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Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands Day Tour from Edinburgh

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  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Marvel at the peaceful majesty of Loch Ness on this 12-hour Scottish Highlands day tour from Edinburgh. Leave Scotland’s busy capital behind and travel deep into the Highlands with a guide. Travel through pretty Kilmahog on route over Rannoch Moor, and enjoy spectacular views over mighty Glen Coe. Spend time at Loch Ness — widely considered Scotland’s most famous lake — and explore Fort Augustus at your leisure. Stop in the pretty Victorian town of Pitlochry, and travel along the banks of Loch Laggan on route back to Edinburgh.
  • Travel in comfort deep into the Scottish Highlands with a guide
  • Take in Kilmahog, Rannoch Moor and the magnificent Glen Coe
  • Enjoy free time in Loch Ness and Fort Augustus to explore at your leisure
  • Tour includes round-trip travel from Edinburgh

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Transport
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Boat cruise
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

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Opening hours

  • 4/1/2022 - 3/25/2023

    Monday - Sunday : 07:15 AM - 08:00 AM

Pickup details

We at Gray Line Scotland offer several convenient pick-up locations across the city centre. As well as the listed hotels we also pickup at The Playhouse Theatre on Greenside Place, Hollister on George Street, St Marys Cathedral on Palmerston Place, Haymarket Terrace outside The David Drummond Shop, The Festival Theatre on Nicholson Street & Carpet Rite on Morrison Street If you did not select your preferred pick-up at the time of booking, please inform us of the full address of where you are staying in Edinburgh and we will allocate the closest pick-up location for you. You can update your reservation by replying our email.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
Operated by Gray Line Scotland

