicacies such as venison or salmon, and if in season, plenty of soft fruits typical of this area. Full-bellied and rested we’ll be ready to tackle the second part of our journey. We’ll head further North to the stunning ruins of Doune Castle, once the home to the Regent of Albany and now known for its appearances in TV shows such as Game of Thrones and Outlander.
Finally, after packing in so much history, we’ll prepare our cameras and head for the grand finale of the day: we’ll arrive at Callander- the gateway to the Highlands. Set dramatically beneath wooded crags, this picturesque town is historically a meeting point between the Highlands and the Lowlands and at the edge of the Trossacks National Park. Here we'll take in Loch Lomond, and if time and weather allow, we'll take a cruise on the lake before heading back to Edinburgh.
Where do we meet? Where does it end? Your guide and driver will meet you at your accommodation. You will proceed from there.
Can we arrange to include a different castle?Yes. Please contact us about pricing options.
Do we get to see highland cows? Yes, we generally manage a stop along the way to meet the local celebrities.
Can we include a visit to a distillery?Yes. Please contact us about pricing options.
I'm not staying in Edinburgh! What should I do? If you're staying in Glasgow, we can have the car pick you up. There might be a slight additional fee depending on where you're staying in Scotland; contact us to discuss.