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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

Stacey K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was absolutely fabulous! What a great guide we had. Roger was so knowledgable and gave us historical facts as well as fascinating folklore and clan stories. He played beautiful pieces of music as we toured through the highlands and it just made the experience feel very special. I would highly recommend this tour

Paulina I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was a great tour!!! a lot thanks to Heather our guide. She was amazing in terms of driving, telling stories, telling us about history, culture, places, recommendations. Overall, so happy we went on this tour! amazing experience.

iroundtrip Kuwait

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

nice tour and great guide

Rachel G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was the best experience I and #39;ve had on a tour. Rodger was extremely knowledgable and truly made me fall in love with Scotland. He provided great histories and was truly genuine as a tour guide which is rare. I and #39;m very grateful for the experience I had on the tour because of him. Highly recommended.

Jamie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was an absolute gem - we enjoyed it immensely. Our guide, Eric, was wonderful. He was very informative and could not have been more pleasant or helpful. This was the highlight of my trip.

samta.saha

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our trip was amazing. It was extremely comfortable and organised throughout. Our guide, Jonathan, was the best part of the trip. He was knowledgeable and funny. He kept us engaged as well as entertained. We had a great time. Highly recommended.

Claudio Esteban B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Fastástico poder viajar en grupo un pequeño, el mismo viaje es realmente muy bueno por los paisajes que pueden observarse.

CheFrancisco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour is one of the highlights of my trip to Scotland, all thanks to our very knowledgeable, cordial and clever tour guide cum driver named Heather from Rabbie's tours. Although I agree to the common 'complaint' of other travelers that we spent most of the 12-hour tour sitting inside the coach, this trip was still a feast for the senses. Not only that I was drawn to the picturesque landscapes, I have had also free history lessons of the famed people and stories of the area. I have also appreciated Heather's flexibility and commitment to give all her wards a wonderful time by always looking up to the weather forecast of our next destination and adjusting accordingly when the forecast is not that good. The trip had made me wanting for more and I hope to come back one day to have a longer time to explore the highlands.

Jeanette B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Very well timed and organised

Roberta D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our guide, Allie, was amazing. He gave us plenty of information and I loved his choices of music in between. I think most of our group was limited English speaking and didn't understand all of his jokes but I had lots of laughs. It was an excellent journey to see more of beautiful Scotland.

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