4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

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

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Scottish Highlands, Loch Ness and Glen Coe Day Trip from Edinburgh. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Andrew is definitely the best guide I have ever met with since I came to the UK! Passion, knowledge, skills, he has anything that you will want to see in a guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

This trip is fabulous!

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

This tour was amazing and exactly what I hoped for when I signed up! Kenny was a wonderful guide and bus driver. I had a business meeting in Edinburgh and then just one day after the meeting to see the Highlands--and how could I travel all the way to Scotland and not see Loch Ness? This tour was just like going on a "power walk" of the Highlands. Got to see so much and enjoy with one day limited time. I highly recommend purchasing the Loch Ness boat cruise. Plenty of time to snap lots of gorgeous photos, buy some gifts and try some great lunch food and snacks. If you want to see as much as you can, enjoy local history stories while driving by the relevant sites and also have time to cruise Loch Ness and look for "Nessie" this tour is for you! the landscape is breathtaking! so glad I was able to join this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

Shelley is the tour guide, she is superb, passionate about the Scotland!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2014

A very long day but a very good day. Loch Ness cruise was thoroughly enjoyable, Glen Coe was amazing and the driver/guide Kenny was outstanding and informative

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2014

Great day. Left at 8am and returned by 8/9pm. Mike the tour guide was excellent!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

Our trip to the Scottish Highlands was fantastic! It was a long journey, but I hardly noticed because the ride was beautiful, and we saw so many cool places. Our bus driver/guide, Mike, was great! Definitely the best guide of any of the day tours we've been on across Scotland and Ireland. A note: the boat trip at Loch Ness costs extra, but was definitely worth it in my book. You get a really lovely view of the land around the lake that you just won't get from the shore.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2014

This tour was amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

A long day but a good one, really is two days worth of tour in one day, but I still highly recommend this trip. Fascinating history stories, nice, knowledgeable guide and driver, and the Highlands of Scotland are indescribably beautiful. I also recommend taking the Loch Ness cruise (cost is extra) as it is beautiful as well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2014

Our tour guide, Kenny, was a great story teller. He was a stickler for keeping to the time schedule which allowed us to make a couple extra photo opportunity stops along the drive. The loch ness cruise was very nice, I get motion sickness pretty badly but had no problems on the cruise boat.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

very nice experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Very good trip and the driver was exelent. Impressiv that the driver could holde the time and told stories about the area.

Deborah A
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2013

A long long day with most spent in the van but an excellent experience. Fantastic history stories from Ken our tour guide who comes across as a mean old buggar but he's really a big softy and a pushover who makes the day amazing. Windosr Castle is very busy in the summer so probably would not do that again but Glencoe was out of this world when it came to beauty and Lochness was very enjoyable. Well worth the money I would say with extra stops thrown in by Ken.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

Fantastic experience - brilliant guide. Comfortable sized group and bus - not to small for such a long journey. Only tour company offering this route - felt very personal as this company does not follow ALL the other tour companies to Loch Ness. Great value for the length of entertainment you get. 100% recommend this company for comfortable midi-coach (appropriate for the tour) excellent guide, unique route and the ticket price.

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2015

Andrew was amazing! Highly interesting stories about Scottish history, complemented by funny and personable personal anecdotes. The coach was, however, uncomfortable to sit in after an extended period of time - the seats were very close together, and the heating was at times on way too high.

4 star rating: Recommended
December 2014

This tour was amazing!

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2014

Gives good taste of the Highlands. Long day. No rest rooms on board bus. Guide "Kenny" was great. Pls. be advised that you must have cash for the Loch Ness cruise - no credit card capability.

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2014

This was a really good trip they packed a lot into the tour we travel far into the High lands (past inverness) and got to see and hear a lot of the history. My favorite part of the trip was getting on the boat cruise at Loch Ness and also thanks to the lovely weather being able to see the summit of Ben Nevis.
Some downsides were the short stops at some of the best view points e.g 10 minutes at Ben Nevis vs. a 30 minute toilet break...
Also the fact that the boat tour cost extra was a bit disappointing (£13 when we went) I was hoping that would be included.

4 star rating: Recommended
September 2013

You should inform us before, that there will not be no 'Rest room'/'toilet' facilities in the bus. Normally in this kind of long tour it has toilet facilities. I had my aged father with me that day. If i knew this I might have taken other tour. It was not suitable for him.

4 star rating: Recommended
July 2013

The trip itself was fantastic. The scenery and the beautiful drive and stops throughout Scotland were incredible. I wish the tour would have allowed us to actually go to a couple of the castles that we drove by throughout the day. I enjoyed our tour guides commentary throughout the trip, but on a 600 km drive, a little quiet time would have been fantastic too. Overall, I'm so glad my friends and I took the day long journey.

3 star rating: Worth doing
September 2014

Tour was great but every time we stopped it was at a gift shop or mall. On the road for 12 hours too. Was surprised to find that we had to pay an additional 15£ to take the Loch Ness cruise. The actual stops were great but lots of driving in between. Maybe take a private tour to avoid the shops.

3 star rating: Worth doing
June 2014

Saw lots of wonderful sites but realize that it was too much for one day. Would do it again over two days I didn't feel that the advertising made me aware that the attractions would often be whistle-stop or drive-past tours. As I am not from the U.K I was not aware of the distances involved. Also the bus was not as comfortable as the Hadrian's Wall trip bus and seats seemed a lot more cramped. We were in the back seat and were very fortunate that we had very considerate fellow passengers as it could have been quite difficult. Enjoyed the trip . The guide was fantastic. Commentary was excellent and well suited to the audience. Music was very appropriate and well-timed. George isvery skilled at his job and obviously has a strong sense of what is the right time, right place, right way to say things that gets his message across. It was just the bus accommodation and the description of the trip in the advertising that I was a little disappointed in. However, the presentation of the tour couldn't have been better. 5Stars for presentation, George..

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
April 2015

The views are increible and this is a greatvbalue tour, but we had a rude tour guide and we could barely hear him talking so it sort of ruined the experience. He was really condesending and not at all approachable if we had questions. Overall, I still think this is a great way to see the Highlands.

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