Discover the dramatic beauty, history and mystery of Scotland on this full-day trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle, 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! Spot the famous Stirling Castle on route 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 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
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 surrounding countryside and grab lunch (own expense). Or 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, passing 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.
This is a really long day and if you don’t like coach travel it’s not for you, but we absolutely loved it. The scenery was amazing. Our driver Siegio was brilliant really informative and very helpful, nothing was too much trouble. Will definitely use this company again.
Wonderful tour. Well worth the money. We saw the Highlands, Loch Ness, Glen Coe, beautiful countryside and wonderful town we stopped in. This trip I had 3 other tours with Viator and they didn't disappoint. I would highly recommend them. The other tour was while on was on a Northern Europe tour and Viators tour blew the Cruise Lines tours to bits in cost and the tours themselves.
This was a long day, but it was so worth it! Our tour group got lucky with the weather, and our tour guide, Frasier, was great. We drove in some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen, and I would recommend this tour to anyone going to Edinburgh.
The trip was perfect and we started our trip on time.
Our Guide was Rob and the three stars I have given is only for Rob.
The journey is pleasing but too long.
Here is what you must carry with your self:
1: carry enough water and food. I recommend you carry sandwiches and danish.
You will need this when you are hungry as there are quite a lot of locations on the journey where you will feel hungry.
2: carry chips if you want to munch as it becomes very boring at some stretch during the journey.
3: if you decide to see the castle after your boat ride, please do it quickly and head to the restaurant if you are not carrying enough food.
The organizers or tour operators should add the following or work o. The following:
It’s a 12 hours+ journey and the bus seats are not comfortable for this long journey.
Hence they should reconsider the seat pitch. Reclining the seat means the person sitting at the back will suffer.
The tour company should provide at least water and some packed refreshments for the later part of the journey.
After 5pm all the restaurants and stores on the journey back are shut and it’s not possible to but water, sandwiches etc hence you will be left hungry and thirsty hence you need to carry food and sufficient water or the tour company should provide it and built it in the tour cost.
Good safe driving and a really knowledgeable and funny tour guide made this very long trip seem much shorter. We covered a huge area if the highlands and I now have a better idea if the history of the area. I woul highly recommend it.