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Take a personalized tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness on this day trip to the Scottish Highlands. See wooded lochs and tucked-away villages as you journey through spectacular scenery en route to Glencoe, Cairngorms National Park and Fort Augustus. Enjoy an optional boat tour in search of the Loch Ness Monster, marvel at the mountain peaks of Craig Meagaidh and traverse Drummochter Summit to Pitlochry. Travel by minivan in a small group limited to 16 passengers, with a local guide at the helm.

Highlights

  • Small-group day trip to Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands from Edinburgh
  • Visit Glencoe and learn its history from your guide
  • Take in spectacular views of the Scottish Highlands as you travel
  • Enjoy a chance to spot Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, on an optional Loch Ness cruise
  • Explore the famous Cairngorms National Park

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What You Can Expect

Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Discover Glen Coe and the Scottish Highlands

Get comfortable inside your Mercedes minivan and depart central Edinburgh to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands, stopping along the way to hear insightful commentary from your guide.

Pass by Stirling Castle, the Wallace Monument and Linlithgow Palace — the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots — en route to Glencoe, a Highland glen filled with eerie tales about the Clan MacDonald massacre of 1692.

Journey onward through the 18th-century Fort William, and gaze out at the Scottish Highlands, including the Great Glen. Reaching Fort Augustus, disembark on the shores of Loch Ness, where you can opt for a seasonal 1-hour boat ride on the loch and listen for the Loch Ness Monster ‘Nessie’ on the sonar system. (Cruises run from Easter to the end of October.) 

After you purchase lunch (own expense), continue your drive to Cairngorms National Park via Spean Bridge village. Take in the views of Loch Laggan and the windswept mountains, including Craig Meagaidh, where the TV series Monarch of the Glen was filmed. 

Your scenic journey continues over the Drummochter Summit to Pitlochry. After exploring this Victorian town, your tour concludes with the return drive to Edinburgh.

Customer Reviews

mrinalini.batra

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was the first trip I took with Viator and I was glad I had done so. The tour guide was amazing - at times, we had a little trouble following his scottish accent but it was otherwise fine. He was amazingly well-versed in History and gave us not only the commentary about the places we visited and passed through but also shared anecdotes which provided information about life in Scotland. His delivery kept us engrossed. I was most impressed by his stories which told us about how some well-known English phrases had come about.

Scotland was debating on Secession at the time and he also told us about the prevalent mood in the country. This trip led me to choose Viator in other countries. I have found them to be slightly expensive but safe and reliable.

Leah C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Had a great tour guide Barney and was one of my favorite things I've done so far as an abroad student.

Kathleen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was a great day trip. Our driver/guide Roger made it extra special with his interesting and humorous commentary. The scenery is beautiful and open country is a wonderful contrast to Edinburgh which was great. The long day is worth the trip. Days are short in the winter, which we knew, but would not have missed it. Rabbie's put together a fun and informative trip. We opted not to do the Loch Ness boat trip and had a relaxing lunch and a beer at The Bothy. Have to say the warm fire was much enjoyed! Would recommend this for anyone wanting a taste of the Highlands and rural Scotland.

Michael F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The tour was guided by Jonathan from Rabbies Tours. Jonathan had excellent historical knowledge of the Highlands with a great sense of humor. He blend of history and comic relief made the trip thoroughly enjoyable. In addition, Jonathan had choreographed music relevant to the area or subject matter that was a really nice touch. The beauty of the area speaks for itself. Plenty of stops along the way for bathroom breaks orbiters to eat/shopping! Highly recommended and be sure to ask to be in Jonathan's group!

cain w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour but in winter you will miss out on scenery as the sun sets early just after 4pm. Excellent tour guide.

jacqueline m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

My guide Jonathan was very friendly and knowledgeable even though he had never heard of the tv show Outlander. He told us the places to go to get the best photos/ views. He even offered us suggestions to try when we made stops at little places on our tour. The places we visited were breathtaking.

Erin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

If you are short on time, this is a great way to see so much of Scotland in a condensed amount of time. We had a great tour guide Ewan who was very entertaining and very knowledgable. It is a lot of time to be on a tour but it was well worth it and breathtaking views. I wish we had had more time in Glen Co to take more pictures but with the amount of the country you're seeing, it was understandable why we couldn't! Would highly recommend this tour.

Mallory126

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a truly amazing tour! Jude was a wonderfully entertaining and informative guide. The scenery was spectacular, and our stops were all interesting and well timed. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat.

elladacas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wow what views! We were blown away by the spectacular scenery and the grandeur of Scotland. Wow just wow. We had many stop offs where we could explore the location/towns and take pictures! 12 hours flew by! Honestly didn and #39;t think it would but it did and we had some great Scottish music for company!

Vanessa H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Audrey was a fantastic guide, we had a lot of factors against us - weather, bridge being shut, traffic - but she entertained us with fabulous Scottish history stories and stopped at some truly beautiful spots. She was a lot of fun and this tour was a great way to see other parts of Scotland.

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