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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.


  • 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

Natasha B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved this tour through the highlands! Beautiful scenic route and a really fun and informative guide. Would definitely recommend!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I travel all over the world and always plan day trips and sight seeing on my own. I have never been on a tour and was very hesitant to participate on a tour. I was proven wrong - this tour was the BEST. Nick was an amazing leader - knowledgeable, great perspective, balanced in terms of not talking all the time, helpful, flexible and outgoing! The trip was perfect - I would have never been able to see as much nor drive on the other side of the street! on my own. I'm already planning my next tour with Viator. Thanks for a great day!

Jeanette W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Arron was our guide for the day. Rabbies was the tour company. We really enjoyed this 12 hour day tour. Arron was great and we could understand him. He made sure we had enough bathroom breaks and provided us with a plethora of information. Loved this tour!

Nidia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

I loved this tour. Rabbis' people are so great and they do the best for us. All the explanations were amazing. There are a lot stops during the tour, so you can have beautiful views in each one. :

Kenneth L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We loved our tour with Fergus! I thought the tour was well-paced but bear in mind, it is a very long day and that all the places we stopped were worth stopping for. They were even willing stop extra places if we let them know ahead of time and had the time to do so. Fergus was a fountain of historical knowledge. I'm not sure that everyone on the tour appreciated the depth of his knowledge, but my husband and I are huge history nerds, so we loved it! This tour is a great way to see a lot of Scotland in one day if you have limited time. We also did the Loch Ness boat tour, and while I didn't think it was anything too special, it was a great way to see the loch and pretty much the only thing to do with your hour at Loch Ness.

Law G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This trip was great! The tour guide, Ewan, was informative and funny and took us to some amazing picture spots and gave us a pretty good history of Scotland as we went. A lot of time on the bus but it was a small group that was not overwhelming and frequently stopped so it was doable. A good way to see a lot of the highlands if you have just a day to do it.

Eline E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide Dave was very knowing of many subjekts: history, social Life now and then, geology and many other and A pleasant facilitator.
He made stops on the rute by various special pisqures places.
I Will warmly recoment this trip.

Julie O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We loved our tour guide, Paul. He told lots of great stories and gave us a great history of Scotland. The small bus was comfortable.

W taylor D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour but the guide was the best part! He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Scotland and the history of Scotland. Not only did we get to see all the sights but learned about the history Scotland. This tour was a real highlight of our trip!

Róbert G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was a fantastic trip! There were so many beautiful little villages and towns with nice people and our driver was Jonathan who is the nicest person in the whole Universe! :D And he also has a great knowledge about Scotland.

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