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Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Aberdeen

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  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


This guided tour is a great introduction to Scotland and ideal for first-time visitors and those with limited time. You'll pass by some of Scotland's most famous castles and mountains, see the ancient Clava Cairns, learn about the doomed Jacobite Rising at the Culloden Battlefield. You'll also visit the mysterious Loch Ness where you can take an optional boat trip.
  • Scottish Highlands tour from Aberdeen: See multiple attractions in one day
  • Great introduction to the Scottish Highlands for first-time visitors
  • Learn all about Scottish history and culture from your guide
  • Group size of no more than 16 guests promises an uncrowded experience

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Small Group Tour (16 people max)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Admission fees

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Bus Station
    Bus Station, Guild St, Aberdeen AB11 6NA, UK

    (Stance 5) Aberdeen Bus Station, Guild Street, AB11 6NA

Start time

08:00 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • In order to retain the integrity of the tour and try to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience, we do cap bookings from any one party to 8 passengers.
  • Loch Ness cruise – We reserve tickets for you. If you want to join the cruise, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • **Please note that Culloden Visitor Centre will be closed on the following dates: all of January 2023, February 6, February 13, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27. The battlefield is still open.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:What is the departure point for the Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:The tour departs from the Aberdeen Bus Station on Guild Street.

Jun 2021

Q:Is parking available near the departure point for the Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.

Jun 2021

Q:How early should I arrive for the Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring luggage with me on the Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

Jun 2021

Q:What should I bring with me on the Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for food, optional admission tickets, etc.

Jun 2021

Q:Are admission fees included in the Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.

Jun 2021

Q:What type of vehicle is used during the Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring a wheelchair on the Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available on the bus during the Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my small child with me on the Loch Ness and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.

Jun 2021

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Alice created a highlands wonderland!
Laura_E, Nov 2022
Alice was an amazing tour guide. She was interesting, knowledgeable and friendly. We will definitely use Rabbie’s again!
Fantastic! Great pick of places to take the group.
Rubie_N, Oct 2022
Great tour! From the Loch Ness to The Batlle of Culloden it was fantastic! The Culloden battlefield is very emotional and full of history.
Fun trip
Mary_C, Oct 2022
Had a very informative and fun tour! Neil was most helpful and professional. I would take this tour again!
Good Scottish hospitality
Melissa_C, Aug 2022
We had superb Scottish hospitality on this trip, Alice the hostess , great stories & Knowledge, great driver, friendly, fun and our favourite was the drive through the countryside and the ever changing green and purple colours .Loved our day , thanks Alice
Sarah_G, Aug 2022
We loved meeting everyone on the tour. The destinations were perfect and Alice was the best guide. Would highly recommend to anyone going.
Great day
Laurie_C, Aug 2022
Neil was very well informed. I am a Scot and he was very accurate. My family had a great time. Would absolutely recommend
Way more than meets the eye
Jeremy_L, Jul 2022
This tour was great. Yes, you do stop at the places listed, which are all great with their historical significance, but the places you see on the way are just as great if not better. The historical stories our tour guide told made the journey an amazing experience. The tour around the Scottish Highlands and the malt whisky country were unexpected but what really made the tour that much better. Our 5 year old’s favorite stop was seeing the hairy Highland cows up close. My favorite stop was in Aberlour and visiting the Mash Tun whisky bar. The Speyside flight (Cardhu 12, Aberlour 12, Balvenie 12 and Glenfiddich XX) was awesome! Highly recommend if you have a full 12 hour day in Aberdeen.
I enjoyed learning the...
cynthia_c, Jul 2022
I enjoyed learning the history they Neil shared with us. There were ample stops to break up the trip, the scenery was breathtaking, and Neil was entertaining and a great driver as well.
Top-notch day!
Suzanne_G, Jul 2022
Excellent experience. Alice Lennox was top-notch. Did an outstanding job giving us some history, showing us sites, driving. She was personable and funny. Really fantastic. Highly recommended!
Great tour
susan_j, Jun 2022
Tour guid was wonderful, loved his stories and learned so much. Very comfortable and stopped often. Booked another for tomorrow.
Great adventure!
Samantha_F, Jun 2022
This tour was amazing. Neil was our guide and he did a great job of providing color to everything we saw. If you will only be in Scotland for a few days this is the way to go. From the Highlands and Culloden to Loch Ness and Highlander cows you won’t be disappointed!
I had the most incredible...
Mehrsa_N, May 2022
I had the most incredible time in Scotland. Alice is nice, knowledgable and amazing. I am looking forward to going on more tours with her.
Amazing Aberdeen and Highlands
Robert_F, Mar 2022
We went from Aberdeen with Alice who was amazing her knowledge was second to none. It was a long day but we crammed so much in it went quite quickly. It was very very good and would recommend to anyone wanting to visit. There were 15 of us and it made a comfortable trip . Very worthwhile and superb thank you
A you mustn’t miss experience!!
Sandra_C, Aug 2021
A huge thanks to our guide-driver Douglas. He was very knowledgable, professional and friendly. The tour was amazing, we were taken through history, current issues and of course whiskey 🥃 tradition. We loved it!!
Unforgettable, enjoyable Experience
Saad_Alamri, Jul 2021
My family and I enjoyed the Highlands and Loch Ness Tour. Alice was a knowledgeable and expert tour guide and driver, selecting beautiful locations for us to view Scotland at her best. We had a wonderful day. If time permits, we will book other tours as well. Thank Alice and Rabbies..
Excellent overview of the Highlands
A_R, Jul 2021
An essential overview of the Highlands particularly if you have limited time on your trip. Tour guide Doug was excellent - informed and enthusiastic. Well worth your time especially as the trip covers Culloden and Loch Ness in one day if you are based over in Aberdeen.
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Excellent Highlands Tour
Susan_K, Sept 2019
We toured with Doug. He’s an excellent guide!! He was very personable and kept a running commentary of the history of the Highlands and it’s peoples Highly recommend!
Great Tour and Guide
Daniel_A, Aug 2019
Awesome time and Doug was a great and well informed guide. We will definitely recommend to friends that may be coming this way.
Great Time,,
Daniel_A, Aug 2019
We had a great time and Doug is an awesome guide and driver! We will recommend to any of friends headed this way.
Great full day outing
855kirkm, Aug 2019
It was a long day, but a lovely one. The guide/van driver was extremely well versed in the area’s lore and history. The weather cooperated as well. I really liked the small group approach,too.


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