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  • Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration:  12 hours (approx.)
Immerse yourself in spectacular scenery, beguiling mystery and dramatic history on this day trip from Edinburgh. Traveling to the Scottish Highlands, witness the stunning vistas of Cairngorms National Park and cruise along world-famous Loch Ness in search of the Loch Ness Monster. Admire an ancient castle in Stirling and learn about the massacre at Glen Coe and the adventures of Scottish legend William Wallace, whose life is depicted in the film ‘Braveheart.’ Be sure to bring your camera to capture stunning views and maybe even a glimpse of ‘Nessie’!


  • Day trip from Edinburgh to Cairngorms National Park, Loch Ness and Glen Coe
  • Head by coach into the Scottish Highlands and travel through the fantastic landscapes of Cairngorms National Park
  • See the famous Loch Ness, a body of water some believe is home to a mysterious sea creature
  • Visit Glen Coe, a place known as much for a horrific massacre as its gorgeous scenery
  • Spot the cliffside castle in Stirling and learn of the adventures of William Wallace, whose life was depicted in the movie Braveheart

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The scenery on this trip is phenomenal and the history is gripping. It all makes for an unforgettable day – especially if you spot the Loch Ness Monster!

What You Can Expect

Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh

Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip

Meet at a central location in Edinburgh and head toward the Scottish Highlands on a comfortable coach to begin your daylong adventure. On the way, see the impressive Forth Railway Bridge, a red cantilever bridge connecting Edinburgh to the countryside. Stop in the picturesque town of Pitlochry for a cup of tea or some home-baked cakes (own expense).

Make your way through Britain’s highest mountain range in Cairngorms National Park, taking in sensational panoramas at every turn. Then, arrive at Loch Ness, where you will have time to have lunch at a nearby restaurant or enjoy a picnic (own expense).

If weather conditions permit, hop on a boat with your guide and enjoy a cruise (own expense) around this world-famous lake. Keep your eyes peeled for the legendary Loch Ness Monster, a dinosaur-like creature who some believe lurks deep beneath these waters. Have your camera ready – even if you don’t spot ‘Nessie,’ the atmospheric Loch Ness area is beautiful.

Continue your drive to Glen Coe, a lushly rugged glen formed by an ice age glacier. Learn how this breathtaking place was the site of a terrible massacre in 1692 that took the lives of scores of members of the MacDonald clan.

On the way back to Edinburgh, pass through Stirling, an ancient Scottish city known as the ‘Gateway to the Highlands.’ Admire the town’s magnificent cliffside castle as you hear tales of William Wallace, a medieval Scottish war hero who was immortalized in the Oscar-winning film Braveheart. Your tour concludes in central Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great tour and great tour guide, Cameron! A full day of sightseeing galore! The Scottish Highlands are breathtaking; the boat ride on Loch Ness was so enjoyable with scenery that looked like a post card.
Cameron was able to provide very interesting details and history about Glen Coe and the MacDonald and Campbell clans.... and how a little of their 'feud' still continues on today. We especially enjoyed all the information about William Wallace and the 'insider extra' details that "Braveheart" left out! So glad we took this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This was our first trip to Scotland. I chose the trip to the Scottish Highlands and a very glad that I did. At least once in my life I wanted to see Loch Ness and was surprised and happy that a boat ride on the Loch was part of the tour. While we never saw "Nessie" we did see wonderful scenery and learned a lot about the Jacobite uprising and the tragedy of Glen Coe. My husband and I have a passion for history so having an opportunity to expand our knowledge of British history made it more interesting to us. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area pointing out many things we would certainly have missed had we been on our own.

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