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clock-o12 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English and 6 more


This full-day Scottish Highlands tour takes you on a scenic drive from Edinburgh to the fabled Loch Ness. The 12-hour journey travels by coach across Rannoch Moor to Glen Coe and through the Great Glen to Fort Augustus, where you’re treated to a locally made picnic lunch. Take an optional boat ride on the legendary loch in search of ‘Nessie’ before the return trip over the Pass of Drumochter and through the forests and rivers of Highland Perthshire, with views of the UNESCO-listed Forth Bridge.
  • Day trip to the Scottish Highlands and the famous Loch Ness by bus
  • Soak up the unspoiled scenery of the Great Glen and Rannoch Moor with your expert guide
  • Admire spectacular views of the Caledonian Canal, Perthshire, Glen Coe and the Forth Bridge
  • Take an optional boat cruise on Loch Ness to catch a glimpse of the legendary monster Nessie
  • Enjoy a locally produced sandwich picnic lunch in the quaint village of Fort Augustus

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour takes in the highlights of the Highlands and includes a picnic lunch with Scottish shortbread.
Tour the Scottish Highlands and enjoy an optional Loch Ness boat tour during this day trip, led by a knowledgeable guide who provides insightful commentary throughout the approximate 12-hour journey.

Start the excursion aboard your coach in central Edinburgh and travel north along the ramparts of Stirling Castle. You’ll pass the Trossachs, cross Rannoch Moor and stop at Glen Coe — site of a legendary 17th-century massacre — before continuing on through the Great Glen via Fort William.

Arriving at the Highland village of Fort Augustus, situated on the banks of Loch Ness, you can opt for a leisurely walk or simply relax by the Caledonian Canal with your provided picnic lunch. Enjoy your choice of locally made sandwiches and shortbread washed down with bottled mineral water.

If you’d like, spend your free time with a 1-hour boat cruise on the loch (own expense). Go in search of the Loch Ness Monster named Nessie, a mythical creature said to inhabit these waters. The custom-built boat is equipped with underwater imaging technology, providing a fascinating view of the underwater terrain.

Afterward, re-board the coach for the return drive, passing Loch Laggan and motoring over the Pass of Drumochter, which connects the northern and southern Scottish Highlands. Your guide points out Perthshire and the lush forested landscapes of Big Tree Country. View the cantilever Forth Bridge, a World Heritage site, before your day trip concludes in Edinburgh in the evening.


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, Dec 2018

Loved the tour and the experience of the highlands. Tour guide was Glenn and he was awesome. Loved his Scottish music and his knowledge. I sat up front and talked his ear off. Great location to start and easy to find.

, Oct 2018

The trip was very nice. The tour guide provided lots of information and there were plenty of nice stops along the way

, Sep 2018

This was a great tour. Our tour guide Rick was excellent. Kept the long train to Loch Ness going with music and lots of history and information about Scotland. The views were amazing. The Highlands are a must see

, Sep 2018

Excellent time. Finally got to see the highlands and visit Loch Ness. Of course it's never enough time.To see everything.

, Aug 2018

Despite the great Scottish weather (it's the Highlands after all), this is a great day excursion if you're looking into learning a bit about Scotland history and admire the beautiful landscapes of the Highlands! The guide I was with (Fiona) is a lovely Scottish lady who's very knowledgeable about the country's History and very attentive to her passengers' comfort.Note: it's a long way to Loch Ness and back so I don't advise people with young children and/or elderlies to do this tour.

, Aug 2018

Our party of 6 with adults, children and seniors had a very enjoyable trip with Calum as our driver/tour guide! Calum was funny, informative and kept us entertained on the long bus ride. Even though it was over 350 km of travels within 11 hours, we made a couple of quick stops on the way to Loch Ness and one stop on the way back to Edinburgh. The actual time at Loch Ness was about 1.5 hours. If you take the cruise, it may not offer a lot of time to walk around town and visit those cute shops. The lunch sandwich provided was quite good too, it came with a non-plastic bottle water and shortbread. I'd recommend Highland Explorer if you only have 1 day to see the Highlands. Hope you will get Calum too!

, Jul 2018

Great tour, Highly recommended

, Jul 2018

My friends and I were on a travel break weekend and went on this tour through the Highlands and Loch Ness. Everything was absolutely wonderful and our bus driver, Graham was the best! Highly recommended!

, Jul 2018

Wounderful trip to discover the beauty of Scotland and the guide Catlin make it very beautiful by give us lots of information and fun during the trip

, Jul 2018

Very good tour . Beautiful scenery. Our guide Sergio was excellent !

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