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

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Explore Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands on this 12-hour tour from Edinburgh. Depart from Edinburgh by air-conditioned minivan and travel out into the Scottish Highlands to Glencoe with your guide. Stop at Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness at marvel at the spectacular scenery, then continue on to explore the Cairngorms National Park. Admire the majestic mountain of Craig Meagaidh and continue through the Drummochter mountain pass to visit the Victorian town of Pitlochry. Group size limited to 16 to ensure a personalized experience.


  • 12-hour small-group day trip from Edinburgh to Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands from Edinburgh
  • Visit Glencoe and hear of its history from your knowledgeable guide
  • Take in spectacular views of the Scottish Highlands as you travel
  • Enjoy a chance to spot Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, on an optional Loch Ness cruise
  • Explore the famous Cairngorms National Park
  • Discount Card to use at local restaurants, shops and attractions
  • Travel by air-conditioned minivan
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 16 people

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What You Can Expect

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Discover Glen Coe and the Scottish Highlands

Depart from central Edinburgh by air-conditioned minivan in the morning and pass Linlithgow Palace — the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots — Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument en route to the most dramatic of all Highland glens, Glencoe. Hear the truth about the infamous 1692 massacre of Clan MacDonald from your knowledgeable guide, and learn of the area’s fascinating history and heritage.

Journey onward through Fort William, site of the military post built during the Jacobite Rebellions in the 18th century, and continue up the Great Glen between Fort William and Inverness. Take the time to capture the stunning Scottish Highlands scenery from the comfort of your coach as you travel.

Stop at Fort Augustus, by the shores of famous Loch Ness, and enjoy breathtaking views out over the loch. Pause for lunch by the waterside at your own expense, or enjoy a 1-hour boat cruise on the loch to appreciate the beautiful views from the water (not included). The boat has a sonar system, so if Nessie is down there you won’t miss her! Loch cruises run from Easter to the end of October.

Hop back aboard your minivan and continue on through the village of Spean Bridge to the Cairngorms National Park. Take in views of the spectacular Highlands scenery along the shores of Loch Laggan and marvel at Craig Meagaidh, one of the area’s impressive mountains. It is here that TV series Monarch of the Glen was filmed. Continue over the Drummochter Summit — where herds of red deer often graze — and visit the Victorian town of Pitlochry, the final stop for the day.

At the end of your time in Pitlochry, head back by minivan to Edinburgh where your tour will conclude.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

A very enjoyable day well worth it , the only bad part was weather, but can't expect anything else in November,would recommend this tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Good trip, we'd fun. Thanks our tour guide Liam!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The highlands of Scotland are a must see! The Lochs, the mountains, the villages, the rivers, the rocks, the trees were all amazing. Not one thing on this trip was bad, the drive up north alone is so beautiful, calming and picturesque. Even though the pictures do not do the scenery justice, its something you need to see with your own two eyes!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I loved this trip. It was really well organized. We got to the meeting point really easy to find, checked in, grabbed a coffee, and then started the trip. Our driver Ally was super informative and funny! Beautiful landscape and such a nice drive. There were a lot of good breaks in there too so it didn't seem like a long drive at all. I did this tour at the end of November so there wasn't much day light, which means we missed some of the scenery at the end of the tour but it was still pretty great. Definitely recommend if you're going during the summer months cause if it was this nice during the winter, you're going to see a heck of a lot more of the fantastic highlands during the summer.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour, many stops and entertaining guide! A lot of information but well presented and never boring. Would definitely recommend this tour. Especially the small group setting was pleasant.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

An absolutely stunning excursion through the snowy Highlands with perhaps the best tour guide in the world, Stevie, a Renaissance man with a encyclopedic wealth of knowledge historical, geological, geographic, cultural, excellent taste in music, which he played for us at appropriate times, and a love of Scotland that permeated everything he said or showed us.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very good tour to the highlands to do if you visit Edinburgh and have an extra day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Driver and tour guide was patient, professional and safe. Most recommended !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This is a great tour for getting a taste of the highlands in only one day, and the scenery is breathtaking! There were frequent rest stops, which was greatly appreciated.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Tour was fantastic! Ask for Arron as your driver/guide, wears a kilt. Made it really enjoyable.

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