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

Alexis B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I loved this trip! My tour guide Gillian was amazing. I found myself immersed in the stories she was telling about Scotland. This was one of the best bus tours I have ever done. It is a must do!

Kimberly F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is one of the best tours that I have done. Our guide, Gillian, was friendly and knowledgable. She made the trip interesting. The bus was comfortable and we had a good amount of time at all the places. Scotland was gorgeous!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

No better way to see the Scottish Highlands! I was really looking forward to seeing Loch Ness in particular, but I think I liked Glencoe better! Both were beautiful. Great day trip with perfect allotment of time for activities and stops. The light lunch was a plus, too.

Luis F B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent tour to see Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness.

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.


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.

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