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Discover Scotland’s natural and cultural wonders on this 12-hour trip from Edinburgh. Aboard a comfortable coach, tour the Scottish Highlands and marvel at the majesty of Loch Linnhe, Ben Nevis and the Grampian Mountains. Pass Glencoe and hear of the legendary massacre that occurred there in the 17th century. Visit Urquhart Castle along the mysterious Loch Ness – fabled home of the elusive water monster, Nessie! – and take a coach tour of historic Inverness.

Highlights

  • Audio-guided day trip to the Highlands from Edinburgh
  • Stroll around Glencoe and learn about the Massacre of Glencoe from your audio guide
  • Pass Ben Nevis and admire the remote wilderness of the Highland scenery
  • Visit Loch Ness and look out for Nessie – the famous Loch Ness Monster
  • See of top Inverness attractions on a coach tour, including the River Ness and St Andrew’s Cathedral

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is the best way to see the Scottish Highlands in one day! The commentary is in your language, and you’ll see countless castles and shimmering lochs as you travel.

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What You Can Expect

Scottish Highlands Day Trip from Edinburgh with Audio Guide

See Highland cattle as you travel!

Your full-day tour through the Scottish Highlands departs in the morning from Edinburgh's Royal Mile. Meet your expert guide and settle in for the northbound ride toward Stirling. Pass this historic city – site of the famous Stirling Castle – en route to Glencoe, a glen of breathtaking beauty that boasts high mountain peaks, ridges, bubbling rivers and waterfalls. Disembark here to take a leisurely walk, equipped with your audio guide, and learn about the infamous MacDonald clan that resided here and suffered in the brutal massacre of 1692.

Your trip continues along the banks of Loch Linnhe and past Ben Nevis – the highest peak in the British Isles – located at the western end of the Grampian Mountains. Then travel to the Great Glen and down to the mythical Loch Ness, where you’ll have free time to explore the lakeside with your trusty audio guide and grab lunch (own expense). Purchase an optional cruise on the loch for some tranquil sightseeing and a cheeky search for the famed water monster, Nessie. 

Your final stop is the Highlands' capital of Inverness. Learn the town’s colorful history and see landmark sites like the River Ness, Inverness castle and St Andrew’s Cathedral. From here, make your way back to Edinburgh, winding through Perthshire and Cairngorms National Park for lovely views of peaks, waterfalls and craggy ravines. You’ll arrive back at the starting point in the evening.

Customer Reviews

Francesca D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

the best tour I have have ever done in all my life. everything was excellent, organized in the best possible way and the guide sergio could speak all possibile languages and was perfect. I will recomment it to every perosn who will go to Scotland.

Vivek B

4 star rating: Recommended February 2015

Great tour, great experience. For the people with small kids I would not recommend as it is a long tour and there is no toilet in the van. The van is a mini sized one not like a coach which we thought it would be initially. Bit congested in that sense. But the driver was very friendly and was stopped quite a few times, so that helped a lot for us to manage two little kids in the tour.

But apart from that the places covered are amazing, plenty of break time as well to take pictures. So for adults it is just a fantastic tour and highly recommended.

Sophie M

4 star rating: Recommended September 2014

Even though we do a lot of road on the bus, we were stopping quite often and the scenery is worth travelling for so long. We actually did not see the time going by. And our driver Sergio was really nice.

virginia w

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

Beautiful tour. Sergio was such a pleasant tour guide, adding extra commentary as needed. Tour bus was comfortable. Each location was very interesting, met our expectations.

john b

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

The tour was just fine but it would have been more enjoyable if the driver who was learning the tour had a bit more experience before taking people around her driving was very scary as quite a few passengers also mentioned

Nicole E

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2015

I really didn't like this particular tour hated the Audio Guide rather have the tour guide commentary better. However the scenery was the most amazing I've seen. Highlands are my favorite place in the world.

Ettore B

1 star rating: I do not recommend this August 2015

The real destination of the trip was LochNess just to let people feel of seeing the Nessie. Everything was shortened in order to be there in time. This decreased the value of the trip, which went through the Glencoe, a place of incommensurable beauty, but where we stopped only 5 minutes just in front of a piperman. On the way back we touched Inverness other interesting place where we saw only the traffic on a bridge without stopping. The we stopped in a parking somewhere, after they closed the toilets.

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