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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

elladacas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wow what views! We were blown away by the spectacular scenery and the grandeur of Scotland. Wow just wow. We had many stop offs where we could explore the location/towns and take pictures! 12 hours flew by! Honestly didn and #39;t think it would but it did and we had some great Scottish music for company!

Vanessa H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Audrey was a fantastic guide, we had a lot of factors against us - weather, bridge being shut, traffic - but she entertained us with fabulous Scottish history stories and stopped at some truly beautiful spots. She was a lot of fun and this tour was a great way to see other parts of Scotland.

christine k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

it was such a beautiful day!!!!
i would of regret it much if we came to scotland and not have gone to that trip
special thanks to our driver,guide,historian, officer and much more ... Jeff!!!!!

Iris E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This tour was dynamite. Only down side was the reduced daylight because we took the tour in December - but the tour guide played plenty of Scottish music and regaled us with history and tales. We enjoyed this tour so much that we booked the same tour company for a day tour of St. Andrews and the fishing villages. I have no hesitation in recommending this tour to anyone.

Sok Hian T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The day trip to the highlands was amazing! We had a really wonderful tour guide, Francisca, who was engaging and bubbly. Scottish history was introduced in storytelling fashion cue different voices and sound effects, making it more interesting and engaging. There were songs by Scottish bands played on the van as well, making the Scotland experience much more alive. It wasn't all just talking and listening to music, there were also quiet moments for the participants to rest.

We had a smooth journey up to the Highlands with enough pit stops for us to rest, as well as lots of short stops at scenic spots for us to capture the beautiful scenery on our cameras.

This was quite a flexible tour as well there was a boat tour on Loch Ness that was optional. So we had quite some time to explore the area if we choose not to go on the boat tour.

The ride back home was nice too, with fun facts being included as we passed by several iconic structures such as the Fourth Bridge.

To end off, this the tour group size is just right. We had 13 members on the van out of the maximum 16, and it was a cosy number. The duration and tempo of the tour was also very well-managed.

Special shoutout and thanks to our tour guide Francisca who was so actively sharing with us what she knows and offering to take photos for us as well at the photo spots! :

xxgeyayaxx

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

amazing view throughout car ride, very long and intense car ride but tour guide stieve keep us entertained throughout the tour.

Georgia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

It was so great to see a whole other side of Scotland! I'd suggest going before it starts getting dark by 4pm though.

Tiffany E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

We had a wonderful time! The scenery is spectacular and the day was well paced. Our guide Karen was fabulous! She is encyclopedic knowledge about Scottish history and her Scottish pride is contagious.

Jillian S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our tour guide was great..we had the best day and got the best pictures

Nicole S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Crazy beautiful!!!

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