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The Hermitage Tours and Activities

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Tucked away along the rhododendron-clad banks of the River Braan, just west of historic Dunkeld, the Hermitage is an idyllic woodland walk through Craigvinean Forest, created in the 18th century and little changed today.

Passing through a gorge amid Douglas firs (including Scotland's tallest at 60 feet (18 meters), an easy 15-minute stroll reaches the Black Linn falls, which are overlooked by the Georgian folly of Ossian's Hall, so-named after a third-century hermit. A step further on is Ossian's Cave, created to represent the hermit's dwelling place. Both were built for the Duke of Atholl in 1757; the Hermitage walk has since been enjoyed by the likes of poet William Wordsworth, painter JMW Turner and Queen Victoria. However, the follies fell into disrepair in the early 20th century before being donated to the Scottish National Trust and renovated in 2008; today Ossian's Hall once more contains a magical Hall of Mirrors. A 1770 stone bridge and a totem pole carved from a magnificent Douglas fir sit nearby.

The Hermitage walk is connected to a hiking network around Dunkeld, and although lovely at any time of year, is at its most glorious in fall, when the deciduous trees turn golden and the Black Linn waterfall is at its most spectacular.

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Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh
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Highland Lochs, Glens and Whisky Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience Scotland's rugged countryside on a Highlands and whisky tour from Edinburgh. In a small-group, visit Scotland’s hilly Lowlands and forested Highlands, where you can spot waterfalls and migrating salmon in the River Braan. Stop in quaint towns for refreshments and optional whisky tastings, and soak up the stunning landscape — a mosaic of verdant glens, loch, and rivers. Along the way, learn the often dark history of this wild region.
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  • 10 hours
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2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
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2-Day Inverness and the Highlands Small Group Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience the enchantment of the Scottish Highlands on a small-group, 2-day trip from Edinburgh. As you travel through spectacular scenery, visit historical highlights like Doune Castle and witness the natural splendor of Loch Ness and Glen Coe. Delve into the history of Culloden battlefield, take a riverside stroll at Dunkeld and recognize Glenfinnan Viaduct, famed for its role in the ‘Harry Potter’ films. B&B or hostel accommodation is reserved but not included in the price. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people.
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  • 2 days
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Whisky and Highland Waterfalls Day Trip from Edinburgh

Whisky and Highland Waterfalls Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Appreciate the splendor of Scotland on a full-day whisky and waterfalls trip from Edinburgh. Wind through the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, then visit the Glenturret Distillery for a tour, whisky sampling and lunch (all payable on site). Discover the centuries-old tradition of Scottish whisky production, then cap off your tour at Hermitage forest and the village of Dunkeld.
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  • 9 hours
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Scottish Highlands Day Trip and Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Scottish Highlands Day Trip and Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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Soak up the spirit of Scotland with a full-day trip through the Highlands and an evening viewing of the world-renowned Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Wind through the Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, then visit a local whisky distillery for a tour and tasting. Head back to Edinburgh for guaranteed entrance to the Military Tattoo –  an exciting light show and military performance on Edinburgh Castle’s esplanade.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Loch Ness, Inverness & The Highlands - 2 Day Tour from Edinburgh

Loch Ness, Inverness & The Highlands - 2 Day Tour from Edinburgh

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See the rivers, lochs, and mountains of the Scottish Highlands during this two-day tour from Edinburgh. Leave the driving to your guide and take in the scenery as you journey to top landmarks in the region including Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, and Inverness. Visit the historic Ruthven Barracks and enjoy a gentle forest walk in the Hermitage Woodland before driving back to Edinburgh.
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Highlands Day Tour from Edinburgh with Optional Whisky Tour

Highlands Day Tour from Edinburgh with Optional Whisky Tour

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Discover the untamed beauty of rural Scotland on this Highlands day trip from Edinburgh. Travel to the ancient city of Stirling as a guide sheds light on the medieval Wars of Independence. Admire local landmarks including the Wallace Monument. Pass Loch Earn en route to one of Scotland's famous whisky distilleries and enjoy an optional tour. Then visit the pretty village of Dunkeld, then return to Edinburgh via the Forth Bridge.
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  • 1 day
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Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & The North West Highlands - 2 Day Tour from Edinburgh

Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & The North West Highlands - 2 Day Tour from Edinburgh

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Experience Scotland’s dramatic landscapes with this two-day tour in the Highlands, including an overnight stay in the town of Fort William. Skip the hassle of a rental car and enjoy round-trip transportation from Edinburgh. Itinerary highlights include Doune Castle, Loch Ness, and the Commando Memorial. Learn about Scottish history from a local guide during this small-group tour.
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3 Day Outlander Tour

