5 star rating: Highly Recommended 39 Reviews

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

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

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!

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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

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 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a fantastic time on this tour. The scenery was breathtaking.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Kenny was such a lovely tour guide!! We were so fortunate to participate on such a beautiful day! The highlands tour was a great way to fit more into my trip!! I highly recommend this tour! :)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Beautiful tour and a very nice, knowledgable guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A fantastic journey with an accurate, intelligent and funny guide called Sergio. Plenty of stops, taking some extra stops to take incredible pictures. The tour was 12 hours long but we had the sensation of a much shorter trip. It's worth to recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our driver, Kenny, made our day trip unique and welcoming from the start. He was fun, entertaining with his music and history, both live and audio and we saw and learned a great deal about the area. The food and bathroom breaks were always perfect timing. Kenny's driving skills should be commended and he made this tour a day to fondly remember.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Fergus, was an excellent guide and I and my family was travelling with 8 year old twins are quite grateful for his help during the tour. We were quite motion sick but overall it was quite a rewarding experience. Will certainly come back some time in the future to explore Glen Coe in greater details. Must to do for anyone coming to Edinburgh.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The trip was excellent giving a real feel to the highlands. Fergus, the driver and tour guide was really good narrating the tour...loved his historical stories. The 12 hours went by very quickly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very good tour! It is a bit of whirlwind to do in one day, but it was a lot of fun. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to see the Scottish countryside and some towns. If you have more time though I would probably say go for the 2-3 day trip instead. You will have more time to really explore. The one day was all we could do and it was great for seeing the landscape and going out on to Lock Ness, but we didn't really get to see much of the small towns we stopped in briefly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Kenny is the best tour guide in Scotland. Loved him and the tour. Three thumbs up

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