Last updated on September 27th, 2020
There’s so much more to Scotland than castles and busy cities. Add a little variation to your Scottish holiday with the best tours in Scotland that will transport you across stunning landscapes, fascinating whisky distilleries and tranquil lochs – some with monsters in them!
Discover the very best of Scotland when you book a professionally guided tour from the list below.
Learn the history and the legend of Loch Lomond and the surrounding areas, while enjoying some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Enjoy a cruise commentary by famed historian and archaeologist Neil Oliver, best known from BBC’s “Coast” and “A History of Scotland”.
See the remains of Urquhart Castle, situated on the banks of Loch Ness. At one time this was one of the largest castles in Scotland. The cruise departs from the Clansman Harbour on Loch Ness and sails for 30 minutes to Urquhart Castle. Enjoy an hour of exploring Urquhart Castle before returning to the Clansman Harbour.
Spend 2 hours on a round-trip sail to Urquhart Castle from Dochgarroch Lock. Your cruise sails from Dochgarroch Loch on the Caledonian Canal and heads to the heart of the mystery, where you’ll learn the fascinating story of Loch Ness. Enjoy the views and the selection of hot and cold Scottish snacks on board and there’s also a bar if you fancy a wee dram.
This tour starts with a whisky barrel car ride which takes guests through the production and maturation process of Scotch whisky. This is followed by a sensory journey of Scotland including an introduction to Scotch whisky aromas and a tutored appreciation of Scotch whisky along with a viewing of the world’s largest collection of Scotch Whisky.
After leaving Glasgow, stop at the ‘bonnie banks’ of Loch Lomond, one of the prettiest and largest lochs in the whole of Scotland. Take a one-hour cruise, enjoying spectacular views of the loch’s many islands and the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, take a stroll through the picturesque loch-side conservation village of Luss, with its stunning views across the loch’s western shoreline.
Discover the Dockside Story and soak in the history of the Old Pumphouse and the historic area of the Queen’s Dock in the self-guided area at the start of the tour. Learn about the birth of the whisky industry and Glasgow’s history, featuring live footage and animation bringing the story to life.
This tour meets on the iconic Royal Mile and you’ll have a short walk to one of the supplier’s outstanding whisky venues. Over the next two hours, drink 4 outstanding single malt scotch whiskys taken from the 4 major whisky-producing regions of Scotland. These whiskys will range from the relatively delicate and subtle flavours of the Lowlands to the bold and robust tastes from Islay.
Take a journey through the highlands on a full-day excursion that begins when you cross the Moray Firth from Inverness. Travel to the scenic Black Isle and then on to the beautiful estuary of the Cromarty Firth. The estuary is one of the largest areas of unspoiled mudflats in the U.K. and an important staging post for wildfowl as they migrate south.
There is perhaps no sight more spectacular than the sun setting on Loch Lomond and this 1 hour and 15-minute cruise affords you the opportunity to experience it for yourself. Hop aboard for this magical way to end any day. Depart from Balloch village and set sail beyond the stately homes of historic Scottish industrialists, all within view of Ben Lomond, Scotland’s most southerly Munro.
Get up close to over 1,500 creatures and find out what it feels like to touch a starfish and other creatures living in the interactive rock pool. Visit the playful family of otters Lily, Pickle and Cub, then journey through the tropical ocean tunnel and come face-to-face with blacktip sharks and other critters of the sea.
The Firth of Forth is simply overflowing with myths, turbulent history, and fascinating marine wildlife. Join this boat tour on a 90-minute cruise onboard a superb vessel. Depart from South Queensferry, which is only a short distance from Scotland’s bustling capital city of Edinburgh.
A warm welcome awaits you in Speyside, home to more than half of Scotland’s malt whiskey distilleries. You’ll have a chance to sample the whiskey and enjoy the magnificent scenery of Cairngorm, Speyside and Royal Deeside.
Complete your trip to Jackson Hole with a visit to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Discover a museum that seeks to impart knowledge and inspire appreciation of humanity’s relationship with wildlife and nature through art and education. Enjoy 14 Masterwork Galleries, the Children’s Gallery and the outdoor Sculpture Trail.
Depart Edinburgh and head north into the mountainous Highlands. Arrive in the Victorian town of Oban and enjoy a tour and tasting of Oban Distillery. Then head to Kennacraig and board the ferry to Islay. The ferry takes around 2 hours. Admire beautiful views of the islands and the surrounding area and relax in the bar with an Islay whisky.
Discover how Glasgow played such an important role in helping the whisky industry kick off centuries ago. Visit four of the nicest whisky institutions in Glasgow. Venues that are well known for having an extensive variety of whisky and other spirits in addition to great food. Book now and allow yourself to taste the very best that Scotland has to offer.