2 Day Puffin Express Coach Tour from Edinburgh

This 2 day tour is ideal if time is short and you want to discover the remoteness of Scotland’s far north, Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, fabulous seascapes and, of course, those cheeky puffins! Accommodation in Inverness is included. The tour departs twice a week on a Monday and Wednesday during the summer months.

Tour Highlights:  Bonnie Strathyre, Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, The Great Glen, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and Cruise (optional), Inverness, The Black Isle, Helmsdale, John O’ Groats, wildlife and bird watching, Duncansby Head, Dornoch Firth and scenic rail journey!

Day One - Edinburgh to Inverness

Our journey starts with wonderful views of Stirling, with its Majestic Castle, then, after a short drive, we enter the Highlands. A climb up the 'Black Mount' will bring us to the remote beauty of Rannoch Moor. This unspoilt landscape extends over 50 square miles! We will make a photo stop in haunting Glen Coe before making our way through Fort William and into the Great Glen. The highlight of our day together is undoubtedly a drive along the entire length of Loch Ness. There is a stop at Urquhart Castle were you can take a tour and a short cruise on the loch (optional). It’s a short drive to Inverness, where we will spend the night.
The stay in Inverness is unescorted

Day Two - John O’Groats and the Far North

After breakfast we travel over the Kessock Bridge and cross the Black Isle on our journey which offers beauty, solitude and a wealth of history. We make our way across the Cromarty and Dornoch Firths then travel through the little towns and villages that hug the coastline.  Look out for the statue of the First Duke of Sutherland that sits high above the town of Golspie. The Duke is forever connected with the forced emigration of his tenants  in a sad episode of our history called the Highland Clearances.   After an “I was there” photograph at  John O’Groats we make the short journey to  Duncansby Head where  we’ll see the stormswept cliffs and the lighthouse that looks out over the Pentland Firth. Here there is a wide variety of birdlife to enjoy. After an extended stop here we turn southwards for Inverness. After a short comfort stop in Inverness board the train for your scenic rail journey to  Edinburgh. Please note that the train journey is unescorted and part of the journey may be in darkness.


  • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to your driver/guide


  • 1 nights accommodation in twin rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (day 2)
  • Excursions as detailed in itinerary
  • Transportation to/from Inverness by luxury touring coach
  • Single train ticket from Inverness to either Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Services of a tour host
  • Service charges and taxes

Min Age

3 years

Tour Vehicle Type

Mini Coach

Departure Point

87 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG

Departure Time

Check in 07:45; Departs 08:00

Expected return Time

00:11 hrs (Edinburgh)

Duration of Tour

2 days

Months of Operation

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Rates & Dates

Tour (Per Person in GB Sterling )
Date Type
  Package per person (Hotels) Package per person (Guesthouses)

Mondays and Wednesdays
30 March  to 7 October 2015

Sharing a Twin Room: £220.00
Single Room: £270.00
Sharing a Twin Room: £195.00
Single Room: £220.00

Booking Notes

Once booked this package cannot be altered or cancelled.

  • Prices are quoted per person per tour
  • Customers must provide a valid credit card number.
  • Limited availability : advanced booking required.
  • Any booking is subject to our Booking Terms.

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