3 Day Outlander Tour

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Immerse yourself in the world of Jamie and Claire and the harrowing times on the Scottish Highlands in this extensive three-day tour. Visit filming locations featured in the Outlander television series and important Scottish landmarks as you tour the county-side with your small group. You’ll see the spots that “acted” as Castle Leoch, the Duke of Sandringham’s French residence, Cranesmuir and Inverness. Touch the standing stones (if you dare) and stand at Culloden.  
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  • 3 days
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Southern Highlands and Whisky Distillery with Tastings Day Trip from Edinburgh

Southern Highlands and Whisky Distillery with Tastings Day Trip from Edinburgh

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Enjoy a whisky-fuelled journey around the Scottish Highlands on this full-day tour from Edinburgh, including lunch. Tour the Glenturret Distillery, home to the legendary Scotch whisky The Famous Grouse, and indulge in an expert-led tasting of the popular single malt. With a belly full of whisky, head out to explore the region’s historic and natural landmarks, passing by the mighty Stirling Castle, the Gothic Dunkfeld Cathedral and the beautiful Black Linn Falls.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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2 Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct & St Andrews Tour

2 Day Loch Ness, Glencoe, Glenfinnan Viaduct & St Andrews Tour

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Swap the city streets for the watery expanse of Loch Ness on a 2-day tour that saves you hours of advance planning. Letting someone else drive allows you to devote your full attention to the Scottish Highlands and saves you the stress of navigating unfamiliar roads, while a cap of 16 travelers ensures an intimate atmosphere.
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Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & The North West Highlands - 2 Day Tour from Glasgow

Eilean Donan, Loch Ness & The North West Highlands - 2 Day Tour from Glasgow

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Discover hidden corners of stunning Scotland on this multi-day, in-depth guided tour through the Highlands. See the centuries-old landmarks and rugged landscapes made famous as film and TV locations, like Doune Castle and Glenfinnan Viaduct. Other highlights include lunch along the iconic Loch Ness and an overnight stay in the picturesque town of Fort William.
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  • 2 days
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Loch Ness, Inverness & The Highlands - 2 Day Tour from Glasgow

Loch Ness, Inverness & The Highlands - 2 Day Tour from Glasgow

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Take two leisurely days and savour the delights of the Highlands with your Driver-Guide. See rivers, lochs and mountains; experience plenty of rich Highland history and spend overnight in the Highland capital of Inverness.
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The 'Cathedrals, Castles & Highlands' Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

The 'Cathedrals, Castles & Highlands' Guided Private Tour in a Premium Minivan

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Take a trip north of Edinburgh to picturesque Perthshire. Experience the contrast of two of Scotland’s best surviving Cathedrals, visit the stunning formal gardens at Drummond Castle and visit the peaceful retreat and ancient Caledonian Forrest at The Hermitage. Journey past some of Scotland’s best sights along the way, including breathtaking views of Stirling Castle, The Wallace Monument and The Kelpies. Book this bespoke private tour and see more of the sights of beautiful Perthshire complete with the guidance or your knowledgeable driver & guide. Our tours are conducted in our premium Mercedes Minivans with plenty of baggage space, air conditioning and complimentary water for each guest.
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  • 8 hours
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Loch Ness

Loch Ness

Heading for the land of Nessie the journey begins north through the Kingdom of Fife. You then embark on the amazing road through the Cairngorms National Park and mountain range. Enjoy a wee dram at one of Scotlands famed distilleries. A stunning road leads you past Kinloch Laggan, this location was recently used in the new 007 movie. After a photo stop It is onwards to Urquhart Castle, Loch Ness where you can explore the medieval ruin fortress that dates back to 13th century. The road back south leads you through some of Scotlands most dramatic scenery such as Glencoe, before finally passing Stirling Castle and Bannockburn. A small guided private tour allows you to enjoy your experience without the distraction or disturbance of others. The tour can be adjusted to the client on the day. Each tour is filled with fun history & facts on Scotland all accompanied with appropriate music.
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Scottish Whisky, Castles, Lochs and Waterfalls
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Scottish Whisky, Castles, Lochs and Waterfalls

Join us on this action packed adventure of Scotland as we discover Scottish distilleries, castles, Lochs and waterfalls. An experience packed with history and beauty, this 1 day tour is perfect for those that are eager to sample a taste of Scotland. Enjoy a classic whisky tour at an award winning distillery and walk through the halls of one of Scotland’s most famous castles. We will also visit the famous Queens View that offers views over toward Loch Tummel and the Schiehallion Mountain which translates as "Mound of the Caledonians". We will then visit the famous Hermitage, originally designed as a pleasure ground in the 18th century for the Dukes of Atholl. Walk through the towering Douglas firs to the folly of Ossian’s Hall, and gaze over the Black Linn Falls that crash down from the River Braan.
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  • 9 hours
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Should I book The Hermitage tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since The Hermitage can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit The Hermitage 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to The Hermitage costs USD 55.49. Guided The Hermitage tours start around USD 55.49 per person.
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