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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

jurgitabeli

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

THANK YOU Arron for making this trip so wonderful! Had a lot of opportunities to take great pictures or grab a cup of coffee. Beautiful highlands and a great tour guide :) Definitely recommend!

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april.goff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

great trip!

Aryela M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The tour was great! Our driver, Jonathan was a lot of fun!
The van was confortable and although the trip was really long, the views were spectacular so it was worth it

Raul R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing day! Our guide, Heather, was warm and welcoming, extremely knowledgeable and informative and kept us constantly entertained. My daughter and I still talk about all the things we learned and saw. We took the optional Loch Ness boat trip and it was well worth it. I would definitely suggest this tour to anyone.

Kayla

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We loved our tour guide, Heather!!! This was the best trip - small bus with multiple stops for pictures. Heather was extremely knowledgeable. Note: Don't waste your time or money on the Loch Ness cruise. It's super touristy - save yourself some stress and grab a nice lunch in the small village instead.

Nat Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Would recommend this trip to anyone. We had the best trip and our tour guide was amazing.

reedercj

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great experience. Very knowledgeable driver.

David R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a fantastic trip to the Highlands. Our driver/guide Al M. was the best of the best. He was funny, educational, and very focused on making our trip everything it possibly could be. If you only have one day to visit the highlands, this is the trip to take and be sure and ask for Al M. to be your driver/guide.

DEREK C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

An excellent journey seeing key sights. Much time on road due to distance from Edinburgh. OUr tour guide/driver Richard was very knowledgeable and helped pass the time with interesting commentary.Best to do this tour in Spring/Summer as better weather and longer daylight. Highly recommended.

Pedro M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing trip, i would recomend everyone to do it. The guide i went with Eric was really good, funny, andexplained a lot of cool stories about Scoland and the places we pass though.

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