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Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

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  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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 and Fort Augustus. Enjoy an optional boat tour in search of the Loch Ness Monster and traverse the picturesque Cairngorms National Park. Travel in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach with a small group limited to 16 passengers.
  • Small-group day trip to Loch Ness, Glencoe, and the Highlands from Edinburgh
  • Visit Glencoe and explore the famous Cairngorms National Park
  • 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
  • Small-group tour for a more personalized experience
  • Travel comfortably in a top-of-the-range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

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

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • The chance to see "Nessie", the Loch Ness monster
  • Modern Mercedes minivan with air conditioning (maximum 16 people)
  • Loch Ness Cruise
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Rabbie's Cafe Bar
    6 Waterloo Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EG, UK

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Get comfortable inside your top of the range, 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach 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 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 tour concludes with the return drive to Edinburgh.

Rabbie's Cafe Bar

Check-in at least 15 mins prior to published departure time and meet with your driver for the day.

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Glencoe Mountain

Be moved by the sheer beauty and tragic tales of one of Scotland’s most famous landscapes.

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age to participate is 5 years old. We do not carry children under the age of 5.
  • Check-in closes 15 minutes prior to departure
  • Luggage Allowance: You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person on our tours. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) plus a small bag for onboard personal items.
  • Near public transportation
  • In order to retain the integrity of the tour and try to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience, we do cap bookings from any one party to 8 passengers.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Loch Ness cruise – We reserve tickets for you. If you want to join the cruise, please purchase your ticket whilst on tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:What is the departure point for the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:The tour departs from Rabbie's Cafe Bar, Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

Jun 2021

Q:Is parking available near the departure point for the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:Parking can be difficult to find in the center of town. It is highly recommended that you take advantage of the excellent public transportation that is available.

Jun 2021

Q:How early should I arrive for the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:Check-in closes 15 minutes before your departure time. The tour departs on time, so please do not arrive late.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring luggage with me on the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:You may bring up to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.

Jun 2021

Q:What should I bring with me on the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. Bring your camera and spending money for lunch, optional admission tickets, etc.

Jun 2021

Q:Are admission fees included in the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:No. You pay for access to sites such as castles and museums as you arrive. Most of these locations accept both cash and card.

Jun 2021

Q:What type of vehicle is used during the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:The tour is conducted in a 16 seat Mercedes Mini-coach. There are three steps up into the coach – each 150mm in height. There are grab handles on both sides, the step edges are clearly marked and the treads are non-slip.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring a wheelchair on the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:The bus is not wheelchair accessible, however, there is storage available for a folding wheelchair or walking frame. Guests must be able to get on/off the bus on their own or with the assistance of a companion as guides cannot assist physically.

Jun 2021

Q:Are restrooms available on the bus during the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:There are no restrooms on board the bus, however, the group does make regular breaks to use the restroom during the tour.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my small child with me on the Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands Small-Group Day Tour?

A:All guests must be at least 5 years old to participate in this tour. If your child is 5 or older, but under 1.35m (4.4 ft.) tall, please notate this in the "Special Requirements" box so a booster seat can be arranged.

