Tour code: 5256HLOCHNESS
Discover the dramatic beauty, history and mystery of Scotland on this 12-hour trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable coach, wind through the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Cairngorms National Park and the mysterious Loch Ness – fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie! Visit the famous Stirling Castle and hear about legendary warfare like the battles of William Wallace and the massacre of Glen Coe in the 17th century. 


  • 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!

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What You Can Expect

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

Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip

Your full-day tour through the Scottish Highlands departs from central Edinburgh in the morning. Meet your friendly guide and settle in for the northbound ride toward Inverness. Along the way, pass the dramatic Forth Railway Bridge – a UNESCO-listed bridge that once boasted the largest cantilever span in the world – and pause in Pitlochry for some tasty refreshment (own expense). 

Continuing north, wind through Cairngorms National Park, catching lovely views of peaks and waterfalls rushing through craggy ravines. You’ll soon arrive at the mythical Loch Ness, where you’ll have free time to explore the lakeside town and grab lunch (own expense). Purchase an optional cruise on the loch for some tranquil sightseeing and a cheeky search for the famed water monster, Nessie. 

Next, continue your coach tour to Glen Coe, a glen of breathtaking beauty that boasts high mountain peaks, ridges, bubbling rivers and waterfalls. Hear about the historic MacDonald clan that resided here and suffered in the brutal massacre of 1692. 

From here, begin you return trip to Edinburgh, paying a visit to Stirling Castle on the way. Snap some photos of the historic site – former residence of Scottish royals including Mary, Queen of Scots – and learn about its colorful history, riddled with warfare such as the Battle of Stirling Bridge, led by William Wallace. 

Then relax for the return ride to Edinburgh, where your full-day trip ends back at the starting point in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Jan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

soooo cute soooo nice soooo tasty, soooo funny and good guide.

Raymond Waiman C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was an excellent tour except that we found out late that the option of visiting Sterling castle was actually not included. Had we know that earlier,we would squeeze in another day or another tour to do that. However, the tour was very enjoyable.

Pam E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Tour was great, tour guide was as great as the tour!

Dewi N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It is a trip to Loch Ness and a few stops on the way there, and a few stops on the way back to Edinburgh. The stops were scenic and good for photo taking. It is rushed, but I think that is the best any operator can do with a day trip to cover that many miles.
Kenny was the tour guide. Strict and stern with regards to punctuality. He has a unique sense of humor, which luckily I can totally relate. This also means the tour group were on time at every stops, and allowed us to squeeze in more stops for photos.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great driver and guide, thanks to Max it didn't seem like a 12 hour trip
Funny and awesome places we visited

Ioannis S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great experience, fantastic driver/tour guide!

John B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The tour was exceptional. It gave an excellent experience of the beauty of the highlands. Our guide, Fergus, gave quite a bit if history and explanations along the way. It was well presented, with musical interludes. I would reccommend this tour to anyone wishing to experience the beauty of Scotland.

Benjamin T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Fantastic. The Tour Guide was very knowledgeable, funny, and very proud of his country. The sites were amazing. Highly recommended tour.

Genell H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This was a great tour. Lots to see and do and the guide was magnificent. Would highly recommend it.

Joan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Even though the day was mostly driving, this was still my favorite part of my trip to Edinburgh because the Highlands were so beautiful, and the boat cruise around Loch Ness made it all worth it. There is just so much beauty in the landscapes that it's overwhelming. Highly recommend.

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