1-Day FREE Scottish Highlands Tour
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OUR BEST VALUE TOUR, and the Number 1 Day Tour in Scotland, according to users of Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel review site. Follow in the footsteps of Scottish Heroes, Kings and Queens on this marvellous FREE 1-day adventure from Edinburgh (£37 value). Get ‘off-the-beaten-path’ and see the REAL Highlands, away from the crowds.
During the winter months of November 2017 through to March 2018, the FREE Scottish Highlands Tour will be running on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Additional tours will run between Christmas and Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve!), with departures on December 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st! Perfect if you are visiting Edinburgh for the celebrations!
2018 Summer Timetable is yet to be released
FREE Scottish Highlands Tour Highlights:
- World-famous ‘Forth Bridge‘
- National Wallace Monument in Stirling
- The beautiful Lake of Menteith
- Leisurely lunch break in the lovely Highland village of Aberfoyle
- Little Fawn Falls nature/forest walk (subject to season/weather-permitting)
- The Lochs, Mountains & Glens of the stunning Trossachs: “Scotland in miniature”
- Our exclusive, top-secret, ‘Hairy Coo Off-Road Safari’, feeding the ‘Hairy Coos‘ (if we can find them!)
- Loch Katrine, inspiration for Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Lady of the Lake’
- Monty Python/Game of Thrones’/Outlander’s Doune Castle.
- Tour Departs Edinburgh 8:45am, Returns 6:00-6.30pm (approx)
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During Winter (November 2017 – March 2018) this tour runs Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Please see booking calendar availability below for exact tour dates.
2018 Summer Timetable is yet to be released
Check-In Location: ‘Deacon’s House Cafe’, Lawnmarket, Royal Mile (check-in begins 8.30am, please note we depart at 8.45am sharp!).
Would you like to experience a breathtaking tour of the Highlands…for FREE?
To enjoy an adventure described by this Hairy Coo Passenger as “Cootastic!”:
“Cootastic! Our tour guide Donald had the best stories and we stopped at so many places that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to see on such a short trip. A must see for visitors to Edignburugh and I truly mean it…Hope you will all visit them and support their business because its a great tour with honorable ethics.”
– Dani T., Brighton and Hove
And to see why Trip Advisor voted this #1 of 110 Edinburgh day-trips?
Please, book your free Hairy Coo Scottish Highlands Tour now.
Afterwards, you can tip whatever you feel it was worth.
On this magnificent Highland adventure, you’re shown around by a real local. You see hidden places other tourists never visit. Hear stories they’re never told. And you leave with an experience of Scotland that’s impossible to forget.
“Imagine a journey across one of the most beautiful countries in the world. On this journey you have a wise, informative and educational tour guide who never fails to entertain and educate you. From the beautiful scenery to the historical monuments and buildings. Every single part of this tour is amazing. Exploring castles, climbing 246 steps on the Wallace Monument, meeting the hairy coos and so much more. Recommended this trip to everyone and anyone.”
– Daithi O
…your journey begins at 8:45am. By 9:15, we’ve reached The Forth Bridge.
Gaze in astonishment at the Forth Bridge. Tragically, 57 people lost their lives building this 8,094 ft engineering masterpiece. It opened in March 1890, in the presence of Gustave Eiffel (of Eiffel Tower fame), and it’s said he proclaimed this bridge to be “…the 8th wonder of the World!” Sacre Bleu!
“And you think that’s impressive?” says your guide. “Wait until you see what’s next…”
10:30am: National Wallace Monument.
Feel the earth under your feet at the National Wallace Monument. And look at the stunning views of Stirling Castle! This is the same ground where Sir William Wallace sprung his ingenious trap…Slaughtered Edward I’s armies as they crossed the perilous Stirling Bridge, and took Stirling back from the English. “FREEEDOOOOM!” ;-p
11:45am: Inchamahome priory/Lake of Menteith.
On a lonely island in The Lake of Menteith, this priory was a final refuge for the 4-year-old Mary “Queen of Scots.” Henry VIII’s armies marched by unknowingly. Also the final resting place of one of the most interesting men in Scottish history, Robert Cunninghame Graham aka ‘Don Roberto’, friend of ‘Buffalo Bill’. We’ll leave that story, and many others, for the tour itself.
12:15pm: Historic Aberfoyle
At the Highland village of Aberfoyle, you stop for lunch and see the scenes that inspired him. There are fabulous cafes, pubs and restaurants. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll want a haggis and cheesy mash pie from the local Deli/Bakery, and a park bench to take in the views.
1:45pm: Glen of Trossachs/Duke’s Pass
After lunch, ramble the Glen of Trossachs before meeting a few of the locals. Now, when I say “locals,” I mean cows. Enormous, hairy, ginger cows. These magnificent yak-like creatures are native to Scotland, and they love a good selfie. Depending on the season and the weather, you might take short forest walk to see a little-known, but absolutely stunning local waterfall.
2:30pm: Loch Katrine
Step into Sir Walter Scott’s poem The Lady of the Lake, which was inspired by this beautiful place. The loch derives its name from the term cateran from the Scots’ Gaelic ceathairne, a collective word meaning “cattle-thief”, the most famous of them all whom was ‘Rob Roy MacGregor’, the Scottish ‘Robin Hood’. Your guide will tell you all about this Scottish hero/villain (depending on who’s version of history you believe!)
3:45pm: Doune Castle
Finally, step back in time at Doune Castle. This 14th Century Castle has been a setting on Outlander, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Game of Thrones. Almost all of the stone work is original. If you venture inside, you’ll see one of the best-preserved Great Halls in Scotland.
By 6:30pm, we’ve returned to Edinburgh City-Centre, having seen Mountains, Lochs, Castles, Waterfalls, and of course Hairy Coos!
What would this experience be worth to you?
Well, it’s FREE to book, and take the tour. So what have you got to lose?
Please book now. Places fill up fast.
The obvious question you’re asking is, “What’s the catch?”
Put simply, we run this tour on a tips-only basis. This means, at the end of the tour, we gratefully accept tips. This allows you to decide how much the tour is worth.
We’re handing the power back to you, the customer, and this guarantees the highest quality of tour possible.
We believe that if money is given; it should be in direct proportion to the quality of the tour, and the level of customer service you feel has been provided. No catch!
You can see snippets of this tour on our wee promotional video below, ‘A day on tour with The Hairy Coo’…
Please Note: We DO NOT carry children under 7 years’ of age on ANY of our tours, due to health and safety regulations. Due to the unique nature of the FREE Scottish Highlands Tour, the minimum age on this specific tour is 12 years old. Children aged 7-11 years old are permitted to travel on the Loch Ness, Glencoe & Whisky Tour and 3-Day Isle of Skye, Highlands & Inverness Tour.
For groups of 5 people or more, please email us with your booking request (Group Size; Names, Ages, Date of Tour) at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let you know whether we can accommodate you on a particular tour date. Please note that during the peak-season of April-October, it is highly unlikely we can accommodate large groups on this tour. During the winter season of November – March, sometimes groups larger than 4 can be accommodated by request only.
If your preferred tour date is FULL, or there aren’t enough seats available for your group, don’t panic! We regularly get late cancellations, and people who’ve booked, who don’t show for the tour. Keep checking the site to see if more seats become available.
Alternatively, you are free to turn up without a reservation on the morning of any tour departure. Any empty seats shall be allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis by our representative from 8.30 a.m. onwards. Due to high demand, we recommend booking, in order to guarantee your seat/s.