Shore Excursion in Scotland
SHORE EXCURSIONS FROM EDINBURGH / GLASGOW / INVERNESS
Highland Experience Tours depart uniquely from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness and now also offers shore excursions from your port of call at Leith, Rosyth, South Queensferry, Greenock and Invergordon.
These excursions are designed to meet your ship’s timings so you can relax and enjoy your day out. Let us take you on a personal and unique tour of Scotland with our knowledgeable driver-guides.
The tours below are just a few samples of what we can offer. Please let us know if you have something else in mind and we will be delighted to discuss your requirements with you.
SHORE EXCURSIONS FROM EDINBURGH (SOUTH QUEENSFERRY / LEITH / ROSYTH)
TOUCH OF THE HIGHLANDS (6-8 HOURS)
As you head towards the Highlands you’ll be able to stop to photograph the amazing Forth Railway Bridge. You’ll then pass beautiful Stirling Castle and head to the picturesque village of Crieff. Over lunch you can choose to explore Crieff or visit the Glenturret Distillery (home of the Famous Grouse Brand)*.
Further north, we enter the Sma’ Glen and all of a sudden you’ll know that you have arrived in the Highlands as the countryside takes on a much more imposing character.
The Hermitage is a beautiful National Trust site on the banks of the River Braan. This is the perfect spot for a leafy walk through stunning countryside. See Ossian’s Cave and Ossian’s Hall, a Victorian folly built to honour the immortal band of the Gaels.
On the way back, we stop for coffee at Dunkeld on the banks of the River Tay. Take a look at its beautiful cathedral and be transported back in time to when Dunkeld was a pocket-sized city and the centre of Scottish Christianity.
ST ANDREWS & FISHING VILLAGES OF FIFE (6-8 HOURS)
This tour is all about Fife and to get there we cross the Firth of Forth - this is your perfect chance to get a photograph of the famous Forth Railway Bridge.
St Andrews is the star attraction of this tour. As the spiritual home of golf, it is a must see for all devotees of the game, but it also boasts a stunning beach, great cafes and shops, a beautiful university. You will also have the time to visit the castle and the ancient cathedral*.
You'll also explore the East Neuk. This is an often forgotten corner of Fife that has some particularly beautiful historic fishing villages and stunning coastal scenery.
To finish, you'll stop at Anstruther and have the chance to experience an award-winning "fish supper" (as it's known to true Scots). Then you'll head back full of good food and good memories.
ROSSLYN CHAPEL AND DUNFERMLINE ABBEY (6-8 HOURS)
This tour brings Scotland's medieval history to life, but we start with a more modern marvel, the Forth Railway Bridge. As we cross into Fife your guide will tell you about the heroes of Scotland's past who battled in this ancient kingdom.
Your first stop is the town of Dunfermline. Walk down the beautiful nave of Dunfermline Abbey*, the final resting place of Robert the Bruce, who battled for Scotland's right to be a nation.
Then tour continues with a historical mystery at Rosslyn Chapel*, made famous in Dan Brown's novel the Da Vinci Code. Is this the resting place of the Holy Grail? No one really knows, but you'll love the chapel and the beautiful walk you can take through Roslin Glen and the ruins of Rosslyn. Castle.
SHORE EXCURSIONS FROM GLASGOW(GREENOCK)
LOCH LOMOND & STIRLING (6-8 HOURS)
As you are travelling through Stirlingshire, our guide will bring to life the turbulent times of William Wallace - dramatised in the film Braveheart - and explain his link to the countryside you're passing through. We'll stop at the beautiful city of Stirling, site of the Wallace Monument. You'll have ample time to explore the stunning castle* or stroll through the beautiful and ancient streets that surround it.
Take in the view along the Duke's Pass. Our route takes you through the spectacular Duke's Pass which offers spectacular views to the peaks of the stunning Trossach Mountains and carries you past some of Scotland's most picturesque lochs.
Your lunchtime stop is by Loch Lomond. Why not try lunch at a traditional pub built out of a 300-year-old oak tree and then walk the shores of Britain's largest expanse of fresh water? This is the place of the first National Park of Scotland, so just relax and enjoy the views of the magnificent landscape.
SHORE EXCURSIONS FROM INVERNESS (INVERGORDON)
INVERNESS & LOCH NESS (6-8 HOURS)
This wonderful one-day tour provides a real taste of the Highlands. It includes a drive through the scenic Black Isle, monster spotting on Loch Ness and the chance to visit Urquhart Castle.
Meet your guide and drive along the Cromarty Firth, across the Black Isle for a city tour of the capital of the Highlands. Once you get to Inverness you can see the Victorian Market, River Ness and Inverness Castle.
You will then drive south along Loch Ness to join a boat cruise that will take you to visit Urquhart Castle*. This is a magnificent stronghold that once was one of Scotland’s largest castles. Its remains at the banks of Loch Ness allow you to enjoy fantastic views of the largest mass of fresh water in the UK. Also famous for the legend of the Loch Ness monster, you will have the opportunity to learn about this worldwide known mystery.
PRICES FOR 2017
Prices from £69.00pp – please contact us for availability and full details.
PLEASE NOTE THE ITINERARIES WILL VARY ACCORDING TO THE TIME AVAILABLE OFF SHORE
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