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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)

Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

This full-day Scottish Highlands tour takes you on a scenic drive from Edinburgh to the fabled Loch Ness. The 12-hour journey travels by coach across Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe and through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus, where you’re treated to a locally made picnic lunch. Take an optional boat ride on the legendary loch in search of ‘Nessie’ before the return trip over the Pass of Drumochter and through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire, with views of the UNESCO-listed Forth Bridge.

Highlights

  • Day trip to the Scottish Highlands and the famous Loch Ness by bus
  • Soak up the unspoiled scenery of the Great Glen and Rannoch Moor with your expert guide
  • Admire spectacular views of the Caledonian Canal, Perthshire, Glen Coe and the Forth Bridge
  • Take an optional boat cruise on Loch Ness to catch a glimpse of the legendary monster Nessie
  • Enjoy a locally produced 'Taste of Scotland' picnic lunch in the quaint village of Fort Augustus

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What You Can Expect

Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

Tour the Scottish Highlands and enjoy an optional Loch Ness boat tour during this day trip, led by a knowledgeable guide who provides insightful commentary throughout the approximate 12-hour journey.

Start the excursion aboard your coach in central Edinburgh and travel north along the ramparts of Stirling Castle. You’ll pass the Trossachs, cross Rannoch Moor and stop at Glen Coe — site of a legendary 17th-century massacre — before continuing on through the Great Glen via Fort William.

Arriving at the Highland village of Fort Augustus, situated on the banks of Loch Ness, you can opt for a leisurely walk or simply relax by the Caledonian Canal with your provided picnic lunch. Enjoy your choice of locally made sandwiches, fresh fruit and shortbread washed down with bottled mineral water.

If you’d like, spend your free time with a 1-hour boat cruise on the loch (own expense). Go in search of the Loch Ness Monster named Nessie, a mythical creature said to inhabit these waters. The custom-built boat is equipped with underwater imaging technology, providing a fascinating view of the underwater terrain.

Afterward, re-board the coach for the return drive, passing Loch Laggan and motoring over the Pass of Drumochter, which connects the northern and southern Scottish Highlands. Your guide points out Perthshire and the lush forested landscapes of Big Tree Country. View the cantilever Forth Bridge, a World Heritage site, before your day trip concludes in Edinburgh in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Meg O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was a long day but a great trip. Tour guide was excellent.

Sally W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Exceeded expectations and tour guide/driver Chris was excellent. Would highly recommend.

Connie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing scenery and a full day of interesting things to see and do. Our tour guide Dave was fabulous, having a great sense of humour but also provided lots of information. Would recommend this tour, however it is a very long day at 12 hours duration

Elizabeth L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide Tony was very knowledgeable and a fantastic storyteller. He made this quick day trip truly memorable.

grc5555

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was the best tour. The small size made it a friendlier group. The guide was excellent. I loved evrery minute of it. The sites, the scenery and the stories.

Ted D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent. Highly recommend. Used Mountain Goat Tours as local provider. Chris, the driver and guide was outstanding. Ted D.

Heather R M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The journey up through the highlands was amazing so much so that Loch Ness was a little anticlimactic!. Great trip! Left from a very central, easy to find location. Would recommend it.

Amy R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This day trip to Loch Ness was wonderful. It's a long day, but we didn't mind sitting on the bus for long stretches because of all the gorgeous scenery. Our guide, Nick, was great. It was a bit strange that the guide was also the driver - he often had to stop mid-sentence to concentrate on the road, etc. Plus, he couldn't engage with the group as well as if he hadn't been driving. But he still did a great job of giving us lots of information about our surroundings and the history of Scotland. The Loch Ness cruise is an extra expense, but I would highly recommend purchasing it - otherwise you're going to have to amuse yourself in the tiny village by the loch for an hour. The cruise is definitely worth the extra cost.

QING X

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

GOOD

Kelly M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This is a great way to experience Scotland if time is short. It's a taste of everything in one day. It is a long day traveling, but well worth it as its a great day our. We were fortunate to have a fantastic guide and even saw some snow in the middle of summer!

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