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


Places to stop and enjoy the towns and food as you go along.
But don’t sit at the front of the bus if you want to chat with your seat mate.
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Brian was a very great guide, and he made the whole tour memoriable.
MatildeBjlund_A, Aug 2022
Brian was a very great guide, and he made the whole tour memoriable. He is a good driver and storyteller.
Fun and interest and the sights
Deb_I, Jul 2022
Gray line Scotland did really well. Felt value for money and really saw the highlands. Driver did really well at teaching the area and history
This was a wonderful...
Isobel_D, Jul 2022
This was a wonderful experience, absolutely a highlight of my visit to Scotland! Our guide, Brian was excellent, with lots of fantastic stories and answers to all our questions. Each of the stops along the trip was really enjoyable, and the scenery throughout the tour was just unbelievably beautiful. Definitely recommend this tour.
Highlands are Beautiful but Not Worth the Incessant Talking for 9 Hours Straight by the Guide.
Tanya_A, Jul 2022
I'm giving this 2 stars because we did see Highland Cows & Loch Ness was beautiful, as were all of the highland areas. If it weren't for that, I would have only given one star. The guide literally talked for 9 hours or had music playing so loud that we could barely speak to each other. The only peace & quiet we had was when we were off the bus or when we put our headphones on. After 1 hour of straight talking (mostly about the highway numbers we would be traveling on and the number of miles on each highway) we were in full anxiety & sensory overload. To add to it, we also had 3 near misses with other cars. My biggest suggestion is to give relevant info at specific intervals, don't constantly repeat yourself, if you're going to play music, turn down the volume, and give some time for quiet reflection so travelers can just enjoy what they're seeing.
Our tour guide/driver...
William_B, Jul 2022
Our tour guide/driver Willy made this a great experience. His running commentary & the music that he payed made the long journey very enjoyable. Willie is very knowledgeable and answered many questions.
Great day, with great guide
Catherine_P, Jun 2022
Our bus driver and tour guide Brian was courteous and helpful. Our route was diverted due to a major traffic accident, but he managed to get us back on track in time for the optional boat cruise on Loch Ness. Brian's interesting and knowledgeable commentary really helped during our trip.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent highlands adventure
Imraan_S, Jun 2022
Excellent tour of the highlands and is a must do!! We opted for the boat ride on Loch Ness and was totally with it. Driver/guide Willie was very engaging and informative. The tour was around 12 hours
Avoid if you’re a person of colour
Aashish_K, Jun 2022
The driver seemed to bear some sort of prejudice against us. He practically had a problem every time we spoke. Giving three stars because of Scottish beauty and the excellent scenery. The driver sure did ruin our Scottish experience.
4 travelers found this review helpful
Lochness Monster
selena_b, Jun 2022
It is a long day, however you get to see a lot of the highlands in Scotland Glencoe,, Inverness, , Lochness I would recommend paying for Lochness Cruise ( it was our highlight and very informative) Also stops for ice cream, coffee, lunch and to see hairy cows as well as for photographs
Great experience with Brendan!
Maria_F, May 2022
We loved our tour with Brendan! He was very funny and kept us entertained on the long bus ride. We learned a lot about the highlands and about Scottish history and got to see some incredible sights!
Fantastic day out!
Magdalena_G, Apr 2022
My son and I, we absolutely loved the trip to the Highlands. Lots of beautiful views all in relaxing atmosphere. Our driver Douglas was fantastic, knowledgeable and fun. Thank you for a lovely day out!
Great day out.
Linda_S, Mar 2022
Excellent Day out ,the Driver Brian, was 5star, both informative and funny in equal measure, the boat trip on the Loch was also good, scenery stunning
An incredible day out
Charlotte_G, Nov 2021
We had a fantastic tour of Scotland yesterday! Douggie was our lovely driver and he had lots of interesting stories to share. He was very helpful and made us enjoy the long drives! The views were incredible and the boat ride over lochness was beautiful. Would definitely recommend if you've not been to Scotland before!
Cheers greyline
Kristine_C, Nov 2021
It’s an awesome tour! Big coach and awesome driver/guide! Brian was awesome, very jolly and informative. Your eyes will swell from all the lovely sites al throughout the journey! Despite the little glitch with our booking, everything went well.
Awesome Dougie
Leeann_M, Jun 2021
Awesome tour. The tour guide Dougie was brilliant an excellent mixture of information and humour along the way. It was like a tour through Scottish history during the drive. He had so much knowledge and a playlist of movie tunes when we passed filming locations which was fun. Just a brilliant day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Traveller's feedback
Irina_M, Oct 2020
The day tour to Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands was amazing. I really enjoyed beautiful panoramic view of Scottish Highlands. It was interesting to do a Loch Ness cruise and see black water of this mysterious and unfriendly lake. The weather was cold and windy but it was amazing.
Amazing tour in the Scottish wilderness
Claire_B, Sep 2019
A fantastic experience: a beautiful landscape to admire while our driver guided us through the history of Scotland. Still day-dreaming about those Highlands. Big thumbs up for Jamie!!!
Great tour - great guide
NORMAN_A, Jun 2019
It's a long day and worth every minute! The tour guide - Jamie, is an incredible wealth of knowledge as we continued our day. Bring wet gear, it will rain. The tour buss was very clean, well maintained and has a bathroom. Places to stop and enjoy the towns and food as you go along.
Highlands and Loch NessTrip
Eric_D, Sep 2018
We spend a wonderful day, Martin our Driiver was very professional, safety conscious. We had a lot of fun withthe fun, he has excellent driving skills, there were very challenging roads.Martin had a very good knowledge of all the places we passed by, historical facts and rumors about scotland, highlands, wild life,medieval details and not boring at all, Areas we visited were beautiful , remarkable , we had a great weather a wee bit chilly and windy but all the ingredients for a great journey were there, to be recommended and I am a frenchman.
Don’t sit at the front of the bus
Suzann L, Sep 2018
The scenery was gorgeous. A great way to see a lot of the countryside. But don’t sit at the front of the bus if you want to chat with your seat mate. The bus driver was militant about you being quiet while he talked...which was most of the trip. Didn’t appreciate constantly being shushed while being forced to endure a lot of insane stories that I couldn’t follow half the time. Also would skip the boat ride on Loch Ness. Not worth the money or time.

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