• 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

Pedro L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

The tour to Glencoe and Loch Ness was for me a magnific experience. We could enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Highlands and learn a lot about Scotland. I am very grateful to the guide, Gilliam, who not only commented the places where we have been, but also told us a lot of interesting things about Scotland , shared with us folk scotish music and made this experience even more interesting.

Kendall A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This trip was an awesome way to see a lot of Scotland in one day. Although driving took up a large part of the day, the scenery was beautiful and our guide Eric Murdoch shared some of the country's history and pointed out interesting landmarks along the way. Eric made sure we had enough stops to break up the long drive and recommended the best places to get snacks from the local shops. You have to pay a little extra for the boat trip at Loch Ness, but I thought it was worth it because you get to see more of the lake than you would from the shore and you learn more about the loch and Nessie of course!

rosco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Really good day trip from Edinburgh. A great way to see Loch Ness, Glen Coe and Highlands if you're short of time. I think it'd be better to do the 2-day tour if you can but if like me you only have a day spare this is the trip for you. The guide Ross was extremely well informed and shared a lot of information during the day and driving really well in bad conditions. Highly recommend this way of seeing beautiful Scotland.

gillyhyde

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Tour Guide was fun and very informative. My children are aged 12 and 6 years old and they enjoyed themselves and learnt Scottish history in the process too.

Jayaindra F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great choice. Great guide. So interesting to learn the geology and the history of the area.

Tania H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The drive was absolutely breathtaking! Ally, our tour guide, made the experience wonderful and educational. If you want a day full of some of the most beautiful places you will ever see, I HIGHLY recommend this tour!

katkv United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Great day trip to the Highlands! Rabbies Trail Burners does a terrific job! We were a small group on a smaller, quite comfortable tour bus. Our tour guide, Alan, was terrific! He was filled with lots of history and stories, and even used a large overhead map to which he frequently referred to give us location overviews. This visual aid was very helpful for those of us who have never been to the highlands. Alan was also incredibly attentive to the needs of those on his bus, which is a definite benefit of being a small group.

As the tour headed out, we made a quick stop in the town of Callandar for coffee. Then we stopped and took pictures at Loch Lubnaig where the misty atmosphere really set the scene. We also stopped at the construction site of Kings House Hotel set in Glencoe. The area was filled with VERY large Red Deer, and it was surrounded by gorgeous, snow-capped mountains. We saw streams everywhere in the Highlands! The scenery on this trip was unparalleled. Then, off to Loch Ness where we got to spend a little time. There were a few restaurants from which to choose, but we ate lunch at the Richmond House Hotel Bar and Restaurant. We lucked out as we headed back to the bus in time to see some boats come into the lock. A cool process to watch if you've never seen it.

On our way back to Edinburgh, we made a comfort stop at a town called, Pitlochry. Neat town, but it was late and not quite tourist season so most business were closed for the day. Visiting the Highlands from Edinburgh makes for a very long day, but it is beautiful and very much worth the trip.

Karla W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We had a great time! Ian was our tour guide and proved to be very accommodating and provided us with a lot of history!

pravin.nagpure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

It was really awesome trip. Driver-cum-guide Mr Keith was very friendly.

Prabhu P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Excellent tour with nice sight seeing and too the High village fully covered with snow. comfortable bus and guide

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