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6 Top tours of Scotland

See legendary castles and spellbinding highlands in the company of an expert guide.

From castles to highlands and lochs to isles, Scotland is known for its dramatic scenery and endless vistas. The mighty Edinburgh Castle, Isle of Skye and Scottish highlands are just a few sights that should be on your bucket list. For the tastebuds, try black pudding and haggis at least once.

These Scotland tours provide best-in-class sights and excursions at a great value, putting more pounds sterling in your pocket for a wee dram of whisky at the end of the day.

1. Skye and Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh

On gorgeous, winding drives along the rugged northwest coast, you’ll soak in wild beauty of the Scottish Highlands. This tour stops at Glencoe and Loch Ness along the way, with two nights spent in Portree, the charming capital city of Skye. You’ll have ample time to explore local pubs and wander through the stunning landscape — with and without your guide.

  • Length: 3 days
  • Included: Accommodation at a 3-star hotel or bed and breakfast, and transport from place to place in a Mercedes mini-coach. An expert guide is included, but you’ll pay for meals.
  • Group size: Capped at 16 people.
Book the three-day Skye and Scottish Highlands tour here

2. In-depth tour of Islay and the Whisky Coast

Visit Loch Lomond National Park, explore seaside towns and taste locally-brewed whiskey on this immersive cultural tour. Discover why Scottish people called this dark grain drink the “water of life,” and learn the significance of the distinctive smoky flavors while seeing historical sights firsthand.

  • Length: 4 days
  • Included: All meals, accommodations, an expert guide, and transportation.
  • Group size: Capped at 16 people.
Book the four-day Islay and the Whisky Coast tour here

3. Budget backpacker Isle of Skye and the Highlands Tour

For less than $100 a day, you thoroughly tour the Scottish highlands. Listen to stories told by a local guide along the way and traditional music. A whiskey distillery tour is included in the price.

  • Length: 3 days
  • Included: 2 nights of dorm accommodation, drive and expert guide, whiskey distillery tour in the highlands.
  • Group size: Capped at 41 people.
Book the three-day backpacker Isle of Skye and the Highlands tour here

4. Isle of Skye from Inverness

See essential Isle of Skye sights in just one day, with 10 stops throughout your journey. You’ll visit the village of Achnasheen and Kyleakin, where the legendary Castle Moil is located. Snap pics of Kilt Rock, the Old Man of Storr, Trotternish Ridge, Eilean Donan Castle and more. Don’t worry about the pace — you can grab coffee in a local cafe along the way.

  • Length: 1 day
  • Included: Transportation and a professional guide.
  • Group size: Capped at 29 people.
Book the one-day Isle of Skye from Inverness tour here

5. Historic Highlands Jacobite Experience

This private tour is for history junkies that want to trace the fateful footsteps of the legendary Jacobites. Explore Culloden Battlefield and have tea at the Culloden House Hotel — where Bonnie Prince Charles stayed before the infamous battle on the moor. You’ll also visit Fort George.

  • Length: 1 day
  • Included: Transportation, lunch, tea and an expert guide.
  • Group size: Private.
Book the one-day Historic Highlands Jacobite tour here

6. Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky

In just one day, you’ll visit four iconic locations around Scotland, starting at the Deacon’s House Cafe in Edinburgh, including the Kelpies and the Helix, Scotland’s largest public art installation. Choose to tour Doune Castle or Deanston Distillery and Visitor Center, and see Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle — for less than $60 per person.

  • Length: 1 day
  • Included: Expert guide and transportation. Pay extra for admission to each destination.
  • Group size: Capped at 16 people.
Book the one-day Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond and Whisky tour here

Best Scotland tour for Outlander fans: Full-day Outlander Experience in the Scottish Highlands from Inverness

Did you fall in love with rugged, red-haired Jamie and headstrong Claire in the Outlander series? Visit real-life locations from Diana Gabaldon’s stories, including Clava Cairns, Urquhart Castle, Castle Leoch and more.

Book the Full-day Outlander Experience tour here

How we chose these tours

When selecting tours for this list, we weighed overall value against price point. We selected itineraries that visit key sites around Scotland with well-paced daily schedules known for delivering immersive, culturally authentic insight each locale. We looked at the quality of transportation and accommodations for every tour, and confirmed the best-in-class reputation of each company’s expert guides. Finally, we considered customer reviews and firsthand travel experiences.

Bottom line

Booking a tour through Scotland can enrich your experience with sights, sounds and expert guidance that you might otherwise miss. After you’ve got your sightseeing straightened out, read our expert money tips for your time in Scotland.

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