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

Best Scottish Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh with Audio Guide

See the highlights of the Scottish Highlands on a full-day trip from Edinburgh, enjoying audio commentary throughout the day! Relax while traveling, watching the landscape of dramatic glens, glistening lochs and craggy mountains pass by, and visit Glencoe, Loch Ness and Inverness. Enjoy an optional ‘Nessie-spotting’ cruise on Loch Ness if you wish, and hear the Highland history of Inverness on a coach tour of the city.


  • Audio-guided day trip to the Highlands from Edinburgh
  • Stroll around Glencoe and learn about the Massacre of Glencoe from your audio guide
  • Pass Ben Nevis and admire the remote wilderness of the Highland scenery
  • Visit Loch Ness and look out for Nessie – the famous Loch Ness Monster
  • See of top Inverness attractions on a coach tour, including the River Ness and St Andrew’s Cathedral

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is the best way to see the Scottish Highlands in one day! The commentary is in your language, and you’ll see countless castles and shimmering lochs as you travel.

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What You Can Expect

Best Scottish Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh with Audio Guide

See Highland cattle as you travel!

Meet your driver in central Edinburgh, and board your luxury coach to travel north out of the city and into the rugged Scottish countryside. Pass the historical city of Stirling and head to Glencoe – arguably Scotland’s most famous glen – in the heart of the Highlands. Stretch your legs on a stroll around, listening to commentary from your audio guide about the infamous 1692 Massacre of Glencoe, where members of the MacDonald clan were brutally killed, on the grounds that they hadn’t pledged allegiance to the monarchy.

Continue your journey along the banks of Loch Linnhe, passing Ben Nevis – Britain’s highest peak – and up the Great Glen, a dramatic series of glens that stretch to the Grampian Mountains. Sit back and relax, enjoying the windswept Highland scenery, typified by glistening lochs, forests and towering hills.

At the top of the Great Glen, the hilly vistas give way to your first glimpse of Loch Ness, famous for its beauty, size and, of course, Nessie -- the fabled Loch Ness Monster! Travel around the length of the loch, stopping at Urquhart Castle for photos and enjoying a stroll around the water’s edge itself, listening to your audio guide. If time permits, take a ‘monster-spotting’ cruise around the Loch (own expense).

After a break for lunch (own expense), travel further north to Inverness – the captivating capital of the Highlands. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city from the comfort of your coach, hearing its history, and seeing sights like the River Ness and St Andrew’s Cathedral.

From Inverness, start your journey back to Edinburgh, passing through the picturesque Spey Valley and an area known as Perthshire. Admire the majestic peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains and then finish your tour at the start point.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

the best tour I have have ever done in all my life. everything was excellent, organized in the best possible way and the guide sergio could speak all possibile languages and was perfect. I will recomment it to every perosn who will go to Scotland.

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

Great tour, great experience. For the people with small kids I would not recommend as it is a long tour and there is no toilet in the van. The van is a mini sized one not like a coach which we thought it would be initially. Bit congested in that sense. But the driver was very friendly and was stopped quite a few times, so that helped a lot for us to manage two little kids in the tour.

But apart from that the places covered are amazing, plenty of break time as well to take pictures. So for adults it is just a fantastic tour and highly recommended.

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Even though we do a lot of road on the bus, we were stopping quite often and the scenery is worth travelling for so long. We actually did not see the time going by. And our driver Sergio was really nice.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

Beautiful tour. Sergio was such a pleasant tour guide, adding extra commentary as needed. Tour bus was comfortable. Each location was very interesting, met our expectations.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

The tour was just fine but it would have been more enjoyable if the driver who was learning the tour had a bit more experience before taking people around her driving was very scary as quite a few passengers also mentioned

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2015

I really didn't like this particular tour hated the Audio Guide rather have the tour guide commentary better. However the scenery was the most amazing I've seen. Highlands are my favorite place in the world.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this August 2015

The real destination of the trip was LochNess just to let people feel of seeing the Nessie. Everything was shortened in order to be there in time. This decreased the value of the trip, which went through the Glencoe, a place of incommensurable beauty, but where we stopped only 5 minutes just in front of a piperman. On the way back we touched Inverness other interesting place where we saw only the traffic on a bridge without stopping. The we stopped in a parking somewhere, after they closed the toilets.

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