When you think Scotland, I really doubt “bus tour” comes screaming to the top of your list. Surprisingly the tours have been very good and I look back happy about both trips. I don’t generally fancy long guided tours, but the bus tour in Scotland was very good. They are extremely handy though if you want to see as much of the countryside and the famous Scottish Highlands on a time crunch.
Tours start mostly from Edinburgh or Glasgow. The bus tour meets close to Edinburgh castle at the last shop. That shop is the kilt store, factory, and veritable museum on scottish kilts and a stop in itself. We have taken a one day bus tour as well as a three day bus tour from Edinburgh.
The one day tour was a drive that went west to Glasgow and then up north into highlands. We spent a while at the castle on loch Ness called castle Urquhart. We also passed through Stirling on our way back to Edinburgh. I really did enjoy this tour because it only took one day out of my trip, but also felt like it packed a lot of really neat things into one well balanced package.
The three day tour that we took was from Edinburgh and went to the Isle of Skye for two nights. The first and third day are primarily about driving to and from your destination with some neat stops. There is nothing but beautiful countryside for almost the entire drive in both directions. We stopped every couple hours to get off the bus or to see some attraction.
The second full day is spent going around the Isle of Skye. We went to a 2,000 year old Broch and also to the Dunvegan castle, which is the home of the Macleod clan. One of the neatest parts of the Dunvegan castle area, apart from how awesome the entire place was, was a seal tour you could take on these “long boats?” Everyone in our group absolutely loved this portion of Scotland.
We could easily have spent weeks here just going around and seeing things, but if you are on a time constraint, then I would highly recommend the bus tour as a good option to see many beautiful places in Scotland.
Don’t forget to talk to the other tourists on board. You will find a wealth of knowledge and new friends that will make the entire experience loads better.
The bus tour company we used was Timberbrush Tours. This is not an affiliate link, I just thought it would help you make a decision and see the prices if you were interested.