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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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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.


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, Aug 2018

My tour was with Nick! He was a really great tour guide, very informative and enthusiastic! This tour was spectacular! The ride was comfortable with well scheduled stops including food, picture taking and toilet breaks. I think my most favorite part was the drive from Fort Augustus, Glen Coe and Loch Lubnaig. Nick also introduced me to some Scottish folk songs and now I've had them in my playlist. Checkout The Skye Boat Song by The Corries!

, Aug 2018

The tour guide, Douglas, was very informative and knowledgeable. He certainly made the trip much more enjoyable.

, Aug 2018

Good one but very long, it doesn't need that time, enogh after the cruise to go back and too many stops

, Aug 2018

-excursie lunga dar cu locuri minunate
-ghid excepttional. A fost primul ghid scotian pe care l-am cunoscut si am ramas impresionata
-grupul de 16 persoane este perfect

, Aug 2018

I'm so glad we did this tour instead of trying to drive ourselves. The guide was great and we had the perfect amount of time at each stop.

, Jul 2018

Ally did a wonderful job driving, narrating and sharing interesting and historical stories about the different regions we traveled through. Ally volunteered at the stops to take pictures of individuals and groups as requested. I would have liked to spend more than 1 and a half hour at Loch Ness as the boat ride took an hour. (Yes we saw Nessie!

, Jul 2018

This tour was very fun. Our guide, Martin, was very knowledgeable and entertaining. The views in Glencoe were breathtaking. If we're ever back in Scotland, we'll definitely spend more time touring the Scottish highlands as they are so beautiful. But if you're on a tight schedule, I highly recommend this tour with Martin. Ian our driver was also great!

, Jul 2018

Mahre was wonderful. Very informative, positive and loves her country! Very professional even with us holder-uppers.

, Jul 2018

Our Tour Guide Andy D. was incredible and made the day really engaging and so much fun. The way he presented information about each place we went was unparalleled and I’m glad he was our guide.

As for the day itself, I was a little disappointed how little time we were able to spend at each destination. We were really looking forward to going to Loch Ness—one of the reasons why we booked the tour—but we were only able to spend an hour there and it felt very rushed because we chose to do a 50 min boat ride. We would have liked to explore the town and maybe get a bite to eat but we were unable to.

We appreciated the many stops for photos on the way back as it broke up the trip a little. Overall it was a very long day but something we couldn’t have imagined doing on our own! We had a wonderful time.

, Jul 2018

It's nice to have someone drive you around. the guide was a very good storyteller! She put all other tour guides to shame. Wonerful Tour Guide!!!

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