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commentOffered in: English

Overview

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

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour crams a lot into one day, but travel time between stops is never more than two hours.
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.

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, Jan 2019

The tour was great there was plenary of time to look at all the sights and get photos The guide was knowledgeable and very attentive. Giving up lots of time at each stop and even took us off the main road to look at Scotland at its best Recommended It is a long day but well worth it.

J
, Dec 2018

Efficient en conveniant way to explore the Highlands in one day. The guide was an real expert in Scottsch history, so we learned a lot about Scotland during the trip.

S
, Nov 2018

We joined this tour by Rabbies in Scotland, and we are very pleased with the experience. The tour guy, Nick A, is great, making the tour much more enjoyable.

r
, Nov 2018

The tourist guide was knowledgable and funny. If you’re expecting a breathtaking and spectacular scenery, you may want to check a different kind of package tour. The trip was too long and not worth spending the whole day on the road in my opinion. I prefer the Golden Circle tour.

a
, Nov 2018

Scotland's highlands are so beautiful and there's so much to see that I wished we could have stopped at far more places besides the ones we did such as other castles and palaces, beautiful road views... Although Loch Ness is interesting, it's only one more lake and the tour is a bit too long "only" to see it.

K
, Oct 2018

The Highlands simply magical. Charles the guide make the trip alive with his many stories and the music he played to accompany the journey was magic. There was a want to know the history of Scotland even more.... simply magical. However, I will personally skip the cruise and walk around Loch Ness instead and soak in the beauty of the place

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, Oct 2018

All in all, I was very happy to have chosen this trip. It was a good way to see some iconic places of the Scottish Highlands. Our guide, Mairi, did a very good job to share some very interesting insights into the culture, geography, history of the Highlands! Also, she made the trip even more entertaining. It was nice that we made stops in several beautiful places to take photos and explore a bit. I only wished we had more time to explore even further.

P
, Oct 2018

This is a very long tour to Loch Ness, a 550 kms ride which in my opinion is not really worth it. You pass through Glencoe, where, in our guide's own words, you'll find beauty. This was true, the views in Glencoe are awesome and totally made up for the uninspiring Loch Ness. The ride was comfortable and our guide knew his stuff, but Loch Ness is too far and the trip too long. If you have plenty of days available in Edinburgh and don't know what else to do, then this tour might be a good idea. But if not, your time will be better spent walking in old town Edinburgh.

D
, Oct 2018

The tour was very educational and entertaining. James had a great balance of stories about history, ancestors behaving badly, and the countryside we were passing through. We learned a lot about the things which shaped the character of the Highland people as well as modern culture. Seeing Doune Castle where Monty Python's Holy Grail was filmed, even for a moment between the trees, was a highlight, as were the stops in the charming towns along the journey. Only thing missing was the castle on Loch Ness. A great day spent!

S
, Sep 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the Highlands, Glencoe and Loch Ness. It was informative and fun. Our guide Andy was knowledgeable about the areas and knew lots of history and stories which kept us entertained. The tour had plenty of stops and breaks, for photos, snacks etc.Mi e piaciuta moltissimo la gita alle Highlands etc, la nostra guida Andy è stato una fonte di nformazioni, storia e aneddoti con cui ci ha intrattenuto tutto il giorno. Durante la giornata ci siamo fermati per foto, merende, etc.


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