Scottish Highlands Day Trip and Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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Scottish Highlands Day Trip and Edinburgh Military Tattoo
from USD $213.25
Tour the Scottish Highlands on a day trip from Edinburgh, and then watch the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at night. Capturing the essence of Scotland in one day, the experience offers the perfect combination of Scottish Highland countryside, a whisky distillery tour with a sample and a guaranteed ticket to the Military Tattoo — where festival-style performances and marches take place at Edinburgh Castle’s historical esplanade.
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In Brief

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
9 hours 30 minutes
August 2 to 28, 2013
Mondays to Saturdays
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: National Wallace Monument, Hillfoots Road Abbey Craig, Stirling FK9 5LF Scotland

We stop to hear tales of Scotland’s most famous patriot and his part in the medieval Wars of Independence.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: The Glenturret Distillery The Hosh, Crieff PH7 4HA Scotland

We visit a local whisky distillery where you will learn how our national drink, the 'water of life' is made with an informative tour and sample a wee dram.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Hermitage Woodland Walk, Just off A9 at Dunkeld, Dunkeld Scotland

Explore a stretch of magical Perthshire forest; the peaceful Hermitage. Take a short woodland walk to see the Black Linn Falls on the River Braan and don't forget to look up! You can spot here the giant Douglas firs which are among the tallest trees in Britain.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Dunkeld Cathedral, 1.5 hours drive north of Edinburgh, Dunkeld Scotland

Take in Dunkeld with its spectacular cathedral on the banks of the River Tay

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Forth Bridge, North Queensferry KY11 1HP Scotland

Return to Edinburgh via the inspiring Forth Bridges - Forth Rail Bridge, Forth Road Bridge and the Queensferry Crossing.

Stop At: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Johnston Terrace Edinburgh Castle Esplanade, Edinburgh EH1 1QB Scotland

The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution, and a sellout year after year after year. Music, dance and precision display with the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Massed Military Bands, cultural troupes, singers and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Whisky distillery tour, dram of whisky included
  • WiFi on board coach
  • Entry/Admission - The Glenturret Distillery
  • Entry/Admission - The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entry/Admission - National Wallace Monument

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

Highland Explorer Tours, 60 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1TB, UK