Jun 2021

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Traveler Tips

You have to understand that you are covering a great deal of the country in just 12 hours - so dress appropriately and bring your camera.
Final tip would be wearing comfy shoes and a warm coat as the forecast can change quickly, and especially on the boat as it can be windy.
However, it's worth it, as the beautiful scenery of Glencoe and Loch Ness are not to be missed.
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Great Tour…Glen Coe Is Amazing
George_D, Aug 2022
Dave was great…funny, personable, extremely knowledgeable and a great driver. He kept us on schedule but made some great stops especially in Glen Coe. This guy busts ass…give him a raise!
Enjoyed the time in Edinburgh
Thishara_A, Aug 2022
Thank you team for the great experience.. it wasn’t just only taking us to those places also the tour guide (Ally) gave us quiet a lot of information through the whole tour. Wonderful experience for a person who wants to explore Edinburgh
Worth the trip!
joanne_m, Aug 2022
Gorgeous scenery! Great tour guide, informative and great history knowledge, along with a nice soundtrack.
Wonderful tour of the Highlands with Des!
Sam_A, Aug 2022
Drs was a fantastic guide to bring us up through the highlands. He made plenty of stops for photo opportunities, told many stories and shared personal memories. It was very enjoyable! I highly recommend for anyone wanting to see the Highlands. And if you’re lucky enough, you might have Des as your guide!
Wonderful Highlands Tour!
Elizabeth_S, Aug 2022
Our guide's storytelling was top notch. Iain entertained us during the entire trip with stories and music. My mother and I felt very well cared for as we experienced so much of beautiful Scotland on one tour. Comfortable ride - small group. Excellent!
Beyond Beautiful!!
Arlene_F, Aug 2022
What a beautiful place. I love, love, loved it!! So many wonderful sight. Definitely would go back there one day. Our guide Stewart was so good. Went out of his way to make our day memorable. Lots of windy roads, so you may get motion sickness.
Had a great time sitting...
James_M, Aug 2022
Had a great time sitting back and enjoying the ride, listening to Russ talk about the history of the highlands.
The must go tour
Vivien_N, Aug 2022
Very organized and informative. Plenty time each stops. Thank you our tourguide Jo for the experience.
Great Views and a Great Guide!
Robert_M, Aug 2022
An amazing tour of the Highlands and Lochs! We had Pete as our guide and he was phenomenal! Very knowledgeable and kept things fun and exciting on the tour. We took amazing pictures and learned a lot about Scottish history. Highly recommend this tour!
Lengthily but worth jt
matthew_n, Aug 2022
Was a really nice trip - a little long with not a ton of stops if I’m being super honest but this is the tour to take to the highlands. It’s better to be in a smaller bus for these long hauls to navigate the windy roads better
Outstanding Tour to the Highlands
Sylvia_L, Aug 2022
Our driver/guide Dave was astounding making our trip so enjoyable. I highly recommend this tour! Beautiful places to visit and great memories!
Fantastic day in the Highlands
Trine_G, Aug 2022
We had a fantastic driver, Carrie, who told us very interesting stories from Scottish history and from Scotland in general. She was so friendly, service-minded, funny and a great storyteller with an amazing knowledge👍😃
Day in the Highlands with Stuart, guide extraordinaire!
Karen_M, Jul 2022
Most memorable tour with Stuart, an amazing guide!! He wore a kilt and kept us thoroughly entertained the entire 12 hr trip!! If I won the lottery, I would pay to have Stuart take me on a tour of Scotland! He was THE most outstanding tour guide we have ever encountered!! Loved the day in the Highlands! Thank you Stuart!
Aryel_N, Jul 2022
Took the tour with Mckenzie (sp). He was so knowledgeable about everything Scotland and the Highlands. He took us to all of the beautiful locations in the Highlands - great for photos! He also took us to see a farm with Highland cows! Definitely recommend for a full day trip out of the city.
Great Guide
Chris_M, Jul 2022
Tour guide (Stuart) was excellent - very personable and funny! For me the amount of time in the vehicle versus out of the vehicle was too high but I understand it due to the amount of distance we had to cover. The Loch Ness boat ride was OK but I wouldn't do it again.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Without our very engaging, historically knowledgeable guide, it would have been boring.
harold_s, Jul 2022
The driver was great! Excellent knowledge, driving and entertainment. Just thought Loch Ness was a bit of a let down for the time. Of course that’s just my opinion.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Highly recommend
Alina_O, Jul 2022
Very nice overall experience. Kevin was very nice and knowledgeable sharing with us interesting subjects. Highly recommend.
Really recommend!!
Claudine_P, Jul 2022
100% recommend this tour. We were so lucky to have Bruce M. as our tour guide. He was so engaging and fun. The scenery blew us away and was the highlight of our stay in the Edinburgh area. We were traveling with three generations from age 6 to 73 and everyone loved it. The bus is really comfortable and nice it was only a 16 seater so we didn’t have to wait for a ton of people to get on and off. Came away from this tour with loving Scotland even more. Highly recommend!
Beautiful scenery and REALLY great guide!
Anne_F, Jul 2022
Our guide, Bruce M, had the perfect mix of history and humor and went out of his way to ensure all of our objectives were met. The trip was great but he made it outstanding!
A few more spaced stops...
vijay10840, Jul 2022
A few more spaced stops will make the trip perfect. Guide Dave was quite professional, knowledgeable and cooperative.
1 traveler found this review helpful


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