Tour code: 225005
Take a personalized tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness on this day trip to the Scottish Highlands. See wooded lochs and tucked-away villages as you journey through spectacular scenery en route to Glencoe, Cairngorms National Park and Fort Augustus. Enjoy an optional boat tour in search of the Loch Ness Monster, marvel at the mountain peaks of Craig Meagaidh and traverse Drummochter Summit to Pitlochry. Travel by minivan in a small group limited to 16 passengers, with a local guide at the helm.

Highlights

  • Small-group day trip to Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands from Edinburgh
  • Visit Glencoe and learn its history from your 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

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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

Get comfortable inside your Mercedes minivan and depart central Edinburgh to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands, stopping along the way to hear insightful commentary from your guide.

Pass by Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Linlithgow Palace — the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots — en route to Glencoe, a Highland glen filled with eerie tales about the Clan MacDonald massacre of 1692.

Journey onward through the 18th-century Fort William, and gaze out at the Scottish Highlands, including the Great Glen. Reaching Fort Augustus, disembark on the shores of Loch Ness, where you can opt for a seasonal 1-hour boat ride on the loch and listen for the Loch Ness Monster ‘Nessie’ on the sonar system. (Cruises run from Easter to the end of October.) 

After you purchase lunch (own expense), continue your drive to Cairngorms National Park via Spean Bridge village. Take in the views of Loch Laggan and the windswept mountains, including Craig Meagaidh, where the TV series Monarch of the Glen was filmed. 

Your scenic journey continues over the Drummochter Summit to Pitlochry. After exploring this Victorian town, your tour concludes with the return drive to Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

Adriane A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

An efficient way to see much of the beautiful Highlands and learn about Scottish history. Our guide was fantastic. Would definitely recommend!

Jane Gallucci G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

wonderful! Gill was an excellent guide and made the trip very enjoyable. Thanks!

David

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is an awesome tour! Loved Franny and her storytelling.

Raunak K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

A well balanced tour with lots to see. You end up covering 500 kms in a day as you go around the highlands. The guides are funny yet very knowledgeable. You learn a lot of the history of UK during the day. Appropriate stops are scheduled to ensure that we get the best pictures possible

Sven N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our tour guide Arron was extremely knowledgeable and super funny - the places covered by the tour well worth a visit!

J L M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Richard had a great presentation of the information during the trip, with a pleasant demeanor, knowledge of the area and facts about where we were during the trip. We had a real comfort with his driving skills and felt safe during the entire trip and think it was a good a value. We would highly recommend the tour and Richard to anyone wanting to enjoy the Highlands and towns within that area.

rickfield1303

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is a great tour. It is a long day but well worth it. We had an excellent guide Johnny, fantastic scenery and nice stops along the way. The Highlands area a natural treasure and we're truly glad we did this tour.

Elena R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent trip, Eawan is the perfect giude

Siu T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Nice tour that involved a lot of driving, with frequent stops to get out and take pictures of the amazing highland scenario. Allie was very knowledgeable and had lots to say about everything. Would strongly recommend.

Say Ping L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Beautiful scenery. Highly recommended. Guide Jonathan was excellent and humorous. He is a great story teller. Explained history in a very enjoyable way.

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