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 23 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • The Castlehill location at Edinburgh Castle, where the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place, is reached via a short walk along an old cobbled street of some 262 feet (80 meters) and on a steep incline. Some people may find this difficult. There is another 197-foot (60-meter) walk including several steps before the steeply tiered seating area is reached
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Caitlin was the most informative, interesting and attentive tour guide with whom we've ever been. Her energy and enthusiasm for Scotland and its history, her great stories, and music made it a very special day. The day was well-organized and ended with a late night performance of the Military Tattoo, the most fantastic production we've ever seen on any continent! Many thanks for a most memorable and enjoyable experience.
• Submitted 24 Sep 2018
Our tour guide Carrie (sp?!) was knowledgeable, entertaining, organized and patient- we loved her! A great one day trip...the countryside was beautiful, the brief hikes were a nice break, the distillery was better than expected, the town stop at the end was charming and the Tattoo with Saturday night fireworks was the perfect topper. It's a long day on a bus and patience is tested getting out of the stadium after the late night (well after midnight), but we all agreed it was a day well spent.
• Submitted 14 Aug 2018
The highlands day tour was not quite as advertised. Rather than being in a small minivan, we were in a large tourist bus with Graham as the tour guide. That having been said, the tour was an excellent one, and well worth the time. The stop at the Glenturret Distillery makers of The Famous Grouse provided a fascinating and informative tour of the distillery itself. The distillery tour allowed us to see the key ingredients in scotch whiskey and to see the various steps of the distillation process in action. This one is not to be missed if one is interested in how scotch whiskey is made. The stop at the Wallace Monument was worthwhile as well, but we appreciated the recommendation too not bother with entering he monument. Just climbing the hill provided a sufficient lookout over the battleground and across to Stirling Castle. The highlight of this tour was the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh Castle! We saw this on the last performance. Very impressive! And the Saturday events are capped with a wonderful fireworks display. Do not miss this one!
• Submitted 24 Nov 2017
This tour was the highlight of our Scotland trip. While we drove through the beautiful countryside, our driver/tour guide, Ben, played wonderful modern and traditional Scottish tunes in between giving us the lowdown on Scottish history. The distillery tour was fascinating and we appreciated the chances to stretch our legs with walks at the Hermitage and in a little village. We had great seats for the Tattoo which was spectacular. I highly recommend this tour as a way to see a lot of Scotland in one day.
• Submitted 22 Aug 2017
Our trip was fantastic and our guide, Graham was so nice and informative. Honestly, it was the highlight of our trip to Edinburgh. The tattoo was certainly awe inspiring, but our guide during the day trip was as good as they get.
• Submitted 22 Aug 2017
Guide Yvonne made the trip a memorable experience. Loved the whiskey tour. Great day, great way to see the sights.
• Submitted 14 Aug 2017
The day trip was excellent way to see the countryside, the whiskey tour was fun, and the Military Tattoo and fireworks were spectacular. A must do!
• Submitted 19 Sep 2016
Fantastic guides with lots of knowledge plus good humour to go with it. The Grouse distillery trip was so interesting. The walk in the highlands was beautiful and relaxed as well. The tattoo was stunning. An unforgettable experience. In all, this was a brilliant day and evening out. Thanks to the organisers.
• Submitted 25 Sep 2016
I gave this tour to my mother and my mom just LOVED it!!! Please thank Dave the guide for a most wonderful experience!
• Submitted 04 Sep 2016
This was a really fun tour. Dougie was our guide. Full of knowledge and very personable! The Hermitage was beautiful and it was nice to take a nature walk in the middle of our 8 day trip which included a lot of running around. Distillery tour was interesting even though I do not drink whiskey. But the highlight was of course, the military tattoo. If you are in Edinburgh during the festival, this is a must do. Simply stunning!
• Submitted 04 Sep 2016
Covered so much in one day , our guide was fantastic and added great commentary
• Submitted 31 Aug 2016
Baby Jamie was a terrific guide and made our tour a fantastic experience. Great sights, just enough commentary and info and an all around fun person to spend the day with!
• Submitted 31 Aug 2016
Excellent! Steve, the Scotch and the Tattoo made for an unbeatable combination.
• Submitted 18 Aug 2016
Totally enjoyed the entire day! The Military Tattoo was super. Joe our guide was great!
• Submitted 11 Aug 2016
Wow! What can I say? So much more than I expected. Great tour and the Tattoo was a once in a lifetime experience. Don't hesitate, just go!
• Submitted 04 Sep 2015
The military Tattoo was fantastic. Lots of fun. The Day trip was very nice too. Joe is quite knowledgeable. Got his highland perspective on places. Loved going to the Wallace monument, and the whisky tour. His generous gift was much appreciated.
• Submitted 02 Sep 2015
A wonderful experience with a very entertaining and knowledgeable guide. Our seats for the breathtaking Tattoo performances were perfect.
• Submitted 27 Aug 2015
The tour was professional and Andy did a great job not just driving but also delivering an interesting commentary. He clearly enjoyed his work and shared his love of Scotland with us. Tattoo was great experience with good seats and the distillery tour was informative too with stops at some great places. My only downside was the chaotic nature of the queue in the morning at 70 High Street. Staff should come outside the shop to organise people, as it wasn't at all clear from the website or emails that customers had to go inside the shop at 0830 to checkin / receive tickets even though I had my 'online ticket'. Maybe sort communications out for other trips ? Overall good value and recommended. Thank you !
• Submitted 17 Aug 2015
Jamie Ross, driver/guide, was exceptional. Not only knowledgable but calmly confident and well organised. Even when one of the tour group was 'lost'.... he was calm and decent. We had great weather which showcased the Highlands beautifully. The visit to the distillery was excellent and the Tattoo was everything we could have wished for.
• Submitted 13 Aug 2015
The high point of my trip! A very knowledgeable driver/guide with stories to spare. The Edinburgh Tattoo seats were excellent. One day was not enough to take it all in. Next time I'm taking a multi-day tour.
• Submitted 05 Sep 2014
Great tour. Excellent guide. Thoroughly recommend it!
• Submitted 05 Sep 2014
Tony was a great tour guide, informative and always added a joke or two. Tour of the Famous Grouse was great, the whole tour was really interesting. The Tattoo was one of the highlights of our trip, excellent position in the stand and great to catch up again with people on the day tour.
• Submitted 05 Sep 2014
The tour was nice, but everyone with kids under 5 be careful! On the site they put children 5 - 15 but what they mean isn't that kids under 5 go free, they mean they can't go at all! Had some panic in the morning of the tour! the festival was fantastic, we all loved it... Whisky tour was amazing too
• Submitted 26 Aug 2014
The value of this day tour which includes the Military Tattoo in the evening is fantastic. Tony, our tour guide, was full of amazing stories and really gave us insights into Scottish history. The visit to the Whisky distillery was very interesting, as were the other stops on the way (Wallace monument, Dunkeld). Even though we were running a bit late, this still left us plenty of time to have dinner at a pub on the Royal Mile before queuing for the Tattoo. Entering the show ground was amazingly well organized as are the seating arrangements. Our seats were great, in fact there seem to be no seats with poor visibility. The whole show was spectacular, including the illumination of the castle and the fireworks at the end of the evening – in other words: Don't miss it!!
• Submitted 19 Aug 2014

In Brief

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
United Kingdom
9 hours 30 minutes
August 2 to 28, 2013
Mondays to Saturdays

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