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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

Anette S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We had a wonderful experience on our day trip to Loch Ness, Glencoe and the Highlands. Our guide, Fergui, was sharing willingly of his rich knowledge and we got good advices at every stop. He played pleasant music throughout the tour with a comfortable sound level. Our driver drove nice and safe, considering riding for 12 hours. One downside with this trip was that we did not stop at Sterling castle, which we thought we would. We understand that stops must be prioritized due to the scarce time, but if this had been better shown on their website, this wouldn't had been questioned. On the other hand, a positive experience was when we drove by Doune castle, since we thought we wouldn't see this castle on this trip. An improvement in the future, would be to stop here for some minutes to take a picture or two. There were a lot of stops, even on places we didn't know we were going to stop Loch Lubnaig in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs national park, the three sisters of Glencoe and the forth road bridge among other places, which made the day go really fast, including our guide always explaning along the ride what we saw. This was just great! Since we were on this trip on a sunday almost everything were closed, but this was not an obstacle since we wouldn't had time for shopping anyway. Several and shorter stops were better, than less and longer stops after a long day in a minivan. Improvements of this trip could be to have better information on their website, which include where there will be stops and where there will be opportunities to buy food and beverages. In addition, the guides' microphone didn't work properly several times of this trip, which made it hard to hear everything in the back of the bus. This should really be looked into. After all this was a nice trip where we saw a lot of the scottish highlands, which we really loved! We would recommend this trip!

William F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great guide, very knowledgeable and personable. Breathtaking scenery. Made me want to return for a trip to the highlands.

William F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great guide, very knowledgeable and personable. Breathtaking scenery. Made me want to return for a trip to the highlands.

William F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great guide, very knowledgeable and personable. Breathtaking scenery. Made me want to return for a trip to the highlands.

William F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great guide, very knowledgeable and personable. Breathtaking scenery. Made me want to return for a trip to the highlands.

Jennifer C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We loved our tour! This was a beautiful, well-organized trip and our tour guide, Robert, made it so fun. We loved every minute.

THEODOROS M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The nature was amazing, our guide Jonathan was a fantastic guy with lots of humor, provided useful information, he was an one man show behind the wheel!!!Lots of tips where to eat what, made the 12 - hour trip smooth and really interesting. Very well organised, maybe an addition of one more milestone stop would provided extra credits on this day trip!!!

Marianne L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Dave was a fabulous driver/tour guide. He had wonderful stories. Let us stop often to take photos, get something to eat and stretch our legs. His commentary was most interesting and thoroughly complete. He made the Scottish history and scenery come alive. I would recommend this tour to everyone. We had just come off a cruise and had been in 4 other countries. The Scottish Highland experience was my favorite.

Francisco S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing experience. Our driver Mr.Roger was very friendly, engaging and knowledgeable

Stacey K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was absolutely fabulous! What a great guide we had. Roger was so knowledgable and gave us historical facts as well as fascinating folklore and clan stories. He played beautiful pieces of music as we toured through the highlands and it just made the experience feel very special. I would highly recommend this tour

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