Glenfinnan & the Great Glen Tour
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Would you like to visit the Glenfinnan Viaduct, the famous bridge crossed by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter movies? Would you like to take in beautiful views of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the UK?
Why not take a trip into the absolutely stunning Lochaber region in the West Highlands of Scotland, all in the comfort of one of our 8-seater vehicles?
The West is the best!
Travel into the West Highlands of Scotland, so steeped in history, myth, and legend. Journey along Loch Ness side to take in the fantastic view of the formidable Urquhart Castle (and perhaps see Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster), before continuing to Invermoriston, and learn the mysteries of St Columba's Well. At Fort Augustus, wander along the lock gates of the Caledonian Canal, the 19th century feat of engineering built by Scotland’s most prolific civil engineer, Thomas Telford, “the colossus of the roads”. At the mouth of the Canal, admire the view of the entirety of Loch Ness, and marvel in its vastness (keeping an eye out for Nessie, of course)!
Continue onto the Commando Memorial, unveiled in 1952, in remembrance of those who have served in the British Commandos regiment, before and since. Lochaber was initially used as a training ground, selected because of the challenging terrain and environment, after the establishment of this prestigious regiment in 1940. From here, there are spectacular views of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the United Kingdom (providing it’s a clear day)!
Enjoy wandering around the awe-inspiring mediaeval ruins of the mighty stronghold, Old Inverlochy Castle, that once stood as the protector to the entrance of the Great Glen…
And all of this before lunch!
Glenfinnan - the place of Prince and Potter...
Less than a year before the Battle of Culloden, Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) raised his father’s standard at Glenfinnan, on the banks of Loch Shiel, in August 1745. Nestled here in the stunning scenery and beauty of Glenfinnan, the 1745 Jacobite uprising began, where Charles rallied the West Highland clans that supported his cause. In 1815, the 18m (54ft) Glenfinnan Monument tower was completed in this truly breath-taking place, where Bonnie Prince Charlie unfurled his banner. The statue of the lone highlander at the top of the tower serves as a memorial to the Highland Jacobites who gave their lives for the cause.
And last but by no means least…
The Glenfinnan Viaduct, which stands about 100ft (30m) high and spans approximately 1000ft (304m), was opened in 1901 as part of the Fort William to Mallaig train line. Today, the viaduct is a well-known television and film location, appearing in The Ring of Bright Water, Stone of Destiny and Monarch of the Glen. Of course, the Glenfinnan Viaduct also doubles as the “Bridge to Hogwarts” in the Harry Potter movies, where the Hogwarts Express (the Jacobite Steam Train) delivers would-be wizards and witches to school for their studies in magic. Who knows, perhaps the steam train might pass by?
A truly inspiring tour...
This is an absolutely fantastic itinerary, taking the astounding beauty of the West Highlands of Scotland and infusing this with some fantastic “must see” attractions and locations. Please don’t miss out, and book this tour for an absolutely brilliant day out, completely packed with fun things to see and do.
Loch Ness (view of Urquhart Castle) • Glenfinnan Viaduct • Glenfinnan Monument • Bridge of Oich
Fort Augustus & the Caledonian Canal Locks • Neptune's Staircase • Old Inverlochy Castle
St Columba's Well, Invermoriston • Views of Ben Nevis • Well of Seven Heads, Invergarry
(Winter Tour itineraries may vary to reflect shorter daylight hours, weather conditions and attraction winter closures/reduced opening hours).
- Our Glenfinnan & the Great Glen Tour runs from 1st March 2018 to 31st October 2018.
- Our Glenfinnan & the Great Glen Tour departs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday of each week at 9.30am. (Maximum 8 spaces available).
- We only use 8-seater vehicles for a more personal experience.
Meeting Point: Check in for this tour at 9.15am at the Front of the Columba Hotel, 7 Ness Walk, Inverness IV3 5NF, for depart at 9.30am.
Tour Prices for Summer 2018 (1st March 2018 - 31st October 2018):
1 adult - £70 • 2 adults - £140 • 3 adults - £210 • 4 adults - £280
5 adults - £350 • 6 adults - £420 • 7 adults - £490 • 8 adults - £560
Prices for children (6-15 years):
1 child - £60 • 2 children - £120 • 3 children - £180 • 4 children - £240
Lunch and entrance fees are NOT included.
Got a query? Contact "the man in the kilt" on +44 (0)7828 154683 or email us on email@example.com for further information.