• 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.

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

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

ivette702

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Loved everything about this tour! The tour guide was so informative , it was like going back into time and actually being their... it was amazing.

Glenn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Amazing trip, great tour guide that stopped off on the way to a variety of locations for us to take stunning images of equally stunning views. I went in January and it was nice and quiet... Cold but quiet.
Thanks Scotland!

ariella

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great trip!!!!!
Our tour guide / driver, Eric was VERY nice with so much knowledge.
The mini bus was very clean, comfortable and on time.
We had a great day!

Alida D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We had a great day! Spectacular sceneries all covered in snow. lots of driving but worth the views. thanks to our guide driver Dave.

krystallis Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Highly enjoyable tour! Most of the day was spent in the comfortable bus, but it didn't feel that way as we passed through the amazing Highlands landscape, with plenty of photo stops and injections of informative commentary. Our driver/guide Douglas was friendly, humorous, and knowledgeable - I learned a lot about how the landscape developed and is still changing and some of the history/battles associated with different areas. The cruise at Loch Ness is also a must - it costs extra GBP13.50 pp, but again the view is beautiful and the crew give a great commentary, naturally including information on the legendary Nessie. Be aware that it can get very windy and rainy though, so bring waterproof gear and wrap up warm!

The only small downside was that due to the shortened daylight hours in winter, it started getting dark through Cairngorns National Park and we only made a short toilet stop in Pitlochry. Our tour therefore ended a bit earlier than it would in the summer months, but we were made aware of this at the start and I think it was worth it nonetheless!

shayanta1990

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was amazing!

Rebecca A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this trip! The cruise was outstanding and the tour guid was friendly and knowledgeable. No luck with Nessie though!

Joanne A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Absolutely loved this tour - the guide Jonathan was fantastic - both amusing and kept us informed of local information. The scenery was great. The tour was not rushed and we experienced an aweful lot in one day. Thankyou .

Susan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour involved a very long day however, the guide was so incitive and made every moment a really great unique moment. I highly recommend this tour.

Cathy B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our tour guide was very informative and the scenery was amazing. We were able to stop to take pictures and learned a lot about the history of the area. The tour was long but the day flew bye. This was a great tour.

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