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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

PS Dutta

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Clearly the highlight of Scotland tour! Stunning places to visit and the tour guide Ally was the best ever we came across. He was exceptionally good and wowed us with his superb knowledge of the places and history of Scotland. He was sensational, witty, humorous and captured our attention throughout the tour.

Suzanne K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Magnificent. Great guide.

Christine T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My tour guides name was James. He was an absolutely fantastic tour guide, with great knowledge and a wonderful sense of humour. The trip was nice and small, with only 16 people on the tour. The locations we went to offered a wonderful insight into the regional areas of Scotland. What a wonderful tour - a highlight of my time in Scotland!

Frederick P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

great trip and the tour guides were fantastic

John O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour!

Syd V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Just the right number of participants in a lovely, clean and spacious vehicle. Showed us beautiful sights, enough to want us to come back to Scotland and travel around some more! The tour guide If I remember Richard was exceptionally knowledgeable.

Jacquelyn S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A very scenic tour with a fabulous and knowledgeable guide. Definitely worth seeing, especially the lovely Highlands!

Kattila

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Wonderful trip and great to combine the visit in Edinburgh with a day in the Highlands. The guide Nicky was very good and it was great to go in a small group

mremito

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

cohenranch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Enjoyed the tour. Tour guide, Gillian, was amazing - kits of energy, knowledge, good sense of humor and good driver.

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