Comparison of 1 Day Scotland Tours

The Best Bus and Coach Day Tours in Scotland

One day tours are the most popular way for tourists to sample different Scottish regions while on holiday in Scotland. Whether you want to see the Scottish Highlands, the Borders, the Trossachs or Fife, there will almost certainly be a tour company that has have a 1 day tour that caters to your needs. There are several reasons why day trips and tours in Scotland are so popular:

With most Scottish tour companies, the day trips fall into three major categories:

Types of One Day Tours offered by Scottish Tour Operators

Day Tours of Scottish Highlands Day Tours of Kingdom of Fife Day Tours of Scottish Borders
Photo illustrating a Day Tour in the Scottish Highlands
  • I strongly recommend taking a Highlands Day Tour if this is your first Scottish holiday.
  • The Highlands tours account for the vast majority of itineraries offered by operators.
  • The tours come in many variations, some will take you to the West Highlands while others take you further into the Scottish Highlands (North-West) or the Cairngorms, depending on the place of departure.
  • Because they cover a wider area, these tours are generally longer, lasting up to 12 hours.
  • My top choice for a one day tour in the Scottish Highlands would be the (I've been on both of them and they were simply fantastic!).
Photo illustrating a Day Tour in the Kingdom of Fife
  • A Fife Day Tour would be my top choice if you've already been to the Highlands or if you prefer the coast to the mountains.
  • The Fife one day tours put together by bus and coach tour operators vary slightly from company to company but generally they will include one or several of the picturesque fishing villages of East Neuk of Fife and St Andrews.
  • The Fife day tours are shorter and less tiresome as a result, with average durations of 8-9 hours.
Photo illustrating a Day Tour in the Scottish Borders
  • The one day tours of the Scottish Borders focus on historical and religious buildings rather than on spectacular scenery.
  • Most tour operators take you to the famous abbeys of the Scottish Borders and to Rosslyn Chapel of Da Vinci Code fame.
  • Of the three major types of day tours, the Borders bus tours are the only ones which last a little over half day.

While most tour companies organise sightseeing trips in these particular regions, there are several companies which organise specialty day tours including:

Day Tours from other places in Scotland

While most day tours depart and return to Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, there are many smaller tour companies and private tour guides operating half-day and day tours from many other Scottish places like Fort William, Oban, Dundee, Aberdeen, etc. While not as practical if your holiday base is elsewhere, compared to the day tours originating in the first three places, the trips from these smaller places have the benefit of being more varied and of including more places off the beaten track. Some of these can be more beautiful than some of the tourist traps like Loch Ness, for example.

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