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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

ellengcohen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Ewan B was our driver/guide and what a delight! We felt very comfortable with him driving, he has a great sense of humor, and a wealth of knowledge that really helped us to enjoy the ride! We were a small group in a van, and he made sure to encourage all of us to ask questions, get out of the van to enjoy the scenery, and stopped enough times for us to stretch our legs, get something to eat or take a bathroom break. He had a real good sense of the locations and was a very good storyteller. Made the locations come alive. We had a really good day :

kim.stewart8

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour with just enough stops to make the drive not so long. The guide was great and had tons of great information. I did the boat trip so you didn't get much time in the town but the boat trip was fun. Make sure you go down below deck so you can get pics with Nessy!!

Chrisa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

It was a great trip! Highly recomended if you want to see the wild nature of the highlands!

Jason K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Ewan B. was our tour guide. He was amazing. Great trip.

Fred V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

VERY VERY GOOD TOUR, GETTING THERE WAS ACTUALLY THE MOST INTERESTING PART OF THE TRIP - BUS DRIVER WAS VERY GOOD AND HELPFUL! HIGHLAND SCOTLAND BEAUTIFUL

Aisha H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Nik Nick our Scottish tour guide was a wonderful guide who made the trip worthwhile. We explored various parts of the Highlands within the 12 hours we were on the trip. The day was organised efficiently and ran on time. Nik interacted with the other travellers and made conversation with everyone. He was a fanastic guy in general his Scotttish sense of humour was great! and I would HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone wishing to receive a one day snapshot of the Highlands.

Rhonda L R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

If I could give this tour a 10 I would! This tour was the best part of our journey to Scotland! The views were breathtaking! Tour Guide Ally was great!!!!! He made the trip absolutely fabulous with his knowledge of the history and geography of the area! Take this tour! You will not be disappointed!

Christine F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Best tour guide ever!!! She was amazing !!

susanjxu USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour! Great tour guide!

Virginia M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a 12 hour overview of the Scottish highlands. Probably 5-51/2 of those were on the ground in interesting places along the way, including Glencoe and Ft. Augustus, where we saw canal locks and try to see the loch monster. The M-B bus was comfortable the group was small 20? and the guide, Sandy, was absolutely first rate. Highly recommend this trip, operated by Rabbie Group Tours. If there was a negative it was that the people at the main office were not especially hospitable -- made us stand out in the wet cold instead of coming into the building.

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