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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

John H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our guide Ally was very informational! He used music, maps and facts to inform us throughout the trip. If Ally is your guide, pick up food at the first stop because you are limited with your time at Loch Ness and you don't want to spend time finding a place to eat. All of the places we saw were sit down, expensive meals. The only thing I would ask Ally to change is to not point at the map with his middle finger which he did all day. Can be slightly offensive and make you uncomfortable.

Kay K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great trip. The scenery was breathtaking, and Paul was an extraordinary guide. He has an incredible knowledge of Scottish history and a wonderful way of relating the Scottish past to the present. He also played an interesting selection of Scottish music during the breaks between his explanation of certain sites or historical events. I would have liked more time for lunch at Loch Ness--there was no place to sit and it was raining. All seemed rather rushed. Other than that, the trip was well plotted in terms of stops.

Stacy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Saw a lot of places and lots of stories and history!!! Very organized and had lots of short breaks to stretch

Arleen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

excellent tour guy, knowledgeable about the area and the entire country. kept us spellbound the entire trip

Katya I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing, amazing trip and it is all thanks to Ally, our tour guide from Rabbies company! Highly recommend the small group tour, about 15 people in a comfortable mini-bus, the driver is also your guide. When calling the company to confirm ask to be out in Ally's group. He is one of the most interesting and entertaining people I've met! Historic facts, music, geography, you name it and Ally knows it. Love how he played music from the movies that were filmed along our route and music from Scottish musicians. He is walking encyclopedia, entertainer, stand up comedian, historian. The sights we saw were breath taking, despite the drizzle and fog making it all more authentic!. I learned so much from Ally, thank you, friend!

PS Dutta

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Clearly the highlight of Scotland tour! Stunning places to visit and the tour guide Ally was the best ever we came across. He was exceptionally good and wowed us with his superb knowledge of the places and history of Scotland. He was sensational, witty, humorous and captured our attention throughout the tour.

Suzanne K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Magnificent. Great guide.

Christine T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My tour guides name was James. He was an absolutely fantastic tour guide, with great knowledge and a wonderful sense of humour. The trip was nice and small, with only 16 people on the tour. The locations we went to offered a wonderful insight into the regional areas of Scotland. What a wonderful tour - a highlight of my time in Scotland!

Frederick P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

great trip and the tour guides were fantastic

John O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour!

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