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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

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What You Can Expect

Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

Full-Day Trip to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands

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, fresh fruit 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

Marija B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It's a long day but worth every minute - specially it if Scot is your guidegreat job! The highlands and the lochs are amazing and a must see for everyone who visits Scotland and the stories we we heard on our way to Loch Ness amused us a lot. We learned so much about this beautiful country. Would do it again

David T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Absolutely amazing tour.
The guide, Sergio an Italian Argentinian was extremely good, friendly and funny. Definitively he made 50 of the tour.

Janette L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was absolutely fantastic. Its a long day but there are plenty of stops in between. Our Driver and Tour Guide was wonderful. Super informative and made the experience very fun.

Lindsey A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The trip was most wonderful and majestic. The tour guide Doug-ie was so funny and charming and knowledgeable. The highlands were so beautiful. The bus became warm but started out cool so dress accordingly. Waterproof shoes are a good idea! I'd gladly, and without a second thought, take any of the tours offered by this company.

Jesse D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We loved this trip! It was stunning! I would personally rather drive it if I had the time, that way I could stop off as often as I wanted everywhere I wanted along the way. Regardless, we had such a great time!

vito r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The tour was very informative. Would reccomended

Lana G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The guide Jaime was great!

Judy E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had the day! The time flew by and the scenery breathtaking. Our guide was wonderful!

Madeline L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We loved our tour! The bus was a little cramped and the air conditioning was not great- hopefully they update that! But our tour guide was great-okie dokie guys- and seeing the country side was so magical!! Definitely a trip to plan if you want a great experience and great memories!!

Shenae F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour! Our guide- Kirsten- was friendly, fun and very knowledgable! It was a long trip on the bus but was very comfortable with the beautiful scenery, fabulous music and commentary! Kirsten gave us Scottish history in an easy to follow format, relevant to the things we were passing- all presented with that god-given Scottish talent for story telling! Good number of stops 2 on the way up and 2 on the way back and about 2 hours at Loch Ness! Kirsten had excellent recommendations for things to see and eat at each stop, and also excellent recommendations for things to do in Edinburgh. Fabulous trip- well worth the cost. For a solo traveller like me it was an excellent taste of the highlands- will definitely be considering coming back for an extended tour!

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