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


  • 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

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

Nancy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

My husband and I knew a trip to Scotland would not be complete without seeing the Highlands and Glencoe so this day trip was perfect for us. Even with a little rain/mist the views were breathtaking. Our tour guide James was awesome, he was extremely knowledgeable about both the landmarks but also the history of the country. His great sense of humor was an added bonus. The perfect host for the day. While the village at Loch Ness was very quaint and nice to visit, to us though the Highlands and Glencoe were the highlight. I would definitely recommend this tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

James was our tour guide and he was amazing, i would highly recommend looking up when he is available for the tour. He was very knowledgeable and also very entertaining. It makes the scenic drive a lot more fun. 5 stars all attributed to James.

Wayne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Beautiful country, like nothing we have seen before. Our guide Eric was not only very knowledgeable but was fun and made the trip even more enjoyable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

My tour was with Nick! He was a really great tour guide, very informative and enthusiastic! This tour was spectacular! The ride was comfortable with well scheduled stops including food, picture taking and toilet breaks. I think my most favorite part was the drive from Fort Augustus, Glen Coe and Loch Lubnaig. Nick also introduced me to some Scottish folk songs and now I've had them in my playlist. Checkout The Skye Boat Song by The Corries!

lynn H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

The tour guide, Douglas, was very informative and knowledgeable. He certainly made the trip much more enjoyable.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

-excursie lunga dar cu locuri minunate
-ghid excepttional. A fost primul ghid scotian pe care l-am cunoscut si am ramas impresionata
-grupul de 16 persoane este perfect

Marian A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

I'm so glad we did this tour instead of trying to drive ourselves. The guide was great and we had the perfect amount of time at each stop.

Janet P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Ally did a wonderful job driving, narrating and sharing interesting and historical stories about the different regions we traveled through. Ally volunteered at the stops to take pictures of individuals and groups as requested. I would have liked to spend more than 1 and a half hour at Loch Ness as the boat ride took an hour. (Yes we saw Nessie!

Tracie A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Mahre was wonderful. Very informative, positive and loves her country! Very professional even with us holder-uppers.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

It's nice to have someone drive you around. the guide was a very good storyteller! She put all other tour guides to shame. Wonerful Tour Guide!!!

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