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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 'Taste of Scotland' 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

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!

Susie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We have never learned as much valuable and interesting history on any tour anywhere. Our tour bus driver was engaging and knowledgeable. An all around wonderful experience. If we get back to Scotland we will do this again. The Scottish country side was breathtaking!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide Rich was amazing with his stories ... great trip... missed seeing Nessie though


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent trip. Our guide Mahri has great sense of humor and she is really nice and informative. Not tiring despite long duration.

Judith A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour for those who have limited time but want to hit some of the most spectacular highlights of the Highlands. Our guide, Sandy, was the best!

Veronika Csilla W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Brilliant tour made even more enjoyable by our highly professional, knowledgeable and funny tour guide.

Inge-Lise N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Despite the aircondition not working properly in the bus and the temperature being almost unbearably high, our guide Rich kept up being informative and friendly and very funny. He really got us distracted from the heat. The trip was very beautiful and certainly didn't feel like 12 hours. We'd never been to Scotland before, and besides information, history and anecdotes about the trip and the landmarks, we also got very great general information about Scotland and Edinburgh, which we really appreciated for the rest of our stay.

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