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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 (Easter to December – subject to availability) 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.
Rabbie’s Café, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh. Click here to see map.
Return to Waterloo Place
Transportation by top of the range Mercedes minicoach for a more personal experience with a maximum of 16 passengers on tour.
We believe a small group tour with a maximum of 16 passengers really does make a big difference to your trip. It allows us to give you a more personal service and remain the only 5 Star operator to offer this personal guarantee. Touring with a maximum of 16 passengers you get more for your money, more personal attention, more time with the locals, more time off the bus, more time on the back-roads and just more of an authentic, friendly experience. The smaller groups allow you to meet people from all over the world and make friends for life.
Air Conditioning as standard.
Services of a professional Rabbie’s driver/guide
Your chance to see “Nessie”
Lunch and refreshments.
Loch Ness boat cruise.
* Loch Ness boat cruise available from Easter to December.
**The boat trip on Loch Ness may not always be available on busy weekends and bank holidays..
Students, Seniors over 60 and Children between 5 and 16 (we regret we do not carry children under 5 years old)
Because we believe in time off the bus we recommend you bring suitable clothing and footwear for your tour. Scotland can be a wet place!! The Loch Ness boat cruise only runs from Easter to December
Depart Edinburgh 8.00 am and travel northwest past Linlithgow palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, and Stirling Castle. Stirling castle was once known as the ‘Key to Scotland’, with its imposing position in the centre of the country. To the north is the 220ft high tower of the National Wallace Monument commemorating Scotland’s great hero William Wallace, played by Mel Gibson in the Oscar-winning movie Braveheart.
You pass close to the scene of Wallace’s greatest triumph, the battle of Stirling Bridge, where he defeated the English army in 1297. To the south is Bannockburn where, in 1314, the great Scottish warrior-king Robert the Bruce defeated the English army of Edward II, restoring independence for Scotland. A little further on you will make a short stop for coffee at Callander, the ‘frontier town’ on the edge of the Highlands. Crossing the Highland boundary fault line the scenery changes quickly and dramatically, the flat fertile plains of the lowlands giving way to shimmering lochs, rugged mountain tops and forest-filled glens. It’s easy to forget that this was once thought of as a dangerous frontier, fought over by the fiercely territorial Highland clans such as the MacGregors, and made famous by highland folk hero, Rob Roy MacGregor.
Travelling north through Breadalbane (meaning the ‘High Country of Scotland’), you climb towards the wild desolation of Rannoch Moor. At an altitude of over 1000ft, covered by heather and peat-bogs and dotted with dozens of lochs, it’s an unique landscape. This contrasts with the spectacular mountain scenery as you pass the majestic peak of Buachaille Etive Mor (meaning ‘the great shepherd of Etive’) and down into Scotland’s most famous valley, Glencoe. Stunningly beautiful, with its dramatic cliff faces and steep slopes, Glencoe is infamous as the site of the Glencoe massacre in 1692. Following orders from King William, Scottish soldiers under the leadership of Captain Robert Campbell slaughtered 38 men, women and children of the Macdonald clan. This was especially shocking as the soldiers had been living with the people of Glencoe for 2 weeks and killed them in their own homes. No-one was ever punished for this crime, as the King himself had signed the order, but because it was murder under trust, the Highlands would never be the same again. Beyond Glencoe you will enter the Great Glen, a deep glacial valley following a geological fault line.
Passing through the town of Fort William you drive under Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis before arriving at Fort Augustus on the southern shore of Loch Ness. At 23 miles long and over 700ft deep it’s the largest loch by volume in Scotland and contains more water than every lake in England and Wales combined! The loch is best known for the legendary sightings of the Loch Ness Monster (“Nessie”) and you can take the opportunity of a boat cruise* on the loch to go in search of the monster, or simply to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Fort Augustus is a pretty little town in its own right, the Caledonian Canal which links the lochs of the Great Glen dominates the town and makes a great place to relax and watch the boats sail by. You will stop here for nearly 2 hours to give you time for lunch and take in the scenery around Scotland’s most famous loch.
From Loch Ness you head south through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park. Your route takes us alongside Loch Laggan (the setting for the BBC series ‘Monarch of the Glen’), over the Drumochter Pass (1500ft above sea level) and past 13th century Blair Castle, ancestral home of the Duke of Atholl. Your next stop is the Highland resort town of Pitlochry, built on Victorian tourism and nestled amongst the mountains of Highland Perthshire. After Pitlochry, you continue south through the forests of Perthshire, famous as Macbeth country, and past Perth itself. Perth was the medieval capital of Scotland, where for hundreds of years Scottish monarchs were crowned at nearby Scone Palace. South of Perth you drive past Loch Leven, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned by her Protestant nobles, before escaping to England where she was eventually executed by her cousin Elizabeth I. Then it is over the famous Forth Bridge before returning to Edinburgh.
Return time – Approx 20.00
Adult Price : Rs. 4,999
Students & Senior Citizens : Rs. 4,699
Departs: 08.00 Returns: 20.00 approx
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Purpose of Travel: Tourist
Documents required from Applicant:
|Passport: Original Passport with validity of minimum six months and minimum two blank pages for visa stamp.
a) Attach all previous passports to show previous travel history.UK Visa Application Form: Visa application form has to be filled by the applicant. ·Covering-Letter from applicant on business letter head mentioning name, designation, purpose and duration of visit in brief. Addressed to – The Visa Officer, British High Commission, New Delhi
Covering letter on Letterhead if applicant is Self Employed or on plain paper if employed.Financials
a) Personal ITR for 3 yrs.
b) Six months salary slip
c) Original Personal Bank Statement for last 01 months mentioning the Bank’s name, Bank’s Telephone Number clearly with sign and stamp.
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Proof of Accommodation : Hotel confirmation
Airline Reservation : Ticket Itinerary
b) Applications are accepted through respective outsourced visa application centers.
Visa fees and charges
|General visitors||Visa application fee(INR)||Visa application guide|
|Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)||8400||General visitor|
|Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years)||29190||General visitor|
|Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)||53655||General visitor|
|Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)||77385||General visitor|
|Business visitors||Visa application fee(INR)||Visa application guide|
|Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)||8400||Business visitor|
|Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years)||29190||Business visitor|
|Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)||53655||Business visitor|
|Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)||77385||Business visitor|
|Academic visitor (up to 12 months)||8400||Business visitor|
|Clinical attachment, dental observation or PLAB test||8400||Business visitor|
Declaration: – Xtra Mile Travel & Education Services does not hold any responsibility of issuance of visas. The Embassies/Consulates are the sole deciding authorities for granting visas. Xtra Mile Travel & Education Services can only give advice on additional documents required. In case of Personal interview of the applicant, the conveyance charges to approach the diplomatic mission will have to be borne by the applicant themselves. Xtra Mile Travel & Education Services cannot be held liable for non-issuance or late issuance of visa by the Embassies/consulates