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.


  • 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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a very good tour and our driver/guide was very, pleasant, informative and entertaining. We had time to make a couple extra stops which were very nice.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Comfortable van , knowledgeable and helpful guide . Very well conversant with the history of the locations and the whole area . Very appropriate use of the local music / songs related to the history made the trip very exceptional . Out standing experience .


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I only had a limited amount of time in Scotland, so I chose this tour to at least see some of the Highlands. I was NOT disappointed! We covered so much ground and sae so many beautiful sites. I would love to come back on a multi-day highland excursion, but if time is short, this is the one to do!!

Alberto D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wonderful place, great scenery ,my guide knows a lot about the tour Gillian this is a must see tour.

Maria L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This was a really wonderful trip! Nik and Arthur where wonderful and so nice people! I really enjoyed this day! Really recommend this tour!

Sue M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Jodie was the best! We thoroughly enjoyed our day trip to the highlands.

Jessica S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing! The tour guide we had was great and funny and knew so much about scotland and the history and told us many stories on our way. They give you the option to go on a Loch Ness cruise and I recommend it. Brilliant tour!

Meghan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Roger our tour guide was fantastic. He was a beautiful storyteller. As we traveled through the highlands we were emerged into the Celtic culture with Roger's storytelling, the music he played for us, and the breathtaking scenery. The tour was small, only a handful of people, and the bus ride was comfortable. Lots of food along the way, and shops. Don't worry about bringing a lunch! Bathrooms along the way as well.

Roger was great as he added in a few extra stops along the way because we were doing so well with time.


David S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide David was excellent. He told great stories and had good recommendations at our stops. The tour itself was well worth waking up early as the Highlands are must see if you like looking at amazing scenery. The whole thing was very well organized. We had spotty weather - mostly cloudy but the sun did come out a couple of times but as our guide said, you don't come to Scotland for the weather :-


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was very nice Day Trip!
Driver guide Roger was very helpful and knowledgeable.

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