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

What You Can Expect

Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

Local Highland Cows

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.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing!

Manuel U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

The beauty of the landscape was incredible! We went in a bus tour with locals and foreigners. We stop for pastries and coffee in a small town before arriving to the lake. The Loch Ness ride in the small cruise boat is a most if you want to enjoy this part of the trip and learn about the famous monster or simply enjoy the wonderful vistas. The only bad thing that happened was that we were seated on the second row from the back of the bus, and on the first road from the back there was a couple of gypsies that were very noisy, filthy and inconsiderate. I gave it 5 stars because of the beauty surrounding us.

Jacob C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

An amazing day trip to see what Scotland has to offer outside the cities.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was a great tour. The driver was interesting. The Highlands were sooo beautiful! Make sure you bring snacks. The lunch included was sufficient, but if you were really hungry, you'd have to buy something more. The boat ride at Loch Ness was lovely.
It was a longish day, but it was worth it. I'd highly recommend this tour.

Olivianne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

It is very worth the money, the scenes were beautiful. The couch was comfortable and the driver Julian was very knowledgeable. The only thing is that on our way back we stopped for bathrooms which the ones locally were closed, some of the restaurants didn't except us to use the bathroom, if only the ones locally will be opened for more time. But overall very nice experience.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This is a great way to see some of the Scottish Highlands and of course Loch Ness. Our guide Duncan was very personable and knowledgeable, making the trip interesting and fun.

Cheryl R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

The tour was amazing. The driver, Scot, kept us informed and entertained through it all.
I'd do it again!

Farah A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Amazing Trip

Daniel T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We had an amazing day. Gill, our guide, was fun and lots of great information about the villages, lochs, the highlands, etc. we want to go back to the highlands.

Sidharth U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Definitely worth the time and money. Great way to know the places when on a time crunch!

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