Tour code: 5211LOCHNESS
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.


  • 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

Norman R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Stephanie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour! Well worth the time spent on bus to see Loch Ness. Our driver guide was great, Jamie made the trip interesting and enjoyable. A must do!

Chelsea S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour, very informative. Steve was an awesome tour guide!!!!

Stanley Malaysia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Just perfect. Our tour guide was amazing and friendly, and my friends and I learned alot on this trip. We were very pleased with the entire trip and would definitely take a longer one in the future.

Annalyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

My daughter and I greatly enjoyed our trip--despite a bad accident that kept traffic in a stand-still for an hour--mainly because of the driver/tour guide, Mahri. She was absolutely splendid, regaling us with tales of Scottish history but also playing Scottish music and other interesting current music. She kept up everyone's spirits in the face of the horrific traffic situation. And the tour itself was well-constructed to show off the mountains, glens and lochs of Highland Scotland. We would definitely recommend this tour to friends.

Felicity K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very good tour, Gil the tour guide was amazing and full of wisdom. Her music on the bus was fantastic. Enjoyed our day out of the city. The highlands were a highlight of our trip.

Elizabeth C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

A lovely day, perfect sunny weather. The driver/guide kept us all informed as the day went on and had a great knowledge of Scottish history. He spoke clearly so all could understand and made the very long day enjoyable. Nice picnic lunch. Its a lot of driving to cover a lot of the glens. Did not see Nessie.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful day with great tour guide. Plenty of stops for refreshments, toilet, to take pictures and to wonder around. Great and fun facts along the way as well as good music.
Totally worth its price and we can sincerely recommend it

Victor C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our guide Jamie was very entertaining and informative. He spoke clearly and gave us a lot of cool stories and facts about the land.

Andrea G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Though Nessie didn't make an appearance we had a great full day trip with Lauren. Her energy was infectious and we learned so much about the places were visited. Tip: this is a full day - get there early to get the one row in the motor coach that is an exit row as the others are extremely cramped if you have long legs.

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