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  • Location:Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:12 hours (approx.)
Go on a fantastic tour from Edinburgh to explore the legendary myths of Loch Ness and enjoy the diverse range of Scottish Highland scenery. Drive through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire and get a glimpse of dramatic Glen Coe – the site of the Massacre of Glencoe. See Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, and enjoy a typical Scottish picnic lunch before taking in magnificent views of the 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

Take a day trip from Edinburgh to discover the Scottish Highlands and the famous Loch Ness. Begin your journey by bus heading north from Edinburgh along the imposing ramparts of Stirling Castle. Pass the Trossachs, cross Rannoch Moor, and stop at the dramatic Glen Coe, the site of the infamous massacre in 1692. Pass through Fort William, one of the largest settlements in the Scottish Highlands, before driving through the Great Glen. All the while your guide will talk you through the most important and interesting sights of the region.

When you arrive at Fort Augustus, a charming Highland village on the banks of the famous Loch Ness, take a leisurely stroll through the village or simply relax by the Caledonian Canal. Enjoy a locally produced ‘Taste of Scotland ’picnic lunch that includes a bottle of Scottish mineral water, a choice of freshly made sandwiches, fresh fruit and shortbread. If you want to learn more about Scottish cuisine, your guide can direct you to some great local cafés for more tasty treats.

You also have the opportunity to take a 1-hour boat cruise on the loch (own expense). Discover the mysteries of the legendary Nessie monster on a custom-built boat designed specifically for sailing on this loch, equipped with the very latest underwater imaging technology, giving you a fascinating view of the terrain and life under the surface. Relax with a coffee or beer at the onboard bar.

Your journey continues past the shimmering Loch Laggan and then over the Pass of Drumochter, the main mountain pass connecting the northern and southern Scottish Highlands. Heading south, pass Perthshire and Big Tree Country, filled with lush forests, rivers and mountains, before getting an impressive view of Forth Bridge. Your Loch Ness and Scottish Highlands day tour ends in Edinburgh around 8pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015


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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very good value for money. Hit a lot of the main sights that I wanted to see and made me want to visit the Scottish Highlands again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I think by far, this is the most popular and must-do tour when you're in Scotland. Our quest for a glimpse of Nessie was rather unsuccessful, but we were blessed with the beautiful views of the surrounding loch and the serenity of the Scottish Highlands. It was truly a magical experience. You have an option of doing a boat cruise on Loch Ness for 12 pounds per person, at the time of writing once you reach Fort Augustus. Though, the views of the loch are just as beautiful on shore. And time can be spent wisely at the cafes and gift shops if you opt not to do the cruise. Choices of sandwiches were included with the tour, but if you're up for something more, a scatter of restaurants are also conveniently available along the main street. Our amazing tour guide Chris at Highland Explorer Tours was very charismatic and gave delightful insight on the history and stories of the regions. He was very knowledgeable and funny, which kept the long journey moving along. I thought playing traditional Scottish music on the bus was a nice touch. There's something authentic about watching the passing scenery with the sound of bagpipes playing harmoniously in the background. I enjoyed the stop at The Trossachs Woollen Mill where we did a bit of shopping and got an up-close look at a highland cow. I had an excellent and memorable time even though, the only time I saw Nessie was in the gift shop. This is definitely a must-do tour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Long day, but covers much of the Highkands. Tour guide was great and scenery beautiful. If you want to see a lot of the Highlands in one day, this is.a great tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Jamie is a marvellous tour guide. Very friendly, knowledgeable and passionate

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was really good, Our guide Duffy was excellent. 10 on 10.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour! Jimmy the guide is a fantastic personality. He's very friendly, funny, and so informative that you never get bored while listening to him talk and describe the sights you get to see.

Loch ness is charming and sceneries along the way to the destination are indescribable.

So much recommended to anyone visiting Edinburgh

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Guide shared a lot of knowledge and history in a great and funny way with us which was really great and made the day fly by! Great stops as well to enjoy the scenery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fabulous, magic scenery, bus driver verb knowledgable and informative with history

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