Pre/Post ​Congress ​Tours

If you wish to explore more of Scotland during your visit to Edinburgh, we recommend our tour partner, Rabbie's Small Group Tours.

Rabbie's have a range of multi-award winning tours, taking in sights such as Loch Lomond, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye.

WVPA Congress delegates can take advantage of a 5% discount on all tours departing from 21st August 2017 until 22nd September 2017 from either Edinburgh or Glasgow.  Please contact congress secretariat on wvpa2017@mci-group.com who will provide you with the discount code for you to use when booking.

Tours are now available to book via Rabbie’s website.

We have detailed below a small selection of one day, two day, three day and four day tours which you may find of interest.  There is a wider selection of tours available from Rabbie’s by clicking here.  Don’t forget to contact the conference secretariat for your 5% discount code.

Loch Lomond Park & Stirling Castle

09.15 – 18.00 approx

Loch Lomond & Stirling Castle

A day spent in the land of Scots heroes Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, taking in the magnificent splendour of the medieval stronghold of Stirling Castle and the beautiful nature and forests of Scotland’s first National Park of Loch Lomond. 
This tour is for those who love tales of Rob Roy and Braveheart, historic castles and a healthy walk in beautiful natural scenery with breathtaking views.


  • Stirling Castle
  • Callander
  • The Trossachs 
  • Rob Roy country
  • Nature trail walk
  • Loch Lomond

Rosslyn Chapel & the Scottish Borders

09.30 – 16.15 approx

Rosslyn Chapel & the Scottish Borders

Uncover the myths and legends around the Da Vinci code, the Knights Templar and the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart at Melrose Abbey, in the heart of the Scottish Borders. A great short tour visiting Rosslyn Chapel, the Scottish Borders & Melrose Abbey.

If you’re looking for a shorter day, full of mystical history and ancient abbeys, the stunning architecture of Rosslyn and the unsung beautiful rolling hills and valleys of the Scottish Borders, then come aboard this tour.


  • Scott’s View
  • Original Wallace Monument
  • Melrose Abbey
  • Tweed Valley
  • Eildon Hills
  • Rosslyn Chapel
  • Scenes from the Da Vinci Code

Discover Malt Whisky

09.30 – 18.15 approx

Discover Malt Whisky

Come and experience Scotland’s “Water of Life” - single malt Scotch whisky - with visits to two fascinating distilleries situated right on the edge of the Highlands. In between these visits enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Loch Lomond National Park.

This tour is for lovers of Scotch single malt whisky and for those who would like to know more about our national drink.


  • Glengoyne Distillery
  • Loch Lomond National Park
  • Lunch in a lochside pub serving local ales
  • Deanston Distillery
  • Additional whisky tasting options

Loch Ness & Inverness

2 Day Tour

Loch Ness & Inverness 2 Day

A two day escape exploring the majesty of Loch Ness, the Caledonian pine forest and the stunning scenery of the Cairngorm National Park. Explore the wilderness of Glencoe and travel the length of the Great Glen and Loch Ness. Enjoy a night out in Inverness, and rejuvenate with the finest Highland landscapes Scotland has to offer.

Stay overnight in the capital of the Highlands - Inverness.


  • Pitlochry
  • Caledonian Pine Forest walk
  • Cairngorm National park
  • Urquhart Castle photostop
  • Inverness
  • Loch Ness
  • Great Glen
  • Glencoe

The Isle of Skye

3 Day Tour

The Isle of Skye

3 days to explore some of the most dramatic and beautiful places in the Highlands and the romantic island of Skye. Highlights also include Glencoe, Loch Ness, Eilean Donan Castle and the 5 Sisters of Kintail.

Stay 2 nights in the picturesque harbour town of Portree on the Isle of Skye.


  • Glencoe
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Quiraing mountain pass
  • Isle of Skye
  • Neist Point
  • Five Sisters of Kintail
  • Loch Ness

Mull, Iona & West Highlands

4 Day Tour

Mull, Iona & West Highlands 4 Day

4 Days to explore the Magical islands of Mull and Iona along with the best of the West Highlands. From remote sandy beaches and dramatic mountains to mysterious standing stones and ancient abbeys, this is a tour that explores both the wild natural environment of Mull and the West Highlands, as well as its long and complex human history.

Stay 3 nights in the colourful harbour town of Tobermory, the capital of the island.


  • Glencoe and the West Highlands
  • Taking the ferry across the Sound of Mull
  • The colourful harbour town of Tobermory
  • Iona with its ancient Abbey
  • Remote beaches at Calgary Bay
  • Kilmartin Glen standing stones
  • Inveraray