5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1279 Reviews

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

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

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. You’ll travel by minivan in a small group limited to 16 passengers, with a knowledgeable guide at the helm. 

Highlights

  • 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

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 whose eerie tales you’ll learn regarding the Clan MacDonald massacre of 1692.

Journey onward through the 18th-century Fort William, and gaze out at the magnificent 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

Jurgen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This tour was magnificent. well organized and very professional service.
I would suggest it to whoever loves picturesque landscapes and the weather
was very fine for Scotland in February. the tour was very well organized regards
time for stops to see different places and for some breaks. Best 12hrs tour I have ever had.
The tour leader too was quite informative of the history of which I found really interesting.

Avery U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Even if we didn't see Nessie, our guideAly made the tour entertaining and worth it! And thanks to Aly for getting our group through the snow storm safely, all the while making us laugh:

Renata Faria Brazil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A great way to see Scotland's countryside. Amazing.

Lærke B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our trip was amazing despite of very bad weather. Our guide Jonathan was very enthusiastic and knew a lot about everything we were seeing. He was funny and made sure everyone had a great time. The trip itself was very beautiful and we saw a lot despite going in the winter where it went dark early.

Kathleen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was amazing!

Shayn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was about as good as a single-day tour of such an incredibly beautiful part of the country can get. Our driver and guide was friendly, entertaining and informative and managed to create a very effective atmosphere for a tour into the heart of the heart of Gaelic Scotland. The breathtaking views of Glencoe especially will long linger in my heart and mind and I think the 'hairy coo' may well be my new favorite animal.
If you have limited time but want to get a taste of the Gaidhealtachd, this is the tour to go on. Highly recommended.

Jennifer C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great tour. Richard was very knowledgable!!

Martha P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our guide was Eric. He was excellent.

The bus was comfortable. Everything was organized. I would recommend this trip to anyone, and I would tell them to ask for Eric.

Deborah P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had a great day - driver was very knowledgeable and good fun. Lovely scenery. A long day though, made longer by too many comfort stops.

Julie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The trip to Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands was awesome! The natural beauty of the Scottish countryside was amazing. The visit in Glen Coe was charming and gave us a chance to shop in a smaller village. The boat ride on Loch Ness was also quite a treat! Bus driver Dave was quite a character and made the trip even more enjoyable with his fun facts and entertaining dialogue. I highly recommend this trip for anyone who wants a sample of the raw beauty of Scotland!!

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