• 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

Thorbjörn A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

A Wonderful country and a great guide, Eric filled the trip with history and songs. We had a lot of fortune with the weather as well.

Sarah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Beautiful scenery, comfy van with personal AC. Garith was our guide. He was awesome! So may photo ops and perfectly timed stops.

Brittny K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Dougie was our tour guide, and he was awesome. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the geography of the highlands, Scottish history, and current events, and speaks Gaelic. We told him that we were interested in seeing a castle if possible, and he took an alternate route so that we could see 2 of them. The day trip itself was fun, but Dougie made it excellent.

Teresita C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Views of Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness are breath taking. Itinerary is excellent. If I have a chance, will go back to this place. So relaxing.

steve.shively

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Very enjoyable trip. Excellent plan and schedule--the right number of stops at good places and for the right amount of time. A few more stops than I expected, but I'm glad we did them. Great sights and photo ops. So much natural beauty. Niall (guide) and George (driver) were great. I appreciated the historical commentary and the banter.

A.G.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Ian Murdoch - affectionately known as young Ian to those in the know- was a fantastic tour guide of the Scottish Highlands in June 2018. He is extremely knowledgable, hilarious, and great at telling stories of Scotland's history. A not insignificant part of the tour consists of driving around the country but I never felt bored or tired because of Ian's pacing of the tour, his narration and infectious spirit. I can't recommend him enough - give this man a raise!

Marjan J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was a great tour and a lovely day spent in the Scottish highlands. The views, landscape, and history are breathtaking and unlike anything I've seen. If you have a camera that takes panoramic/360 photos, this is the time to use it!

We were staying in the Quartermile area and it was a short walk 10 mins to the meet up point for the Vendor. Once there the whole thing was highly organized with three people waiting to check-in all those arriving for tours. They gave us the name of our tour guide/driver and groups were called by guide to board buses. I only mention this because we had another tour a few days earlier in London and the driver was fairly clueless having to call into the office to get info for any questions we had.

Our driver - Sharon - was very informative and did a great job balancing commentary/story telling and quiet time along the way. This is a relatively long day, especially if you are traveling with kids. We had a 10 year old with us, but Sharon did a great job breaking up the day with lots of rest stops, photo-ops, and chances to stretch and get snacks. The stop in Glencoe is short and truthfully I would have enjoyed a bit more time in Loch Ness but recognize that there is a lot of driving time so it's just not possible. We also did the boat ride on Loch Ness and Sharon was able to organize tickets along the ride so as to ensure a spot on the boat. You need to have cash to pay for this, so come prepared. It was about 13 GBPs for adults and a little less for kids. I think on one of the stops there was an ATM but if you are wanting to be prepared, come along with cash. The boat ride lasts about an hour and the boat also offers a snack bar/drinks though you would be advised to pick up lunch along the way as there isn't enough time to have lunch and go out on the Loch. We picked up some lovely meat pies at one of our stops at a local bakery and ate them on the boat so it worked out well. We were back in Edinburgh by 7:40 pm though according to our driver traffic was agreeable that day and on some occasions they don't get back until about 8.30 pm. All in all a great day!

Matthias G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Douglas was an amazing tour guide. He made the long bus rides into additional highlights of the day. He is very knowledgeable on everything Scotland: The history, the culture, the language, the myths and lores... and a good story teller and entertainer on top of that, with a healthy portion of scottish humour. The trip is short, but left enough time to see some of the highlands main sights. I can recommend this trip to first time scotland visitors, because it leaves you wanting to see even more.

atoz8383

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Fantastic trip and so relaxing!!

Donna L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Took the Glencoe, Loch Ness and Highlands Tour with driver/guide, Grant B. yesterday. I have travelled all over the world and this tour was the bomb! There was so much beautiful scenery and the historical info. provided by Grant just made the tour even better. He certainly shows his love for Scotland (and disdain for the British lol). The music played on tour just supplemented the experience and the jokes, stories and singing made the day fun! Thanks again, Grant and Rabbie’s Tours. I will be back and will book another one of your tours!

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