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

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

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 July 2015

Wonderful tour, excellent tour guide Joe I think - worth every penny! When the bus stops at the first stop and you have the opportunity to go to the town bakery to buy lunch for the trip - do it! Great food and you'll be happy to have lunch with you, particularly if you go on the Loch Ness boat tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour was excellent! It well exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Dave O., provided the knowledge and experience that made our trip so enjoyable. His personality, knowledge of history and the area were what made the excursion. Cheers to Dave O.!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was amazing. Beautiful scenery with a personal touch. Jonathan is the absolute best tour guide. Would recommend Rabbie's and Jonathan to everyone..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We really enjoyed it. Arron was our driver and he was really safe especially since I had motion sickness and his playlist was great! Definitely a great experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A great trip. It was a wonderful being so close to nature. A spiritual uplifting trip that touches your soul. Great tour. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The Highlands tour was excellent - our guide Gill was wonderful, informative, and the ride was gorgeous! An excellent way to see a large part of the country.

Clifford S
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

it was a very long day but worth every penny

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

loved it and will recommand.our driver fot the day was Joe and he was brillant

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Just an incredible experience! We travelled in early July, the scenery and the weather was perfect. If you want to see large rolling hills and mountains of green, then this is the tour for you! Glencoe was amazing. We also stopped at some other lochs since, Jonathan, our amazing tour guide and driver led us up to Loch Ness in a different direction so that we did not hit it when all of the other tour guides were present. Ate amazing fish and chips lunch at the boathouse. Did not take the boat ride so we had time for lunch and looking in a couple of shops. Jonathan was a great tour guide, very knowledgeable, friendly and funny. He made everyone feel right at home from the get go. We were also able to see a ruined castle which was not on the itinerary. Loved it. Thanks so much victor, Rabbies tour company and Jonathan for a great tour experience!

Sharon V
United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

So much beauty on this tour! Raw, wild and at times, unexpected. The folks at the tour company really know how to do this right! With many folks wanting to do this day tour, the small groups is absolutely the way to go!
Our guide was Johnathan. As soon as he realized there were 5 vans booked to do the same tour, he immediately asked us if he could switch the itinerary around so that we wouldn't have to contend with the crowds. We agreed and it was a wise decision. Johnathan kept up a steady stream of banter full of facts, stories, jokes and added a nice touch with musical interludes he selected to help us absorb the atmosphere of the sights and places we visited. He was also sensitive to when our group was tired and fell to napping in which case he would play soothing music and kept his comments to a minimum. Very professional, knowledgeable and a lot of fun! Thanks Johnathan and local tour copmany! Oh, and the coffee and pastries at the coffee shop where the tour starts are also v good so grab some while waiting to board your van!
At Loch Ness, though we had no Nessie sightings, my husband and I struck up a conversation with a man who turned out to be William Jobes, who has been visiting the loch for 49 years and has seen what he claims to be Nessie and published some photos he captured of the elusive creature. He shared stories of his personal experiences and even gave us each a laminated copy of his published photos. That was a unique, unexpected and enjoyable turn of events!

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